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We had a lovely holiday in Madeira in November Weather was very good apart from a couple of cloudy days. The Hotel Savoy Gardens is certainly to be reccommended. Large comfortable rooms kept spotless by good staff, food plentiful and of good quality.
Enjoyed 3 trips out on the island organised by the Thomson team, all very good and with excellent guides. Entertainment was better than usual and very varied.Only comment on the down side was that a courtesy bus would have great to get back up all those hills.
Although a little belated (due to computer malfunction!) we cannot enthuse enough about the Savoy Gardens Hotel, having spent ten days at the end of October there! This was our first visit to Madeira and our second Thomson Gold Hotel and we were definitely not disappointed by either. On our arrival in Madeira we were met by a friendly Thomson Rep who directed us to our minibus which would take us and our luggage to the hotel. The journey was very short, always a bonus, and on arrival at the hotel we were met by friendly staff. Our room was very spacious with good air conditioning and tea making facilities (two important features for us) and there was even a radio in the bathroom! However, I do wish I had asked for a sea view, as our large balcony at the rear of the hotel did not get any sun at all, although we did have a lovely view of the mountains, and the rooftop terrace was only a short distance away where the views all around Funchal were breathtaking. The food was varied and always well cooked, the Gala Night dinner was excellent. All the staff at the hotel were friendly and nothing was too much trouble for them. The only downside was the location, as it was at the top of a hill! However we knew this before we went and still managed to walk to and from the hotel on many occasions without any major problem. Even if there had been there were plenty of buses and taxis available all the time. Thanks to an excellent Welcome Meeting, where we were given lots of local information by our wonderful resident Reps, Claire and Faye, we took advantage of two full day excursions (east coast and west coast) and two half day ones (Flavours of Funchal and Nuns Valley), so managed to see quite a lot of beautiful Madeira, and it was worth every penny. We met lots of lovely people, had lots of laughs, and were also very lucky with the weather, hot and sunny most of the time. The icing on the cake however was the fabulous Entertainment Team, Sarah, Kamara, Kieran and Johnny, who were all so very talented. They kept us brilliantly entertained day and night, and there was definitely no need to leave the hotel in the evening unless you really wanted to! The acts they flew in from the UK were also very good indeed, Chique Strings in particular. Thank you to everyone for making this one of our best holidays to date! We are already planning our next Thomson Gold holiday. If you do go to Madeira you really must stay at the Savoy Gardens Hotel in Funchal.
This was our first half board holiday, not too many choices for winter sunshine.
The Savoy Garden hotel was very comfortable and clean. superb friendly accomodating staff especially Luis in the restaurant and our chamberlady was really sweet, perfectly tidied room everytime, please remember staff gratuaties they dont get paid that well. the hotel is up a steepish hill ok for walking lovers but a little too steep for other people that we meet. the swimming pool was nice but not warm!! had expected it to be heated but must have missed that is isnt, ok if the sun was warm enough when exiting but unfortunately we didnt have much. Plenty of restaurants very close and only a 10-15 min walk into funchal and a great steak on the stone meal on the front was fabulous recommend it really good value if you love fillet steak, only 15Euros. Cake shops to die for but not if you are watchin you waistline. 2 or 3 little shops very close 5 min walk and good supermarket near the Lido if you are self catering for lunch snacks. recommend north/west tour on minibus, if you want to meet nationalities other than Brits go on a monday if not go another day. chair lifts to botanicle gardens good but if you want to try the Toboggan ride (definately worth it) get a single ticket on first cable car saves a few Euros. If you dont mind walking down hill back into Funchal worth wearing comfortable walking shoes otherwise you may need a taxi. excellent taxi driver who waits outside of hotel gates, will take 4 or 5 people on day trip either north/west or south/east 20Euros each thats the best value trip to do, not the hotel ones im afraid they are expensive if you are on a budget go into town to search out best prices. the temperature during the day was 18-25c the week before had sunshine all week but we were not so fortunate, but shorts and tee shirts were the order of the day.
altogether Maderia was a very green and pleasant island to visit with very nice genuine people ready to accomodate.7 -8/10
We enjoyed our holiday in Funchal .We found Blandys winery most intersting ,also enjoyed riding on the cable car and visiting the botanical gardens .There were good excursions to the
west and the east of the island .Alovely scenic island with warm friendly people .
The Thomson Gold entertainment team at the Savoy Gardens Hotel were the best we have ever come across .All the hotel staff were very helpful and friendly and we will definitely go back there next year .
We have just returned from The Savoy Gardens in Funchal, the hotel was much better then expected, The Thomson gold Reps Claire and Faye were lovely, always there to help. The Hotel was on the 'Top tier of the wedding cake' in regards to the coastal road, so it was lovely going down but a bit of a struggle for my parents ( age 75 ) to get back up again. The entertainment team in the Hotel - Claire, Johnny, Keiran and Kimera were great, the shows were very professional and West End quality. Funchal is a very pretty place to visit, there was lots to do, the cable car to the top was a favourite.
Our only negative was that the Hotel wanted to charge 8 Euros per week extra for tea and coffee facilities in the room, this is not a huge amount to pay but for the quality of this 4 star hotel I did not expect to be charged extra for a few tea bags on coffee sachets, so take your own!
The holiday overall was very enjoyable and I would not hesitate in recommending it to anyone.
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