Design fans; this is definitely one for you! The building is really well designed, detailed and finished; my husband's an architect and loved it...
Spent three days at QCB with our 18 month year old son and had a wonderful stay. It's a contemporary design classic; well planned around beautiful gardens, spacious, well appointed, spotlessly clean rooms - many wth a small terrace leading directly out onto the gardens. The bathrooms are modern; quite luxurious with tasteful marble finishes and modern fitiings including a brilliant large rain shower with a seperate hand held shower spray.
The staff were great; highly professional, friendly, considerate and attentive; lots of help and support was offered to us in terms of things we might need for our son - e.g. warming food, boiled water, etc.
We were in room 128, which leads directly onto the garden and is at the quieter end of the hotel. It was really nice to have a proper cot (not the fold up travel version) for our son, as well as a proper high chair at breakfast. Some of the rooms are at first floor level, with slidling screens to provide privacy and shade to the large balcony areas.
Breakfast was lovely, lots of continental options to choose from, asw ell as having a cooked menu to choose from; the omlettes are tops and do try the pancakes; 'cake' being the operative word here:)
We didn't have supper in the restaurant; it looked quite a nice, semi formal affair hence we didn't want to inflict our son on the other diners:) QCB is located towards the 'hotel zone' of Funchal, therefore close enough to the amenities/restaurants, etc to walk. This does involve an easy downhill on your way out and slightly more arduous uphill stroll on your return!
The downsides: very few really, but useful for information...
1. Perhaps not for everyone, as it there isn't a lift, but this didn't cause us any major issues with our lightweight travel buggy.
2. Also, there are no kettle/tea/coffee making facilities in the room, which we find helpful with a young child for making milk, sterilising items, etc. Whilst the hotel offered help with this aspect, it would have been useful to be able to boil water in the room (hence I always pack a travel kettle just in case!) .
Downsides notwithstandng, overall, we had a wonderful stay at QCB and would thoroughly recommend.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Member of the "Small Luxury Hotels of the World", nestled amidst lush sub-tropical gardens near the center of Funchal and away from the bustle of the city, at Quinta da Casa Branca estate, there is a modern design boutique Hotel featuring 41 Rooms and 2 Suites, and positioned at the lower level of the property there are two buildings set apart, an elegant and luxurious Manor House with 5 luxury Manor House Suites. Close by, next to the swimming-pool, lies a Villa dating from the early XIX century. Providing a glamorous retreat, yet offering a personal and meaningful experience to every guest, the integration of the family's house and grounds with Quinta da Casa Branca boutique Hotel in November 2015, enables the preservation of a unique property on the island of Madeira whilst showcasing a remarkable heritage and providing the unique addition of the exuberant gardens, home to an abundance of various tropical trees and a banana plantation spanning a total of 28,000m2. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Quinta Da Casa Branca Hotel Funchal
- Quinta Da Casa Branca Funchal
- Quinta Da Casa Branca Madeira/Funchal