Hotel Porto Santa Maria  

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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Honeymoon Offer

Honeymooners and Gold/Silver Wedding Anniversaries will receive free room upgrade, subject to availability‚ sparkling wine and flowers on arrival.

Golf Discounts

Discounted green fees at Santo da Serra and Palheiro Golf.

Food & Drink

Bed and Breakfast

Buffet breakfast.

Dining options Breakfast Lunch Evening meal Drinks Snacks, Icecream
Half Board

Half Board includes one buffet meal a week at the Porto Mare Resort.   

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Outdoor pool

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.

Captain's Bar*

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, 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, bathrobes and furnished veranda.

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Very good Hotel indeed

i Dont stay at this hotel stay at The Cliff Bay part of the same group Visit it for coffee and a snack.Excellent Staff facilities are excellent rooms to i am told bars etc are good.Staff attitude to even a visiting guest for lunch is friendly they make you welcome.The hotel has an excellent new general manager Carla who i know from The Cliff Bay who i am sure will make this hotel even better in the future.A wonderful view of the harbour and sea front near the old town well worth a visit even for just a snack or drink.More

bob4434, Glasgow, United Kingdom


The first time we have been to Madeira, this is a great place to stay in the old town next to the fort and cable car. We had a wonderful room and super view of the harbour from our room, watching the cruise ships entering and leaving port. We had dinner in the hotel a couple of times, it was very good, so was breakfast. We would certainly recommend the hotel and location. More

Mrsieve, Scotland

One of the best hotels we've stayed I.

This has the perfect location in funchal with amazing views over the harbour and sea, the staff are friendly and efficient especially the lady in the morning at breakfast , the Inside is spotlessly clean, the pool area delightful and the roof terrace superb, we were given room 262 which is a stunning room with a fab view, the kitchen area with full size fridge is brilliant as we were quite happy sitting on our balcony in the sun with a cold bottle of wine and meats and salads bought from the market watching the world go by, it is our 10yr wedding anniversary this year and the hotel placed a bottle of champagne and flowers in our room on arrival which was a lovely touch, the fact they don't allow under 16 is great for our adult only holiday, but sadly means we can't stay there next year as we will have our 10 yr old with us ! But we will certainly be back again at some point as we love maderiaMore

DevonGnome, devon

Didn't want to leave - so re-booked immediately we got home!

Our main criteria was for a 8 night break, early March 2015, decent hotel with swimming pool, pool bar and decent on-site buffet restaurant - and most important of all - no children! Following numerous recommendations on Trip Advisor and elsewhere we booked our stay at The Porto Santa Maria in August 2014. All of our requirements were met - without exception! And to illustrate our content it may be of interest to the reader that whilst we were looking forward to writing this review, our most important task on returning home - was to book a further weeks stay in late July 2015! Such was our satisfaction! The hotel is situated on the edge of the ‘old town’, next to the fort and immediately adjacent to the new promenade. The swimming pool, whilst not being very large is more than adequate for the hourly ‘cool-off’ dip! At times during our stay it was barley used - rater like having our own private pool! There is also a large, heated indoor/outdoor pool with great WC and changing facilities plus a sauna - all very well maintained. The pool / patio area is immaculate - the gardens lovingly cared for, bar service by the well-trained staff is faultless and excellent value for money. There is piped music around the bar area - but this is very low volume and if you’re into ‘easy listening’ Sinatra, Clooney, Ella, Nat Cole etc etc - its simply great. Bar service (telephone) on the roof top terrace is also available, here you will find the third of the hotels jacuzzis and more comfortable sun beds / loungers / seating - and an unparalleled 360º view. We only had one meal away from the hotel on our first night, such was the variety of choice on each of the ‘themed’ evenings. If prior to your arrival you are offered a ‘meal deal’ the €220 10 meal including €50 drinks credit represents excellent value. Meals are buffet style or you can choose from a reasonably extensive menu. The lunchtime mini buffet largely consists of a good selection of left-overs from the previous nights main buffet and consists of an excellent selections of dishes. I am vegetarian, and on each of the themed evenings I was more than catered for with the exception of the ‘Gourmet Evening’ where unfortunately there is no veggie alternative, although the lovely, professional and lively Lina explained that the ‘chef’ would prepare something special for me if required - which is a nice touch - but i would have preferred a veggie option provided - that is my only very minor criticism. The buffet breakfast - again an excellent almost overwhelming choice - together with a glass of sparkling wine really sets one up for the day! Our room (225) at the far east of the building, next to the Fort gave excellent views from the balcony of entire promenade and harbour. The entire hotel is immaculate in every area - the rooms cleaned daily by a very pleasant, friendly professional team. On my return trip in August I doubt I shall hardly leave the hotel grounds, I’m of an age when i know longer want to search a new restaurant each evening - i prefer to stick with what i know. In summary, an excellent well run hotel - ideal for a very relaxing week or two sitting round a nice pool without any screaming kids destroying the ambiance, good selection of food in-house and within easy walking distance of the town and its amenities. My EasyJet App tells me i have just 130 days before my next flight to Funchal - can’t wait! Ian and Paul Handley, Room 225 5th - 13th March 2015.More

IanHandleywyborn, Norwich, United Kingdom


We are here for the first time, experiencing a beautiful place. The hotel is situated "on the beach" in the Old Town, close to the magnificent cablecar to Monte and overlooking the harbour. Our room was spacy, clean and tastefully equipped. If we should ever come back to Madeira, we would not have to consider alternative accomodation.More

fkprydz, Oslo, Norway

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