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Quintinha Sao Joao

5.0 out of 5.0

Recent guest reviews

This hotel was booked on a last minute deal on a Tui Al La Carte package as the photos and reviews on TripAdvisor looked promising. Other research prior to this holiday was minimal so we didn't go with any particular expectations. However, from the moment we walked into reception we were impressed with the friendly and helpful staff. The hotel itself is not large and I would not describe it as chic, but rather fashionably stylish and in keeping with the period of the property. Our room on the second floor had a balcony overlooking the garden which was very pleasant but this is a city hotel so other buildings and roads are not far away. That said, the room was very quiet and apart from local dogs barking away we weren't aware of any noise disturbance. The room had everything we needed apart from tea and coffee making facilities although I noted that this could be provided - we didn't bother so don't know if it was a chargeable item of not. I personally found the bed a lot firmer than I'm used to which took a night or two for me to get used to but my wife had no problems with it. Location wise the hotel is about 25 minutes walk from the cable car station in the centre of Funchal and if you ask Rosy at the desk near reception she will tell you the best way to walk in. The route takes you past the Marine Shopping Centre and there is a Spar on the lower floor if you need anything from a supermarket. Coming back is uphill so allow more time or look at alternatives. The hotel did run a courtesy bus but this wasn't something we felt the need to take advantage of. Now to the food - we were on half board (which as we didn't notice an abundance of restaurants in the area was probably a good thing) and the package we'd booked meant that we could choose from both the daily menu and the Al La Carte menu which gave us really good flexibility. The lamb fillet and the fillet mignon from the Al La Carte menu were both superb, and I had the Chocolate Fondant three times! Our stay covered Valentines Day and there was a special menu put on for that which was excellent. One other thing that they did which I thought was a great idea was a 'MasterChef' evening where their four chefs came up with a four course menu each and you (ideally) chose a course from each of them, and then marked them for presentation and quality. The scores were then totted up and the MasterChef of the week was selected with the honour of a photo in the restaurant. I imagine this is quite a challenge for the chefs as obviously they are catering for more than just 3 judges! It is fair to say that because of this the quality of some of the courses we had that night were not as good other nights - but still very good quality. Overall I would say that we haven't eaten so well before on a package holiday! Breakfast was a combination of buffet and cooked to order. Don't expect it to be like a full English. Do expect well cooked sausages, bacon and fried or poach eggs (the day I had scrambled it was more like a chopped up omelette). The waiting on staff (Ines, Marlene, Rosy and two gentlemen (whose names I won't write for fear of misspelling them)) were so friendly and attentive. They seemed to get to know most of the guests by name. The reception staff were excellent too - on one occasion we were waiting for an excursion pick-up and were just starting to get twitchy that they hadn't turned up and the receptionist was getting on the phone to them before we'd even asked. Overall, we really enjoyed our stay at this smaller but friendly hotel, and it would be our first choice for a return visit to Madeira.

What a gorgeous hotel. The multilingual staff are both charming and helpful. The room was spacious with a most comfortable bed. Breakfast had just about everything on offer and the range of fresh fruit lovely. There is a spa with lots to offer. I had one of the best full body massages ever. There is a free shuttle bus into the centre of Funchal twice daily. Love this place and so much better than the bigger hotels in Funchal. A must for your next holiday.

The friendliest staff in the world.Nothing is too much trouble,just ask.Problem?never they solve everything,every need.The room was clean,comfortable and well maintained. The bar has an excellent selection of high end labels.Breakfast has so much choice I never know what to have.Lunches are very cheap and varied.We have the a la carte menu for dinner,the restaurant is the Morgadinha( see seperate review). The indoor is a bonus. I used the spa for a facial massage and manicure.The prices are considerably cheaper than England.The service superb and the treatments excellent. Thanks to all the staff for another wonderful stay.

