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Stio dos Lameiros, 9240-211 São Vicente, Portugal

#2 of 5 B&Bs and Inns in São Vicente

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Based on 326 hotel reviews

9.1

Score breakdown

  • Cleanliness

    9.5

  • Comfort

    9.2

  • Location

    8.7

  • Facilities

    9.2

  • Staff

    9.5

  • Value for money

    8.7

  • Free WiFi

    9.4

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  • Reviewed: 23 May 2018

    9.2
    Stunning views and rural location, self serve garden, staff...
    • Leisure trip
    • Couple
    • Double Room
    • Stayed 7 nights
    • Submitted via mobile

    Would have liked drawers/shelves to unpack case and the lane up to the property was extremely narrow and steep!

    Stunning views and rural location, self serve garden, staff attention to detail and comfortable firm beds

    Stayed in May 2018

  • Reviewed: 11 May 2018

    10
    Absolutely recommendable. Great place to stay.
    • Leisure trip
    • Couple
    • Double Room
    • Stayed 1 night
    • Submitted via mobile

    Nothing really.

    Great accommodation. Vegetables and fruit from own garden. Beautiful view of the surrounding hills and villages. Swimming pool and beautiful rooms.

    Stayed in May 2018

  • Reviewed: 30 March 2018

    10
    First we were unsure about staying in the north of Madeira...
    • Leisure trip
    • Couple
    • Double Room
    • Stayed 3 nights
    • Submitted via mobile

    Nothing:)

    First we were unsure about staying in the north of Madeira but the we almost regretted not to spend all of our vacation there because it is so beautiful, green and quiet. The familiy of Solar da Bica is just lovely and very helpful. Delicious breakfast with products from their own garden.

    Stayed in March 2018

  • Reviewed: 29 January 2018

    8.8
    Great stay in the mountains
    • Leisure trip
    • Solo traveller
    • Double Room
    • Stayed 2 nights
    • Submitted via mobile

    Wifi did not work Sauna is expensive (7eur) Far from restaurants (5-10min driving)

    Amazing view on the mountains Nice garden Pools and sauna are great after hiking

    Stayed in January 2018

  • Reviewed: 6 January 2018

    10
    Wonderful place to visit.
    • Leisure trip
    • Solo traveller
    • One-Bedroom Apartment
    • Stayed 4 nights

    The roads are a bit windy and narrow in the mountains, but if you are a confident driver there should be no problem.

    The room we had offered an amazing view of the mountains, and it was wonderful to wake up each morning in such beautiful surroundings. The young ladies who staffed the office were very helpful and spoke excellent English. Also there is a vegetable garden and guests are free to pick what they like! Wonderful stay!

    Stayed in January 2018

  • Reviewed: 1 January 2018

    8.3
    Very peaceful environment with extremely friendly people
    • Leisure trip
    • Family with young children
    • One-Bedroom Apartment
    • Stayed 3 nights
    • Submitted via mobile

    The apartment wasn't particularly cosy. The bright lights, the smell, falling out douche cabin walls

    The sauna and the common room with tea/coffee, the fireplace. Special breakfast that even our teenage kids learnt to appreciate.

    Stayed in December 2017

  • Reviewed: 3 December 2017

    9.6
    The perfect place to stay!
    • Leisure trip
    • Couple
    • Double Room
    • Stayed 2 nights
    • Submitted via mobile

    Everything! The staff was super nice and smiling, the place is incredible, they grow a garden and use their products for the breakfast. The breakfast is good. We really loved it.

    Stayed in November 2017

  • Reviewed: 18 November 2017

    10
    Amazing location with fantastic views, it makes a great base...
    • Leisure trip
    • Group
    • One-Bedroom Apartment
    • Stayed 3 nights

    Amazing location with fantastic views, it makes a great base for exploring the north coast. Our request to change the number of people in our group was accommodated without a problem and we stayed in the lovely garden flat. The fact that we could help ourselves to the fruit and veg from the garden made it even better!

    Stayed in November 2017

  • Reviewed: 6 October 2017

    10
    The room was comfortable and very clean.
    • Leisure trip
    • Couple
    • Double Room
    • Stayed 2 nights

    The room was comfortable and very clean. The main selling point is the view from the balcony of the mountains - fantastic. Breakfast was with high quality ingredients and the free coffee was very good.

