Having experienced this hotel for 11 days in June 2014, I am surprised that this hotel only sells itself as a 4 star resort. Believe me, I have stayed in many hotels claiming to be 5 star, where the quality of facilities; service; food; care of the grounds; spa & pool facilities; bedrooms & cleanliness do not reach the standards we enjoyed in the Porto Mare Hotel.
The hotel is part of a complex which included the Eden Mar Suites resort and the Residence Apartments. I was worried that this would lead to over-crowding around the pools / restaurants, but this was not the case. Because guests at all three resorts can use the different pools & restaurants in the complex, then there was never a problem finding a pool lounger at one of the outdoor pools; or space at the indoor pools; or at the main restaurant for breakfast and dinner (though the speciality restaurants do need to be pre-booked when they are running "themed" night dinners). The hotel runs a regular (free) courtesy bus down to Funchal, and the "hop-on / hop-off buses stop right outside the hotel (as does public transport)
My only real complaint was that Wi-Fi was only "free" in the public reception areas of the resort. You had to pay to use it in the bedrooms or around the outside facilities. This is just penny-pinching in my view. Wi-Fi is not a luxury item these days to be charged to guests, it is an essential tool if you wish to keep in contact with work and family whist you are away from home. It should be freely available hotel wide to all guests.
Will we return to the Porto Mare - yes. And that cannot be said for all the resorts we have stayed in around the World.
- 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