With its tropical gardens, ocean-view pools and lavish dinner dances, Reid’s has always attracted Madeira’s most elite.
Reid’s has been Madeira’s number one hotel for over a century – Churchill even wrote his war memoirs here. And it’s still just as impressive as ever, with its cliff-top setting, grand colonial architecture and ocean views.
Three big pools take pride of place among the tropical gardens and you’ll find tennis courts out here, too. As for food, expect everything from dinner dances to moonlit meals and a lavish afternoon tea.
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Buffet breakfast and dinner.
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3 outdoor pools
Two of the pools are set in sunny terraces with sunbeds to stretch out on and parasols. One of them is filled with sea water and heated to 30ºc. The other pool is at sea level with a lift to the bathing jetty and direct sea access.
Enjoy live entertainment every night at the cocktail bar. Every Tuesday the manager puts on a party and mingles with the guests. Snacks are offered between 10am and 6pm.
You can find just about everything you need to feel top-to-toe pampered at this spa. From the little things like eyebrow waxing to full day programmes with massages and body wraps. Even children are catered for with their own mini-treatments which can be done while parents enjoy some down time in the double treatment suite. There's an indoor pool too with saunas and steam rooms for you to unwind and relax.
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connecting room with cot space
Twin connecting room sleeps up to 3 with sea view, complimentary soft drinks in the minibar, Wi-Fi and wired internet access, shoe cleaning service, marble bath, in-room movies, pillow menu, iPod dock, DVD player, bathrobes, slippers and toiletries. You will need to book two of these room types to get 2 rooms with a connecting door. Room service is available 24 hours for an extra charge.
Twin room sleeps 2 with sea view, complimentary soft drinks in the minibar, Wi-Fi and wired internet access, shoe cleaning service, marble bath, in-room movies, pillow menu, iPod dock, DVD player, bathrobes, slippers and toiletries. Room service is available 24 hours for an extra charge.
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Old world charm
For old world charm this is a fantastic hotel and experience. The rooms have charm and were spotless and well serviced. Breakfast was exceptional and the views across the sea spectacular. The pools were great and empty at the time of year we stayed. The gardens were beautiful and unique for a hotel and not to be missed. Superb. The afternoon tea claimed to be an event not to be missed even though the price is eye watering. However, two things: - the selection of jams for the scones was 'interesting' ie grape or banana - not exactly your traditional jam. The homemade strawberry jam available at breakfast would have been a nice touch. The banana jam turned out to be more pleasant than I thought it would be but not ideal! - the 'cream' - well, what can I say - it seemed to be a mixture of mayonnaise, lard and something a woman would moisterise her face with at night. Why a hotel of this stature would serve this and not true clotted cream (or even whipped cream) is beyond me. Still have it and do what what a true Brit does - eat the lot and enjoy the service and view. And say lovely at the end! More
John T, Funchal
Perfect service and very British !!
As it was our first time in Funchal and on Madeira we picked this very historic hotel for our short stay. It's easy enough to find coming from the airport and convinces the first time visitor with it's privileged site directly above the cliffs towards the Atlantic. The service is outstanding, it starts with the professional valet parking service for your car and a relaxed check-in in the turn-of-the-century ambient. We booked a Deluxe room with a super nice ocean- and bay view which we occupied on the 8th floor in the original wing of the Reid's. Extremely spacious room, bathroom with a bath tub, no seperate shower. Toilet apart from the bathroom. Nice floor heating and great towel warmers have been enjoyable. The bed consisted out of two separate beds with duvets which seemed a bit out of date. Linen wrapped around a wollen blanket is not what you expect from a luxury hotel in this category but maybe it's a tribute to the overall historic style of the Reid's. The mattresses had been so soft that we asked to have them changed which was no issue whatsoever, but even the new mattresses didn't really give the sleeping comfort of a good kingsize boxspring bed with a medium hard mattress. A small but nice balcony complemented the overall good impression of the room even though privacy to the next room and it's balcony is only less then 2 m away. The interior of the hotel lets you believe the clock of time has been turned back, very authentic, very historic, very British. Lot's of colonial style furniture, dark walnut type wall panels mixed with Azulejos which reminded you of being in Portugal. Breakfast buffet is plenty, great varieties, extremely attentive service, just super with a view over pool and Atlantic. What a nice way to start the day. Another great place is the famous Reid's terrace. We didn't go for the all acclaimed ,, Afternoon Tea ,, but it's a fantastic place to have a nice aperitif before dinner. As we stayed 3 nights only we decided to out for dinner and didn't try any of the hotel restaurants. As pointed out at check-in there is a variety from casual to formal where you are expected to wear a jacket and a tie !! The pool area looked great, there are steps which lead down to the Atlantic ... just don't expect any beach. With our busy schedule exploring Funchal and some parts of the Island, we unfortunately didn't spend any time there. Our summary would be that the hotel lives up to it's historic and authentic image, offering a great service. It occupies a privileged site at the coast overlooking Funchal and the Atlantic. If you are into turn-of-the-century British colonial style atmosphere with an impeccable service, this is your place.More
Estrangeiro58, Mettmann, Germany
Arrived on an impossibly early EasyJet flight from London Gatwick but it was worth it to sit and bask in the hot sunshine by late morning and enjoy a delicious buffet lunch packed with fresh ingredients on the pool terrace. We stayed in the main house and were fortunate to receive an upgrade to a beautiful de luxe room leading out onto a secluded garden, which looked out on a stunning sea view. The staff could not be warmer and friendlier - the Spa offered great treatments and a gym with a view, the hair salon is staffed by the kindest women, Santa taking great care for hair, manicure and a quick lick of paint before exposing my toes to the sun. This is a top quality and expensive hotel but within one hour of being there I understood why people return again and again as we felt a strong pull to do so ourselves. It is a perfect paradise. I had been concerned that the hotel might feel a little staid and regret not staying here for our full first trip to Madeira. Lesson learned. We shall return to Reids just as soon as we can.More
Relaxing stay at Belmond Reid's Palace
Just returned from a short break. Planning our return trip already. Superb views of Funchal. Extremely comfortable and luxurious room. The staff are so polite and friendly and nothing is too much trouble. Food is excellent. We enjoyed a relaxed and pampered few days, we will return soon ! More
Dave S, Funchal
Expensive but not the very best
Reid's is an old and famous hotel extended by unattractive blocks and skirted by a busy road, but it retains a protective and spectacular tropical green belt between the buildings and the sea. The overall structure is on many levels and initially it is not easy to find the various facilities. For example the trek from the reception area to the poolside requires long(ish) walks through public rooms, and three different lifts. The routes are lined with lovely fresh flowers everywhere. The pools are very good...one sea water and the other fresh...both heated...and paths lead down to cliff terraces where a dip in the sea is possible. The surrounding gardens ...tropical and poolside...are pristine and the staff there are very responsive. Beyond the gardens is a new small spa facility which in January was little used, but is superb with a well stocked gym, and separate mens' and womens' saunas and steam rooms. There are also tennis courts. Generally everything about this hotel is excellent but there are three matters of concern. Apart from breakfast ...which is exceptionally good...the restaurant offerings are good but overpriced; the rooms should have tea making facilities bearing in mind the long treks required to reach any other drinks oasis; and some of the staff recall the old days of wealthy independent travellers tipping for everything and still expect it. Overall this is probably the best hotel in Madeira but go with a deep pocket. Oh...and there is a very good billiard room.More
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