    Stayed in October 2017

  • Reviewed: 1 October 2017

    10
    Superb accommodation
    • Leisure trip
    • Couple
    • Double Room
    • Stayed 5 nights
    • Submitted via mobile

    Salar da Bica is a wonderful base for exploring the north coast of the island, and is still only 35 minutes drive from Funchal, and 50 minutes from the airport. We have stayed in a number of hotels with fantastic views, but nothing to match this one, particularly if you have a room at the back of the property, with a balcony facing the magnificent mountains that surround you. The decor is excellent throughout, and the beds very comfortable. The breakfast is second to none, and excellent value at 9Euros per head. The option of free tea and coffee making facilities in the lounge area was a welcome surprise, and the indoor swimming pool is a relaxing and refreshing option after a day of mountain or lavada walking - the host even provides shoe washing facilities outside! The welcome is warm, sincere and truly outstanding. Sao Vicente, with its choice of several good quality restaurants is 5 minutes drive away. One tip for those visiting in a hire car. Due to the property’s location, the parking area is very restricted, and could prove challenging for those less confident when manouvering a car.

    Stayed in September 2017

  • Reviewed: 26 September 2017

    5.8
    Nice property, very clean, small but nice swimming pool
    • Leisure trip
    • Couple
    • Double Room
    • Stayed 1 night

    There is no public transport and the hotel is difficult to reach if one doesn´t have a car (like in our case). This should have been better communicated as it is not nice that after a bus stop one has to do 55mins climbing or take a taxi at extra cost. Also, once there, there is absolutely no restaurant around, in a walking distance. They have a mini bar available but only for drinks. Breakfast available at extra cost (like 9 euro), definitely too much and once can find much better options in Madeira.

    Nice property, very clean, small but nice swimming pool

    Stayed in September 2017

  • Reviewed: 18 September 2017

    10
    Hidden gem.
    • Leisure trip
    • Couple
    • Double Room
    • Stayed 1 night
    • Submitted via mobile

    Nothing. Everything was perfect.

    Beautifully situated villa. With lovely garden where you can pick up fruits and veggies. Terrace has sun beds and amazing view for the mountains. Also you have swimming pool , lounge , terrace and delicious breakfast for €9. Room was very comfortable with a private terrace with a view for mountains. Whole area is quiet and safe. We've absolutely loved our stay.

    Stayed in September 2017

  • Reviewed: 11 September 2017

    8.8
    The rooms are nice and have balconies with a great view.
    • Leisure trip
    • Group
    • Double Room
    • Stayed 1 night

    The rooms are nice and have balconies with a great view. The swimming pool was ok, but there could be more possibilites to enjoy the sun after a swim... It was very nice that one could eat fruits in the garden.

    Stayed in September 2017

  • Reviewed: 23 August 2017

    9.6
    Excellent!
    • Leisure trip
    • Family with young children
    • One-Bedroom Apartment
    • Stayed 3 nights

    We had an apartment for a family of 4 - which meant that the lounge was turned into a bedroom, so we didn't have a proper living area. But it was a small detail compared to the beauty of the place.

    Environment is amazing. The place has a pool, organic garden and friendly staff.

    Stayed in August 2017

  • Reviewed: 4 August 2017

    10
    Calm, relaxing and charming place for vacation :).
    • Leisure trip
    • Couple
    • Double Room
    • Stayed 5 nights

    Calm, relaxing and charming place for vacation :). Fresh air, amazing views! Very helpful and friendly staff. Everything was great :) We'll be happy to come back again!

    Stayed in August 2017

  • Reviewed: 19 July 2017

    7.1
    We had a spacious appartment, the garden is amazing and the...
    • Leisure trip
    • Group
    • One-Bedroom Apartment
    • Stayed 2 nights

    The appartment was a bit dark with no natural light is some places (kitchen, bathroom). I thought the price is a little too high regarding the comfort of the appartment.

    We had a spacious appartment, the garden is amazing and the view on Sao Vicente is also really nice. Surrounded by nature, nice place to disconnect.

    Stayed in July 2017

  • Reviewed: 16 July 2017

    10
    What a great stay there.
    • Leisure trip
    • Couple
    • Double Room
    • Stayed 1 night

    What a great stay there. It is an outstanding place, with very nice view from the rooms and extremely friendly staff. You really feel welcomed there. Fresh and tasty breakfast. Various small things on site make the stay even more pleasant (like garden where you can go and try the fresh fruits or rest area where you can make yourself tasty tea/coffee). Very nice swimming pool.

