Quinta Da Casa Branca5.0 out of 5.0
Recent guest reviews
Just returned from our fifth New Year break here as we can't find anywhere better to stay at this time of year. Each member of staff takes great pride in their work and it shows. We are always surprised we're recognised each year by several of them, it's almost like visiting old friends. We explored different parts of the island this year, the weather was fabulous and it's so lovely to stay in a peaceful haven away from the main large impersonal hotel area. We now feel relaxed and energised to face work and the rest of the British winter!
Having read so many flattering reviews we arrived with very high expectations the week before Christmas - the Quinta Da Sase Branca met them all. Very good location, beautiful setting in a combination of gardens and banana plantations yet only a brisk twenty minute walk into the town, slightly longer returning up hill though. Rooms are very nice, service in every area was excellent, breakfast was more than adequate with a good choice and again excellent service. The bar/ informal restaurant was good for either a relaxing drink, meal or both. happy hour was an ideal time to read a good book from the library whilst watching the light coming on over the mountainsides. Sometimes reviews can make it sound a bit stuffy but that was not the case and there was a good mix of people of various ages and nationalities. I could go on but just suggest you try it out.
Having enjoyed a superb stay here last year we decided to use the hotel again. We were not disappointed, receiving a warm welcome from reception staff (Carolina,Andreia,Fabian’s and Nuno) and being shown to the delightful garden room. We had forgotten how magnificent the gardens here are and spent many happy hours looking at the various plants with butterflies flitting from flower to flower. Igor looked after us for afternoon tea in the pavilion and breakfast was outstanding. The staff at breakfast are amazing with smiles and laughter the order of the day. Special thanks to Delia,Joa Pedro and Sonia for looking after us so well. This remains a gem of a hotel and I can’t recommend it highly enough.
An oasis, I am sure you know, is a "pleasant and peaceful area or place in the midst of a difficult and hectic place or situation" (OED). Welcome to the Quinta da Casa Branca a very welcoming place to be indeed. My wife has never been to Madeira before but I have, 40 years ago! Wow, what a change has been wrought. Funchal then seemed a sleepy place, now it is a densely developed, highly commercial city. So our hotel was indeed an oasis. Architecturally the hotel has 2 contrasting styles, 19th and 21st Century and both meld well together giving comfortable, spacious 21st century bedrooms and a 19th century dining room in the "Manor House". We had half-board so ate there every night of our week-long stay. The food was excellantly prepared, and service was highly efficient under the direction of a good Maitre de. The menu offered a good choice and vegetarians should find little to quibble about. What completes the oasis are the gardens. Seldom have we seen such a well stocked and maintained variety of plants and trees - plus a banana plantation!
Fabulous hotel! Nestling in beautiful gardens, this boutique hotel is tucked away, and such a change from the usual touristy hotels. It’s private, discreet, and peaceful. The staff are professional, the bar and restaurants fab, and the main dining room definitely worth a visit. If you’re visiting Funchal, stay with the lovely folks at Quinta da Casa, you’ll not be disappointed.
Yet again an anniversary treat. Chose Quinta da Casa Branca based on our great experience last time (2015). They have done a few changes since last time; one nice touch is the identification/information tags on all of the trees and shrubs. You are also give a grounds map on arrival which identifies the trees too.Two pools are now available; one adult only.As before the standard of service and friendliness of the staff is both excellent and refreshing. Someone that is maybe infirm might find the layout with some uneven paths a little challenging but this is a small price to pay for such a charming and beautiful hotel set in tropical gardens. This time we hired a car and had no trouble parking in the grounds.
Superred Hotel just what we wanted small.Beautiful gardens staff were excellent friendly and very helpful. Breakfast was good with good selection and always a great selection of fruit which we both love.It was nice having happy hour in the bar which we did before going to eat.
Incredible spot, hidden away between walls in a gorgeous tropical garden you would barely know you are metres from the city. We stayed in the villa and it was magnificent - historical and pristine with a lovely mix of antiques and the highest quality modern kit. Supper in the Manor House was divine and all the staff are friendly and have a great sense of humour. Look no further than here if you want high luxury in peaceful surroundings.
