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“Sheer Pleasure” 5 of 5 stars
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Suite Hotel Eden Mar (Porto Bay)
4.0 of 5 Hotel   |   Rua do Gorgulho, 2, Funchal, Madeira 9004-537, Portugal   |  
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“Sheer Pleasure”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 11, 2013

We love the Eden Mar and have just had our 9th visit. This time we stayed for a month. Everything was good, the
staff, the restaurants and the entertainment.

We are going again in 2014. We are looking forward already and only returned home
yesterday.

Well worth a visit.

Chris Kemp

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  • Stayed August 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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antoniopais, General Manager at Suite Hotel Eden Mar (Porto Bay), responded to this review, October 4, 2013
Dear Guest,

Nine times with us, one month your recent stay…THANK YOU
More than any hotel ranking, more than any travel award, it is you and fortunately so many other guests like you, that makes us proud of our work and staying so many times with us is the BEST recognition we can ever have.

See you soon for another future stay.

Warm regards,

Muito obrigado


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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 11, 2013

We stayed the first two weeks of August , Can only agree with majority of comments helpful staff good size rooms cleanliness etc , the reason we wont return as with 8 out of 10 post here Yes the sunbed wars , This is how it was Total Madness ! 2012 the sunbeds around the Herb Garden was roped off until 9 am with a sign no towels on beds until 9 am this year the sign was removed , hence out of 40,50 beds every one had towels on , nothing left apart from the front terrace garden where you were not allowed a umbrella ? the whole of the Porto Mare Pool taken by 8 45 am , One morning my wife thought if you cant beat them etc , up and out at 8 15 am, the whole lot had been reserved she wasted her time , our last day ,we where up at 6 30 am for our return flight looking out of the balcony it was like the walking dead they where out at 6 45 am !!! putting towels on there favourite sunbeds ,what i thought i left all that behind in the 80s 90s , there our signs 1 umbrella per 2 beds,one family had 5 umbrellas for 4 sunbeds ? sheer greed ,our answer to this go into 2 ,3 other hotels buy lunch , drinks there and use there pools , there wasn't the same problem in other hotels far from it , in fact by doing so we already chose our hotel to stay next summer , sorry Eden Mare , Porto Mare for all your good points its next door or next door but one next summer , we already met one of your former clients from 2012 who said that was the reason for there non return . 4 stars for the hotel ,location, staff .etc ,but pool . sunbed areas ,go down to the Lido or another hotel ,. unless you want to get up at 6 30 am .

  • Stayed August 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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antoniopais, General Manager at Suite Hotel Eden Mar (Porto Bay), responded to this review, October 4, 2013
Dear Guest,

Thank you for your feedback about your recent stay and regret to know that you are thinking about not return to our place due to the sunbeds issue.

In fact next summer we will be changing the policy and for sure we will be more strict on the rules that we are going to implement.

We would be most pleased to welcome you in a future visit.

Warm regards,

Muito obrigado


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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 8, 2013

Just retuned from another excellent holiday at the Eden Mar. Could not fault anything, suite was great, hotel staff all very helpful & restaurants, particularly the Med were first class.

This was the second year running we have stayed in the Eden Mar & we will return again next year.

  • Stayed August 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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antoniopais, General Manager at Suite Hotel Eden Mar (Porto Bay), responded to this review, October 4, 2013
Dear Guest,

Thank you for your feedback about Eden Mar.

Really glad that you have enjoyed your second holiday experience with us, the hotel the staff service and facilities.

Warm regards,

Muito obrigado


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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 31, 2013

We arrived home on the 19th Aug after staying 2 wks at the Eden Mar , we can't complain about anything , the room was clean and a good size , the food was excellent and the staff were fantastic , But there was one problem the Rep Margaret , we went to the welcome meeting in the Porta Mare where you get put in a room in the lower part of the hotel , this room has no air conditioning and you will be in there with around 60 other people , you then will be subjected to an hour and a half of Margeret telling you her life story and giving you miss information about the buses on the Island and some of the tour operators that you can go to locally to book trips , we know this as we came to Madiera last yr and used the buses and booked some trips , not with Thomson and knew what she was saying was not correct . Also if you start fanning yourself in this extremely hot room , she will have a go at you and tell you to stop as she cannot put up with this as she has some problem with her eyes and can't concentrate on what she is saying or doing ! We found her to be extremely rude and would recommend to Thomson that she is not the right type of person for this type of hotel , maybe Ibiza would be more her style , anyway if you can do without listening to an hr and a half go a Glaswegion accent and mis information , then we would recommend it , Margaret isn't the type of Rep we were expecting at the Eden Mar and your time would be better spent enjoying your holiday around the bar .

