Estalagem Do Vale4.0 out of 5.0
Recent guest reviews
General Bullet points -with or without hotel, the flight-hotel package was the same, wow, that was one great deal. -one of the best locations on the island, away from heavy tourism, weather of course more sporadic as at base of mountains, and early march but could fire a high powered bibi gun to the sea -great access to all the wonderful hiking and scenery on the north end -hotel is 6 years old, great ocean view and mountain views. located on west side of valley, looking directly out at famous white chapel on hlll. views comprised about 160 full degrees, north to sea and beginning of confined valley that hotel resides in, and up towards mountain pass leading to funchal -about half hour to funchal -you need a car here -never found supermercado near by, but found one in porto moniz 15 klicks west -nice choice of casual dining along the saterfront, around 5-8 resaurants, all decent to really good, all affordable hotel specifics -hotel has open feel, nice fireplace with huge kush leather chairs, multi lingual library, but limited english, bar access anytime, just ring the bell. beer 4.50 euro per half liter, bout twice what it is in town, but not bad and fresh. good scotch 4 bucks a pour -great morning breakfast included daily from 8-10. british and continental, hot and cold, nice coffee -staff very attendant at meal time but not in your grille. they like to pick where you sit, weird. -dinner expensive but nice presentation and quality. Worth it maybe once or twice in a 1-2 week stay. expect 60 euro for a couple including wine -swimming pool outside but covered and heated. hot tub not sufficiently heated and maybe not adequetely filtered or cleaned. sporadic operation, but they will turn up or on upon request, including sauna -who needs a gym but they have a few basics -mini fridge in room, high pressure water in bathroom, nice. tv basic, hollywood channel in english for movies, cnn. -staff is in general good, but not friendly, not helpful for tourism purposes, you must find and make your own way and plans, and dont expect gratefulness in disposition. they could definately use a class in friendliness, as most are quite dour. this, for us, was unexpecteldly important in satisfaction, and in fact what cost them another star. would it kill to say thank you or inquire about your stay or needs or any ovation at all please thank you. -terrible wool blankets -bed not comfortable, but relative -ample parking in all, we spent evenings and mornings at the hotel and days exploring and hiking, and for that, the hotel suited us very fine. one day we were ill and spent resting, rainy day and we used spa and sauna. if lounging by poolside in the sun is for you, then do not choose this mountainside hotel with views. if getting away from it and solo adventuring is it, then i think this hotel is good. strange mini golf course not in use below rooms.