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Beautiful Hotel in Perfect Location

4.0 of 5 bubblesReviewed 4 weeks agovia mobile
We’ve stayed in a few Pestana Hotels over the years, but this, in our opinion, is the best of them! Back in the day (pre covid) the hotel we were staying in then, shared a courtesy bus into Funchal with the Grand. It looked so lovely when we used to call there that we decided to actually book to stay here. Sadly, the courtesy bus no longer runs, but there are plenty of public buses within a few minutes walk. It takes about 20 minutes to the main promenade in Funchal.
The public areas of the hotel are beautiful and spotlessly clean and the gardens are more like the botanical gardens!!!!! Stunning! The pools are well laid out and the glass screens keep the worst of the breeze away from the sun loungers, of which there are plenty. The water in the pool was a bit chilly, but then it is only April.
We booked a limited sea view room and were allocated a fabulous westerly facing one with views over the pool, the garden and across the bay towards Cabo Girao. We saw some amazing sunsets from there! The room was comfortable and kept spotlessly clean.
It’s hard to think of something to criticise at this hotel! If I were to be picky, I’d maybe say that, whilst the ‘quality’ of the food was VERY good, the choices in the buffet were quite limited for this standard of hotel. We always found something good to eat though. We tried both the Italian and the Madeiran speciality restaurants and enjoyed both. The breakfasts were also very good, but I was disappointed on a couple of occasions as the beautiful loaves of bread soon ran out and they weren’t replenished. There were always plenty of bread rolls and toast though.
All in all, an excellent holiday and we wished we’d booked two weeks instead of one!!! We will be back ….
Date of stay: April 2024
Trip type: Traveled as a couple
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Margarida Caldeira, Proprietário at Pestana Grand Premium Ocean Resort, responded to this review
Responded 4 weeks ago
Dear Mr./Mrs. jocd,

On behalf of our entire team at Pestana Grand, we would like to thank you for taking the time to provide us with your positive feedback. Your opinion is crucial for us to continue improving our service and anticipate our Guests' needs.

It was a real pleasure for us to have you as our Guest, and we look forward to welcoming you again at Pestana Grand.

Best regards,
Gilberto Gouveia
Hotel Manager
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.
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    Reviewed April 12, 2024

    This place is a total gem! Seriously, the location alone is worth it, but what really makes the place stand out is the staff. They're not just amazing; they go above and beyond to help out, making you feel super welcome and taken care of from the moment you check in. If you're looking for a chill spot with top-notch service, this is your place. The ocean views are just the cherry on top!

    Date of stay: April 2024
    • Trip type: Traveled solo
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    Sofia Freitas, Guest Services / Front Office at Pestana Grand Premium Ocean Resort, responded to this reviewResponded April 16, 2024

    Dear Mr./Mrs. 293brigitab,

    On behalf of our entire team at Pestana Grand, we would like to thank you for taking the time to provide us with your positive feedback. Your opinion is crucial for us to continue improving our service and anticipate our Guests' needs.

    It was a real pleasure for us to have you as our Guest, and we look forward to welcoming you again at Pestana Grand.

    Best regards,
    Gilberto Gouveia
    Hotel Manager

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    Reviewed April 7, 2024

    When we eventually arrived as were diverted via Tenerife due to strong winds, the welcome at 9.00 pm was very good. The lady receptionist who did the cinderalla shift told us to go straight to dinner and all sorted afterwards. A lovely room, 1312, a bottle of sparkling wine on our 50 wedding anniversary and the lady cleaners decorated our room too, one of which was born in 1974. Hotel is in a beautiful position, lovely gardens and views. 7 mins walk from the Forum shopping centre which is great for coffees, shopping etc. just outside is the Opan coffee shop, excellent, good friendly people and great food and coffee. Caught the bus 02 into Funchal, stops just outside the hotel, takes about 20 mins, cost each just under €2 single fare. Prices dearer in Funchal as expect to see a couple of cruise ships whilst in there. Look for the gate from the hotel gardens on to the promenade walk and go either way, towards the lido you’d have a steep hill to go up so we preferred walked towards the beach with the black sand the other way. Great supermarket with bakery for snacks if needed and wine within the forum. Met some brilliant people, such a clean island and you felt safe too. Book early and you’ll into the alternative restaurants too, we tried both the Italian and the Moroccan and both good. Didn’t like the coffee in the hotel, very strong. Entertainment is good, especially the lady on the Thursday night, 28/3, sorry didn’t get her name. Bar staff very attentive too. All in all even though we had some not so good weather, gusting winds, the gardens are beautiful and we had a very enjoyable stay.

    Date of stay: March 2024
    • Trip type: Traveled as a couple
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    Sofia Freitas, Guest Services / Front Office at Pestana Grand Premium Ocean Resort, responded to this reviewResponded April 16, 2024

    Dear Mr./Mrs. Foye1,

    Thank you for your feedback on your stay at Pestana Grand. We are pleased to hear that you enjoyed the experience and our team's dedicated, attentive, and professional service. Your comments make us proud and serve as an incentive for continuously improving our service and striving for excellence.
    We would like to thank you once more for choosing Pestana Grand Hotel to celebrate such special occasion!

    It was a great pleasure for us to welcome you as our Guest and we look forward to welcoming you again soon.