  • Stayed August 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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antoniopais, General Manager at Suite Hotel Eden Mar (Porto Bay), responded to this review, September 20, 2013
Dear Guest,

Thank you for taking some of your time giving us feedback about your recent stay at Eden Mar.
Glad that overall you have enjoyed your holidays. Regarding your comments about the Thomson rep please let us know if you want us to discuss the matter with her.

See you soon,

Warm regards,

Muito obrigado,

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 22, 2013

We choose the hotel based mainly on the reviews and I can understand why it gets such consistently good feedback. I don't think we experienced the same level of staff service as other people, the receptionists (just 2 of them for a busy arrival) were a bit rushed so we probably didn't get the full on welcome you would normally get but we were pleasantly surprised that our room was ready even though we arrived earlier than the check in time. Our room was bigger than we have had in similar hotels in other destinations like Tenerife and Majorca which was useful as we had an extra bed as well. The kitchenette is a very useful addition, would be even better if they provided a small bottle of washing up liquid so we could wash our own things. The room was always cleaned to a good standard, sometimes it wasn't done until 5pm but as we were out most of the days it didn't matter too much. The pool areas and gardens were beautifully kept and laid out. We stayed by the smaller pool at the Eden Mar rather than the main pool and as long as we went down just before breakfast around 8.30am we could get 5 sunbeds for our family together right next to the pool. We were amazed that some days at certain times we were the only ones in that pool, it is a big benefit that the island doesn't attract lots of families, it keeps the noise and congestion of the pools to a minimum. We didn't use the indoor pool but it was a good addition to the hotel. We made use of the excellent happy hour at 5pm everyday, drinks half price, a cocktail in a hotel for €3 is not something you would get in many places! It would have been even better in the waiters would take orders from around the pool rather than just collecting the empty glasses. The drinks prices outside of happy hour were quite reasonable. My only niggles are that sometimes the toilets in the public areas weren't as clean as I would expect and on Sunday afternoon someone had a pizza and beers in the bar area in front of the big screen and on Monday morning the rubbish was still there! We used the shuttle to go into town and this was prompt, comfortable and had A/C. The breakfast was good although the hot food wasn't always that hot and it seemed to be quite an effort to get a table for more than 4 people, most in fact were set for 2 or 3 in the Eden Mar side of the complex. We were pleased to get BBC 1, BBC 2 and ITV in our rooms. Overall I would recommend this hotel, especially to families with young children.

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  • Stayed August 2013, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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antoniopais, General Manager at Suite Hotel Eden Mar (Porto Bay), responded to this review, September 20, 2013
Dear Guest,

Thank you for the “view, shared with so many other holiday makers of TripAdvisor.

Happy to learn that overall you have enjoyed your holiday experience at Eden Mar in spite of the issues raised that will be taken in good consideration,

See you soon,

Warm regards,

Muito obrigado,

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 15, 2013

When we decided to revisit Madeira our initial intention was to stay elsewhere. Not because we had in anyway been disappointed previously by the Eden Mar (far from it), just that we thought we'd like to experience somewhere new. However having considered other options we decided on a return visit. We did not regret it.
The facilities are excellent. The kitchen area in the room is a real advantage allowing some "self catering" if you wish. That said the hotel restaurants are good, there are several restaurants that we enjoyed very close by and a good bus service down into the town if you want more options.
The staff are very helpful and when my wife unfortunately had a fall they very quickly got us a doctor and subsequently an ambulance. Parking appears limited, but we never had any problem getting a space. We will return!

  • Stayed May 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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antoniopais, General Manager at Suite Hotel Eden Mar (Porto Bay), responded to this review, August 21, 2013
Dear Guest,

…we will be most pleased to welcome you when you decide to return .
Thank you for your second visit to Eden Mar and for your review on tripadvisor.
Hope your wife is better and next time if you have doubts about the hotel to stay and if you wish to try another one…, why not Porto Mare?

See you son for the 3rd visit to Madeira,

Warm regards

Muito obrigado

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 15, 2013

Just returned home from a thoroughly enjoyable one week family holiday (via Thomson) at the Eden Mar / Porto Mare in Funchal, Madeira. The hotel, the room, the facilities, all round cleanliness, the food were all excellent and the staff and service received throughout the week were exceptional. I simply can't state highly enough the service we received from every member of staff we encountered at the hotel throughout the whole week. All were extremely helpful, courteous, professional and sincere. This was by far the best service we have received at any holiday resort / hotel and it played a huge part in the enjoyment of the overall holiday experience.

We had a Junior Suite room which was exceptionally clean and very spacious and well situated on the 4th Floor therefore enjoying excellent sea and pool views. We dined on a Half board basis and ate for two nights at the Antlantida restaurant, which despite being a buffet style arrangement was superb. The choice and quality of the food offered was excellent and far exceeded our expectations, and was by far the very best 'buffet style' food I have experienced on a package holiday. We also dined here each day for the buffet breakfasts which were truly exceptional. The breakfast choice was enormous and catered for pretty much every possible requirement. The outside tables here were particularly nice as they overlooked the main resort swimming pool. We dined for the remaining five nights at the on-site a la carte 'Med Restaurant' where both the food and service were truly sensational, and I would highly recommend. (see my separate restaurant review).

