Pestana Casino Park Hotel
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... one of the local cemeteries.
Next, we went downtown where the flower festival had just taken place over the weekend.
Our tour ...
... surrounded by luscious gardens and filled with flowers. There were indeed a lot of English and Welsh folk, but once again we were mistaken for Germans - it must be our clothing, blond hair and blue eyes. As hymns were sung we swayed back and forth, not in time to the music but because after the rougher sea from Lanzarote dry land felt like the rocking deck to us! The reading told of Jesus meeting the two men on the road to ...
... which dwarfed our ship, making it look like a small tug boat.
Following a walk around at the top and admiring the views and taking some stunning photographs, which we'll bore you with when we're back home, we made our way to the very famous toboggan ride which took us down the mountain, on a traditional road that it shares with cars - who'd have thought? In a two person wicker basket, we were pulled down by two local men who, along with hundreds of others, make ...
... Chef John Pugh and got some fascinating insights into the high standards and wonderful fare they deliver to us every day. It was fabulous and we are looking forward to the second last day on board when they do the Galley lunch, providing a spread which is laid out throughout this huge galley kitchen.
After today we have one more full day at sea before we reach Funchal in Madeira which we believe is really beautiful. We're contemplating a cable car ride ...
... don't know if we can get there. It's a kilometre away and we only have 2 more hours"
"What do you call those floatey things that you take when you're skiing?" "Well, Calgary Girl, do you mean gondolas?" "Yes, gondolas. They're right there and they're also on my map so I now know where we are. Or where we were.."
"Hey, this tunnel is on ...
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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!
Worth a visit
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.
Not very kid friendly
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.