Hotel Savoy Gardens  


Perched on a hill, you have views from The Savoy Gardens which are hard to beat. The swimming pool is surrounded by a sun terrace, which offers up bird’s-eye views of Funchal. Then there’s the Panorama Terrace on the hotel roof, where you can watch the sunset from the whirlpool bath.

The property itself looks like it’s been pulled from the pages of a fashion magazine. The lobby is sleekly decorated with unique paintings, and the bedrooms are elegantly styled with a modern touch.

The main restaurant here serves a different themed buffet every night. Alternatively, if you want a more intimate meal, you can pay to dine in the restaurant’s à la carte section, or visit the à la carte eatery at the Royal Savoy Hotel.

Lastly, there’s the Magnolia Lounge, where the bar staff will personalise cocktails for you. Or, you can enjoy a quiet drink at the Cica bar or on the Panorama Terrace.

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Based on 592 reviews

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  • 1Building
  • 7Floors
  • 119Rooms
  • 2Lifts


Stylish adults-only holidays, designed for two

  • Contemporary style
  • Great settings
  • Top dining scenes
  • Relaxed atmospheres
  • 20kg luggage allowance
  • Adults-only hotels

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Food & Drink

Dining options Breakfast Lunch Evening meal Drinks Snacks, Icecream
Half Board

Buffet breakfast and dinner.   

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Laurissilva buffet restaurant*

With views over the pool area and the sea, enjoy buffet breakfast and daily themed buffets for dinner. Gentlemen are required to wear long trousers and a shirt for evening meals.

Mimosa spa*

For a range of massage and beauty treatments including hot stone, Reiki and shiatsu massage, reflexology and body wraps.

Cica bar*

Two-storey cocktail bar.

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double room with mountain view

Double room with mountain view sleeps 2 with a double bed - twin beds on request, air-conditioning/heating and an interactive flatscreen cable TV with video on demand. There is a charge for tea and coffee.

double room

Double room sleeps 2 with a double bed - twin beds on request, air-conditioning/heating and an interactive flatscreen cable TV with video on demand. Balconies on the higher floors are Juliette style. There is a charge for tea and coffee.

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Really enjoyable holiday

I am amazed to read some of the criticisms of this hotel, as we were there the same week and encountered few of the problems described. Indeed, we enjoyed our stay greatly. We had a large fourth floor sea view room with a massive bed. Yes, it was a bit on the hard side, but I was comfortable as I like firm beds. The room was spotless and well serviced every day. We were aware of a dog barking in a property across the road from time to time, but it did not disturb us and is hardly the fault of the hotel, while the road outside did not seem as busy as others have said. As far as the food was concerned, I can understand a little of it - the breakfast bacon was a bit clumpy but was better than I have found in many continental hotels and there was plenty of other choice including several varieties of fresh fruit every morning, cereals (including porridge), three varieties of egg dishes (four if you count the made to order omelettes) and some lovely local bread. The dinners were also served buffet style, but the menu varied from night to night, each time with several options including some excellent fish dishes, roasts and salads. Our main reservation was that there was too much pandering to British tastes, as we'd have liked to see some more local speciality dishes. (I did not see the fish fingers someone commented on - maybe they were goujons?) We were completely unaware of any issues regarding a bug or illness among the guests as not one of them mentioned any such to us and we saw no evidence of it either. Of course, this does not mean that no-one suffered in this way, but it certainly wasn't widespread - and at dinner the hotel insisted on people using an alcohol gel to clean their hands on entering the dining room. The hotel staff were, as others have acknowledged, friendly and helpful - they even managed to supply this football fanatic with a ticket for the local team's match on Saturday - and the facilities more than reasonable. There is a computer with free Internet access available at all times, a games room with pool/snooker, darts and even a huge Connect 4 game, an outdoor games area and of course bars inside and out. There is also a beautifully clean swimming pool with ample seats and loungers available around it and a rooftop sitting area with more of these and a Jacuzzi. As to the weather! There was sunshine every day with very little rain, though from time to time there was a chilly breeze. We did a fair bit of sunbathing in between our visits to Funchal centre, to Camara de Lobos and our sail on which we saw pilot whales, dolphins and turtles. We must agree with those who praised the entertainments team - Matt, Sarah, Stephen and Adele are talented performers who mix freely and naturally with the guests when off stage. We did not have much contact with Paula, the Thomson rep, except to ask a few questions and book a couple of excursions, but thought that the organisation of the whole holiday was smooth and efficient from leaving Glasgow airport to returning to it. Not a blip. If going to Funchal, realise in advance that Madeira is a very hilly island and that applies to Funchal as well. The comments about the steep climb to the hotel are valid, but there is a bus service and the taxis are, by British standards, cheap. Although we can understand a few of the points made by others, in our eyes any drawbacks were minor and did little to spoil our enjoyment of a most pleasant holiday. We'd have no hesitation in returning to this hotel or in using Thomson again. By the way, this was far from an expensive holiday and delivered excellent value for money.More

