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Estalagem Ponta do Sol
Ranked #1 of 2 Hotels in Ponta Do Sol
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Reviewed 18 June 2012

Having just arrived back from our holiday in Ponta do Sol a review of a holiday which couldn't have been much better. After initially researching the area and property on tripadvisor and having great experiences and references we chose this location. Just before we set off for Madeira I read that June was seen as the 'blanket' month for all the cloud over the island...

Having followed the weather forecast in the days leading up to the holiday my heart started to sink as every day it said cloudy, sunny intervals etc. And sure enough when landing there was quite a bit of cloud at Funchal airport, DON'T let this fool you as we have come to understand in the last two weeks,the weather changes are speedier than light and the climate is wonderful.

Having arrived at the hotel we were dropped off at a concrete elevator shaft and i was getting anxious, having arrived at the fourth floor we had to go over a walk bridge into the hotel where a simple desk is the hotel reception area. Still in good spirits we were given a short explanation where everything was and we went to our room.

The room itself is not the best I've had but met all the standards, was clean and had a good view close to the swimmingpool and honesty bar. Views are amazing and staff very very good. We chose the half board option and I must say the meals were outstanding every night we ate there which was 10 out of 13.

The bar area was very good and the service consistently good, some issues with language barriers but we can't expect everybody to speak perfect english but no problem on our behalf.

We will come back to this island and this hotel within a heartbeat. Ponta do Sol is quite a different matter. It didn't take away from our holiday but can imagine it would do for some people, no real restaurants in the the town apart from a pizzeria and a snackbar with the standard fayre. We didn't try the snackbar but have had lunches at the italian where we had good basic food and fantastic service. All is walkable from the hotel and there is also a little shopping centre with some boutiques beauty treatments and a chemist. All people have a good grasp of english and are very pleasant.

Also try the supermarket/filling station where you can have a decent lunch for less than 6 euros for the two of you... Coffee is a treat in Madeira and VERY CHEAP...

We would like to thank everybody at the hotel for giving us an outstanding Holiday and we didn't want to come home...

Room Tip: 207, it had shielding but you can still see the ocean and very close to pool and far enough away fro...
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  • Stayed: June 2012, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 29 May 2012

When you have the hardest already given by nature, you would suppose that you would do your outmost to make a fantastic hotel, with remarkable service and rooms, that you would remember. Well, it is not the case.. It is an average place, but it is a must go, for the location and views.

Room Tip: Ask rooms facing the sea.
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  • Stayed: May 2012, travelled with friends
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8  Thank ZeBanaco
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Reviewed 29 May 2012

This hotel is in a spectacular location on a cliff top above the village of Ponta do Sol, however, don`t be put off by the thought of a steep climb as there`s a lift from the small car park up to the hotel entrance and reception. It is a very well designed hotel and considering the amount of rooms, extremely spacious, with a lovely bar area adjacent to reception in what appears to be the original hotel/quinta, there is also a library with pool table and tv upstairs. The hotel rooms are in a series of blocks, no higher than 3 stories, and are well serviced with lifts, stairs and walk-ways. The pool area with honesty bar, indoor pool and jacuzzi was brilliant and the views spectacular - plenty of sunbeds and never felt particularly busy.
We were on a bed/breakfast basis as we prefer to have a choice of different options for an evening meal and whilst Punta do Sol is a small village with only 2 restaurants, they were both very good - we particularly enjoyed Hotel da Vila (sister hotel to Estalgem da Ponta do Sol) where the food was freshly cooked from an imaginative menu.
We had decided not to hire a car for this visit to Madeira and subsequently made full use of the hotel`s courtesy bus service. Once to Funchal, but most importantly for 2 of the walks organised by the hotel to the levadas and the mountains. The walks were of 4 and 6 hour duration and we were delivered to the start point, collected when we`d finished and provided with a packed lunch, all for 8 Euros - wonderful!
All the staff we came in to contact with were lovely, the reception staff were very friendly and knowledgeable and the restaurant and bar staff very efficient - they make a wonderful mohito!! The rooms were very spacious and extremely clean with regular towel and linen changes.
We wouldn`t hesitate to return to this hotel for it`s location, service and terrific facilities, however, it definitely wouldn`t appeal to anyone looking for a lively night life!

  • Stayed: May 2012, travelled as a couple
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1  Thank LouiseEastLothian
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Reviewed 27 May 2012

The place is great, an incredible view and very friendly staff. The bar by the pool in on the top of a cliff, facing the ocean - marvellous!!!! The rooms are nice, but it's a little bit apart hotel style.

As drawbacks - weak breakfast, the swimming pool had a loyalty bar, but no service, and the bathrooms in the room where a little basic.

