Quinta Da Casa Branca5.0 out of 5.0
Recent guest reviews
We thoroughly enjoyed our stay at this excellent hotel. We had a standard garden room, which was very comfortable and clean. The patio door opened out onto your own private patio area with loungers facing the beautiful gardens. The gardens were exceptional, well kept and a beautiful setting for the hotel. The main outdoor pool was in a very pleasant setting, clean and a suitable temperature. We used the Health club Gym and Jacuzzi facilities, both of which were good. The breakfast room was in a superb setting, with the ability to eat in or outside. The breakfast itself was excellent. A good range of foods available including hot cooked to order. Delicious fruits! We did not eat in the Hotel restaurant. There were many good restaurants very close by which we preferred to try. The hotel is in an excellent position, a walk into Funchal to the East and restaurants in the hotel district if you walk to the West. All of the staff were very friendly and helpful. When we return to Madeira, we will definitely be staying in this hotel again.
This is a very relaxing hotel. We booked the premium double room with garden view, didn't realise there are two levels of this type of rooms, would highly recommend to request the upper level as its more quiet and privacy. Room is spacious and clean, good range of toiletries. Very nice breakfast. Great location. Tried the Manor House restaurant for dinner, its a beautiful dining room, food was ordinary. Overall attentive staff. We used Daniel Madeira Taxis for airport transfers and levada walks, reasonable and reliable, would recommend.
The hotel is about 15 mins walk (downhill) from the centre of Funchal, and a €8 taxi ride back if, like us, you don't want the uphill walk back after wandering around the town centre. The famous Reid's Hotel is nearby if you want to experience their afternoon tea. The hotel is family owned by one of the old Port families and set in beautifully kept, almost tropical garden grounds. Apart from the original Mansion House, the rest of the hotel is modern and has been designed to fit into the gardens with minimal impact. The look at times is almost Scandinavian with lots of light wood used. We stayed in one of the Premium Rooms on the first floor with quite a large balcony. However we did look into one of the standard Garden Rooms which are all on the ground floor with a terrace direct out to the lawn and proper wood loungers (which you are welcome to pull out onto the lawn to catch the late afternoon sun) and we would have been very happy with one of these rooms as well. We dined twice informally in the bar. Here there is limited choice, and smaller portions but the food is excellent and good value. We also dined twice in the Manor House Restaurant. This is fine dining, and very good fine dining at that. The atmosphere is a little restrained but both times the restaurant was nearly full so had a good ambience. The food was absolutely superb, and although quite expensive, we thought it was well worth it. Service was professional and friendly; it struck just the right balance we thought. Breakfast is served in a separate Breakfast Room with inside and outside seating. (This was the main restaurant till 2 years ago.) The selection is excellent with a good buffet table and hot orders from the kitchen available. Again the service was friendly. Overall, this is a truly excellent hotel. We loved it and if (when!) we return to Madeira, we would certainly book here again. Finally, there are hundreds of dining options in Funchal, but the best that we experienced towards the fine dining end of the spectrum was the Restaurante do Forte - see separate review.
We have just returned from a weeks stay in this delightful hotel. We were fortunate to be in a suite in the old Manor House which we found comfortable and peaceful. The whole hotel was clean, comfortable and well-run. The hotel gardens are a special feature containing a wide variety of specimen plants, shrubs and trees from around the world. Indeed, these gardens form the picturesque heart of the property and the owners are to be commended for keeping the Estate as a hotel rather than developing the land into just another of the condo buildings which litter Funchal. The staff are unfailingly helpful and friendly. Breakfast is served buffet style in a modern, characterful building where a fine range of foods can be enjoyed. Evening drinks can be taken at the adjacent bar with outside tables enabling you to enjoy a splendid view of the garden whilst enjoying a cocktail. This bar also serves food. The main restaurant is in the Manor House which we found offered a quality, gourmet cuisine - formal but friendly. We ate there once as we were on a B&B package and preferred to sample the many restaurants nearby. The hotel has a gym and spa but the latter is closed on Sundays and Mondays so do book early. There are two pools in the grounds, both heated. If planning a return visit to Madeira I would return to this hotel without hesitation
We have just returned from a week at this delightful boutique hotel and I can only agree with all the glowing comments from previous reviews. The rooms, the staff, the food all excellent. The gardens are spectacular and I cannot imagine how beautiful they will look in a couple of months when everything is in full bloom. The situation is ideal, just a little way out of the centre of Funchal but very easy to walk to and a little more effort required to come back up the hill. We have stayed in many amazing hotels. This is definitely one of the best and deserves its place as one of the leading small hotels of the world.
