A stiff walk up the hill from the centre, this hotel has everything you'd expect. Excellent breakfast, sunny lounge area and tables in the garden to chill out. It's possible to catch the local bus up the hill and walk back down if you prefer or there's always a taxi. Local tour organisers will pick you up at the hotel. In a quiet residencial area, this feels like the authentic Madeira.
Hotel had almost everything needed for a quiet break, lots of lounging space inside and outside, good selection of books and games. Rooms big enough to relax in, quiet at this time of year. Entertainment most nights in large bar area.
We booked a Grand Deluxe room and were allocated Rm 302, which had no sunlight, no balcony and a view into the adjacent offices. The only other room available which had light or a view was a top floor suite which cost us a considerable extra sum per night, but was huge and absolutely fantastic. The hotel design means that most rooms have city/mountain or sea views and sunlight for a good part of the day, but a handful (those ending 01 or 02) have none of these and should really be sold as restricted light/view.
The hotel is ultra-chic, with numerous features that are based on style over practicality, but make for a fun experience. As an example the flooring throughout is black cobblestone (even in the lifts); for a building where 90% of people arrive and leave with a wheeled suitcase the design team must have a mischievous sense of humour.
my wife and I stayed for a week and found the hotel exactly as others had described so we were not disappointed. the room was very clean and the staff very friendly and helpful. The rooms are basic (no tea or coffee making) and you have to rent the fridge but the cost is minimal. WiFi is expensive so we didn't bother as it's readily available around Funchal and at most restaurants.
The bath was too small to be used as such and the space would have been better used as a proper shower. Breakfast was continental and very limited but what they had was not unpleasant. We booked chiefly for the location and it was perfect - 10 min walk to marina, old town, cable car - perfect.
we also had a car which we could park for free at the hotel - no problems at all with about 20 spaces.
Funchal, capital of the Madeira Islands, curves along a harbor and rises up verdant mountain slopes. At the Mercado dos Lavradores market, vendors display basketry, produce, fresh fish, and profusions of flowers. The Madeira Wine Lodge, housed in a 17th-century monastery building, offers tastings and tours. A ride in a wicker toboggan down steep, narrow streets is a uniquely Funchal experience.
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