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Porto Santa Maria Hotel (Porto Bay)
4.0 of 5 Hotel   |   Avda do Mar e das Comunidades Madeirenses 50, Funchal, Madeira 9050-029, Portugal   |  
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Highclere, United Kingdom
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“Wonderful hotel in great location”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 5, 2013

This is a lovely hotel with spacious, well equipped rooms, good food, excellent service and a fantastic location overlooking the bay in the heart of the historic zone. There are so many restaurants within a 5 minute walk that we didn't eat dinner at the hotel but the breakfast selection is vast and enjoyable. There was some engineering work being done to the new harbour defences for which the hotel compensated us generously with a €20 credit per day but it really wasn't a problem for us. In fact being married to an engineer we found the whole thing fascinating rather than distracting. On the whole a lovely hotel which I would heartily recommend for exploring Funchal and the surrounding area.

Room Tip: It is worth upgrading to a sea view room
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  • Stayed February 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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AndreCaldeira, General Manager at Porto Santa Maria Hotel (Porto Bay), responded to this review, March 8, 2013
Dear Guest,

thank you for sharing your holiday experience with others through Tripadvisor, we are glad that you had a nice time and even enjoyed the works. We hope to have you over again if not before to see the final work finished.

Best regards,

André Caldeira
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 1, 2013

This is a lovely hotel with very helpful staff. We stayed here for 2 weeks in November 2011. The location is perfect for the centre of the old town (3 mins away) and there are a huge choice of restaurants, again within a few minutes walk. The pools are fine. We swam in the outdoor pool most days but it was pretty cold most of the time. The heated indoor pool was just perfect.

  • Stayed November 2012, 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
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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AndreCaldeira, General Manager at Porto Santa Maria Hotel (Porto Bay), responded to this review, March 8, 2013
Dear Guest,

thank you for your review on our hotel, we hope that you choose Porto Santa Maria Hotel again for your next visit to Madeira.

Best Regards,

André Caldeira
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 28, 2013

My mother and I. Stayed here for 6 nights in February 2013. Room 112 not too far from the lift as requested. Twin bedded room with very comfortable beds (often on the island the hotels beds are quite firm, melia mar beds good too). Flat screen tv picture quality good, lots of channels. There is a table and 2 chairs and another chair with a desk area. Lighting good. There is a small kichenette sink, full Size fridge, 2 ring hob, cutlery, plates, glasses,etc. no microwave. however we did not use as on the first day i went to make a hot drink and when i turned the tap on ti fill the kettle there were Ants in it, they had come i presume from the water. i did report this to reception who said ants were a problem there. Bathroom good size plenty of hot water. I did notice however sometimes in the morning the water pressure wasn't brilliant from the shower probably due to amount of people using at same time. The bath was short as in a lot of hotels.the sea view rooms are with a supplement, we booked direct with hotel and paid €130 a night bed and breakfast for 2' the garden view rooms can overlook the public park which can be noisy. Also I noticed those rooms are faith smaller balconies. They do offer garden rooms with a view over their garden.garden rooms were €23 a night less. If you are having a sea view room I would suggest top floor the third for better views

Food. Breakfast great lots of choice other people's reviews cover this.
Dinner ate 2 nights buffet €25.50 per person per meal. Fab range of salads. Mains ok but on one evening fish was very dry there are sauces for some of the fish and meats. Deserts a great choice and cheese too. House wine was fine had glass each.

Service. The main greeter Lina was full of energy, worked for hotel for 20 years, covers all hotels in the group. Tea and coffee served in pots to your table always piping hot. Some staff very seriously looking and rarely smiling, a smile goes a long way. Efficiency of clearing use plates from tables very good.

