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VidaMar Resort Hotel Madeira
Ranked #18 of 85 Hotels in Funchal
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Cambridge, United Kingdom
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“Wonderful Swish Hotel”
Reviewed 15 June 2012

We have just spent a week at this super hotel. Having once lived in Madeira we knew the position, as we'd driven past it many times and it's ideally suited for everything you might want to do. The hotel is just perfect. Everyone is helpful and friendly and nothing is ever too much trouble.It is a very spacious place, beautifully furnished, chic and modern but with the same charm and style as some of the more well known hotels on the island The breakfast offers the best choice and variety that we have ever known. The pools are extremely clean areas, set amongst gardens and there is so much space.Towels are provided new each day for the pool and there are enough sun beds and parasols for everyone. There are theme nights for the meals but they also have a separate (and extremely) good Italian restaurant and an Irish pub, which are slightly separate to the main hotel buildings. The sea view from the balcony of our room was wonderful.We did not consider this hotel an expensive choice, yet felt that we have paid quite a lot more to stay at, what had been called, 'upmarket' hotels, in Europe which certainly didn't live up to the standards of CS Madeira. i even asked them where their other hotels are because it impressed us so much. They are all in mainland Portugal and I'm sure will be of the same quality.

Room Tip: All the rooms are good and all have proper sea views (no side rooms)
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  • Stayed May 2012, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 11 June 2012

CS Madeira is a beautifully modern hotel in central Funchal. The hotel couldn't have been in a more perfect location, it was settled besides local restaurants and excellent bars and also has access to the sea. The hotel holds two pools which look out onto the ocean. All rooms are spacious with sea rooms. The staff were very friendly and always went out their way to help us. Visit the piano bar in the evening for cocktails, which are half price between half six and half seven in the evening; I recommend the Italian Cream cocktail. Mamma Mia is a restaurant connected to the hotel which has fantastic food. The Irish pub, O'Briens was also great, with live bands and karaoke but I would also suggest visiting Hole In One across the road. The hotel is within steps of some of Funchal's best restaurants. We ate in the hotel restaurant once which was a little overpriced and average, I recommend Mamma Mias. While there is no official beach, you can walk down to the sea for a swim from the hotel but you will need to be a strong swimmer as it is quite deep with rough waves at times. We booked this hotel with Thomson and everything was perfect from start to finish. The rooms have large king size beds, the bathrooms are huge and the television has a range of portugease and english channels. This was the perfect stay, it was a contemporary hotel, which sported modern rooms which is rare for this resort. I highly recommend this hotel.

Room Tip: We were on the second floor and had a fabulous room with a great view of both the gardens and the se...
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  • Stayed June 2012, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 5 June 2012

We have just returned from a weks stay where the staff at the hotel couldn't do enough to help. It's in a great location with a stunning sea deck.

  • Stayed May 2012, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 29 May 2012

Whilst Madeira is a very good friend of mine - I visit at least 3 times a year - this was not as enjoyable as it could have been.
The modern, clean rooms were wonderful, but the constant sheen of glass, mirroring my image in the bathroom and elsewhere, began to wear thin...
By far the worst issue was the food. Uncooked / raw food was discovered on occassion, and the breakfast surprise of a mound of solidified (non)fried eggs that required carving was a joke. But the BIGGEST culprit was the fact that in the fortnight, I did not eat one hot meal... all food was standing around for long periods of time, badly cooked and prepared, and COLD.
For the upgrade price of an additional £600 seaview(and complementary half board), I would rather have saved the cash and popped to one of the fabulous eateries in town.
Not again thank you - I'd rather spend the same amount of money at the Cliff Bay... FAR superior

Room Tip: Seaview isnt worth the price
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  • Stayed May 2012, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 27 May 2012

We visited this hotel 5 times in the last few years and we haven't had enough of it!
The hotel is done with superb modern taste, the rooms are big and well equipped. Almost all rooms have seaview. Best to take an upper floor, the lower floors view the garden and some have noise from the indoor pool.
The outside is absolutely stunning with 2 pools! Chairs plenty with towelhelp available.
You can also buy a small snack in daytime and icecream here. Spotless toilet and shower rooms here also. The whole hotel is spotless! Breakfast is plenty and very good
In short: Have a very nice time!!

Room Tip: Take an upper floor for best viewing the ocean, nice evenning breeze!
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  • Stayed September 2011, travelled with family
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London
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Reviewed 24 May 2012

Stayed here in Jan 2012 for 1 week - modern, clean and LARGE room with balcony. Nice Furniture. Staff attentive - although management presence sparse - due to out of season? But.. champagne, cake and spa voucher sent to room for special occasion (unprompted) so they must be doing something right?! Longish walk to Funchal (25min each way) but taxi/ bus accessible. Plenty of space in communal areas and pools. Chefs accomodated dietary requirements with little fuss and cooked to order for vegetarian. Buffet breakfast enough for english./ continental breakfast - leaning more towards continental, but with Madeiran classics.. evening meals ok & included entertainment - if booked at reception on the day got a discount for evening meal later that day. Only 1 tower open so did lack atmosphere of an evening....not a young people hotel - but recommend this hotel for a chillout.

  • Stayed January 2012, travelled with friends
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Reviewed 23 May 2012

My wife and I enjoyed a wonderful week at this hotel on half board. I am a vegetarian and the buffet dinner was not conducive to my dietary needs but this was most agreeably addressed by Antonio and Norberto to whom I thank. We had a tenth floor room with impressive panoramic views of the sea and immediate coastline, we enjoyed watching dolphins from the balcony and a high standard of service from the staff. The only disappointment was a number of guests who failed in their standard of dress to dinner, shorts and T shirts should not be acceptable in a 5 star hotel. The hotel was ideally located and spotlessly clean. We also enjoyed the local amenities. We have had a most happy and relaxing week and will certainly return.

Room Tip: Higher rooms for the view
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  • Stayed May 2012, travelled 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)
Region: Portugal > Madeira Islands > Madeira > Funchal
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Business Centre with Internet Access Fitness Centre 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 Spa Hotel in Funchal
#13 Romantic 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 And Sea Spa
Cs Madeira Atlantic Resort & Sea Spa Hotel Funchal
Cs Madeira Atlantic Hotel Sea
VidaMar Resort Hotel Madeira Funchal

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