Vidamar Resort Madeira
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... she has been living on the Island for over 50 years.
Nelly overlooking from the top of Monte. Our ship can be seen in the far distance.
... surrounded by luscious gardens and filled with flowers. There were indeed a lot of English and Welsh folk, but once again we were mistaken for Germans - it must be our clothing, blond hair and blue eyes. As hymns were sung we swayed back and forth, not in time to the music but because after the rougher sea from Lanzarote dry land felt like the rocking deck to us! The reading told of Jesus meeting the two men on the road to ...
... out of doing this all day long. So for two km they pull us down the hill, trying hard not to let the basket overtake them and occasionally make way for cars. When completed they walk the 2km back up the hill and proceed to do it all over again. A tough gig and I'm sure that they wouldn't get much of the 15 euro we each pay for this privilege.
Once we got to the bottom of the designated toboggan ride Len was determined to walk the rest of the distance into the ...
... accepted the fact that we cannot go on eating like this for 3 meals per day so unless we intend on buying an entirely new wardrobe, it;s back to 2 meals per day. We either skip lunch or 2 nights out of 4, we skip dinner. Of course that makes me feel better about attending the "Chocoholics Afternoon Tea". One I couldn't miss. I thought I'd died and gone heaven and all my discipline went out the window.
We took a great tour of the Galley with ...
"the road that we want is overhead right now."
"this is not where we want to be, Dad"
"this road is not on my map"
"I don't know which traffic circle that we are on, Dad. I know that we just went through 3 of them, but there's only one traffic circle on my map."
"hey, that street has a name!"
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Historical Traveler Reviews Vidamar Resort Madeira Funchal
A wonderful hotel.
Stayed at this hotel for a week in july 2004 with family,just wish it could have been longer. Everything was perfect. Would definatly recomend the bbq lunch at the pool bar as it was delicious (i had this most days!) also if you have time it is definatly worth the ride to the mountains on the cable car, just remember to take your camera.
Would definitely reccommend
Stayed at the Crowne Plaza for a week starting 11th September 2004. We found the hotel to be absolutely wonderful, the views from the rooms and the hotel itself were amazing. The pools and 'jetty' into the sea were fabulous with crystal clear waters, diving facilities are also available. As the weather can get quite hot the breeze from the sea was very welcoming. The staff were always helpful, and food was of a good quality at all times. Good choice of bars including a pool side bar, cocktail bar and Irish bar (that do good food). We participated in the Thalassotherapy treatments, which were good and reasonably priced and also the horse riding facilities that took us into the hills of Madeira. Would definitely reccomend and would definitely go back.
This hotel exceeded our expectations....
We stayed at this hotel 19th - 23rd September 2004, booked on the strength of the reviews found in Trip Advisor. We certainly were not disappointed as the service, accommodation and location were absolutely perfect for our holiday. Our large, airey room overlooking the Ocean was a real treat and the breakfast and dinner buffets were all superb. My favourite treat was eating breakfast outside, overlooking the gardens and the water - this is one hotel we would definitely want to visit again.
Peaceful, Relaxing, What a View
This was a hotel that made us feel special from beginning to end. 5 days on the 6th floor with a view from the bed across the sea. Our room had 2 double beds, sofa and an armchair a trouser press, iron and ironing board. The sound from the television is played into the bathroom which contained a set of robes and a pair of slippers each and scales for us to check how well our diets were going!!
Breakfast was great, fresh fruit, cereals, selection of breads, cakes, ham, cheeses as well as pancakes, eggs, bacon, sausages.
You have to take a lift to the outdoor swimming pools, and yes there really are 4 of them, 2 adults and 2 childrens. If you can't swim well forget paddling into the sea as the only way in is off the jetty. So many loungers with towels and parasols provided. There is also a restaurant that serves the pools through the day. The lunchtime BBQ was €16, but their are cheaper options.
Didn't go to the a La Carte Restaurant but heard it was really good.
This is not a hotel to stay at if you want inhouse night life. But for those who prefer cosy moments there are plenty of seating areas around the hotel and benches in the grounds over looking the sea.
I'm really fussy about cleanliness in a hotel and I had nothing to complain about. Not a glass, piece of cutlery, dusty furniture or dirty floors. The staff were polite and friendly and very helpful.
The taxi from the airport cost €25.00 but on our early morning return the meter clocked up €29.00 and took about 20 mins. There is an AEROBUS which is suppose to be free to TAP Air Portugal passengers with a boarding ticket.
The bus stop to get the bus into town is about 3 mins walk from the hotel. It costs €1.30 per person and takes roughly 10 to 15 mins. You have a choice of buses and we never waited more than 10 mins for a bus.
The dinner and show at the casino was €44p.p. You really can drink as much wine as you can as the staff constantly go round filing your glass. The food was OK. Nice choice of songs for the show. You have to pay €4.00 p.p. to go into the main Casino (you need your passport no matter how old you are) but this is refunded once you get your chips. There is a bar/disco in the basement. Good night out.
