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Quinta do Monte
Ranked #57 of 88 Hotels in Funchal
Reviewed 13 May 2011

If you are travelling to Quinta do Monte getting into town is great and quick via the cable car, as the taxi costs the same.

Stayed: May 2011, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 25 March 2011

We were so pleased to enjoy the peace and beauty of Monte, at the top of the cable car from Funchal. Food excellent, service better still and space abounding away from the busy group of skyscraper hotels in Funchal town. My gluten-free diet (and others) was more than adequately catered for.
Downside is that Monte, due to its 580m height is always 2-3 degrees cooler than Funchal.
But worth it!

  • Stayed: March 2011, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 11 January 2011

Quinta do Monte of Funchal is one of the very few remaining superior hotels where not only the accommodations, but the staff and the surroundings are genuinely, professionally and naturally aristocratic.
It gives you the sense of visiting a family that has always lived there and you start to love the family and the place, so well are you looked after.

My very best recommendations, Carl Kähler

Stayed: December 2010, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 18 July 2010

We have just spent two days in this hotel and are VERY impressed. If you are looking for quality in a beautiful setting in the mountain surrounded by trees with tropical gardens and yet still views of the harbour and the sea this must be your choice. Also it is next to the church of our Lady of Monte which is one of the best landmarks and tourinst destinations on the island.
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The hotel is set amongst beauty and the staff have done so much for us ... like making a feature of a white top left on the bed and phoning around Madeira when we thought we had lost our camera ....... they are fantastic.
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The bar meals and drinks will blow you away.
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There is a real old world charm about the whole hotel. This includes the varying pressure and temperature in the shower but when this is the only fault we know we have stayed in a wonderful hotel run and staffed by people who still show there are places that care for thier guests.
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We will be returning!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Stayed: July 2010, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 2 March 2010

The Quinta do Monte is a very comfortable hotel, only some 40 rooms, and these are very well equipped and spacious. Each has a balcony with lovely views out to sea over Funchal. The food, although not cheap, is excellent, and the staff make guests very welcome: they are without exception delightful and efficient. There is a courtesy bus to take guests into Funchal, and the cable car to take you to the old part of Funchal is only a couple of minutes walk away. There is an indoor swimming pool. Our only gripes were the imposition of a €3 cover charge for dinner, and poor quality pillows! We'd thoroughly recommend this hotel.

  • Stayed: February 2010, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 22 January 2010

The hotel is in a nice setting at the top of a hill with very nice gardens. (Rent a car in town at about 30EUR a day instead of taking a cab/cable car at between 15-20EUR per trip)
Staff are friendly and welcoming and small personal touches (they made a birthday cake as a surprise) means the potential for a truly wonderful place is there.
Unfortunately the rooms were musty with mouldy ceilings, the bed very hard, pillows in short supply, heating through the aircon inverter had not been serviced given the large quantities of dust blowing out of the vents. Peeling paint, stained carpets and worn through towels complete the picture.
Restaurant breakfast was OK but dinner left three people with upset stomachs; there is much much better food on Madeira in that price bracket.
I feel bad for the staff who admittedly did try to make the stay special but are being let down by the facilties they have to work with.

  • Stayed: January 2010, travelled with family
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Reviewed 16 November 2009

You are rather cut-off here but I would still defintely recommend it for at least a couple of days (in fact my partner thought it was wonderful and really raved about it). Particularly if you book the off-peak discounted rate throuigh the Charming Hotels web site. The hotel is set high above Funchal, the air is cooler and, when we went, it was really quiet, but still warm enough to sunbathe. We managed to get a room on the fourth floor that had distant views to the harbour. It is very close to the top of the (expensive) cable car and entrance to the botanical gardens. And, although we didn't go, there is a really nice walk along a levada nearby which goes east around the mountains. There's a small shop opposite the gate (it's just a door you wouldn't notice if it is closed) so your not totally dependant on buying everything in the hotel and there is a local restaurant (Restaurante do Monte) in walking distance (we didn't try it). The restaurant is expensive (€40 set meal) but the bar meals were very good value (large omelette and chips for €8.50) and the breakfast was very good.

The sauna and jacuzzi weren't working on our visit but we were able to take the hotel mini-bus to spend an hour or two in the spa at the sister hotel (Hotel das Vistas) where we also stayed for a couple of nights later in our trip (also very nice if a little cut off).

The staff are really friendly and there's free internet acces (use Firefox to browse the internet its loads quicker on their aging PC).

Watch the taxis, they're a rip-off - make sure they use a meter and don't load charges on at the beginning of the trip (I think it it should start at €2.00 during day time and €2.40 at night but check with a local. The buses seemed pretty reliable and run late at night, last one back is after midnight (I think they may have changed since te previous reviewer went). If you fly in with TAP, you can use the airport shuttle bus for free if you show your boarding card (run by a company called 'SAM'). Recommend to rent a car though www.economycarhire.com have always given us excellent rates in Portugal - parking in Funchal city may be tricky.

