For those new to Madeira there are very many hotels stretching out along the coast west of Funchal town centre.Mamy of them are ugly tower blocks built in the last 20 years and should be avoided.It is good to report that Porto Mare is an excellent hotel,which has been well designed.
There are 3 parts to the complex.The main hotel is Porto,flanked by the Residence,which seems to be timeshare, and Eden Mar,a hotel where all the rooms have kitchenettes,which seems to be designed primarily for self caterers who also want to have hotel facilities available.Because the complex is only 5 stories high and spread over a sizeable area including a large garden this allows for a wide range of pools,restaurants and bars.
My wife and I spent 12 nights from mid February in Porto Mare.Using Trip Advisor we booked the cheapest room,which was a Thomas Cook promo room at £97 a night B and B.When we arrived we were upgraded to a garden view room(the promo rooms apparently overlook the car park).The room was spacious,clean comfortable and on the ground floor with a patio area overlooking the gardens,which have an amazing collection of trees and shrubs from around the world.Breakfasts were excellent with a wide range of good quality food and we enjoyed sitting on the terrace overlooking the pool and gardens.
Like most of the hotels in Funchal you need to use a shuttle bus to get in and out of the centre and Porto Mare run 6 a day each way.The staff were uniformly pleasant and helpful.I thoroughly recommend Porto Mare and hope to return next year.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Porto Mare hotel occupies the central wing of the Vila Porto Mare resort and benefits from the use of all its facilities. There are many different corners and atmospheres here ... something new to discover every day. The rooms combine views over the ocean with tropical gardens. Four restaurants, six bars, an ice-cream parlour, five pools, SPA, sports and children's facilities... ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Porto Mare Funchal
- Porto Mare Hotel Madeira
- Porto Mare Madeira
- Porto Mare Hotel (Porto Bay) Madeira/Funchal