We've been lucky enough to stay in many lovely hotels over the year; Quinta da Casa Branca is probably the best. Here's why! The location is perfect for exploring Funchal, it is situated in beautiful gardens away from the busy centre; a little oasis to return to after a day exploring. There's easy bus access to the centre; bus 1,2 or 4 from the bottom of the hill or 24 from the top. The rooms have plenty of space and everything you would want. With a veranda opening onto the garden it's a perfect place for a nap or watching the monarch butterflies roaming around the gardens. Delicious food at breakfast, lunch and dinner. Finally and most importantly the staff are great; nothing is too much trouble and they are all trying to go the extra mile. For example they were doing some maintenance on the vacant room next to us and brought us bowl of fruit for any inconvenience. One of several small acts of consideration that make a place very special.
Dear reader, to gain the most about this hotel will require you to read all this review. As it is set out of the town centre it is not so convenient to pop into town, and whilst there is a reasonable local bus service, there is, surprisingly, no hotel transport service provided. The grounds of around eight acres, are wonderful; exotic plants and trees and banana plantations and all named and shown on a map provided by the hotel. The grounds slope, of which hazards, more later. There are various buildings spread around the site from the old manor house which houses the main restaurant, a new building for breakfast dining and another older building for evening snacks and drinks. The principal bedroom accommodation is housed in a modern and sleek building which blends in harmoniously with the whole site. Accommodation here is good with a decent sized bathroom and bed area with seating, then access to your own patio with loungers provided looking out over the grounds, a lovely area to sit, read or contemplate your next meal or excursion. Quiet surrounds you and you feel the magic of the botanical gardens. There are two swimming pools. The staff are attentive and first class, as befits a five star hotel, but, there are too many disconnections at work here, especially noticeable out of season when it is dark early. The manor house, set apart from the main accommodation, has a grand entrance area, with steps up to the entrance to two dining areas, both serene and graceful in layout and furnishings and separately a lovely lounge area, sadly grossly underused. Drinks before dinner are provided by a bar, again set apart from the manor house, so if you want an aperitif before dinner, you have to walk from your room to the bar, then from the bar to the manor house, ordinarily not a problem, but as the paths are uneven and have several steps to negotiate, the absence of good lighting at all the stepped areas in the dark is quite marked and can easily lead to an accident. We stumbled on an unlit step and nearly fell. The lounge area should offer drinks, even from a limited list would help, to save one potentially hazardous journey, and to relax in this area would add to the dining experience, which sadly is a major disappointment. Whilst one can see and sense the five star rating, the cooking here is just not good enough. For half board you are presented with a three course menu, and two choices of each, but the seemingly miserly offering is such that you reach for the al la carte menu to find something worthy of the surroundings. During our seven day stay we found only two memorable offerings, the rest spoilt by either an odd mix of ingredients, virtually no potato or green vegetables, overcooked and soggy rice (when the waitress asked if we had enjoyed the curry with the soggy rice, we explained why we had left it, only for her to return from the kitchen and say that, yes, the chef agreed it was overcooked and soggy. Why, if the chef thought so had they let it out of the kitchen?). On our last night we had rack of lamb, from the al la carte menu of course, very, very small helping of vegetables and TWO portions of soggy couscous; virtually no cooking skill on display. Drinks are expensive. A meanness of what is offered pervades. All served though by polite and friendly staff. There is a Happy Hour on offer from the bar/snack building, but beware, though not advertised, this is a limited offer and does not apply to all drinks. Management are aware of these shortcomings but seem either to lack the will or effort to address them and just a few minor changes could transport this hotel experience to another level and be worthy of its rating. If you like food, my suggestion would be to book B&B only and find good food and cooking elsewhere.
- Free buffet breakfast
- Free WiFi in rooms and public areas
- Free parking
- Onsite dining
Quinta Da Casa Branca places you within a short walk of Barreiros Stadium and within a mile (2 km) of Madeira Casino. This 49-room, 5-star hotel has 2 outdoor pools along with a full-service spa and 2 restaurants. Located centrally in Funchal, it's also close to Botanical Garden and Monte Palace Gardens.
Free buffet breakfast is included with your stay. Enjoy dining at the hotel's 2 onsite restaurants: The Dining Room specializes in Mediterranean cuisine, and serves dinner; Garden Pavilion offers relaxing garden views. Order from room service to satisfy your hunger without leaving your room, or make new friends over drinks at the bar/lounge.
All 49 air-conditioned rooms feature minibars, safes, and desks. Guests can expect free WiFi and cable TV. Bathrooms offer hair dryers, free toiletries, bathrobes, and slippers.
Guests of Quinta Da Casa Branca have access to a full-service spa, 2 outdoor pools, and a health club. You can take advantage of free parking if you drive. 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 hotel include a spa tub, a sauna, and free WiFi in public areas.
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95% of guests recommend this hotelTotal of 949 reviews