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.
Great hotel on the doorstep of the old town and many restaurants.
Stayed at the Porto Santa Maria for the 2nd time in May 2014. Very convenient for the old town, and shops and restaurants. A small friendly hotel, that won't disappoint you as an alternative to the bigger ones west of the centre.More
Michael E, Welwyn Garden City, United Kingdom
Our Stay at Porto Santa Maria
We stayed at the Porto Santa Maria from July 18th to July 28th 2014 and we had a really enjoyable stay. The location of the hotel is near the cable car and also the local buses and lots of restaurants. The only downside is that it is a fair way from the ferry terminal.Our double room had a sea view and was of a good size, with a nice bathroom and kitchenette and was very clean, and was also pretty quiet . The hotel staff were very helpful and friendly, apart from one of the receptionists , whom we found a little frosty. Staff would go out of their way to help us with any queries we had, especially trying to fathom out the local buses! One of them actually booked a trip to Porto Santo on the ferry for us at short notice.The restaurant we found really good, with an excellent breakfast, and a choice of continental or cooked breakfast and a really excellent buffet evening meal , with a different theme every night and lots of choice on all courses and the quality of food was superb. The waiters and waitresses were all very charming and helpful. We made some use of the Captains Bar, where they had different musicians every night. The hotel also has both an indoor and outdoor swimming pool, which we used several times. This hotel, as other people have stated, exudes quality. The only downside to this holiday was having to leave, which speaks volumes about both Madeira itself and the hotel itself. We will definitely be back in the not too distant future to stay at this wonderful hotel. A real gem!More
Simon H, London, United Kingdom
We have just had seven days at the Santa Maria and it was pretty good. The room was large with an excellent bathroom, it also had a kitchenette with pots and pans and a large fridge.
The breakfasts were excellent and the evening meal was also good, especially the Gourmet evening. The main bar, the Captains Bar served excellent cocktails and had some excellent bands to entertain.
The hotel is in an excellent position, right next to the sea, but in the heart of Funchal old town where there are loads of bars and restaurants.
The promenade outside the hotel is new and the building work has finished, it looks really good.
The work near the cruise terminal is still going on, but it is a long way from the hotel. We loved watching the ships leaving the port from our balcony.More
Just come back from the beautiful island of Maderia, and spent a wonderful 14 nights at this hotel. Nothing was too much trouble for the staff, and they were even kind enough to provide me with a EU/UK travel adaptor after I realised I'd forgotten mine. The rooms were very clean and spacious, and the public areas were also spotless at all times. The roof terrace has also been revamped, and boasts a spa-style hot tub, as well as comfortable seating and sunbeds.
The location is brilliant - an easy walk into Funchal and also right in the heart of the restaurant district of the old town. As other people have said, there was work still on-going on the sea front (a new municipal beach / sea defence was being created) but this provided minimal disruption whist I was there,More
Kaz6474, Leamington Spa, United Kingdom
Quality with a capital Q
This hotel exudes quality. The position is great on the flat right next to the Fort in the old town. The rooms are large especially the junior suites and include a lovely bathroom with good toiletries. You can't say enough about the staff all of whom go that extra mile and are always smiling even when up against irritating guests. At breakfast and dinner you are more than well catered for and the food is varied and frequently topped up or changed. Plenty of pool beds to go round and no need to try and reserve them. Try the roof terrace for something different. nice eating areas and even a hot tub. Only downside to our stay was having to leave and come home. Would recommend you try this hotel very strongly.More
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