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Quinta da Bela Vista
5.0 of 5 Hotel   |   Caminho Avista Navios, 4, Funchal, Madeira 9000-129, Portugal   |  
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Ranked #12 of 91 Hotels in Funchal
Leeds, United Kingdom
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“Fantastic Hotel”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 20, 2013

We have just had a wonderful week at this hotel out of town but perfect location away from the hustle and bustle of Funchal we had a Deluxe room which was large with a balcony and a view of the gardens the staff were so friendly and made us feel welcome from the start special thanks to Frederico and Paula on reception also to Osmar who went that little bit further to make our stay perfect. We can highly recommend the Quninta and would stay here again.

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  • Stayed May 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 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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    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
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  • Rooms
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    5 of 5 stars
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    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    5 of 5 stars
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 20, 2013

We stayed here for a week at the beginning of May. I can only echo other reviewers - this is an truly excellent hotel. The reception staff were pleasant and really helpful - for example arranging car hire at short notice, getting a taxi for a half day tour, and even getting my walking pole mended ! We stayed half board, and although the five course menu was fixed with no choices, the food was really high quality every night. The wine list was all Portuguese, and had some very good wines - the advice of the wine waiters was helpful.

The hotel is not in the main hotel area, quite high up a hill overlooking Funchal. The walk to town takes about 40 minutes. Turn right out of the hotel gates (not the way the minibus goes) and basically keep walking downhill all the wayl, It's pleasant quiet little backstreets until you get to the commercial and shopping areas.

A couple of points could be room for improvement - there was a jacuzzi and a sauna, but they only operated until 6pm, and needed to be be booked at least an hour in advance. I'm a bit more spontaneous than that, so we never used them ! Also, the mini-bus service didn't run Sat afternoon or Sunday.

WiFi was free, but reception patchy. There is a lounge on the first floor of the main building with excellent reception if the signal in your room is a bit weak.

Those are minor quibbles - overall, we would recommend the hotel very highly.

We very much liked Funchal and the area. A couple of recommendations in case they help anyone else plan their visit:

a) the Tropical Gardens at Monte are definitely worth a visit. A surprise was an exhibition of natural gemstones as they had been mined - Amethyst Geodes etc etc. If you are interested in crystals, a fascinating place
b) hiring a taxi for half a day. Not too expensive ( 60 to 70 Euros) and gives you freedom you don't get in a tour. For example, we got him to drop us off at the viewpoint over the Nuns Valley, and then walked down the path to the bottom where he picked us up. It took about 90 minutes for the descent, which was steep but with spectacular scenery all the way down.
c) The Market Hall in Funchal. Always interesting to look around, but the surprise was the outdoor roof-top cafe on the top level. They do excellent sandwiches, and was a great spot for lunch.

We would definitely like to return.

  • Stayed May 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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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 18, 2013

If you want to be away from town but be in an old-fashioned hotel with friendly helpful staff, this is the place for you. The hotel stands in beautiful gardens with a lovely pool area. Dinner is taken in The Old House, where service & food are excellent. We stayed in an annexe, the room overlooked the garden and although the pebbled pathways may be difficult for people with limited mobility, we were enchanted. My only (very minor) complaint is that the courtesy bus runs rather infrequently and not at all on Sundays so unless you are prepared to take taxis or use the local buses (which we did & which were to be found at the end of the road), you are too far away from the town for a stroll along the marina.

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  • Stayed May 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 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 May 2, 2013

The food both at breakfast and dinner was excellent - as was the cheaper lunches.
The staff were exceptionally helpful and friendly. The hotel and its grounds were quiet and were in a very good condition. The hotel is located on a hill in the outskirts on Funchal but the minibus which only ran in the bay monday to saturdays made it a minor issue. One could walk into town (30-40 mins) and catch a bus back.

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

I stayed here with my sister and elderly father for 5 nights last week. From arrival to departure the staff could not have been more helpful. Fernando greeted us and showed us our rooms. When I asked to upgrade and move into the main building because of my fathers mobility, it was all handled without fuss or making dad feel 'old'. The food throughtout was fantastic as were the antiques that litter this beautiful property. I've stayed all over Asia, whose hotels are mostly exceptional, but this really is a total gem of a personal hotel. I'd recommend it to anyone.
Big thanks also to lovely Magda, Paula, Alice and Hilario (apologies if I have mispelt names).
Everyone was exceptional. Thank you.

Room Tip: If you can afford it, opt for the main house balcony rooms. The views are exceptional.
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  • Stayed April 2013, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Diss, United Kingdom
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8 reviews 8 reviews
Reviews in 4 cities Reviews in 4 cities
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 29, 2013

My wife and I have just spent 10 days here. The staff were very professional, friendly and nothing was too much trouble.we had a room with our own balcony over looking the pool and Funchal in the distance.The food was great and the free courtesy bus was a boon, we would recommend this Quinta to anyone.

  • Stayed April 2013, 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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Stockholm, Sweden
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 12, 2013

We had a fantastic week at Quinta da Bela Vista. It was our first time in this hotel.
The service is first class, breakfast excellent, service and food in the restaurant (old house) is really good and good price.
Gardens are big ans well keped. Swmming pool very big and pool bar with a beautifull view over the bay of Funchal.
We will be back for shure.
Thant you very much for all the staff for their good work.

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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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Address: Caminho Avista Navios, 4, Funchal, Madeira 9000-129, Portugal
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 ( Wi-Fi ) Free Parking Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#6 Business Hotel in Funchal
#11 Luxury Hotel in Funchal
#12 Romantic Hotel in Funchal
#15 Family Hotel in Funchal
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:5 star — Quinta da Bela Vista 5*
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
We strive to give you the warm and genuine hospitality of the traditional Madeiran Quintas. There are many moments to be cherished at Quinta da Bela Vista, one of the most select and exclusive family properties on Madeira island. This five star hotel enveloped in two hectares of luxurious botanical gardens – the ideal place to relax and enjoy spectacular views - hosts a significant antiques private collection. Our commitment ensures every guest wishes are fulfilled, making you feel at home. ... more   less 
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Also Known As:
Quinta Da Bela Vista Hotel Funchal
Quinta Da Bela Vista Funchal
Quinta Da Bela Vista Madeira/Funchal

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