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Vidamar Resort Madeira
5.0 of 5 Hotel   |   Estrada Monumental 175-177, Funchal, Madeira 9000-100, Portugal (Formerly CS Madeira Atlantic Resort & Sea SPA)   |  
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Ranked #18 of 90 Hotels in Funchal
Doncaster, United Kingdom
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27 reviews 27 reviews
7 hotel reviews
Reviews in 13 cities Reviews in 13 cities
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
“Good Hotel”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 23, 2012

This hotel is nicely situated about 15 mins walk from the city however if you don't fancy the walk there is a good bus service and plenty of taxis. You can't help but notice how professorial all the staff and you are treated just as you expect to be in a 5 star hotel. We normally eat out when we are on holiday but this time was different as the hotel had good food that was cheaper that most of the restaurants close by, we were advised that we could purchase a meal ticked for 24e per person this included the buffet water , wine and even a drink in the bar later on if you so wished. All in all the hotel is great and all rooms have a sea view, the only fault I had was due to us having a garden view room on the 2nd floor was we had a few Roches coming in from the garden however when I advised the desk staff they moved us without us have to ask!

  • Stayed November 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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  • Rooms
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Ghent, Belgium
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7 hotel reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 12, 2012

Very luxurious hotel with every accomodation a hotel needs: large rooms, dinning area, lobby with wifi, bars, swimming pools, spa, sauna,...
Wifi in the rooms is not free but it is quite expensive: € 3 / 30 minutes. Wifi in lobby is free. That's why you'll find a lot of people in the lobby with their smartphones, Ipads, ...
The staff was very nice, they all speak very well English and some even Spanish. The only negative thing I could find was the mold in the indoor swimming pool. This is unacceptable for a 5star-hotel.
The rooms were very large, clean and well maintained. The beds are very comfortable, I slept like a baby!
Although I wouldn't want to be a cleaning lady in that hotel, all those mirrors in the bathroom! Hell to keep them clean but they manage.
I really enjoyed my short stay there.

Room Tip: the advantage of this hotel is that every room has an ocean view
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  • Stayed December 2012, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Edinburgh, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 9, 2012

The hotel is right by the sea, with breathtaking views from most of the rooms. Rooms from the 6th floor upwards have the best outlook over the ocean. Our balcony was just perfect and we could watch the sun rising and setting in the ocean.
The hotel is about a 25 minute walk away from the city centre. We found it a bit too far for walking but there are frequent buses from / to city centre, with a bus stop a stone's throw away from the hotel. The aerobus also stops at the same stop, very convenient for the airport.

We liked the modern feel the hotel offers, with a lot of glass, concrete and space. While this might not be everyone's cup of tea, we enjoyed the atmosphere. It has a somewhat business-like feel but it shouldn't put you off. Our room was very big, with a gigantic bed and some sitting space by the window.

Breakfast is served in the garden restaurant, with a terrace over a pretty garden and view towards the sea. Food at breakfast was a bit samey (not necessarily a 5* standard) but the setting more than makes up for it. We didn't eat dinners at the hotel so can't comment on that.

There are 4 outdoor pools (2 big and 2 small ones) which we didn't try because of the cold weather (it was December after all) + access to the ocean + an indoor pool with an outside part.
On top of that the hotel also has a spa with a brilliant stylish pool with water jets. If you get a chance, it's worth trying it.

We went for a short walk in the Lido area and couldn't find a hotel with a better location or pools. If you intend to stay in Funchal, I would definitely recommend CS (now Vidamar) Madeira.

Stayed December 2012, traveled as a couple
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Brisbane, Australia
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5 hotel reviews
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3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 4, 2012

A large modern hotel that may once have been 5 star but doesn't warrant that rating now - dirty, scuffed bedroom walls, flaking paint and cement around the pool and rust stains on the outside walls. But very spacious and pleasant interior and bedrooms. The Irish pub (part of the complex) was closed for renovations and I didn't notice Mama Mia's being open. There was evening entertainment in the Piano Lounge but only a few couples went in to listen so it was all a bit quiet and soulless. We had half board and the food was more than adequate even though a bit repetitive and bland. The reception and wait staff were excellent, very friendly and accommodating. Our bedroom, although nicely presented was very noisy. It was right above the heated pool and we heard lots of interesting conversations from our balcony! Also the pool pump reverberated through the room and made relaxation very difficult. To cap it all, a large celebration took place in the lounge area adjacent to our bedroom wall. The furniture was still being dragged and scraped back into place at 2 am on a Sunday morning. All in all, a pleasant hotel to stay in - just don't take room 235.

Room Tip: Do not take room 235.
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  • Stayed November 2012, traveled with friends
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 2 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 2 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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York, United Kingdom
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70 reviews 70 reviews
38 hotel reviews
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25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 20, 2012

We spent only one night here, orientating ourselves before travelling elsewhere in Madeira. The room was beautifully appointed and the bed very comfortable, although there was a slight mirror overload. Do I really need a full length mirror wall in the bathroom/toilet? The leisure facilities were excellent with 4 outdoor pools plus an indoor pool, plus the added benefit of direct access to the sea. Breakfast was slightly disappointing but in line with many such large volume hotels. However overall I really enjoyed my short stay and despite being in the main hotel district, on a very busy road, the room was very quiet and the view tranquil. I'd happily stay here again.

  • Stayed November 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Leicester, United Kingdom
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29 hotel reviews
Reviews in 34 cities Reviews in 34 cities
104 helpful votes 104 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 19, 2012

The CS is a large property with a big feel on arriving and supported by welcoming staff at all levels of service.

