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“Stylish, comfortable and well located”
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The Vine Hotel
Ranked #16 of 88 Hotels in Funchal
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed 22 August 2014

We arranged to stay at the Vine Hotel through an agent. It is a very modern hotel which has won a design award. There are many, many positives about the hotel and one, very minor, flaw.

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The hotel is spacious, quiet, very comfortable and extremely well located on the western edge of Funchal making it a short walk from Funchal Old Town and all the major attractions, restaurants and sights. The main entrance is shared with a small shopping mall but this created no difficulties and it was handy to have the supermarket close at hand for minor purchases.

Staff were very friendly and helpful.

The food was of a very high quality - breakfast was sumptuous with cold buffet and cooked breakfast available. Eating breakfast outside in the shady courtyard with freshly squeezed orange juice and decent coffee was a daily joy. The main restaurant UVA on the roof terrace was of international standard, moving away from "traditional" Portugese dishes available in many restaurants in the Old Town but reflecting local traditions - we ate two dinners and one lunch there. The wine list focussed entirely on Portugese wines.

The rooftop terrace pool and bar with views out to sea and across Funchal was a great spot to relax and soak up the sun or to enjoy a pre or post dinner drink. On some evenings a jazz guitarist played for us.

The Spa was good - not entirely sure of the benefit that the "wine bath" was to provide but it was fun and the post bath massage excellent.

The only, minor, downside to our stay of 7 days was that we found the design of our room challenging.

It was spacious with a huge bed, a bath at the foot of the bed; it was no doubt modern, progressive and award winning but it left something to be desired in terms of functionality / practicality. The lighting was controlled by 4 touch sensitive pads (two at bedside, one at entrance and one on the wall) - we never really mastered these.

The separate shower room / wet room led immediately onto the main bedroom but combination the highly polished floor and wet feet was dangerous.

The separate WC was behind the bed in a obscured glass cubicle - not exactly private.

The mirror behind the wash basin was distant and, combined with very bright down lights, meant that it was almost impossible for me to see to shave or for my wife to put on her make up.

However, despite these design issues we thoroughly enjoyed our stay and have no hesitation in recommending the Vine Hotel to others.

  • Stayed: August 2014, travelled as a couple
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5  Thank Ian W
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Reviewed 17 August 2014

We stayed at The Vine in August for 10 days and had our best stay in Madeira due to the situation of the hotel, the luxurious interior and friendly staff. Our room was on the 5th floor and we were given an upgrade which did not disappoint. After a day or two we were comfortable with all aspects of our room. Personally I found the waterfall shower difficult as I am 'vertically challenged' and would have preferred a lower power shower!

Breakfast was plentiful but I found the cooked breakfast too fatty and only tried this once. Staff were very attentive throughout the hotel. Any problems were sorted immediately.

We would return to The a Vine.

Stayed: August 2014, travelled as a couple
1  Thank Cal P
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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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2  Thank Francois155
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Reviewed 16 August 2014

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
2  Thank Jacko1966
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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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3  Thank Vlamings-Scanlan
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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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4  Thank CDW35
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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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2  Thank Peter F
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Additional Information about 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
#13 Spa Hotel in Funchal
#15 Romantic Hotel in Funchal
#16 Luxury Hotel in Funchal
Price Range: £123 - £236 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
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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Also Known As:
The Vine, a Divine Hotel Hotel Funchal
Vine a Divine Funchal
The Vine Hotel Madeira/Funchal

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