“If you love design and good living, you'll love this uber-modern, urban-zen hotel”
This is a sizeable hotel, its 79 rooms and suites spread over the top 4 floors. Decor follows the wine-making seasons. On the second floor - Spring - the hues are green; on the summer-themed third there's a grape-ripe purple, on the fourth floor all is a wintry grey, and on the fifth, an autumnal brown. Floors four and five have the views. It’s worth noting, in fact, that many of the rooms are overlooked by neighbouring buildings – you're in the centre of Funchal, after all – but there are blinds and gauzy curtains to keep any nosy neighbours at bay.
There are 7 classes of rooms, from the cheapest superior atrium views up to the design suites, which are sensational, with modern chaises longues, vast beds made in Portugal and great egg-shaped baths. (Note that all the baths are in the bedrooms themselves, while showers are ensuite.)
Each room shares the same slick design details: waterfall taps, Madeiran stone floors, vineyard photographs on great sailcloths suspended above. Drawers are hidden, fuss is kept to a minimum and blinds, lights and air conditioning are controlled by touch-sensitive panels (not always easy to find in the dark!). Some beds even have lighting underneath that comes on the moment you get up in the night. And all rooms get free wired and wireless internet, flatscreen TV with movies and music, minibar (free in the suites), Egyptian cotton sheets and a choice of pillows; suites also get a DVD player, PlayStation facilities and a fax machine.
Breakfast is served in Terra, a brown, sculptural space designed to make you feel as though you're dining beneath the vines. A standard continental is served and there’s an array of hot dishes on offer (including all the fixings for a full English). Terra also serves snacks and drinks during the day and has a couple of decked areas outside for relaxing with a coffee in the sun.
UVA Restaurant, up on the sun deck, serves an international menu that changes seasonally. With views over the city, it's a striking space, but we found the dishes a bit hit and miss - our steak was tasty but the mash was disappointing. Also on the roof terrace is the 360 Bar. The plan is for DJs to host parties in the summer.
We’d recommend making time to dine in Funchal's Old Town, where there’s a wide choice of enchanting little eateries.
The hotel does take children, but prefers them to be aged 9 or over, and well-behaved. Children’s facilities are limited.
The hotel can arrange connecting rooms and extra beds can fit in the larger rooms.
Babysitting available by arrangement.
Baby cots available on request.
Remember baby and child equipment may be limited or need pre-booking
A kids' menu is available.