The new Savoy hotel looks like a monster. Surely can't be allowed to get any bigger
Dominic: there is an existing and recent thread on this subject. Scroll down to "The new Savoy photograph", last posting to which was 23 March.
Looks awful - and the building will have grown further looking at the quite old dates of the photos on either post.
How can you say it looks awful.It's nowhere near complete yet!! Wait till it's finished & you may change your mind.Don't forget for the last 4 years there has just been a big hole in the ground screened off by corrugated sheeting on the main avenue.Did you want it to stay like that forever? Investment brings jobs & much needed money to the Maderian economy.My wife & myself look forward to staying there when completed.
It is certainly more 'spread out' than the old hotel.
To say it looks awful is a bit premature.
Rob, I agree it has to be better than the hole in the ground and the corrugated sheeting.
I too hope to visit when it opens and shall judge then as to whether or not it is 'awful'. If it is half as good as the old Classic Savoy, I'll be more than happy.
I just wish that 'Madeira Palacio' could also be rebuilt - but don't see that happening.
IMHO, no building looks attractive whilst being built - so it's a bit silly to say it looks 'awful'..
Sure, it's looking pretty big - but bear in mind there were two hotels occupying that site originally, so it's bound to be looking rather imposing. And the comment on one of the photographs that it swamps the Porto Santo ferry made me smile, when you consider the photo was taken from behind the build and the ferry boat is way down at the dock, in the distance...
" Awful" is in the eye of the beholder. However scale is in relation to the surroundings and this building appears to dwarf others around.
Madeira is in danger of allowing hoteliers greed to destroy the ambience the current visitors enjoy.
Many years ago the island of Bali decided, that in order to preserve that which visitors came for, hotels were limited to the height of the palm trees around.
Maybe Madeira has to look to a similar policy. Then again, the reality is, money talks!
When I used the description "awful" I was simply referring to the size of the development, which seems to occupy every available inch of the site, apart from the most southerly aspect. Does anybody know how many rooms there will be?
I believe there will be 500 rooms.
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