Ocean Gardens

The Ocean Gardens hotel is a 4 stars hotel with 85 twin/double bedrooms, situated at about 15 minutes from Madeira airport and 10 minutes from the city centre of Funchal. Offers to its guests, from Monday until Friday, a free shuttle bus to the city centre and is well served by an extensive public transport network.With a privileged location, on a cliff above the sea, all the rooms have a magnificent view to the Atlantic Ocean, and 50 with the particularity to have also view to the Bay of Funchal. Of its 85 rooms, 4 are Junior Suites, 38 are superior bay views, 11 are bay view and 32 are sea view.All the rooms have air conditioning, heating, WIFI (free), cable TV (98 channels), direct-dial telephone, mini-bar and safe (extra charge), hairdryer. Some of the rooms are equipped with bath and shower, and some only with shower.All the rooms are “non smoking”,.For smokers there is the room balcony.On the 4th floor, with a magnificent view to Funchal Bay, there is a Snack-Bar, a Swimming Pool, a Natural Solarium and a Sauna, all surrounded by beautiful gardens, that offers its guests pleasant moments of relaxation and tranquillity.Customers have at their disposal one bar with panoramic view at the Terrace and Montanha restaurant - where breakfast and halfboard is served. Apart from breakfast and halfboard, this restaurant serves “A La Carte” dishes and offers to its guests the opportunity to enjoy the typical and Mediterranean specialities from the A La Carte menu.Making part of the hotel facilities, there are two multi-function rooms, prepared for events: congresses, weddings etc. One of tese multi-functions rooms is located on the 3rd floor with a panoramic view of the sea, with a capacity to 200 people.

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Funchal, Madeira, Portugal

Address: 9060-054, Estrada Conde Carvalhal, 321, Sao Goncalo Funchal, Portugal

Phone: +351291790760

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While we loved our room and the AMAZING views! we would not return to this hotel as too inaccessible, unless you have a