There are many good hotels in Madeira with lovely rooms but the thing that sets Quinta da Casa Branca apart is the quality of its staff. From the moment you pull up in its wonderful, botanic gardens and you walk into Reception, you feel a warmth that throughout your holiday is always there. The staff genuinely like each other; they are friends and it shows! After twenty years of visiting Madeira several times per year, we have not found a hotel that measures up to their high standards. The rooms and all facilities are excellent and the food is wonderful. We are looking forward to our next visits in May, July and December.
The hotel offers a gorgeous mix of classic and modern architecture combined with impeccably maintained greenery. With the airport shuttle bus (tip!) you'll get off at stop number 13 and walk 5 minutes up the hill to get to the hotel. The entire island is very hilly so if that short walk up the hill throws you off you better not visit Madeira altogether :) Staff is extremely polite, friendly and service-minded and importantly in a nice and sincere way. The hotel offers 2 dining options: one formal (maybe a bit too quiet end February / early March) and one informal restaurant. Both serve very good food. Had a very good stay here and can only recommend others to also check it out!
We just loved the Quinta. Everything about this hotel was to our taste, from the spotless rooms, the beautiful dining room and the magnificent gardens. The staff were the best I have ever met in an hotel. They were courteous, friendly and helpful and certainly contributed to our enjoyment. My vegetarian meals were always a delight after major disappointments in some hotels and the lovely swimming pool was just perfect after tackling Funchal's hills.
We stayed for 7 nights in a premium ground floor room in this very comfortable, well appointed hotel. The setting, the gardens and facilities are beautiful. The room was reasonably spacious and well equipped. The bed was comfortable. The Quinta restaurant is quite formal but the food is good and the tavern with its relaxed approach, selection of good Portuguese and Madeiran wines and limited but very reasonable menu is a nice contrast. Breakfast (do collect a local banana from the waiting station as you leave - they are quite unlike anything you obtain from a super market) and Lunch in or outside the Breakfast room is wonderfully relaxing. We ordered and took a picnic with us for lunch on 2 occasions. It was easy to carry ( fitting nicely into a knapsack) and did not weigh too much when walking in the hills. The staff are first class. They were unfailingly helpful, polite and very friendly. They made the difference between the Quinta being a very good hotel and an excellent hotel. We were sorry to leave.
. . . . and, yes, I have stayed in some of the world's great hotels. Interesting to read some of the other reviewers who didn't like the Scandinavian-style minimalist architecture of the main hotel block. We loved it for its elegance, its simplicity, its stunning wooden flooring, the tasteful black and white photos along the wall and the knockout flower arrangement at the foot of the stairs. We had terrific weather throughout our stay, so the daily walk through the beautifully tended gardens to the breakfast area, or to the heated pool, was always a delight. As for the service, the staff (all 53 of them - including seven full-time gardeners) were wonderful. As someone who cares from time to time about the environment, I feel embarrassed at the number of towels we used - sometimes these were changed more than once a day. The staff in all of the areas were uniformly friendly and helpful (though I agree that the Manor House dinner service was perhaps excessively hushed and formal). We stayed in a Premier room on the upstairs level, and I would strongly recommend these rooms. You are not overlooked by anyone else, and the view of the gardens from the balcony was a daily delight. Breakfasts were fine - though I never did manage to get my boiled egg just the way I like it, and we enjoyed the two evening meals we had in the bar area. We had one evening meal in the Manor House, but I'm not sure I would do so again. Maybe someone could tell the young waiters that they are allowed to smile! It was all rather hushed and funereal. The Library Room in the main hotel is beautifully furnished and very well-stocked. The Spa facilities are excellent, as is the large outdoor pool. Like the rest of the complex, these are impeccably maintained. As a final indicator of just how good the service is, when I told Reception that our taxi to the airport wouldn't arrive till 16.40 (and we had to checkout of our room by 12.00), we were given a key to the Spa and encouraged to use all of the facilities there until it was time to leave. We'll be back!
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 800 reviews