I travelled with 5 friends to Madeira and stayed at The Vine. The first thing to say is that it is in a fantastic position. Apart from the view over the harbour and the sea, access to the town is excellent. There was an easy walk to the old town and the many restaurants, all the restaurants we used were very good. Although when we arrived we thought the modern design of the hotel was a case of form over function, in fact we quickly got used to the lighting, heating etc. the only criticism is that two of our party, who were friends sharing a room, felt the bath, shower and toilet were a little too intimate for them. The beds are so comfortable and the pillows are the biggest, comfiest I have ever experienced.
The breakfast at the vine was excellent and the staff were very helpful and friendly. We were there in February and the top floor restaurant was not open so we did not eat at the hotel apart from breakfast, we used it as a base to visit other restaurants in the town. When we took a trip up the coast and saw the block after block of high rise apartments and hotels on the northern side of Funchal we considered ourselves very lucky to have a hotel in such a wonderful position. We would all stay there again.