Contemporary styling and ocean views make this hotel stand out. And then there’s the luxury spa...
This cutting-edge hotel comes with panoramic views of the Atlantic and direct access to a small pebble beach. You’ll find it in the popular Lido area of Funchal, about a 10-minute drive from the centre.
There are two pools – the main one has fabulous ocean views. For meals, you can choose between the buffet or the à la carte restaurant. And in the evenings, there’s live music and cocktails in a stylish setting.
These modern twin rooms provide you with plenty of space and natural light. There's a balcony offering partial views of the ocean too. And twin rooms come with either a double bed, or twin beds with a sofa-bed. Plus you'll also find free Wi-Fi, a radio, air-conditioning, a minibar, and a flatscreen TV available.
We booked a sea view room through sunshine.co.uk from 26 - 31 March at around Â£63 per night. Having read on Tripadvisor that the upper floors had the best views, I subsequently emailed the hotel to see if we could get a higher floor room. The hotel politely replied that the higher rooms were Superior rooms, and there's be a Â£10 - 15 supplement per night if we wanted to upgrade, which was fair enough, but we didn't bother as we were only there for 5 nights.
We duly arrived on the 26th, and the nice guy on reception (after checking twice on the hotel's system) informed us that we were going into room 803 which I presumed was one of the upper floor superior rooms. Great, thinks I.
Up to room 803 after checking in. Room ? No. It was a huge suite - double balcony, large bedroom, huge sitting room (maybe 8m x 5 m ?), lovely bathroom (bath with overhead shower, separate rainforest shower, 2 whbs, bidet & wc), fully fitted kitchen complete with more crockery than we have at home, dishwasher, fridge/freezer, etc.
On our first night, I didn't want to leave the room ! We got 2 2 course meals plus a bottle of wine for a pretty reasonable Â£40 for room service in a 5 star hotel.
I did feel obliged to check the price on Melia's website (around 370 euros a night). Love to go back but I doubt lightning would strike twice !More
Standard 5 star
This a well situated hotel, on the Lido Ã¡rea, is a standard five star facilty, spacious rooms with good WC's. The breakfast was good, but not extraordinary, i've been to some 4 star hotels with similar or better breakfast service. The reception staff was frindly and very helpful.More
Stayed here because our ship had issues and the owners placed us here. Very nice location overlooking the Atlantic and within walking distance of downtown. Staff very nice and helpful. Rooms good size but do be careful in the bathroom and shower as the floor is slippery.More
This hotel is undoubtedly very clean and modern and for all intents and purposes would suit certain types of people very well. We had a nice large room on the 7th floor with a very large balcony with solid sides, great to stop the wind and catch a few rays when it wasn't raining. However the room is quite badly designed, no plugs near the bed, no plugs near the mirror to do your hair, lighting not really sufficient to be able to see to get ready, particularly near the wardrobe area. Beds were so uncomfortable I hardly slept for the duration of our stay. The TV was not easy to use, and we are not incapable of handling technology it just kept jumping back to the films all the time, so either faulty or a clever ploy! Wifi in the room was appalling, we only needed it for leisure purposes but had we been on business it would have been a serious issue. No water in the room, in a 5 star hotel it should come as standard and costs a matter of pennies yet makes a difference, particularly when the glasses in the bathroom weren't changed or cleaned our entire stay. The bathroom had double sinks which is a plus except the water pressure in one was really really low, also in the bath which took about 30mins to fill up! Outside of the rooms the hotel is very tidy and we'll presented and I can imagine in the height of the season is really lovely. Outdoor areas and pool all tidy with plenty of seating. Food at the pool restaurant is good but service shockingly slow. Breakfast was disappointing, not small by any means but lacking anything of real quality. And not particularly well laid out. Staff not overly friendly throughout, most hotel staff normally greet you as you pass them in corridors or at reception, not the case here. Lifts are painfully slow throughout the hotel. Gym and indoor pool nice areas but the gym was insanely hot and again no water available. Location is ok, lots of restaurants around, 10 minutes walk to a shopping centre in one direction but a substantial distance on foot to funchal. Nicely situated to enjoy the lido area below though.
Whilst the hotel looks good on the surface too many little niggling problems for our liking, would stay elsewhere next time. More
A good location
Well located for restaurants, bars etc. A 30 minute walk into the centre of Funchal or 7-8 Euro taxi ride (recommended for the return journey to avoid the hill. Spotlessly clean with very friendly staffMore