Jun 2022 | Laura T

We booked a superior bay room and had a huge king size bed and Huge corner balcony with amazing views. We absolutely loved our room. Very modern and clean. Lots of wardrobe space and a couple of comfy desk chairs to sit in. Bathroom is very modern and very spacious, walk in shower is huge! Love a separate shower, especially now 6 months pregnant. Only thing is nowhere to hang a hand towel near the sink, a couple of hooks would be sooo useful please. Also a larger shelf in the shower so not having to bend over to pick everything up off the floor would be much appreciated (the soap dish on wall is only big enough to hold 2 small bars). Room always clean and very nicely furnished, with plenty of space. We thought it quiet so slept well. If there ever was any external noise (sometimes noisy cars driving past or room upstairs dragging chairs around - please don't do this!) we just turned up the air con fan to loud to drown out any annoying background noises, but this wasn't necessary very often. No tissues in bedroom or bathroom, would be a nice to have. Standard amenities include a flat screen TV, air conditioning, a safe, a hairdryer and a small fridge. Note: there are no tea and coffee making facilities. Rooms are all non-smoking and Wi-fi is available from the room, this was always excellent during our stay which was great as mobile data signal wasn't that good in the area. We loved that our huge balcony overlooking the bay always got the afternoon/evening sunshine, very pleasant to relax on your own private the balcony in the sun after a busy day out sightseeing. We paid extra as the bay rooms are recently renovated and very modern, and the superior bay is a corner room with a much larger balcony than the standard rooms (maybe 3-4 times the size). Safe in room is free and easy to use. As other reviews, no kettle or tea making facilities in room so we bought a £6 kettle from back home to use! Useful for making pot noodles etc as didn't want to spend money eating out all the time. Although we do love our room and the views! I'm not sure I'd return to this hotel as just a bit too inaccessible. Especially with us arriving late Friday for 10 nights, meant only actually able to use hotel shuttle for half our stay, as shuttle times not made clear when booking. Public busses runs every hour during week but the at weekend big 3 hours gaps so not always very convenient. Bolt got us out of a few jams, like Uber so pretty reasonable, upto 8E to get into Funchal. Hotel shuttle bus runs Monday - Friday to Funchal 10am and 3pm, returning 1pm and 5pm. Information in hotel room is wrong - shuttle bus only running Monday to Friday, NOT weekends. In fact all bus times for weekends are difficult - with 3 hour gap in middle of day! Breakfast 7.30-10am. Pool and sun deck / Solarium is on 4th floor. The swimming pool is only small and you do not get views from the pool, but from the sunbathing terrace area nearby. The pool is freezing! Water not heated so too cold to actually swim in during April. Small sauna here too. Snack bar by pool apparently open 10am to 8pm but on our day by pool we only saw the bar being open for a couple of hours later on afternoon for drinks. Get pool towels at reception, info says 10Euro deposit required per towel! but we weren't ask to leave a deposit. Breakfast was a disappointment for us, as just not a lot of options. Another reason why we wouldn't come back, although everything else about our stay was great. There are lots of fresh breads, which I would eat with the small selection of cold meats or bacon or sausages (like hot dogs). But there were would only be 1 hot meat option a day (alternating bacon and sausages), although 2 types of eggs daily for those that eat eggs. There would usually be yummy croissants, these always disappeared very quickly but are restocked often. There was a small selection of fresh fruit (usually apples, bananas and slices of pineapple) and 2 types of cereal. There were yoghurts, some days a choice of flavours but usually only plain natural yoghurts and strawberry flavoured yoghurts too. Luckily I could nearly always make a decent meal out of bread and meat, with a little pineapple afterwards or the occasional strawberry yoghurt, and a couple of croissants saving the day, but not exactly the breakfast you dream of. The hot water machine was rarely working so my husband struggled to make himself a cup of tea on a morning, although the coffee machine was always working. The machine also served tasty hot chocolates, which I enjoyed. Staff were also polite and welcoming, the food was constantly being restocked and the tables quickly cleared and set up again for more guests. At the start of our stay it was very quiet but towards the end of our holiday it got a lot busier - as the start of the easter holidays. The buffet breakfast is served in Bellevue Breakfast Room and there are many huge windows to sit next to so can admire the amazing views. Reception staff always very friendly and helpful, giving us bus timetable and our room preference etc. Free parking is available at the hotel. In April guests still wore masks to breakfast and in reception etc, also on public transport and in taxis, in the cable cars etc - basically anywhere that you're in close proximity to others it is considered polite to do so. Beautiful gardens around the pool and terrace area. Although small there were lots of gorgeous bright flowers blooming when we visited 1st week in April. And of course the amazing views of the ocean and bay into Funchal are an obvious highlight of staying at this hotel! Beautiful views are available from everywhere in the hotel it seems. The breakfast area has long windows so you can look out at the view while you eat. Unfortunately for us, the plusses of the views and of our gorgeous room did not outweigh the negatives of the inaccessible location. (This is probably our own fault as I had relied on hiring a car after reading reviews of car hire of around £200 for week, however we booked our holiday late and by that time car hire was nearly £800 for 10 days!! so totally out of our budget, which meant we were completely reliant on buses, taxis and Bolt.) Hotel restaurant open from 11am until late evening I think, in the same place where you eat breakfast. We ate at the hotel for convenience 1 evening (as buses don't run very often on sundays and the bad weather meant we weren't venturing too far from the hotel) and 1 lunchtime when we had a chilled day by the pool. On other evenings we ordered takeaway! picked up in reception and eaten on our gorgeous balcony in the sunshine. Food at the hotel restaurant was pretty decent and service was very good. I did resent being charged 5Euro for bottled water when I asked for water though, when afterwards we heard the next table over order tap water! Just make sure you specify tap water. 1 meat skewer to share with 2 medium sides and a portion of local garlic bread to start, with bottles of water and a small seven up come to 29E, so husband rounded to 32E with tip. The views from the restaurant are spectacular, especially on the couple of days we got gorgeous sunny weather, the balcony is a lovely place to sit. Food is a little pricier than other restaurants but still not too bad as sometimes we just wanted to pay for the convenience of not having to leave the hotel; eg 12E for margherita pizza. Remember whilst in Madeira to try Bola de Caco, the local flatbread, with meals. It is basically a garlic bread as covered in garlic butter but totally delicious and we ate at most meals! Other tasty local meals included prego (steak sandwich), picado (beef stew served over chips), Espetada (beef on skewers) and fried corn. We loved the Nikita cocktail, but Poncha is crazy strong! Check in from 2pm and check out by 12pm. There is a secure room to store luggage in after checking out.Late check out, until 5pm, costs €40. I asked in advance but was told to check with reception nearer the time, 4 days before we left told not possible as fully booked. Disappointing as we had 8.30pm flight back home and I was 6months pregnant so would have been nice to rest up before flight. A little info on bus tickets: from SUBURB : The first time if you don't have a ticket you must buy a GIRO magnetic ticket from the driver for €1.95, including a 50c charge for the card. When you reach the centre, recharge your ticket at a machine. A single ticket can be bought in the bus, but a better investment is rechargeable cards, on which you load between 2 to 31 travel credits. Once in possession of a physical ticket, it can be recharged at the little stalls you see near all the bus stops at central area in Funchal, also the Horarios office and in several shops in the center, including Bazar do Povo and the tabacaria in the Sao Lourenco shopping center (where the hotel buses stop). Get No 39 bus into Funchal and back to hotel (signed for Monchal), at bus stop near central station area. You can get an up-to-date timetable at the hotel reception on request. Buses run hourly and the journey takes around 20 minutes. It is €1.50 each way once bought the ticket. Hang on when going round corners/roundabouts as saw a few people go flying! combination of crazy bends and high speeds going round corners. Eating out all adds up as it's hard to find a meal for 2 with non alcoholic drinks for under 30E, often upto 40E per meal (even lunch, unless you get burger & chips or mcdonalds or something like that). We would recommend Basmati Indian restaurant in old town for very tasty food and great value too. We even got their food delivered a couple of times plus some local portugal food delivered via local app like JustEat.

