Quinta Da Casa Branca5.0 out of 5.0
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We whole heartedly agree with Pensioner075's review of Quinta da Casa Branca. The gardens are beautiful, and so well maintained, the staff generally are fantastic except one who stuck out like a sore thumb and was just downright rude, not just to us. The food is good, service excellent and the rooms are kept spotless by the housekeeping team. The location is great too but the hotel does lack, 'soul', from our point of view. The bar isn't particularly appealing, even for afternoon tea, and on a dull day it is rather depressing. If there was only a way, the lounge area, bar and restaurant could come together to form a social hub it would be even better. Perhaps those who come time and time again to stay, prefer the minimal interaction with their fellow guests, or perhaps just a hand of bridge but for us it didn't work well. A conundrum indeed as we left sadly with mixed feelings from our stay.
This hotel is really hard to 'categorise' - the reviews that mention the staff, the gardens, the food, the peace and tranquillity are all absolutely right . But to me, the hotel has no 'soul'! The (non-suite) rooms are in two wings which lead from the ultra-modern reception. The sumptuous suites are in the Manor House itself. But - and it is a big but when the weather is poor - the bar, the breakfast/lunch restaurant and the main evening restaurant are in three separate buildings reached by winding and often uneven paths through the gardens - so if it is wet, you are too! The bar is odd - it is functional and that's truly all I can say about it - it has no atmosphere at all, just hard seats and stools and plain tables - certainly not a bar for sampling exotic cocktails in cosy surroundings! Daily 'happy hour' is good value and the bar service faultless but no regular 'personality' behind the bar - staff who work in other areas seem to be on a rota to serve there. Then of course it is out in the dark (and sometimes wet) to trek to the restaurant where you will get lovely food, attentive polished service but very formal and hushed. It's hard to know, given the geography of the buildings, what could be done to make it really special - it all feels like such a wasted opportunity but as there seems to be lots of repeat guests maybe it doesn't matter. I have stayed in other Quintas so this is not my first experience of this type of hotel and not an attempt to rubbish it for the sake of it, far from it. For couples of a certain age, wanting peace and quiet, happy to keep themselves to themselves, it is probably perfect but I write as I find.
We had such a relaxing stay at this hotel. A peaceful haven with exceptional staff at all levels. We had a garden room which was very comfortable with comfy beds. The gardens are amazing, the swimming pool and seating area that we used every day was maintained to a very high standard. The spa was equally very pleasant. We booked on a half board basis and found the food in the evenings very good. Had lunch a few times during our stay, which was always enjoyable and the breakfasts each day plentiful. For us the 20 minute walk into town, downhill was very pleasant and also down to the Lido area. We always walked back which we found ok but there are plenty of buses going that way and taxis both easily available and at a reasonable cost so anyone with mobility problems would have no trouble getting to and from the hotel. We're not people who normally make return visits to hotels but this one is an exception in our book. We just had a really lovely time. Hats off to the staff, they do a wonderful job!
Very high quality in all respects - immaculate gardens. Staff friendly with high service standards. Restaurant (s) top quality. Walkable to town /seafront. Heated outdoor pool was well kept. As was spa area.
We were lucky enough to be upgraded to a suite in the manor house. Truly fantastic. The gardens are worth spending an hour or two just to enjoy them. We would like to especially mention the following staff who helped make our stay perfect. Our room cleaner Teresa On reception Fabiana At breakfast Sylvia, Joao Pedro A very memorable and enjoyable holiday in Madeira.
I do not want to repeat yet again all of the comments about this hotel. It was certainly 5 star. I would pay credit to all staff for whom it seemed a pleasure to fulfil your every request. I would also recommend paying the extra for premium rooms which provide not only much more room but pricy especially if you specify first floor. There are plenty of restaurants nearby but be aware that it is extremely hilly . We had chosen half board but personally found the evening meal in the Mansion House restaurant rather too formal for every night of our holiday. Be assured the food was exquisite in every way. We arranged to take a three course meal in the Garden Pavilion but this is only available lunchtime. Same quality of food but can be taken on the terrace outside and no dress code. Good minimarket outside and turn left down the hill. It is on the right and has a superb coffee/cake shop next door. Didn't see the manor house suites. Excellent hotel. totally recommended.
Peaceful oasis in beautiful gardens. Very relaxing base for a week exploring Funchal and the island. Reception was most helpful in arranging our chosen tours. The breakfasts offered an interesting variety to chose from and the local passion fruit were amazing. We did not try the main restaurant but did eat in the bar although the menu choice was limited and fairly expensive.
Great hotel , staffed by wonderful people and set in gorgeous semi tropical gardens with sea views. Wi Fi worked well and was comparatively quick (given you are on an island) We were only there a week but enjoyed it so much it felt as if we had been there forever. Two heated pools , one adult only , gigantic choice of breakfast- buffet and or cooked specially. lunches available there too. Lots of restaurants within 15 minutes walk but beware you are on a hillside so you spend a lot of energy going up and down as well as towards your chosen eating place. Reception staff very helpful with knowledge of what there is to do and happy to arrange tailored trips around the island.
Very disappointing and certainly not 5 star. Our room was OK but a little 'tired' and situated where we caught very little sun. The shower/bath was very difficult to use and the towels very thin. Linen was only changed at request and infact even though the towels were very wet they were picked up and folded to be reused rather than replaced. The adult pool was extremely disappointing and though the gardens were lovely there was nowhere to sit and enjoy. The staff were very pleasant and the breakfast certainly delivered 5 star. We had dinner in the bar on one occasion. Very little choice and expensive. Had prawn risotto - not good.! Sorry . Feel that this hotel lacked character and a friendly atmosphere generally.
This hotel is located in Funchal, near the city center, close to everything but at the same time very quiet and relaxing. It is inside a beautiful "quinta (property)", with an amazing garden with exotic flora from all around the world. The service was impeccable, we arrived to the hotel very early and asked for our room sooner that the normal check-in hour, and we were allowed but they gave us a free delicious breakfast while we waited! On top, we were given a voucher for me and my wife of 2 40 min massages with hot stones. Highly recommended.
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 782 reviews