The 4-star Castanheiro Boutique Hotel is a gorgeous hotel set across 5 historic, classic buildings in the older part of Funchal city, away from the larger hotels in the hotel zone. Home to a lap pool which boasts panoramic views of the Bay of Funchal, you'll be amazed at the peaceful atmosphere of this hotel whilst you are this close to main shops, restaurants and bars of the city.
With 81 rooms the hotel is an average size but perfectly proportioned so as to feel inclusive and relaxed. Spread out across 5 different buildings, there are a variety of rooms to choose from. Rooms on the top floors boast some epic views over Funchal. All the rooms offer at least a city or courtyard view. In some of these rooms, there is a choice of seating balcony (two chairs and a drink table) and/or fully equipped kitchenette.
What you eat can make or break a holiday, and even more important is where you're eating. In the courtyard of the Castanheiro you'll find the cosy Mediterranean restaurant, Tipografia. Expect carefully crafted dishes in an intimate setting, ideal for a romantic meal or for a casual evening with friends. The Iris coffee/cocktail bar also serves a light a la carte menu with glass surrounds that open up into the historic interior courtyard. The sun terrace is ideal for catching a couple of rays whilst sipping on an afternoon beverage. On the roof is the Deck & Lounge Bar which combines light snacking with pure relaxation and incredible views. Sunsets and cocktails. Beat that.
Behind the classical facade, this hotel is actually well-equipped with a range of modern facilities that tastefully compliment their surroundings rather than dominate them. There's a spa area with hydrotherapy pool, a sauna, Turkish bath and massage services. The heated outdoor rooftop pool is pretty special, but just remember that this make be closed during to the season.