    Stayed in July 2017

  • Reviewed: 3 July 2017

    9.6
    Luxury-feel Guesthouse
    • Leisure trip
    • Solo traveller
    • Double Room
    • Stayed 3 nights

    I found the room quite stuffy - there is no air con or a fan, but if one leaves the windows open then mosquitoes/flies can come in and also there are quite a lot of noisy barking dogs around. I also think it would be nice to have an area where one can lie on a sun lounger outside.

    The lady running the guesthouse and her assistants were all really friendly and I got a warm welcome upon arrival; there are road signs from the roundabout off the main road for Solar da Bica which is very useful. The whole building (bedroom and public areas) is decorated to a high standard, it all has a pleasing ambiance and feels luxurious. There is an honesty bar with prices that are reasonable, as well as free tea/coffee. There is ample parking for this guesthouse. Breakfast has a very nice continental selection with homemade items as well as freshly squeezed orange juice. It is easy to get to the restaurants of Sao Vicente from here... though many I feel are quite touristy, and my own recommendation is to try the eat-all-you-want buffet at Hotel Estalaglem which for €15 is good value for tasty food.

    Stayed in June 2017

  • Reviewed: 15 June 2017

    10
    well worth a visit
    • Leisure trip
    • Couple
    • Double Room
    • Stayed 1 night

    Breakfast more akin to a British visitor

    View, small private gardens to walk around, water in room provided, free coffee and tea, heated swimming pool and sauna, a range of spar treatments at additional cost, very very clean, spotless. sum up was peaceful,

    Stayed in June 2017

  • Reviewed: 28 May 2017

    7.5
    Rooms are nicely furnished as well as the common area - you...
    • Leisure trip
    • Couple
    • Double Room
    • Stayed 1 night
    • Submitted via mobile

    No restauramt available in walking distance. The price should be included in the room price - 9EUR per person is a bit high and not a lot of choice. From the room, we see a new building in progress - not really what we expected.

    Rooms are nicely furnished as well as the common area - you can enjoy the beauty of the old building.

    Stayed in May 2017

  • Reviewed: 22 May 2017

    10
    Amazing accomodation!
    • Leisure trip
    • Couple
    • Double Room
    • Stayed 1 night

    Everything was perfect.

    This accomodation was wonderfull. We really enjoyed the stay, only regret that we didn´t stay for a longer time. Beautifull gardel with, nice rooms, very helpfull personal.

    Stayed in May 2017

  • Reviewed: 17 May 2017

    7.5
    Great location
    • Leisure trip
    • Couple
    • One-Bedroom Apartment
    • Stayed 4 nights
    • Submitted via mobile

    Very steep road up to property and no where to eat within walking distance. Taxis available but car huge help. Apartment could be spruced up a bit by different choices of fixtures, fittings and furnishings. Location not as quiet as expected due to resident cockerell, church bells that ring every hour and blasting in the hills.

    Good comfortable apartment with beautiful views. Accommodation set in fabulous gardens. Pool and massage great. Pleased there were directions from the main road. Great fish restaurant in town.

    Stayed in May 2017

  • Reviewed: 13 May 2017

    10
    I had a bad experience with parking.
    • Leisure trip
    • Couple
    • Double Room
    • Stayed 7 nights

    I had a bad experience with parking. Whilst parked in the top car park, my car was damaged. It is tricky to reverse out of the spaces. Just another half a metre in width would make all the difference. Regarding the swimming pool, it was lovely to have a chance to have a swim, but the shower, following a sauna (not quite hot enough on entering it), was not adequate. It came out as a trickle. And the door to the toilet by the swimming pool does not a have lock on it. Otherwise the place is in a beautiful place, the staff friendly.

