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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

Amenities

  •  Babysitting
  •  Bar
  •  Free WiFi
  •  Gym
  •  Handicap-accessible
  •  Kids Club
  •  Parking On Site
  •  Pool
  •  Restaurant
  •  Spa
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Overview

The Review

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

Quinta da Bela Vista – Madeira
Caminho Avista Navios, 4 Funchal
Funchal, 9000129 Portugal

Reviews

4.5 Very Good 1009 Reviews
Horrific Hotel
Reviewed 6 days ago

Horrific .....I have never stayed at a worse hotel ... You have been warned ... this is a Hostel quality hotel forget the 5 star hype and glossy photos it is nonsense. I am currently instructing solicitors against Jet2 Holidays who would not attend to witness what we as their customers had to endure. You are wasting your time making a complaint because no one is interested once you have paid in advance they don't care. The noise in this room from 7:30 am was simply shocking. There is nothing good about this hotel .. the food is shocking .. the rooms are shocking and noisy ... the bath was chipped and filthy ... the hotel it is miles from the town and very few people would be able to walk to the town centre. One small mini bus must be booked in advance and only operates certain days and not on holidays ... the hotel will not provide an iron or ironing board ... It really is a shocking hotel ....it is more like a poorly run nursing home or care home .... truly shocking ... and the manager who is rude is totally useless and will say anything to cover up his poor management and this terrible hotel

Real 5 star experience
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

It is lovely and very relaxing. As the name suggests, there is a beautiful view. From the pool deck there is a glorious panorama of the mountains sweeping down to Funchal and its harbour. The hotel offers a true five star experience. Service in the breakfast room, à la carte restaurant and pool bar is faultless.

This 150+ year old quinta is utterly charming. Scattered around the hotel are a number of elegant sitting rooms with antique furniture that take full advantage of the views. These are excellent places to read the morning papers after breakfast on one's tablet or settle into a good novel. The hotel's wireless internet signal is excellent throughout the hotel. The well-established gardens are stocked with lovely flowering trees collected from various parts of the world. It is quite an arboretum. Madeira has a number of fabulous gardens worth visiting but it is well worth a stroll around the hotel's grounds before venturing further afield.

The hotel's à la carte restaurant is in a small adjacent building with its own very charming sitting room and bar. This restaurant has its own kitchen and chef. The food is excellent. If you cannot manage to finish a bottle of wine, the lovely staff will hold over the balance for another day.

A short walk (left from the entrance and first left) leads to an urban village with a large supermarket and lovely bakery opposite which does nice lunches. On the way look out for Tourigalo Restaurant which also houses a free ATM, a take-away and a somewhat unappealing bar. But the restaurant is surprisingly good and worth a visit. The traditional Madeira beef skewer is very good. A short walk turning hard right at the hotel entrance leads to a useful convenience store.

Of course, a trade-off of the view afforded by the hotel's high vantage point is one needs to have transport to and from Funchal. The hotel operates a fairly regular minibus which carries up to 8 passengers. We discovered that when demand is high, they will schedule an additional run which was much appreciated.

The hotel is extremely well served by the city's urban yellow buses. The greatest frequency is obtained by turning to the left from the hotel entrance to the stop at the end of the lane.

It may come as no surprise that Google knows the scheduled time of every bus, at every bus stop on Madeira. This makes for very easy use by a tourist now that data EU law makes mobile phone use (including data roaming) the same as at home.

So if you are planning a trip to Madeira's Botanical Gardens and want to use public transport you just need to SPEAK to your Android phone: "OK Google navigate to Madeira's Botanical Gardens from Quinta da Bela Vista by bus". Google's speech recognition will recognise what you've said, plan your trip, show you which bus stop to walk to and the times of the next buses. How hard is that? Try it now – see for yourself!

As at 2018, urban buses are less than E2 fixed price per local journey. Look out for Giro yellow bus passes available for 1, 3 and 7 days. The 1d one works for 24hrs from first use -- the others similarly.

The hotel’s location is both an asset and a disadvantage. But just use the frequent buses. It’s well worth it to stay here.

A Wonderful Hotel and Amazing Staff
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We cannot fault this beautiful hotel. It was like stepping back in time - maybe to an Agatha Christie film. The staff were exceptional, polite, helpful and friendly, making us feel very special. The rooms were clean and spacious, definately recommend having one with a balcony as the views are stunning. The pool area is surrounded by wonderful tropical plants and palms, with an amazing view over Funchal. The pool bar is open for most of the day and night and a great place to relax whatever time of the day. The views are simply awesome, especially at night - very romantic. The breakfast is a buffet style with both cooked breakfast and cold meats, cheeses, fruits, cereals, breads etc. We decided to go for half board which includes a five course meal. First class, the food was delicious with a different menu every night. Again we cannot fault the staff for the wonderful service they gave us. We did walk down to Funchal which took about 20-30 minutes but definately wouldn't recommend walking back. Taxi's cost between 7 - 10 Euros from Funchal back to the hotel. Excersions can be arranged from the hotel which is really handy as you are collected and dropped off at the hotel.

We wanted a holiday that we could relax, sightsee and walk and Madeira was definately the right place for us. As for the hotel and staff, all we can say is simply outstanding!

Fabulous staff providing quality service
Reviewed 1 month ago

Recent stay at this traditional hotel and was delighted at the standard of service throughout our stay. Our room was spotlessly clean and whilst a little dated in terms of decor was of a very good standard. Breakfast was faultless as was the evening meal on our half board package. A 5 course evening meal was well presented and the soups exceptional. Well worth a visit.

Amazing
Reviewed 1 month ago

Went for a rest the service was great lovely staff, the food was excellent especially the a la carte restaurant in the grounds , and very clean would highly recommend it the views were amazing as it was out of the centre but there was a free bus from the hotel