We stayed at Porto Mare hotel side 3 years ago, and came back to the Residence with our family of 2 small children. Our experience was like our previous one some years back -- first class.
1) Service. Just perfect. For example, we requested a baby cot for our little one upon our arrival to the room, and it was brought within minutes. Reception answered all our questions and requests without delay.
2) Room. The room itself was very spacious and nicely decorated. The bed may have been on the hard side, but nothing to truly whine about. The freezer compartment of our fridge was full of formed ice = not really working, so it needed a melt.
3) Location. Very well situated in Lido, next to the beachfront boulevard. Grocery store 150m away. We walked many times to Funchal (2,5km) although there is a courtesy bus as well (sometimes crowded as I understood).
4) Amenities. We used the restaurant(s) a couple of times for breakfast and dinner. Breakfast is excellent in terms of variety, quality, and service (like custom-made omelettes). Dinner was also surprisingly good and theme changed every night. We also used the spa for massages and found it excellent in terms of facilities and "very good" in terms of the massage itself.
5) To anyone with children. We had a huge two-seat stroller for our 2 kids and we were able to move about the hotel area with ease. There are not many children in this hotel, and we got some attention, although positive! Kiddie outdoor pool exists, although not heated.
All in all a perfect stay, and we will be back.
- 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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- Also Known As:
- Porto Mare Residence Funchal
- Porto Mare Residence Hotel Funchal
- The Residence Madeira/Funchal