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VidaMar Resort Hotel Madeira
Ranked #18 of 87 Hotels in Funchal
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Oxford, United Kingdom
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“best room ever”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 29, 2014

From the moment we arrived it felt a great choice, Nelsons greeting made us at home and the room had a sea view to die for. We bought the mini bar deal to get the fridge to keep beer cold! We had a 1/4 bottle of red go missing from a previous evening meal which Mauricio kindly replaced at our word. The 4 restaurants on site are good especially the sushi and when I asked for saki, it was obtained by Sally from somewhere in the hotel , nothingis too much trouble for this hotels staff. Thankyou for a great holiday and well done to you all. Forgot to sayhad a birthday whilst here and the hotel surprised me with a b cake and bubbly! Nice touch

Room Tip: All sea views are unbelievable
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  • Stayed January 2014, traveled as a couple
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Canterbury, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 27, 2014

This is a really superb, modern hotel, where we stayed recently for a wonderful week in Madeira. A very large (superior) room with balcony overlooking the sea and including all one would wish and very clean; a very friendly and efficient staff; excellent facilities, including indoor and outdoor pools, with direct access also to the sea, and very good food, especially breakfast. The Dine Around option offers the chance for a change from the buffet and the Mamma Mia's (Italian) Restaurant is particularly good. NB. The Essentials Card, obtainable on arrival, gives 10% off a variety of charges both here and elsewhere in the hotel, though it did take us some time to realise this. We also appreciated the champagne reception on our first night, which seems to be a weekly event. Also the Madeiran Folklore show in the buffet, which was really enjoyable, especially for those like ourselves willing to join in!

Location is ideal, close to Reid's, and a comfortable downhill walk into Funchal (though return by local bus is recommended, as it is quite a long way). Tours of the island can be arranged by the hotel, but there are plenty on offer elsewhere. If new to Madeira, we would especially recommend the Eastern Tour, especially if there is better weather than we had in the mountains. If you do not like cable cars, bus 48 from just outside the hotel goes direct to the gardens at Monte, though be prepared for a scary ride!

We cannot fault this hotel in any way. It really is excellent.

Room Tip: We were in Room 618 (actually only two floors above Reception) and assume that rooms on that floor a...
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  • Stayed January 2014, traveled as a couple
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 24, 2014

We had the most friendly and welcoming reception in any hotel we have stayed at over the past 30 years .The staff, without exception, were excellent and could not do enough to ensure our stay was comfortable and pleasant.
Food was of the highest quality and with a wide choice every evening.
Rooms were spacious and clean with wonderful views over the ocean.

We cannot speak too highly of this hotel - a caring and wonderful place to stay in Funchal

Room Tip: Most rooms overlook the ocean so get a high one.We were on the 7th floor
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  • Stayed January 2014, traveled as a couple
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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 21, 2014

We spent 2 weeks there in November. Loved the place and the infinity pools, well looked aftered by the duty lifeguards in terms of towels, chairs and umbrellas. Fairly quiet that time of the year. The whole ambience is one for relaxation. On the one rainy day we were able to sit in one of the several lounges to read. Ours was a half board holiday, the buffet breakfast and dinner were good, plenty of choices. Of the other themed restaurants we only really liked Mama Mia and managed to go back 3 times. We don't like sushi so that ruled us out of that restaurant. The tapas was very poor, the food feels frozen and packaged. The indoor pool is a bit small but then we only used it one evening when it was too cool to be outside so not an issue. The balcony and sea view was fantastic. Will certainly go back.

Room Tip: We were on the 6th floor, perfect view, wouldn't want to be lower than 5th.
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  • Stayed November 2013, traveled as a couple
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Leamington Spa, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 20, 2014

Very nice hotel with large comfortable rooms all with sea views. Remonded me of teh Stingray headquarters when viewed from the ocean side!
Lovely infinity pools and a choice of restaurants. Good value.

Negatives? The main areas are not air conditioned and the main restaurant food is not up to 5 star standards.

Piano bar was lovely with a happy hour but could have opened earlier than 6.

Room Tip: Chose a high level room for best views.
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  • Stayed September 2013, traveled as a couple
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England
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 13, 2014

Compared with some other 5 star hotels in Funchal, at this one you are in no danger of having a room facing onto the main road. It is set well back and all rooms look onto the gardens and the sea, so every room is quiet and free of traffic noise - which is important to me, at least. There are 4 restaurants in the hotel, including a sushi bar that virtually nobody was using. I'd suggest that it becomes a good quality Indian restaurant and the English clientele would love it even more!

