Hotel Pestana Casino Park, Funchal
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A poor five starfrom TravelSweden
Convenient position. Lovely hotel.from Profswife
The room we stayed in looked towards Reid's Hotel, and had a nice view of the ocean. It was spacious and spotless. There was a fridge in the room, which was a bonus. There is a very small supermarket in a building close to the hotel, and we stocked the fridge for picnics etc. (There is a large supermarket at the Lido) There was also a kettle and cups ( an adaptor is required, we brought one with us but apparently they are available in the hotel) which is rare for Madeiran hotels. There was a small supply of tea, coffee etc, and then you could buy further supplies from the hotel or get your own. Fluffy bathrobes were provided for using the pool. The indoor pool is lovely, the water was nice and warm and it was not too busy. We didn't try the outdoor pool so I can't comment on that.
We stayed on a bed and breakfast basis, and the buffet breakfast was excellent. The panoramic dining room overlooks the infinity pool and the ocean.
This hotel is in an excellent position. It is only about five minutes walk from the town, and very close to Santa Catarina park which has a small cafe overlooking the duck pond.
There are lots of places to eat locally.
This was the fifth time that we have visited Madeira, and this was the nicest hotel that we have stayed at to date. Because we have been before we didn't take advantage of any of the organised tours this time, but I would recommend a tour of the West and also the East (my favourite). The cable car to Monte is very good, and the Monte Palace tropical gardens are lovely - very inventive use of water, lovely Japanese garden, and the koi carp are huge! The botanical gardens are also lovely and house a bird park, it is inexpensive to visit as entry is only 3 euros per person. Take a bus from Funchal, again 3 euros each from the kiosk - return ticket. Total cost 12 euros for two people. I would suggest taking a picnic, or at least a drink as the cafe in the gardens was not open on the day we visited.
The pedestrian promenade which starts at the Lido and goes towards Priaia Formosa is a nice walk. It goes through a man made tunnel and seems to come to an end at a cafe. Turn right at the cafe, skirt the industrial area, turn left and then you can continue on across the black sand and then back onto a walkway towards Camara de Lobos. A longish walk there and back, but very nice.
Madeira as a resort is quiet and refined . I suppose this is why it appeals to the more mature traveller. The flowers and gardens are gorgeous, banana plantations abound, the levadas offer opportunities to get into inaccessible areas, and it is relatively crime free.
In my opinion it is not an ideal resort for holidaymakers with small children. There are no beaches to speak of, other than the small beach at Praia Formosa, and there are lots of sheer drops to terrify the parents of adventurous tots. There were very young children staying at the hotel whilst we were there though, and they were very good, they seemed to be having a good time enjoying the pool, and a couple of older children knocking a ball back and to on the tennis courts
The Madeiran people are wonderful, very helpful and kind, and their drivers are fantastic!
We will return to Madeira, and we will probably return to this hotel. It has everything required for a comfortable stay, and we had a lovely break.
What a beautiful hotel ...opened last week and is excellentfrom Jude-7
Rooms are spacious with new enormous beds, we stayed in a junior suite which had two balconies with sea view. The new indoor pool and spa is excellent as is the new jacuzzi and gym by the outdoor pool.
Well done Pestana we will certainly be returning!
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Liked Pestana Casino Parkfrom A TripAdvisor Member
However, the architecture is very nice and the rooms are nice but a bit old fashioned. The breakfasts were wonderful and the restaurant staff was very professional.
We were the youngest couple staying in the hotel, most guests seemed to be over 50. I guess that some younger people would find this boring, but since we hadn't planned to spend time in the hotel anyway, we didn't mind. We didn't spend any of our evenings in the casino either since it's just not our thing.
You can rent a car in the hotel and your car is just outside the hotel, and that's also where you park it. Very convenient.
The location is perfect, much closer to town than all those hotels around Lido and you get a nice five-minute-walk through the park when you go into town. On sea-level below the hill where the hotel is, there's a harbour with containers etc. The harbour was noisy at times, but as far as I know a new harbour is being built outside Funchal, so the noisyness will stop.
Average stay at the Pestana Casino Parkfrom Bristolmember
The facilities were good and the staff were very helpful.
The casino was a tad bit tacky and can get a bit noisy at weekends.
Excellent breakfast buffet and well priced alcohol drinks can be purchased there.
Hotel has entertainment every night but it was geered towards older people.
If you are young there is not much to do in the evenings except walk into the old town or go to club Chameleon which is part of Taj Mahal indian resturant which is about 5 minutes from the hotel or vespas( nightclub).
Although many tour reps recommend you visit the old part of Funchal for good traditional food we found that the best places to eat were about 5 minutes from the hotel.
The island is easy to get around we covered it by car in less than two days.
Santana, Ribeira Brava, and Machico are worth visiting.
The farmers market, Monte Garden Place and cable cars are also worth looking at when in Funchal.
If you like shopping I would recommend you visit the Mall which is in the Hotel quarter near Crown Plaza etc as there are lots of really well priced clothes there.
As we are in out late twenties, we found Maderia a it a bit too relaxing and thought that 4 nights would of been sufficient.
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Most Luxurious Hotel Ever Stayed infrom A TripAdvisor Member
The buffet breakfast was great. The a la carte restaurant was fabulous. The lunch buffet was also fab ( but just too tempting to overload).
Very helpful reception who helped us with everything - recommended an excellent local fish restaurant ' il barquiero' the otehr side of the hotel stirp which were teh best restaurants appeared to be - we went there twice.
The only downside was the ents which I went expecting - very much geared to an older crowd and finish very early - for example the latin night. I was expectign to be able to get up an dance but no such luck. The casino evning also wasn't to my taste - I've seen better at Blackpool
The town of Funchal was also very disappointing - the food on teh harbour could have been Blackpool or any English seaside resort and the prices were very high.
Recommend takign a car and going inland - the scenery is amazing.
Best evening was when nelly furtado played on teh harbour - couldn't really see her but the atmosphere was electric.
a great hotel to holidayfrom A TripAdvisor Member
Top Local Tips for Funchal
Don't bank on party party nightlife Make the most of a leisurely evening dinner, with a few drinks afterwards.
Nightlife? Evening cocktails is about it! If your looking for nightlife, there is none. This is a great place to go and gettaway from it all. Take lots of magazines and a good book.
Giro It is worth using local buses around town - 2 euros for the first trip then "top up" the ticket at the Giro stations or tabacs with any number of journeys which then cost only 85 cents each. We found it great to walk DOWN into town and Marinaa and take the bus back UP!!
Other names for Hotel Pestana Casino Park
- pestana hotel park
- Address: Rua da Imperatriz D. Amelia, 55 - Funchal - 9004-513 - Portugal
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