From the time we were met at the airport by the hotel transport until we left on the last day we were made to feel a valued guest. The staff were so friendly and helpful. The cleanliness of all the areas in the hotel inside and out were outstanding. The food choice every day was excellent and the surroundings of the restuarant with its sunny terrace round the pool gave a relaxing feel. The activities organisor was most helpful although the evening entertainment was not great.
Roger and Una from Redhill UK
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From the moment we arrived the staff made us feel very welcome. Our garden room was delightful with a lovely patio and sun beds. The gardens are beautiful so well kept. The food in both restaurants was very good as was the service. If you want a pampered relaxing break this is the ideal place.
The Vidamar is located about 25 minutes walk west of Funchal main centre on the edge of the main hotel district. This means that the location is convenient yet quiet. The hotel has recently added an excellent sports facility with well equipped gym and many classes inc pump, spinning etc. The staff are very friendly and helpful and the new half board package gives you the option of a 15 euros per person option at one of the 3 on restaurants if you choose not to go for the all inclusive evening buffet option. Great value and a very relaxing holiday.
ARRIVED TO FIND WE HAD BEEN UPGRADED TO THE PENTHOUSE SUITE. WHAT A DELIGHT, AS WE WERE THERE TO CELEBRATE MY HUSBAND'S BIRTHDAY. WONDERFUL SUITE WE FELT THOROUGHLY SPOILT. STAFF WERE LOVELY AND VERY ATTENTIVE. HOTEL ITSELF IS LOVELY IN A GREAT POSITION. PLENTY OF SUN BEDS AND TOWELS, POOLS GORGEOUS. HOTEL SEEMS TO CATER TO AN OLDER AGE GROUP!
We stayed for two weeks beginning on the 5th September, 2014 and our expectations, based upon reviews from this and other review sites, were pleasingly surpassed. Our first member of staff, on reception, was to be our introduction to the first class service we received throughout our stay. Our evening meal, which was very good, was accompanied by absolutely excellent service. All of the staff were attentive, friendly and efficient. Together with the food and the magnificent view from our table on the rooftop terrace our evening proved to be a momentous occasion.
The hotel is approximately one and a half miles from the centre of Funchal and the majority of the bars and restaurants. However, the hotel did provide taxis both in the morning, afternoon and early evening so, the option to visit Funchal central, is catered for. In the event that all the taxis become fully booked, a regular bus service operates, with a stop within 100 yards of the hotel, throughout the day. If individual tickets are purchased on the bus, the cost is 1.95 Euros each way. I found this hotel to be in an excellent location in that it was near enough to town but sufficiently away from the busy centre to provide us with peace and quiet.
We chose to stay on a bed and breakfast basis because we like the independence of the time of eating together with choice of food but the hotel food we sampled was of good quality and well cooked.
Our superior room was located on the third floor and had a good sea view.
"Twenty min walk to town. A few restaurants nearby."
At checking given first floor "garden view" room while reservation was made and paid for, more expensive, ocean view. Fortunately with one trip back to reception this was quickly corrected.
Internet ok in the lobby but no connectivity in the room.
Overall fair value for the price paid.
nykwrx from New York
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My wife had always wanted to stay at "Reid's", and it didn't disappoint.We received a great welcome from the staff, who remained both friendly and helpful throughout the all too short week that we stayed. We were upgraded to a "Classic room" as soon as we arrived, this was both clean and comfortable with it's own patio, and a wonderful view of the Marina and Funchal.I had read some criticism in reviews on some websites, however my own humble opinion (for what it's worth) is that "Reid's" still remains" the most famous Hotel on the Island, and, a Madeiran "Institution". We enjoyed the well renowned "Afternoon Tea" and the view of Funchal at night from the Cocktail Bar was wonderful. So, the $ 64,000.00 Question, would we stay again? Yep! certainly would.
Hotel spotlessly clean. Staff great. Facilities good. Location great, bus stop outside into centre of Funchal or if willing a half hour walk. Could not really fault this hotel. The only negative comments I can make is that the food was a bit the same after a couple of days and if you are a vegetarian there was not much on offer except salad and vegetables.
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.
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