Hotel Monumental Lido, Funchal
Reviews - Hotel Monumental Lido
- Age Group: 60 +
- From: United Kingdom
- Traveller type: Retired
- Age Group: 41 - 50
- From: United Kingdom
- Traveller type: Family Traveller
- Age Group: 60 +
- From: United Kingdom
- Traveller type: Mature Couple
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So cleanfrom sarah6rmk
On arrival, we were greeted by an attendant in the car park who accompanied us to reception and then on to our room. Both he and the receptionist were very polite and helpful.
When we saw our studio room we were overwhelmed by its cleanliness and practicality.
We had all the utensils we could need and having a fridge meant that we could store our own milk for coffee etc and wine for the evenings which was lovely.
Breakfast was ok. There was plenty of variety - cereal, toast, a variety of bread rolls and croissants, hot food and loads of fruit. There was also a good variety of both hot and cold drinks available.
The view from our room was gorgeous. We were lucky to have a corner balcony on the front of the hotel which was spacious compared to the others.
The area is quiet at night so we had no problem sleeping. The bed is quite hard but very good especially for those with back problems.
Outside the hotel there is a taxi rank where the drivers are really friendly and helpful. Fares are also very reasonable. Right next door to the hotel there is a tourist centre where you can buy tours.
We hired a car for the few days that we were there an on one day drove around the entire island (what an experience). Once I got used to driving on the wrong side of the car and the wrong side of the road, I was able to relax a little and enjoy the beautiful island.
Overall, a wonderful experience - my only regret is that I couldnt have stayed at least another week.
Highly recommended. A+++++++
Modern,comfortable and spotlessfrom shadowHelensburgh
Not a bad place to stay!from Mrhilton
Reception. Very helpful and had lots of knowledge about transport and restaurants etc.
Rooms. We were in a studio room that was serviced every day. Very clean and had more than adequate utensils for us as we were there on a B/B basis. The downside to the room was that it overlooked the building site of the hotel extension. Happily for us, no work was being done whilst we were there, but I can imagine some problems when they recommence work on it. On the plus side we also had a good sea view as well. The balcony was very small, so if you want to swing cats around, I would suggerst that you get a very small kitten!!
Breakfast. Nothing out of the ordinary. Been it 4 star hotels where the breakfasts have been much better. Never saw a fried egg in 15 days, but there is scrambled and boiled plus bacon and beans! Staff in restaurant seemed a bit disorganized but this wasn't any great problem
Pool. Very nice area with plentiful sun beds. Pool attendant very helpful and brings your mattress to you. Very clean, and water heated.
Entertainment. Didn't watch any of the evening shows, but when we walked passed the entertainment area those who were watching didn't look very happy!!
Would we go again?? If we ever went to Madiera again then yes we would. I much preffered the studios to the rooms in the hotel itself.
Monumental Lido has lovely viewsfrom flika
Good hotel in good locationfrom winnieacre
Food (buffet style) was average for this type of hotel with a choice of one of each of meat, fish and pasta dish each evening.
Staff were generally friendly and helpful.
Average age of guests was 50+. Entertainment each evening in the bar area was well attended and seemed to consist mainly of a couple with keyboard and singer. Magic show and dancers were also advertised but we did not attend the sessions so could not comment on these.
Location is good with many buses passing the door including the airport buses. Taxis to town centre about €5.
Well worth hiring a car and touring the island yourself although there are many bus tours on offer.
Monumental Lidofrom EssexJw
on arrival they did not have any rooms ,we transferred to the sister hotel alto lido..they management was useless the hotel was on the main road opposite building works hotel should have been 2star.the hotel charged us £30 on phone bills to the agent to sort out there mess.
I would advise anyone who books there own hotels through an agent to phone the hotel direct and get a name to confirm your booking as these companies are not reliable
A great hotel , modern, clean and value for moneyfrom Romina A
There is a library, play room for young children , indoor spa/pool area and two outdoor pools.
