Four Views Monumental Lido
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... eight days at sea.
This island is lush with vegitation and is rightfully known as the Hawaii of Europe. We took a bus tour of the Island. Our guide is ...
... bicycle wheels in our direction? We have successfully missed most festivals by a day or so, wherever we have been! Rhianwyn in her planning slipped up this time though as we were in town for the flower festival. We were also there for the parade and so enjoyed watching for over an hour before hurrying back to the ship for the next leg. John, being the motivating factor, has lead us to the gym for a 5km run and some weights most days. ...
... the most delightful shops and spent hours pottering and doing a little bit of shopping. Lunch was taken at a sidewalk cafe in the sunshine where we watched the passersby - notably the varying nationalities from the other cruise ships in town, many of whom were either yobbos or the elderly and infirmed who had joined the various colour coded ship tours. So unpleasant and every reason never to join a moving hotel locked up with thousands of people you have no desire to see ...
... top of this hilly island to Monte which is supposed to be very picturesque followed by a walk around at the top in the gardens to take in the view. The good part is the ride down the mountain to Livramento in a wicker sled or toboggan which is apparently a lot of fun although a bumpy ride.
Barcelona is still 6 days away and then the anguish of departing this magnificent vessel kicks in. However we are looking forward to spending Easter in that fabulous city.
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Historical Traveler Reviews Four Views Monumental Lido Funchal
Good Honest Value
Having only paid £279 for a weeks package, I was pleasantly surprised by the Monumental Lido. The hotel was well maintained and the bedrooms were exceptionally clean, if a little on the small side. I had a room on the eighth floor overlooking the rear of the hotel that had recently been redecorated and was relatively peaceful despite the road running directly below. There was a little day time noise from adjacent building work, but this was not particularly intrusive and was limited to 9am to about 4pm (when nearly everyone is out and about!).
There was a very good choice for the buffet breakfast ranging from bacon and eggs etc to fresh bread, hams, cheeses and fruit. Dinner was more limited with one fish, meat and pasta choice for main course, but it was well cooked and plentiful.
Bar prices were very reasonable, both for drinks and daytime snacks.
Staff are, generally, very helpful and friendly.
Overall, very good value - especially as it costs less than £20 a night half board when you take out the average winter flight only cost.
Very pleasant hotel
My husband and I stayed at the Monumental Lido, Funchal, in January 2006. The hotel is quite impressive and certainly looks a four star hotel. The staff were pleasant, rooms comfortable and very clean, we had a small fridge in the room which proved useful. Our room was on the 6th floor overlooking the pool area and we had wonderful views of palm trees and the ocean. There was some new building work to our left, it looks like the hotel is being extended and during weekdays we were disturbed by some drilling noises from around 9am onwards. The meals were all self service buffet style with a soup of the day and bread rolls, salads, fish and a meat to chose from along with fresh vegetables and a pasta dish. Desserts were always a selection of flans, cakes, ices and fresh fruit salad. A waiter was always on hand to serve drinks which you can buy. Waiters also remove all used dishes and crockery as you leave the table to select your next course. I had some problems with the meals as I am allergic to dairy produce and all the meals were literally swimming in butter, including the vegetables. I only had to ask a member of staff and I was served fresh vegetables with meat not in a sauce. Breakfasts are also self service with sliced hams and cheeses, cereals, yogurts, fruit, bacon, sausage, scrambled eggs, fruit juice and bread rolls. It was nice to see fresh melon and pineapple slices for breakfast. There was entertainment each night in the bar area. In summer I am sure this area will become very busy. The entertainment varied between a dancing group, a magician, a singer, a bongo player and a guy on the electric organ. Bar prices were very reasonable, cocktails costing from 2.50 euros. There is a shopping complex within the hotel but most of these shops were closed for the winter. A supermarket is opposite the hotel, down the hill towards the sea. Most groceries seem to be cheaper than in the UK. The hotel has a large underground car park which is free for guests. We hired a small 4x4 car from the airport (booked via the internet before we left the UK). This saved the wait for coach transfers and proved to be extremely useful in getting about the island. The hotel is ideal for more mature guests, say couples over 50 years old. There is a small games room for children and teenagers but I am sure they would get fed up very quickly. The pools are spotless and there are plenty of sun beds. I watched two pool attendants continually cleaning this area, repenishing beach towels for guests to use. The pool was unheated but I managed an hour in there one afternoon, the air temperature being in the low seventies, even in January. Getting out and about is fine if you are able-bodied, the roads are very steep in places but there are plenty of buses and taxis available if you don't hire a car. The hotel was better than I had hoped for the price we paid. I would not really like to stay there in the busy season, it could get cramped and busy, especially the bar and restaurant areas. I would also recommend hiring a car, visit the Valley of the Nuns and tour the coastline if you are brave enough to drive on the narrow roads up 45 degree inclines!
