Belmond Reid's Palace

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Belmond Reid's Palace
Reid's Palace Hotel, September 2009.jpg
View looking up to the main hotel building from the swimming pool.
General information
LocationFunchal, Madeira, Portugal
Coordinates32°38′26″N 16°55′27″W / 32.64056°N 16.92417°W / 32.64056; -16.92417Coordinates: 32°38′26″N 16°55′27″W / 32.64056°N 16.92417°W / 32.64056; -16.92417
OpeningNovember 1891
OwnerBelmond Ltd.
ManagementBelmond Ltd.
Design and construction
ArchitectGeorge Somers Clarke & John Thomas Micklethwaite
DeveloperWilliam Reid
Other information
Number of rooms128
Number of suites35

Belmond Reid's Palace (a.k.a. Reid's Palace) is a historic hotel located to the west of Funchal Bay in Madeira, Portugal, in an imposing position looking out over the Atlantic Ocean.[1][2] The hotel has beautiful sloping gardens.[3]

Early colour photograph of Reid's Hotel and the surrounding landscape from Funchal, Madeira, by Sarah Angelina Acland, c. 1910


William Reid, the son of a Scottish crofter, originally arrived in Madeira in 1836.[4] He hired out quintas to wealthy invalids and moved on to hotels, but died before his Reid's hotel was completed.

The hotel was designed by the architects George Somers Clarke and John Thomas Micklethwaite.[1] It opened as the New Hotel in November 1891 and later became the New Palace Hotel, then Reid's Palace or just "Reid's".[5] The hotel was acquired by Orient-Express Hotels Ltd., which changed its name to Belmond Ltd. on 10 March 2014. At that time the hotel changed its name to Belmond Reid's Palace.[6]

The pioneer colour photographer Sarah Angelina Acland (1849–1930) stayed at the hotel during the early 20th century and took many photographs in and around the location of the hotel.[5] The hotel had a darkroom for use by guests.

Famous guests over the years have included General Fulgencio Batista, Winston Churchill, Anthony Eden, David Lloyd George, deposed emperor Karl von Habsburg, Roger Moore, Gregory Peck, the poet Rainer Maria Rilke, the missionary Albert Schweitzer, and dramatist George Bernard Shaw.[4]

Reid's is particularly known for its tradition of serving afternoon tea on the terrace.[7][8]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b Denby, Elaine (1998). Grand Hotels: Reality & Illusion; An Architectural and Social History. Reaktion Books. p. 183. ISBN 978-1861891211.
  2. ^ Gubler, Fritz (2008). "Getting Away from it All: Reid's Hotel". Great, Grand & Famous Hotels. Great, Grand & Famous Hotels. p. 183. ISBN 978-0980466706.
  3. ^ Luckhurst, Gerald (2010). "25: Reid's Palace Hotel". The Gardens Of Madeira. Frances Lincoln. pp. 148–157. ISBN 978-0711230323.
  4. ^ a b Rice, Christopher; Rice, Melanie (2005). "Reid's Palace Hotel". Madeira. Globetrotter Travel Guides (2nd ed.). New Holland Publishers. p. 155. ISBN 978-1845372361.
  5. ^ a b Hudson, Giles (2012). Sarah Angelina Acland: First Lady of Colour Photography. Oxford: Bodleian Library, University of Oxford. pp. 248–249. ISBN 978 1 85124 372 3.
  6. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2014-03-28. Retrieved 2014-08-14.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  7. ^ "Madeira: Coming late to the first tea", 17 Sept 2001. Accessed 15 August 2014
  8. ^ "Guide to Madeira", Conde Nast Traveller Accessed 15 August 2014

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