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4
Good
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Brilliant
1272
Good
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Average
257
Poor
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Awful
17
  • 4 room
  • 3 pool
  • 1 beach
  • 3 service
  • 1 dining
  • 2 amenities
  • 1 food

10 Traveller reviews from Holiday Watchdog

Recent Holiday

2
Poor
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Reviewed 26th May 2011

"We have just returned a week at the Melia Madeira the hotel is stunning and accommodation is very good, however if you given a side room overlooking the side road, you will find it very noisy, with traffic and late night people, the air conditioning is not efficient and noisy therefore you have to have the door open, so you either have noise outside or inside, although it states the Hotel has several Restaurants, in truth there is only a buffet, which gets very boring! and is not upto the 5 star status.we found this hotel souless, "

Holiday details

  • Travel date: 23rd May 2011
  • 1 Beach
  • 4 Room
  • 3 Pool
  • 3 Service
  • 1 Dining
  • 2 Amenities
  • 1 Food

Fantastic!

4
Good
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Reviewed 2nd November 2012

"An excellent hotel. We had a very good reception and we were pleased throughout our stay. The gorgeous spa area is a real plus and the pool area is very pleasing. It was a 'soft opening' time when we went so the resturant wasnt in full swing as the hotel wasnt even half full so the evening meals were not of a 5 star standard, but then again they were free so you couldnt complain. The breakfast however were superb. Maderia is a hilly, attractive island but I did find the evenings a little dull, I was hoping for the odd bar or two. We hired a car and the parking at the hotel was free and underground, very good."

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  • Travel date: 20th May 2009

Great potential

4
Good
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Reviewed 10th November 2012

"We stayed for our honeymoon in April. Allocated a superior room...........great balcony and the views are amazing. As the hotel was in a start up situation a few areas for improvement existed. Breakfast was the usual hotel buffet. However, a few items were not stocked up when supplies ran out. I am sure that this will improve once the seasons evolves. Most of the staff were lovely to deal with (Roberto at reception in particular was extremely pleasant and helpful to us and is a great ambassador for the hotel). However, they are a few others who could do with a course in customer service. In particular, we were disappointed at the attitude by one senior staff member when we asked (two days before departure) for a late checkout only to be advised that the hotel was full. However, the internet told a different story. Unfortunately only for this incident I would happily rated this hotel 5 out of 5!!!!! No problem with not being able to facilitate a request but it was the way it was handled. Would return to Madeira and this hotel again!!!! There are some great restaurants in the area however avoid Casa Madeiriense. It is a tourist trap to put mildly............charged €14 for a french coffee made with Grand Marinier and €7.00 for bread!!!! Would strongly recommend Tokos...............book in advance............the highlight of our trip!!!"

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  • Travel date: 9th May 2009

Excellent hotel

5
Brilliant
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Reviewed 14th November 2012

"Just back from a long weekend in Melia Madeira Mare. It was fantastic. The hotel is amazing, the decoration is 5 stars. the isn't anything that I didn't like it. The room is great, very confortable, with a fantastic view and the bathroom the best that I ever had in a hotel. The staff is very friendly and dedicated although they need a little more experience for example, but it is normal because the hotel is new. The breakfast is very good, and the spa is luxurious. In resume, the hotel is absolutely fantastic, I can't wait to go back there."

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  • Travel date: 6th May 2009

terrific hotel

5
Brilliant
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Reviewed 20th December 2012

"just back from a week at the melia lovely,beautiful hotel. cant say a bad thing about it ,staff so polite and helpful we were in superior room well worth the money beautiful terrace/balcony it was the biggest i have ever had at an hotel the hotel decor is so nice maid service so good , would highly reccommend it"

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  • Travel date: 28th April 2009