    Best regards,
    Gilberto Gouveia
    Hotel Manager

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    Reviewed April 3, 2024

    Our flight was cancelled and SATA airlines booked us at the Pestana Grand Premium Ocean Resort where we spent two nights in room #1122.

    What we liked:

    - Very friendly and professional staff; special thanks to Jozeeny and other staff members!
    - Location right by the ocean.
    - Great swimming pool.
    - Decent and clean gym.
    - Clean hotel overall.
    - Spacious room and balcony overlooking the ocean.
    - Forum shopping mall nearby.

    What we didn't like:

    - Food was not the tastiest (3.5/5.0); we found that they emphasized quantity rather than quality. As a comparison, we ate much better at the smaller Star Inn hotel in Lisbon.
    - Intruding pigeons flying across the restaurant every now and then; these birds are notorious to carry nasty diseases and could potentially contaminate food and other items.
    - Sink and bathtub were clogged.
    - Mattresses and pillows need to be replaced.
    - Retro style of room; wallpaper and varnished door/floor mouldings. It looks like the 1970's.. But that's just a personal opinion.
    - Evening entertainment in the lobby on floor level -1 could be improved; judging by people's lack of attention and enthusiasm around us.

    Date of stay: March 2024
    • Trip type: Traveled as a couple
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    Thank Steve C
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    Sofia Freitas, Guest Services / Front Office at Pestana Grand Premium Ocean Resort, responded to this reviewResponded April 16, 2024

    Dear Mr. Steve C,

    On behalf of our entire team at Pestana Grand, we would like to thank you for taking the time to provide us with your positive feedback. Your opinion is crucial for us to continue improving our service and anticipate our Guests' needs.

    We are so Happy to hear you found our staff (specialy Jozeeny) to be very friendly and professional. This gives our team extra motivation to continue an excellent service.

    We took good note of your comments and they have been discussed in our weekly meeting with the Head of Deprtments.

    It was a real pleasure for us to have you as our Guest, and we look forward to welcoming you again at Pestana Grand.

    Best regards,
    Gilberto Gouveia
    Hotel Manager

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    Reviewed April 3, 2024

    Wonderful Hotel.
    The staff are attentive and helpful as soon as you step through the doors of the large and spacious reception. We could look out to the lovely garden's and the sea beyond.
    The Restaurant was also spacious. Food was tremendous. Lots of choices all excellent. We are Vegetarian. When the Head waiter found out our choice. He advised the Chef and we were treated to Vegetarian Specials. Wonderful!
    Our room was great. We paid extra for a balcony. It really was worth it. Excellent views down to the pristine gardens and swimming pool.Blue sea and horizon beyond.
    Genuinely could not fault any of the Hotel for cleanliness. And yes, again. Space. Openness to relax and chill.
    Lovely walk's along seafront. Above but safe from the sea. Also away from the main roads.
    Would we go back. Yes. One day.
    Lin & Steve.
    Ps would have enjoyed a choice of Beer. Bass would be nice!!
    But you can't have everything.
    We came close.

    Date of stay: March 2024
    Trip type: Traveled with family
    Thank Stephen T
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    Sofia Freitas, Guest Services / Front Office at Pestana Grand Premium Ocean Resort, responded to this reviewResponded April 16, 2024

    Dear Lin and Steve,
    Thank you very much for your feedback on your stay at Pestana Grand. We are pleased to hear that you enjoyed the experience and our team's dedicated, attentive, and professional service. Your comments make us proud and serve as an incentive for continuously improving our service and striving for excellence.

    It was a great pleasure for us to welcome you as our Guest. We would like to thank you for staying at Pestana Grand, and we look forward to welcoming you again soon.

    Best regards,
    Gilberto Gouveia
    Hotel Manager

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    Reviewed March 29, 2024

    This hotel makes your shoulders slope.

    Second time we’ve stayed here as a family of 3.

    Service very good, rooms great, food very good but the gardens, vista and setting make this a wonderful hotel to relax in.

    Two happy hours are well timed at pre dinner and 21.30 to 22.30.

    We stay half board and take advantage of the dining choices to eat at the Miramar hotel near Funchal. The Adega & Mira Mar A La Carte are outstanding. Special regards to Claudia who is a star.

    Pool area lovely and calm. Even at 19c you need sun cream.

    We said the same thing again on this holiday - where is everyone as the hotel is never crowded.

    One criticism though - the entertainment is poor and as such the bar in the evening is quiet- last night the pianist literally gave up and stopped playing 30 mins early. Provide good entertainment and more will take evening drinks.

    Top tip 1 - take advantage of the Pestana card for 10% off drinks outside of happy hour.

    Top tip 2 - eat at the Miramar!

    Top tip 3 - double Poncha in Camara de Lobos- that will change the perspective of your day!!

    We’ll definitely be back again.

    Date of stay: March 2024
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    Thank Pat B
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    Margarida Caldeira, Proprietário at Pestana Grand Premium Ocean Resort, responded to this reviewResponded April 2, 2024

    Dear Mrs. Pat B,

    We were delighted to hear that your recent stay at Pestana Grand was delightful and that you thoroughly enjoyed your stay. Our team would like to thank you for your very kind feedback.

    Many thanks for choosing Pestana Grand for your holiday. We look forward to hosting you again soon at our hotel.

    Kind regards,
    Gilberto Gouveia
    Hotel Manager

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