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The Vine Hotel
Ranked #20 of 87 Hotels in Funchal
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“Fantastic”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 August 2014

Great design, great staff, perfect location.
Everything has been perfect during our stay thanks to the very helpful and friendly staff. Ask and they will help with a smile and a positive attitude.
Fantastic stay.

  • Stayed August 2014, travelled with family
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 August 2014 via mobile

We really enjoyed the Vine. It is a design hotel, so be prepared for a few things that look great, but are not necessarily what you might expect! It does however look fabulous. We were in a standard room, so I can't say how much nicer the more expensive rooms/suite's are, but we found it lovely. Some of the more 'interesting' features, were the clear glass partition between the toilet and the shower, and the bath in the main room area, behind a glass partition. It was fine for us, and I would say for any couple who are quite familiar with each other's little habits etc!! It is very much a couple's place however.
Other reviews have mentioned the complex lighting system, and yes, it is quite 'flexible' in terms of lighting options, but after a little play, easy enough to get the hang of.
Service was excellent, in line with a 5 star hotel. Staff were very polite, courteous and helpful. Breakfast is included in the price and is great, a huge range from fruit, cereals, breads and pastries, cold meats through to a pretty good full(ish) English breakfast.
The rooftop terrace is lovely, again very stylish, great views, a pool that is just about big enough to swim around in for a bit, and a great cocktail bar with a retractable canopy overhead. There is also the Uva restaurant up here, and I have reviewed that separately (also excellent!).
In summary, we were very happy with the Vine, we wanted a bit of luxury, and that is what we got, without actually having to spend a fortune.

Stayed July 2014, travelled as a couple
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Amsterdam, Noord-Holland, Netherlands
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 August 2014

Lovely design hotel. Excellent breakfast. Great service. Cool roof terrace and pool.
Spa is small but luxurious with good massage.
Nice location in the city. Close to restaurants and Marina, shopping mall.
We rented a car and had easy acces to parking garage of the hotel.
We travelled as a family with 2 girls of 13 and 17 years old.
Would not recommend hotel for small children.

  • Stayed August 2014, travelled with family
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Essex, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 August 2014

We stayed here for 1 night after staying at The Cliff Bay - what a difference. Yes very modern, different hotel with a funky vibe but impractical and disappointing. It is not quiet or peaceful, the junior suite we stayed in was too hot and the air conditioning took forever to work. The room is so dark you cannot see to do your makeup and the gadgets took a while to figure out!

Nice pool area but too small for a hotel of around 79 rooms.

We ate at UVA restaurant 2 years ago and had a wonderful meal and experience this time it was a disaster from start to finish. They were under staffed, no knowledgeable wine waiter, service was poor and the food was below average. It was our last night and there was 11 of my family so this made the experience very disappointing.

Breakfast was ok - the outside area was loud as roadworks

Apparently our taxi driver said others had eaten at UVA lately and had an equally poor experience.

PS - Beware we had 2 glasses of champagne and it was 44 Euros and it was only Piper you can buy for £20 in the UK!

  • Stayed August 2014, travelled as a couple
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Westerham, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 August 2014

We spent a week at the Vine Hotel in Funchal in July. Weather was a little cloudy at times but always warm. The highlight of the week was the hotel. Super position close to the city, harbour and all amenities (no road noise either). The best part is definitely the roof terrace - the view, the pool, the comfy beds and the bar (good value happy hours)! The views of Funchal are great day or night and the temperature never seems to fluctuate. The views are shared the restaurant which although a little pricey is very good quality. Breakfast is varied and of excellent quality with a huge choice of hot and cold - eat it on the terrace and again feel the warmth of the Madeira air. We experienced a 'couple's retreat' in the Spa which again was a little pricey but very relaxing and melted the stress away. Bedrooms are roomy and very contemporary. We loved all the features - the auto blinds, the big bath, the wet room shower and yes the quirky lighting set up! We'd definitely go back. We got out and about a lot seeing much of what the island had to offer in the week we were there - levada walk, mini bus tour, boat trip, market, variety of restaurants, shops. The island is very green and every square metre appears to have something growing on it, a lovely change from some of the more barren Mediterranean or Canaries landscapes.

Room Tip: 5th floor is great looking out onto Funchal and the sea but I imagine all are good!
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  • Stayed July 2014, travelled as a couple
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 August 2014

We found this hotel to be very close to perfect for what we look for in one; Stylish, clean, very good staff, excellent breakfast in a nice atmosphere and at a great location. The swimming pools are fabulous and there is even a real, modern gym, also available to the locals and popular but not too crowded. There should be access to the gym by elevator but we could only go back to our floor from the gym, not vice versa. Entry via the street is not too inconvenient though.
Can't really think of anything bad to say about the Vine. I would most certainly recommend this hotel to anyone, especially couples. Make sure to try the happy hour by the pool! Also the lunch options by the pool are well worth the money.

Room Tip: I suppose all rooms are good but perhaps try to avoid the highs floors directly beneath the pool unl...
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  • Stayed August 2014, travelled as a couple
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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 August 2014

The views from the 360 Sky Bar are probably some of the best in Funchal. In the evening, with all the lights of the city and the reflections from the pool, you can just sit and stare with a drink!

The location is excellent. Many of the nicer hotels in Funchal are 20-30 minutes walk from the edge of the old town, whereas the The Vine is right in the middle of it all. Almost everything of note in the old town is within a short walk.

The service we received at the hotel was fantastic. The staff were brilliant and always happy to give us tips and suggestions for places to visit or eat.

Our room (Design Suite) was fantastic; very spacious and well furnished. I've seen reviews from people who didn't like the decor, saying it was too dark. Personally I liked it; I found it quite elegant, and there was plenty of lighting available in the room if you wanted to wanted to illuminate it better. I think it's fairly clear from the images on the website that you're not getting white walls and colourful tiled bathrooms.

By the same token, as people have mentioned, the pool is not huge just somewhere to cool down in and go for a gentle swim. Again though, I think this is clear from the hotels website; I certainly hadn't expected anything bigger.

You also have access to a proper gym, and a spa with all kinds of therapies that bemused me (the rain massage looked interesting but we stuck to massages).

We had a really lovely week here, and if we head back to Madeira in the future, then we'd definitely stay at The Vine again.

Room Tip: Rooms facing that back don't have the sea views but are quieter.
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  • Stayed July 2014, travelled as a couple
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Property: The Vine Hotel
Address: Rua Aranhas 27 A, Funchal, Madeira 9000-044, Portugal
Region: Portugal > Madeira Islands > Madeira > Funchal
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Centre with Internet Access Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Spa Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#2 Business Hotel in Funchal
#8 Family Hotel in Funchal
#15 Spa Hotel in Funchal
#15 Romantic Hotel in Funchal
#20 Luxury Hotel in Funchal
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): ££
Hotel Class:5 star — The Vine Hotel 5*
Number of rooms: 79
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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The Vine, a Divine Hotel Hotel Funchal
Vine a Divine Funchal
The Vine Hotel Madeira/Funchal

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