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Quinta Das Vistas Palace Gardens
Ranked #54 of 86 Hotels in Funchal
Dorset
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“Great peaceful hotel”
Reviewed 2 November 2011

Quinta Das Vista is a truly lovely hotel. We have just returned from a seven day stay and just cannot wait to go back to the same hotel in the spring. Staff are fantastic, the hotel is pristine, the pool and spa and hot tub are to die for, looking over the beautiful Madeira bay. We do not think this is a hotel for children (not much in the way of play areas) but for the more mature person who wants a quiet restful time, you cannot do much better. One small complaint, the courtesy bus does not run on Sundays, also, it could do with running a little later in the evening to Funchal. Also, tea/coffee making facilities would be nice in the room. Madeira is a lovely clean island, no graffiti or litter, no lager louts, as I said, we can't wait to go back.

  • Stayed October 2011, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 25 October 2011

Just returned from an excellent stay at the quinta das vistas.

Plus points:
Beautiful views over Funchal with superb restaurant terrasse.
Pool bar.
Breakfasts (although the bacon could be crispier for my taste)
Pleasantness and efficiency of the staff.
Quiet and relaxing environment.
Big bed.
Excellent dinners.
Beautiful music piped through the restaurant and terrace area at breakfast time.
Pianist on Mondays and Fridays for dinner.
Overall a very sophisticated and relaxing atmosphere.
Cleanliness.
 
 
What could be improved:
Bathroom was fine although I would have expected something slightly more luxurious in feeling for a hotel of this category.
Carpet had a couple of small stains on it and was starting to look just a tiny bit worn.
Restaurant food in the evening is not cheap when you stray from the set menu (although the food is very good).

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Must go to "joe's bar" in the hotel Quinta da Penha França...amazing and inexpensive cocktails...order a "long" cocktail and you'll be amazed by the fruit decorations!
Also try the goldengate "grand café" in Funchal for coffee or meals.
Try the organised walk from poco da areiro.
Rent a car for a day and tour the island.
Visit the fruit Market and try the local produce on the first floor of the mercado dos labradores. Also upstairs at the market, enjoy a fresh orange juice at the beautiful bar on the balcony outside also upstairs on the first floor and get tips for sightseeing the island from the friendly staff.

Room Tip: Go for a room on the 4th floor.
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  • Stayed October 2011, travelled as a couple
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Teddington
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Reviewed 18 October 2011

The Quinta das Vistas, along with three other “Quintas” on the island of Madeira, is part of the “Charming Hotels” Group which positions itself in the “luxury” but not “super luxury” category. The distinction is important not least because the four Quintas in the group are affordable for holidaymakers who want high levels of comfort and service but not the hype of a Hotel like Reid’s which attract the “great and the good”. We stayed ten days in the hotel as part of a package put together for us by “Prestige Holidays”. It wasn’t cheap but it wasn’t absurdly expensive either and in our view it was value for money.

The Quinta das Vistas is a small hotel (around 60 rooms) with adequate facilities (Pools, Spa etc.) but without the buzz and bustle of a bigger establishment. That is one of the hotel’s charms – even when full I suspect that it remains a haven of peace and when half full (which it was in October 2011) it is a very relaxed place indeed. The gardens were not at their best during our stay (partly the season and partly that a bit of maintenance looked overdue) but they were pleasant enough. There is a crazy golf course which looks like it has seen better days – lesson here for the management, fine to have such a facility but if you let it go a bit it lowers the overall feel of the place. This is perhaps hypercritical but if a big feature of your offer is the grounds (it is) then you really must maintain them!

Our room (410) was not large but it had a nice balcony and a lovely “panoramic” view of Funchal and the coastline. We could see the cruise terminal in the distance and the harbour. Take your binoculars! The double bed was large and comfortable and the bathroom well equipped. There were no tea/coffee making facilities in the room but there was a fridge, good television and free Wi-Fi. Best reception for the Wi-Fi was in the bathroom – fortunately there is a shelf for your laptop by the loo!

The hotel is close to the centre of Funchal but it is steep walk back. Fortunately there is a free bus to and from the town centre – a taxi back is about 10 Euros. If you hire a car (we did) then you can be into Madeira’s remarkably good road system very quickly. The hotel is a good location for touring the island.

The restaurant is outstanding. We had half board which gave us a set four course menu for dinner. If you don’t have half board you can have this for 45 Euros which is reasonable value given the quality. The A La Carte menu is expensive and we avoided it. The set menu is really set – there is a choice of starter but not of the fish or meat courses or the dessert. We have broad tastes and this was never a problem but if you are pickier you might be disappointed. Not a menu for vegetarians – although there are veggie dishes on the A La Carte. The wine list is exclusively Portuguese with most bottles between 25 and 35 Euros. It’s a good chance for the wine love to tour Portugal’s excellent reds and whites (and rosé if you must!). The restaurant staff is knowledgeable and very pleasant. Service was occasionally slow but overall acceptable and the food quality is very high indeed. Breakfast was also good and full of choice and there is a snack menu available during the day.

