"wonderful stay in Funchal; great location"
Wonderful accommodations. it was a bit disappointing that the hot tub is only available in the spa and that closed at 6pm! Restaurant was great. Complimentary breakfast was fabulous. Service all around was impeccable. Would stay there again in a heartbeat. Oh - and the rooms were really spacious!Genuine Hotels.com guest review
"Wonderful hotel, very comfortable"
Rooms and beds were incredibly comfortable, breakfast was extensive (everything from honey cakes to dried fruit to 2 different kinds of jam to pressed watermelon juice) and staff was typically very helpful. Outdoor swimming pool was particularly nice, and we accidentally joined a water aerobics class one night. Location: hotel is located a good 15 minute […] walk from the city center, which wasn't a problem for us because we like looking at maps and getting a little lost. If you're the kind of person who likes to roll out of bed and be in the hustle and bustle, perhaps this isn't for you. Read moreGenuine Expedia guest review
Excellent small hotel in quiet area close enough to town for 70 year olds to walk.Clean, good room size, excellent dining room, although menu would be limited for someone on half board staying a week. No view of ocean might be drawback to some.Genuine Hotels.com guest review
"Quintinha de Sao Joao"
Lovely hotel with exceptional staff. Room was large, quiet and bright. Breakfasts were extensive with many options. Location was great for getting to know the old city of Funchal and access to the motorway was excellent. Wonderful value, would return.Genuine Expedia guest review
great hotel and facilities. very helpful staff great and not too spicy goan food (worth trying). loved the island and hotel.Genuine Hotels.com guest review
"Not 5-star experience"
The hotel was ok but definately did not offer 5-star standard service. The wifi in our room never worked during our stay, and the cleaning staff did not refill our shampoo/soap when the original ones were finished. We booked our room with half board and free cancellation, and were unable to arrive early enough as scheduled on the first evening due to […] flight delay in lisbon for over 6 hours, so that we missed the dinner on that night. We asked if there was a possibility for a refund or a small compensation, and the answer was no for what-so-ever. Maybe they had the right to refuse our request for refund, but still, since they advertised their rooms as "with wifi", which never worked in our room, we just felt that they did not need to be so money orientated. But the restaurant was good, with friendly people working there. Read moreGenuine Hotels.com guest review
"Great boutique hotel in Madeira"
I have just returned from my 4-day stay at Quintinha Sao Joao. I can only recommend this hotel because of the cosy atmosphere. The members of staff are very friendly and nice, professional but not formal, customer - oriented and helpful. The hotel is very relaxing and peaceful: the ideal place if you need to detox from a very busy life in a city like […] London. Even if I was there by myself, I have never felt alone as I was feeling connections. Last but not least, some members of staff speak foreign languages very, very well. Read moreGenuine Expedia guest review
"A real find!"
We arrived at about 10.45 but were welcomed and given coffee on the terrace whilst our room was made ready. The room we were given was superb and easily exceeded our expectations - as did the remainder of our stay. Breakfast was an excellent buffet with waiter/ess served hot dishes which were cooked to order. Dinner was also good with an interesting […] menu of local and international dishes alongside Goan curries - which were delicious. The staff were, without exception excellent. They were friendly, attentive and keen to help you enjoy your stay. We were sorry to leave after our week in Funchal, but I'm sure we will return. Read moreGenuine Expedia guest review
"Luxury, friendly, comfortable and convenient"
Excellent hotel where all of the staff make you feel at home from the minute you arrive. A true home away from home. Rooms absolutely huge with super king bed, two seater sofa, tv, wardrobe, balcony, and fully equipped bathroom. Breakfast very good, eggs cooked to order. We did not use the outdoor pool. But the indoor pool is lovely and warm. Spa and […] games room on the lower ground floor. The hotel is a 15 min walk from the town centre, down hill into town, uphill when coming back - not for those who can't walk well but a taxi only costs 5/6 euros which we would highly recommend. Hotel is also very helpful with booking tours, giving directions, restaurant recommendations etc. A great hotel which by far beats the big hotels on the hotel strip west of a Funchal. We will definitely return (as do many guests who have stayed before !!) Room tip: 2nd floor 208-209-210. Read moreGenuine Expedia guest review
"Madeira and the Quintinha Soa Joao"
Fantastic! people are so helpful and friendly. We were lucky to choose this hotel, slightly out of town and small enough to be very friendly and to get to know you. They made the holiday for us by being so very friendly and polite. Nothing was too much trouble.Genuine Expedia guest review
"Madeira in March"
Our visit was great the hotel was very friendly and the rooms super, obviously a family run concern with wonderful areas to sit all around the hotel laid out like little sitting rooms.Genuine Expedia guest review
"Excellent small,family run hotel."
