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“Delightful small hotel in pretty setting with relaxed, friendly atmosphere”
Review of Quintinha Sao Joao

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Quintinha Sao Joao
Ranked #9 of 88 Hotels in Funchal
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed 25 October 2011

This was our first visit to Madeira and a 85th birthday present for my mother in law and I therefore wanted to ' get it right' when selecting a hotel. As I own a hotel and have managed hotels for many years inevitably I spent a lot of time scouring the internet for one wthat would suit us - fairly small , informal , friendly , good location and with , positive reviews . Sao Joao ticked all of these boxes and more.
Our bedrooms were enormous and included meaningful lounge areas plus good size balconies with table and chairs and lovely views over the gardens.
The breakfasts were excellent with the wide selection of delicious fruits on the buffet table - mango, papaya , pineapple, local bananas, grapes, passion fruit ,dates etc - being the highlight . Service in the restaurant was efficient and very friendly ( lots of smiling staff ) and likewise with the reception staff, all of whom spoke very, very good English and could not have been more helpful.
The management had obviously made a note that, when making the booking , I had mentioned that it was my mother in law's birthday and she found a lovely cake and a bottle of champagne waiting for her in her bedroom on the first night , with the compliments of the hotel. This thoughtful gesture was typical of the unobtrusive professional and friendly service which we enjoyed during the our 3 days at the hotel .

The Sao Joao certainly lives up to its slogan " your home in Madeira" as we quickly felt very much at home but in a 5 star environment . We look forward to our next visit.

Obrigado.

Visitors from Chislehurst, England

Room Tip: Request a corner room. If you prefer a shower ( as opposed to a bath ) you should request this .
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abarreto, General Manager at Quintinha Sao Joao, responded to this reviewResponded 26 October 2011

Thank you very much for taking the time to write a review for the Quintinha São João on TripAdvisor. We very much appreciate all feedback and it is certainly excellent to hear from a fellow hotelier. We treat guests as we like to be treated ourselves and are delighted to hear that we have lived up to our reputation as “your home in Madeira”.

As I have stated when replying to earlier reviews, we are honored that guests choose to spend such auspicious occasions with us and we thoroughly enjoy helping the celebrations along!

Thank you for your lovely comments regarding our staff – as you know yourself, it is so very motivating for us to hear that you have enjoyed our facilities and service. Nothing is every too much trouble, we love our work here and are pleased that this comes across.

We look forward to welcoming you back on your next visit to Madeira.

Yours sincerely
André Barreto
General Manager

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Reviewed 25 October 2011

This was our first holiday with our daughter and were a bit nervous traveling with her. From the moment we arrived at the Quintina Sao Joao we were very well looked after by the staff. Everyone was fantastic with our daughter and were incredibly friendly to all of us. A cot was provided for our baby which was a big help. The food was great at the restaurant and again the waiters and waitresses were vely welcoming to our girl. We had a wonderful time and would be very happy to return once more. Definitely would recommend to others.

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abarreto, General Manager at Quintinha Sao Joao, responded to this reviewResponded 25 October 2011

Thank you so much for taking the time and trouble of posting a review for the Quintinha on TripAdvisor....your support is very much appreciated.

“First Times” are always rather nerve-wracking and we are delighted that we were able to be of assistance on this big occasion and that you were all able to enjoy your holiday. As you know, nothing is too much trouble and it is all our pleasure. I am sure that future guests with young children and babies will find your comments most useful and reassuring.

We look welcoming you all back again.

Yours sincerely
André Barreto
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Reviewed 23 October 2011

This was our trip trip to Madeira and we spent 11nights at the Quintinha Sao Joao and it by far exceeded our expectations. The staff from the cleaners, reception, bar and restaurant were excellent and made us feel very 'at home'. We cannot reiterate enough how much we enjoyed our stay. I celebrated a birthday whilst on holiday and was both surprised and overjoyed to find a bottle of champagne and cake in the room when we returned from the cocktail party. It made my birthday very special and I certainly won't forget it. Thank you to Rosie for organising a couple of trips for us which we thoroughly enjoyed and very informative. So much more personal travelling on the small mini buses.
The location of the hotel couldn't be better, away from the big hotels and only a short walk into Funchal.
We have a most enjoyable and relaxing holiday and will most definately return to the Quintinha Sao Joao.

