This opulent hotel nods to its colonial past with its garden pool and elegant dining scene.
Set on the outskirts of Funchal, this 19th-century mansion has been converted into one of Madeira’s most exclusive hotels. The dining room oozes colonial elegance and is the ideal spot for trying Madeiran cuisine.
In the gardens, you’ll find more than 500 species of plants, as well as a croquet lawn and a big pool. There’s a plush bar with live music 2 evenings a week.
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Honeymoon and Anniversary Offer
Free candlelit dinner in the Beresford Restaurant, sparkling wine, fruit and flowers on arrival and a room upgrade - subject to availability. A marriage certificate must be provided to qualify - offer only valid on stays of over 7 nights and up 30 days after wedding date.
Repeat guests get a bottle of champagne, dinner for 2, flowers, fruit and a room upgrade - subject to availability. Only valid for stays of over 7 nights.
Golfers get 30% discount on green fees and free transport to the courses.
Courtesy minibus to Funchal, 4 times a day - excluding weekends and bank holidays.
Free use of sauna, whirlpool, Turkish bath, gym and games room.
Food & Drink
Bed and Breakfast
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Buffet breakfast and dinner.
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Set in the tropical gardens with sunbeds, sun terrace, pool towels and parasols.
The Pink Room
Elegant breakfast room with verandah. Children under 8 years can dine in here.
Colombo Bistro pool bar*
By the pool. For refreshing drinks, snacks and quality food cooked with the freshest local ingredients.
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twin room with garden view
Twin room with garden view sleeps up to 3. Rooms have Internet, sitting area, marble bathroom with bathrobes and Pascal Morabito toiletries.
superior room with garden view
Superior room with garden view sleeps up to 3. Rooms have Internet, sitting area, marble bathroom with bathrobes and Pascal Morabito toiletries.
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Charming and unfussy
In order to create a semblance of balance, I begin with a criticism. We stayed in the Presidential Suite (rather portentously named, given that it is neither much bigger nor much more expensive than the other suites) and discovered that the hotel has succumbed to the blandishments of one of those salesmen who go around selling "hydro massage baths" to ambitious hoteliers. What we want is not to be pummelled mercilessly in surprising places by roaring jets, but plenty of room in which to stretch out and luxuriate. We actually got a rather small and noisy bath, in what was otherwise a large and well-appointed bathroom. That apart, the hotel was idyllic: spacious, dignified, old-world, and comfortable (does anyone remember the Basil Street Hotel in Knightsbridge?); charming public areas, including a library and billiard room (with a blue-baize pool table, but nobody's perfect); delightful gardens (enjoyable even by horticultural inadequates, like us), complete with giant tortoise and heated pool; efficient, smiling and friendly service; in the evenings, just about the best food that we were able to find in Funchal; the clientele mostly British and other Northern Europeans of a certain age, and all grateful to be there and well-behaved; an admirable lack of organised entertainment (no nightclub or casino), though our delicious Margaritas and Negronis in the bar were serenaded by an entirely inoffensive crooner. If you can tear yourself away, there is an agreeable 15 minute walk downhill past a couple of interesting museums into the centre of Funchal, though not one to be essayed in high heels; we thought there were enough hills to climb elsewhere in Madeira without attempting the return ascent and resorted to taxis.More
Charles053, London, England
In the garden of paradise
This hotel provided everything we had been hoping for and even more: quiet, large, high quality rooms with a balcony, excellent (out-door if you like) breakfasts, friendly and service-minded personnel- surrounded by a beautiful garden with a large swimming pool and nice exercise facilities. Not to forget the pool and bridge tables in the basement. Every guest feels taken care of in a special way. We spent four days in this wonderful hotel in November with another couple and are already planning to return next year.....More
Else Marie Smes... W,
Top Quality Hotel
I imagine to be the number one choice on tripadvisor you have to do most things right. This hotel delivers genuine quality in all departments. It does everything right. To criticise anything would be churlish. The head gardener at Kew would surely admire the gardens, and a Michelin chef its food. The hotel is beautifully maintained and its rooms spotlessly clean, the staff are friendly and helpful. The atmosphere or vibe you get is one of relaxed tranquility in exclusive surroundings. I am not so sure as other reviewers have said that this hotel is good for children, the ten days we stayed there weren't any here, I think that if there were, the mum's would feel obliged to keep them quiet. It's a half hour walk downhill, but no "walk in the park " to get into town and easy to use the local bus back up, walking back up would just not be an option for us !! If you buy a local multiuse bus ticket it works out at less than 1.5â¬ a journey, a significant saving on the taxis, the timetable is available at reception. All information is readily given to you by the reception staff, who will book anything you want, taxis, restaurants trips etc. My only tip would be to order toast when you order your eggs at breakfast because they don't offer it !! Ps just thought of a criticism, I don't like their breakfast coffee.More
A little piece of paradise
This is a small hotel in terms of the modern concrete steriotypical we are all used to seeing. This is so different in terms of location, history.The level of service from day one was impecable, the food is worthy of its 5* rating. I would recommend this hotel to anyone thinking of staying in Madeira .More
Paulo35, Skewen in Wales
Just back from a weeks stay at this beautiful hotel. It was everything we expected and more. We stayed in a superior room which overlooked the garden and well worth it. Breakfasts were great, plentiful and a lot of choice. Aside from breakfast we only had one meal in the hotel, not the cheapest but fab, so definitely worth it. The staff are all very friendly, smart and professional. Also the resident tortoise Columbus has to be mentioned as he is special ; he loves people and being fussed over. On the downside, the weather was'nt great, which left us with some mixed feelings about Madeira. However,the old town is great, lovely restaurants and good atmosphere. Sandra & Biily from York EnglandMore
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