This chic, adults-only hotel enjoys one of Funchal’s most coveted locations, just footsteps from the old town waterfront.
Hotel Porto Santa Maria is one of the few hotels right on the promenade of Funchal’s old town, so you’ve got lots of traditional restaurants on one side and Atlantic Ocean views on the other.
The hotel’s a 10-minute walk to the centre of Funchal, plus you’ve got the cable car close by. A lake-like pool overlooks the ocean, and there are a couple of restaurants serving international and Madeiran dishes.
We do not normally return to places we have visited, no matter how good the experience was, but in this case we made an exception. We needed a good break, after our daughter's beautiful wedding, where we could relax and do things at our own pace. So instead of the usual bustling tour we opted for the peace and relaxation of Santa Maria. We stayed here two years ago for five days and enjoyed every minute. The location is perfect, being in the old town and on the sea front with good views of the sea and the cruise liners, if you have the right room.
The staff are excellent, the food is excellent and we met some interesting people.
We made use of the local bus system for our outings this time and the reception staff were very helpful in explaining the timetables to us. I would recommend that you use the local buses as they are much cheaper than the organised tours, you get to see Madeira as the locals do, you get a better view of the countryside and you are in control of your itinerary. A trip to Curral das Freiras is an experience not to be missed.
We might even break our habits and return again to Porto Santa Maria.More
We selected this hotel on our first visit to Maderia due to its location. Within 150 yards of the cable car , bus stance and restaurants of the old town it has the perfect location. The market and town centre are also within easy walking distance. The hotel was excellent. Rooms well appointed and serviced. Reception staff efficient pleasant and knowledgeable. We were B&B and the breakfast really set you up for the day with excellent variety and quality. Don't miss the gourmet evening in the hotel as this was one of the best meals of our stay.
No children under 16 so a peaceful environment.
Other facilities pool etc. also of the same high standard.
We hav already booked.our return visit!More
EAHM, Edinburgh, United Kingdom
Best hotel in town
This was our visit no.6 at Hotel Santa Maria. And we have already booked a new visit in April next year.
Whay? This hotel have a nice and friendly atmosphere. The location in the old town at the coastline is pefect. A very good view over the sea, hotelgarden and the Cruising ships.More
Kurt H, Mjolby, Sweden
Will be returning
Stayed a week in September for my partner's 60th. birthday. Cannot fault this hotel the food was excellent staff were delightful and accomodation first class. The hotel even presented a birthday cake to my partner on the big day. The old town is on the doorstep which makes exploring and shopping easy.
Already planning a two week trip as aweek in Maderia is not enoughMore
Great hotel on the doorstep of the old town and many restaurants.
Stayed at the Porto Santa Maria for the 2nd time in May 2014. Very convenient for the old town, and shops and restaurants. A small friendly hotel, that won't disappoint you as an alternative to the bigger ones west of the centre.More
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