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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The outdoor pool is parallel to the sea so you can watch the boats go by from the terrace and landscaped gardens. It's curvy and heated with a temperature of 24°.
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
Twin room with garden view sleeps up to 3 with kitchenette with fridge and 2 electric rings, dining area, internet connection, bathrobes and furnished veranda.
twin room with sea view
Twin room with sea view sleeps up to 3 with kitchenette with fridge and 2 electric rings, dining area, internet connection, bathrobes and furnished veranda.
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Great Hotel by the Old Town
Having been recommended this hotel, we booked a week's holiday in August. We were certainly not disappointed. It is well situated on the promenade right in the Old Town district of Funchal and only two minutes walk from the cable car. We had a large room with a side sea view looking onto the harbour. The room was spotless, well furnished and maintained. It had a small kitchen area which was great for preparing a snack lunch. All the staff were very pleasant and helpful. At breakfast the food was of a very good quality with plenty of choice. We enjoyed having breakfast on the terrace most mornings. We only dined in the hotel on barbeque night and again it was excellent and good value. The other nights we ate in the Old Town where there are many restaurants, most very good but our favourite was Mozart. After dinner, we enjoyed returning to the hotel to have a drink in the bar and enjoy the entertainment. For a central location this hotel is very relaxing and peaceful because of its adults only policy which we appreciated. We certainly would recommend this hotel and we hope to return soon.More
Everything We Hoped It Would Be
This was our first visit to this hotel, I was particularly keen to give it a go having passed it on previous visits whilst walking along the promenade. The reports on Trip Advisor only reinforced our desire to stay here, we were not disappointed. This is a smallish property at the end of the promenade near to the cable car station. It boasts a sea front position and there is access to the promenade from the pool area. On arrival at 11am our room wasn't ready and we had to wait until 1pm, we sat out by the pool and had lunch, in the event the room was ready at 12.50 and we were more than happy to find that our cases had already found there way up to the room. The hotel is clean, bright and well maintained and we found all of the staff friendly and helpful. There was entertainment in the bar every night which you either liked or didn't, some of it we liked ( sounds of the 60's/70's/80's) but most we found we didn't. They do a good selection of cocktails which are reasonably priced and there is a 'happy hour' between 6 and 7 when all drinks are half price. We stayed on a b & b basis and found the breakfasts to be acceptable, some of the cooked offerings were cold. There was plenty of choice but the muesli was distinctly 'bird food.' The hotel is surrounded by restaurants of a reasonable standard, we were underwhelmed by Mozart, which is supposed to be one of the best in resort, but loved Riso. All in all a lovely holiday and one which we would be happy to repeat.More
This is a really lovely hotel - tastefully decorated and very well maintained. The flower decorations in the public areas are beautiful. The rooms are clean and very comfortable, especially the beds. Our room had a balcony with a fantastic view of the sea. Breakfast was good with a huge choice of hot/cold food. The lady greeter at the door was very warm and welcoming. In order to keep birds away when people are eating breakfast outside (you can eat inside too) someone comes everyday with a Harris Hawk who perches on balconies or on his owner's hand! I can't comment on the food in the evenings as we ate out. The grounds are lovely. A really nice touch is that there are labels telling you what all the plants and trees are. There were plenty of sunbeds and umbrellas available. The inside pool is very nice too. There is an outdoor cafe with a reasonable choice of meals and drinks. The meals were all quite substantial. I thought the daily toasted ham and cheese sandwich (which came with chips) and a small drink at 6€ was good value. The bar is very tastefully decorated with comfortable seating. There is a good choice of cocktails at a reasonable price. Service is good. However,I was a little disconcerted by the energy saving light bulbs in the toilets which lit up so slowly that it meant you were in gloom and could hardly see!! In the evenings there is entertainment in the bar. This was not really to our taste - we found it rather fuddy duddy although Luis Salvador singing sounds of the 70s,80s and 90s was quite good. If the entertainment had been more to our taste I would have given this hotel five stars. The location of the hotel is great: overlooking the sea, in the old town with lots of restaurants on the doorstep and two minutes walk from the bottom of the cablecar. Overall I really liked the hotel and would definitely return.More
Maureen G, Chelmsford, United Kingdom
You will not be disappointed.
The hotel, because it is not large ,has a more relaxed atmosphere.People are not fighting for sun beds! There is a beautiful solarium on the roof with wicker sunbeds,chairs and sofas with canopy coverings and jacuzzi .(Super view-Take a bottle of wine up there at night!) We arrived at 1.20 and our room was being cleaned. We were quite happy to wait since check in is 2.00. We were given vouchers for a free lunch on the terrace . Hows that for service ! Spa shop 2mins from hotel to buy your wines spirits and other items. Small modern kitchen area in room complete with utensils,kettle and fridge .More
Mariposa058, Tenerife Canary Islands Espana
We have just returned from our 9th visit to this hotel and it is just as good now as at the first visit. The staff are lovely and very helpful and always have a smile and a word for you. The meet and greet lady called Lena is a great credit and asset to the hotel nothing is too much trouble for her. The food at the hotel is very good best of all the breakfast which is a very large range from hot food to fruits breads,cakes and meats.The only down side to this hotel is that the sea defence still is not complete and you still can't walk along the seafront, it is like walking through a building site and there was still quite a lot noise from the work being done, particularly the second week and I think that the hotel compensation for the work and noise has been taken off to soon, I believe it was taken off in April and I think a better thing to have done would be to reduce it,just to be fair with the hotel guests. Having said that we will be returning next year.More
John W, Sheffield, United Kingdom
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