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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Thomsons misleading advertising

Booked this hotel in Thomson's website. Website stated only 2 rooms left. Because of this booked the hotel at the price stated because didn't want to lose the room (only 2 rooms available) 10 days later happened to be browsing Thomson's again and looked at the availability for my holiday expecting it to be sold out. This time no mention of shortage of rooms and price had been reduced significantly and lots of availability. Contacted the holiday operator who were most unhelpful. The only excuse they could give is that the rooms are let in batches as they become available. This is rubbish as the hotel is virtually a 100% Thomson holidays operation. I have been a good customer of Thomson's over the years. Had 2 cruises and 6 others in past six years but wont be using them again. How can a reputable? company operate in such an underhand wayMore

alan_226_12, London, United Kingdom

Mixed feelings

I, too, do not share many of the rave reviews for this hotel. Our sea-facing room was spacious and well appointed with lots of storage space and a free safe. We were pleased to see a tea/coffee tray provided on arrival but then disappointed to see that to have it restocked incurred an 8 Euro charge for a week. Surely, if you are already providing the kettle, cups etc, then it is a negligible cost to restock it and should be included in your room charge. The bathroom was adequate although dirty tiles and very discoloured sealant was not good. You are provided with a generic face//hair wash in a dispenser and hand soaps but no other lotions or potions. Food was extremely disappointing - I do not eat chips very much but had them 5 out of 7 nights as the other limited choices looked so unappetising. I would have liked to see more authentic dishes but choices were very limited and most things overcooked. I would also have liked to see more fresh fish but on the speciality 'fish' evening, commercially prepared fish-fingers were one of the choices! My biggest gripe in the dining room is the price of drinks; all drinks were far dearer than we have paid in 5* hotels and for a person who doesn't drink much alcohol, water was the same price as beer. However, the fruit and water machines that were available at breakfast were not available to use for water at night. Breakfast, thankfully, was much better with a good choice, although hot foods never seemed that hot. The dining room also unusually, has a hand sanitiser that has someone manning it each evening. I wondered why the staff were so vigilant with this, as I have not encountered this level of attention at any other hotel I've been too, but it soon become apparent that there may be an underlying problem as people soon started to suffer stomach bugs. My husband was one of these people, although he did not suffer as badly as some we knew of. With so many people affected at the same time, I would have liked to see more advice from the reps but we received no info. We learnt from another affected guest that we we had to inform the rep, as she was monitoring the incidences. Located is in a residential area and above a very busy road, the hotel is a fair climb from the harbour/centre area, although there is an efficient and frequent bus service with the No.24 bus stopping right below the hotel. Sea-view rooms incur an extra supplement, but for us, the view of the sea was not enough to compensate for the constant road noise during the day and the numerous close-by dogs who bark throughout the evening and night. Our room was also on the first floor above the dining room, and we were awoken every morning well before 7am by the sound of the breakfast preparation below followed by the sound of scraping chairs on the floor. We didn't ask to be moved to another room but in hindsight, we should have. I can't say much about the entertainment provided as the little bits we looked in on was a little uninspiring. Having been told that this was the only hotel with a full Thomson entertainment team, the evening entertainment seemed to be mainly a singing/guitar duo and a quiz, although we did stay to listen to one of the reps, Lou, who did have a good voice. We used the Jacuzzi only the once, as it was so cold. We didn't use the outside 'heated' pool as this also, was too cold for us. The pool area, however is a nice, clean space, with a good sized pool and plenty of sun beds. This was our second visit to Madeira (having thoroughly enjoyed our previous stay at the Pestana Promenade) and we returned to celebrate my birthday, but although we met some lovely people, overall, my husband and I were both disappointed with our experience and will not be returning to this hotel.More

J b, Pembroke, United Kingdom

We must have gone at the wrong time

I dont understand all these great reviews, the island was nice but i cant say the same for the hotel, the rooms were avarage,the beds were hard, my wife is a vegitarian and we had to fight to get some proper vegitarian food, they offered us vegitarian pizza that was sitting on top of meat pizza, there was a rice dish with prawns and a pasta dish with meat in it, perhaps their idea of vegitarian differs from ours, Jose did manage to sort us out in the end. Very dissapointed with the food on whole, everything was cooked to death. The holiday was spoilt when my wife came down with a vommiting bug, she was told to stay in the room and do not go to the restaurant by the Thomson rep, we wernt the only room that was affected, there were 4 others, by the end of the holiday we found out out there was 3 more rooms affected, the new thomson Adelle also came down with a bug. How this hotel is rated 4 star by thomson is beyond me.We were disturbed every morning by the empty bottles being thrown into the bottle bank and the dogs barking were getting on our nerves, it is safe to say we wont be going back to this hotel.More