Good points - free wifi in the bedrooms! No single person supplement! Free underground parking for your hire car! Large comfortable rooms with south facing balconies. Endless hot water in the bathrooms and lots of towels and goodies. Polite and helpful staff - they even printed off my internet car rental voucher for me when I emailed it to them. I would come here again.

Room Tip: Don't bother paying extra for an upgrade. The 'ordinary' rooms are very good and the vie...
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  • Stayed January 2014, traveled solo
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 11, 2014

We have recently returned from a two week winter break in Funchal and enjoyed sheer indulgence, other reviews have raved about the position the beautiful rooms the staff from maids to Management all went out of their way to do all they could to ensure you enjoyed the Vidamar experience.
I felt the difference between this hotel and the rest is the fact they have first class restaurants attached to the hotel, in our opinion the Mama Mia Italian Restaurant is excellent and you book through the hotel staff and are allowed 15 euros per head on the meal(20 euros for Christmas Day) The food was varied and the staff were both knowledgeable and efficient.
We took some friends with us as in our opinion Madeira is a beautiful island with virtually no crime, the only change we noticed this time was the number of beggars there are around the Cathedral area. There were no where near as many tourists there as there has been in the past which is probably why the price of the holiday was so reasonable Thank you Inspired Luxury Escapes for your attention to detail whilst booking our holiday!!!
One slight moan ---------Thomas Cook Seats are so close to the person in front that it is extremely uncomfortable I will try Jet 2 next trip.

Room Tip: Make sure your room is 6th floor or above and facing the ocean to see the sun rise and set plus the...
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  • Stayed December 2013, traveled as a couple
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Additional Information about VidaMar Resort Hotel Madeira

Property: VidaMar Resort Hotel Madeira
Address: Estrada Monumental 175-177, Funchal, Madeira 9000-100, Portugal (Formerly CS Madeira Atlantic Resort & Sea SPA)
Location: Portugal > Madeira Islands > Madeira > Funchal
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Spa Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#4 Business Hotel in Funchal
#4 On the Beach Hotel in Funchal
#13 Romantic Hotel in Funchal
#13 Spa Hotel in Funchal
#14 Family Hotel in Funchal
#18 Luxury Hotel in Funchal
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:5 star — VidaMar Resort Hotel Madeira 5*
Number of rooms: 300
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
VIDAMAR RESORTS MADEIRA has a privileged ocean front position with direct access to the Atlantic. It is located on the main touristic area of "Lido", at walking distance from shopping centres, bars, bus stops, supermarkets and tourist attractions. The Madeira International Airport is only at 18 km. Designed in a modern architectural style, the Hotel offers 300 quite spacious rooms (39m2), all sea facing and with private balconies overlooking the gardens and the Atlantic Ocean. Rooms are equipped with individual air-conditioned/heated system, cable TV, sitting area and desk, tea and coffee making facilities, free safe, fridge and Wi-Fi. The room service is available around the clock. VIDAMAR RESORTS MADEIRA offers a wide variety of restaurants. Here you can discover the DINE AROUND concept featuring open air, sea view and sunset dining options. From romantic dinners to family fun restaurants, Dine Around privileges a special dining scheme that allows VIDAMAR guests to sample around various cuisines throughout the Resort: the international Ocean Buffet Restaurant, the Italian Mamma Mia, the Madeiran Casa das Espetadas and the Japanese KOI Sushi Bar. The Sea Platform, the biggest on the Island, offers infinity salted water swimming pools as well as private and direct access to the Ocean, restaurant, bar, multi-activity court and Aquatica Kids World. For those who look for a sport experience, the VIDA Health Club offers several group classes and cardio fitness equipment, floodlight tennis court, squash court, tennis table, as well as an Aqua Area with indoor heated swimming pool, Jacuzzi and sauna. All facilities are free to our guests. The seaside MAR Thalasso SPA guarantees sensory journeys or, at least, relaxing experiences assured by the animated Talassotherapy swimming pool, the 14 treatment rooms (one exterior) and the magnificent views to the Ocean from all spa areas. ... more   less 
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Also Known As:
Cs Madeira Atlantic Resort & Sea Spa Hotel Funchal
Cs Madeira Atlantic Resort And Sea Spa
Cs Madeira Atlantic Hotel Sea
VidaMar Resort Hotel Madeira Funchal

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