Hotel Jardins do Lago Hotel 5 star
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Rua Dr. Joćo Lemos Gomes, 29 Funchal, Portugal -
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Charm and elegance are the key words to sum up Jardins Do Lago. That would explain why half the guests come back regularly. Located high up in the city of Funchal, this ancient quinta (villa), which dates from 1750, has become a magnificent hotel which looks a little like a luxury cottage, surrounded by a breathtaking 6.4 acre garden. The garden has no less than 500 plant varieties. Jardins do Lago, a very beautiful hotel to be recommended to whoever enjoys peace and quiet and wishes to relax.

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    Location 4.81 /10

    High up in Funchal, 1.2 mi from the city centre and 14 mi from the airport. Allow a 20 minute walk to reach the town centre and a 30 minute drive to reach the airport.

    Accommodation 7.95 /10

    Jardins do Lago has 40 bedrooms including 9 suites (4 juniors and 5 seniors in the main building). They all overlook the park of the estate. The rooms on the ground floor have a terrace; those upstairs have a balcony. In all cases, wrought iron garden furniture is provided. Spacious and nicely furnished, the rooms have lovely bathrooms which are entirely decorated with pink marble. They are fitted with a bathtub and equipped with a hair-dryer, bathrobes and hospitality products. A special mention, also, for the vast lounge area which is equipped with velvet armchairs, a dressing area, an elegant desk unit and plenty of storage space. The rest of the equipment includes air conditioning, a mini-bar, a satellite TV and a direct international telephone line. The one little quirk is the bedrooms located in the left wing, close enough to the road for the noise to be heard from the balcony.

    Overview 8.45 /10

    Opened in 2001, Jardins do Lago is an old traditional mansion which has been extended at the back by a 3-storey building of the same style. Unlike other "quintas", where you can sometimes feel the lack of space, here the space is perfectly distributed between the reception, the adjoining lounges and the corridors leading to the rooms. It is all surrounded by beautiful floral decorations. The brightness of the place is increased by the beige walls which are decorated with various paintings. The rest of the furniture is both simple and elegant: polished wood, carpets and floral fabric armchairs with influences from English interior design. Outside, the gardens lead to a 3,229 sq ft double-bean shaped swimming pool. A third of the pool is sheltered by a canopy, which means that it can be used in all seasons. As for amenities, everything is provided: from teak deckchairs and mattresses to parasols and towels. You can relax on the paved solarium of the swimming pool, which overlooks a banana plantation, or stroll in the gardens planted with rare essential oil plants where there is a pond with swans and ducks. Not far from there lives Mister Columbo, the hotel's oldest guest. This... tortoise leads a quiet and happy life in a large pen, all to himself. However, the gym is rather limited. You will only find a multi-function machine and an outdated treadmill.
    NB: do not forget to sign the guestbook at the reception before leaving. All the comments that you read in it are full of praise...

    Food and drink 7.95 /10

    The main restaurant consists of two rooms. The smallest one, Cor de Rosa, is reserved for breakfast. Decorated in shades of pink, it is adorned with pretty paintings. A veranda allows you to sit on the terrace if you want to. The breakfast buffet presents a varied selection of small bread rolls and homemade marmalades, as well as fresh fruit, cheese, cold meats, hot sausages, tomatoes and fried button mushrooms and beans with sauce. The ham and cheese omelette is delicious. In the evening, The Beresford, the second room with almond-green walls, caters for the guests with an ą la carte menu. This is the chance to taste the specialities of the island, such as swordfish or international dishes like the beef thick-cut steak with potato gratin. Allow yourself to forget about your diet for a day and try the risotto, but more especially, the chocolate fondant, an absolute delight! At lunch time, it is possible to order light meals or snacks from Colombo Bistro, located by the side of the swimming pool. As for prices, allow £13.17 per dish. In the summer, two themed nights are organised: dinner in the garden and barbecue around the swimming pool.

    To know

    Jardins do Lago is housed in an old 18th century quinta, high up in Funchal. The surrounding area has remained relatively open, with a banana plantation located below the swimming pool. The nearby houses are located a reasonable distance away - peace and quiet is guaranteed. The down point is that the quinta is rather far from Funchal city centre. Those of you who are keen walkers will not mind the 20 minute walk down a steep slope. The walk back, however, might be more painful! Those who prefer to avoid this mini-hike will use the hotel's free shuttle. It runs four times a day from Monday to Friday.
    People travelling without children will not be disturbed by the noise made by the little ones, as the children eat together at the kids' club. Actually, a special menu and a swimming pool which is a little out of the way is reserved for them.
    The hotel's guests are mostly European. Approximately 40% are British, 40% German and 20% French.

    Equipment

    • Shuttle bus
    • Car park
    • Restaurant
    • Internet access
    • Air conditioning
    • Spa

      massage, sauna, hammam, keep fit, spa, Turkish bath, wellness

    • Swimming pool
    • Sports equipment

      tennis, gym, golf, mountain bike, water-polo, fitness, sports

    • Whirlpool bath
    • Safe
    • Non-smoking rooms
    • Solarium
    • Meeting room

    advantage

    • The spacious and refined decoration of the rooms.
    • The vast and welcoming gardens.
    • The tasty cuisine and the dining room setting.

    disadvantages

    • The rooms do not have a sea view.
    • The hotel is rather far from the centre.
    • A somewhat noisy area.

    Traveller Reviews

    • Overall Score nc/10
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