There are no downsides to this hotel at all if you are seeking peace and quiet, good food and comfortable surroundings. It’s not a place I’d recommend for young children and the target clientele is I think like us – middle-aged or more! There was a good nationality mix – Germans, French, Dutch and Brits in the main. As throughout Madeira English is the lingua franca. Staying at this Quinta give you signing rights at the three other hotels in the group – something we used when we went to the Quinta do Monte near the top of the cable car in the town - we got a very friendly welcome at this sister hotel and had a nice lunch.

Room Tip: Go for a Panoramic view. Upgrade to a suite if you want more room.
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  • Stayed October 2011, travelled as a couple
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London, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 17 October 2011

A 40th birthday treat for my wife. Daughter in tow, the boys were elsewhere in the world, we had a fantastic time. Idyllic. Quiet. Calm. Amazing food. A great wine list and attentive waiting staff who couldn't be more helpful. Huge picture windows in the restaurant make for Bond-like views.
You'd happily stare at the views all day. Impressive gardens and awesome pool, swim from the inside-out and back again to the spa/bar area. Stunning.
My only regret is that we didn't pre-book any Spa treatments. Booking on arrival proved to be about a week late.
We did the tourist stuff, up the cable cars and down again on the sleds. Good shopping and great alfresco dining. We'll be back.

Room Tip: It's worth the extra for the suites. Treat yourself and bask in the view.
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  • Stayed March 2011, travelled with family
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Bromley, United Kingdom
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
Reviewed 30 September 2011

My husband and myself stayed at this hotel for a week on half board. The food was excellent, it was slow, but worth waiting for. The waiters and staff couldn't have been more attentive.
Our only real criticism was having a shower over the bath with a shower curtain. In a 5 star hotel i would have thought a separate shower or at least a screen. We had a fabulous garden view bedroom, as mentioned the bed was huge, but a not to up to date tv.
The shower was our only disappointment.

Room Tip: Higher room. Very quite with lovely views.
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  • Stayed September 2011, travelled as a couple
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Aberdeen, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 19 September 2011

This was an excellent hotel, we couldn't fault it at all. Exceptionally peaceful, despite it being full, there was a wonderful air of quiet in it which made for an incredibly relaxed time. Staff were exceptionally polite and couldn't do enough for us. We had a suite which is lovely, clean, large comfortable bed and pillows, two tvs(!) large bathroom with separate toilet. The breakfast was huge, with a very wide choice, and the evening meals were delicious. Swimming pool and spa area were immaculately clean with plenty towels, and staff willing to bring snacks and drinks. Terrific views over Funchal and the Bay, the sun terrace gets the sun all day long, ideal if you don't want to be in the busy hotel area, this just felt a little bit more exclusive. good taste and nothing tacky. Will definitely be back.

  • Stayed September 2011, travelled as a couple
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Scawby
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Reviewed 15 September 2011

Our stay at Quinta das Vistas was perfect for the relaxing holiday. Although located in a closely packed residential sprawl, next to a narrow but busy road, peace reigned within. The hotel reception area exuded an air of opulent comfort set out in in a colonial style and access to a laptop and the internet. The arrangement of small pools, sun-lounging area and spa was ideal for unwinding and taking some rays. The behaviour of a pair of ill-mannered guests was a small distraction. The pool attendant was excellent. He presented himself to arrange towels, loungers and parasols, ensuring your total comfort. The staff were all extremely helpful with some making an extra effort to make the stay a good one. The courtesy shuttle bus between the hotel and Funchal was a very useful facility. An extra trip back up from Funchal in the later evening about 21.30 would have been good. The restaurant was disappointing in that the service was dreadfully slow and this was a table d'hote menu! It wasn't cheap and although the food was good, the portions were small. We didn't take up the meal offers and ate quite happily in Funchal. Strangely, there was no iron and ironing board available for guests. You had to hand in your garments for ironing at about £3.50 per item. We thought that was mean and a bit cynical. The spa was very good but also very expensive. All in all our stay was a thoroughly relaxing experience and we would recommend the hotel highly.

