Hotel The Vine, Funchal Portugal
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A quality orientated designer, boutique style property which would look more at home in Lisbon than in Funchal. Although the building lacks holiday atmosphere its rooftop pool and restful communal areas attract those who seek a modern and upmarket hip style base with easy access to most of the resort centre and its host of shops, eateries and transport services, including the fast ferry to Porto Santo.
A modern and pristine looking grey and white frontage on one of the city’s main shopping centres. Entry is up the steps into the main entrance of the centre and lifts transfer guests up into the hotel’s lobby. The tall and narrow windows have tiny ornamental glass sided balconettes. A roof terrace stretches along the full length of the building.
Property type: Hotel
Balcony/Terrace: Most rooms
Built Year: 2006
A long and dark lobby has a swish looking reception desk with minimalist décor and no extraneous fittings. The minimalist effect continues in to the spartan bar with its subtle lighting and grey furnishings.
The restaurant is equally futuristic and takes on the form of a city centre fine dining venue with minimalist decor, a spacious table layout and gleaming tableware.
The roof top terrace is a place to see and be seen although visitors may come and go to use the bar. Luxurious sunloungers are in regimental rows but well spaced and an infinity pool has a tall glass panel to one side.
Parasols provide welcome shade and the elevated position provides views over the rooftops towards the port. A state of the art spa, with its wide range of health treatments is a feature of the property.
Area Type: In the very heart of the resort, over a modern shopping centre and cinema complex. There is a large supermarket in the basement and a number of smart designer boutiques off the main shopping concourse. The ancient town of Funchal spreads out from the steps and the edge of the port is 200m away. there is a good assortment of dining options along the water front, across a main road.
Nearest beach: 1km (Lido)
- Poolside bar
- Main Bar
- A la carte restaurant
- Rooftop (19 yds)
- Public facilities
- Fitness room/gym
- Internet terminal(s)
- Turkish Baths/Steam Room
- WiFi Access
- In-room facilities
- Air conditioning
- Room(s) for disabled
- TV (English language)