Nice hotel, remote location

May 2022 | belliestravels

Please find my honest and personal review of this hotel. This is a pretty hotel with lovely views, especially from the roof terrace and pool. I personally would say it is more of a good three star than a four star hotel. The location is remote and ideally you need to hire a car to explore Madeira from here. It really depends on the sort of holiday you want. If like us you prefer to walk into town and have local bars and restaurants near by this is not for you. We spent much of our holiday on buses or in a taxi. There is a bus stop outside the hotel, number 39 which runs about once an hour in the week. The last bus back from town is 9.30pm. The hotel provide a shuttle bus three times a day in the week only which you need to book as there are only 8 spaces. You can also get a 38 bus which stops at the petrol station just down the road from the hotel and does provide a later service back from town. It is not feasible to walk from the hotel to town, it is a very steep route with no path. Taxi costs about 10 euros to hotel from bus station. We had room which was in the new part of the hotel and was amazing, very modern, with a massive balcony with panoramic views. The older rooms appeared to be smaller in size and have less of a panoramic view, the balconies were very different and more compact. The breakfast was average, not in my opinion what I would expect from a 4 star hotel. There was a small buffet of cold meats, cheese, salad, breads, cake, yoghurt, cereal and hot food consisting of egg, bacon and frankfurter sausage. Good coffee. Nothing is called to order. The breakfast room also doubles as the evening restaurant and has a very small bar area. The lounge bar upstairs which is lovely was closed when we stayed and was full of furniture ready for weddings/parties. Therefore it is my understanding that this hotel does not have a lounge bar anymore and instead puts on functions in this area. We only had food once here at lunch time by the pool, it was very nice. The pool and gardens were beautiful and mainly quiet during our stay. There is a mixture of nationalities and ages at the hotel.

First Class Hotel

Apr 2022 | michaelccc2013

Just returned from a weeks stay at this Hotel through Jet2, stayed in Room 403, lovely Hotel, great views, spotlessly clean. The staff are excellent from reception, restaurant, house keeping staff, all are so ready to answer any questions and to offer help in any way. Would highly recommend and will be returning soon. Many thanks to all.

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