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  • Melia Madeira Mare

Melia Madeira Mare

Portugal, Europe
Funchal

This resort hotel is conveniently located in the heart of the tourist area of Lido, and offers magnificent ocean views. It enjoys direct access to the Oceanside promenade and the small pebble beach, Gorgulho. The town centre, the old town and Madeira Wine Lodges are all easily accessible. Madeira Airport is about 25 kms away. This is a modern and elegant hotel with a contemporary design concept. It opened in 2008, and improves the quality of accommodation options for both business and leisure travellers coming to Madeira Island. It has 220 rooms in total spread across 10 floors, as well as 2 fine restaurants, 3 bars and esplanades, and a ballroom with seating for up to 350 persons, where private events and celebrations may be arranged. The 6 conference rooms, offering flexible meeting spaces and equipped with web access, are the perfect places to host meetings and conferences.

Due to the surrounding area and the number of steps around the hotel, it may not be suitable for those with mobility difficulties.

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Facilities

  • Car park
  • 24-hour reception
  • Mobile phone coverage
  • Wired Internet
  • Wi-fi
  • Local and international calls
  • Room service*
  • Laundry service*
  • Medical service*
  • Air conditioning in public areas
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  • *Some facilities may incur an additional fee

The Local Area

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Beautiful views, lovely hotel

Review by ajax55 Durham, United Kingdom

Stayed here August 2020, lovely clean hotel, well followed Covid practices, we upgraded to a superior seaview room, which had sunbeds on the balcony, great views, sun all day,very relaxing holiday, would return no problem.

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Hotel made great by staff and local amenities

Review by ketpatel2010

The thing that made this hotel stand out was the staff and service. From Carlos who was always on hand around the pool to tend to your needs, to the bar and restaurant staff who were always energised and ready to make your holiday relaxed and stress free. The pool was the perfect size for younger kids (1.5m at its deepest) and on the occasion we stayed, very few other families - just couples / small groups of friends which made it quite relaxed. The hotel was nice and is situated close (5 min walk) to an amazing Lido which is well worth a visit...

There a number of good restaurants all reasonably price but be sure to book them in advance as the get busy - these one particularly Il Basilico, Mau Fauito and Kasbahs. Overall a really good hotel and location although the walk in to Funchal is about 25 mins but relatively flat.

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Some good points but falling below 5 star atandard

Review by PickiNicki United Kingdom

Ok so it’s a modern, clean hotel in a great location overlooking the sea on a beautiful island. And we chose it because we thought we could trust a Melia as it was a reputable chain. But it is just not getting a few things right which is annoying as it could be amazing! Let’s not talk about ridiculous Covid measures that are worldwide and not relevant to just this hotel, albeit irritating...

The good things are: location, loads of eateries within minutes walk, rooms are clean and spacious, amazing powerful shower, view is fantastic, pool area is lovely and overlooks the sea. Bad things are: breakfast has no clear management, no cutlery, tables not cleaned efficiently, feels a bit dirty. Pool service is 3 star. Nice people but no clear direction in terms of what you can eat at the sunbeds or in the restaurant. We were told we could have a sandwich only at the pool side and it would need to be on a plastic plate, everything else had to be eaten at a table in the pool restaurant. Sandwich arrived on a china plate! Get your act together! Sounds petty but just a lack of good management. No bars open. Staff needed in the restaurant apparently. If you want a lovely holiday in a great location with local amenities, this is fine. If you are looking for 5 star service and luxury, choose the Cliff Bay or Reid’s Palace.

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Lovely hotel

Review by carons56 York, United Kingdom

Hotel spotless. All Covid rules in place. Couldn’t fault it at all...

Lovely hotel with excellent staff. Would definitely recommend if you just want a relaxing holiday. Plenty of bars n restaurants close by. All very quiet but obviously due to the pandemic.

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Nice hotel with nice rooms but some irritants.

Review by 34769pete Northampton, United Kingdom

The hotel is modern, in an area of Funchal known as the "hotel zone" so is some distance from the centre of the city, 10 minutes 8 - 10 Euros in a cab or a 30 to 40 minute walk. There are a good number of restaurants and bars that are local to the hotel though. However we did prefer the restaurant areas in the city centre and old town areas. Check in was really fast, efficient and friendly ,a tone that was sadly lacking in the main from our other interactions with staff. The room we were allocated was spacious and had sea views from the small-ish balcony. Clean and with a safe and decent size wardrobe and a bathroom with a shower that always leaked, like over bath showers always do when they have a small screen covering less that half of the bath. Initially on checking in it was made up as 2 singles, despite us requesting a double bed but in fairness after a call to reception, a staff member was sent up almost immediately to push the beds together and make them up as a large king size. However there were a lot of mostly minor irritations with this hotel - but they do all add up...

his is a major brand hotel and we expected better. Like so many other companies seem to be doing, they are cutting back and then blaming Covid. (The hotel was really quite busy when we stayed.) Only one bar in the hotel was open - of the 3 that they have there and that was only the pool bar, right at the bottom of the hotel. So if you wanted a quick drink before going out or on return, that was the only option. The biggest inconvenience was they gave you a set of pool towels at the start and then if you wanted to change them, instead of being able to change them at the pool area, you had to go up 3 levels in the lift and then often wait an age behind people checking in or out to change them at reception. Why? How does any hotel think this is suitable for guests to be messed about like this? Are they that concerned that some will steal the insipid beige towels? Or are they hoping that guests will live with a soaking wet towel and they will save on laundry? Furthermore, the hotel is set across a hill, as many are in Madeira. There are bars and restaurants up and down the hill from the hotel. However if you are at the pool area and want to get out at the bottom to walk along the coast or visit a bar etc from there, there is only one door at the pool and it is permanently closed, which means you have to go up 3 levels and back out of the hotel from the reception level and then go all the way back down the very steep hill. No need for this at all - it has a room key access function on the bottom door, they just have it turned off. For disabled guests it would be a nightmare as they'd never manage to navigate the hill. Also every morning guests were allowed to go down and save sun-loungers and then not use them for hours which meant by the time we got there after breakfast there were only a few left on some occasions. I know this is not something that is unique to this hotel but it really needs to be monitored as it gets ridiculous at times. A couple of other irritations probably weren't the hotels fault, most likely these are a government requirement, such as being forced to wear ridiculous disposable gloves to get your buffet breakfast, which just resulted in very sweaty hands and old gloves floating about everywhere. Also only 2 people are able to use an elevator at a time which meant extended waits for the elevator were common. Breakfast itself was fine though, with a good offering. Most of the staff were quite miserable though, almost bordering on rude at times, I imagine they are sick of all the covid measures and the extra cleaning but it's not us, the guests fault if we sit at a table that hasn't been fully cleaned yet. Put a card on the table or something, like other hotels I have stayed in have done. There was one very big exception to the poor breakfast staff and that was "Lennie" - who was completely the opposite, friendly, cheerful and incredibly helpful, a real credit to the hotel. Overall we would not return here. We prefer to stay in hotels where the guests comfort overrides the hotels convenience. This really did not seem the case here.

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