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Casa Velha Do Palheiro

5.0 out of 5.0

Recent guest reviews

We stayed 4 nights in this very individual and elegant hotel which is set in a 200 year old manor house. The room (no 2) was on the top floor of the main house and was spacious with a lovely view over the garden. There are many other rooms in the wings of the hotel as well. Breakfast was buffet style with freshly cooked food on offer as well, beautifully presented in the conservatory and dining room. The staff are exceptional, speaking many languages and always with a smile on their faces. It is a 15 minute drive up a hill from Funchal so we stayed in every evening sampling the dining room on one night and having light bar food on the other evenings which was a welcome change from the formality of the dining room. The grounds are pretty and there is the added bonus of an outdoor and indoor pool with spa facilities. The golf course is 5 minutes away by shuttle bus if you don't rent a car. Highly recommend and we would certainly return.

If you want a quiet location in beautiful gardens then this is the hotel for you. It is a Madeiran equivalent of a country house hotel. Set in the hills on the outskirts of Funchal is a an opportunity to live in an elegant environment, if only for a few days. Everything was done with grace and charm.

Beautiful hotel high up in the Madeira hills. So peaceful and elegant, relaxing and calm. No energy needed unless you play golf. Food was amazing, spa services delightful, staff were brilliant. Loved this hotel and everything about it.

My partner and I stayed here for our first visit to Madeira and I doubt we could have found anywhere more tranquil, secluded or beautifully appointed. The staff looked after our every need, and more, the food was wonderful and our room spacious and pristine. Thankyou to everyone for making our stay so enjoyable.

This is a hotel where the active presence of the GM and Matre 'd can be seen and felt across the establishment to good effect. Good management is reflected in staff attitudes and generally high standards. The rooms are clean and well equipped if getting just a touch tired in some respects such as the showers. Having said that, furnishings are good enough and beds comfortable. The majority of the staff are professional, courteous, patient, helpful and apparently happy at work most of the time (special mentions to Fernada, Suzanna and Marceo) - which is not to say that other people in any way fell short! We were disappointed with the restaurant food in comparison with other establishments in Funchal, which is not to say that it is less than very good but more that perhaps the Head Chef might take a leaf from The Old Fort or Cris Downtown perhaps? A "concept menu" might be popular too - or did we just miss that? Breakfasts are first class by the way. Overall, we had 10 days of great golf in a very good hotel at a lovely place to be. Thank you to everyone!

We enjoyed our week's stay here, it is beautiful, peaceful and the golf course is a challenge. At the time of our stay the fairways were brown which made holding the ball even more difficult. It is obviously hilly so a buggy is recommended but is more expensive than in the UK. A car is essential if you want to do other activities besides golf or eat out in the evening as the shuttle does not run in the evening and taxis can be pricey.

This is a wonderful villa hotel adjacent to beautiful gardens. The staff is very friendly and helpful. The food is delicious and the setting is fantastic. The rooms are terrific - great sheets on the beds - They have a shuttle that takes you downtown and brings you back. Very quiet place with great strolling gardens.

The hotel is small enough to offer a really personal service, always friendly and helpful staff, excellent position away from the noise of Funchal, but close enough to visit the city daily, if wished. Breakfast buffet offers very good variety of meals, and a daily changed evening menu is of excellent quality.

I so wanted to be able to write a glowing review of Casa Velha but it has so many issues I do not know where to begin. Baring in mind this is a 5 star hotel so expectations are high. Despite booking a golf view room the first room we were allocated was a very small room in the main house. Only after asking if this was a mistaken were we given a very good room in the golf wing. The breakfast is ordinary. Nothing special and the poached eggs we requested were always very vinegary. There is a hourly mini bus to the golf

Staff great and the gardens are really excellent...... but golf course too dry in September to be a sensible course to play golf on. I wish I had gone and played at the Ballesteros course on another island as I gather that was good.

Rua de Estalagem 23 Funchal

Hotel highlights

  • Steps from Palheiro Gardens
  • Free buffet breakfast
  • Free WiFi in rooms and public areas
  • Free parking

Casa Velha Do Palheiro places you next to Palheiro Gardens and a short stroll from other popular sights like Palheiro Golf Club. This 37-room, 5-star country house welcomes business and leisure travelers with a golf course, a full-service spa, and free breakfast. Madeira Stadium is also nearby.


Free buffet breakfast is served each morning from 7:30 AM to 10:30 AM. This country house is home to a restaurant and a bar/lounge. Order from room service to satisfy your hunger without leaving your room.


All of Casa Velha Do Palheiro's 37 individually decorated rooms provide minibars, coffee makers, and safes. Flat-screen TVs come with cable channels, and guests can stay connected with free WiFi. Bathrooms offer hair dryers, free toiletries, bathrobes, and slippers. Phones and desks are other standard amenities.

Property features

A local mainstay since 1804, Casa Velha Do Palheiro offers a golf course, a full-service spa, and an indoor pool. There's free parking, and an airport shuttle (available on request) for EUR 30.00 per vehicle one way. The 24-hour front desk has multilingual staff ready to assist with dry cleaning/laundry, concierge services, and luggage storage. Other amenities at this luxury country house include an outdoor pool, a fitness center, and a sauna.

Room options

Deluxe Double Room Main House

Full 1 | Sleeps 2

Double or Twin Room, Golf View

Full 1 | Twin 2 | Sleeps 2

Reviews from Trip Advisor

Trip Advisor aggregated rating

94% of guests recommend this hotel

Total of 494 reviews