Quinta Jardins do Lago
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- Shuttle bus service
- Swimming pool
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Historical Traveler Reviews Quinta Jardins do Lago Funchal
Civilizado, amigable y confortable
Mi esposa y yo nos mudamos a este hotel después de haber estado atrapados por tres días en un lugar horrible en las montanas, cerca de los jardines Palheiro. ¡Qué contraste! El personal fue acogedor, simpático y eficiente. La habitación fue magnifica con vistas fabulosas de los jardines y el mar (Consejo: Reserva en el tercer piso para las mejores vistas.) El restaurante es encantador, con comida sensacional. Realmente disfrutamos la caminata hasta Funchal (que ES mas bien empinada). Recomendado altamente.
Relax in this elegant hotel
We relaxed in this elegant hotel set in extremely beautiful peaceful gardens. The staff were quietly attentive and friendly - the dining was excellent. Our standard room was large with a very well appointed bathroom including bathrobes. Our balcony looked out over the gardens to the sea beyond, but we also had a view of Funchal rising up the hill behind us - at night ablaze with lights. The swimming pool was wonderful with a poolside snack bar, and there were always enough loungers to go round. There was a also courtesy bus into Funchal at regular intervals. And as an addedd attraction living in the hotel's gardens is an enormous Galapagos tortoise called Colombo who has a voracious appetite for bananas and whom we greatly enjoyed feeding every morning. All in all a superb relaxing holiday.
Not as child friendly as you might think.
Just returned from 1 week stay (two adults and a toddler).
Hotel is lovely, previous review sums it up BUT
-childrens' pool was filthy and wasn't cleaned until our final day.
-children under the age of 8 are not allowed to use the dinning room (can only have high tea in a separate room). (didn't know that until we arrived).
- the staff were very nice and polite but waiting staff service was far from good.
-You are supposed to stop your children from screaming and jumping in the swimming pool ! Don't think that many children would want to play quietly in a swimming pool.
I just got the feeling that they allow you to take children here but it would be prefered if you could keep them quiet and out of site.
Ein Kleinod im Grünen!
Es erwartet Sie eine kleine Hotelanlage in einer ruhigen Seitenstraße, bestehend aus dem alten Herrenhaus und einem modernen Anbau, in dem sich die Zimmer befinden.
Alles ist sehr sauber und freundlich; die (geräumigen) Zimmer und Bäder sind modern und gepflegt. Umgeben ist dieses kleiine Schmuckstück von einer sehr gepflegten und großzügig gestalteten Gartenanlage mit exotischen Pflanzen und gepflegtem Poolbereich.
Personal und Servicekräfte sind stets freundlich und hilfsbereit. Insgesamt ein Aufenthalt (10 Nächte), den wir gerne in Erinnerung behalten.
A parents dream!! You must stay here!
We have just returned from a weeks stay at this beautiful hotel. We have two very young children (21 months and a 3 year old) and were looking for something a little bit more intimate and somewhere very child friendly that could also offer us good food too. We had to do some research to find this place and we booked it independently which seemed to work out cheaper.
The hotel itself is really lovely and set on a hill just outside the town of Funchal. I think whatever anyone says, you`ll probably want to get taxis into town as the hill is quite steep.
We stayed in a premier suite which was huge but I know that the other rooms were half the price ut still very large. It comprised of two very large separate rooms and separate bathroom with shower and bath, twin sinks, and a bidet. The bed was very comfortable and was huge (I think super kingsize). It ws turned down every night with chocolates left on the bed.
The food at the hotel was good. Some of the menu was excellent , some of it was a bit unimaginative and generally the vegetables were just ok. I think this is very common though throughout Madeira as they apparantly think this is what we expect.. over boiled veg! The service however is excellent and really lovely waiting staff throughout the hotel. Unobtrusive and extremely helpful. Pedro does the best cocktails... lovely pina coladas!
Prices were reasonable at the hotel too, we certainly didn`t feel ripped off. The kids were so well catered for and there had been a LOT of thought put in for their needs without disturbing everyone elses. There is a reasonable sized chidrens pool set away from the main pool. It has sun loungers, towels and changing areas around here. There is a terrace for eating around the pool where they use perspex cups so any accidents are only minor! They provide colouring pencils on the tables and an extensive/reasonable kids menu.
