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.
Visitors from Chislehurst, England
- 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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- Also Known As:
- Quintinha Sao Joao Funchal, Madeira
- Quintinha Sao Joao Hotel Funchal