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.
One week holiday. Upgraded to sea view which was fantastic. Saw all the cruise ships docking. Close to town centre, loads of restaurants,
right near the cable car. Lavish breakfast buffet. Helpful staff. Great pool and jacuzzi facilities. Check out the roof terrace. Check out the worlds smallest country near the dock especially if you love cats
We will come again.......More
Best hotel we've ever stayed in!
I cant really improve on the reams of excellent reviews this hotel already has. But i couldn't not leave a review all the same.
The stand-out points, were the overall peace of the place, the incredibly comfy bed (the 'bed', being two singles pushed together - but totaling about 7 foot wide!), and the rooftop terrace. Where we spent a fair bit of time both in the hot-tub by day, and relaxing with a bottle (or 2) of wine of an evening after returning from eating out. The views being amazing.
I've said this is the best hotel we've ever stayed in - and it is. We've stayed in a good few 'decent' hotels on our travels, but none have been totally faultless - till now.
If i had to gripe i might say the 'entertainment' wasn't totally up our street as its a bit 'free and easy' (sedate) for us - but it goes with the ambiance of the hotel. But that really is all i can pick at. And, it isn't as if we even choose hotels on the strength of the entertainment anyway.
Another plus, was that its adults-only, which we didn't realise on booking. It just got better and better! It's possible that there is an equally good hotel on Madeira, but i can't see one actually being better.More
YorkshireMixter, Keighley, United Kingdom
We are regular visitors to Madeira, and usually stay at the Eden Mar, which is a sister hotel within the same group (Porto Bay Hotels). This time we were unable to get accommodation for our chosen dates, so booked the Porto Santa Maria instead.
We were not disappointed in any way, standards are obviously maintained across the board and our junior suite was more like a small apartment with separate dayroom and small kitchenette.
Costs were broadly similar certainly no more than expected.
Probably because the hotel offers level access to the old town and is an easy walk into the main part of the city, the guests tend to be slightly older, however having just recently retired ourselves we did not feel out of place.
The major harbour works are nearly finished, the area outside the hotel has been completed, and you should be able to walk all the way to the Marina within a month or two, certainly I would anticipate all being done and dusted for 2015.
Our return flight was delayed by 24 hours due to strong winds, Thomas Cook were able to feed and
accommodate us in another hotel near the airport, it was of a very reasonable standard and we have no complaints regarding their handling of a situation which could have seen us camped on the airport floor.
All in all another successful vacation, only issue now is will we return to Eden Mar or Porto Santa MariaMore
Barraidh, Hebrides South
Great hotel in fantastic location. Staff were very helpful and friendly. Good food entertainment every night. Loads of places to eat very close by. Gardens and pool well kept. Free bus to other sister hotels if you fancy a changeMore
An excellent return visit
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
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