Just a reasonable downhill walk into Funchal centre,this comfortable old house style hotel has spotless swimming pool with sun beds to laze in on the days not spent out & about.getting around is easy,bus stops all a hop away,parking in the grounds,really delightful views,& if traffic noise gets you down ask for quiet bedrooms at the rear.
We have just returned from a weeks stay at The Vine Hotel Funchal, what a fantastic stay. We were celebrating our honeymoon and my birthday also fell during our stay. We were greeted by very friendly staff who showed us to the roof top pool and 360bar which by the way are fabulous. We had a complimentary drink before being shown to our room. I read a lot about the lights and difficulty people had using them, if you just take a minute to look at the layout there are no problems. We were given a bottle of champagne as a honeymoon gift which was such a lovely touch. I cannot speak highly enough of the staff at The Vine they are wonderful. The view from the roof top bar is amazing and just allows you to see how central you are in Funchal, perfect location. We thought Madeira had a reputation for the older generation, and it does still attract an older age range, but I'm pleased to say that with Hotels like The Vine the trend is definitely moving towards those in their late 20s early 30s, cocktails and infinity pools!
Funchal has a lot to offer from whale, dolphin watching, to amazing botanical gardens and local traditions. By far the best restaurant that we had the pleasure to eat at was Restaurante Do Forte at Rua Portao São Tiago, for 29 euros each we had a 6 course meal, amazing staff and a beautiful view, but you have to book early as it seems everyone loves this place.
Staff great, really clean rooms and public areas. Tea and coffee in room, mini bar with 8 mainly soft drinks for 6Euros , then you can put your own in there. All rooms with balcony and sea view, very quiet as they all look over the sea. Gardens well cared for , plenty of sun loungers and umbrellas , towels for pool provided . Food good, plenty of choice and can eat on the terrace outside, breakfast best I"ve had!
The bedroom and bathroom was very modern, clean and fresh. The hotel staff were very helpful when you needed assistance though since I am a coeliac there was no gluten free cereal or gluten free bread to toast for breakfast and having rice cake for an alternative was not very appertizing.
Just returned from our first visit to the Quinta Da Casa Branca. Hotel made for a very relaxing holiday. Staff and surroundings were excellent. The hotel is a welcome change from the larger holiday hotels that line the cliff edge with its unique design and beautiful gardens. Location is good, with a 20 minute walk downhill to the centre of Funchal - a bit longer back uphill or get a taxi. Would definitely stay here again.
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