Casa Velha do Palheiro

Finding the best hotel in Madeira is not easy. It all depends what you’re looking for. With Relais&Chateaux you can’t go wrong and it was an easy decision to stay in Casa Velha do Palheiro as one of my hotels in Madeira.

I arrived in the hotel and received a nice welcome before being escorted to my room. I was immidiately impressed with the homely feeling of this country house and was excited to see the room. Because of my 5C membership of Relais&Chateaux I recieved an upgrade to a great junior suite with comfortable bed and Molton Brown products in the bathroom.

The only thing I didn’t like about it was that the shower wasn’t separate from the bath tub and that internet wasn’t available in the room. The internet was complimentary, but only available in the lobby area. It wasn’t very slow, but this is a country house hotel where internet is less important than in a city hotel.

One of the 5C’s of Relais&Chateaux is cuisine and the food did not disappoint. There is a gourmet restaurant in the mainbulding and a casual restaurant in the golf club a short walk away. The food was very good and reasonable priced. The facilities included a newly build spa which is a must to visit.

Overall a great country hotel experience which are up to the standards of Relais&Chateaux as a hotel with it’s own feeling and character.

My opinion: Great experience.