The room was spacious, spotlessly clean (and believe me I looked - I always do!) and had contemporary new furniture. The beds were large and comfortable. Check in was very efficient and the staff were helpful and friendly. I would recommend a garden room with a sea-view - pure paradise! The food was amazing (especially the desserts) and they even do a tour of the kitchens. This hotel caters for huge numbers effortlessly and very hygienically. If you are looking for a noisy, crowded, lively environment, this is NOT the hotel for you. The guests are mainly over 50 years of age. There is a sophisticated calm atmosphere and the only place which appears busy is the dining area. There is a happy hour in the cocktail bars and the entertainment was for example: piano concert, jazz night, dancing show although not many people attended these which was a great shame as they were of a high standard. There is free internet access at Reception but guests are not to stay longer than 15 mins at a time which is fair. We were slightly disappointed that we had to pay to use the safe.
The Guest Relations Manager did a great job of making us feel welcome. She arranged tours of the hotel and gardens and even a Portuguese lesson. There was a daily courtesy coach service into town. There are a lot of German tourists here and the staff are multi-lingual. I would definitely return to this hotel again for a relaxing and peaceful holiday
- 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/Funchal
- Porto Mare Madeira