This is a delightful hotel with excellent amenities, friendly and helpful staff, well appointed rooms and we had a very enjoyable stay here. We will certainly return. The underground car parking was free and useful as we had a hire car.Genuine Expedia guest review
"Lovely hotel with very attentive staff"
The staff really make this hotel, nothing is too much trouble and they really want you to enjoy your stay. Even the girl who cleaned the room left me an extra box of tissues (unasked) as I had a cold. Not a particularly nice walk into Funchal and quite a steep walk back so we ended up paying for a lot of taxis. The hotel does do a run into town at 10am […] and back at 5.30 but never seemed to coincide with our plans. Massive room for a standard, ours was 115 which was lovely and quiet, under the swimming pool and with balcony but no one could see into room itself. Very pleasant hotel with lovely gardens. Read moreGenuine Hotels.com guest review
"Great hotel in striking distance of town"
Very good hotel, friendly staff, set in nice gardens.Genuine Expedia guest review
"Lovely Hotel away from town centre 10 mins to cent"
Had a great time Hotel staff are very helpful This is 3rd time we have been over the last 10 years and staff still there and remember youGenuine Expedia guest review
All facilities very good and staff very friendly could not do enough for us. Very suitable for mature couples as long as you like walking, nearly a mile from centre of Funchal and quite a steep climb back. There is a bus into town but not very frequent.Genuine Expedia guest review
"Comfortable hotel, relaxed friendly atmosphere."
We were welcomed to the hotel by friendly reception staff who showed us to our room and informed us about the hotels facilities and the weeks optional activities. We asked the receptionist to book various restaurants and taxis, which they did gladly. They were very approachable and helpful. The room was well appointed with a small balcony from which […] we were able to see the sea and some of the hotels gardens. the room was large and well furnished, with a small settee, table and a small TV and DVD. It would have been nice to have a bigger screen. It would have been nice to have tea and coffee making facilities, although the cost of a coffee or tea in the hotel were not expensive, and there was room service. I would have liked to make my morning cup of coffee. All floors had sitting areas with beautiful flower arrangements and access to reading material. The indoor swimming pool, although not large was very clean with a ready supply of lovely green towels and rattan sun loungers. It was always lovely and warm with the facility of being able to open the windows for a bit of sun bathing. The restaurant staff were friendly and welcoming. The morning buffet breakfast was my favourite -a selection of cereals, cheeses, fresh or dried fruits, yogurts, rolls and bread, honey cake and best of all Champagne each day to start the day with a kick. You can also have eggs, bacon, sausage and mushrooms cooked in various ways. Do not miss Happy Hour with lovely cocktails at half price. Read moreGenuine Expedia guest review
"Comfortable homely hotel"
We found the staff professional and friendly especially the two barmen Toni and Antonio. The Vasco de Gama bar was very comfortable and there was a pianist three evenings a week. Breakfast was a varied cold buffet but a cooked breakfast was also available. There was a games room with a pool table and table tennis, chess and drafts. An indoor swimming […] pool as well as outdoor, a spa and a gym. Read moreGenuine Expedia guest review
"nice hotel well furnished and lovely decorated"
peaceful stay in lovely surroundings.enjoyed breakfast and friendly staff.Genuine Expedia guest review
"Excellent charming hotel"
Lovely stay, hotel staff very friendly and helpful. Very relaxing.Genuine Expedia guest review
"Best hotel yet"
What a lovely hotel. Really friendly, helpful staff who made you feel extremely welcome. Hotel atmosphere very relaxing with great facilities. Restaurant food was good quality with staff providing high level of service. Very quiet with nice views of surrounding hills. Walk to main town about 15 minutes. Walk down fine but coming back the walk was quiet […] steep. There is a hotel courtesy bus although we didn't end up using it. Super walks around the island which the hotel helped us to arrange. Hope all future hotel bookings are as successful as this one. Read moreGenuine Expedia guest review
"An exceptional find."
