"Relaxing hotel with great service & pretty gardens"
My husband and I stayed four nights and had a very positive experience. The staff was unfailingly friendly and helpful and allowed us to check in early. The hotel has a low density in terms of number of rooms and a relaxing atmosphere was prevalent. The breakfast buffet (included in price) was excellent and provided a good variety of good quality choices. The pool, while outdoors, was heated sufficiently to allow a swim even when the temperature was on the chilly side. The room was clean and everything worked well. Free in-room wifi was a pleasure to have. The bar/lounge was comfortable and had a nice offering of wines and snacks. The gardens on the grounds are gorgeous and well maintained and plants are well labeled. The location was outside of the old town but only a nice 20 minute walk away. Walking the other direction leads to a nest of touristy hotels and restaurants so Casa Branca has a nice position in that it is not in the midst of all the tourist hotels not in the busy and louder old town - it is nicely located in between. This is probably a hotel that is better suited to couples than families with small children. We had dinner one night at the hotel restaurant and unlike the bar/lounge and the breakfasts, we were disappointed. We had the impression the chef was trying too hard - food was well presented but the flavors did not live up to the appearance.
This was our first visit to Madeira which started off badly as we had to divert to Tenerife due to high winds. We eventually arrived at the Quinta Mirabela one day later. The tourist maps of the island are not very detailed so it was just as well there were sign posts to the hotel off the main road. We were warmly welcomed and shown to our room which was one of the superior rooms with balcony. I had asked for a quiet room and we were positioned at the far end of the corridor was perfect really. The room was very well appointed and the view breathtaking. There were a couple of small issues with the lights and bath which were rectified immediately and without fuss. The breakfasts are really rather good and we did have a couple of evening meals in the restaurant which were above average compared to most of the hotels I stay in. Of course, a visit to Madeira is not complete without sampling one of the many fine restaurants in Funchal. We had a very relaxing stay at Quinta Mirabella. Overall the hotel was superb and the standard of service first class. We hope to return some day to finish off our exploration of the island.
Jonathan from UK
Built in a historic building dating back to 1888, Quinta Mirabela is a 5 star hotel in Madeira , ideally located in a …More
I stayed 48 hours after a week of strenuous walking (55 year old woman travelling solo) and had the best time. Sparkling 20m pool and easy access to a lovely pebbly beach (take jelly shoes). With friendly staff, excellent food, a nice room with a balcony overlooking the sea, and a superb hot stone massage what's not to like. Only 20 mins and €25 by taxi from the airport and frequent buses into Funchal. Thoroughly recommended.
Ginny from London
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