8 Traveller reviews from Holiday Watchdog
"Well the location at Monte spoke for itself it was superb the hotel relaxing & the staff ever pleasant & helpful. The time we were there, though warm most days in Funchal it could be cloudy in Monte but hey did it matter not at all. We only did B & B the breakfasts were plentiful however we did have to repeat that we wanted HOT tea. but even this was not a moan. The bar meals did suffice on many occasion for a main meal. The staff were very obliging when requests were placed for extra hangers & pillows nothing was too much trouble. The only one complaint made was that it was a cold hotel in an evening, so a fire was lit most nights. I would impress on anyone that you did need to have a good pair of legs even just walking from the cable car to the hotel or from the bus stop to the hotel as there was a bit of an incline. We have to say it was one of the most relaxing holidays we had even tho bus trips/cable car could be quite scary!!. I have read previous reports which i found very helpful before going out to Madeira. We would return in a few years possibly in April to see the Flower festival. If anyone is going say hello to Dulce one of the loveliest receptionists & Renato a waiter whose English & pleasant manner was a hit with most. That is not to say that others werent pleasant but these two stood out for us. Please go to Monte & enjoy the experience."
- Travel date: 10th February 2006
Good location - pity about the restaurant
"A lovely site, well away from the madding crowds - although they come up to Monte from the numerous cruise ships - but time it right and you go down as they come up ! Access to good walks (if you don't mind climbing) - but go down to Funchal to eat -half the price and twice the service of the Do Monte's restaurant. The staff all very pleasant, but poorly managed : not enough on duty at busy times, so we had to wait at breakfast for coffee, and for items to be replenished. We only ate there once in the evening, but other's experience was the same - food fine but overpriced : service not efficient enought to warrant 5* s. We liked O Jango's in the old town - if you like fish and people who know about it. PS - the 7 days bus pass on town buses is 15E in 2005 - excellent value - hairy experiences !"
- Travel date: 3rd November 2005
Quinta do Monte and Monte Village
"The Quinta do Monte hotel is in the village of Monte set on the hillside with stunning views over the exotic gardens to Funchal and the harbour 650m below. The temperature is cooler here than in Funchal, but that could be an advantage later in the year. Public transport into Funchal is excellent. The buses between Funchal and Monte (nos. 20 and 21) run every 20 mins or so - the hotel will give you a timetable. It is a lovely walk from the hotel, up and round the church and down through Monte Gardens (in our opinion the nicest gardens on the island - and free!) to the bus stop (10mins). They run until about midnight. Alternatively, from Babosas every hour, (also â¬1.30). From the hotel you get to the bus stop at Babosa (number 22) through the hotel garden, past the cable car station - only about a five minute walk. The bus drivers can be a bit surly (but that's part of their game!) and drive as if posessed. The system is easy, enter from the front, buy your ticket from the driver, punch it in the machine next to him, exit from the back. Watch out for the Germans - you can que for 10 minutes and along they come and push in at the front when the bus arrives! The views from the Monte cable car are spectacular. â¬12.50 per person return (this is a reduced price from hotel reception). It closes at 6pm. Taxi prices: Fix the price before you get in, should be around â¬12.50 one way to or from Funchal. The tropical gardens (â¬10) are in Monte next to the cable car station, and shouldn't be missed allow at least 3 hours. The botanical gardens (bus 31 from Funchal centre) is also worth a couple of hours at â¬3. The organised tours around the island are recommended - make sure its by mini bus not coach, some of the roads are a little narrow and very windey.. The Quinta do Monte is a lovely hotel, in an old colonial style, the staff are very helpful if a little reserved you just need to speak to them... Breakfast is excellent, self service buffet served from 7.30am to 10.30am, with a wide choice: fruit juices, cereals, meats, cheeses, yoghurts, cake, several fresh fruit salads, numerous types of bread (the walnut bread is yummy) champagne, tea and coffee. If you want a cooked breakfast you do need to ask, the waiters don't seem to think to offer, but happily oblige if you do. The main part of restaurant is in a conservatory and set out so most tables have a view of the gardens and Funchal, however this does make it rather anti social, and intimidating. I can understand some people feeling rather uncomfortable, the accoustics are terrible so everybody whispers! There is an excellent snack menu available all day and evening, although the restaurant menu is a bit limited. The hotelÂ´s prices are higher than elsewhere. There is a nice cafe under the cable car station together with a gift shop, I can recommend them for afternoon tea and cakes (also yummy), and about 25% cheaper than the hotel. There are a couple of locals bars and an excellent upstairs bistro (Belamonte) between the hotel driveway and the wicker toboggan run, which came recommended by the locals. The swimming pool (indoor) is lovely (unfortunately the jacuzzi did not work nor did the turkish baths). The gym had good equipment, some of which didn't work or we just didn't know how to operate it - and it was unattended (great)... Eating in Funchal, we liked the old town, just to the east of the cable car station. Our favourite was the Tapassol, 62 rua d.carlos i. There is a comprehensive menu, the waiters had it just right, and most importantly for us the downstairs part of the restaurant was no smoking. The food was good as was the wine, the service was faultless and reasonably priced. We thoroughly recommend the Quinta do Monte, it may come across as a little stuffy (as do some of the guests) but just relax and then they do."
