Pestana Casino Park Hotel
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... a good few degrees cooler than on the coast. We usually walk for an hour which takes us nicely to the tea house called Hortensia. This is a great refreshment stop with tea/coffee, light snacks, which could include their huge slice of apple cake, as well as a toilet stop. The views down across the city and over the harbour are great. The route could be cycled as it is flat ...
... 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 ...
... one's feet - not comfortable. As the walk progresses to the 40 minute mark the path is confined to the parapet alongside the water channel and this is not for the faint hearted! Generally the surroundings are smelly, however you do get a glimpse of the coast and the "Winged Bridge", but there are much better walks - avoid this ...
... had some white swans and a few white swans. It was nice to see.
We did try the local fish, the long black scabbard. It was quite nice, white and light. It did smell a little fishy but it didn't taste fishy at all. There were no bones so quite an improvement over the sardines everywhere.
There was a huge stone water trough at one of ...
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Historical Traveler Reviews Pestana Casino Park Hotel Funchal
Loved the Hypnotist!
Stayed a week at the Carlton and can't wait to go back in March! It was our 25th wedding anniversary and we had one of the best holidays of our lives! The hotel was good, good food and prime location. The swimming pool area was where we spent most of our holiday. The entertainment at the hotel was OK with the highlight of our stay was seeing a hypnotist for the very first time. He was absolutely brilliant, hillarious! Steve Owens was his name and a definately worth seeing.
Beautiful-We were treated with great care.
We[my husband and I]weretaken off a cruise ship
on Christmas day1999,because of his illness.I was taken to the hotel and given a lovely room,I well looked after during mt husbands three day stay in hospital.On his release,and for a further five days which took in the New Year we were looked after with great care by all the staff and management.Iwould not hesitate to return to this hotel for a holiday or to recommend it to anyone.
Fabulous! No kids!
Surely the reviewer who moaned about there 'not being anywhere for teenagers to hang out' realised before he went that this resort, particularly this hotel, is not geared to teenagers. You would have thought that anyone would do their basic research before setting off on holiday. What a perfect holiday - no teenagers or kids! Bliss!
Visited for 1 week may 3rd 2004. Hotel in excellent position about the closest to Funchal Centre of all Major Hotels. Grounds and Pool area good with good views over harbour. Hotel main areas impressive and clean. I found staff most helpful and friendly (give it a try and just engage them in conversation). Bedrooms and corridors to bedrooms need updating but were clean) There is a Casino on site with a Disco downstairs which seemed lively to me even though I am not of Disco age. Breakfast OK if a little monotonous only ate once in the evening - food good however they often put on some entertainment in the restaurant but we found this only average - meal for 2 was 70 euros inc a bottle of wine (fixed charge) in hotel and 88 euros in Cabaret room. For beer drinkers a pint costs 4 Euros. Several restaurants around hotel ( try area about 200 yards away walking away from Funchal) and few bars with charges from around 25 euros for a meal for two to 50 Euros including drinks. Bars around the hotel charge from 2 Euros to 4 Euros for a pint. We were recommended to try afternoon tea at Reids Hotel (23 Euros each) and needs to be booked. The afternoon tea was not a patch on afternoon tea at the Savoy in London ( a must do when visiting London) but the view was worthwhile.
The view from the balcony over Funchal and the harbour is worth five stars alone. The crew was very friendly and helpful. We enjoyed our week a lot. Would strongly recommend a junior sweet. The room is big, maybe not quite five-star equipped. But the view makes you forgive a lot. Just wait for the sun to set and see the city lighten up...
Enjoyed this place so much, the staff, the cuisine, the rooms. Already been twice both times in December which is particularily good for the children as the Christmas lights and atmosphere are fantastic, the weather at this time of year is much better than back home too. Takes a bit of getting used to seeing Father Christmas in shorts though. Were out there again in Oct 2003. Looking forwards to dancing to the resident band in the cocktail bar. When we first went there was two of us, then four. This year there will be seven.
We have just come back from a week at the Carlton Park. The Buffet breakfast is OK but not particularly encouraging. Drinks at the bar were quite expensive, 4 euros for a pint of beer, and coke was expensive. The internet facilities were poor, with one indifferent computer serving the whole hotel. Be warned also that there is nowhere for teenagers to hang out, no games room for example. The hotel shops are hopeless, selling newspapers at a huge mark up and nothing else that you would ever want to buy, just tourist tat, and bottles of expensive wine. The room was good, nicely carpeted, and all rooms can see the sea.There is one table tennis table by the pool, and a pool table in the bar area. The pool is not particularly large, and deep in places....mainly in the middle, confusing for kids.
Hotel (ACOMADATION) Great accomadation, the rooms were larger then my own house and a lot warmer! The cleaners did an excellent job, sweeping every corner so its spic as a spam. Great heating for sure and there were extra blankets for us. Comfy beds and has a tv, full equipped mini bar and a beautiful bathroom though the shower is dodgy
The hotel is definitely the best i have stayed at for a holiday. The staff are really there to help you enjoy your stay, nothing appears too much trouble. The rooms are large and clean and all with good views either to sea or overlooking Funchal.There are many spots inside and outside the hotel to relax and just read. The food is of a high standard in all the various restaurants. 10/10
One of the best hotels I have ever stayed in. Excellent facilities with very friendly and efficient staff who go out of their way to make you feel welcome. The entertainment and the meals provided at the cabaret nights were exceptional and made it all together a memorable holiday. In fact it was so good, we are going back again next year. We recommended it to friends and they agreed with our recommendation and were also full of praise for the service provided.