we totally adored this hotel from the moment we arrived. We were two couples travelling to celebrate a birthday. The hotel room was spotlessly clean and large with an excellent bathroom with lovely products for showering etc. The beds were two large singles pushed together and were very comfortable. there was a nice balcony too. The hotel is beautifully furnished with lovely antiques and was being decorated for Christmas which made it even more beautiful. there was a great outdoor pool but we used the covered roof pool which was heated, it was December after all. Great relaxers and towels provided. There were nice gardens and the trip into town cost about 4 to 6 euros by taxi if you missed the hotel bus. All in all the food was very reasonable with a great selection at breakfast time and we were half board but the evening menu was a bit hit and miss. Too nouvelle cuisine for my taste and we needed more vegetables. We will definitely return to this clean, calm, relaxing beautiful place

We enjoyed our stay because of the people who went out of their way to give exceptional service. Our room was spotlessly clean and classic, although the balcony overlooked the restaurant and road. The wonderful lady on reception did offer us two other rooms as alternatives. The restaurant was OK but nothing exceptional and we ate out a lot anyway. Didn't use the small pool area because of the weather but not sure it would ever get much sun because of its surroundings. Overall a very nice hotel but maybe a bit too intimate for us and a steep climb from the town centre.

We stayed at the Quintinha for 4 nights / 5 days for a short winter break in Madeira in Mid November. We booked it as part of a package deal and based on the location and good reviews it had. The hotel is quite small and has an old style 'colonial' feel to it in both external and internal character, if that makes any sense ? The rooms are spacious clean and comfortable, if a little 'dated' looking; this is definitely not trying to be a modern hotel, which in a way is part of its charm and character. We also got the impression that this was very much an older persons hotel; we are in out late forties and on arrival think we lowered the average resident age by nearly half, lol ! (Don't be expecting any wild party nights at the Quintinha !) The breakfast is fairly good in that you can have a selection form a reasonably sized buffet, which seemed to have a different blended juice of the day put out each morning in addition to the usual standard orange juice etc., and also a cooked breakfast option where you can choose which items to have - and you could have both buffet and cooked if you wanted to (far too much) ! The service at breakfast was also excellent, with great tea and coffee. There is even the option to have a bucks fizz, with a bottle of champagne on the side, you just help yourself ! The gardens that the hotel are situated in are nice, if a little basic. The gardens actually restrict the view over the bay, but at night you can get a decent view of the lights of Funchal down in the harbour, and a slightly better view from the elevated swimming pool terrace. Another plus point is the prices in the bar, we were expecting them to be silly prices for a 5 star hotel, but they were very reasonable. It is a credit to the management that they do not try to rip people off with over priced drinks which a lot of other hotels liek this would do, so well done Quintinha ! The main credit to the Quintinha though are the staff, all of whom are very professional and helpful. They are so friendly and welcoming, and will gladly spend time talking to the guests providing information about the local area and generally helping and answering questions. Catarina on reception was great, probably the friendliest and most helpful person we've ever met in a hotel. In the interests of helping fellow Trip Advisor readers, I do think it is worth talking a bit about the location of this hotel, and we can offer 2 decent tips here. If you were thinking about staying here, you should be aware that the hotel is a little bit on the edge of and set back a bit from the touristy area, up a hill. That might be a good thing if you are just seeking peace and solitude. (Actually most of the hotels in Funchal seem to be out of the historic old town centre, which is probably a good thing) It is a 10 to 15 mins stroll down to the seafront harbour area, depending on how fast you walk obviously, and in some sections older people might find it is a little steep. Also, there are several ways to walk down to the seafront area; there is a very busy main road once you leave the hotel grounds (there is no noise though because the hotel is set back from it) and if you go one way the route is basically just more busy / main roads and it is not a particularly scenic walk. If you go the other way, it is a quieter and slightly nicer route, and it passes a park area. So that is my first tip, ask the reception staff for a map and to highlight the nicer walk down to the seafront; basically you go down to the right but then go back up again slightly, it feels as if you are going the wrong way at first but it really is the shorter, nicer walk. In the surrounding area there are not that many cafe's bars etc. to visit on an evening, and the ones we did find were either fairly basic / local type places or a good walk up the hill near the closest supermarket. So basically, if you do not want to eat and drink in the hotel every evening, you need to either do the walk down into Funchal old town centre (approx. 30 mins at a moderate pace) or get a taxi. (There is actually a mini bus service run by the hotel, but it only runs twice a day at set times, and you have to book it in advance.) The walk down did not bother us and we did it most days, but we always got a taxi back on an evening, because there are some long, steep hills to climb. Here is my second tip - be aware of the taxi prices and be prepared to question them or haggle. We were quoted / payed anything from 3 to 15 Euros for the taxis from near the cable car or cathedral back to the hotel. They obviously try it on with the tourists if they are new, and so once we realised we paid on average 5 Euros plus a couple of Euros tip. There are literally hundreds of taxis all over Funchal all competing for business, so do not pay any more than you think you should, if they quote any more than 7 Euros then just walk away and you will have another taxi within 1 minute ! Overall the Quintinha is a nice hotel with lovely staff and we enjoyed our stay there. We would not hesitate to recommend this hotel, especially for older persons who will probably appreciate its old style charm and character.

