My husband and I decided to base ourselves here, wanting to be out of Funchal's centre but not too far for day trips to the city and for ease of parking (down side streets) for going further afield.
This is a large complex approximately 6-7000 rooms, split into 6 blocks, all that either look out onto the garden/pool area's or sea. It has 2 small outdoor pools (one suitable for adults and children, the other mainly for having a small dip as an adult) and one larger indoor pool with a sliding roof.
We stayed as b&b boarding. The breakfast was not gourmet but was still good enough for people wanting to be fed well in the morning, with a choice of continental breakfasts (cereal, toast, cold meats/cheese, yoghurts and fruit) and also a choice of scrambled egg, beans and sausages for a cooked breakfast. Breakfast is busy but as long as you go either at the start or end of service you miss the rush.
The room itself provided what we needed, a spacious room with twin beds (pushed together by the hotel to make a double), a flatscreen TV with freeview channels, a large hanging wardrobe (with hangers provided), a safe (which we paid extra to use 14 euros for one week) and a good sized en-suite bathroom with bath/shower, bidet, toilet and sink. Bathroom supplies included with clean towels and soap and shampoo. The room looked out to one of the pools and garden. It wasn't a beautiful view (looking at the top of roof of the pool bridge) but as we spent so little time in the room it hardly mattered. The balcony had a basic plastic table and a couple of plastic chairs.
The room was cleaned daily and was immaculate each time we came back to it (we gave the cleaners a small tip the couple of times we saw them as a thank you).
The hotel provided us with the essentials and was very clean and comfortable. The staff were very friendly. There is a small bar next to the indoor pool, an area that in the evening also sometimes hosts evening entertainment, the night we saw this it had traditional folk dancing which was actually pretty good (especially as we only went down for a drink!).
This is a fairly basic hotel (based on the b&b boarding facilities, it might be better if you pay for one of the more superior rooms) and so I would just say that, in comparing to other similar places that we have stayed, it might have been nice to have had a kettle, tea/coffee and an iron/ironing board in the room but this would have just been a nice extra.
We stayed for one week (the first week in July) and the first half of the week was quiet (which suited us) and the second half of the week saw I think the start of the summer holidays for a lot of European countries, hence it got a lot busier and louder). We realised that you could hear people walking around/plugging in electrics quite easily, so you might be unlucky if you are next to or below noisy neighbours!
Garajau itself is a small and quiet resort which has its own nice pebble beach below the Mini Christ the redeemer statue, accessible down a steep hill or an easy ride down the telefrico (cable car) . It's a good location for those who want a quieter area.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Dom Pedro Garajau is a 3-star hotel-apartment with 272 rooms and Suites set on the south coast of Madeira Island. Garajau is famous its Natural Reserve made to protect a very privileged area of Madeira's coast, in an effort to make it work as an ecological nursery. This is the only exclusive marine reserve in the entire Portugal and It is a location for snorkeling and scuba-diving.Facilities are included such as an Indoor heated pool with sliding roof, apart from two outdoor pools and Children's Pool and also a sports court. Dom Pedro Garajau is setting half way between Funchal and Canico ideal to visit the island. All of this makes it the perfect base for exploring the island or enjoying an action-packed holiday. Dine Around and stay at Dom Pedro Garajau. The "Dine Around" system is a different option that allows food lovers to pick restaurants outside the hotel. Through a voucher system, half-board guests staying at the Dom Pedro Garajau can now choose from a variety of restaurants near the hotel. Without doubt, this factor will set us apart from the traditional Half-board system, allowing our clients to change restaurants daily and experience different types of cuisine. Madeira International Airport is only 11km (6.8 miles) from the hotel (10 minutes drive), and only 8 km (4.9 miles) from the main city, Funchal. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Dom Pedro Garajau Canico
- Hotel Dom Pedro Garajau Madeira