A relaxing break and a lovely pool

3
Average
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Reviewed 7th December 2012

"We just came back from a week on a Thomas Cook deal at the 5 star Melia Madeira. It has been open just a few weeks, we really enjoyed our stay. The environment is very modern and the facilities are great. The room was a good size and a sparkling well designed modern bathroom. We made good use of the Jacuzzi, lovely indoor pool, pool table, gym, bar (yes- very quiet but a fabulous singer on Friday and Saturday night, she will no doubt be singing to a bigger audience as the business picks up) The hotel was more than half empty when we were there, tho one night the Portuguese national football team were staying which filled things up a bit and caused some mild excitement. For me the highlight was the heated outdoor pool which is a good size and so pretty, overlooking the palmtree lined promenade and straight out to the blue sea. For my 13 year old son the highlight was the gym and the wide screen tv in the games room. There is also a hairdresser and spa which we didn't try. We found the staff - reception, cooks, waiters, bar staff, cleaners all were genuinely friendly and helpful. The downside is that the prices in the bar and for drinks in the restaurant are 5 star prices- but the staff don't press you if you don't want to order alot. But, as other reviewers have said, there are lots of really nice little cafes, shops (including a small supermarket) and bars in the neighbourhood. We loved the lido just across the prom from the hotel where you can great ice cream for just one euro in the lido cafe. I found the food pretty good- the breakfast in particular had a spectacular range of choices and you can be very greedy- no problem with third, fourth or fifth (!) helpings at breakfast or supper. Supper was OK - the soup is better than the cold starters, and the main course was fine, but nothing special, although there is a great range of puds as well-often 6 or 7 choices. We did not find any problem with food running out no matter what time we ate. There are loads of buses passing behind the hotel into town- the town buses number 1, 2,4, 6 all into Funchal in about 15 mins. Buy a ticket at the Town Bus booth by the Cable Car station and you can top up with additional journeys as you go along. Its a bit cheaper than buying a ticket on the bus. There are also country buses which take you all over the island. Get a timetable at the start of your holiday in the tourist information by the cathedral as some places outside Funchal only have one or two buses a day, but they all seem to run reliably to the timetable. The Airbus stops right outside the hotel as well- alot cheaper than a taxi from the Airport. There is no need to hire a car for your stay at all, the buses are really great. But I think if we went again I would get a car for a day or two to explore better inland. The market in Funchal is worth a visit and so is the botanic garden and a trip up to Monte on the cable car Madeira is never going to be a very exciting holiday but it is great if you want lovely warm weather, a relaxing pace of life, fabulous green scenery with some good walks, or a laze by the pool. In fact the hotel, the weather and the island were all much better than I had imagined."

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  • Travel date: 27th April 2009

Great new hotel MS.

4
Good
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Reviewed 14th November 2012

"We stayed in this hotel for our honeymoon in the last week of March, and we think that it deserved the 5 star category. The facilities are great, the rooms have a beautiful decoration and incredible bathrooms. The breakfast was good, with fruit (like pineapple, Banana, Watermelon, sometimes papaya), pancakes, large variety of bread but with a very limited option of croissants (only very little ones with no quality). We had one diner in the buffet restaurant and the food had quality but with few options. The staff seemed to need a little more training or the hotel itself (because it´s new) was still unable to answer quickly to the customer needs and doubts. For example it was difficult to arrange a surprise for my husband like a special diner or a massage in the Spa, because they could n´t tell us the prices for special occasions or alternatives or even a simple suggestion, although they were very friendly. The cleaness in the bathrooms could be better even if nothing to serious should be appointed. In Summary, the Melia has potential to be one of the best hotels in Madeira, and maybe the all the new hotels need some time to adjust and work properly. Me and my husband had a excellent stay and a great honeymoon with not a single major problem only a few adjustments need to be done. We hope return one day to this hotel."

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  • Travel date: 19th April 2009