The studio rooms are modern up to date and have nicely placed LCD televison with a good selction of film channels, good kitchenette area with all utencils you could need,with a small integated oven and hob , fridge and a small dining table.
Nice bathroom and large wardrobe and storage space
Really big balcony as well. Plenty of space for a couple.
There was even a large chaise longue in the room.
The hotel was excellent with a good indoor pool area and at least 4 types of steam bath and showers. The pool is free 5 euro charge for the steam baths only.
Hotel staff helpful and friendly and rooms impeccably cleaned everyday with fresh towels.
The hotel is located in the lido area only 10 mins bus ride to Funchal centre and there is a good bus service, the lido area isteslf and has plenty of restaurants as well.
I would throuroughly reccommend this hotel for better than expected value for money, good service and facilities and a relaxed atmosphere.
Decent value hotel in good locationfrom tsaunders
The hotel reception was very efficient throughout the holiday, with some receptionists being very friendly and others a bit curt. The room was clean, well maintained, and had a balcony. However, we were at the back of the hotel and there was a road there which was sometimes noisy - I would recommend trying to get a seaview if possible. The room had airconditioning, a ceiling fan, TV (mainly foreign cable channels, but BBC World was on there too), and a minibar (which was empty, so you have to phone reception if you want anything for it). The bathroom had bath and shower, free toiletries, and a washing line for drying your swimwear etc. The bed was 2 twin beds pushed together. There was also a safety deposit box in the wardrobe.
The main swimming pool on the 4th floor had a nice sea view, was fairly warm, and there were lots of sun recliners available. There was also a smaller children's pool. Free towels and parasols were provided by the pool attendent. The pool bar is open during the day until 6pm, serving a variety of drinks and snacks, which were good value. In the evening the Awards bar (on the ground floor) opens, serving cocktails, beer, wine, etc. Happy hour is daily 6.30 - 8pm. There was also entertainment every evening, including a magician one night and a dance troupe another, but the main act was a boy/girl duo who appeared on many nights and who were actually very good.
The restaurant had a friendly maitre'd, but the rest of the staff could do with smiling more. The breakfast buffet was average on the whole, but after 9am (it is served until 10am) the choice is very limited. I thought that the food was pretty poor for a supposed 4 star hotel - the evening meal buffet was so limited that after the first night we ate out every night! If you are a veggie be warned, Madeira is way behind many other tourist destinations! However, there were a few restaurants we found which had a good range at a reasonable price - Il Basilico (in Vila Porto Mare hotel on the seafront, good italian/med food), Moby Dick (will even pick you up from your hotel in a minibus but is a 5 min walk from the hotel) and Quinta Palmeira (a 7 min bus ride towards town, on the main Avenida).
The local buses (Horarios de Funchal) are very frequent from outside the hotel into the centre of Funchal, and the cheapest value tickets are 'Bilhete Duplo', which cover you for 2 journeys, cost 1.50 Euros and can be bought from the tobacconists left out of the hotel, left up Casa Branca and 100 metres on the right. Otherwise a single trip on board the bus is 1.40 Euros. You can also get Rodoeste buses to destinations in the West of Madeira from outside the hotel - details of all buses are available in booklet form from the Tourist information centre in the shopping centre adjoining the hotel.
A good base for exploring Madeirafrom Diplodocus13
It's very clean throughout, if a little functional and lacking in personality. Our room was very clean, although quite small and the beds were rather hard. The room came equipped with a small fridge, and a ceiling fan (the holiday company try and make you pay for a fan when you book). We were at the back of the hotel, so the room was fairly dark, and we were looking pretty much straight into someone's garden! What was great was the shower - very powerful with constant hot water.
