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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The outdoor pool is parallel to the sea so you can watch the boats go by from the terrace and landscaped gardens. It's curvy and heated with a temperature of 24°.
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
Twin room with garden view sleeps up to 3 with kitchenette with fridge and 2 electric rings, dining area, internet connection, 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, internet connection, bathrobes and furnished veranda.
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First visit but won't be our last
We have just returned from two weeks half board at the Porto Santa Maria. We chose this hotel as it was on the outskirts of the old town. The hotel was beautiful. Rooms were clean and they had very comfy beds. The staff were polite and made us feel very welcome and their service and friendliness was outstanding. The food in the restaurant was really good. There was plenty of choices. Each night was a themed night and we were spoilt for choice. I must mention the Gourmet night, the food was superb, service was great. Before we arrived I had read on trip advisor that people were reserving sun beds and then not using them for most of the day. This happened but with only a couple of sun beds. It wasn't difficult to find a sun bed throughout the day. We will definitely be returning to this hotel for our next holidayMore
Julie B, Nottinghamshire, United Kingdom
My wife and I have just returned from a one week break at this hotel and on our return discussed our feelings about the holiday.We agreed we could not fault it.The hotel is situated in the heart of the old town with its mulitude of restaurants and bars on the doorstep.Comfort and service are of the best and our garden view room was spacious with one of the most comfortable beds I have slept in.We were bed and breakfast and there was huge choice of food to satisfy everyone's taste. Service and friendliness of the staff was of the highest. As a tip I would avoid the garden rooms to the west wing as they overlook the bus station and the cable car. We will certainly return next year.More
400RalphM, Newcastle upon Tyne, United Kingdom
We've just returned from a week at the Hotel Porto Santa Maria in Funchal. This hotel was immaculately decorated and extremely clean. The rooms were of a very high standard with an enormous bathroom. The maid service was terrific. We were on a bed and breakfast basis and the dining room was brilliant. The choice of food was excellent with such a wide range of both hot and cold foods alongside a multitude of fruits and even Bucks Fizz! The service was excellent as well. We didn't have an evening meal in the hotel because of the position of the hotel, the choice of restaurants in the area was immense. We ate at a different place every night and never had a bad meal anywhere. The pool area was as good as the rest of the hotel with loads of sunbeds, beautiful gardens and even a jacuzzi. As has been said in some other reviews there is some building work being done on the seafront owing to the floods a few years go but we never found these a problem. If I was going to complain about anything, it would be the lack of information at reception about free wi.fi, courtesy bus etc. A wonderful holiday......thank you. NtMore
julie h, Leicester, United Kingdom
Superb Location, Great Hotel
We have just returned from a two week break at the PSM, for us it was a perfect location with great sea views and in the midst of many reasonable and good quality restaurants. Our room was beautifully furnished with a very comfortable and huge bed, maid service was excellent with toiletries regularly replaced and linen changed every other day, there was no shortage of clean towels and pool towels were provided and changed on demand. The rooms also contain a small kitchenette which meant you could provide a quick snack or make a cup of tea/coffee whenever you wished, our view was lovely of both the sea and the small port. The hotel itself was spotlessly clean and the staff seemed to be forever cleaning all of the public areas, public toilets were always immaculate and a pleasure to use. The pool areas were good and both the indoor and outdoor pools were nice to use, there did seem to be a shortage of sunbeds on the odd occasion but people came and went so if you were patient you could find a bed eventually, again these areas were kept to a very high standard. The gardens are small but well presented and again there is a team of gardeners who work continually to keep them at their best. The breakfast that was provided was very good with plenty of choice and with unlimited access you could have a very substantial meal if you wished, the restaurant was run by a very amiable young lady called Lena who welcomed you warmly and always found time to have a quick word about your holiday, she really got your day off to a good start. I can make no comment about the evening meals as we dinned out every evening but those I spoke to said they were of a good and varied standard. In conclusion we would recommend the PSM to anyone, it is close to the old town and the cable car and it is an easy walk to many restaurants and attractions. I do think that a shower facility for the sun bathing area to the right of the pool area would provide greater guest comfort and there is a water supply in the top corner available, this would be cheap to provide and would be much appreciated by the guests. Finally the staff here are really nice and friendly, staff make a holiday in my opinion and they certainly made our break memorable. We will return here in the future for sure and look forward to it eagerly.More
JOHN L, Newark, United Kingdom
Going back next year
My wife and I stayed at the Porto Santa Maria for a week in July having visited the hotel bar for cocktails whilst staying at the Quinta Bela Sao Tiago in 2013. We liked what we saw at the Porto Santa Maria and decided to stay there this year. It is in an excellent position on the promenade in the old town, with plenty of restaurants on the doorstep and a stones throw from the cable car terminus. Being an adults only hotel it is very relaxed and never seemed crowded, though breakfast time was quite busy. We had a sea view room and prior to our arrival I emailed requesting a quiet room and the room we were allocated was perfect. I had also mentioned that it was our 30th wedding anniversary in July. We had only been in our room for a few minutes when a bottle of champagne on ice arrived along with a vase of lovely flowers, courtesy of the management! It's things like this that make a holiday special. Like most people here we were on bed & breakfast, as we like to eat out each evening. The breakfast at the hotel is good, with plenty of choice, though to be honest we did prefer the breakfast at the QBST. The food served at the pool bar is very good for lunch and the staff are friendly and pleasant. It was easy to get a lounger any time of the day; however, even though you are requested not to do so, people still put towels on loungers to reserve them! This is really annoying as quite often they would remain unused for most of the day. To be fair this happens at most hotels and as already said it wasn't a problem here. There is also a roof terrace with panoramic views of the Funchal, with plenty of loungers; but few parasols.Still nice though! This is a spotlessly clean hotel, very well run and all the staff go about their work in an efficient manner. Lina the guest relation manager does an excellent job always checking if everything is ok and if she can do anything for you. On departure guests are given a a Prestige Card to use next time. In a nut shell it gives you discount on future accommodation and purchases of food and drink etc; which can be used at all Porto Bay Group hotels. We have taken advantage of this and booked a week in September next year direct with the hotel at a much cheaper rate than this year with Thomas Cook and the price also includes quite a few extras. We can't wait to return as we thoroughly enjoyed it this year and would highly reccomend this hotel. Oh by the way, all alchaholic drinks are 1/2 price during happy hour each evening, two cocktails for 6 euros, it would be a shame not to have one or two!More
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