This was our first time in Madeira and we were pleasantly pleased with the island and this hotel.
It has a small shopping complex next to it for supplies and drinks etc and you have free use of the large gym.There are also a number of restaurants opposite ,a taxi rank ,chemist and a cash machine.Ten minutes walk up the road is a large shopping mall.
The hotel itself was clean and comfortable.The rooms were average size and its probably best to get a sea view as the back is a bit gloomy.It has two pools and a large sunbathing area with bar.
Everynight the hotel puts on a show or live music.
The restaurant was basic but adequate ,you can eat as much as you want and the staff are friendly.
La Tricolore restaurant nextdoor does a marvellous steak cooked on stone...enjoy!
Ok hotel, good position on road into town. Rooms very clean. lounge grim and dowdy, no entertainment to speak of, but happy hour good value. There is a lovely pool with nice lounge area for sunbarhing. with a snack bar . Food average in restaurant, but staff very friendly. lots to do in vacinity of hotel i.e restaurants, bars, walks. on bus route into town centre.
Cannot fault this hotel!
Just returned from a 2 week holiday staying at the Monumental Lido in September. We had been recommended this hotel ourselves and we were certainly not disappointed. We had a room on the 10th floor - not a sea view as this is extra - but no problem here as we understood the sea view rooms did get a little hot - we had no such problem and the ceiling fan at night kept the room cool too. There can be a bit of noise at night from early a.m. dustmen etc. and a cockerel! We soon got used to this though. The room was spacious, clean and very comfortable. The food was excellent - plenty of choice and the staff very friendly and helpful. The swimming pool is situated on the 4th floor, hence not overlooked, and again this was excellent - perfect temperature, free sunbeds, mattresses, umbrellas and towels and even more wonderful no reserving of sunbeds!! If you do go on trips, I would certainly recommend Strawberry World - this is situated in the shopping complex next to the hotel. Excellent value for money - cheaper than your reps prices. Also go to Joes around the corner to get your bus tickets and change your money - also souvenirs are good there too. We would definitely return to the Monumental Lido.
I was fortunate enough to get a last minute deal at this hotel via teletext and what excellent value it was too!
The staff are efficient and friendly and the hotel is spotless although looking slightly dated. Local public transport is easily accessible both into Funchal as well as the 'Hotel Bus' from the Airport (drops you right outside the front door!).
I would go as far as to say the hotel food was some of the best I have experienced on a package holiday, plenty of choice, excellent quality and in abundance!
I don't believe in going away to accommodation inferior to that of your own home and I would certainly revisit this hotel.
Great for lone travellers
This hotel is excellent if you are a lone traveller (I hate the word 'single') Everyone is really friendly and there are plenty of other ladies on their own. The hotel is in a good location, buses outside the door. During the winter season you can usually find a travel brochure that offers 'no single supplement'. They offer a good saving.
This is a well-run, clean hotel with very courteous, professional staff. We had an apartment and dined in the hotel resteraunt only once. The meal was basic, but good. The location of the hotel is excellent. We did not want to be in the centre of Funchal, which is about a 20 minute amble going and 25+ minute amble back! On main road level, access to a range of shops in the hotel complex and adjacent, including a well-stocked supermarket within 5 minutes' walk on the level. Additional shops within 2 minutes walk and an abundance of restaurants. We enjoyed the Italian one most and had dinner at Reids Palance one night, just for curiosity. Pleasant promenade walk parallel to the sea. The utencils in the apartment kitchen were of good quality and adequate for light meals. We anticiapted some traffic noise but this did not arise and we slept well. The linen and towels were changed every day. Pleasant well-supervised pool/sun lounger area with light dining available. We would use this hotel again if we returned to Madeira and would again take an apartment.
Barely adequate place to sleep
Right on the main coast road with a good deal of noise/traffic to disturb you during the night. A 70's hotel and showing its age now.
Rooms in general very small, but beds/plumbing/lighting/fittings all clean and good. Aircon minimal or none-existent. Food plain but of good quality and wholesome. Staff all try very hard to please. All really good restaurants in Funchal are 10 minutes drive away in the Old Town.
Those near the hotel are of poor quality (e.g. typical British seaside resort -fish&chips fare). Close to a large sea fed Lido - so good for swimmers. On bus route , so good for those with no car. Overall, fair value for money, but very basic ( UK 3* standard)
1st class monumental lido
Accomodation excellent, quality and choice of food excellent, facilities very good, staff very friendly, helpfull and courteous, handy location for public transport and shops etc. The hotel is a credit to Marco Ferreira and his staff and in general the island has a wealth of interesting attractions good food and drink and a good choice of locally produced goods, well worth a visit we,ll be back.