I stayed at the Vine for 4 nights (Tue to Sat) on my first visit to Madeira. I was looking for a centrally located hotel, and the Vine fitted the bill. If I had been after rest and relaxation, I would have chosen one of the resort hotels, but I wanted to sightsee. Having read TripAdvisor reviews I was prepared for the Vine's quirks and didn't encounter major problems with the many touch buttons which were thoroughly explained to me on arrival. However, it's best to memorise which button does what since the writing is beginning to fade. I didn't flood the shower, either, because I kept my showers short. However, in case of an emergency, there is an alarm string you can pull, just don't forget to throw on the bathrobe before help arrives. Make use of the slippers if your feet can't handle the pebbly floor. I liked the fact that shower, toilet and basin were all separate. The only thing missing was a bathtub. My fridge was stocked with about 20 complimentary bottles of beer, coke, water, juice and iced tea. This made up for the lack of tea and coffee making facilities I normally cherish. I found my room's grey/black/white colour scheme rather appealing, the huge bed was divine and the easy chair a treat. There was an extra-long writing desk but no separate table, which meant that if you had wanted to dine in you'd be facing the wall while eating. While I was there the hotel was fairly quiet, and I enjoyed bustle-free breakfasts that offered a wide choice of fruits, breads, cereals etc. as well as a la carte eggs or omelettes and pancakes. The Vine has free WiFi as well as two terminals and a printer which is handy for printing out your boarding pass. I liked the layout of the lobby with its comfortable chairs, and I liked the rooftop terrace with it sweeping views and lounge chairs even better. I didn't try out the pool, but it looked inviting. If you don't have a car and don't want to spend EUR30-35 on a taxi from/to the airport, there are two Aerobus stops a 10-minute cobble-stoned walk away, no. 4 is uphill and no. 6 is on the Marine Parade opposite the TAP office. Stop no. 5 which would be much more convenient, is temporarily (or maybe permanently) out of service. Buses are not very frequent, and the hotel gave me an out-of-date timetable, so it's best to check at the bus stop itself, remembering that the times given are those of departure from the terminus which is about 10 to 15 minutes away. The drive to the airport from stop no. 6 takes 25 to 30 minutes, and the current cost is EUR5. On the way in, the bus driver might drop you closer to the hotel, I arrived late and was the only passenger, so I got a lift to the entrance of the shopping centre inside which the Vine is located. Otherwise I might have had a problem finding the hotel in the dark. Would I stay again? Not if I came for a 1 or 2-week R & R holiday. But otherwise most definitely. A hotel like the Vine, with polite and helpful staff, does not come along every day.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- A hotel with soul, just like a good wine. The Vine is sophisticated and luxurious. With a touch of simplicity and discretion, just the way you like it. A dip in the panoramic pool, a vino-therapy session in the spa or a gourmet dinner with a view over the city: these are just a few of the pleasures awaiting you at The Vine. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- The Vine, a Divine Hotel Hotel Funchal
- Vine a Divine Funchal
- The Vine, a Divine Hotel Madeira/Funchal