The Vine hotel was virtually perfect. Excellent service, really clean and peaceful rooms and the breakfasts were fantastic. The hotel is right in the centre of town (but remember, Madeira is very sleepy, we're not talking central London, so it was mostly very quiet at night) and close enough to the coast that you can walk to the cafes and restaurants along the sea front.
The terrace is best designed for couples rather than children, as the pool is really relaxing but not a place to play or run about. The happy hour is really good (6pm to 8pm) and the cocktails (or G&T, sparkling wine etc) are excellent.
We saw some comments on here before we went about the hotel's design being too fancy. In our opinion, the artistic element enhanced our stay (if you want boring bog standard white-washed walls, go to the Holiday Inn, after all). Our only warning would be that if you are bashful, then the bathroom and bedroom are effectively 'open plan' (though obviously you can't see into the toilet cubicle). If you're having a bath, then expect to be visible from the bed! There was a tiny tiny glitch with the shower in room 311 too, which meant that water dribbled out from the door...but that's easily sorted.
All in all, an excellent stay.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- A hotel with soul, just like a good wine. The Vine is sophisticated and luxurious. With a touch of simplicity and discretion, just the way you like it. A dip in the panoramic pool, a vino-therapy session in the spa or a gourmet dinner with a view over the city: these are just a few of the pleasures awaiting you at The Vine. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- The Vine, a Divine Hotel Hotel Funchal
- Vine a Divine Funchal
- The Vine Hotel Madeira/Funchal