Quintinha Sao Joao
Travel Blogs from Funchal
Day 4 Thursday January 6, 2011
We walked a lot, to the city center, the old town, had a small excursion drive in the afternoon and just enjoyed exploring Funchal and all its small streets, Helen and I like to explore "off the beaten part" as you can find little gems there, shops, cafés and other places and people.
Here are just …
... any sort of obstructions - a really good introduction to Levada walking. If you continue past the tea house around the first corner you will be met by a horrible smell that comes from the poultry farm housed in a huge building extending down the hillside..hurry on past with your hand over your nose! It is possible to continue all the way to Camacha, but it is long way there and ...
... of Madeira wine, as well as two Grande beers and we had a free taster starter crab, fried carrot, broadbeans, tuna samosas. The garlic bread we had to pay for. Iain had beef skewers, I had garlic chicken on a screwer, mum had fish of the day Red Sea bream and Sarah trying the chicken and scrimp. A stray dog kept chasing cars and coming into the restaurant. We went back to the hotel, and listened to a singer, while taking advantage of 241 on drinks! We went to bed ...
There is ample parking alongside the beach area of Praia Formosa. Take a right turn out of the car park and the constructed walkway is obvious. Very easy walk (even in trainers) to the west and continue past the beach cafes. The walk to Camara do Lobos takes about 50 minutes and the views as one enters the fishing port are the ...
... was second to none, the days at sea flew in with options like Flow rider, climbing walls, mini golf, ice skating, gym, whirl pools and water parks. The days at port were great also, we had booked some land excursions including camel rides in gran canary, wine tasting and cable car ride with traditional toboggan ride in Madeira and beach day at Tenerife. The other ports of call we explored ...
How has this hotel rated in the past?
- Swimming pool
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- Free High-Speed Internet
- Fitness/Health center
Historical Traveler Reviews Quintinha Sao Joao Funchal
This was our 4th trip to Madeira. We've learned that it's best to stay in Funchal and travel out from there to see the rest of the island. We love the place.
We have just completed our tenth visit to the Quintinha Sao Joao so we think we can speak with some authority on what the Quintinha [hereafter QSJ] has to offer the discerning guest.
We found this hotel very special
We stayed here in June this year and rated the hotel very highly and in line with the majority of views! The staff were very helpful, and the hotel was just as we expected from the description, if not better. The noise from the road is minor and not that noticeable, once across it into the side streets it is only a short walk downhill to the casino, far better placed than the hotels on the lido. Our overall opinion of this hotel is excellent and hopefully we we will return in the future.
A step back in time
This hotel is tucked away behind the city but still within walking distance if you don't mind a climb (or do as we did, walk down and taxi back!) although there is a hotel courtesy bus available at certain times. A beautiful old-fashioned, classic hotel which feels as if it belongs to another era. But that's where the resemblance finishes - this hotel has all the facilities and luxury of a modern hotel but with far more character and charm. Excellent breakfast, swimming pool good with drinks on ice available when you need them, plus towels and towelling robes. Welcoming cocktail party on first evening - it really is like stepping into the past. Wonderful, wonderful hotel - would gladly revisit.
No 1 for us
We stayed there two years ago and found it excelent in all things. The sevice and staff are outstanding so to are the rooms, food and wonderful gardens. We intend to return once again knowing the great holiday we will have just like last time.
We've stayed at the QSJ three times now - yes, it is habit forming, expecially as a winter getaway. I simply can't fault anything about it. The bedrooms are wonderfully decorated and comfortable, the gardens are immaculate and the staff have to be the most professional and well trained I've ever seen. You really do get the impression that everyone working at the hotel from the Manager to the reception staff to the waiters and cleaners take a personal interest in making sure your every need is attended to. As regular guests, the hotel are happy to throw in complementary transfers to/from the airport for us and - that level of service takes some beating. Perhaps my favourite experience is visting in the middle of winter when it's freezing cold at home in the UK but I can take my breakfast on the patio at the QSJ in the warm sunshine, looking out over a beautifully framed view of the Old Town and the ocean down below.
This is a superb hotel and the customer service is first class. We were upgraded to a suite on arrival which was a lovely suprise. The hotel held a cocktail evening once a week which was a good way of meeting other guests. Once you realise the layout of Funchal you realise that this hotel is very well placed for walking into town or walking to the many very good restaurants nearby. Local taxis were very reasonable for getting back (saved walking up the hill!) The meal in the hotel restaurant we had on arrival was very good too - but with so many good places to eat it would be a sin not to try them - so our B&B option turned out to be the best! An evening meal booked at Reids was well worth it (take jacket & tie).
A Scotsman in Madeira
Fantasic. Staff exceptional, accommodation exceptonal, facilities exceptional. Thoroughly recommended.
This is possibly the nicest hotel I have ever been too!! Hidden away from the noise yet close to Funchal you could not ask for a better run hotel. It is fantastic! Our stay was the most enjoyable holiday I have ever had. With magnificent views from almost every angle. On the roof where the swimming pool is you are framed by the mountains whilst on the shaded terrace you see the Ocean. The waiters and staff are well mannered and extremely helpful planning trips should you wish. One not to be missed is seeing the dolphins and whales or the trip into the Mountains where you ascend above the clouds. It is definately the 'Gen of the Ocean' best seen, apparently in June, with all the flowers in blossom. The island has a relaxed pace of life and what more could you expect in such a tranquil place. This is a holiday worthwhile experiencing but I would have thought only this hotel could do it justice!! With everyone having balconies and an over-adequate restaurant one of the most pleasurable times was at night sat on the terrace with the oil lamps and the pianist gently pattering away and a glass of wine. I wish I could go again!
Gimme madeira every time
The quintinha Sao Joao is the only hotel I have ever been to that I could not fault - staff friendliness and helpfulness, food, cleanliness, even price!It is about one km (half mile) to the centre of town, downhill (you get a taxi back!).Hotel has its own restaurant but of course you try others out! Swimming pool on roof