I am slightly bemused by the number of outstanding reviews for this hotel. In our experience, my wife and I thought it good, but not great.
It is located in a residential area about a 20 minute walk into central Funchal, where you would need to go to find alternative restaurants or activities,
Our bedroom was light, airy, spacious and clean - as were most areas of the hotel.
The breakfast included a good selection on the buffet table, with hot food freshly cooked to order. Other than breakfast, we did not eat in the restaurant (the menu did not appeal) but we did eat in the bar and room service - the watercress soup and salads were particularly good. However, we don't understand why they refused to serve food in the bar after 6pm - but insisted on guests using room service instead (off the same bar menu). We heard this lead to several disgruntled customers and it really makes no sense.
The free, underground car park was a real bonus as parking can be a bit of a challenge.
Overall, the staff were polite and helpful - in particular Rosie, who deals with guest relations and gave us plenty of good advice as it was our first visit to Madeira.
Ultimately we were glad that we stayed here and would be happy to recommend the hotel but would suggest that other potential guests do their research thoroughly (don't just rely on Trip Advisor) before making their decision.
- 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