Our first visit to Madeira so finding the right hotel was crucial to our overall impression of the island.We could not have wished for better.Genuine Expedia guest review
"Caring, helpful staff"
We would just like to say that the staff were wonderful to us. We had very sad news 2 days in to our stay and the staff were so caring, then unfortunately my father took very ill, what a week! Again the staff couldn't have been more helpful and compassionate. Even though it wasn't the happiest of holidays the staff and other guests have given us some […] happy memories that we will always be grateful for. Rosie is a legend and Sarah, in the restaurant, is just a breath of fresh air. Thank you all so much we will hopefully be back as soon as we can xxx Read moreGenuine Expedia guest review
"A Gem i n Madeira"
Wonderful hotel with the friendliest staff I have experienced and supported by a great restaurant. The quite location in a a nice suburb and yet within walking distance from the centre of Funchal. Recommend it and will stay there again on my return to this beautiful island.Genuine Hotels.com guest review
"Lovely hotel with beautiful gardens"
We chose Quitinha Sao Joao after reading a review about it in the Sunday Times. When we looked on Expedia we liked the reviews about it. We are delighted about our choice. It was a really lovely small hotel set in beautiful gardens with a large variety of plants. The room was simple but very comfortable. It was like staying in someone's country house. […] We liked the separate sitting area. It was very clean. The entire staff were excellent, very professional and friendly. The wonderful Rosie was the icing on the cake. She helped us greatly from organising trips to booking tables to giving ideas of places to visit. If Rosie doesn't know the answer nobody does. Read moreGenuine Expedia guest review
Fantastic hotel . 5 star all the wayGenuine Hotels.com guest review
"Small and friendly for a relaxing quality stay."
This was our first visit to Madeira and would go again. It is very beautiful with friendly people that welcome British visitors. It offers a varied scenery and climate. We have just enjoyed a short stay at this hotel and took advantage of a free half board offer. This is a small quality hotel set in attractive gardens. It is easily reached on foot from […] the town center, although the final stage is an uphill walk. The staff could not be more helpful and the catering was very good with plenty of choice. An excellent choice for a relaxed stay. Read moreGenuine Expedia guest review
Really nice room. Nice pools. Breakfast is good. Didn't try the restaurant but heard that it wasn't the best from other guests. Awesome spa with cool water massage's. Lovely garden for afternoon tea and coffee. The location is not too bad. 15 minutes down hill to the town. We got taxis back some tines for 5 euros. There's nice pubs and restaurants about […] 10minutes walk south. well worth the stay. Read moreGenuine Expedia guest review
"A Great Choice of Hotel in Madeira"
The staff were without fail, polite, helpful and cheerful. We were staying on a bed & breakfast basis the breakfast buffet was first class, we also had a lunch snack which was very good value and two evening meals also good quality. The two pools were clean and towels always available. The hotel did not feel as if it was in town as it sits in it's own […] gardens with a screen of trees giving a tranquil atmosphere. Read moreGenuine Expedia guest review
"Mother in law loved it ... and so did I"
Great hotel, with very friendly staff. Small nature of the hotel (40 rooms) means there is a family atmosphere and you get to know the staff and other guests. Beautiful gardens, although they are smaller than they appear from the photos. The hotel is about 1.3kms from the centre of town, downhill there but uphill back. Taxis are plentiful and good […] value for the trip back up the hill. Happy hour is a nice touch, and a good way to meet other guests. It is a very relaxed atmosphere. Do not expect 4am drinking games or discos. Bed is very firm, you can ask for a topper if you prefer a softer bed. Those rooms facing the town can get some road noise (especially 8-9am and 4-6pm). Positives: - Great gardens - Super staff (with one exception) - Nice outdoor pool and bar area - Close enough to the centre, but away from the horrid hotel strip - Breakfast - good quality and variety (ask for anything even if not on the menu ie omlette) To improve: - Free wifi in rooms should be standard (there is free wifi in the public areas) - Evening meals, easier and better value to go into town. Read moreGenuine Expedia guest review
