“Good hotel. Great views. Shame about the dogs”
My family and I (with 5 year old son) stayed for one week in February. The Quinta Mirabela is a good hotel, is professionally run and is a interesting choice if you are looking to stay outside the tourist zone in Funchal.
The hotel's located around two thirds of the way up the steep hill to Monte, in a hillside residential area, sway from any busy roads. (Funchal's famous toboggan rides start at Monte, directly passing the street next to the hotel, before terminating a short distance further). The hotel enjoy's a panoramic, sweeping view across Funchal and the ocean. Rooms are located either in the converted main building (a former villa), or in a purpose-built block on a lower level. The newer rooms have balconies; those in the main building largely don't. There's a small central courtyard with some table and chairs, as well as a wide, sweeping sun terrace from which to enjoy the fantastic views.
The hotel has a contemporary feel, without being pretentious. The staff in the hotel are generally well trained, courteous and professional. The cleaning staff are truly excellent and the whole place was spotless. The breakfast was good to average, though selection a little limited.
Room sizes were ample, with corner rooms being more generous in scale. Our room was simply furnished and spotless. The hotel has a number of facilities, though these seem to be hardly used, as most guests spent their time out. The facilities include a smaller, unheated outdoor pool, as well as indoor Jacuzzi and sauna/ steam room. The hotel also has a decent little gym.
All good so far, so what's wrong with the place? First, I don't rate Quinta Mirabella as a true 5* hotel, when compared to 5* hotels in other countries. This is not a criticism of Quinta Mirabella - which is a fine little hotel - but more a comment on Maderia's generous Hotel ranking system. Quinta Mirabella is not luxurious enough to be a true 5* hotel and would probably ranked 4* in any other city. This is also reflected in the prices charged by the Hotel.
Second, Im not sure Quinta Mirabella is for everyone. If you dont hire a car, then the hotel's location up the hill is a major inconvenience. As mentioned, the hotel is in a residential area, necessitating a ride into town to eat. I did walk up and down to the town centre a couple of times and regretted it - i'm a fairly fit 42 year old. The hill is very steep and becomes more tortuous the higher you go. That said, the hotel does lay on a limited shuttle bus, though I don't think it's frequent enough to be convenient.
While the hotel does have some facilities, these are fairly limited and small in scale. This is not a resort hotel and I could not imagine being confined in to the hotel itself for more than a couple of days. So if you are looking for a relaxing hotel with facilities, then you are better off in the Tourist Zone.
Finally - a small niggle and a "pet" hate of mine. Dogs...... The average Madeiran seems to keep a dog chained up in their garden. Every sunset all the neighbourhood dogs launch into a cacophony of howls and barks. Although most quieten down as the night wears on, we were awoken by barking dogs, in the middle of the night, on several occasions. This is no real fault of the hotel and just a fact of life in the Funchal suburbs. I dont want to exaggerate the problem, So if you are light sleeper, I would perhaps think twice about staying.
Finally, Finally, I would recommend the hotel for couples and singles and not families. While the staff made us welcome, the hotel is not really suited to younger children, as it lacks the facilities. We were aware of this when booking, though didn't mind, as we spent most of our time out and about.
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