We treated ourselves to one of the premier suites for a 4 night stay in mid November and weren't disappointed. The hotel felt peaceful and relaxed, partly due to it being low season with only a few other hotel guests at the time, but also because it's hidden away in a quiet residential location.
We found we could walk between the hotel and the old town in about 10 minutes, though there is a bus stop right outside. The area felt safe and was quiet with the exception of occasional barking from some dogs in a nearby garden. The dogs didn't bark during the night or most of the day during our stay and so it wasn't a problem for us.
Our premier suite was very spacious, especially the bedroom and was well furnished with masses of cupboard and wardrobe storage space. The kitchenette and the dining/living area were fine but didn't have much natural light as the only window was a skylight. However, we only really used these areas in the evening so this wasn't a problem. The hotel had a very nice communal living room area with a TV and plenty of books just round the corner from our room, which we used a few times. Our bedroom opened out onto a large terrace with superb views over the bay, perfect for watching the sun setting while knocking back a glass of Madeira.
Breakfast was included in our room price and largely consisted of fresh bread rolls and pastries with cheese, ham and jam. There was also a bit of cereal, a yoghurt pot and some fruit.
Last but not least, we found the hotel staff were friendly and helpful during our stay. They kindly explained where to catch the buses we needed and printed off bus timetables for us.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- This enchanting, carefully restored Madeiran mansion is a 15 minute stroll from Funchal's Old Town, with sweeping ocean and mountain panoramas from its own botanical gardens and terraces. Designed by esteemed Portuguese architect Paulo David, this is a true art hotel with an annual curatorship, showcasing the very best local artists. Wandering the property, you will delight in stumbling upon hidden vistas, or encountering the latest urban photographic print from 2016 curators Urbanistas Digitais. Tended to by their own in-house gardener, the grounds boast exceptionally rare plants and ageing trees, such as Madeira's bewitching "Dragoeiro". Breakfast holds claim to strong, Portuguese coffee and homegrown, organic herbal teas and fruits. The charming service team will welcome you "home" as cherished friends and family, assuredly sharing with you the island's best kept secrets. Furnishings in the rooms are bright and breezy with wooden floors and air conditioning throughout. All rooms are connected to complimentary wireless internet, many with well-equipped kitchenettes and open terraces. Suites are located in the original mansion, while the studios are situated in a modern annex. Covered, on-site parking is both secure and complimentary. A private transfer service is available from Madeira Airport, which is a 20 minute drive from the hotel. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- ARTS IN Hotel Conde Carvalhal Madeira/Funchal