"Great hotel for relaxing"
This was our third trip to this superb modern hotel which feels like an old country house. The staff are excellent and give you lots of attention, the gardens are lovely and afternoon tea and cake around the pool is a real treat. Prices for extras are very reasonable, 1.50 euro for tea, 3 for cake and 4 for brandy. It is a totally relaxing place to […] stay. Breakfast is very good and you get fresh fruit in your room every day. The décor is 100% everywhere and the place is spotless. The thing you need to know is that its about a mile from the town centre and the walk is a little vertically challenging. We don't mind as its good exercise but you can always get a cab back up which is about 5 euro. This is one of the best places we have stayed in. Read moreGenuine Expedia guest review
There is really not a bad word to say about Quintinha Sao Joao. The staff are tremendous - friendly, personable, helpful and genuinely interested in talking to you. Rooms are lovely, spacious, clean and the gardens and bar area are beautiful. We also really enjoyed the indoor pool, which is up on the second floor. Light & airy, it felt slightly nicer […] than sitting by the outdoor pool which was very quiet. Meals are good - both breakfast (lots of choices including omelettes; salmon & scrambled eggs; fresh juice; toast; cakes; cheese & ham; cereal etc) and evening (nice selection of dishes from Goa plus lots of local delicacies too). It's only a short walk into the town (10-15 mins depending on how fast you walk) or 6 euros in a taxi. Rosie is also brilliant at recommending & booking trips, restaurants, days out etc. We'll definitely be back. Read moreGenuine Expedia guest review
"A great relaxing base for exploring Madeira."
A fabulous smallish hotel (43 rooms) with the facilities of a resort - 2 heated pools, 1 indoors. Friendly, efficient staff, lovely antique furniture in public areas. Walking distance (down hill) to both city centre & hotel zone restaurants. Good local bus services. Recommended.Genuine Expedia guest review
"Superb little gem of a hotel"
Quintihna Sao Joao is a great hotel to choose as your home for your stay in Madeira. The hotel has everything you'd expect from a 5 star, but in an informal setting that allows you to relax and feel at home. By far the best thing about this hotel is the staff - without exception they were welcoming, friendly and gave excellent service, without it ever […] feeling intrusive. The hotel is really well located in Funchal - it's about 10 minutes walk down to the harbour (where the main centre starts), coming back its about 20 minutes as its steeply uphill - but the whole of Funchal is on hills! There are cheap taxis everywhere if you want to avoid the climb. We were very glad we stayed here rather than in the rather soulless hotel zone further out. Read moreGenuine Expedia guest review
"The perfect hotel to relax and unwind"
Although our stay was quite brief we were made to feel welcome and comfortable from the moment we arrived until we left, five days later. We enjoyed meals in the fabulous hotel restaurant as well as in Funchal, where we followed the recommendation of the guest manager, Rosie. Facilities were excellent, lovely views were constantly taking us by surprise […] and the staff were attentive, friendly but not too 'over the top'. I would not hesitate to recommend this wonderful hotel. Read moreGenuine Expedia guest review
"Great location for a getaway"
Excellent staff - superb value for money - close enough to walk into town, and burn off some of the Madeira wine calories.Genuine Expedia guest review
Very helpful and friendly staff throughout. Booked on bed and breakfast basis.Genuine Expedia guest review
"Friendly and relaxing."