We will be going back.
Great Hotel, Relaxing Holiday
Spent a wonderful week at the Crowne Plaza Funchal from 26 July 2004 to 2 August 2004. 2 Adults 49, 54 plus two sons 20 and 16. (Were due to have gone to Mexico but had to cancel due to family illness so this was booked within 7 days of travelling - Excel Airways via Atlantic Holidays from the UK)
We arrived during a very unusual heatwave - had been 38C the day before we arrived and was like that for a couple of days. The air conditioning in the reception area couldn't cope but our rooms were so cool it was wonderful. The view of the ocean was really relaxing.
The rooms are large and have either 2 full double beds or a super king size. The hotel was very clean and towels were changed every day. It was quiet as the usual influx of Spanish and Portugese to the Island had apparently tailed off after the intro of the Euro. No problem at all getting sun beds with cushions and one towel per person + parasol all free.
Very hilly isalnd so not recommended for infirm but views are spectacular.
Piano in cocktail bar for evening and nice terrace overlooking the ocean - very peaceful. Not for those wanting wild evening partying.
Great breakfast buffet- eggs, bacon etc, fruit, yogurt, cereal, bread, cake, bucks fizz etc etc - just about anything you could want..
Staff very helpful and no commission changing Euro travellers cheques at reception.
Diving school if you like.
Table tennis, billiard table, tennis, squash, indoor pool, lovely outdoor pools at sea level accessed by lift. Salt water and very clean. Attendants on hand all day.
Old town good for meals and some good restaurants locally - try Moby Dick's - 5 minutes walk. Fish is plentiful and great quality.
Ordered boxes of flowers via rep for transport back to UK. Packed beautifully and go in hold of plane. Arrived in wonderful condition.
Cable car in Funchal good.
One of the European Rally races was going on that week and that added another interest - some of the drivers used the hotel.
A great break - younger son loved the robes and slippers in the room + TV sound channellled into bathroom!!
Beds comforable - slept really well.
Great holiday for those looking for a first class hotel, bit of sport, lovely scenery and nice climate.
Great friendly hotel
stayed at this hotel for a week and enjoyed every minute of it made us feel extremely welcome even after knocking us out of euro 2004 they were apologetic , celebrated my 40th birthday here and found a complimentry cake and bottle of champagne in our room when we arrived also they gave us a free upgrade. breakfast buffet was always well stocked and hot fresh eggs cooked to order loads of fresh fruit , the hotel has a geat restaurant called wild orchid serves extremely good food , only one downside if you get a taxi from the airport they all think they are nigel mansell hold on tight , if you go make sure you have a dinner show at the casino great food (5 courses) as much wine you drink while eating then a great show all for 44 euros book through the hotel no hassle
Huge rooms with plenty of light
This is a non-pompous but luxurious hotel a short walk from the town centre. What I loved the most was the size of the rooms, the sense of silence and privacy, excellent views; the magnificent breakfasts including plenty of fresh fruit, the non-obstrusive but ever helpful staff; attention to detail in fruit at the check in, complimentary water in the rooms, towelling robes. Mainland Madeira doesn't have sandy beaches (at least from what I saw around Funchal), but this hotel has a jetty and steps directly into the temperate, turquoise transparent waters, in which you can swim with tiny fish. Alternatively there are the pools, ofcourse. I particularly enjoyed early morning work outs in the gym, followed by a sauna, an indoor swim, followed by breakfast, and a day of leisure... I can't wait to go back
Room with a view
We recently returned from a weeks holiday at the Crowne Plaza. Spacious family room with ocean view and decent balcony. Spacious bathroom. The style of the hotel is very modern but light and airy, but impersonal.
Staff efficient in most areas, although table clearing at breakfast could be improved. The breakfast buffet however is very comprehensive with plenty of fresh fruit and vast selection of breads etc as well as cooked dishes. The swimming pool area is very well run with ample chaises longues, towels, umbrellas etc. Alsogood light lunches available. The road behind the hotel is very busy and the great advantage of this hotel, unlike many others, is that all the bedrooms face the ocean on the quiet side, so there is no traffic noise.
They have a dive centre
A modern hotel with a diving center attach to it, so within two steps you also can enjoy the unique Madeira sea live
This is very nice accomodation that is on the tourist hotel zone of estrada monumental. Surrounded by coffeshops, restaurants, car hire places and 20mins walk from the town. It is definitely an ideal place to stay at. The food was great. Very fresh fruit. And the people were warm, friendly and helpful. Room service was excellent, and relatively inexpensive. Mini bar always stock, and you get complimentary water, tea, coffee and even herbal tea complimentary! Very clean and efficient. Excellent overall. If you are there, be sure to go to the left of the hotel, walk about 500m and get to a little bakery called the Boutique Lido. So many yummy cakes to try, so little time to try it all....