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Quinta da Casa Branca
5.0 of 5 Hotel   |   Rua da casa Branca 7, Funchal, Madeira 9000-088, Portugal   |  
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Ranked #6 of 91 hotels in Funchal
Toulouse, France
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7 reviews 7 reviews
3 hotel reviews
Reviews in 3 cities Reviews in 3 cities
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
“Small is best”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 13, 2013

This hotel is unusual in that most of the rooms are at ground level and lead onto the wonderful gardens. We felt very relaxed here as it feels very homely compared to the larger hotels in the area. The breakfast bar offered a good selection and I would recommend that you take the option of ordering your eggs freshly cooked. The room was comfortable and spacious, the spa excellent as we had it to ourselves (maybe this would not be the case high season), The pool area was also lovely although we did not feel inclined to swim in February (even though it would have been warm enough for some people). Thanks to other reviews here we packed a small kettle and teabags since there are no tea making facilities in the standard rooms. There are lovely bars and restaurants within walking distance (we loved the Hole in One Irish pub) but be prepared for an uphill walk back - only a few minutes but quite steep. Take sensible shoes for walking around as a lot of the streets are cobbled.

Room Tip: Standard rooms are at ground level with a terrace area. Superior rooms are first floor with a balco...
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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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  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 10, 2013

This low-rise hotel, set in a meticulously maintained garden, is ideally suited for a restful stay. It is an easy15-20 minutes' walk to the centre of Funchal - it might take longer in the heat of summer, though. The rooms are very clean, comfortable and quiet. The breakfasts are first class with eggs cooked to order (which you don't always get in some very expensive hotels) and a wide range of hot and cold items. The service is very attentive and friendly, adding greatly to the appeal of the hotel. It's where we shall stay if we return to Madeira.

  • Stayed January 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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Dorchester, United Kingdom
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29 helpful votes 29 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 4, 2013

This hotel is an unusual and probably uniquely quiet place to relax in 5 star luxury whilst visiting Funchal. Only just over 100 guests, very modern architecture and beautiful peaceful grounds.

Service and cleanliness couldn't be faulted, the breakfasts were splendid, and the Restaurant fully justifies it's excellent local ranking. Rooms well laid out, beds comfortable and bathrooms modern.

Room Tip: All rooms have a pleasant garden outlook. Most are at ground level - not a problem and loungers can...
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  • Stayed January 2013, 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
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Kent, UK
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 4, 2013

Beautiful gardens, unique blend of modern architecture and traditional Quinta, high quality food by local standards and wonderful, smiling staff for whom nothing is too much trouble....a truly perfect holiday combination.
We decided to upgrade to a superior room having read other reviews and we were pleased with our decision though all rooms look out onto the wonderful gardens and have outside space. The Garden Pavilion, where breakfast and lunch are served, has a lovely aspect over the gardens too and we enjoyed sitting outside for breakfast, even in January. The choice of food here is good and the service is really charming. We ate at the more formal Quinta da Casa restaurant a couple of times. By local standards the food here is high quality but we did find the atmosphere a bit hushed and the service a bit over attentive but other diners seemed to enjoy that. Personally, we would have liked a more casual eating option in the evening and that is certainly available within easy walking distance of the hotel. However, that is a very minor criticism of a wonderful place that we intend to return to in the future.

Room Tip: Upgrade to Superior if possible for extra space
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  • Stayed January 2013, 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
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 2, 2013

Near the centre of town, top quality food, beautiful gardens, great staff, buildings design amazing, restful and cheery.

Breakfast and lunch is served in gardens near the pool. Breakfast is a treat with a huge range of top quality hot food, cold meats, cheese, breads, cakes, juices, fruit and porridge. Lunch ranges from a sandwich upwards. Dinner on the other hand is nearly Michelin star quality but not the price.

The gardens have plants from all over the world, all are labelled.

The rooms are all very modern and also comfy. The public areas are stunning.

Staff very good indeed. We will be back next year.

Room Tip: No need to buy a superior room as standard is very good.
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  • Stayed January 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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Stirling, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 21, 2013

Small quinta set in the most beautiful garden in Funchal. Modern glass cube of an architect designed hotel such that the garden surrounds you and comes alive. Trees and shrubs from all over the world adorn the space. Comfortable rooms, very pleasant and friendly staff. Nice food if not exceptional (which aligns with restaurants on the island in general, ie you will get very good quality acceptable food, but it's no foodie paradise). Good location, only downside is a slightly noisy road outside but not discernable from the bedrooms or public areas which are quiet and peaceful - excellent sleep quality. Good location - would I stay here again ? Most certainly for a relaxing holiday, the beauty of the flora and a sense of well being that massages the senses. Fireworks from the terrace on New Years eve are spectacular.

  • Stayed January 2013, 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
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Ulverston, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 21, 2013

One of the best Hotels we have ever stayed at. Staff were amazing and incredibly friendly, always smiling! Its only a small hotel but it makes a big impact. Grounds, Pool, Food, Fitness Room etc were all A+. I would definately recommend.

  • Stayed May 2012, 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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Additional Information about Quinta da Casa Branca

Address: Rua da casa Branca 7, Funchal, Madeira 9000-088, Portugal
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Location: Portugal > Madeira Islands > Madeira > Funchal
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant Room Service Spa Suites Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
#4 Spa Hotel in Funchal
#5 Luxury Hotel in Funchal
#5 Romantic Hotel in Funchal
#17 Family Hotel in Funchal
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:5 star — Quinta da Casa Branca 5*
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Member of the "Small Luxury Hotels of the World", Quinta da Casa Branca is a boutique hotel set in the heart of a beautiful botanical garden near the center of Funchal among the lush gardens of an old garden estate and away from the bustle of the city.Opened in 1998, this 5 star hotel is distinguished by its architectural style resolutely avant-garde: the first "Design" hotel opened in Madeira, it has been awarded for its innovative architecture by the "City of Funchal Architecture Prize" in 1999Contrasting the architecture at the forefront of des.ign, the interior designer has chosen to create contemporary accommodation without being minimalist, using materials and colors to create a warm atmosphere.Its 43 rooms feature a private terrace (some on the ground-floor) opening onto a lush botanical garden of 1,2 hectares, famous for the richness and diversity of its trees and tropical plants imported from around the world. ... more   less 
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Also Known As:
Quinta Da Casa Branca Hotel Funchal
Quinta Da Casa Branca Funchal
Quinta Da Casa Branca Madeira/Funchal

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