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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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.
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!
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.
We thoroughly enjoyed our long weekend here. All staff were welcoming, friendly, professional and very kind. We moved on to a different destination for the rest of our holiday in Madeira and, by mistake, I left behind some jewellery, my perfume and my Radley shopping bag in the desk drawer. I phoned reception in the evening. The following day all the forgotten items had been brought to our second destination by lunch time and given back to me. How's that for service!
We loved the roof terrace sun bathing facility. This includes a choice of styles of sun beds including a canopied double sunbed, and a jacuzzi on a raised platform giving wonderful views out to sea or across Funchal. Also, there is an 'honesty' bar area stocked with drinks, including tea & coffee, packeted nibbles, sandwiches and fresh fruit and lovely seating area in which to enjoy these.
Good choice at buffet style breakfast including English type back bacon 'properly' cooked! We were booked for b&b and chose to eat out in the evening, so unable to comment re dinner, but there seemed to be lots of choice on the menu as well as an additional a la carte facility if guests wanted it.
Relaxed from Reading
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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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