We really didn't think very much of the food. We ate at the hotel on the first two nights (and only went the second night because it was a 'festival' night) and I was really under-whelmed. The food was at best average - and very British / German. There was no sense of local produce or recipes in the menus. On the festival night, we had this imported salmon that was one of the worst things I have ever eaten - but I never saw any local fish on the menu. There was a good amount of choice, but you are packed into the dining hall like sardines, and you're told "That's your table for the week". After two nights of poor food and being unable to eat more than one mouthful in a row without having to move to let other people out, we decided to sod the expense and eat elsewhere. A great decision as we ate like kings for the rest of the week!
On the plus side, the hotel's location is pretty good. Of the 4-star hotels we saw, this is one of the ones that is closest to the centre. It's a longer walk than the brochure suggests, but it is reasonably flat on the way into town. A taxi back from the town centre was never more than 3 Euros. There's also a good choice of restaurants around it (a nice pizzeria just down the hill / an Italian at the bottom of the hill / Moby Dick for some heavenly swordfish). There's also a small shopping centre, with a little supermarket and a newsagent that sells UK papers. There's a taxi rank outside so you can always get a cab - and there's a tour company, Strawberry Tours, based right next to the entrance of the hotel. These tours were less than half the price of the Thompson tours - and we went on three of them and had a great time.
One other good point about the hotel was the pool area. This was pretty nice, always spotlessly clean, and with good views over the ocean. It was a shame that the pool bar had really restrictive opening hours (perhaps just the time of year) as the main bar in the hotel was dark and a bit unappealing.
Would we go back? Yes, it was a really good base - but I would go self-catering next time. There's so much great food to be eaten in Madeira (we really recommend Zarco's) - just unfortunately not at this hotel!
Fantastic Value Hotel with superb Foodfrom A TripAdvisor Member
Food at the hotel was excellent - normally we shy away from half board but couldn't fault the excellent quality and choice for breakfast. Evening meal quality was also excellent with one meat, one fish course and 1 vegetarian option. (You could have all three if you wanted). There was a great selection of sweets and tea/coffee etc was included with the meal.
Lunch time snacks by the pool were exceptionally cheap and very good. Staff were all very friendly, polite and helpful.
If there are two or more people it is often cheaper to take a taxi for the day and you will see far more with a guided personal tour. Charges with our taxi was 55 euros for 1/2 day and 90 euros for a full day.
Beware if you are disabled because although there are many lovely mosaic pavements there are high kerbs and often no ramps. There are also some steep hills but if your partner is fit it is well worth a visit!! I even had a puncture on my wheelchair and there was a fantastic mobility shop which the hotel spoke to on our behalf and they arranged it and got it sorted. (I was told it would be a problem for Halfords here to sort out so I was devastated when it happened there not expecting such a brilliant service).
There was nightly entertainment in the hotel but a lot of it was not that good. There was one show which was excellent (the Monumental Show) with a great singer and dance troupe.
Having stayed in Funchal on several occasions we were very impressed with this hotel and would strongly recommend giving it a try.
Top Local Tips for Funchal
Wine and weather Living in Portugal we were disappointed with the wine selecftion in Madeira -as if the Portuguese keep their best wines for the mainland. Only good wine I had was a Madeiran dry white wine. Temperatures drop quickly as you ascend, take another layer even in Summer. If going mountain walking take at least proper walking boots, something to nibble, a mobile phone - the clouds can come in very quickly - and a GPS would also be handy
Bus tour of Funchal This trip on the yellow bus takes less than an hour and we found that the usual pre-recorded tape did not indicate where exactly the building/statue was that was being described. Some had been passed and others were around the next corner! We were left looking around to see if we could identify what was being described. Madeira is very hilly and is not comfortable for walking for those with any difficulty in getting around.
levada walks Be careful before booking levada walks. We went on a 12 km walk and were not warned about the places where there are steep drops and narrow ledges on which to walk, only protected by flimsy wire! Not for sufferers of vertigo! Get a book on the walks before you book. the books rate them from easy to hard and tell you what fitness level you need to be.
Other names for Hotel Monumental Lido
- monumental lido madeira
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- Address: Estrada Monumental 284 - - Funchal - 9004-541 - Portugal
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