It’s very comforting to return to a hotel you’ve been going to for some time to find that in many ways it really hasn’t changed.
Yes, of course things have moved on a bit and generally any changes at the Eden Mar have been improvements. Firstly it’s the welcome you receive from the management and staff which made us feel totally at home and able to relax immediately. There are smiles everywhere, from guests and staff. Secondly it’s the quality of the rooms, most with super views, closely followed by all other facilities in the Porto Bay complex. Then it’s the breakfast (in our case) in the Alfama Restaurant – always plentiful with constant replenishment if items are running out so there’s plenty for everyone and no need for panic the first time you go in there on a Tuesday morning!
The extensive gardens are continually improved and cared for and are well worth a stroll around. The pools are cleaned, there are plenty of sunbeds and umbrellas and the hotel requests that you don’t reserve beds. Needless to say a few people ignored the request (don’t blame the usual suspects!). Apparently pool staff are under instructions to remove all belongings left on the sun loungers after 90 minutes if not used. It’s very difficult to monitor but these are very good sentiments that should be carried out and we did notice that some people left the beds far longer than this, in one case nearly three hours. The hotel also had a new system this year in that you had to pay a deposit for towels which was refunded when you returned the towels.
So changes are, in fact, being made and the atmosphere in the hotel also seemed to change a bit in our second week. The entertainments staff were obviously trying to get more people involved in activities but some of us could have done without Mr Marron and his Latin Rhythm Dance, and his antics on the dance floor! We’re too old for Club 18-30!
We again went to a number of restaurants in the area, Ca Te Espero being our favourite and we tried another one for the first time (O Chefe Steakhouse and Sea Basket) which is above the Pingo Doce supermarket near the hotel. However after two visits we’re not too sure whether it’s good or not. Another new one, right next door to the Eden Mar, is Funcho and it could well be worth a try – it seemed to be fully opening as we left.
We’ll return to the Eden Mar and have absolutely no hesitation in recommending it. We just hope that they don’t make too many changes which could alter the very essence of the facility.
- 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