Captains bar. Food good value. Omelette with salad and chips €9 for cheese and ham. I don't eat meat and asked for cheese and onion no problem. You see the menu but would like a different filling just ask. Toasted sandwich comes with wedges and coleslaw €4.90- salads around 10€. If you drink water buy a large bottle rather then 2 small bottles as the price works out better and more water. Large bottle = 4 small bottles. After one had eaten the plates were still left by us on more then one occasion for a long time afterwards. I also had problems getting the bill, one day I asked 5 times both in English and Portuguese and after a long wait it came. Some bar staff not efficient again one here who never smiles. Lina guest relations same lady breakfast greeter came to see us one day whilst eating there and she noted the comments, amazing next day service better.

Hotel adult only which is nice. The group has hotels that are family orientated in the lido area.

The outdoor pool is quite small plenty sun loungers. Bar in area serving light meals, ice cream and drinks. Indoor pool warm but only 1.10 m found it hard to swim in. Jacuzzi nice. Sauna didn't use takes 90 mins to heat up.

Works on promenade a little noisy at times. Hotel allocates € 10 pppn off the cost of food, treatments, drinks do charge items to your room otherwise you don't get the discount. You can not use for tips.

Hotel easy walking distance to cable car, town lots of restaurants nearby, the market,etc. I have lived in Funchal if you need help with anything regarding you holiday please message me happy to advise where I can

There is a terrace on third floor seating areas with lovely views over Funchal the fort and sea

I already done review on regency palace, in march there will be a review on the melia mar, also the royal garden hotel ponta Delgada Azores

Travelled with mother marked as friends category

Room Tip: Third floor best sea views or from the terrace
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  • Stayed February 2013, traveled with friends
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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AndreCaldeira, General Manager at Porto Santa Maria Hotel (Porto Bay), responded to this review, March 8, 2013
Dear Guest,

Thank you for the time reviewing Porto Santa Maria Hotel. We have taken note of the remarks in your review where we can do better and we promise that we will, as always, try to improve them.
We hope to have you at the Porto Santa Maria Hotel again.

Best Regards,

André Caldeira
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 28, 2013

We have just returned from a 1-week break in Funchal, our third stay in Madeira. We chose the hotel primarily for its convenient location, although we had seen it before when on a coach dropping off other passengers and it looked nice. Before booking with Thompson we checked out the feedback on Tripadvisor. We decided to book, in spite of the ongoing building work right outside the hotel. It turned out to be absolutely no problem and we enjoyed a great stay. The hotel was spotlessly clean, the room spacious and well appointed. The bed (& linen) was fantastically comfortable. It's a very well run hotel, the staff are top notch, very efficient and friendly and we will definitely be considering staying at this hotel again.

Room Tip: Go for a sea view, and an upper floor
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  • Stayed February 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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AndreCaldeira, General Manager at Porto Santa Maria Hotel (Porto Bay), responded to this review, March 8, 2013
Dear Guest,

We hope that this first visit to Porto Santa Maria is just that, the first of many to come. We are happy that you enjoyed your stay with us and in name of all the team thank you for your review.

Best Regards,

André Caldeira
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Hove, United Kingdom
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26 hotel reviews
Reviews in 27 cities Reviews in 27 cities
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 26, 2013

We have just returned from a week at this hotel, staying half board in a junior suite with a sea view. The room was first rate, very spacious and clean. There is a handy kitchen area for preparing snacks with a fridge, kettle , crockery and cutlery.
The food in the restaurant is a grade up from say an H10 in Lanzarote. Service by an large is exceptional with very friendly helpful staff.
The position of the hotel is ideal. It is right in the old town next to the cable car. There are loads of places to eat and drink nearby. A great bakers just on the doorstep. If your a young person looking for a night life this is probably not the place for you. I'm 61 and I would think well below the median age! I would recommend the free wine tasting put on by the hotel. I learned a lot with a very good presenter and some good wines.
I think some of the reviews play down the disruption by the works going on. If you wanted to sit by the pool for long periods or go on the sunbeds it would be a problem. If you don't then the 10 Euros a day per person is good compensation, although for some reason a few people get upset it doesn't include tips!
If you are sometimes a bit boring, like me, it's worth noting tv has BBC 1 and ITV. Very good when you're tired after a bit of hill walking.
Funchal is very interesting. Locals and tourists really mingle and tourists are welcomed everywhere.
One small gripe our room wasn't ready when we arrived at 2.30, although lunch was provided for free while we waited. If you want a safe asked for the key when you check in. I noticed quite a few people at reception saying their safe wasn't working. I'm still not sure why this is not standard check in info.
All in all this hotel was really very good. I would recommend it.