Lovely hotel in a lovely place, friendly on-the-ball staff and great breakfast..Genuine Expedia guest review
"Very comfortable hotel in an older style"
Very relaxing hotel in an older style but still up to date and quiet. Food good and staff very friendly and helpful. At times service in restaurant a little slow. Good info at concierge desk and reception desk.Internet free in public areas but need to pay in rooms. Did suggest in this day and age Internet in room should be excellent and free. Also suggested […] that each room should have kettle and tea etc for we oldies. Indoor pool good and relaxing- almost sauna like. Gym looked okay but did not use. Would use hotel again. Perhaps had a good rate for time of year and present world financial situation. Hotel had gym, 2 pools, garage, ping pong and pool, good bar with live music on the piano at times. Happy hour 2 for 1. Read moreGenuine Expedia guest review
Staff were really helpful and we can't wait to return soon!Genuine Expedia guest review
"Good for visit"
Very enjoyable - hotel staff very good and the dining experience was good.Genuine Hotels.com guest review
"Very nice place to stay"
The only thing that would have made this hotel perfect is if it were a bit closer to town, the walk back is all uphill and quite a climb, but it is easy to get a taxi. The staff were very friendly and could not have done more to help.Genuine Expedia guest review
"Excellent friendly hotel"
The hotel has excellent facilities and the staff are very helpful and friendly. The hotel is located slightly away from the hotel zone and Funchal centre but no more than a 10 minute walk to local restraunts and supermarkets.Genuine Expedia guest review
"A Gem in Funchal"
A truly wonderful hotel with extremely friendly and helpful staff - we will be back.Genuine Expedia guest review
We took our two daughters aged 6 and 7 for a short holiday and we all had a fantastic time. The hotel is a beautiful place to stay with every amenity and the staff are very polite and friendly and really do go out of their way to ensure everyone has a pleasurable stay. We are all looking forward to returning to this hotel again.Genuine Expedia guest review
"Hotel with a warm welcome."
This hotel was recommended to us by friends and we were not disappointed. Lovely setting and gardens. We booked bed and breakfast and on arrival we were upgraded to a suite which was a real treat. All the staff were extremely helpful and friendly and nothing was too much trouble for them. Rosie (Courtesy Desk) was great and helped with local information, […] bookings for restaurants and walking trips (our guided walk of Pico de Arieiro and Pico Ruivo was spectacular). We also spent a couple of enjoyable evenings eating in the hotel restaurant and chatting to other guests. The walk into Funchal was only 15 minutes downhill, and although there was a courtesy bus from the hotel we never used it as we were OK walking back. We will return to this hotel and would highly recommend it to others. Read moreGenuine Expedia guest review
"Quintina Sao Jao"
We were put in room 002 first right next to restaurant. The noise was none stopp we asked to be move and wew offered room 007 which was terribly dark because of the big wall next to the patio. Finally on day 5 of 7 day holiday we wew moved to the next floor. Room 111 was quiet and bright. The hotel has a small garden and no views to speak off. Its […] got the Four Views Baia in front of it which has stunning view oved Funchal. Restaurant is overpriced and limited in choice. They actully cut their fresh fruit up so that you cant take it out of the restaurant at breakfast! Even the bananas. Charging for putting your things in the fridge is also petty. Very disappointed and will not go again. Read moreGenuine Expedia guest review
Quiet, comfortable, relaxing old-style hotel with lovely mature garden and both indoor and outdoor swimming pools. Staff friendly, helpful and attentive. We would certainly return in the future.Genuine Hotels.com guest review
"Beautiful and friendly hotel"
A beautiful hotel with very friendly and helpful staff, about 15-20 mins walk (uphill) from Funchal town centre. We thoroughly enjoyed our stay and would recommend it.Genuine Expedia guest review
"4 Days of BLISS!"
The hotel was excellent in every way. There is no uncomplimentary comment we can make. We felt fitter at the end of our holiday walking up the hill but that was our choice. There is a hotel taxi service. Anybody going to this hotel is in for a rewarding experience. It is FANTASTICGenuine Expedia guest review
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