david l, Oxford, United Kingdom

Many pluses but a few minuses

We booked with Thomsons and enjoyed our flights and transfers. Also for once in our lives we paid a bit extra for a suite with massive balcony and sea view which we found well worth it. We got the impression that a rear room on a lower floor could be disappointing. We can understand other reviewers disliking the hard beds, but we were happy with ours as it was much like home. We thought our room and bathroom were ample in all respects, and well maintained and cleaned (like the public areas inside and out) except that you had to be pretty muscular with the plunger to get the water to come from the shower head. Our sitting area had two chaises longues and two small armchairs, a second flat screen tv and a coffee table, plus net and thick curtains and sliding patio doors on two sides, so that it was comfortable both on sunny afternoons and on chilly, breezy evenings. You could have held a disco for 20 or 30 people on the resulting L-shaped balcony, which came with two upholstered sunbeds, a table and four casual chairs. We also received complimentary wine and fruit on arrival, but like others we had no extra tea, coffee or milk after the first day. Why offer a hospitality tray only to be inhospitable? We thought the food at both breakfast and dinner gave plenty of choice and was nicely cooked, catering to British tastes. For example, you could have boiled, scrambled or freshly fried eggs along with your bacon, small sausages, hash browns, tomatoes, mushrooms, baked beans and proper fried bread or French toast, quite apart from fresh fruit salad, porridge, choice of fruit juices, various breads, rolls and cakes, cereals, freshly made toast, various teas and coffees plus water. It's true that some aspects of dinner were "samey" in the salad and dessert departments (especially if you tried to load your plate with a bit of everything) but each night the buffet was themed, which we thought gave sufficient variety. Unfortunately there was one blemish when on the second night I nearly swallowed a small plastic stopper (which turned out to be the seal from the cap of a tube of fruit compote concentrate) while devouring my greedy selection of puddings. The head waiter was most apologetic and so was the chef whom he fetched out to explain himself, so the misfortune was nicely dealt with on the spot. We have no idea whether the seven or eight other people we encountered with bugs thought their misfortunes had anything to do with the kitchen, but my own bug did not surface for five days after the plastic pud episode, so I don't know what caused it. We did not sample the entertainment in the Magnolia Lounge but on the whole it was well spoken of. The performers and other Thomson staff were friendly without being intrusive. We found the local staff to be briskly efficient and occasionally a little solemn, but without being at all off-hand. The drinks prices were very reasonable for a hotel in this category - a welcome aspect after the short but steep hill from the main road or the half hour or so's walk back from town - worth mentioning here that the local bus only runs about once an hour. Like others, we were glad to say goodbye to the local dogs who practically bark the night away and more than make up for the absence of kids, but all in all we would gladly stay again whether in a suite or a cheaper room.More

pedro44, Surrey

Good value break

We spent an enjoyable week at the Savoy Gardens early April on a Thomson package. Our room was facing the back but given the cost of the holiday we were not bothered at all. The bed was very wide and relatively comfortable and the bathroom was excellent, particularly the over the bath shower. The hotel provides a wall mounted shower gel/shampoo dispenser, shower cap and vanity set plus soaps for the bidet and sink. No other lotions or potions were supplied so visitors may prefer to bring their own toiletries. The tv was fine with enough English speaking channels to satisfy our needs. Both our room and the rest of the hotel appeared to be spotlessly clean. We had a half board deal and the food is satisfactory - typical buffet for both breakfast and dinner with several choices of main course. The staff are professional and always polite and helpful. This hotel is a Thomson Couples hotel so no children are allowed. Entertainment by Thomson was organised every night - indeed, we both thought that the whole holiday resembled a cruise on dry land although the Entertainment was not as good as we have seen on Thomson cruises. I would say that the hotel is a good half hour walk from Funchal's centre although there is a good bus service from right outside the hotel front door. Before you buy bus tickets from the hotel reception, please note that there is a much cheaper system in operation where you can purchase a card which allows you to continually add journeys. We preferred to walk and visitors should be aware that the walk back could be quite daunting as the hotel is very much uphill from Central Funchal. The roof terrace provides fantastic views of Funchal and is a great place to sunbathe - there is an "honesty" bar in operation where guests can take drinks from the fridge and pay later at the reception. This is a very good indication of how this hotel operates and values clients. The swimming pool is large with lots of comfortable loungers close by. The hotel provides pool towels free of charge. Prices for drinks in the hotel are, we thought, quite high compared with other local bars and restaurants although there is a happy hour each day when the drinks are much cheaper. We had a really relaxing holiday in a good hotel only spoiled by a sickness virus which appeared to affect quite a few guests, myself included, on the final weekend.More

DandECarlisle, Carlisle

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