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.
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This lake-like heated pool is surrounded by gardens and a relaxing terrace. Plus, you've got sea views at the ready, too.
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The main restaurant offers buffet breakfast and lunch with an à la carte option at dinner. There are varied themed buffets throughout the week and reservations are recommended.
Live music is performed every night at the Captain's Bar which boasts panoramic views of the sea and harbour from the terrace.
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twin room with garden view
These light and airy twin rooms with a garden view can sleep up to three. They come with a kitchenette with a fridge and two electric rings, dining area, bathrobes and furnished veranda.
twin room with sea view
These light and airy twin rooms with a sea view can sleep up to three. They come with a kitchenette with a fridge and two electric rings, dining area, bathrobes and furnished veranda.
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Location,Staff ,Clean and Quiet
Everything is true regarding the excellent location, the wonderful staff (Lena is their best asset) and cleanliness of this of this lovely hotel. We had a standard sea view room and a suite and both were very well appointed only marred by the noisy doors and draws (soft closers needed) and the truly horrible coat hangers. They were too big and cumbersome most of my clothes would not fit on them. This is a small point which in no way would stop us returning. A point worth noting are the beds, made super comfy by the excellent mattress toppers (they should be made law in all hotels in my book!) We opted for a half board and mini lunch deal which was very good especially the salads, soups and sweets but main courses could have been better. Fish was always dry and over cooked and sauces were not good. however the gourmet night was absolutely excellent and breakfast was good. Having the lovely terrace with comfortable chairs to eat was also a bonus,The pool area is peaceful and relaxing but quite compact and towel 'reserving' was common in the prime areas. Jacuzzi's were a treat especially the one on the roof terrace. Would like to have spent more time up there but with no parasols it was too hot. Regarding staff they were all so friendly and happy, it seemed they enjoyed their work, especially in the restaurant and bar where the service was impeccable. Entertainment every night in the bar was either good or excellent, this is usually not the norm in resort hotels. The outdoor seating at the bar however is just a small narrow terrace and would be better if it spread down to the pool terrace as the music could still be appreciated there. It seems from other comments that the hotel keeps adding improvements hence the reason for my remarks. Porto Santa Maria we love you and will return.More
Our third visit to this hotel and, if anything it gets better. It is a truly relaxing place and from the welcome at arrival through to breakfast and bar service the staff are excellent. Whilst it has always been very good, It appears to have got even better since the arrival of Carla as the General Manager last year. She is visible and approachable, friendly and has an eye for detail. The team of Carla and Lena works very well. The addition of a brand new 'terrace' decking sitting area for the bar just outside on the front overlooking the sea is very good as is the 'Hawk' man who patrols at breakfast to ensure it is pigeon free! There used to be a small pool next to the main pool which has been converted to a Jacuzzi which adds to the relaxed, enjoyable experience around the pool area. If sunbeds are your thing then there are always some available. Unfortunately the odd person reserves but there is no need to, they are plentiful. The rooms are excellent and it is worth any additional funding to have a sea view room. They are superb and provide a real addition to the overall experience. There is nothing so lovely as sitting on a balcony watching the cruise ships coming and going (a glass of wine adds to the enjoyment!). The rooms have everything you need and when we had a problem with the kettle it was resolved in 10 minutes. The kitchenette is a real advantage, particularly for the fridge, and if you want you can cook a meal and eat it 'alfresco' on the balcony. We requested an iron and board which arrived within minutes, it appears nothing is too much trouble for the staff. As others have said it is right in the Old Town and perfectly located and the staff on reception will literally book anything for you, from restaurants to Levada walks. Very helpful. In relation to the restaurants in the area directly behind the hotel; try to avoid the ones that attempt to woo you in, as there are some excellent ones that don't need to, O' Portao, Ao La Fundo being 2 of them. Our favourite is the Armazem do Sal, a short walk into the town, excellent! We have already booked our next visit and it will be for longer next time, truly lovely!More
Just returned from two fabulous weeks in this lovely hotel. This is a very friendly hotel, each morning we were welcomed to breakfast, by cheerful staff, especially Lena. Fabulous fresh fruit, pastries, cold meats, smoked salmon and cheeses, and of course a selection of hot food for those who love their 'full english', all accompanied with sparking wine, and/or tea and coffee. We were in Room 023 and were able to access the pool area directly from our balcony and the pool towels were replaced regularly. There is also a rooftop terrace with sun loungers and comfy seating areas which afford good views across Funchal. The Captain's bar is a lovely way to wind down at the end of a busy day with one of the delicious cocktails. The location is brilliant, on the sea front in the old town, so very close to all the little bars and restaurants and only a couple of minutes from the cable car. We can't wait to go back!More
Lynne S, Salisbury, United Kingdom
Spent a week here and it was an excellent hotel. Location was brilliant, very handy for local bars and restaurants and walks in to the old town. Only had one evening meal in the restaurant, the gourmet evening, and the food was excellent. Breakfast can be a bit of a bun fight as everyone comes down late! The one time we went down early breakfast was leisurely and plenty of food with all the choices you would want. Free Wi-Fi in public areas only but our room picked it up, with we sat on patio! Hoping to visit again.More
ace97, Derby, United Kingdom
i have just returned from this hotel, and cannot rate it highly enough. it is situated on the front in the old town, so it is easy to walk to the marina and explore the bars and restaurants. It is a little oasis, away from the main 'hotels area' Nothing is too much trouble for the staff. Breakfasts are fantastic, Rooms lovely. We will return. Free Wi-Fi needed in the bedrooms though! thank you for a lovely stayMore
SueD37, Belper, United Kingdom
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