Ratings based on 14 Verified Reviews

They paid and stayed. We double-checked.
3.6 out of 5
79% of guests recommend
4.1 Room cleanliness
4.0 Service & staff
3.6 Room comfort
3.4 Hotel condition
They paid and stayed.
We double-checked.
3 out of 5
for Couples
by Muffin from Linconshire

Cliff top location. Bungalow accommodation

Posted Apr 24, 2014 on Hotels.com
Super location, great area for cliff walking, particularly Calhau. Food a bit expensive, found cheaper and better food in Sao Jorge. Accommodation Isolated and very quiet. This was the least favourite of all the locations we stayed at. Not as friendly as the others we stayed in, but still a good and different experience.
4 out of 5
for Everyone
by Lulla from London

Fantastic stay

Posted Jan 27, 2013
Pros: the view, and the up keeping of the traditional rooms
Location: location was good for a quite, calm time holiday and easy access to the centre of Madeira
From the moment I entered to the hotel with my wife we were received with a warm welcome which is Great customer service and well-mannered staff in general. The hotel was great in general, the room was comfortable however, could have done with an extra heater. The scenery was like an artistic frame, calm area and good amenities. Thank you Cabanas Hotel
3 out of 5
by A verified traveler

Beautiful location

Posted Aug 17, 2011 on Hotels.com
We did not spend a lot time in the room, and would not recommend it for that purpose but the cabanas are quirky and served as a good base for exploring that part of the island. I would definitely request one with a sea view - as the others may lack a view. Very friendly service at restaurant and front-desk.
5 out of 5
for Couples
by A verified traveler from london, uk


Posted May 8, 2010
The hotel is charming...the cabanas' style is unique (therefore offers you more privacy then the usual rooms) ...the staff is extremely friendly...the breakfast is various and generous...the food's quality is very good...but nothing is as stunning as the view of the northern coast: spectacular!!! It is the best location for people who like tranquility and peace, who really love the fragrant aromas of the flowers, the vibrant colors of the lush vegetation, the astonishing view of the Ocean...for people who just want to relax somewhere off the beaten track.
3 out of 5
for Couples
by A verified traveler from London, UK

Lovely north coast

Posted Jan 25, 2010
We were pleased to be on the spectacular north coast away from the congestion around Funchal, but the road is narrow and difficult, especially for British drivers. The hotel was nice but needed to repair a lot of water damage to all the buildings from moisture/condensation build up. The climate is always humid, but there was no ventilation anywhere and evidence of mildew and plaster degradation was widespread. Everything was very clean but there was still a smell of mildew in all the buildings. Being winter it was quite chilly and there was no central heating anywhere. Our room had only a portable electric radiator which was not sufficient even though we left it on constantly. Perhaps because of all the moisture the bed constantly felt clammy. The food in the restaurant was very tasty, well-prepared, and well-presented. This would be a great place if they fixed the moisture problems and if one could see the view from the rooms.
3 out of 5
by A verified traveler from devon

Not that impressed

Posted Apr 7, 2009
We found the hotel overpriced when compared to others of a similar standard in the island. Basicaly you are paying for the privaledge of staying in a circular concrete box with a conical roof in which the facilities were adequate. The location is good & the gardens well kept. The service from the staff was excellent, but the food was poor & overpriced.
4 out of 5
by A verified traveler from ESPOEY

L'originaltié de cet hôtel

Posted Jul 21, 2008 on Hotels.com
Cet hôtel se situe en altitude et de ce fait, le brouillard tombe dans l'après midi et le soir, ce qui est dommage car cet emplacement offre une vue magnifique. Les chambres sous forme de "cabanas" sont très agréables.
3 out of 5
by Jonathan from Manchester.

An interesting place to stay.

Posted Nov 22, 2007
This hotel is somewhat quirky in design with most of the guests staying in round houses in the grounds. The location means that the views are spectacular. The place feels like it has seen better days and felt distinctly out of season in November. The restaurant is OK but for us ran out of steam after a couple of evening visits. There is nothing else within easy distance from the hotel so we tended to have a meal out at lunchtime and then snack in the evening. The bar has a good range of food and drinks should you want to do this. During the day, the bar and shop operate as a fairly popular tourist attraction which may not be to everyone's taste. Its about an hours drive to Funchal (45 minutes to the Airport) and the drive is relatively easy once you get to Santana. The location is good for exploring the North coast although the drive to the west is quite challenging as the tunnel builders haven't reached this part of Madeira yet. We saw some spectacular scenery that we probably would have missed if we had stayed in Funchal.
3 out of 5
by A verified traveler from West Midlands


Posted Sep 22, 2007
This hotel is away from everything. If you travel to this hotel you will need to hire a car, as the local bus service only runs a few times a day, and journeys are long and tiresome. Taxis are expensive. There is little to do anywhere close to the site so be prepared for lots of travel. The hotel is fine, friendly and the food good. The onsite bar is good but closes at 10pm, the pool is tiny and the boiler was broken when I visited, and so was cold. The place is fine if you want to get away from everthing, but if you are looking for facilities nearby, then do not bother as you will be disapointed.
5 out of 5
by A verified traveler from North Wales

We'll be going back (again)

Posted May 29, 2007
This is a charming hotel. There are 10 rooms in the hotel, eight of which have a sea view. the view is stunning. sitting out on our balcany we watched dolphins and whales out to sea 500 metres below, glad we brought our binoculars. Continental brekky is included in the price and we found this very reasonable and filled us up till late afternoon. Lots of toast and fresh fruit salad. The restaurant is very good, the food and service is of a very high standard. beef on skewers, tuna steak, pork in red wine and garlic. Delicious. The hotel is abour 1 hour from the airport and you will need to hire a car to get about. It is situated on the main road between Santana and Sao Vincente, bot of which are worth a days visit. There is a small swimming pool and sun loungers. All of the people at this hotel during our stay were walkers so during the day they were all out plodding along the lavadas and we had the pool and the sun loungers to ourselves. A very quiet hotel. In the evening, after we had a good meal in the resteraunt we retired to the games room to watch the TV (German) or have a game of pool. There are also a few books that you can read that people have left behind.