  • Stayed: November 2009, travelled as a couple
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Additional Information about Quinta do Monte

Address: Caminho do Monte 192, Funchal, Madeira 9050-288, 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 Suites Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
#48 Luxury Hotel in Funchal
Price Range: £56 - £101 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:5 star — Quinta do Monte 5*
Number of rooms: 42
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Oficial Category: 5 Star EstalagemLocation: In the historic Monte village, on the south coast of the island  700 meters above sea level  With panoramic views over Funchal and the Atlantic Ocean 10 minutes drive from the capital city, Funchal 30 minutes drive from the Airport Surrounded by 17.000 m2 of Gardens Transportation:Hotel courtesy bus Taxi station only a few meters away from Hotel or at the reception, when requested Bus station to Funchal, and other locations on the island in the main square Cablecar terminal 30 meters away Traditional wickerwork toboggans to city centre Parking Facilities:Free, in the hotel groundsRooms:36 Double rooms (23m²) divided in three floors:2 Superior double rooms (30m²) In addition to the standard rooms: Sofa Large table and chairsMore space available4 Suites (50m²)• 36 rooms with twin beds• 6 rooms with double bed• 9 rooms with communicating doors Room Facilities: Private Balcony with view over the gardens and towards the sea Spacious fully equipped bathroom Bath with shower Room safe (free of charge) Cable TV with 30 channels Mini-Bar with a selection of products Direct dial telephone  Air conditioning and heating individually controlled  Hair dryer and Bathrobes Spacious Bedroom  Table and easy armchair  Selection of bathroom amenities Decorated in hues of greenSuite facilities: Private Balcony with views over the gardens, and towards the sea Large fully equipped bathroom Bath with hydro massage and Separate shower Room safe free of charge Cable TV with 30 channels Mini-Bar with a selection of products  Direct Dial telephone Air conditioning and heating individually controlled Hair dryer Spacious bedroom Spacious separate living room Tables and armchairs Bath robes Selection of bathroom amenities Decorated in hues of greenAdditional services at the Quinta do Monte:  À la carte & table d`hôte Restaurant Cocktail Bar Reading room Several sitting rooms Billiard & games room Fitness Room Indoor heated swimming pool  Solarium with panoramic view Turkish bath Whirlpool Breakfast in the room Room service  Free sending and reception of faxes  Laundry service (dry cleaning outside Hotel) Reserved area for operators representatives Private Chapel 17.000m² of landscaped gardens of centenary trees and plants with views over Funchal and the sea Meeting RoomThe details that make the difference at Charming Hotels: The Resident Manager personally receives all arriving guests and will maintain a personal and regular contact with them to ensure their satisfaction and anticipate their requirements. All our guests are accompanied to their room on arrival  Gift on arrival of Madeira Wine & Madeira cake Free room safe, bath robe and slippers  Free use of sauna, Turkish bath,, sensations shower, whirlpool, panoramic fitness room, and relaxation rooms in any of the hotels inside the Group, at Chandra Spa in Quinta das Vistas. Guests on Half Board may eat at any of the Restaurants of Charming Hotels at no extra charge A policy of addressing our guests by name A policy of special attention to all our guests needs  A policy of always being willing and able to help our guests A policy of making everything possibleRestaurants & Bars in Quinta do Monte:Restaurant Monte Garden:A capacity for 120 persons, our restaurant offers a choice of two distinctive areas. The conservatory in old Madeira green with a black and white tiled floor, overlooks the extensive gardens.The main room is carpeted wood panelled.A table d’hôte menu is presented daily in addition to the à la carte menu that offers an extensive choice of Madeiran, Portuguese and international dishes fine tuned by our Chef.The wine list was carefully selected to offer a wide selection of Portuguese and International wines.A classic style service is offered from the professional and attentive staffBar:Situated in the centenary main house, on the first floor above the main entrance, the cocktail bar is dominated by a fireplace and was carefully integrated to ensure the ambience of this Madeiran Quinta was maintained.Open from 16:00 hours, it serves our popular “Royal Tea”Chapel:Built in a privileged area of our “Quinta” with exceptional views, the Chapel was built in 1936 in memory of “Our Holy Mary”.On the outside the building is supported by large pillars of solid madeiran basaltIts interior is decorated with sacred frescos in the ceiling, mosaic panels made by St. Anna’s factory and by leaded lights from the “School of Ricardo Leone”. Meeting rooms:Rooms I Dimensions:  Total area: 73,5 m2  Length: 10,5 m  Width: 7,0 m  Height: 2,75 m  Air conditioned & heated Capacity:  Convention Type – 60 School Type – 40 U Type Table – 24 Reception – 70 Banquet – 50Equipment included: Flipchart appropriate paper and colour pens  White board with colour pens  A4 size sheets and pen for participants  Document case  Bottles of water for meetingsSpecific audiovisual equipment: Possibility of providing a large range of audiovisual equipment. The quotation must be requested in advance as well as the material needed.Coffee Breaks & Menus for Business Lunches: A full selection available. ... more   less 
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Also Known As:
Quinta Do Monte Funchal
Monte Quinta
Quinta Do Monte Madeira/Funchal

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