To help you to prepare your trip to the beautiful Madeira island, the “Pearl of the Atlantic”, I made a list of what are for me the top 3 best Madeira hotels, by category. Discover the best hotels and prices so that your stay in the archipelago is worth it!
What were the selection criteria when choosing the best Madeira hotels?
I’ve chosen hotels with more than 150 reviews and a score higher than 8/10, with free wi-fi. Than, I’ve chosen the hotel according to price, services and location.
Top 3 of Madeira Hotels with * (Hostels)
1. Santa Maria Hostel 9,4 / 10
This property is at a 4 minute walking distance from the beach and is one of the best and cheapest Madeira hotels. Located within a traditional and historical building in Funchal old town, Santa Maria Hostel is a boutique hostel with a vintage-style décor. You can enjoy its restaurant, that serves fresh fish dishes, and the pizzeria.
2. 29 Madeira Hostel by Petit Hotels 9,3 / 10
Located in the centre of Funchal, 29 Madeira Hostel is set in a renovated historical building. Offering a cheap accommodation, this hostel is distributed through 3 floors and a terrace. Those guests that don’t like mixed dormitories can have more privacy in double or twin rooms.
3. Phil’s Haven Hostel 8,6 / 10
This hostel is only a 20 minute walking distance from the beach. Phil’s Haven Hostel offers private and shared accommodation in Madeira Island and is only at a 5-minute bus ride from Funchal city centre. It has free WiFi access and a breakfast buffet.
Top 3 of Madeira Hotels with **
1. Hotel Vila Bela 9 / 10
Located on the idyllic “Pearl of the Atlantic”, Vila Bela is just 100 metres away from Alagoa beach. Overlooking the beach and the Atlantic Ocean, this hotel has access to a communal outdoor pool adjacent to the Porto da Cruz promenade.
2. Hotel Costa Linda 8,7 /10
This property is only at a 12 minute walking distance from the beach. Located on one of the most beautiful coasts in the north-east of the island, this hotel is surrounded by breathtaking landscapes of the sea and the volcanic mountains.
3. Hotel Apartamentos Reno 8,2 / 10
Located in Funchal historic centre, Hotel Apartamentos Reno offers great accommodation for those visiting the island. Among others, the building features a rooftop terrace with amazing sea and mountain views, and private parking on site.
Top 3 of Madeira Hotels with ***
1. Hotel Madeira 8,7 / 10
This property is only at a 1 minute walking distance from the beach. Featuring a rooftop swimming pool, Madeira Hotel is a 3-star hotel in Funchal historic centre. It offers air-conditioned rooms, and a bar on site. It also offers free WiFi access.
2. Sao Paulo e Alegria 8,2 / 10
The Sao Paulo e Alegria apartment blocks are located at just a 5-minute walking distance from the Cathedral of Funchal. The property is spread across 3 adjacent historic buildings and provides amazing panoramic views of Funchal from its public terraces.
3. Hotel Orquidea 8 / 10
This property is only at a 14 minute walking distance from the beach. Orquidea opens out on to an extra-large roof-top terrace, overlooking the beautiful Funchal and the Atlantic Ocean. Enjoy its elevated location less than 200 m from Museu do Vinho and the amazing Monte Palace Tropical Gardens.
Top 3 of Madeira Hotels with ****
1. Castanheiro Boutique Hotel 9,3 / 10
Offering an outdoor swimming pool and a spa centre, Castanheiro Boutique Hotel is located in Funchal, 500 metres from Marina do Funchal. The hotel has a year-round outdoor pool and hot tub, and guests can also enjoy a meal at the restaurant or a drink at the bar.
2. Hotel Porto Santa Maria 9,2 / 10
This amazing hotel is just 2 minutes away from the beach. Located on the Funchal seafront, this hotel offers panoramic views over the Atlantic Ocean. It provides rooms with kitchenettes and balconies, two pools and a spa centre with spa bath and sauna.
3. Pestana Promenade Ocean Resort Hotel 9,1 / 10
This hotel is just a few minutes from the beach. The 4-star Pestana Promenade Ocean Resort Hotel in Funchal is close to some of the city’s landmarks and offers direct access to the promenade that goes all the way to Praia Formosa. It offers its guests indoor and outdoor pools, an outdoor hot tub, a spa and a gym.
Top 3 of Madeira Hotels with *****
1. The Cliff Bay 9,5 / 10
Located on top of a natural peninsula, The Cliff Bay hotel provides panoramic Atlantic Ocean views and private sea access to its guests. Among other amenities, there are indoor and outdoor swimming pools, a Michelin-starred restaurant and free Wi-Fi.
2. Belmond Reid’s Palace 9,3 / 10
Located on a cliff in 10 acres of subtropical gardens and overlooking the Atlantic, this 5-star resort features an oceanfront spa, 3 swimming pools and direct access to oceanic waters. Surely, one of the best places to stay when visiting Madeira.
3. Melia Madeira Mare 8,9 / 10
Located close to Funchal’s historic centre and overlooking the Atlantic Ocean, Melia Madeira Mare offers free WiFi, an indoor and an outdoor swimming pools and a spa. Its elegantly-furnished rooms offer a balcony and cable TV, among other amenities.