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Hotel Quinta da Rochinha Hotel 4 star
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Quinta da Rochinha Ponta do Sol, Portugal -
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Amy Adejokun Section editor

The town of Ponta Do Sol is not the liveliest of places, however it is here that the Quinta da Rochinha decided to establish itself. With Funchal just 20 minutes down the road, the hotel is hardly out in the back of beyond but it does benefit from a particularly peaceful surrounding environment. Formerly an old stately home, which means it can call itself a 'Quinta', modernity and designer features now dominate the style of the hotel. Today, few traces remain of the old property, but the place is very pleasant and the facilities very comfortable.

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    Location 4.23 /10

    The Quinta Da Rochinha is in Ponta Do Sol, west of Funchal. The fast lane means that the Madeiran capital is some 20 minutes away, while it takes about 35 minutes to get to the airport.

    Accommodation 7.95 /10

    The 55 guest rooms are built over different levels and categorised according to their location. The standard rooms have a good sized balcony with a table and two iron chairs. The black and white interior decor is very modern and refined, and the light wood furniture blends nicely with the rest of the room. In terms of amenities, the rooms have all the equipment that you may need, including a television, air-conditioning, a minibar with tea and coffee-making facilities, a direct international telephone line, bathrobes and a hair-dryer. However, you will have to leave a ?10 deposit at reception in order to use the safe in your room. There is no room service here, but such a facility would have been difficult to implement, given the configuration of the rooms. As for the bathroom, it is reasonably sized, with a bathtub by the toilet and hospitality products. Bear in mind that the rooms at the bottom of the property have a superb 180 view of the ocean.

    Overview 7.70 /10

    Built in steps up the rock face in 2001, the Quinta Da Rochinha has views down to the sea on one side. Due to the hotel's hillside location, it can only be accessed by taking a large lift. There are are still two old houses on the property which date back to the end of the 19th Century. One of them houses a small bar and the hotel's lobby, which basically amounts to a small reception behind a large wooden desk. The decor is modern and pleasant. Outside, there is a small overflow pool with a beautiful view of the ocean, surrounded by plastic deckchairs (with no cushions) and parasols. Just below this is the hotel's small spa centre, with two small treatment rooms, an indoor swimming pool, a hammam and a jacuzzi, with a fine ocean view, once again.

    Food and drink 6.95 /10

    The hotel's main restaurant, which is open for the three meals of the day, offers a modern setting with fine ocean views. Breakfast is served as a buffet from 8:00 am to 11:00 am and consists of hot and cold dishes and a selection of fruit juices, cereals, pastries, etc. Local and international cuisine is served a la carte for both lunch and dinner. The restaurant is open from 1:00 pm, before converting into a tea room at 5:00 pm. Dinner is then served on reservation from 7:00 pm to 10:00 pm.

    To know

    Ponta do Sol has a small historical centre, but it does not take long to exhaust all its possibilities. If you enjoy bathing, there is a small public black sand beach down below the hotel.

    Equipment

    • Shuttle bus
    • Car park
    • Handicap access
    • Restaurant
    • Internet access
    • Air conditioning
    • Spa

      massage, sauna, hammam, spa

    • Swimming pool
    • Sports equipment

      tennis, gym, golf, mountain bike, sports

    • Animals allowed
    • Whirlpool bath

    advantage

    • The ocean views
    • The tranquil surroundings
    • The relaxing setting

    disadvantages

    • The noise from the road
    • No room service
    • It is preferable to rent a car here

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