We like SC although the catering rarely extends beyond salad lunches so the fridge* is the only essential element of the provided kitchenette for us (a little bit of room for the salad and plenty for the cold drinks!).
There's plenty of praise in the other reviews for the Porto Mare complex so I won't repeat that. I'll just list 3 negatives (in case the 'Management' is listening in!).
1. The complex is well-located (in 'The Hotel' district) with some good restaurants nearby. Nevertheless other restaurants and activities are Downtown which is c2miles away. The hotel does run a free bus service 7 times a day but this ends at 5pm so no good for evening activities. Fortunately there are frequent public buses (#1, and #2) which serve until late, but what a pity this isn't provided by the hotel.
2. They seem to have changed their Sat TV service provider with the loss of (listed on the menu card) BBC1, BBC2, and ITV. Seeing as so many of the guests are British this seems to have been an unfortunate change? Anyway Drats!
3. WiFi is free in reception (good), but has to be paid for in rooms (bad).
*plus plates and cutlery.
- 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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- Also Known As:
- Suite Hotel Funchal
- Eden Mar Madeira
- Suite Hotel Eden Mar Madeira/Funchal