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The Residence Porto Mare (Porto Bay)
4.0 of 5 Hotel   |   Rua Leichlingen 7, Funchal, Madeira 9004-532, Portugal (Formerly Porto Mare Residence)   |  
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Ranked #5 of 90 Hotels in Funchal
Plymouth, United Kingdom
1 review
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
“portobay restaurants”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 10, 2013

we are regular at the residence and each year seems more enjoyable .Main message this year is how good the in house restaurants are in particular the Med -superb steak and the Alfema
(mainly portugese /Madeiran) really praiseworthy for in house and not too dear -no need to go out. Good attentive service as well ! Breakfast excellent - the place beautifully clean -pools great and those gardens!

  • Stayed April 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 4 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 The Residence Porto Mare (Porto Bay), responded to this review, April 19, 2013
Dear Guest,

Great to know that at least on the gastronomic side we doing well according to you recent visit to us that we really appreciated. Next time do not miss Il Basilico.

Thank you also for sharing on tripadvisor you thoughts about us.

It will be a pleasure to welcome you soon,

Warm regards,

Muito obrigado

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    5 of 5 stars
  • Location
    5 of 5 stars
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    5 of 5 stars
  • Service
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  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 9, 2013

This is like home to us. We have a super apartment opening onto a garden. The plants are all named. I swim in the large indoor pool in the morning and sometimes in the very large outdoor pool. There is lots to do and everything is well maintained. We enjoyed three trips - the Nuns Valley, Blandy's and the falklore museum, and the east coast tour. We especially appreciate the evening entertainment from Capoeira dancing to tradional music. The food in the restaurants is top quality. On our Silver wedding anniversary we were presented with a cake and the staff sang to us. A fortnight wizzed by but we shall be back next year.

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  • Stayed March 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 The Residence Porto Mare (Porto Bay), responded to this review, April 19, 2013
Dear Guest,

Many thanks for your feedback about you recent stay with us. I apologize for the “singing staff”…as you know we can do a lot of good things but not for sure singing!! But at least you have enjoyed it 

See you soon for any celebration you would like to do…remember we can always sing for you!

Warm regards,

Muito obrigado


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Church Stretton, United Kingdom
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19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 7, 2013

This residence really deserves it's great rating, it really has got something for everyone, those of you that are familiar with the madeiran climate will know that it is generally warm and tropical , meaning that you may get spells of cloudiness , with rain showers and lots of sun. This complex caters for all eventualities. 4 swimming pools , two outdoor , great for when the sun is hot, 2 indoor heated for when it's cooler and 2 jacuzzis for when you want to warm up! Other facilities include gym , spa treatments, snooker, mini golf, table tennis , table football and kids club ( some incurring a small charge) for those that want it there are various venues for live music , and places to watch football etc if you wish. All of this is done very discreetly allowing you to be as engaged as you want to be when you want to be.
Prices for drinks etc are more than outside in normal hours but commensurate with what you would expect of a hotel, approx 4 euro for a large beer , and six euro for cocktails etc. There is a happy hour between 5 and 6.30 when all drinks are half price in a couple of the bars so worth taking advantage of.
The residence itself shares all facilities of the Porto mare and Eden mare hotels with the advantage of having a kitchenette , fully equipped to cook a meal , well sized fridge, dishwasher , microwave and oven. You could easily cook a meal for six if you wanted to!

The complex features beautiful botanical standard gardens , is scrupulously clean and well managed and the staff all seem very happy and the high levels of friendly service reflect this.

Nearby are a mini spar and a well stocked supermarket, several good and reasonably priced restaurants are all within about 200 metres.

I would really recommend this place to anybody, there really is something for everybody.

Room Tip: If you get the chance go for a studio room
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  • Stayed April 2013, traveled with friends
    • 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 The Residence Porto Mare (Porto Bay), responded to this review, April 19, 2013
Dear Guest,

Thank you for such comprehensive and positive review about the Residence.
It is rewarding to know that you had a great time with us and really hope to have you back in a very short period of time.

Sincerely hope to welcome you in a near future,

Warm regards,

Muito obrigado


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Ipswich, United Kingdom
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46 reviews 46 reviews
7 hotel reviews
Reviews in 13 cities Reviews in 13 cities
36 helpful votes 36 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 7, 2013

Our annual visit as time share owners to The Residence lived up to expectations. We stayed for two weeks and apart from the odd bad day the weather was good. Highlights of the holiday included an in hotel visit to see various artisans at work,a visit to a farmers market, finishing with a very enjoyable lunch at their sister hotel the Serra Golf. A small hotel with a wonderful peaceful feel, we hope to stay for a few days next year.
The Residence put on a Dinner and Dance Display in the Bar Lido and the food was as good as the meal we'd had at the Ill Gallo d'oro their Michelin starred restaurant in their Cliff Bay hotel. The three of us had a great evening.
The staff, from the waiters, desk staff, Owners staff are all so good and the housekeeping staff are the best we have ever encountered. A really lovely holiday destination in an exceptional hotel.