    Stayed in May 2017

  • Reviewed: 6 March 2017

    9.6
    I highly recommend this hotel.
    • Leisure trip
    • Couple
    • Double Room
    • Stayed 1 night

    I highly recommend this hotel. Best accessed by car, as the next restaurant is 4-5 km away at the beachfront. Staff was very helpful and the breakfast delicious. The lava caves in Sao Vicente a definitely worth a visit

    Stayed in March 2017

  • Reviewed: 3 March 2017

    9.2
    Perfect hideaway
    • Leisure trip
    • Solo traveller
    • Double Room
    • Stayed 1 night
    • Submitted via mobile

    Beautiful place to stay, views of the mountains, cosy lounge and welcoming friendly staff. The pool is lovely and lots of extra touches here which made for a fantastic stay. Thank you

    Stayed in March 2017

  • Reviewed: 27 August 2018

    9.2
    The garden and the view - both amazing
    • Leisure trip
    • Couple
    • One-Bedroom Apartment
    • Stayed 1 night
    • Submitted via mobile

    I was expecting a bit more of a cottage feeling

    The garden and the view - both amazing

    Stayed in August 2018

  • Reviewed: 15 July 2018

    9.6
    Beautiful views, lovely breakfast, super friendly helpful...
    • Leisure trip
    • Couple
    • Double Room
    • Stayed 4 nights
    • Submitted via mobile

    Lumpy pillows

    Beautiful views, lovely breakfast, super friendly helpful staff

    Stayed in June 2018

  • Reviewed: 11 July 2018

    10
    Renew pillows, that is all, everything perfect.
    • Leisure trip
    • Couple
    • Double Room
    • Stayed 1 night

    Renew pillows, that is all, everything perfect.

    Stayed in July 2018

  • Reviewed: 5 July 2018

    9.2
    The property is so peaceful and in a beautiful location.
    • Leisure trip
    • Couple
    • Double Room
    • Stayed 3 nights
    • Submitted via mobile

    The property is so peaceful and in a beautiful location. Very remote

    Stayed in July 2018

  • Reviewed: 21 April 2018

    10
    The great breakfast with homemade products was fantastic.
    • Leisure trip
    • Couple
    • Double Room
    • Stayed 3 nights
    • Submitted via mobile

    -

    The great breakfast with homemade products was fantastic. The owner was such a nice lady - you really felt home.

    Stayed in April 2018

  • Reviewed: 10 April 2018

    9.6
    Absolutely amazing stay!
    • Leisure trip
    • Couple
    • Double Room
    • Stayed 2 nights

    The breakfast was great! Top accommodation and very friendly stuff!

    Stayed in April 2018

  • Reviewed: 3 April 2018

    6.7
    An ok stay, nothing spectacular.
    • Leisure trip
    • Couple
    • Double Room
    • Stayed 1 night

    After reading all of the other comments here on booking, I was expecting something VERY nice, it was an ok accommodation, but nothing amazing!

    Stayed in March 2018

  • Reviewed: 29 July 2017

    10
    Fantastic views
    • Leisure trip
    • Couple
    • Double Room
    • Stayed 4 nights

    Fantastic location. Scenery. Quiet and friendly

    Stayed in July 2017

  • Reviewed: 23 July 2017

    8.3
    Picturesque location and great breakfast
    • Leisure trip
    • Couple
    • One-Bedroom Apartment
    • Stayed 2 nights

    - Great breakfast - Great location & area

    Stayed in July 2017

  • Reviewed: 5 July 2017

    7.9
    The place is located in a very nice surrounding.
    • Leisure trip
    • Couple
    • Double Room
    • Stayed 3 nights

    Slight smell in our room but not really disturbing.

    The place is located in a very nice surrounding. The pool is also a very appreciable asset.

    Stayed in June 2017

  • Reviewed: 26 June 2017

    9.6
    Quiet atmosphere, great place to relax after a full day of...
    • Leisure trip
    • Family with young children
    • Double Room
    • Stayed 4 nights
    • Submitted via mobile

    Quiet atmosphere, great place to relax after a full day of hiking. Recommend staying here!

    Stayed in June 2017

  • Reviewed: 30 April 2017

    7.1
    Breakfast should be included
    • Leisure trip
    • Group
    • Double Room
    • Stayed 3 nights

    Breakfast should be included

    Stayed in April 2017

  • Reviewed: 28 March 2017

    10
    Peace and quiet and the friendliest helpful staff.
    • Leisure trip
    • Couple
    • Double Room
    • Stayed 8 nights

    Peace and quiet and the friendliest helpful staff.

    Stayed in February 2017

  • Reviewed: 20 March 2017

    8.8
    À beautiful view
    • Leisure trip
    • Couple
    • Double Room
    • Stayed 4 nights
    • Submitted via mobile

    Time to join main places are long, and a car is absolutely necessary.