  • Stayed February 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 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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AndreCaldeira, General Manager at Porto Santa Maria Hotel (Porto Bay), responded to this review, March 8, 2013
Dear Guest,

Thank you for sharing your experience in Tripadvisor, I will pass it to Paulo Sousa our sommelier that does our free wine tasting as I am sure he will be happy to know that you enjoyed it. I am sorry that your room was not ready at 14h Check in time we do our best to have all rooms ready by that hour. We hope that you visit us again soon.

Best regards,

André Caldeira
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6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 24, 2013

A 4 star rated hotel with 5 star quality. Can't rate this hotel highly enough - we have stayed at this hotel numerous times over the last 6/7 years and have always found all the staff - reception, restaurant, bar, housekeeping, pool, maintenance, gardening, etc - to be extremely friendly, helpful and efficient. They always greet you with a smile and nothing is too much trouble. The hotel is not in the Lido tourist area but is in Funchal itself close to the cable car, bus terminals, market, numerous restaurants and 10 mins walk from the marina. It is just off the promenade walk which is flat so there are no hills like at the Lido etc just small, gentle slopes enabling you to easily get out and about into town. Despite there being 'works' ongoing in front of the hotel the noise etc was not disruptive, in fact it was quite entertaining watching what was happening and the progress being made. It is also in a great location to see the cruise liners arriving/leaving although it sometimes feels like they are going to join you in the hotel they are that close! We have now been for all the major events - Xmas & New Year, Flower Festival and Carnival - and we'll be back again in October. The hotel does have a downside - the side rooms overlooking the park and cable car station do not have a view and are dark due to large, high trees and the park area can be noisy in the late evening/night.

Room Tip: Front facing sea views are best.
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  • Stayed February 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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AndreCaldeira, General Manager at Porto Santa Maria Hotel (Porto Bay), responded to this review, March 8, 2013
Dear Guest,

it is always a pleasure for all the Porto Santa Maria Team to read reviews like yours, it makes us very happy to know that our repeat guests still enjoy our hotel. We will be waiting for your next visit in sunny October.

Best regards,

André Caldeira
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Nottingham, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 24, 2013

Excellent attentive staff. Would suggest paying extra for a sea view room as the garden view is really park view and rather noisy, especially from the bottle bank. The local restaurants throw away their empties every night at closing time. A la carte menu very good. Buffet not so good but breakfast was excellent.

  • Stayed February 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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AndreCaldeira, General Manager at Porto Santa Maria Hotel (Porto Bay), responded to this review, March 8, 2013
Dear Guest,

thank you for your review on Porto Santa Maria Hotel, we are glad that you enjoyed your stay and hope that on your next visit you will try out our Gourmet dinner menu also. See you soon.

Best regards,

André Caldeira
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Address: Avda do Mar e das Comunidades Madeirenses 50, Funchal, Madeira 9050-029, Portugal
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Location: Portugal > Madeira Islands > Madeira > Funchal
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Bar / Lounge Beverage Selection Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Kitchenette Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Spa Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#8 Spa Hotel in Funchal
#10 Luxury Hotel in Funchal
#11 Romantic Hotel in Funchal
#30 Family Hotel in Funchal
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Hotel Class:4 star — Porto Santa Maria Hotel (Porto Bay) 4*
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Porto Santa Maria lies at the water's edge in the very heart of Funchal's old centre. Its close relationship to the sea, the outstanding and exclusive views over the harbour where the cruise ships dock, its picturesque surroundings and the unique flavours of its cuisine result in genuine urban tranquility. A congenial hotel offering 146 rooms, restaurant, bars, direct access to the promenade, outdoor pool, indoor pool, SPA, gym, parking...all in the heart of the city. ... more   less 
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