Room Tip: We like the garden rooms
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  • Stayed March 2013, traveled with friends
    • 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 The Residence Porto Mare (Porto Bay), responded to this review, April 19, 2013
Dear Guest,

Thank you for such a positive feedback about you recent stay at the Residence. It is great to see that you took advantage of the different services and facilities we do offer to our guests.
The visits to Santo the Serra during the last months became a must as they are different for being genuine. In the middle of the week we do also have another one that takes you to a small fresh cheese fabric and Dª Conceição a lady that still makes homemade bread with sweet potato! and of course some wine to celebrate the fresh bread from the hoven and the cheese.

Sincerely hope to welcome you in a near future,

Warm regards,

Muito obrigado


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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 3, 2013

I have lost count of the times I have stayed at the Residence, and each time the facilities improve. Nothing is too much trouble for the friendly helpful staff. A friend cam out for a weeks stay with me and couldn't believe how peaceful and relaxing the Residence is. Also, the area feels very safe for ladies travelling alone.
It would be unfair to pick out individual staff for praise as they are all excellent, but the manager Antonio Paiz deserves every credit for the way he runs the complex. He is the most hands-on manager, any slight problem, he solves within minutes.
Thank you to everyone at the Vila Porto Mare.

Room Tip: Ask for a room on the front, the side rooms can, I have been told, be a bit cold and noisy.
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  • Stayed March 2013, traveled solo
    • 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 The Residence Porto Mare (Porto Bay), responded to this review, April 10, 2013
Dear Guest,

Thank you for your “best ever” review shared on tripadvisor. I am really happy to know that you took such a good impression of us on your recent stay at the Residence. Also take the opportunity to thank you for your support by staying with us so many times.

We will be most pleased to welcome you again in a near future,

Warm regards,

Muito obrigado

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Telford, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 18, 2013

This is my fifth time in Madeira four at the Residence. Everything about it is excellent, the apartments, staff, restaurants, facilities, food and drink. Nothing is too much fodder any of the staff. The gardens and the pool areas are beautiful. It is good to meet up with friends you have met up with in previous visits. My apartment looks out onto the garden and the other residents all acknowledge each other. I would recommend The Residence to anyone , I travel alone but I am never lonely because every body is so friendly .

  • Stayed January 2013, traveled solo
    • 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 The Residence Porto Mare (Porto Bay), responded to this review, April 5, 2013
Dear Guest,

Just a short note to thank you for the “excellent” review of tripadvisor and happy to learn that overall you have enjoyed your visit to our hotel

It will be a great pleasure to welcome you in future opportunity,

Warm regards,

Muito obrigado

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Winchester, United Kingdom
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4 reviews 4 reviews
3 hotel reviews
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6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 17, 2013

This was our ninth visit to Madeira and also to this hotel and timeshare complex. While we stayed at the Residence which is the timeshare section of the hotel we do not own a timeshare prefering to remain flexible in the length of stay and timing of our visits. The rooms are used as hotel suites or studios when not sold as timeshares. The service was excellent and the room up to the usual standard. We very much enjoy the grounds of the hotel which has some lovely plants all labelled. There are 4 swimming pools, 2 indoors and several restuarants. We used the Atlantida which is a buffet restaurant with the best buffet we have ever seen. The staff there are first rate and always ready to make your meal a pleasant experience. The Manager, Alexandre, is especially good at answering our many questions abouit Madeira and it's peoples.

Our room was well equiped as a studio and our maid Fatima was most efficient and friendly. Part of the complex is a small ice cream and coffee cafe on the parade - Patricia runs this and she made it a pleasant place to relax for half an hour with a coffee or a large ice cream concoction!

The hotel is about 1.5 miles from the centre of Funchal next to the Lido. A free curtesy bus will take you downtown although we prefer to use our car and walk the many levadas on the island, most leading into the wild and very beautiful back country. You do need a head for heights though since many have very narrow (15inch) walkways with sheer drops and not all have guard rails!

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  • Stayed March 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 The Residence Porto Mare (Porto Bay), responded to this review, March 22, 2013
Dear Guest,

Another stay, another review about one of our properties…Thank you so much.

Thank you also for the public praise of some of our staff members, that I will be most pleased to share your thoughts.

Sincerely hope to see you around soon,

Warm regards,

Muito obrigado

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Address: Rua Leichlingen 7, Funchal, Madeira 9004-532, Portugal (Formerly Porto Mare Residence)
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 Swimming Pool Wheelchair access Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
#1 Family Hotel in Funchal
#3 Spa Hotel in Funchal
#4 Luxury Hotel in Funchal
#7 Romantic Hotel in Funchal
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:4 star — The Residence Porto Mare (Porto Bay) 4*
Number of rooms: 99
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Occupying the west wing of the Vila Porto Mare resort, The Residence enjoys the use of all its facilities and a real sense of community. A wide selection of carefully furnished and fully equipped apartments where comfort is our motto. The 99 units divided into studios, one and two bedroom apartments are decorated with a touch of exoticism. The Residence apartments combine views over the ocean with tropical gardens. ... more   less 
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Porto Mare Residence Funchal
Porto Mare Residence Hotel Funchal
The Residence Porto Mare (Porto Bay) Madeira/Funchal

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