Sea views are all well and good but the mountain and laurel forest scenery from this hotel were some of the best views we have ever had from a hotel room. The rooms were basic as was the breakfast but perfectly in keeping with a 3* hotel and the very low price we paid for our advance booking. Our room had a private balcony which we thoroughly enjoyed drinking madeira wine on in the late evenings whilst looking at the shadowy mountain silhouettes and shooting stars when the clouds cleared. We ate in the restaurant twice, once a la carte and once the buffet. Food was tasty and well cooked and the buffet at 13euros provided an abudance of food which was much appreciated after we'd walked to Pico Ruivo and back (23km round trip!). It can be quite cool (we were there late June), especially in the evenings so take a jumper or two but we found that great for getting a good nights sleep and you're only 10/15mins drive from the coast where it's much hotter if you need a warm up!
The smell of eucalyptus trees on arrival was also a nice surprise and kept our airways clear all week!
In summary - if you want 5* luxury don't book here. This is a 3* hotel and the facilities and food are perfectly in keeping with that. If you are happy with basic comfort but want amazing scenery and a great base for walking in Madeira then this is probably right for you. We thoroughly enjoyed our stay and would go back. My only real 'complaint' would be that the restaurant can be a little bit 'soulless' it's so quiet - some soft background music would really just lift the feeling / atmosphere in there and whilst the staff are predominantly very friendly they could do with smiling a little bit more at the guests.
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- Also Known As:
- Estalagem Encumeada Hotel Ribeira Brava
- Residencial Encumeada Ribeira Brava
- Hotel Encumeada Madeira/Ribeira Brava