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Hotel Monte Carlo (Funchal, Madeira)

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      14.11.2009 22:22
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      Lovely place for a short break, recommend you go in the summer

      We have just been to Maderia for a short break and stayed at this totally fantastic hotel for three nights.

      The distinctive facade makes it easy to spot when you're first looking for it. The interior has been modernised to a good standard and retains an air of the granduer of the original building. We were greeted on arrival by very friendly reception staff who all spoke very good English and were very pleasant and polite during the entire trip.

      ***Pros***
      It was really good value for money, very clean without feeling clinical, The hotel is central to almost everything we wanted to see and do and the amenities (bathroom particularly) are excellent.

      It was a very comfortable room with an adjustable bed. A real treat is the spa bath after a hard day of walking around sight seeing in Barcelona

      Did I mention that the staff were fantastic- some of the most helpful staff we had ever encountered- and we've been to a few hotels in our time and been served by rubbish staff.

      ***Cons***
      I was surprised to find that the hotel could not cash our travellers cheques which was irritating, and like a lot of Americanised hotels in the area they could only change American dollars

      They dont let you leave the hotel with your room key in case your bag gets stolen and the key is lost (why not just charge for lost keys like other hotels?)

      ***Facilities***
      50 rooms

      Satellite tv (but nothing decent on- because "satellite tv" meant a few channels showing rubbish!)

      The hotel also has a small terrace where you can relax in the sun.
      There is a laundry service at the hotel and on-site parking which costs 19 euros.

      Room service is available from 12:00 until 23:00.

      Wait for it - the weirdest thing about the Hotel Monte Carlo is that it has no restaurant but for us this didn't matter as we were keen to explore the lovely looking restaurants near by. These were all excellent and gave us a variety to choose from. The hotel does have a breakfast room where there is a buffet breakfast for 14 euros served every morning.
      We were in walking distance of the amphitheatre of Funchal and the hotel's views were therefore stunning.

      We are both agreed that we will go back there when we return to Maderia and I highly recommend this lovely hotel

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        20.06.2007 19:05
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        Traditional colonial hotel near centre of Madeira offering great views.

        We had an enjoyable stay at this hotel.
        What sold the hotel to us was its look. It has a traditional colonial appearance; a Madeira building that guests must have stayed at a 100 years ago. It has its own unique character and is such a contrast to all the big modern concrete blocks of hotels set along the coast. It may not be luxurious but it more than makes up with charm and grace of a bygone era.

        Location
        The hotel is situated in Funchal, the main town of the Portuguese island of Madeira.
        The airport is located in the outskirts of the town so the transfer time here is short. The hotel is situated close to the centre of Funchal. However, it is positioned up a steep hill without public transport. As such it offers magnificent views over the town, the sea and the mountains. If you have children or you are not very mobile, however, it would be totally unsuitable. The hotel does run a minibus to and from the centre but not frequent enough to be of any use to us. We walked; and it was quite a walk. It was very steep so good for fitness but a bit tiring at the end of the day after going out for dinner. Being so steep it wasn’t that easy going down either. We did the trip twice a day usually: once to go out sightseeing and another for our evening meal. It was, though, the closest hotel to the centre that we came across. All the other large family hotels were set so well out from the centre that a bus would be needed to get to and fro.

        Accommodation
        We stayed in a twin room. This was a good size with a very high ceiling, which was excellent for coolness. It had a bathroom including a shower, toilet and bidet. The room was very basic but comfortable. Since we were out all day, this was all we required. It is possible to have a room with a sea view if you pay a supplement. We found this to be unnecessary as we only went to the room for nighttimes. There were plenty of excellent views from the terrace area and it was more pleasant to sit there than take in a view from our room.

        Facilities
        We stayed on a bed & breakfast basis. Thus we had limited experience of the restaurant. We had dinner there only once and it was not that good. My partner was vegetarian and asked specifically for food without meat. When drinking the soup, we found pieces floating in the pea soup. On enquiring the waiter he said something on the lines of “It is OK, it is not meat, it is only ham!” There were plenty of inexpensive restaurants in Funchal itself to make it unnecessary to eat at the hotel.
        There is a nice swimming pool. It is unusually located round the back further up the hill seeming like it was on top of the hotel itself. There are further lovely views from the surrounding terrace and even whilst swimming in the pool!
        The highlight, though, is the terrace where you can sit under the big leaves of banana trees and relax after a hard day’s sightseeing.

        We found it a great base from which to explore the island. As long you have the legs for the climb up and down into town and prefer style to substance, then this is the place to stay.

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