The best hotels in Madeira, including luxury hotels, boutique hotels, budget hotels and Madeira hotel deals.
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Hotel the Vine
Hotel The Vine dazzles with design in the middle of Funchal, with views over the bay from its rooftop pool. Interiors, courtesy of local designer Nini Andrade Silva, are inspired by the island’s wine-making industry; volcanic rock is mixed with rich purple fabrics and furniture designed to resemble twisted vines.
Estalagem Quinta da Casa Branca
This acclaimed hotel, set back from the road within beautifully lush, botanical gardens, comprises a 20th-century manor house, with five luxury suites and a design-driven, glass and steel cube with 43 rooms. Amidst exotic banana trees and cascading bougainvillea lies an inviting swimming pool.
The Cliff Bay
Standing on a promontory with direct access to the sea and beautiful views over the Bay of Funchal, the five-star Cliff Bay is part of the acclaimed Porto Bay hotel group. The 200 room hotel has wide-ranging facilities and is home to the only two Michelin restaurant on the island.
Belmond Reid’s Palace
For over a century, Reid’s Palace has welcomed guests to its luxurious haven on the cliffs overlooking the Atlantic Ocean. Traditional interiors celebrating the hotel’s British heritage look onto lush subtropical gardens of honeysuckle and jade vine, the swimming pools, and the sea beyond.
Casa Velha do Palheiro
Casa Velha, high up above Funchal, was originally a hunting lodge for João, First Count of Carvalhal. In 1885, the estate was acquired by the Blandy family, synonymous with the Madeira wine trade, to whom it still belongs. It remains at the top of its game since opening as a five-star hotel in the late 1990s.
Sé Boutique Hotel
This small but colourful boutique hotel – right in the heart of Funchal – is a welcome addition to the city’s hotel scene. The produce in the three restaurants are sourced from the owner’s nearby farm, and there’s a rooftop bar offering 360-degree views onto the neighbouring cathedral and terracotta-tiled city skyline.
Hotel da Vila
This hotel pulls you in as you walk past with its simple charm which spills out onto the street. Formerly the town’s prison, it is now an attractive, rural-chic option close to the beach in what is considered to be the sunniest part of Madeira.
Castanheiro Boutique Hotel
The Castanheiro is converted from five heritage buildings dating from the 18th, 19th and 20th centuries. The stylish hotel offers 81 rooms and a lap pool with panoramic views over the bay. It’s located in the historical centre of Funchal, steps away from the city’s main sights
Quinta Jardins do Lago
One of the most acclaimed Quintas on Madeira Island, both for the elegance of its 18th-century architecture and the variety of rare species and ancient trees that can be found in its gardens. The antique-filled interiors have 41 rooms and suites with sea views, an excellent restaurant and a billiard room.
Meliá Madeira Mare
A dazzling white presence on Funchal’s Lido, this contemporary, design-centric hotel offers 220 rooms, an indoor and outdoor swimming pool, a health spa and a Malo medical and dental clinic. There are two restaurants and two bars, where local specialities come with an ocean view.
Quinta da Bela Vista
This hotel, built in 1844 as a sugar cane farm and still in the same family, is elegantly decorated, with one of the largest collections of English antique furniture outside Great Britain. Wisteria adorns the old façade, which overlooks a lovely swimming pool and the Bay of Funchal beyond
Porto Bay Serra Golf
This charming 1920s house, painted a pretty cornflower blue, complete with Art Nouveau detail on its façade, a floral frieze and a fish-scale tiled roof was restored in 1999 and classified as a heritage building. With just 21 rooms, it is surrounded by exotic gardens and neighbours the island’s best golf course.
Situated on the north of the island, the aptly named Aqua Natura Hotel neighbours a remarkable series of natural swimming pools formed by volcanic rocks, into which the sea flows in and out. The 25 spacious, modern rooms have views over the Atlantic Ocean, as do the inviting restaurant and sushi bar.