Arriving in Maderia we opted for the upgraded meet and pick up at the Airport. Our driver was on hand with a good visible sign to met us and we were soon on our way. Please note a supplement of 20% is applied to weekend bookings.

Arriving at the hotel we were impressed how speedy the check in was and given our mid morning arrival to find our rooms available was impressive too. No hassle and a quck registration process we were escorted to our rooms on the tenth floor of tower two. Perhaps I should mention here that the hotel consists of two towers for accommodation purposes.

On arrival at our rooms we were indeed impressed by the size, cleanliness and of course the views over the Atlantic and outside pool aeras. Given the good instructions we were given by reception staff we set about having a good look around. As we arrived on a Saturday we very soon found the Irish Bar featuring Sky Sports and settled in for lunch and of course the match. The ladies however declined and headed off to look at the Hotel's Spa facilites.

We had opted for a bed and breakfast package and to be honest the full style buffet brekfast catered for everyone's needs. Well presented, good choice and excellent value. The hotels Mama Mia restaurant is also well worthy of a visist or certailnly if in the Pool area then the Ocean Restauarnt offers great service and a range of snacks, drinks and meals.

Overall good staff, well trained and customer focussed.

Room Tip: Top floors offer the best views
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  • Stayed November 2012, traveled on business
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Winchester, England
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322 reviews 322 reviews
54 hotel reviews
Reviews in 103 cities Reviews in 103 cities
599 helpful votes 599 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 13, 2012

I stayed for 5 nights at the CS hotel, attending the 15th Madeira Bridge Festival. The hotel is in two separate blocks, each with its own pair of lifts. The view from every bedroom is excellent, overlooking the sparkling Atlantic ocean. Each room has an adequate balcony too. The beds are comfortable with plenty of good pillows. The bathroom and fittings are modern and of good quality.

The breakfast covers all the bases with a big selection of fruits, juices, cereals, bakery, and the usual cooked fare: eggs, mushrooms, bacon, potatoes, etc... everything you could wish for. You are very speedily presented with a large jug of coffee. If you like chilled sparkling wine with your breakfast, that is available free of charge too.

We always ate lunch and dinner at the wonderful Madeiran restaurants, in Funchal and across the island. The final prize-giving dinner was held in this hotel and was well done, with an accomplished band playing music for dancing. The bar has a good outdoor area (mainly for smokers) and it was fine to sit out there, even at 3am in November.

There is an additional lift to take you down to sea-level. There are two infinity pools there, also smaller pools and a step ladder in the Atlantic. I surprised myself by trying the sea and found it excellent, even in November, a translucent deep blue in colour and around 22 degrees. There are plenty of loungers to benefit from the sun and towels are provided. The previous week the weather had been rougher, I heard, and a lady who had ventured into the Atlantic (together with a hotel lifeguard who had tried to assist her in returning to land) were rescued from the difficult water by a lifeboat from Funchal. So, best to obey the notices and look at the sea condition.

Walking around the hotel, you benefit from the vast windows, exposing the sky and the ocean. It is a pleasant place to stay.

  • Stayed November 2012, traveled solo
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Address: Estrada Monumental 175-177, Funchal, Madeira 9000-100, Portugal (Formerly CS Madeira Atlantic Resort & Sea SPA)
Location: Portugal > Madeira Islands > Madeira > Funchal
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities ( Kid / Family Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Spa Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#3 On the Beach Hotel in Funchal
#5 Business Hotel in Funchal
#10 Family Hotel in Funchal
#14 Spa Hotel in Funchal
#17 Luxury Hotel in Funchal
#19 Romantic Hotel in Funchal
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:5 star — Vidamar Resort Madeira 5*
Number of rooms: 300
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
VIDAMAR RESORTS MADEIRA has a privileged ocean front position with direct access to the Atlantic. It is located on the main touristic area of "Lido", at walking distance from shopping centres, bars, bus stops, supermarkets and tourist attractions. The Madeira International Airport is only at 18 km. Designed in a modern architectural style, the Hotel offers 300 quite spacious rooms (39m2), all sea facing and with private balconies overlooking the gardens and the Atlantic Ocean. Rooms are equipped with individual air-conditioned/heated system, cable TV, sitting area and desk, tea and coffee making facilities, free safe, mini-bar and Wi-Fi. The room service is available around the clock. VIDAMAR RESORTS MADEIRA offers a wide variety of restaurants. Here you can discover the DINE AROUND concept featuring open air, sea view and sunset dining options. From romantic dinners to family fun restaurants, Dine Around privileges a special dining scheme that allows VIDAMAR guests to sample around various cuisines throughout the Resort: the international Ocean Buffet Restaurant, the Italian Mamma Mia, the Spanish Flamenco Tapas Bar & Restaurant, the Portuguese Sabor a Mar and the Japanese KOI Sushi Bar. The Sea Platform, the biggest on the Island, offers infinity salted water swimming pools as well as private and direct access to the Ocean, restaurant, bar, multi-activity court and Aquatica Kids World. For those who look for a sport experience, the VIDA Health Club offers several group classes and cardio fitness equipment, floodlight tennis court, squash court, tennis table, as well as an Aqua Area with indoor swimming pool, Jacuzzi, sauna and Turkish bath. All facilities are free to our guests. The seaside MAR SPA Thalasso guarantees sensory journeys or, at least, relaxing experiences assured by the animated Talassotherapy swimming pool, the 14 treatment rooms (one exterior) and the magnificent views to the Ocean from all spa areas. ... more   less 
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Also Known As:
Cs Madeira Atlantic Resort & Sea Spa Hotel Funchal
Cs Madeira Atlantic Resort And Sea Spa
Cs Madeira Atlantic Hotel Sea
Vidamar Resort Madeira Funchal

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