The prices of food and drinks throughout were extremely reasonable considering the rating / quality of the hotel and there was also a daily 'happy hour' (5-6:30 PM) where all drinks and selected cocktails were half price.

As well as the 2 main outdoor pools (both of which were excellent), the hotel complex also had an excellent indoor Spa area with 2 indoor pools, various jacuzzi's, Gym etc as well as a further external pool linking to the main indoor pool. The outdoor areas had plenty of sun beds however there was the usual early morning scrum to reserve those in the best locations. This often led to many beds being reserved but unused for several hours and I even witnessed some 'serial offenders' (UK guests!!) whereby they reserved beds in both sun and shade positions and swapped beds throughout the day as the sun moved around the pool!! The irony of this is that the Hotel's policy actually forbids the reserving of sun beds, however they clearly do not police this. As I said earlier, there are plenty of beds and so I wouldn't let this put you off, however it is a slight annoyance and I thought it was worthy of mention in this review. All pool towels were provided by the hotel so no need to take any with you as part of your luggage etc.

Worthy of mention also was the gardens, which the hotel complex was set within. Quite simply a magnificent array of plant species etc, throughout and all kept exceptionally tidy and perfectly manicured. Even if you were not at all interested in gardens or plants etc, you could not fail to be impressed by the standard to which all were kept within the setting of the hotel grounds.

Evening entertainment was low key but tasteful and was always concluded by midnight, whereby the various bars closed also. The demographic of the hotel was definitely towards more mature people, although there were a fair amount of families and couples also. The hotel was also geared up mainly for British guests, however there were lots of other European guests also which was great. The atmosphere at the hotel was always calm, quiet and relaxed and there was never even a hint of excessive noise / rowdy behaviour. And for those from the UK reading this review you can relax as you will be pleased to know there wasn't even the tiniest hint of there being any chav or Union Jack short wearing type guests around!!

We embarked on a couple of day excursions (under our own steam and not with Thomson) and there is lots to see and do in and around Funchal if chilling by the pool is not your only holiday requirement. One such trip was to the Funchal Cable Car / Monte (see my separate review) which was excellent value for money and well worth experiencing. We also took one of the many open top bus excursions to see the main sights of Funchal. The Hotel also provided free daily courtesy buses to and from Funchal, which was an excellent touch.

In terms of other on-site activities, within the hotel complex and aside from the main pool / Spa facilities, there was also mini-golf, golf practice facilities, tennis, table tennis, pool table, scuba diving facilities amongst other things available if required (although I was far too busy relaxing to try any of these personally!!) Wi-fi / Internet was also available in the main reception areas of the hotel but not in the rooms. Some work was ongoing throughout our stay to install wi-fi within the rooms although I'm not sure when this will eventually be available

All in all, this was a near perfect holiday, with the facilities / arrangements at the hotel covering just about anything you would need to enjoy a relaxing holiday, and in particular both the food and the staff being exceptional. I would therefore highly recommend this hotel / holiday to anyone. We are already making plans to return.

Room Tip: We had a Junior Suite on 4th Floor (Room 1409) with superb sea and pool views and late afternoon / e...
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  • Stayed August 2013, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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antoniopais, General Manager at Suite Hotel Eden Mar (Porto Bay), responded to this review, August 21, 2013
Dear Guest,

Thank you so much for your recent stay at Eden Mar and for the comprehensive review about it and shared on tripadvisor.
About the sunbeds we are looking for a more effective solution to control it.

We will be most pleased to see you around soon,

Warm regards

Muito obrigado

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Address: Rua do Gorgulho, 2, Funchal, Madeira 9004-537, Portugal
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Location: Portugal > Madeira Islands > Madeira > Funchal
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities ( Kid / Family Friendly ) Kitchenette Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Spa Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#6 Spa Hotel in Funchal
#6 Family Hotel in Funchal
#7 Romantic Hotel in Funchal
#8 Luxury Hotel in Funchal
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Hotel Class:4 star — Suite Hotel Eden Mar (Porto Bay) 4*
Number of rooms: 146
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Divided into studios, superior studios, junior suites and suites, this four star hotel's 146 spacious rooms have been redecorated with textiles in warm pastel colours, completely new furniture and LCD televisions. The kitchenettes have been completely renovated and are equipped with a stove, fridge and microwave oven. The Suite Hotel Eden Mar belongs to the Vila Porto Mare resort, and shares facilities which are also common to other outlets – Hotel Porto Mare and The Residence. ... more   less 
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