We love Madeira and have stayed on the island several times, but we love Quinta Mirabela so much that we were tempted back for a second time. The location is wonderful... we love to have a room with a view on holiday and the view of Funchal from here is magnificent. Located on the Caminho do Monte, almost at the end of the famous Madeira toboggan run, there is lots of fun to be had watching the carreiros and guests hurtling down the very steep road in their wicker baskets and listening to their whoops of excited laughter.
We also love to be looked after and it was with great delight we met up again with Nuno who remembered us from the previous visit and even knew which wine we had chosen to have with dinner the last time and brought it again for us! Amazing! You can imagine how special that made us feel! Especially as he insisted on reserving our "special" table for dinner each evening, even if he wasn't around, and offering words of encouragement as I tried to speak Portuguese (I'm still learning and not everyone can be bothered!)
On arrival we were greeted by Narciso and were offered sparkling wine and petit fours and an upgrade to a superior room, which was fabulous, beautifully designed and spotlessly clean, with a balcony overlooking the swimming pool and the wonderful view of Funchal harbour. The hotel is select and its surroundings are luxurious and a joy to be around... we loved the spa, especially the jacuzzi which we never had to share with anyone else so it felt like our own personal treat, and we made use of the airy gym which is well-equipped, and has the most wonderful view of the city... you can watch cruise ships sailing into port whilst using the treadmill! The hotel has lots of quiet relaxation areas, lovely garden areas and a fabulous terrace overlooking the panoramic view.
The A La Carte menu in O Refugio do Monte restaurant is excellent with lots of choice and wonderfully cooked and beautifully presented food... we would recommend staying half board here as the food really is so enjoyable and great value for money, and the service is tip top as we've already pointed out.
A hire car would be useful for the location, and of course to explore the island itself, but we managed just as well without, walking everywhere and using the local bus (No 19) from the city centre to bring us back up the hill for a couple of euros... the bus lets you off at the end of the toboggan run and a short (very steep) walk gets you back to the Quinta in no time.. Madeira certainly keeps you fit!! The hotel offers a courtesy minibus service twice a day.
Our grateful thanks go of course to Nuno, who made our holiday so special once again, and this time to Narciso and his lovely staff who made us feel so welcome at this lovely hotel.... think twice about staying in the Funchal hotel district as you're really missing out on a treat!
The Quinta Mirabela is first class, fully deserving of its 5 star rating... we would not hesitate to return for a third visit and can fully recommend a stay here as we know you won't be disappointed... Nuno will see to that!!
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- Also Known As:
- Quinta Mirabela Funchal
- Quinta Mirabela Hotel Funchal
- Quinta Mirabela Madeira/Funchal