IanandLindaTroon, Troon

Superb Holiday

I cannot understand some of the negative reviews I have read on here. We usually go self catering but after looking at the price for Hotel Savoy Gardens decided to stay here. It was a great decision. We were on the 5th floor with a mountain view. I will agree that this is not the best of views but if we had wanted a sea view we would have paid for it. We do not go on holiday to spend the time in our room. Maderia is beautiful and to waste time complaining because dogs were barking or the road too noisy during the day makes going there pointless. Our room was not ready on arrival which was a first for us but the bar was open and time to relax after the flight. Hotel is up a hill but all this information is readily available before booking. Views are stunning from the roof to terrace. Our room was comfortable and very clean. We had a problem one morning with the shower head not working. It was fixed within an hour of reporting it at reception. The food was excellent. Fruit and vegetables were first class. I cannot understand anyone saying that the food was poor. There most certainly is no need to have chips every night. Would we stay here again. A most resounding YES!More

HaC580419, Horsham, United Kingdom

Great hotel.....but what the Thomson rep doesn't tell you...

Hotel was good, lovely sea views, friendly hotel staff, food fine ( although could have been a bit warmer). The hotel is placed mid way between the town of Funchal and the promenade so great if you like walking, but beware it can be quite steep, definitely not a place for the less mobile. The entertainment with Steve and Adele was outstanding, the only time we have ever enjoyed hotel entertainment. But the Thomson rep was not great, very reluctant to provide information on sight seeing using local transport. She was only interested in selling trips and refused point blank to tell us which bus we needed to catch to visit the next little fishing village. In the end we walked, only to find lots of other tourists there who had paid 2 euros for the local bus. The two best things that we did on holiday were things recommended by other visitors: We visited the Magic Tea rooms at the end of the promenade, and toured their gardens. They are called Madeiras best kept secret. Just pay for a drink or snack and you can enter them free of charge via the cafe. Churchill 's gazebo would be the most wonderful setting for a wedding. We visited the viewing point at cabo geria by catching a taxi from Caba de Lobas ( the fishing village an hours walk from the hotel - along the second promenade by the beach) it cost 12 euros. Once at the top, the taxi driver showed us the footpath to walk back down to the village. The path is marked with red and blue arrows/dots on the floor. It winds its way through the little houses and vegetable patches and takes about an hour. The views are spectacular, much better than just walking over the glass platforms at the top. Lastly we found that the best place to enjoy a lunchtime snack and a good pint of local beer was the restaurant with the grey canopy next to the castle. We joined a tour of the old town and had a free drink of poncho there. Finally if you need extra euros, the Western Union exchange next to the cathedral was giving ten cents more than we got from home. There was also no commission to pay.More

Christina D, Monmouth, United Kingdom

Room not as advertised and overall disappointing -

Having booked a room with a balcony and a mountain view we were disappointed to find we had neither. What was supposed to be the balcony was a small area enclosed by a 6 ft solid plastic screen above the service area. Adjacent to this was the hotel's air conditioning/extraction unit which was extremely noisy throughout the day and night. Because of the noise we were unable to use the 'balcony' and had to keep the window and doors closed whenever we were in the room. At night the noise made sleeping difficult. The hotel staff and Paula the rep refused to move us claiming there were no other rooms, even though rooms were advertised on their website. We were offered ear plugs and advised to make the most of our holiday by using the hotel's facilities and only use the room for sleeping. The food was much the same throughout; bland, sometimes cold with limited choice of mains. A bottle of water in the restaurant cost 3.50 euros. My husband suffered from stomach cramps and sickness for a couple of days. Although we did not attribute this to the hotel at the time, it appears that other guests suffered from similar symptoms. The rooftop jacuzzi was a nice idea but cold, the pool was even colder. Luggage arrived separately and the whole transfer process to and from the hotel was disorganised. Madeira is a beautiful place for a holiday, Funchal is lovely. This time our enjoyment was spoilt both by the standards of the hotel and support from Thomsons.More

Jakelacey2014, Kingswinford, United Kingdom

Good value

The hotel is nice. The rooms are as expected from the photos. If you get this at the right price you will be happy. The food was great. A really nice selection. Buffet style as expected from half board at this price. All staff are helpful. Entertainment was poor. This was an issue as the walk into town was long and uphill on the way back. 6 euros for taxi back. No fight for sunbeds, even the comfy ones were empty. No gym which was a shame. TIP...... Don't go to the story centre in town . It was really bad!More

187048Liz, Derby, United Kingdom

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