First class, welcoming hotel with amenities to match and friendly, helpful staff always ready with a smile. Rooms are spacious and well maintained; plenty of outside spaces and loungers for relaxing; used the inside/outside pool and its kept warm so you can swim even if it's a bit windy. Really enjoyed the variety and quality of the meals and there are plenty of places to eat, ranging from the Michelin starred Il Gallo d'Oro which is wonderful for a special treat, the Rose Garden and Blue Lagoon Restaurants to the Bistro or Bar.
The walk into the centre of Funchal takes about 20-35 minutes depending on how fast you walk but there is a courtesy bus from the hotel and the local bus stop is very close. Funchal, like the rest of Madeira is very hilly, and it is downhill from the hotel so be prepared for an uphill walk on the way back - again depending on which route you take the hill can seem steeper! We found we needed the walk to compensate for the good food and wine so definitely worth it.
Wouldn't hesitate to recommend the hotel and hope to be going back soon.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Atlantic Ocean stretches as far as the eye can see at the foot of The Cliff Bay which is perched on the top of a natural promontory. The hotel is surrounded by gardens with innumerable secluded corners and centenary palm trees extending to the very edge of the cliff face. The panorama is completed by a magnificent view over the bay of Funchal to the left of the hotel.The most influential restaurant guide in the world, the Michelin Guide, has awarded a star to Il Gallo d'Oro, The Cliff Bay's gourmet restaurant run by Chef Benoît Sinthon. This is Madeira's first and only star ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- The Cliff Bay - Porto Bay Hotel Funchal
- Cliff Bay Porto Funchal
- Cliff Bay Hotel Funchal
- Cliff Bay Hotel Madeira
- Hotel The Cliff Bay Madeira/Funchal