- Travel date: 16th April 2005
Generally good hotel let down by poor restaurant
"The Hotel Quinta do Monte is located approximately 20 minutes drive from the centre of Funchal. A return taxi fare (April 2005) is around â¬25 and the cable car (station located just a couple of minutes walk from the hotel) is â¬12.5 per person for the return trip (based on discounted tickets issued by the hotel although operation of the cable car ceases at 18.00). A hotel courtesy mini-bus provides a shuttle service to the centre of Funchal around three times a day (last return from Funchal at 21.00 Monday â Friday and 18.00 at weekends). At an altitude of around 550 metres, temperatures at Quinta do Monte are considerably lower than in Funchal. We found no restaurants in the small village of Monte or within walking distance and, consequently, the dining options, apart from the hotel, are either in Funchal centre or a drive of up to 10 kilometres further up the mountain. The restaurant at Terreiro da Luta, 3 kilometres further up the mountain from Monte, provides stunning views over Funchal, a charming dining room and excellent service. The âCasa de Abrigo do Poiso Restauranteâ, approximately 7 kilometres beyond Terreiro da Luta, has more of a tavern atmosphere and is popular with locals. It was consistently good for both food and service. Although the Quinta do Monte is well located far away from the hotels that are crammed cheek by jowl in Funchalâs tourist area around the Savoy, its restaurant proved very disappointing. We found service to be particularly poor in the restaurant. Breakfast was mediocre and the selection well-below standard for a five star establishment. Although available, cooked breakfast was not proffered by the waiters who, in any event, were often not in evidence. Consequently, dining out was a far superior option for the evening meal. The hotel rooms were, though, clean, quiet and well decorated even if the house-keeping service was somewhat inconsistent. Reception staff were friendly and helpful."
- Travel date: 11th April 2005
5 Stars Panoramic Gardens Indeed
"The hotel is magnificent, located in an historical village, very cosy ambience with magnificent gardens. Great accommodations, the rooms have private balcony with a view over the garden and elegant decoration. The staff is very dedicated, making your stay hard do forget, the restaurant is amazing and the food superb. Perfect holidays in this lovely island called Madeira."
- Travel date: 30th September 2004
"This is a very pleasant hotel which has the style of a country house. The hotel is well appointed and the gardens are glorious. The little town of Monte is dead at night, so the only option is to travel to Funchal in the evening if you do not want to eat in the hotel. The hotel food is like, well, its like hotel food!. Not bad, but the menu is quite limited. Taxis to town are easy and cheap and buses are also fairly frequent. There is also the cable car nearby. There is an indoor and outdoor pool within the grounds. Although there is a poolside bar, it was closed during our stay. This meant trekking from the pool to the main hotel bar everytime you needed refreshment. Not ideal if you are wet from swimming or modest about walking around in your swimwear!!. I would recommend this hotel for people who are looking for a quiet holiday. The hotel was half empty during our stay and was very quiet. In fact there were not even any "good mornings" or "good evening" greetings from other guests in the restaurant at breakfast or dinner!. Perhaps it was the mix of nationalities?. The staff were all very friendly and helpful. We hired a car for the duration of our stay and found Monte an ideal base to explore the island."
- Travel date: 20th July 2004
Very lovely and comfortable
"We've just had a most enjoyable 9-days in March. in this hotel. The staff were especially pleasant, and its situation is spectacular and very quiet. There are beautiful gardens all around, and viewpoints. But note that this is on the outskirts of Funchal, and there's NOWHERE within walking distance at night. It is reasonably well served by buses, and a taxi from downtown only costs 8 euros. The restaurant is a touch pretentious and expensive; the menu, unvarying and limited.It has a lovely swimming pool, steam room and jacuzzi, but the gym is just a room with a collection of equipment."
- Travel date: 22nd March 2004
"location excellent with beautiful views over Funchal harbour and marina. Excellent room with 2 large beds, coffee table with 2 large chairs, dresser, wardrobe etc - plenty space, huge bathroom with all facilities. Balcony with table and substantial chairs and beautiful views. Modern exercise facilities. Beautifully kept grounds - if a leaf was out of place someone would sweep it up. Beautiful adequately sized swimming pool which we felt was still comfortable in December. Jacuzzi and sauna. Staff couldn't do enough for us. Food and presentation good, but portions for main course tended to be on the smaller side. Some husbands might be disappointed with the quantity."
- Travel date: 24th December 2003
Quinta do Monte is also called
- Quinta do Monte Hotel
- quinta do monte funchal
- monte quinta