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“An American's opinion...” 4 of 5 stars
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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 91 Hotels in Funchal
Pittsburgh PA
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“An American's opinion...”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 12, 2013

We arrived at the Vidamar for 4 nights in March. We knew that the hotel had just changed names/flagships and were a little nervous at the service level given the "bugs" may not have been worked out yet... Upon arriving we were shown our room immediately on the 10th/top floor. What a spectacular view! The room is basic, and very basic compared to USA standards. The bed is okay but too firm for us, the decor was a 3 star hotel, the bathroom was ok, the towels were thin, the bedding was 3 star, the patio had basic plastic furniture. Now the good points...the service and staff was magnificent. The SPA treatment was great and cheap, 50 minute massage for $65 Euros plus we had a 15% coupon and for some treatments they offered 50% off monthly ( if couples, get the outside room). The pools were large and had plenty of lounge chairs. The GM, Brian helped make our stay wonderful. We only ate breakfast at the Vidamar and it was less than good and the buffet was actually cold/ not hot...the velvet lounge/patio bar was large and good drinks. The prices were excellent. I had my hair blown dry at the salon and was underwhelmed, totally. I was expecting a blow-out hairdo for the night but what I got was a simple hair dry with no style, never had that before, anywhere! The fitness center across the street, lots of glass and was good for a hotel gym. They had spinning classes and lots of cardio but little free weights. It's within walking distance from many restaurants and pubs.
P.S. if you need to exchange money into Euros, do so at the airport.

  • Stayed March 2013, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 2 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 12, 2013

Just back from Vidamar. Had my 15 month old son with me. Staff were extremely friendly with my son and he loved it. He made many friends with the buffet breakfast staff, the reception staff and the cleaners. Plenty of wide open spaces for my son to walk around in. Hotel also has a playroom with a couple of toys in it such as a minature slide and a large truck.

Nice walk beside the sea which starts a few minutes walk from the hotel as well.

Plenty of shops near the hotel offering different types of tours. Did not want to go on a bus tour in case my son acted up. Went on a mountain/seaside day tour with my wife and son in a landrover. Landrover driver was also great with my son.

I would recommend the hotel for anyone.

Had decided by the end of the holiday to return to Madeira later this year when the weather was slightly better.

Would recommend that you pay cash each time you get anything at the hotel and get a receipt for the payment as it could help to avoid misunderstandings at checkout .

  • Stayed March 2013, traveled with family
    • 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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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 5, 2013

great hotel. we have stay in a great many 5 star hotels and this is definitely one of the best. decor is stylish italian desinger feel. staff are really helpful and friendly. food is excellent but the wine list is not as good as it could be.
recommend the spa and fitness center.
great location for walking into funchal.
good ocean frontage....great views.
highly recommended

Room Tip: we upgraded and it was really worth doing!great views from the 8th floor
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  • Stayed February 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 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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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 4, 2013

Terrific location. Enjoyed 30 minute stroll to old town.
All rooms have sea and sunny aspect. Spotlessly clean.
Each member of staff was wonderfully friendly and efficient.
Austere decor was not to our taste as prefer 5* luxury.

Room Tip: Upgrade to superior room on a high floor. Excellent soundproofing.
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  • Stayed February 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 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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Funchal, Portugal
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 2, 2013

Our time in Madeira was made even more special because we chose to stay here at Vidamar. The staff are so welcoming and friendly and the hotel is so relaxed you feel like you are at home. The Spa and the facilities are so amazing that even if it rains outside you still feel like you have so much to do, you are always relaxed. Our room was the best i have ever stayed in with tea,coffee making facilities and the view of the sea was breathtaking i dont want to leave. the bed was huge for 2 people and the bathroom was perfect for a couple and especially for a girl with mirrors and light perfect for getting ready for dinner. The staff make the hotel a special gem, It was my birthday here and they surprised me with a bottle of bubbles and chocolate cake. So happy I spent my 25th here and I couldnt have wished for a better Birthday! We will definitly come back not only to Madeira but to Vidamar. Great if you live in a busy city and need to chill out and feel pampered!

Room Tip: Choose Sea View Room and High floor for great views, this Hotel has it all so you can´t go wrong!
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  • Stayed February 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 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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Jyväskylä, Western Finland, Finland
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 2, 2013 via mobile

Very nice and helpful staff, great breakfast every morning. We upgraded our room from 1st to 8th floor and that was a very good choice, awesome sea views. The spa was really nice and classy. Highly recommended hotel!

  • Stayed February 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 1, 2013

Just returned from a lovely week at the Vidamar. My wife and I travelled with our two friends. Really have to go to great lengths to try to find anything at all to criticise...the rooms were fantastic with views over the pool and sea( we took the offer of upgrading to 8th floor and were glad we did because of the views), the hotel is spotless, the location ideal and the staff are brilliant, nothing is too much trouble. a special thank you to Joao who went out of his way to make sure we had a great holiday (including giving us directions and advice for days out on the island). Have read some previous reports concerning the breakfast at this hotel - please note that these must have been written when the hotel was still trading under the old name of CS Madiera Atlantic as the breakfasts here are wonderful with every choice you could imagine. Brilliant holiday, we will return.

Room Tip: higher floors have best views
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  • Stayed February 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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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
#4 Business Hotel in Funchal
#11 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 And Sea Spa
Cs Madeira Atlantic Resort & Sea Spa Hotel Funchal
Cs Madeira Atlantic Hotel Sea
Vidamar Resort Madeira Funchal

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