Madeira Hotel

The Madeira Hotel is right in the middle of Funchal and offers great views over the city from its rooftop pool. There’s also a sunbathing terrace where you can make the most of the warm weather as you watch cruise ships dock in the harbour.

There isn’t a restaurant at the hotel but there is a terrace bar that serves snacks if you’re ever feeling hungry. For larger meals, the hotel is surrounded by restaurants, including a couple of local favourites that can be found directly behind the hotel.

Overview of Funchal

When you go on a holiday to Madeira, expect to be greeted by stunning natural landscapes made for exploration. You’ll find mountains to climb, valleys to hike through and waterfalls to wade past. It’s no wonder that Madeira is known as ‘the floating garden’.

Although, if you’d like to spend your holiday at the Madeira Hotel doing something more relaxing, you certainly can. Madeira’s also home to Madeira fortified wine, and with options ranging from dry to sweet, you’re sure to find something to suit your tastes. Head to one of the bars on the coast and you can work your way through the menu as you admire the stunning views inland and out to sea.

Things to do in Madeira

The Madeira Hotel is one of the few hotels that’s located right in the middle of Madeira’s capital of Funchal. Next door, you’ll find the Municipal Garden, full of tropical flowers and shrubs.

If you’re looking for a delicious meal and some lively evening entertainment, then the narrow street of Rua de Santa Maria can also be reached in the same time. This is the oldest street in the city and it’s full to the brim with people eating seafood at rickety wooden tables.

The beach at Praia Formosa is slightly further afield but it’s still easily accessible. You can catch a bus that will take you there in 10 minutes.

With an endless amount of gorgeous landscapes and places to explore, Madeira’s a feast for the eyes and the camera lens. You’ll leave with a treasure trove full of memories and a camera roll full of snaps.

Resort Summary

Funchal was a core part of the early settlement of Madeira in the 1400s, when brave expeditions from Europe first began pressing ever further west from the continent to see what else lay in the world beyond. As a result, colonial architecture makes up much of the original elements of Funchal even today, although there’s plenty of modern flavour as well.