A lot has been written about the Quinta Mirabela already, including some more negative comments. Some of those are true, others just depend on what you want. Yes, it's beautifully located above Funchal, which means that it's up a very steep road - that's just how Funchal is laid out. The design is modern and original and makes fantastic use of the location on the hill, with it's multi-level implementation of different terraces and all rooms have sea view. It's an oasis where one can easily while away a few days - it's quiet and private (with only 24 rooms), and has plenty of faculties (a nice spa, gym, small, but well equipped gym, large pool table, etc.). And it has a great restaurant, though that's also almost needed - there are no alternatives within any degree of walking distance. The menu, though, was amazing, adn we must have sampled most dishes in the week we were there, and found it surprisingly good value for a 5* place. They even have a special pizza over, with very good results. Perhaps the only thing that convince impress us was their home-made icecream.
Others have commented on the breakfast, and the selection not being very extensive. That is true, but then again they are only catering to less than 50 people. Thus there is no waffle station or other special things many modern 5* places provide. But we enjoyed it, there is prosecco included, and it's nicely small and familiar.
Reaching the place on foot is not really an option - the road outside is really just too steep. The hotel offers a free shuttle to town twice a day though, which we used - best way to reach Funchal. We also rented a car for the same rate we would have paid in town, and had the car brought to and picked up from the hotel, great service. For those with good shoes it is possible to walk down to a road intersection about 150 m down, from where you can catch a bus. Thus it works.
The rooms were very nice and we through they were very clean and well-kept. True there was no fruit basket or complementary water, as others have pointed out, but that didn't bother us. What I missed was wifi, though there are 2 free-of-charge PCs in the public spaces of the hotel, and they told me wifi is currently being installed.
Somewhere it said that the pool would be heated, but that was unfortunately not the case. We went in early June, and the water was still quite cold.
All in all, we loved the place and have already been recommending it. For a week or so it's great, especially if you are not into a beach vacation.
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