Hotel Girassol Hotel 4 star
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Estrada Monumental 256, 9004-539 Funchal, Portugal Funchal, Portugal -
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Located in the Funchal hotel area, the Girassol is suitable for families; it is near to the sea and also several shops. However, this location evidently means that there will be noise.

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      Girassol   -   © I. Lubinetsky/Easyvoyage

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    Location 6.85 /10

    The Girassol is in the Funchal hotel area, 1.2 mi away from the town centre and 15 mi away from the airport. Allow for 10 minutes to the town centre and 35 minutes to reach the airport.

    Accommodation 6.95 /10

    Amongst the 136 rooms of the Girassol, only those from the 5th to the 11th floor have a view of the sea. Note that as they also overlook the street, they can be noisy. If you want peace, it is better to opt for one of the 36 rooms overlooking the swimming-pool. The other rooms are oriented towards the street, both at the back and the front of the building. They are spacious and all have a balcony equipped with two armchairs and a plastic table. A lounge area with sofa has been designed to watch the satellite TV. However, the furniture and decoration remain very simple with light wood, white walls, and tartan curtains. Note that the rooms do not have air conditioning, and to benefit from a minibar, you will have to ask for one of the 20 superior suites. However, a direct international telephone is installed in all the rooms, and daytime room service is available. In the bathroom there is a bathtub, hair-dryer, and hospitality products.

    Overview 5.95 /10

    Like many hotels built at the beginning of the 70s, the Girassol does not have outstanding architecture. You find yourself in front of an unattractive yellow and white 10-floor concrete block. The inside, with its marble lobby, is slightly more welcoming. However, after this stage, you will soon become disenchanted. The colours are sober, the 200 m² swimming pool is soon full of people, and the surrounding relaxation areas are covered with synthetic carpet that clashes somewhat with the apparent category of the hotel. As the deckchairs are extremely close to each other, so forget about privacy during your sun tanning session. Note that towels are not provided. As for the amenities, a sauna and a fitness room are available, though they are basic. The fitness room only has two bikes, a body building bench, a few dumbbells and a treadmill.

    Food and drink 6.45 /10

    Only breakfast is served buffet style. The other meals are offered a la carte. The main restaurant is big and soberly decorated with yellow, brown and red columns. Unfortunately, it is disappointing that it is not brighter. At lunch time, the swimming pool snack bar offers sandwiches, salads, omelettes and hot dogs in a very informal setting (plastic tables covered with chequered table cloths). In the evening, you can eat simply at the main restaurant by having a typical Madeiran dish such as tuna steak or sword-fish with bananas, or have a classic meal of international cuisine such as wiener schnitzel or pork in sweet and sour sauce. The Girassol also has two bars. The first has rattan furniture and overlooks the swimming pool. Vast, bright and decorated with green plants, it is lovely. You can fully enjoy its terrace. As for prices, a dish costs £7 and a glass of wine or a can of beer £1.80. The second bar is the Captain's Cabin, located next to the reception desk. Its decoration will immediately place you in the warm atmosphere of a real pub.

    To know

    The Girassol is in the Funchal hotel area, by the street connecting the town centre to the Lido. Shops and a post office are located in the immediate surroundings. To go for a swim, the lido (beach) is 200 m away. This seaside complex offers several swimming pools, sun decks, and accesses to the sea through ladders installed among the rocks. Do not expect to see any sand as there is none. However, deckchairs, mattresses, parasols and some non-motorized water sports are available for a fee.Note that the hotel does not have a shuttle to reach the historic district. You can get there by foot in 20 minutes, take the urban buses, or order a taxi.

    Equipment

    • Car park
    • Handicap access
    • Restaurant
    • Internet access
    • Air conditioning
    • Spa

      massage, sauna, spa, Turkish bath

    • Swimming pool
    • Sports equipment

      tennis, gym, aerobics, golf, water-polo, fitness, sports

    • Hairdresser
    • Whirlpool bath
    • Safe
    • Solarium

    advantage

    • The central location.
    • Spacious rooms.

    disadvantages

    • Unattractive relaxation areas.
    • The limited leisure possibilities.

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