Booked the Vine on the strength of its 5 star rating and location in the centre of Funchal close to the old town etc.
It located above a busy shopping centre and unless you were directed it might be a little difficult to know where the entrance was, but once inside the staff were very attentive and always helpful.
Ok the design, its a boutique hotel whatever that's supposed to mean in the real world, its very pretty and quite striking dark lighting with pebble floors all very artistic however the rooms themselves have a few odd quirks such as have been mentioned before, the showers can leak into the room area and the electronically controlled lighting and A/C system are at times frustrating with you hitting buttons until eventually something happens!
I did like the low level under bed lighting with an automatic sensor that lights up when you get out in the middle of the night for the bathroom a great idea!
Very quiet despite its location except when you were outside on the bar or breakfast terrace as there is a lot of local area building and demolition going on at the moment but that's hardly the hotels fault and would affect everyone around.
Breakfast was good a large selection and buffet style so as much or as little as you wanted, free Wi-Fi and access to a business suite with printers etc, again free, so all in all despite the minor quirks a very good hotel for what we paid for it.
- 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