    À beautiful view

    Stayed in March 2017

  • Reviewed: 17 March 2017

    8.3
    Nice
    • Leisure trip
    • Couple
    • Double Room
    • Stayed 1 night
    • Submitted via mobile

    Breakfast not included.

    Clean and comfortable

    Stayed in March 2017

  • Reviewed: 14 October 2016

    7.5
    The beauty of the house and surroundings.
    • Leisure trip
    • Couple
    • Double Room
    • Stayed 1 night

    Breakfast not included in the price announced in the website as I expected when I booked it.

    The beauty of the house and surroundings.

    Stayed in October 2016

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  • Reviewed: 17 May 2016

    10
    The staff were excellent.
    • Leisure trip
    • Couple

    The only downside was having to use a car to get to decent restaurants and evening activities.

    The staff were excellent. Very helpful and friendly and nothing was too much trouble. We also got free cake! The location was stunning and not too far from Funchal by car.

  • Reviewed: 10 April 2016

    9.6
    Very charming place, a little rainy, but at all very quite...
    • Leisure trip
    • Couple

    Breakfast is a little bit expensive for not fresh bakery and box juices. In close town Sao Vincent is Pastelleria where you could have fresh croissant, sandwiches, good coffee and fresh orange for third price..

    Very charming place, a little rainy, but at all very quite and mystique place. Pleasant staff.Very beautiful around. Calm hall with fireplace, swimming pool and sauna. At all very good place for regeneration after long trek on the mountain. Very good sleeping with rain and birds singing.

  • Reviewed: 2 April 2016

    5.4
    We got a room quickly even before check in time
    • Leisure trip
    • Couple

    Minimalistic breakfast that was way too expensive! When checking in we were told that breakfast was from 8 til 10 but they 'forgot' to mention that it costs 9 euro pp. In all other hotels where we stayed bf was better and included in the price. pitty that we were mislead. It was also mentioned to us that we could use the sauna,unfortunately it was only when we were about to enter it that we saw the notice about the cost of 7 euro. Again, sauna cabin was not worth 7 euro. Bad communication towards customers has given me the feeling we were robbed...

    We got a room quickly even before check in time

  • Reviewed: 30 March 2016

    10
    A short drive in from Sao Vicente up high enough to get a...
    • Leisure trip
    • Couple

    Can't think of anything.

    A short drive in from Sao Vicente up high enough to get a good view of the surrounding mountains and a nice garden setting to relax in. The route in from the highway is well marked, unusual in Madeira

  • Reviewed: 26 February 2016

    8.3
    the mainbuilding, the lounch, the garden, the indoorpool...
    • Leisure trip
    • Family with young children

    the apartment in the basement is a bit dark and their is no view, the hot shower last only for one person, you definitely need a car to reach that place, the breakfast for 9€ per Person we found a bit too much

    the mainbuilding, the lounch, the garden, the indoorpool were really nice, in a lovely surrounding

  • Reviewed: 25 February 2016

    9.6
    Lovely quiet surroundings and very helpful staff.
    • Leisure trip
    • Couple

    Will need to use a car to get to the nearest restaurant.

    Lovely quiet surroundings and very helpful staff. Rooms were very clean and tidy, and the lounge very cosy with a roaring fire and well-stocked bar.

  • Reviewed: 12 January 2016

    9.2
    everything is great, very lovely and helping staff, a great...
    • Leisure trip
    • Couple

    we found it a little expensive 9€ for breakfast, but it's optional so you don't have to take it (it's written on website, but we didn't know about it) ...

    everything is great, very lovely and helping staff, a great organic garden to pick up whatever you like, covered pool, sauna etc (7€ for two)... nice place to relax!

  • Reviewed: 5 January 2016

    10
    Great location for hiking but only 2 miles from local...
    • Leisure trip
    • Couple

    Great location for hiking but only 2 miles from local restaurants. Beautifully kept hotel with friendly and helpful staff. Excellent value for money.

  • Reviewed: 23 December 2015

    10
    Our stay at Solar da Bica was an amazing and relaxing.
    • Leisure trip
    • Couple

    Our stay at Solar da Bica was an amazing and relaxing. We cannot thank the staff enough for being so warm and helpful. All the amenities are exactly as described if not better. We'd definitely recommend it and we'd like to return one day.