  • Stayed: May 2012, travelled with friends
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Reviewed 16 May 2012

We have just returned from a one week stay at the hotel and wish we were still there!

The rooms are spacious and clean and the room and laundry service both thorough and very efficient.

The restaurant and bar both have wonderful food, a good selection of drinks and very friendly helpful staff.

There is a gorgeous infinity pool, heated indoor pool with views over the bay and Ponta do Sol and a wonderful jacuzzi on a balcony. Not to mention the day beds, loungers and chairs dotted about at different levels, giving a sense of space and privacy most of the time.

Ponta do Sol is a very small but scenic village with different choices for dining. Lunch often isn't required as the buffet breakfast is so good!

I would highly recommend Mare Alta (shack on the beach) wonderful food at a great price with views of the crashing waves and sunset. Hotel da Vila is another good eaterie across the road from Mare Alta with a good menu and trendy feel to it.
There is also a great pizzeria up the road from the hotel for a more casual dinner.

The hotel has a courtesy bus running each day at various times to Funchal (usually 10am and picking up from Funchal for return to the hotel at 4pm).

One more plus point is that Ponta do Sol has the best weather on the Island, on days when it was misty in Funchal it was brilliant sunshine at PdS!

Wonderful!!!!!!

Room Tip: Rooms 400 + overlook the cliffs and sea and are very close to the pool. If this interests you then...
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2  Thank MelandJason
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Reviewed 5 March 2012

Set on top of a cliff, this hotel makes the most of its stunning location. The grounds are split into various terraces and gardens with gorgeous views over the ocean. There are lots of different areas for you to sit with a bottle of wine in the evening, or sunbathe during the day and when I was there (June) it never felt overcrowded. There are indoor and outdoor pools, and an honesty bar near the pool which is very reasonably priced and makes it easy to grab a drink or an ice cream. Give the food ordering service a miss though - it's really poor. It's a really good place to watch the sun set, and there are huge double bed style sunloungers you can recline on with your bottle of wine. Bliss.

The rooms are simple and minimalist, but contain everything you need. I didn't experience any problems with cleanliness, but the aircon was pretty poor - we complained about this on numerous occasions, but it was never properly fixed.

The restaurant is ok, although I found that service was hit and miss. The staff were surly and rude when we had to send back a dish that was cold, and it often took a while to get served. You're better off heading to the tiny restaurant/cafe in the town, on the side of the cliff where you can eat amazingly fresh fish and drink lovely wine for an incredibly low price.

This hotel is excellent value, and I would have given a 5 star rating if I hadn't experienced a couple of episodes of bad service.

Room Tip: If you want a double bed ask for one, or you're likely to be given a room with two singles.
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  • Stayed: June 2011, travelled as a couple
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1  Thank SJ13London
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Reviewed 2 March 2012

My partner and I spent 12 days in a sea view room in August 2011 here. We had a truly amazing holiday at Estalagem Ponta do Sol.

What we liked:
- nice breakfast buffet whith all you need
- half board: nice 3-course menu every evening
- good and affordable wine list
- small and tanquil place, far away from busy Funchal
- great location with panoramic views over mountains and sea
- design rooms with the most fabulous seaview!
- great infinity pool
- no animation, sometimes concert of a local artist which is greatly appreciated
- smaller hotel with excellent service

What we disliked:
- terrible parking space on the hill (found theentire side of our car damaged on the last morning)
- hotel should be adults only

We will definitely visit this place again.

Madeira is absolutely gorgeous! Everything is nicely organised on this island, local people are absolutely friendly and helpful, good roads give you access to all corners of the island and the landscapes and nature are absolutely amazing.

Room Tip: certainly take a seaview room
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  • Stayed: August 2011, travelled as a couple
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4  Thank Kristof V
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Additional Information about Estalagem Ponta do Sol

Address: Quinta da Rochinha, Ponta Do Sol, Madeira 9360-529, Portugal
Region: Portugal > Madeira Islands > Madeira > Ponta Do Sol
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room Free Breakfast Free Parking Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Shuttle Bus service Spa Swimming Pool Wheelchair access Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 2 Hotels in Ponta Do Sol
Price Range: £75 - £120 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:4 star — Estalagem Ponta do Sol 4*
Number of rooms: 54
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The best way to define the concept that lies behind the Estalagem da Ponta do Sol is the idea of an escape hotel. It is set on the top of a cliff - a more spectacular location is difficult to imagine. The hotel is a result of the renovation of an old "quinta", and the goal was simple: to integrate the original buildings in a distinct, contemporary style. The architecture enhances the beauty of an already beautiful place and the atmosphere is simple and relaxed, yet sophisticated. ... more   less 
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