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.
Discounted green fees at Santo da Serra and Palheiro Golf.
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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 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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Lovely hotel in a great position
I have just returned from a week at this hotel which, as a single traveller, could not be in a better position in the old town with everything on the doorstep. I had a sea view room on the second floor which had a slightly restricted view of the harbour as it was set back but still very pleasant. Comfortable bed and well equipped bathroom (apart from the rather slow hairdryer and the basin tap whose spout was fitted too near to the edge of the basin). A very handy kitchenette with fridge, kettle, two ring hob but no tea and coffee unless you were a returning guest so take your own. There are a couple of small supermarkets near the hotel and the bigger Pingo Doce about 10 minute's walk into town. The breakfast buffet was very good and I ate in the hotel a la carte a couple of times in the evening which was also good and the prices were on a par with the local restaurants. Loads of restaurants to choose from right outside the hotel. Staff were very pleasant but my only real gripes were the charge of â¬12 a week for use of the safe and, if you wanted to use wi fi in your room it would have been â¬25 a week. My only other problem was an almost constant machinery noise in my room at night which kept me awake. It was not the air conditioning as that was off so I can only assume the room may have been near a plant room. These are the only reasons I have not given five stars. Having said that, if and when I return to Funchal, I would definitely stay at the Porto Santa Maria again. More
Amazing - Don't stay anywhere else in Funchal!
Me & the Mrs have been to Funchal a few times on the cruise ships & based on this we booked a week in May Thomson package deal cost Â£650 each for B&B - Amazing throughout... - Private taxi to & from airport (20 mins transfer time) - Cases whisked away at the entrance & delivered straight to the room - Bottle of bubbly & flowers in the room as it's our anniversary - Pay a few extra Â£ for a sea view room as it's well worth it to sit on the balcony & watch the waves roll in & you get a birds eye view of any cruise ships docking (itinerary of ships due on the hotel notice board) - iPod docking station, toiletries re-stocked daily, pool towels all standard. Yep, Wifi is 25â¬ or free in the lobby. However this is super quick & we watched Netflix, FaceTime & played albums via YouTube pretty much every evening so worth it as free Wifi is usually terrible anyhow - We booked a twin & asked for this to be made up as a double to get the extra bed size which is a must for us! - Breakfast amazing. Full English, French & German style continental, fruit & prosecco! - The hotel "mini-buffet" is spot on for 12.5â¬ a head & is served midday until 3pm. If you buy 7 of these up front on reception you get them for 11â¬ each. This is a bargain as you get soup, salad, main selection & dessert (& as much as you like!) - Rooftop terrace with jacuzzi is serene & we did the morning by the pool & afternoon up top! - Captains Bar is reasonably priced then all alcohol is half price between 6&7 so get your cocktails in! - Everything in the hotel can be cashless so we just bashed it on the card & settled up at the end! We ate in the hotel every lunch, sangria by the pool daily (this is amazing by the way!), beers & cocktails every night, wifi for the week & tips. All in, this was â¬280 Now the location of the hotel in the old town is second to none & you have the pick of the restaurants on your doorstep all laid out in the streets opposite the hotel & then a couple of streets back - Tartaruga. Great place to eat & watch the world go by & amazing staff. Starters, mains, dessert & 2 cocktails each 50â¬ - Chinese (opposite). We had a couple of takeaways from here & ate on the balcony after a few beers. 20â¬ for us both - O Tapassol. Book the upstairs window seats with the guys outside during the day & then dine here as the sun goes down - Spa supermarket is next door to this. Stock up on a few Coral beers here & all your soft drinks for the fridge in your room! Honestly, don't stop anywhere else as this is 5* quality hotel in the best location bar none! Loads of people who were stopping elsewhere came here for food & commented on how much better the Santa Maria was! Staff are also fantastic as you would expect - Fresh towels daily, breakfast delivered to the room for a small tray charge, breakfast & lunch service exceptional, bar staff friendly & chatty, concierge very helpful, taxi guys like mini-travel reps & gave us the full low down in the locality! Will 100% will be returning - You also get a nice loyalty card for discounts off your next visit More
Picturesque Island Holiday
One hour after touching down at airport we were enjoying a lunch courtesy of the hotel. Room was very comfortable and clean. Staff were helpful, friendly and courteous. Hotel could not have been in a better position, overlooking the bay and ideal for walks along the promenade and access to lots of restaurants. We would recommend it to anyone.More
Barrie M, Worcester, United Kingdom
Fabulous location great hotel !