  • Reviewed: 21 December 2015

    9.6
    Amazing location and wonderfully welcoming staff.
    • Leisure trip
    • Couple

    It was a fair distance to the town to get to a restaurant (not possible to walk). However we were given some great advice and went to a super, reasonably priced local restaurant.

    Amazing location and wonderfully welcoming staff. Lovely guest lounge area with an honesty bar - a great touch.

  • Reviewed: 29 November 2015

    8.8
    We stayed two nights.
    • Leisure trip
    • Family with young children

    The location is quite remote, approximately 4-5 km from the city, thus for restaurants you have to drive to Sao Vicente. Car is of course a must.

    We stayed two nights. The hosts were very friendly. Our room was nice and clean, with fridge and flat screen TV with plenty of English channels. Breakfast was excellent with some local products. A small indoor pool is available whole day. There are nice views on the surrounding mountains. Very good value for money in the area of Sao Vicente.

  • Reviewed: 13 October 2015

    8.8
    Nice and very quiet location.
    • Leisure trip
    • Couple

    Our room had a slanted roof. So especially when you're tall, be prepared to bump your had a few times. Hard mattresses, but everywhere in Portugal this is the case. Bring earplugs for a barking dog in the neighbourhood during the night. Just to be sure; you need a car to get around.

    Nice and very quiet location. Nice livingroom and pool. Breakfast was also good. Enough parking space. Very good place to relax and to come home to after a full day hiking. Beautiful view!!!!!!

  • Reviewed: 27 September 2015

    9.6
    Beautiful location.
    • Leisure trip
    • Couple

    As we stayed for 5 days we would have preferred a room that wasn't looking up the path as we like to have the windows wide open and passers by could see into the room. It wasn't really a problem.

    Beautiful location.very friendly and helpful staff. Spotlessly clean. The breakfast was very good with a different delicious homemade cake each day.

  • Reviewed: 9 July 2015

    9.2
    Cosy place, really feels like home.
    • Leisure trip
    • Couple

    nothing

    Cosy place, really feels like home. Offered special dinners on Saturdays - it was delicious and also nice opportunity to chat with some other guests. Since leaving early in the morning, we received a breakfast pack. The breakfast is also very good from local food mainly.

  • Reviewed: 4 June 2015

    7.1
    A fine place to visit the less touristic But most beautyfull...
    • Leisure trip
    • Couple

    Poor bathroom, noties of electricity accomodations. We expected a more farm-style accomodation.

    A fine place to visit the less touristic But most beautyfull Side of the island

  • Reviewed: 23 May 2015

    10
    everything was perfect.
    • Leisure trip
    • Couple

    everything was perfect. very professional, clean and beautiful. super bed, best breakfast we had in any guesthouse. and personal is really friendly and helpful. super nice location! no problem to get there with car.

  • Reviewed: 23 March 2015

    9.2
    Friendliness of owner and staff remains as highs we have...
    • Leisure trip
    • Couple

    Friendliness of owner and staff remains as highs we have come to expect. Unbelievable value for money. Easy access to Sao Vicente and the Taberna - the must go place to eat. Central location - easy to access most of the rest of the island.

  • Reviewed: 7 March 2015

    10
    The friendliness, good parking place for a car.
    • Leisure trip
    • Couple

    The friendliness, good parking place for a car. You need a car to stay there. Liked our room and the comfortable bed we had. It's a beautiful homey place. Enjoyed our swim in the pool and the water was nice and warm. Wonderful breakfast in the morning. Nice wood fire burning in the fireplace as it was a cool morning in Feb. when we were there. Highly recommended.

  • Reviewed: 1 March 2015

    9.6
    Warm welcome by Luciana, who proudly showed a little lamb...
    • Leisure trip
    • Solo traveller

    Warm welcome by Luciana, who proudly showed a little lamb born a few days earlier. This is turismo rural at its best. But the warm swimming pool is great too :)

  • Reviewed: 1 March 2015

    9.6
    The hotel is very centrally located and let us explore all...
    • Leisure trip
    • Couple

    You will need a car and a Sat-nav if you want to explore Madeira as we did. Whilst Sola de Bica is clearly signed, when we saw the final sign both of us looked at each other and thought 'that can't be right'. It's up a quite steep and narrow road. Nothing horrific by Madeira standards, but if you're a nervous driver you might have second thoughts ( having said that, if you're a nervous river I wouldn't recommend Madeira anyway!).

