Hotel Monumental Lido

, Funchal, Portugal
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Hotel Monumental Lido

, Funchal
4 star

Rooms: 169

Estrada Monumental 284 - - Funchal - 9004-541 - Portugal Hotel Website | | 291724000
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8/10
Great Service & Staff
Submitted by: Richard in 08/05/09
  • Age Group: 60 +
  • From: United Kingdom
  • Traveller type: Retired
The Hotel Monumental Lido is in a good position & an easy walk into Funchal, the Hotel is clean,with friendly staff, towels changed when ever they were left on the floor.
Beer cost a lot more in the hotel than in the bars out side.( 3.40 euros at the bar, 2.80 euros pool bar. White House Pub 5 minute walk 2.50 euro ). We had a great holiday except the food in the hotel was a bit limited,(we were on half board) & the rooms at the back overlooking the countryside were noisy at night with traffic into the early hours. Bins were emptied at midnight.
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6/10
QUITE A GOOD HOTEL, FOR THE MONEY
Submitted by: Jo Price in 31/03/09
  • Age Group: 41 - 50
  • From: United Kingdom
  • Traveller type: Family Traveller
We had a half board, late booking with Portland and took our teenage daughter for a week in the sunshine. On arrival we were quite impressed with the hotel, and the rooms were extremely comfortable and spacious. The maids worked extremely hard to keep the rooms clean all the time and were always friendly and kind.
The restaurant was buffet and downstairs at pool level. We were shown to our table and had to dine at the same table each evening, but breakfast we could sit where we pleased.
The food was fairly good, always a good choice and every night a different fish dish. No choice much for vegetarians though. Breakfast not really up to much except fruit,rolls, pastries and jam, not the typical excellent traditional English fayre that we have had in other 4* hotels abroad. The waitress we had on most evenings was excellent and really hardworking. The restaurant manager was extremely biased to certain nationalities though because he refused my husband entry to the restaurant the first night as he happened to be wearing knee length smart shorts, however the Portuguese guests and Germans were allowed in, wearing their shorts and nothing was said to them. Also the same can be said for reserving of sunloungers around the pool. If you happen to be British you will be scolded by pool attendant for doing it, but this doesn't apply if guests Portuguese or German. The snack bar around the pool serves very tasty lunchtime snacks if you have missed breakfast or are peckish.
Madeira was absolutely beautiful and we had a wonderful stay, despite the hotel restaurant hitches. We will definitely return to Madeira, however would prefer a hotel closer to the town centre, because even though taxis are readily available outside the hotel and reasonably priced, it is nice to be within walking distance of the marina, without a hike of about 2miles up and down hills. We took a taxi ride up into the West side of the mountains with Bernardino for almost a whole day, and it was so much nicer that a coach tour as we had our own personal guide who was able to pull in for photo shoots where a coach would not be able to. Believe it or not it cost us the same amount as the coach trips. The casino was a very entertaining evening too, taking in the Vegas style show and then down into the casino for a bit of roulette. My husband was extremely impressed with how reasonably priced the drinks were inside the casino. Our teenage daughter absolutely loved her holiday also, as there were shopping malls all over with sales on.
8/10
Grateful thanks
Submitted by: Elizabeth in 24/07/07
  • Age Group: 60 +
  • From: United Kingdom
  • Traveller type: Mature Couple
Many thanks to the medical and reception staff for their help and kindness shown to me after my accident on saturday. I would happily return to the Monumental Lido because of the friendly staff who take great care of their guests. The location is convenient for buses and coach tours. Food is well cooked and presented, rooms were cleaned properly every day with towels changed, pool attendants kept up a good supply of sunbeds and brollies. All in all a very well organised hotel, run by a caring staff.

Historical Traveller Reviews of Hotel Monumental Lido

So clean

from sarah6rmk
Although I am new to travelling, if this is an example of what I can expect then I am thrilled!

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 spotless

from shadowHelensburgh
Have just returned from a week in this hotel. Very modern, minimalistic decor. Very clean and all staff were very polite and helpful. We had a leak in the bathroom which was sorted out immediately. Food was very hot and fine, but a bit limited on choice. My only reservation about returning is the fact that there are no garden areas, all sun loungers around pool are on concrete, and I personally like some grassy areas to soften the outlook. Maid was excellent and all areas of hotel spotless. About 30 min walk into Funchal. Hotel is one street back from seafront in Lido area, very busy but room very quiet at night with window open. Overall, good value for money .

Not a bad place to stay!

from Mrhilton
An average 4 star hotel, that was very clean and well presented.

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 views

from flika
If you like hills, you will enjoy the Monumental Lido. Unfortunately the choice at meals is limited, but what there is, is nicely presented, and the staff are very friendly. the hotel is about 30-45 minutes walk into Funchal centre, or a bus ride of about 10 minutesThere are lovely gardens. Quite a lot of building going on but nothing too disruptive. Well worth a visit.

Good hotel in good location

from winnieacre
We stayed for a week in this hotel on a half board basis until 4 February 2007. On checking in, we discovered that our hotel room looked out on the building site next door although very little happening on it during our stay. We asked to be moved and were given a choice of two rooms on the other side of the hotel the next day.
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 Lido

from EssexJw
we booked at this hotel with travel republic
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 money

from Romina A
I picked this hotel as it had a studio appartments as part ofthe 4 star complex, so you have all the facilities of a 4 star hotel but more freedom and reduced cost.

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 location

from tsaunders
We stayed at the Monumental Lido in May, having got a late deal with Thomas Cook (£300 pp HB for 1 week). The hotel was very easy to get to from the airport, as the Aerobus (every 2 hours) runs straight from Funchal airport and will stop outside the hotel - just tell the driver where you are staying and he will shout out the stop when you get there (the bus also stops near many other hotels in Funchal). The bus is 4 Euros each for a single, which is much cheaper than many transfers organised by tour operators, and you just get the ticket on the bus. The timetable for the bus is available on the airport website.
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 Madeira

from Diplodocus13
We stayed at the Monumental Lido during the first week in March 2006, travelling on a cheap £250 package. For the price, the hotel was definitely good value.

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 Food

from A TripAdvisor Member
This is a great value hotel situated about 3 km from Funchal which is partly a level walk and then a steep slope down to the town. However there are lots of great looking restaurants about and a fantastic cake shop about 50 yards (after turning right out of the entrance) on the level. This shop was open at least until 10pm!!
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.

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  • Address: Estrada Monumental 284 - - Funchal - 9004-541 - Portugal
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