Saccharum Resort & Spa
The sleek, cutting edge design of this Madeira hotel was inspired by the island’s sugar cane industry. Interior designer Nini Andrade Silva has woven references to it throughout the 243 rooms and suites, rooting the resort in the local heritage. Four swimming pools and a spa complete the picture.
Albatroz Beach & Yacht Club
This traditional quinta on the cliffs of Santa Cruz Bay has private access to the sea. It has a tennis court and two swimming pools down by the sea, one of which one has consistently been voted one of the world’s most beautiful swimming pools. All 20 of the comfortable rooms overlook the Atlantic.
Pestana Churchill Bay
Overlooking the bay of Câmara de Lobos, an attractive fishing town where Winston Churchill came to paint, this 57 roomed hotel is the first historic pousada on the island from the Pestana group. Above the rooms filled with Churchill memorabilia, there is a rooftop swimming pool and adjoining restaurant.
Vitorina Corte Guesthouse
An unassuming guest house, run out of a 19th-century family home in the Old Town, with just eight rooms and a little patio. Rooms are simple but atmospheric, with typical old Madeiran furniture and a home-from-home feel. Most look onto the sea and, across the road, steps lead down to a seaside lido.
Pestana CR7 Funchal
A joint investment between Cristiano Ronaldo and the Pestana group to convert a former shopping precinct into a football-themed hotel has paid off handsomely. The sleek design provides a fresh accommodation option in Funchal and successfully honours Ronaldo’s Madeira homeland.
The Royal Savoy Hotel
Elegant interiors reflect Portugal’s ‘golden age of discovery’, with art and furniture from Asia and Africa. Standing at the ocean’s edge, with private access to the sea, its 174 rooms and suites overlook the harbour and beyond. There is an excellent spa and seductive indoor and outdoor swimming pools.
Quinta do Furão
On the far northeastern coast of the island, this 45-room hotel is perfectly placed for walkers and nature lovers. Both the hotel and acclaimed restaurant which is set right on the cliff’s edge have magnificent views of the coastline on one side and Madeira’s highest mountain on the other.
Funchal Design Hotel
This contemporary, design-savvy hotel, in the centre of Funchal, stands out from the crowd of old, antique-filled ‘quintas’ which populate the island. Strikingly decorated in black and white with much use made of glass, its 18 rooms are within walking distance of the capital’s main sights.
The Savoy Palace, with 352 rooms and 16 floors, dominates the harbour area of Madeira’s capital, Funchal. Interiors, which draw on the island’s cultural heritage and its rich landscape, comprise five restaurants, a vast spa and choice of swimming pools.
Pestana Casino Park
The Casino Park is a Madeira icon from the 80s which looks fit to stage an old Bond movie. Defining features include magnificent views, lavishly spacious design and a full spectrum of facilities, with the island’s neon-lit Casino conveniently located next door.
Quinta Mirabela is high up above Funchal, with magnificent views over the bay, and perfectly positioned to enjoy the New Year’s Eve fireworks. The 24-room hotel offers a luxurious base from which to explore the neighbouring Botanical Gardens, or participate in the island’s famous wicker toboggan ride.
Hotel Quinta da Penha de França
A charming oasis of tranquillity and subtropical planting amid the chaos and construction din of Funchal’s port area, this former quinta (working farm) has been augmented with a modern hotel annexe, a swimming pool and numerous cottages but retains a sense of history.
Estalagem Quintinha São Joao
This inn was built by the owners of the old 19th-century Quinta that it shares its lush tropical garden with. Situated on the outskirts of Funchal, it overlooks the city and surrounding mountains. Rooms and public areas are imbued with a welcoming, family-run atmosphere.
Estalagem da Ponta do Sol
Perched on a cliff overlooking the sea high above the pretty village of Ponta do Sol, this stark, white inn designed by architect Tiago Oliveira, is dramatically eye-catching as it tumbles in a series of layers down the slope. Equally dramatic is the infinity pool which juts out to sea.