    The hotel is very centrally located and let us explore all corners of Madeira. The room was spacious, the bed large and very comfortable. Breakfast was a generous self-service buffet so we could stuff the calories in for the day ahead. The honesty bar was a nice touch, the swimming pool ideal to loosen up in after a day in the mountains, and the surrounding gardens and vegetable patch ( complete with a few politely quiet chickens, plus a sheep and her young lamb ) ticked a few more boxes. Car park was right outside just 5metres from the gate. Wi-Fi worked and seemed perfectly decent speed. There are a number of restaurants a couple of minutes away in Sao Vicente, but we went to Taberna de Sao Vicente 3 times as it was inexpensive and very pleasant. Staff were friendly and helpful. A very positive experience all round. We'd definitely go back and will recommend Solar de Bica to friends and family.

  • Reviewed: 20 February 2015

    8.3
    Me and my girlfriend really enjoyed the peacefullness of the...
    • Leisure trip
    • Couple

    The matras was a bit hard, but we slept well anyways.

    Me and my girlfriend really enjoyed the peacefullness of the area. Also the breakfeast was very good. Solar da Bica is a perfect place to explore the northern part of Madeira. Tip: rent a car and don't be afraid of narrow roads with hairpin corners.

  • Reviewed: 29 January 2015

    10
    We stayed there outside the touristic season and we were the...
    • Leisure trip
    • Family with young children

    It's best to rent a car to get there. However in my opinion this is true for most of Madeira, so it's not really a "con". There's also a bus stop however I'm not sure how frequent it is.

    We stayed there outside the touristic season and we were the only people there. That, combined with very friendly people there gave the place almost an home-like feeling. The breakfast was great and mostly home-grown. In case you have a car, there is also the possibility of getting to lunch/dine close by at a short distance. On a final note, my friend's child loved the "play space" inside.

  • Reviewed: 8 January 2015

    9.6
    - extremely friendly staff
    • Leisure trip
    • Family with young children

    - coffee could be stronger at breakfast - accessible only by car, I'm afraid?

    - extremely friendly staff - inside pool (and sauna for a small extra charge) - playground and toys for small kids - fireplace in the evening - breakfast

  • Reviewed: 30 April 2016

    9.2
    Pleasant staff.
    • Leisure trip
    • Couple

    Pleasant staff. Good breakfast.

  • Reviewed: 24 April 2016

    6.7
    Good selection of fresh fruit at breakfast.
    • Leisure trip
    • Couple

    Restricted times for hot water. Going to bed at 10.30 pm and there was no hot water for washing.

    Good selection of fresh fruit at breakfast.

  • Reviewed: 17 January 2016

    8.3
    Good value, very friendly staff.
    • Leisure trip
    • Couple

    Hard to find and then having to go out again for a meal.

    Good value, very friendly staff.

  • Reviewed: 5 January 2016

    8.3
    Tranquility and silence
    • Leisure trip
    • Couple

    Breakfast could be better

    Tranquility and silence

  • Reviewed: 20 December 2015

    9.6
    Friendly staff, excellent views.
    • Leisure trip
    • Group

    Friendly staff, excellent views.

  • Reviewed: 31 October 2015

    10
    Friendly staff, organic breakfast.
    • Leisure trip
    • Couple

    Friendly staff, organic breakfast. Perfect location for exploring the island. Very quiet, peaceful location, with view on the mountains.

  • Reviewed: 15 October 2015

    9.6
    Service,the view,breakfast
    • Leisure trip
    • Couple

    Steepy location,car is a must

    Service,the view,breakfast

  • Reviewed: 1 October 2015

    9.2
    Peaceful location in the Village.
    • Leisure trip
    • Family with young children

    Peaceful location in the Village. Very helpfull staff. Super breakfast.

  • Reviewed: 9 September 2015

    8.8
    Very quiet, cozy and confortable!
    • Leisure trip
    • Couple

    Very quiet, cozy and confortable!!!

  • Reviewed: 9 June 2015

    9.2
    Inside swimming pool.
    • Leisure trip
    • Couple

    Inside swimming pool. Lovely sitting area. Great breakfast with fresh strawberries from own garden. Bio products.

  • Reviewed: 18 April 2015

    10
    Just excellent.
    • Leisure trip
    • Group

    Just excellent. Beautiful location. Brilliant staff who could not have been more helpful. Amazing breakfast. Loved it.

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