Excellent friendly staff which made our stay all the better. We stayed half board in order to enjoy the eating out experience which we would recommend.Food at the hotel average so we were pleased we chose to only go half board. The hotel has a nice colonial feel but with modern facilities. Beds and rooms very comfortable. One tip to potential holidaymakers , take with you mosquito cream as my wife suffered from extensive bites which cost us doctors fees and medication that was not planned for.

We've recently returned from a week's stay after an absence of a couple of years. We were delighted that the high standards of accommodation and hospitality have been maintained. And it was great to see so many friendly familiar faces amongst the staff who are the most charming and friendly I've come across in any hotel. We had a thoroughly relaxing and highly enjoyable stay - at extremely reasonable rates for this standard of hotel - and would not hesitate to recommend it.

Great hotel with helpful and very pleasant staff. Our room over looked the garden and was spacious and spotlessly clean. The breakfast had a good choice with some further options cooked to order. We ate in the restaurant on the Friday, which proved entertaining, as it was the hotels Masterchef evening. 4 chefs cook 4 courses which you choose from and then score the dish. Most enjoyable. Would certainly stay here again.

The hotel was set in well kept gardens very pretty and quiet. Room was very good spacious and exceptionally clean. All staff very helpful and friendly. We were on a bed and breakfast basis, breakfast was so good lovely fresh fruit and English breakfast nothing too much trouble. We would def stop again good location was 10 min walk down hill to main front, maybe a taxi needed for some to get back and there are buses u can puck up. Great exercise to burn off calories from good food in Madeira especially those custard tarts! Overall great time.

Rua da Levada de Sao Joao, 4 Funchal

Hotel highlights

  • Free buffet breakfast
  • Free WiFi in rooms and public areas
  • Free parking
  • Onsite dining

Located in Sao Pedro, Quintinha Sao Joao is within a 10-minute walk of popular sights such as Madeira Casino and La Vie Shopping Center. This 5-star hotel has 42 guestrooms and offers conveniences like free breakfast, a full-service spa, and an outdoor pool. CR7 Museum and Santa Clara Monastery are also within a short walk.


Dining

Free buffet breakfast is included with your stay. Enjoy a leisurely bite to eat at A Morgadinha, the hotel's onsite restaurant. Satisfy your hunger from the comfort of your room with room service.


Rooms

The 42 air-conditioned accommodations feature balconies and afford space to spread out with sitting areas. LED TVs come with cable channels and DVD players, and guests can stay connected with free WiFi. Bathrooms offer hair dryers, free toiletries, bathrobes, and bidets. Other standard amenities include sofa beds, minibars, and safes.


Property features

At Quintinha Sao Joao, guests enjoy a full-service spa, an indoor pool, and an outdoor pool. You can take advantage of free parking, along with an airport shuttle (available 24 hours) for EUR 30 per room one way. Multilingual staff at the 24-hour front desk can assist with dry cleaning/laundry, concierge services, and luggage storage. Other amenities at this luxury hotel include a fitness center, a spa tub, and a sauna.

Room options

Junior Suite, Garden View

Twin 2 | Sleeps 3

Standard Double or Twin Room, Garden View

Queen 1 | Twin 2 | Sleeps 3

Suite, Balcony, Garden View

Queen 1 | Sleeps 3

Double or Twin Room, Balcony, Garden View

Queen 1 | Twin 2 | Sleeps 3

Reviews from Trip Advisor

Trip Advisor aggregated rating

95% of guests recommend this hotel

Total of 1175 reviews