The hotel is in the best location for a visit to Funchal...very close to the cable car and easy to walk to restaurants bus tours etc. The reception area is spotless (wouldn't say luxurious) and as it has only 3 floors it isn't a high rise hotel which I prefer...doesn't take forever to find your way around. The rooftop terrace has stunning views of the hills and port..with very comfortable seating areas to either read a book in the shade or sunbathe..and you can order drinks to be brought up there lovely sitting watching the cruise ships go past while drinking sangria which was good value..do order earlier than you want the drink as staff in the pool bar are busy. We had a sea view studio which was great...meant if you had a big breakfast you could make a snack and eat on the small veranda..also meant you could make tea or coffee anytime (I took some teabags with me and coffee as none supplied) there is a spar at the back of the hotel so easy to just pop in and buy whatever you want for a snack. I had asked for a higher floor given there are only 3 levels and with a full sea view and the hotel gave us exactly this...although they can't always guarantee a room in advance...this was much appreciated. Our room had views over the rocks/beach and I loved lying in bed watching the cruise ships sail past..amazing. The breakfast buffet was excellent...lots of choice and hot bacon eggs etc..as well as plenty of fruit and coffee and tea brought to the table for you...all the waiting staff were friendly and fast to serve you. We chose not to do half board or semi half board because we wanted to try so many restaurants recommended by various friends who had visited the island..and I don't like buffets for dinner as I dislike food that has been lying around or in trays ..just always reminds me of a canteen no matter how luxurious the food is walking around with a plate( foraging for food I call it lol) but you could have a la Carte. We did have the gourmet night which meant waiter service..wine to pair with the food and it was not disappointing exactly but definitely not as good as the outside restaurants and cost around the same so I wouldn't highly recommend it but wouldn't say don't eat here either as the food was nicely presented ..depends what your preferences are. Madeira itself is possibly one of the most beautiful islands I've visited..just has something old world about it ..even though it has lots of tourist hotels etc..it has a charm unusual nowadays and the people are very friendly..we were having a chill out week so didn't tour much but would go back and maybe hire a car and see more of the Island although we did take a taxi to Canico to visit a rib restaurant with exceptional meat used mainly by locals...the hotel was terrific calling and booking the taxi for us..and the service on taxi airport transfers was also great. The entertainment in the hotel in the evening was also very good as was the Happy hour..we tended to go down before we were going out for dinner and have a couple of drinks then in for a nightcap and found it to not be expensive for cocktails or whatever you fancied..my husband loved their brandy Alexander. Its a hotel mainly frequented by older people....but would be great for anyone wanting a lovely break as adult only which I prefer. I would absolutely go back to Madeira and stay here again..probably not next year ..but would maybe do the flower festival another year. Absolutely must pay for sea view room ...wasn't keen on the garden rooms outlook although as they are a bit cheaper could maybe live with that as you don't spend that much time in the room and could use the roof terrace most of the day anyway. I checked out some of the other hotels and where they were situated for future reference and while some were in reasonably good positions ..this hotel is the best spot IMO.More
Beautiful Island and wonderful people
This was our first visit to Madeira. We travelled in a group of six friends to celebrate a 60th Birthday. This Hotel is situated in the old town of Funchal which is in an interesting location and suitable for all ages to explore. We arrived on a Friday evening and was greeted by very welcoming staff. Very speedy registration and shown to our rooms. We had requested sea view rooms which were super and also on the ground floor overlooking the very well maintained gardens . We were close to the pool and sun loungers. The food in this hotel was excellent and I would rate at 5 star. Great selection of fruit, pastries, breads, cooked and uncooked breakfasts.We chose half board and were not disappointed with any meal in fact quite the opposite. The waiting staff and I must mention ours - Ricardo, Jorge and Catia were excellent so friendly and happy to give great service. Nothing was too much trouble for them. We had arranged a surprise birthday breakfast and the hotel was fantastic in organising beautiful flowers and champagne. They decorated the table without asking which made the day start in the best possible way. The hotel is immaculate inside and out, beds and towels were changed as often as you wanted and the rooms cleaned to a very high standard. We had booked through Cosmos which I had never used before. We attended the reps meeting and felt that the whole experience of that was rather rushed and confusing. She informed us of different tours using local buses but seemed to get confused on the numbers. We did book a Sunday tour which she told us we could hop on and off at several places but this didn't seem to be the case. We were hoping to do a Lavada walk on this tour but again signposts were very misleading. Perhaps more research or a better map of them would be a good idea. So we took up the idea of hiring a Mini bus and driver Joao Carlos Nunes 00351 919912570 or 00351 917244271 who was excellent . He gave a price before he took us on our trip. We did two tours with him which were very reasonable taking us to places we probably wouldn't have seen. One included a fabulous meal in the mountains with local produce and wine served by the very friendly locals 15 euros per head ( for the meal and wine ) The entertainment in the hotel was again excellent.There is a happy hour between 6 and 7 which was always well attended. I cannot fault this hotel on anything, they even have a daily list of ships coming in to port which included the Queen Mary 2 for our visit. We did notice there are several repeat guests which is always a good sign.More
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