Sunday, December 04, 2005

After Shopping At the Reid’s Hotel

Take the most glamorous place you can think of. Multiply it by ten and you may not even be close to the richness of Reid’s Hotel in Funchal, Madeira. We should also stress that Funchal is an excellent combined sea and shopping holiday destination, a brilliant place to visit. So what’s so special about Reid’s Hotel then? For a start, take the location. Set on the cliffs on the coast of Funchal, this place has been around for more than 100 years. The hotel includes 5 restaurants, which makes it impossible not to find the ultimate environment. We have a particular love for tea and scones, so we’d head straight for the Tea Lounge to indulge ourselves, whilst analysing the day’s shopping success. This was the place where Winston Churchill used to spend a lot of time, and in more recent years, also Jack “Here’s Johnnie!”, King Carl-Gustav XVI, and other cool dudes. No doubt you’ll have the time of your life in this place, though at the cost of an arm and a leg. But it’s worth it, trust us.
What: The Tea Lounge at Reid’s Hotel
When: Tea is served between 3-5.30pm
Estrada Monumental 139, Funchal, Madeira
Dress code: Their website suggests smart-causal in a humble way, though this expression is somewhat misleading. Think red carpet gowns, and you will not feel out of place.


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