The hotel is on the valley side on the outskirts of Sao Vicente and it is important to catch the signs as you near the village, and not to take the lower road into the centre. Despite the all year round climate, the north is considered out of season in winter, and the hotel is always quiet in January except on Saturday night. We were never the only guests but one of our seven nights saw us being the only ones at dinner, with very few for most of the other nights. As a result we felt very well served by the fifteen or so staff who were in the hotel during our stay!! The facilities were also completely at our disposal.
The staff were excellent, the half board food was the 22euro table d'hote menu, and was good, though the dessert course was usually uninspiring. Breakfast is a la carte when the hotel is very quiet - with a whole range of options cooked to order. The bar serves snacks and cake through the day.
Our only gripe was a slight smell of drains in the otherwise spotless room. The hotel is clean and the decor has a country house ambience despite being modern.
Road communication with the south of the island is very good.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Estalagem do Vale is a charming, historical country-house style inn that offers comfortable, “home from home” accommodation in the beautiful setting of the Laurissilva Forest, one of the most idyllic places on Madeira Island. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Hotel Estalagem Do Vale
- Estalagem Do Vale Hotel Madeira Islands/Sao Vicente