This was our first visit to Madeira and obvioulsy our first stay at the Eden Mar Suite Hotel. We arrived an hour late, courtesy of French Air Traffic Control. Nevertheless the taxi which we had booked beforehand through Funchal Taxis was there waiting for us following our very speedy and efficient transfer through the airport. The journey to the hotel took about 20 minutes. The Eden Mar, together with many of the more modern hotels was to the west of Funchal centre and the Reid's Palace Hotel. We had booked a sea facing studio room. In the event I think we were allocated a side sea view. Not really worth making a fuss about, particularly as we had arrived late and were in a bit of a rush to catch dinner. If we were to return (see below), I would ask in advance for a south west side sea facing room simply to get the afternoon sun on the balcony. Our room had all we needed – (large) twin beds pushed together, oldish but clean bathroom and a separate WC. There was a kitchenette area which contained all necessary items – microwave, fridge, glasses, cutlery etc. The room also had a reasonable sized balcony with a table and couple of chairs. I was glad that we were not on the ground floor as the balcony their opens onto the public areas. Given the shape of the building, most balconies are overlooked to one degree or another. Overall the accommodation was fine, but no full length mirror!!! The safe was €10 a week. There are 4 restaurants available – il Basilico, a Mediterranean Style, a Portuguese style and the buffet restaurant. If you are on half board you get a €17 allowance against meals in other than the buffet restaurant which is probably enough for the main course. The buffet restaurant is however excellent, and we ate there 6 of the 7 nights of our stay. The buffet restaurant also does a very passable house wine at €10 a litre. Bar prices were typical of hotel prices €3 a glass of wine €4 a half litre of beer – although there is a 2 for 1 happy hour.
Staying at the Eden Mar you have full access to the pool area at the Porto Mare which was nicer than the Eden Mar area. It was always quite busy although when we stayed it was usually possible to get a lounger (pool towels provided in the room)
There is a very good supermarket within 5 mins of the hotel where you can get most things.
Funchal is about 25 minutes walk from the hotel and the big disappointment for us was that it was not along a seaside promenade but along the main road. There is a much nicer sea-view walk to the west from the hotel.
Whilst we were there everyone we spoke to was very friendly and very helpful.
I don't think we will return to Madeira in the near future because of other places we want to see. But if you are looking for a relaxing break, sitting by the pool, with good quality and plenty of food, then the Eden Mar could be the place for you or maybe the Porto Mare if the price differential is not too much.
- 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