Room Tip: We had a garden view which was very quiet
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abarreto, General Manager at Quintinha Sao Joao, responded to this reviewResponded 24 October 2011

Thank you so much for your lovely review. We are delighted that you thought so highly of our hotel.

We love to welcome our guests and try to enhance their stay wherever possible. Nothing is too much trouble from start to finish....everything is of the utmost importance, whether it be offering advice on “what not to miss” and how best to do this, or helping celebrate an important occasion!

We are glad that you enjoyed your stay - it was our pleasure and we hope to see you both once again.

Yours sincerely
André Barreto
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Reviewed 21 October 2011

Fifth time we have visited the Quintina Sao Joao and will not be the last. Once again the excellent service from the most friendly and accommodating staff make your holiday a pleasure. I agree with Mark H some road noise is present but the quality of the accommodation and staff more than make up for that. I have never stayed in a city hotel without some kind of noise. Head for the casino and walk though St Catarina park into centre of Funchal is only 10-15 mins. Very good local restaurants in walking distance. Hotel restaurant food is very good if you want to stay in.
Looking forward to our sixth visit at this wonderful location.

Room Tip: We have always stayed in room 111 or 110 very quiet with no traffic noise.
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abarreto, General Manager at Quintinha Sao Joao, responded to this reviewResponded 24 October 2011

Thank you for taking time to write a review for the Quintinha de São João on Tripadvisor.... It was such a pleasure to see you again and we are delighted that you keep coming back and back (and sending family members and friends too…)

Thank you for saying that you found our service and staff welcoming and friendly – in truth, nothing is too much trouble for us.

As you point out, the hotel is only a short distance away from everything and we couldn’t agree more that our location is wonderful!

We are looking forward to visit number six!

Yours sincerely
André Barreto.

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Reviewed 18 October 2011

Our fourth visit to this lovely hotel in its tranquil gardens. Yes there is some road noise but the high standard of the accommodation and the unfailing courtesy and helpfulness of the friendly staff make this an hotel to return to time and time again. Only 15 minutes walk from the centre of Funchal it is ideally placed for a stroll to one of the local restaurants but if you are a walker only 10 minutes from the SAM bus station where you can get buses to the far reaches of the island. We shall return.

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abarreto, General Manager at Quintinha Sao Joao, responded to this reviewResponded 20 October 2011

Thank you very much for such a positive review, we try hard to maintain our standards and give a personal touch but not be intrusive. It is an honor that this was your fourth visit to us – we hope there will be many more.

Thank you also for pointing out our location it is in a great spot for both the centre of Funchal and for getting around the island. We are of the same opinion and are always very happy to help our guests fathom out the bus timetables or suggest ways of seeing the rest of Madeira.

We are delighted that you enjoyed your stay and look forward to the next one!

Yours sincerely
André Barreto
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Additional Information about Quintinha Sao Joao

Address: Rua Levada Sao Joao 4 | Madeira, Funchal, Madeira 9000-191, Portugal
Region: Portugal > Madeira Islands > Madeira > Funchal
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Centre with Internet Access Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Spa Suites Swimming Pool Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
#6 Romantic Hotel in Funchal
#7 Spa Hotel in Funchal
#9 Luxury Hotel in Funchal
Price Range: $181 - $240 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:5 star — Quintinha Sao Joao 5*
Number of rooms: 42
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Built within the grounds of an historic "Quinta" of Funchal, Quintinha de Sao Joao resurrects perfectly the magic of the old Madeiran residences. There are 42 spacious rooms in total, all equipped with the most up-to-date facilities with splendid views over the gardens. Bar, restaurant, heated outdoor and indoor swimming pools and full Spa are included facilities. The careful attention to detail and the excellent personal service brings to life our motto "Home from Home." ... more   less 
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