This is a City centre hotel - you don't need to get a taxi or a bus , you can walk to most places . cable car station , supermarket , markets , wine tasting , restaurants , shops , snack bars - you name it , it's all a walk away .
Yep others have said it's not a new - 5 star hotel - OK but you can't compare this to new builds , It's nice , clean , friendly , with a roof top pool & bar area , has aircon ( if needed ) and if you consider that the other City centre hotels are 2 * , have no pools and are rather noisy / compared to the Windsor - then it is a 4 star in comparison.
If you want more - then go stay in the concrete jungle of new builds , there are plenty . But then you have to get taxis , busses and miss the simple pleasure of being able to walk round the old town - any time of day or night .
Be aware cobbled streets need good shoes - not flip flops.
We stayed ( a couple ) for 7 nights . Not being breakfast people we found what was on offer adequate ( some hot & lots of cold stuff ) Coffee is Ok , Tea as per usual is awfull ( like 90% hotels ). Being that there is no cows milk on the Island , it's UHT or now't but with a supermarket within 5 mins walk - Plenty of UHT on offer . We always take a travel kettle - purchased mugs 2 for E2 , so had tea when we wanted it .
We did not actually eat in the hotel but the set menu ( 3 courses ) was about E13.50 - so it's not expensive . We found 100's of restaurants within 5 /10mins walk - Indian , eastern , traditional , modern , snacky , etc and spent on average E30 ( lunch in the indian ) to E70 for 2 including wine and tip we eat out every day and snacked - we did not go into MAC's or next doors Pizza . We found the food was fresh , the menu's quite similar in the majority apart from the indian etc - the beef on skewers was good as was the sardines and calamari .
The People in the hotel do actually try hard to please ( you do just have to talk to them ) they are only people - some are of course more attentive than others - but they try. For us it was an ideal location , yes we missed a beach , but we spent time on the busses , in the cable cars , watching time slip by in the marina - met lots of very Nice people .Found the simple snacks like toasted sandwiches avail with the cocktails in the café along the promenade .We found a family run bakers in the old town alley - behind the fish market - down the street with the shoe shops - turn left - it's 75% of the way up the alley. Pastry to die for - egg custards that melt in the mouth.
We took the west of island tour - it was good fun & our guide was a real nice guy who knew so much , we even stopped to look at the different types of banana and he borrowed some from a shop to bring on board the mini bus to show us.
We had a great time & enjoyed the company of other travellers from around the world.
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- Also Known As:
- Windsor Hotel Funchal, Madeira