The highlight for our children was the enormous tortoise, Columbo! He is so sweet and was lovely for the children as they can watch him having breakfast. He`s always there so you will definitely see him everyday. There are also loads of ponds (Very safe as they are raised up) with fish, two swans, an aviary and an adventure playground with TP equipment. There is approx 6 acres of land and only 40 rooms so we never ever felt we were disturbing people and there was so much space for the kids to run around and be safe.The gardens are just stunning. We didn`t go to the botanical gardens in Funchal as ours seemed like the real thing!
There is also a very well stocked play den on the 4th floor which some residents didn`t even know existed which was a shame. It is fantastic!! It is surpervised, but you have to pay 15 euros per child per hour which I thought was VERY expensive. We didn`t feel the need to leave our kids but the room is open from 10-7 and you can use anything although you need to stay with them, otherwise you will be charged. There is a toilet room with kiddies toilet, potty, changing facilities, TV, CD player, painting stuff, arty bits, baby play gym and soft toys for the very young. Loads of role playing dressing up clothes, dolls , dolls houses, books, puzzles, you name it they had it! And it was amazingly clean and beautifully presented. Our kids loved it up there. There is also a large pool room for the older kids with table football too.
The hotel has a library stocked full with books, free internet access, a billiards room, chess, draughts etc.
I think every room has a balcony that overlooks the gardens and they put netting over the bars just in case you have small children that could squeeze through.
I would recommend not going half board as you can decide when you`re there. We found that we needed 1-2 nights eating out as the menu didn`t change while we were there, although there was plenty to chose from. The hotel has a baby listening service and can also arrange baby sitting. There are two ladies, Vanessa (English) and Reinalda from the playden that do this. They charge 15 euros an hour. Lovely ladies and fully qualified.
Madiera itself is a beautiful island that left me in awe! I did one walk which I would fully recommened to do if you can. I was told the 25 fountain walk was the one to do. We hired a car on one of the days, but I think you can hire a taxi at the same price and you get the commentary with it and they can stop wherever you want. We took a drive that covered the middle-north-northwest starting from Funchal, going up from Ribeira Brava through the steep but beautiful mountain road up to the plateau which then takes you past Rabacal and down to the natural rock pools of Porto Moniz....a great stop for paddling with older kids and perhaps younger, although ours found it a bit cold. We then drove via Seixal on to Sao Vicente (lovely old town although not very big but will pass a half hour).
Fab waterpark near the airport, very ceap as kids under 4 are free, so it cost us 8 euros for the four of us and we spent the whole day there. Loads to do and it`s so clean and very well managed. Fab for all ages groups, even the adults! My husband and I had a go down the black hole which was hilarious!
Delightful holiday with plenty to do on the island. We will definitely be returning to the same hotel. A break for the parents and the kids without loads of other kids screaming. Generally there are about 3 or 4 other families from week to week, so a few other kids to play with without the hotel feeling overrun with them. They also do a high tea from 5-7 which has a fab diverse menu.
Loved this place and can`t recommend it enough! We left feeling like we didn`t want to leave. The best holiday by far that we`ve had with the kids. If you know the Wooley Grange hotels in the UK and like that sort of thing, then I think this is what you need if you want the sun and scenery too!
Verbrachte ein langes Wochenende im Jardins do Lago. Ein wunderbarer Ort, außergewöhnliche Gärten, geräumige Unterkunft und eine warme, einladende Atmosphäre. Dem Personal muss man zu seiner unaufdringlichen Tüchtigkeit gratulieren. Das Wetter war nicht besonders gut aber wir haben es doch geschafft, uns ein paar Nachmittage lang am Pool zu entspannen - ausgezeichneter Pool - im Bistro nebenan bekommt man Mittagessen und Snacks - und wir hatten jeden Morgen auf der Terrasse unser Frühstück. Das Hotel liegt etwas außerhalb der Stadt auf einem steilen Hügel, aber es ein kostenloser Bus bringt einen mehrmals pro Tag in die Stadt und zurück - wenn Ihnen der Sinn nicht nach Laufen steht (wenn man einen Wagen gemietet hat kann das Parken in Funchal leicht zu einem Albtraum werden). Haben die üblichen Ausflüge um Funchal herum unternommen (Cable Car nach Monte, Botanischer Garten - mit dem neuen Cable Car, Blandy Wein Lodge, Reid's zum Tee usw.) und haben das Coupana Hills Resort besucht. Leider war dort nicht alles zum besten als wir ankamen, wir waren von Wolken umgeben und es regnete. Alles in allem ein schönes Urlaubsziel und ein gutes Hotel für ein langes Wochenende. Hoffe hier noch einmal länger unterzukommen.
