Our third visit to Porto Mare Resort, but our first stay in the Eden Mar Suites. We had booked a junior suite and had asked for the room to be on a higher floor, facing west so we could take advantage of the afternoon and evening sun. We had also mentioned that this was our first wedding anniversary and when we arrived, we found the room bedecked in rose petals and there was a bottle of "bubbly" on ice...what a lovely gesture. Our room was indeed west facing on the fourth floor, which was ideal for both the views and the late sunshine. The living area and bedroom were divided by a sliding door and both had access onto the balcony by means of large patio doors. There was a small kitchen area with a large fridge and a two ring cooker. The hotel supply pots, crockery and cutlery. We were very lucky to have a lovely chamber maid on our floor, who did an excellent job. Always smiling and said hello every time we saw her. I have a bit of an issue with lower back pain and had asked if there was any chance of some extra padding that could be put on the mattress...no problem at all. Was attended to the same morning.
We were booked on a bed and breakfast basis, as there are many very good and reasonably priced restaurants nearby. Breakfast could be eaten either in the Alfama or Atlantida restaurants, but we preferred the Alfama as it was closer to us and much quieter. The breakfast is buffet style with a plentiful choice of hot or cold food, fruits, cereals, breads and cakes.
The whole complex sits in wonderful botanic/tropical gardens, where all the plants/flowers and trees are labelled and are tended by a team of gardeners. While we were there, the large palm trees were being trimmed back, and this in itself was no mean feat!
We took advantage of the daily happy hour at the bar, and sampled and enjoyed the selection of cocktails on offer that were served by very courteous and friendly bar staff.
I made use of the spa on two occasions and would highly recommend it. A special mention for Susanna, my therapist, who was lovely.
Although this is a large complex comprising the Eden Mar Suites, the Porto Mare hotel and The Residence, and there are many guests, every member of staff greeted us as if we were old friends....a credit to their manager. Our whole experience at the Eden Mar was wonderful and we came away after our two week break feeling relaxed.
We would highly recommend the Eden Mar Suites, particularly if you're staying for a fortnight..gives you that little bit more room. Its a 20 - 30 min stroll into the old town and a 10 to 15 min stroll in the other direction to the Forum shopping centre. The hotel runs a courtesy bus into town, but you should book your seats into town the night before.
We had booked our holiday though Thomson and we'd like to mention Pheric, the Thomson rep who was absolutely great. We hope we'll meet him again on our next visit.
Our intention is to return again next year, which will be our fifth visit to the Funchal and fourth to the Eden/Porto Mare Hotel.
- 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