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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This lake-like heated pool is surrounded by gardens and a relaxing terrace. Plus, you've got sea views at the ready, too.
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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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We booked this hotel for three nights prior to staying in our usual accommodation outside Funchal. Facing the sea front by the Old Town, the Porto Santo Maria is ideally situated for exploring the centre of the city. Our room was comfortable and well equipped with a small kitchenette, superior toiletries and cable TV. The hotel facilities include a very good outdoor pool, a spacious indoor pool as well as sauna, jacuzzi, a gym with four cardiovascular machines, a rower and free weights. There were always plenty of sun loungers available and the area around the pool was quiet and relaxed. Breakfast, served until 10.30 a.m. was a buffet of a very high standard including champagne and a full range of hot and cold food. The staff were very welcoming and efficient throughout. Overall we thought this hotel offered superior service and facilities for a reasonable price and was well worth its 4 star rating.More
John R, Liverpool
Excellent location and best of staff
Our stay, May/June 15, was as great as in previous years. The location and views are the best - by the sea, restaurants at Rua de Santa Maria, the "old" town, and centre of Funchal. Many of the staff are long standing and are very helpful, friendly, and simply good to converse with. We enjoyed immensely a junior suite with own patio, sunbeds and sea view. Fantastic. The breakfasts are of the same high standard and variety. The management are also developing new events such as talks about old Funchal, a simple sheet of news from home (UK, Germany etc) and a drinks evening. Many guests we spoke with are frequent visitors. Sadly, a good review makes it harder to book this great hotel. Free wifi exists in the reception.More
Allways stay at The Cliff Bay put pop in for a drink or snack. Staff friendly food good situation on the seafront good as well. Nice atmosphere staff like all Porto Bay staff excellent and make you very welcome even if not a guest at the hotel.Run by a great manager who i know from The Cliff Bay [ hope your son continues getting well Carla] and like all hotels in this group makes you want to return.More
bob4434, Glasgow, United Kingdom
I have fond memories of this hotel! It stands out for its large indoor pool, in which you can swim laps. Since it is an adult-only hotel, there are no kids in the pool, so it is actually possible for adults to swim laps in it. Having a small kitchen in the room was great. And the place was quiet - you don't hear a sound in your room. Firm bed, good shower, central AC (not room units). For those who want to loaf in the sun, there is a large terrace with beach chairs near the small outdoor pool. All this makes for a very relaxing stay. I had a "sea view" room. These rooms face the sea, but do not necessarily have much of a sea view. The first room I was assigned mainly had a view of a roof, but I was able to switch to a more acceptable room higher up, on the second floor. Wifi in the rooms ought to be free, but in fact there is a charge for it. There is, however, a free computer for guests' use in the lobby.More
Great location for the old town
For me the location was perfect. The charm of the old town and away from the more commercial area where the majority of hotels are. The hotel is lovely with an amazing roof top terrace where you can sunbathe and sit in the hot tub during the day, evening drinks or watch the firework displays. The hotel also had activities through the week, many were free including pilates classes. Good breakfast but could be a little more varied. Only real issue for me was that you had to pay for wifi in the rooms- I think it really should be free all over the hotel!More
Elaine H, Liverpool, United Kingdom
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