Zivilisiert, freundlich und bequem
Meine Frau und ich zogen in dieses Hotel um nachdem wir zuvor drei Tage lang in einem grauenhaften Hotel oben in den Hügeln festsaßen, in der Nähe der Palheiro Gärten. Was für ein Unterschied! Einladendes, freundliches und tüchtiges Personal. Großartiges Zimmer mit fabelhafter Aussicht auf die Gärten und das Meer (Tipp: buchen Sie ein Zimmer im dritten Stock, von dort aus haben Sie die beste Aussicht). Reizendes Restaurant mit sensationellem Essen. Wir haben den Spaziergang nach Funchal (der wirklich sehr steil ist) sehr genossen. Sehr empfohlen.
Civilsed,freindly and comfortable
My wife and I moved to this hotel after 3 days trapped in a dreadful place up in the hills, near to the Palheiro gardens. What a contrast!
Warm, friendly and efficient staff. Great room with fabulous views of the gardens and the sea (tip: book room on the 3rd floor for the best views).Delightful restaurant with sensational food.
We really enjoyed the walk into Funchal (which IS rather steep)
Relaxing weekend break
Spent long weekend at Jardins do Lago. Delightful place, with outstanding gardens, spacious accommodation and a warm, welcoming atmosphere. Staff are to be congratulated on their unobtrusive efficiency. Weather not too great, but we still managed a couple of afternoons relaxing by the pool - excellent pool-side bistro serving lunches and snacks etc - and had breakfast on terrace each morning. Hotel slightly out of town up steep hill, but courtesy bus is run several times a day into town, if you don't want to walk (NB parking somthing of a nightmare in Funchal if you hire a car). Went on most of the usual trips around Funchal (Cable car to Monte, Botanical gardens - with a new cable car, Blandy wine lodge, Reid's for tea etc), and visited Choupana Hills resort. Unfortunately, Choupana was not at its best as when we went it was shrouded in cloud and pelting with rain. All in all a fine destination and hotel for a long weekend. Hope to return here for a longer stay.
Six star service
We stayed here for two weeks in June 2004 having wanted a small quality hotel with a bit of character.
The Jardins do Lago did not dissapoint. From the moment we stepped through the entrance doors we were made to feel welcome. The very helpful staff could not do enough for you at any time of the day or night.
The gardens were being refurbished during our stay and the ground floor rooms were not being used so that nobody was disturbed. This meant that the Hotel was only about half full and made it all the more relaxing.
This beautiful hotel is situated on one of the hills of Funchal and the original house was built in the 18th Century. When converted into a hotel the majority of the rooms are in the new wing on three levels overlooking the gardens and south facing mainly to the sea. Only the suites and the main reception rooms are located in the main building. The gardens have a vast variety of plants and old rare trees covering an area of 2.5 hectares (6.2 acres).
The lake has two swans (probably more now because the female had eggs that were due to hatch shortly after we left) and many fish, which we enjoyed feeding after breakfast with left over toast. Colombo the giant tortoise has lived in his little patch of grass for over 45 years and was always at the edge by the path on a morning to welcome guests, welcomed any fruit presented to him and loved being stroked on top of his head.
The large semi covered swimming pool together with jacuzzi, sauna, steam room,gymnasium and bar made it like paradise to relax in.
You only have to look in the guest book on reception and see the comments made regarding the helpfullness of the staff to see that everyone was highly delighted with their stay.
The only downside I can see is that because of its elevated position it is difficult even for the able bodied to be able to walk into town due to the steepness of the hill walk especially if going down via the Museum area (I actually went flying on the slippery cobbles at one point). Since then we always went by taxi. Fares were approx 5 euros down to town (because the taxi had to come up the hill) and 3 euros return if viviting the Old Town area so not really expensive.
June was a lively month with the Euro 2004 football being shown on the big screen in the square/ music everywhere/ firework displays in the harbour every saturday night/ car rally through the streets with some famous makes of old & vintage cars.
We will definately be back at some point to this beautiful Island and its friendly people and this lovely property.