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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 89 Hotels in Funchal
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Oslo, Norway
2 reviews
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3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
“Great stay”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 22, 2013

Great room, spa and health club facilities, nice breakfast, fantastic location and very friendly and helpful staff - we definately had a great stay at Vidamar:) I have no hesitation in recommending this hotel, and would certainly choose Vidamar again if travelling back to Madeira.

  • Stayed January 2013, traveled with friends
    • 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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  • Sleep Quality
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  • Rooms
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
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  • Cleanliness
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London
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58 reviews 58 reviews
19 hotel reviews
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68 helpful votes 68 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 19, 2013

From booking, through requests for hypoallergenic bedding on day of arrival (having forgotten earlier), to extending our stay, absolutely nothing was too much trouble. The staff were exceptional. Room had great view and balcony was spacious. Everything as it should be in terms of facilities and comfort. Excellent outside area for sunbathing and pools. Ocean restaurant good and fine for value but service could occasionally be a little slow. Main downside is that the public areas were somewhat soulless, with rather odd decor in places. The hotel has just been acquired by a new company; hopefully it will improve this aspect without losing the plus points or value. Didn't get to use the spa as it was fully booked by 10am on the day I had free, which was not really acceptable since the hotel was a very long way from being full. Nonetheless, would happily return.

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  • Stayed December 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 4 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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Munich, Germany
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed January 19, 2013

This hotel is far from five-star. Rooms are quite run down, in the bathroom-door there was a big hole, where sometime obviously was a hook. Breakfast was one of the worst I ever had - so called orange juice was 80 percent water and 15 percent sugar, unworthy for a hotel claiming 5 stars. Choice on breakfast was generally quite poor, there were permanently pigeons in the breakfast room, which was pretty disgusting. Bell boy was one bright spots and provided always good service. Spa is terrible, like 30 years old without renovation, overdrowded with very loud and active russian guests which make any thought of relaxing inpossible. Outdoor-pools are so cold that none ever could swim in. Gym ist ok, but open for extern guests and therefore overcrowded. I would have been satisfied with this hotel if I would have paid the price for 3 stars and would have expected 3 stars. But for the 5 stars they it is a huge disappointment and mislabeling.

  • Stayed December 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 1 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 2 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 2 of 5 stars Service
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Dublin, Ireland
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 19, 2013

I stayed here in the summer. The hotel is stunning, it's very modern and open. The bedrooms are large with ocean views and satellite tv. The bathroom was huge! The hotel facilities were incredible! There's an onsite Irish bar which shows all the days live sports. The food was incredible with breakfast being my favourite! Lots of choice every night with different themed nights every night. Great location a short walk from many shops and restaurants. Stunning hotel and perfect for a relaxing break! Highly recommended!!

  • Stayed July 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 7, 2013

The building is interestingly modern with an emphasis on curves. The bedrooms are spacious and well furnished;there is a feeling of being at sea from one's balcony. The restaurant and other public rooms are attractively decorated; there is a feeling of light and airiness throughout. The swimming pools, out door and indoor are first class, and they and the gardens are kept immaculately. The buffet meals at breakfast and dinner have a wide variety of well cooked food of a high standard.
We were impressed by the service provided and friendliness of all the staff we encountered.
At the time of our visit, we found the general ambience pleasantly tranquil.

  • Stayed December 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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London, United Kingdom
1 review
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 6, 2013

The sea view from our room from the 8th floor was second to none. And the scenic views from the infinity pool made for a very relaxing and serene experience.

The Bar with live music was a great way to end the night and overall, the service was great.

However little things disappointed and betrayed itself to not be a true 5 star hotel.

Firstly, for the price, to want to charge for wifi access in rooms was absurd - especially when access in the lobby was free. It just made the lobby look constantly full and busy but not in a good way.

Secondly, as has been mentioned a few times on here, the breakfast is poor and in particular, the coffee was vile (so weak it tasted like they were trying to save money on how much coffee they put in each pot) and there was no fresh orange juice (think Tang for those that know, or for those that don't, a drink made up of orange-flavoured powder mixed with water).

The worst part is that both of these things are relatively cheap and uncostly to fix/provide.

Room Tip: Take a walk down the Main Street to find a place to eat - plenty of options - rather than eating at...
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  • Stayed December 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 6, 2013

This was our 10th or 11th visit to this hotel. We have now visited all 3 incarnations from Crowne Plazza through CS Madeira through to the Vidamar, Pleased to say that standards of service and staff still as good as ever with friendly and warm interactions with guests. The hotel is modern but minimalist which some may mistake as cold but it gives the place a feeling of peace and tranquility. We only stayed for 4 days this time but were completely refreshed. The Spa is one of the gems with its seawater pool and many treatment rooms. I can recommend the hot stone massage. The hotel is located in the hotel district ( about 15-20 mins walk from central Funchal) and if you want to save on a taxi from the airport the SAM Aerobus has a stop just outside the hotel and it's only 5 Euros return. The hotel also has a tennis court and access to the sea which is great for snorkelling or even diving and the hotel does offer discover scuba lessons at peak times which I've done on a previous visit. The buffet breakfasts are extensive and best taken out on the terrace overlooking the sea. We also had lunch on the last day by the pool which was really enjoyable and better than the airport which has very limited facilities. We are looking forward to our next visit in the not too distant future

Room Tip: Don't go for a garden room pay the extra and get a full seaview it's worth it
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  • Stayed December 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
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 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
#12 Family Hotel in Funchal
#14 Spa Hotel in Funchal
#15 Romantic Hotel in Funchal
#18 Luxury 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 And Sea Spa
Cs Madeira Atlantic Resort & Sea Spa Hotel Funchal
Cs Madeira Atlantic Hotel Sea
Vidamar Resort Madeira Funchal

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