Vidamar Resort Madeira
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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....
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Spent the day wandering around Madeira. We purchased tickets for the hop on bus again and saw all the interesting points on the small island. We returned to the ship for the sail away at 4 pm. Had a lovely drink by the pool accompanied by a steel band as we watched Madeira fade in the distance. Lovely day. ...
... architecture is both unique and derivative. It shows influence of a lot of cultures, but they have their own quirks too, like a lot of interesting tile work.
Then came more weather. We learned that we were being “weather routed” to avoid our two ports in the Azores, and we were going to Madeira instead. I’ve been there before but it was so lovely I wasn’t disappointed to visit again. Last time I took ...
... below, where we could stand on a dizzying glass-floored overhang. A few of our group couldn't bring themselves to do it. Another cool attraction that day was a ride in a go-cart-like buggy which careened down a steep street being 'driven' by 2 men wearing straw hats and gondolier-like outfits. I know that it sounds strange, but it actually was a lot of fun with a hint of danger, and a must-do kind of a thing.
Back on the ship afterwards, ...
... for breakfast. The pool restaurant was full of hungry guests, trying to get out of the imposing weather. Giggling, we enjoyed our last glass of green wine with our salads. Going back up to the room after lunch, with the intention of putting in suits, and going for a brief swim.... Never happened. The minutes Marina got toothed room, the green wine had mesmerized her into a deep sleep, and I did not see her again, until just before ...
... back to the hotel. After shaking off the water, Marina and I went to lunch, still Jacques-less. The pool side dining room had every single surrounding slider closer, not so much for the rain, which was now just a drizzle, but the wind. This lovely area felt stuffy with everything closed, the food was still sensational.... Marina with her usual piles of fish, and me with a local Madeiran version of the American Hamburger... Interesting (4 slices ...