Room Tip: You need to have the 'panoramic' room to get a view of Funchal.They tried to fob us off with...
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  • Stayed August 2011, travelled with friends
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Property: Quinta Das Vistas Palace Gardens
Address: Caminho Santo Antonio 52, Funchal, Madeira 9000-187, Portugal
Region: Portugal > Madeira Islands > Madeira > Funchal
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Centre with Internet Access Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Spa Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#28 Spa Hotel in Funchal
#47 Luxury Hotel in Funchal
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £
Hotel Class:5 star — Quinta Das Vistas Palace Gardens 5*
Number of rooms: 70
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Official Category: 5 Stars HotelLocation: On the brow of a hill above the capital, Funchal With panoramic views of downtown, the Atlantic Ocean and the surrounding mountains. Surrounded by 12.000 m² of mature centenary gardens 10 minutes by car or 20 minutes walk into the centre of town 25 minutes from the International Airport of MadeiraTransportation: Hotel courtesy bus service to Funchal - Marina Easily available taxis Bus stop to Funchal and other destinations to the west part of the island, about 3 minutes walking from the hotelParking Facilities: Free parking availableRooms at the Quinta das Vistas:63 Double Rooms (30m²) spread over three floors03 Junior Suites (45m²)04 Suites (50m²)01 Presidential Suite (80m²) on the top floor of the original house2 twin rooms specially equipped for guests with wheel chair Room Facilities: Private balcony with a superb views of the gardens, Funchal, the mountains or the Atlantic ocean Luxury wood and carpet floors Bathrooms with Portuguese marble and oak Bath with shower Separate area for toilet and bidet  Selection of bathroom amenities Air conditioning and heating individually controlled Double glazing Direct dial telephone Free Wireless in all rooms and public areas Electronic in-room safe free of charge Mini-bar Bathrobes Room slippers Internet access Sitting area with comfortable armchairs Dressing table with mirror Hair-dryer at the dressing table Cable TV with 30 Portuguese and international channels Wake-up and message system through the telephone system Non Smoking rooms available Family rooms available (2 main beds and 2 extra beds)Public Areas and Additional Facilities  Reception and lobby, Interior winter garden and a Formal lounge Cocktail Bar, veranda and terrace Panoramic gourmet restaurant, veranda and terrace Reserved area in the restaurant for non smokers Interior and exterior heated swimming pool Second exterior heated swimming pool Jacuzzi, Sauna, Turkish Bath, Relaxation Room with magnificent views, Sensations shower and Vichy bath, Foot Spa and panoramic Fitness room available free of charge Treatment rooms Magnificent tropical centenary gardens and green areas with paths surrounding the property, relaxation and rest areas e 9-holes mini golf Garden corners with different features  Vintage Rolls Royce available for special transfers Free reception of faxes and Sending service of faxes at Reception Laundry service with deliveries in 24 hours Organization of dry cleaning service (outside the hotel)  Breakfast in the room from 7:30 to 10:30  Room Service from 10:00 to 24:00The 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 electronic room safe, bath robe and slippers  Free use of sauna, Turkish bath,, sensations shower, whirlpool, panoramic fitness room, and relaxation rooms and much more at Chandra Spa. Free use of the Health Centre & Fitness Room facilities Guests on Half Board may opt to eat at any of the Restaurants of Charming Hotels at no extra charge Vintage Rolls Royce available for VIP guests, anniversaries or birthdays 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 at Quinta das Vistas:Restaurant La Belle Terrasse:Situated in the centenary main house, it provides a wonderful colonial atmosphere with veranda and terrace.The gourmet menu offers creative dishes that combine local produce with exotic herbs and spices. The Executive Chef uses fresh herbs grown in the garden and only fresh produce that is carefully selected in the local farmers market.The dining room is decorated in keeping with the original architecture and colonial history of the house, reminiscent of the elegant romantic past of Madeira.The veranda and terrace are perfect for al fresco dining in the warm Madeira evenings.The service is a full a-la-carte complemented by the chef’s daily suggestions. Open for lunch and dinner.Albatroz Piano Bar:Situated in the main house the bar serves the winter garden, main lounge, veranda and terrace.Panoramic Pool Bar:Serves the pool area with drinks and original snacks. Open for light lunches. Relaxing atmosphere with cane chairs and wood sun umbrellas.The Royal Tea or Coffee, with freshly made scones and pastries is also served in the sitting room, veranda and terrace.Conference Room: Durão IDimensions: Total area 50.00 m² Length 6.80 m Width 7.30 m Height 3.50 m Air conditioning and heating Natural lightingCapacity: Convention Type – 40 persons Schoolroom style – 32 persons U type table – 18 persons Reception – 45 persons Banquet – 32 personsDurão IIDimensions: Total area 25.00 m² Length 6.30 m Width 3.90 m Height 3.50 m Air conditioning and heating Natural lightingCapacity: Convention Type – 20 persons Schoolroom style – 15 persons One table – 16 persons Reception – 25 persons Banquet – 16 personsDurão I + IIDimensions: Total area 78.00 m² Length 10.70 m Width 7.30 m Height 3.50 m Air conditioning and heating Natural lightingCapacity: Convention Type – 70 persons Schoolroom style – 50 persons U type table – 25 persons Reception – 60 persons Banquet – 55 personsPrices include: Flipchart, paper and 4 colour felt tip pens (black, blue, green and red) White board with 4 different board markers Pen  Folder of documents Waters for the Presidential TableSpecific audiovisual material: Possibility of providing a large range of audio-visual equipment. The quotation must be requested in advance as well as the reservation of the material.Coffee Breaks & Business lunch menus: A complete variety of choices are available. ... more   less 
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