Relaxing Holiday

4
Good
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Reviewed 2nd November 2012

"I have recently come back from Melia Madeira Mare Hotel and I have to say I was very impressed. I went with my mother to completely relax and destress. The hotel is absolutely lovely and luxurious. The reception area is large and spacious with plenty of large couches to lounge in. The staff are extremely friendly and cannot seem to do enough to help you. The rooms were lovely and very comfortable, decorated in browns and purples (I know these dont sound like to colours that would go together but for this hotel, they work). The beds were soft and cosy with plenty of pillows you just sink back into. As well as the usual dressing table (?) and coffee/tea making station, the rooms also contain a small couch and a desk equipped with stationary. There was one large wardrobe, with shoe rack and a thinner wardrobe full of drawers and a safe (no charge for the safe). The bathroom was huge compared to standard hotel bathrooms. When you go into the bathroom, to the side there is another frosted glass partition and door behind which is the actual toilet. Plenty of towels are provided, new towels will only be given if you leave the current ones in the bottom of the bathtub. The pool area is clean and has plenty of deck chairs. You are also provided in your room with a special towel to use by the pool. If you want to lie out in the sun, but not by the pool, there are two other levels that can overlook the pool area but only have a small water feature nearby. Or if you would like to lie by a pool, but not in the sun, there is an amazing heated indoor pool and jacuzzi. There is a great selection for the breakfast buffet and plenty of staff around to assist. Unfortunately the dinner buffet was a major disappointment. For 3 nights in a row there was just plain grilled chicken and a vegetarian option. I believe a few people complained and the next night we had the option of duck (unfortunately it was mostly bones and fat). We tried going down at various times thinking maybe we were just going at the wrong time, but after talking to a few people, everyone seemed to be disappointed. The spa, which is recently opened, is complete luxury. All treatments are very reasonably priced and enjoyable. If you get a treatment, you can use the sauna/steamroom etc facilities for free, otherwise you have to pay €15. The hotel is situated on quite a steep hill. There is a door beside the pool which allows you out onto a lovely path so you can avoid the hill with that. But if you would like to get up to the main road with bus stop, restaurants and shops theres a semi-steep climb of 70 steps (and mind the little lizards which will constantly run across your path). There is a charming little coffee shop directly across from the hotel, which a great selection of sandwiches made to order and an outstanding selection of cakes. I would highly recommend going here if you feel like a midday snack. 2 sandwiches, a coffee and a glass of coke comes to approx €6 as opposed to approx €30 in the hotels poolside bar. I wish I could say I was exaggerating with these prices but I'm sorry to say I'm not. Beside the coffee shop, there is a small restaurant, it doesnt look very impressive from the outside, but inside is comfortable, the menu is good, the prices are reasonable and the food is delicious. The bus into the main town of Funchal is €2 one way, per person. A taxi costs €5.50. Your holiday rep may recommend a drink shop called Joe's. Here you can get a discount on bus prices but be warned, the lady is very friendly but VERY pushy. She will try to sell you everything in the shop plus her two front teeth if you let her."

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  • Travel date: 12th April 2009

contemporary perfection

5
Brilliant
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Reviewed 7th December 2012

"just returned from one week at melia mare( the official opening was last friday) the spa is now open as is the gym etc.everything was fantastic.rooms were ultra modern with the most comfortable beds and pillows we have ever had in any hotel.the staff were without exception totally dedicated.the five star status is reflected however in the prices in the bar and snack bar but there are plenty of places to eat and drink in the immediate area.getting about is easy due to the frequent local buses.one stops immediately on the prom at the back of the hotel.we had free evening meal through our agent air travel corporation who were very efficient.please note that the tea and coffee etc is not renewe d each day so take a supply or buy at the supermarket opposite hotel(next door to a lovely bakery/coffee shop]we will probably return to this hotel next year and are sure no one could fail to be impressed."

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  • Travel date: 29th March 2009

Truly a Superb Hotel and well deserving of their 5 Star Status!

5
Brilliant
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Reviewed 10th November 2012

"We opted to stay at the new MELIA MADEIRA MARE in January this year as we were curious to experience this new Brand hotel on the island. We were allocated a huge room with an equally large bathroom and a superb balcony with a fantastic view of the sea. Staff and service were absolutely first class and well deserving of their 5 star status. We have stayed in other 5 star hotels in Funchal during our previous visits and can certainly recommend this new contemporary hotel to anyone. We loved the hotel so much we hardly ever ventured outside the door too much! Although the spa and gym were not complete yet, all other services and facilities were fully operational, including the lovely indoor pool and outdoor pool. We took daily morning walks on the seaside promenade – the hotel has direct access to the promenade which was great. We also enjoyed sunbathing and generally lazing around relaxing on the lovely sundeck and sun terraces onsite. In a nutshell, we would definitely recommend this modern hotel to anyone and hope to return again soon on our next visit to Madeira."

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  • Travel date: 2nd March 2009

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