The CR7 Hotel in Funchal.
Cristiano Ronaldo has just entered the hotel business. His first hotel is located on Madeira Island where he was born and I went to see the CR7 Hotel last week.
The CR7 hotel is owned by the best Portuguese footballer ever.
Cristiano Ronaldo has just crowned his career by winning the Euro 2016 with Portugal and once again being named best football player in the world. And next week, the airport in Madeira is being renamed to Cristiano Ronaldo international Airport. But he is not resting because of that. He has just invested 40 million Dollars in a new hotel chain that he will run together with the Pestana hotel group, that has also thrown 40 million dollars in to the project.
The owner greets you at the bathroom mirror.
I am working on Madeira a few months a year in tourism and was invited to visit the hotel last week, because of my job.
The entrance to the CR7 Hotel in Funchal.
The location of the CR7 hotel.
The CR7 Hotel, as it is called is located in by the harbour of Funchal. This is the most central location you can get in Funchal, so you are right by the sea if you stay there and only a one minute walk from the city center. Some people might argue that it can be noisy right there, as it is by a busy road and next to the cruise ship harbour. But the rooms are quiet once you close the door.
The CR7 Hotel is right by the cruise ship harbour in Funchal.
The rooms at the CR7 Hotel.
The rooms at the CR7 Hotel are boutique style, meaning that they have very personal touches, with really nice design. But they are fairly small. Personally this is totally my style. I do not need a ballroom when I am in a hotel. I need a place that is functional, with a good bed. And when it is stylish like at the CR7 Hotel, then that just puts some cream on my hotel cake.
One of the rooms at the CR7 Hotel in Funchal.
Nice rooftop at the CR7 Hotel.
There is a very nice rooftop pool area with a pool bar, that is sometimes open to the public. But mostly it is reserved for the hotel guests, which I think is good. When you pay for a unique stay, then you do not want too many around who is not staying there. They also host events on the rooftop bar on a regular basis.
There is also a bar and a cafe on the ground floor and that is open to the public. So if you are in Funchal and want to have a little look at the place without staying there, then you can head to the cafe. It’s nice and stylish and has an open kitchen, where you can see the food being prepared. They have both indoor and outdoor seating and it’s really a nice place on a sunny day.
The bar at the CR7 Hotel.
Very nice staff.
I was shown around and greeted by very pleasant and professional staff all over the hotel. This is something I pay a lot of attention to, as i have worked in the hotel trade in the past.
Friendly staff at the CR7 Hotel.
Have any complaints?
If you have any complaints when staying at the hotel, then there is a boxing sandbag next to the reception desk that you can take your frustrations out on 🙂
The complaint book at the CR7 hotel.
My overall verdict about the CR7 Hotel.
All in all, I would say that this is an interesting hotel and a good choice if you want something unique. there is a clear Cristiano Ronaldo touch to the hotel, with his image in many places, which is maybe why I saw quite a few good-looking young girls staying at the place 🙂 This is absolutely not a resort hotel or a business hotel. It’s an upscale football boutique hotel and I loved it.
Interesting wallpaper in the bathrooms.