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Hotel The Vine Photo: Emma Holmqvist Deacon
Hotel The Vine Photo: Emma Holmqvist Deacon

Top Madeira hotel picks

Madeira has accommodation of every kind, from B&Bs and design hotels to plush, historic celebrity magnets. Here are seven notable options across the spectrum.

Winston was here

Mention Belmond Reid’s Palace and images of Winston Churchill are likely to be conjured up. The British icon checked into this 5-star hotel in the 1950s to paint and pen his memoirs, no doubt enjoying the magnificent views while doing so. Located a little out of town up a cliff by the harbor, each room and suite has a private balcony and marble-decked bathroom. This historic hotel, which opened in 1891, has its own Michelin-starred restaurant, William, as well as a fancy cocktail bar – which is a favorite for non-guests too.

Belmond Reid’s Palace

Estrada Monumental, Funchal, Madeira

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Bed and quite some breakfast

Every detail is considered at high-end B&B Quinta B, from the hand-tied wicker baskets lining the pool, to the tiered platters brimming with local produce at breakfast-time. Madeira wine and honey cake is served up on the patio each day as a pre-dinner treat. There are four pristine double rooms, decorated neutrally and studded with designer pieces. Located a couple of blocks uphill from the Old Town, the patio and pool area have lovely views across the harbor and mountains.

Quinta B

Rua do Padre Laurindo, Funchal

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All about the vine

Designed by local designer Nini Andrade Silva, Hotel The Vine is a stylish abode of the urban chic variety, with a color scheme and shapes subtly drawing on the island’s wine tradition – hence the deep purple shade of the lobby and the resident “vinotherapy” spa. Located in the middle of Funchal on the upper floors of a shopping center, this 4-star hotel has a sleek roof terrace, offering panoramic views and an infinity pool.

Hotel The Vine

Rua dos Aranhas, Funchal

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Among the banana trees

Quinta da Casa Branca is located a mere 20 minute walk from downtown Funchal, yet its lush, tropical setting among banana trees and blooms makes it feel refreshingly remote. One of the original design hotels of Madeira, Quinta da Casa Branca consists of an 18th century manor house and a modern extension. The style of the interior is in keeping with the respective age of each edifice – you’ll find the modern-looking rooms in the new wing, while the luxury suites in the historic building are designed in a more traditional style.

Quinta da Casa Branca

Rua da Casa Branca 7, Funchal

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Chic and boutique

Referred to by locals simply as “the boutique hotel,” Castanheiro opened in 2016 as the embodiment of Funchal’s newfound cool. Combining history and design-led modernity, the hotel and its 81 rooms are set across five buildings dating from the 18th to the 20th century, each with its own story to tell. Offering more than accommodation for Madeira’s new breed of traveler, Castanheiro’s regular events, such as the Jazz night held on Fridays, are also a draw for locals.

Castanheiro Boutique Hotel

Rua do Castanheiro 31, Funchal

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Hit the “sun point”

One of Madeira’s more affordable options, Hotel da Vila is set in a converted prison in the little town of Ponta do Sol, which translates as “sun spot” – its geographic positioning really does attract the rays. With its young and fuss-free feel, architect and designer Duarte Caldeira has added a sense of warmth to the minimalist rooms (of which there are 15) and their surroundings by adding design elements in wood and stone.

Hotel da Vila

Rua Dr. João Augusto Teixeira 9360 -215 Ponta do Sol

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Football fancy

The brainchild of Cristiano Ronaldo – who grew up on the island and has had the local airport named after him – Pestana CR7 Funchal is located on the waterfront a short walk from the city center. This industrial-looking building mirrors the contemporary interior, which is studded with the odd Ronaldo picture and piece of memorabilia. Sleek but casual, this mid-price option has a young feel that will no doubt appeal to the footie fans among us.

Pestana CR7

Avvenue Sá Carneiro / Praça do Mar, Funchal

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Text: Emma Holmqvist Deacon

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