Quinta da Bela Vista – Madeira
What We Love
- Buffet breakfast is included in the Jetsetter rate
- Free shuttle to Funchal takes only 15 minutes
- Drinks from the terrace bar are served with spectacular views of the island’s capital, Funchal
- Fine dining menu changes daily
- Five-acre botanical gardens wrap around the property
- Littered with European antiques from the family collection
What To Know
- Free shuttle operates Monday to Saturday; on Sundays it’s a $6 cab ride into town (each way)
- Family-owned and run since 1989
- Outbuildings are connected by a cobbled walkway
- Junior Suites and the à la carte restaurant are housed separately, in the original manor house
- No spa, but there’s an on-site gym, sauna and Jacuzzi overlooking the pool
- Slopeside seclusion; there are very few shops, restaurants or bars in the immediate vicinity
- Free WiFi
- Kids Club
- Parking On Site
When you stay at Quinta da Bela Vista – Madeira in Funchal, you’ll be near the bay and close to Barreiros Stadium and Botanical Garden. This 5-star hotel is within close proximity of Maderia Congress Center and CR7 Museum.
Make yourself at home in one of the 89 air-conditioned rooms featuring minibars and LED televisions. Complimentary wireless Internet access keeps you connected, and cable programming is available for your entertainment. Private bathrooms with shower/tub combinations feature complimentary toiletries and bidets. Conveniences include phones, as well as safes and desks.
Don’t miss out on the many recreational opportunities, including an outdoor pool, an outdoor tennis court, and a sauna. Additional amenities include complimentary wireless Internet access, supervised childcare/activities, and an arcade/game room. Guests can catch a ride to nearby destinations on the complimentary area shuttle.
Grab a bite at one of the hotel’s 2 restaurants, or stay in and take advantage of 24-hour room service. Relax with your favorite drink at a bar/lounge or a poolside bar.
Featured amenities include a business center, limo/town car service, and dry cleaning/laundry services. Event facilities at this hotel consist of conference space and meeting rooms. Guests may use a roundtrip airport shuttle for a surcharge, and free self parking is available onsite.
How to Get There
The hotel is secluded and in it's own grounds high above Funchal. It is an old style building but very well appointed, The rooms are large and comfortable, whilst the service is superb. Dining at the Quinta da Bela Vista is something to be savoured. In the evening five courses all cooked to perfection. Five courses sounds large and yes you need an appetite but the courses are sensibly sized and after the meal one feels comfortable not bloated! There is a outside pool with its own cafe / bar, service from here is again excellent and if you are having a lazy day by the pool the food selection is first class. Funchal is a bit of a trek away but the hotel provides a courtesy bus which we used a number of times and found very convenient, It is also easy to get a local bus back (number 8) or a taxi at a reasonable cost.
I would not hesitate to recommend this hotel and we certainly hope to return for another week in the future.
When we first arrived, we thought the hotel seemed a little bit staid for us. The decor is elegant and a little bit old fashioned, but in a nice way. It soon grew on us, though, as we settled into the peace and quiet and then met some nice people. The gardens are beautiful, with good views.
The swimming pool was lovely, not cold, and we enjoyed the sun beds for limited periods. If you want to use the hot tub, tell reception in advance.
Dinner was a very formal affair, 5 courses, excellent food and the many waiters were very professional and friendly. Must admit, we were glad of a night off for a less formal meal in town!
But, you couldn’t fault the food and it was different every night. The cheapest wine was 24 euros a bottle, but the wine waiter served it as and when you needed it and carried it forward to the next evening,
There was a pianist at the grand piano every night throughout dinner.
Breakfast was a buffet, there was plenty of choice in cold foods, cereal not great, lots of tinned and fresh fruit, etc, but cooked food was a disappointment, just eggs and streaky bacon, beans. All standing in grease for ages. Not the best we have had. Just tea and coffee was served to your table.
Our room was in the main house and was spacious and elegant, it was spotlessly clean, lovely quality white bedlinen, changed very day if you didn’t ask for it to be left. White fluffy towels, also changed daily. The bathroom was very spacious with double sinks, all marble decor, separate toilet with bidet, bath with shower over.
The only slight down side is that there is nowhere to walk after dinner. One day, we tried the walk down in to town, NOT RECOMMENDED! It is beyond steep and not good for the knees. Not a pleasant walk either, alongside busy roads. It took us 40 minutes and two days to recover! Use the hotel shuttle bus or the local bus..just outside the hotel. But the tranquility balances this out, I think.
Second stay at the Bela Vista for its tranquility, gardens and service. Chose January again for the islands mild temperatures at that time of year, the lack of crowds (except when the 6,600 passenger liner called in!) and the beauty of the island and all its gardens.
Hard to fault the Quinta - room fine, service and staff excellent, food very good. And the real test of quality - the coffee jugs at breakfast don't drip coffee all over the table cloth!!
Nice to see the hotel becoming more environmentally aware and joining the green movement but that led to one disappointment - bottled water (at quite a high price) at meals with all those glass bottles.....
If visiting Madeira for a third time the QBV would be our choice.
We stayed here for a week in January, the hotel is quaint and quirky in a colonial style with lots of antiques set in beautiful gardens which are stunning even in January! It is set up high in the hillside above Funchal so the views are lovely, but this does mean it is a good way from the town. The hotel offers a shuttle mini bus which you need to pre book, this is very good but would be better if more frequent particularly on an evening as the last one back to the hotel is at 6.30, public transport is good though with a bus stop 5 minutes walk from the hotel. All the staff are friendly and helpful offering a good service. The table d’hote menu is 5 courses and generally the food was good although portion size is very generous, so I needed to skip a few courses! The poolside bar also offered good food choices, but closed after 5.00 so there wasn’t a bar area to sit in and relax post dinner. The Manor House a’la Carte restaurant set in the grounds was beautiful with a lovely dining room and lounge/bar which guests could use, however no one seemed to use it either pre or post dinner so lacked atmosphere, but this could just be because of being out of season. Our room was clean and comfortable and well maintained, although could do with a little updating particularly the bathroom. All in all our stay was very enjoyable and I would recommend it if you’re looking for a peaceful place to stay. Funchal is really lovely and a very interesting place to visit. There is lots to see and do on Madeira, especially if you enjoy walking. Our weather was good and it was very nice to have some winter sunshine!
We stayed for a week and found everything about the hotel special. Rooms are a good size and comfortable. Excellent WiFi. The staff are exceptional - all of them, reception, dining room, pool, bedrooms - nothing too much trouble.
It is up the hill from the sea - 30 minute walk to the centre. The hotel offers a courtesy minibus and there are regular buses up and down 1.95 euros a single journey.