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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Honeymooners and Gold/Silver Wedding Anniversaries will receive free room upgrade, subject to availability‚ sparkling wine and flowers on arrival.
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Half Board includes one buffet meal a week at the Porto Mare Resort.
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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.
Arsenal international restaurant*
The main restaurant offers buffet breakfast and a set menu for dinner. 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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Junior Suite with Sea View and Balcony
These light and airy junior suites have been classically styled. There's extra space outside as you'll have a balcony with a sea view. There's a kitchenette with a fridge and two electric rings - there's also a lounge area and the room is fully air-conditioned with free Wi-Fi and satellite TV.
Twin Room with Garden View and Balcony
These classically styled twin rooms have a furnished balcony with a garden view. There's a kitchenette with a fridge and two electric rings and there's also a lounge area. Other items included are bathrobes, free Wi-Fi and satellite or cable TV. Just so you know - these rooms are available for over 16's.
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The best in Funchal by far
Booked this hotel through Expedia after finding it impossible to secure a room through any other route . After 2 years of trying we secured a room the last week of July . It is easy to see why this is the go to hotel in Funchal . The location is perfect, the facilities excellent , the food great and the actual room quality first rate . That is before I mention the wonderfully helpful , friendly staff where nothing is too much trouble . This was tested out on our first night when my wife damaged her ankle in a fall . The staff were genuinely concerned for her well being even offering to call an ambulance if necessary . As it was a cold compress with ice and towel from the bar sufficed . The morning staff in the restaurant were very friendly , especially the usual table hostess who made every effort to find you a table of your desire within the restaurant area , either inside or outside on the patio. The breakfast is fantastic with no end of choice of hot and cold food, plus juice /tea /coffee . There were always enough sunbeds or seating outside for snacks . The staff attentive and friendly during the day. Evening entertainment was usually a session musician or singer . Decent quality if a little too loud for us , but we usually sat outside where we could appreciate it , but still chat . The hotel provides a courtesy bus into town during the day and there are always taxis available if you want to travel further afield . The room itself was a good size with nice towels and a super comfy bed and pillows ( I haven't slept as well on holiday as i did there ) . The air con is really effective and quiet enough to keep the room cool through the night and fully adjustable between 16C and 25C . All in all a perfect hotel in the perfect location adjacent to the old town area for evening restaurants etc. Try it , you will love it . More
Second visit just as good as the first
We have never returned to a holiday resort for a second time before - life is too short. However, after a very enjoyable holiday at this hotel in Funchal last year, we broke that rule and came back to the Santa Maria for 11 days at the end of June. I can only repeat what most other reviewers have said many times: the rooms are clean and comfortable; the staff are pleasant,polite and efficient; there are plenty of sun beds and a snack bar to provide drinks and lunches if required; there is a bar with musical entertainment each evening should you wish to stay in the hotel. The food is very good in the hotel, especially the breakfasts where I would imagine there is enough choice to satisfy every possible taste and we found the gourmet night meal enjoyable and well worth the money.This year we stayed b&b in order to enjoy the abundance of restaurants close to the hotel (O Tapassol being our favourite). Madeira is a beautiful island with lots to offer the tourist. We may even return for a third visit one day and would not hesitate to choose this well-located hotel for a quiet, relaxing holiday.More
Great location, helpful staff, good breakfast!
We loved this hotel - staff were very helpful, and the breakfast is excellent, so we mostly didn't bother with lunch! There is a tiny kitchenette in the room and some evenings, after a busy day, we came back with some simple food from the nearby Spar and relaxed and ate on our balcony, looking at the sea. But there are umpteen restaurants and cafes within a very few minutes walk if you want to eat out - as we did several times, including in the hotel's restaurant. We were in room 104, which is in the middle with a sea view (I'm glad we were not on the side with the park view). It is a pleasant room - BUT it is above the bar where they have musical entertainment every evening, which often finishes at 11.15, The music is not deafening but it is totally audible, so if you like going to sleep earlier, you may prefer a room elsewhere in the hotel.We liked that there is an outdoor pool and an indoor one, which is not crowded and where you can escape sunburn.More
Friendly staff, excellent location
This was our second time on Madeira but the first staying in Funchal. We couldn't have picked a better location than this, on the edge of the old town. All the staff were friendly, the room was cleaned every day and the breakfast staff very attentive. We ate out during the day, preferring to go into town instead staying around the pool. Its a very pleasant short walk, 20 minutes, into the centre of the town. The hotel is a nice size, not overly large, with a great view of the ocean and part of the harbour. We had a 10 day stay in July and are seriously considering booking again for next year.More
Bill S, 503775
My idea of heaven!!
There is nothing missing from this wonderful hotel...from the accommodation to the amazing staff...great food , entertainment .The location is perfect ...on the doorstep of the old quarter where all the wonderful restaurant are. If you are looking for a peaceful retreat it's here too. We visit madeira every year and would never think of staying anywhere but at the Porto Santa Maria. WE WILL BE BACK IN APRIL WITH FRIENDS X XMore
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