CS Madeira Atlantic Resort & Sea SPA Hotel, Funchal
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Historical Traveller Reviews of CS Madeira Atlantic Resort & Sea SPA Hotel
The Right Choicefrom A TripAdvisor Member
Second visit and not the lastfrom BBosworth
Fab breakfastfrom Louise109
excellent value winter sunfrom A TripAdvisor Member
Excellent Highly Modern Hotelfrom Gags
I would definately recommend this hotel as it is spotlessly clean and an excellent (although slighly strange twin and I mean everything!) modern design and all rooms have a fantastic sea view.
Breakfast is excellent - 12.5 euros each, inc sparkling wine! We were even shown into the executive dining area!
It has two outdoor pools and one indoor/outdoor pool - all great and clean. The sea was a bit rough when we were there and unfortunately could not swim in the sea, but the private Lido area is fantastic - probably better than the public Lido.
One slight moan about the check-in staff - they can be a bit abrupt in their attitude - they could do with a bit of training in this area, but overall very good.
I would have to agree with the advertising and say that it is probably in the best location in Funchal - walkable to both the town and Lido areas! Some people may worry about the hills, but we found the main road was relatively flat - the big hills are in the main town above the centre.
Restaurants in the Lido area are plenty and cheap-probably a third off British prices. The Irish bar attached to the hotel is expensive for Madeiran prices, but cheaper than rip-off Dublin!, but does allow smoking - so not fully genuine!!
Beware of the timeshare touts - they say it is not timeshare, but it is! But then if you do attend a 1-2 hour breifing you may be lucky to get a free gift - we got a Nun's Valley tour worth 20Euros each!!So not too bad for a cloudy days work!
Overall Excellent hotel and resort!
Funchal good winter sun destinationfrom A TripAdvisor Member
The Crowne Plaza was very comfortable. Our room was lovely with a balcony and fantastic sea view and the staff were very friendly and helpful. I was disappointed not to be able to use the infinity pools by the sea because of the change in the weather.
We would recommend Funchal as a destination and we are looking forward to going again ourselves and visiting more of the island. We have obtained bus itineraries and plan to use these to get about and do some walks starting at different points.
it is a good hotel but not the one that I expectedfrom A TripAdvisor Member
It is a five star hotel with a very simple and modern decoration but the rooms were spacious enough and the view was breathtaking, the only thing that I missed was the usual basket of fresh fruit that these hotels normally have.
We used a lot the interior swimming pool with hot water and with a part in the exterior what give us a possibility to swim outside. Very important since it is January and we couldn?????????t use the two great exterior swimming pools. I think that in the summer this Hotel must be the must, since we can have some scuba diving lessons and we can swim directly in sea.
The SPA area wasn?????????t five stars but it was ok and the people were very courteous, actually I must say that apart of some receptionist the all staff is really nice.
We didn?????????t use the restaurants but the breakfast and the room service is very good.
We liked the hotelfrom A TripAdvisor Member
We found the staff, without exception, to be helpful and courteous, without being intrusive. The bedroom was very spacious and comfortable with a good size lounge area with comfortable seating and a balcony overlooking the sea.
As we were out of season there were only 2 restaurants plus coffee area open. That was sufficient. Food was good and in the brasserie (buffet) varied.
The only ants we saw were after a day of heavy rain, in the coffee area. We remarked on this and were told that the rain drives them in. They never appeared again.
Criticisms: The entrance foyer is vast, but virtually bare, the tables in the Brasserie were laid out in neat rows and looked institutional, the internet access was very expensive - there is a cheap internet cafe a few yards down the road.
All in all an enjoyable hloiday
Not that impressed actuallyfrom Londonprofessionals
We booked a 7 night holiday staying at the Crowne Plaza in September 2004. We wanted to stay at this particular hotel as its' contemporary and airy look appealed to us. A couple of days after reserving a room we were told by the operator that the hotel was overbooked and we had to stay in the Tivoli hotel for the first night. Although inconvenient, we agreed to do this. We had paid very cheap rates.
The Tivoli was great. Although it was slightly chintzy for our taste it was immaculate, the service was great, the breakfast was definitely 5 star and the pool was lovely and uncrowded. The restaurants near the sea by the Tivoli are fantastic. Very modern, good food and great service and good prices. After a swim on the morning after our first night in Madeira we packed up and walked the short distance to the Crowne Plaza for the rest of our holiday.
We did not expect to be allocated a great room at the Crowne Plaza as we had booked last minute and paid a very low rate but we were still somewhat disappointed at the shabby fixtures and fittings of the room. After all it is meant to be a five star.
On the first morning we awoke to find our room teeming with ants. It was disgusting. To add insult to injury the lady on the front desk was extremely flippant and rude and only after complaining several times did she allow us to change rooms. At frist she tried to persuade us that the housekeeper would put insect repellant down but there was no way we were going to share a room with 100s of the little blighters - dead or alive - for the rest of our holiday. Unfortunately the new room we were allocated was on the same floor as the ant infestation so we decided to pay a bit extra and got a room on the top floor - the 10th floor. The view was amazing but the furnishings and fittings were NOT 5 star. Just because there is a Philippe Starck designed balcony chair does not make up for the other areas of the room that were lacking and a bit grubby. To summarise - our experience of the rooms was very negative and the staff were not exactly helpful.
In terms of the common parts of the hotel, they were not air conditioned and should have been and there was a distinct pong of sewage on the ground floor around the cocktail bar and breakfast area. Grim.
Now to the breakfast. Having sampled a splendid breakfast on our first morning in Madeira in the Tivoli we had high expectations for the Crowne Plaza. We were disappointed. The fruit was slopped in bowls. The serving spoons were dirty. The cooked breakfast was low quality and not very fresh. The pastries and breads were nice though. The staff were surly. The coffee was cold. If you watch carefully you can see that the staff simply move coffee pots off vacated tables to give to people who arrive for breakfast. It was NOT five star. I do not expect to have tinned fruit put out at breakfast on holiday in Madeira trying to be passed off as fresh fruit. The champagne at breakfast was the cheapest most acidic fizzy white wine you have ever tasted.
Now the pool area is very very nice. The umbrellas are mostly broken though. The loungers are fairly comfortbale and the pool attendants were charming. The pool area was very clean. The pool restaurant is massively overpriced and the staff are the same ones as at breakfast so don't expect a smile.
Now to the gym. It is awful. It smells. It is small. The machines are very old.
Despite all of the above we did enjoy our holiday in Madeira but we would not recommend staying at the Crowne Plaza. Far better to stay at the Tivoli. Interestingly our taxi driver who took us back to the airport at the end of our stay told us that the Crowne Plaza is struggling and agreed with us that the Tivoli is much nicer.
Superlative except...from hughTutburyStaffs
Suggestion to anybody visiting Madeira, find a good taxi driver. We did and it made our holiday.
I have a number for an excellent English speaking driver should anyone need one. (I am not on comission)
Great island, great people, great hotel and great holiday.
Top Local Tips for Funchal
go up to MONTE in a taxi and look around the gardens Come back on the cable car.Taxi up to Monte should be no more than 15 euros
may may be better than april lovely weather but seem to think from may it gets significantly better
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Other names for CS Madeira Atlantic Resort & Sea SPA Hotel
- cs madeira atlantic hotel sea
- Address: 175 Estrada Monumental - Funchal - 9000 100 - Portugal
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