Porto Mare Hotel (Porto Bay)
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After the ride down the mountain, the toboggans are loaded up again and driven up ...
... covered in a thick layer of bird droppings and feathers. Hurrying we walked into town. Oddly enough the map given to us by the tourist information didn't match the street names, but eventually and only five minutes late we arrived at church. This was after walking up a road that was definitely only meant for cars and having a guy leaving out a car window shouting, "What are you doing?" It was an Anglican Church aptly named 'The ...
... and fawned over for the last couple of days as word of this incident spread around the ship. A daily doctors visit to ensure no repercussions and a bottle of complimentary premium red wine delivered to our suite and all good. Not sure how that works - I eat glass and len gets a bottle of red. Len says he will enjoy the cheeky 2007 vintage from Tuscany!
Yesterday we passed through the Straits of Gibraltar and of course right past the famous Rock of Gibraltar. Africa ...
... Chef John Pugh and got some fascinating insights into the high standards and wonderful fare they deliver to us every day. It was fabulous and we are looking forward to the second last day on board when they do the Galley lunch, providing a spread which is laid out throughout this huge galley kitchen.
After today we have one more full day at sea before we reach Funchal in Madeira which we believe is really beautiful. We're contemplating a cable car ride ...
... don't know if we can get there. It's a kilometre away and we only have 2 more hours"
"What do you call those floatey things that you take when you're skiing?" "Well, Calgary Girl, do you mean gondolas?" "Yes, gondolas. They're right there and they're also on my map so I now know where we are. Or where we were.."
"Hey, this tunnel is on ...
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- Shuttle bus service
- Continental Breakfast
- Swimming pool
- Room service
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Historical Traveler Reviews Porto Mare Hotel (Porto Bay) Funchal
This is an excellent hotel, we have stayed in many 4/5 star hotels and found this to be one of the best. The rooms are very well furnished with ample room. We found the staff very oblidging apart from one minor incident.Our only complaint was that food in the evening was only just warm for the first 2 nights, we raised the matter and it did improve for the following night but fell away again. We are returning again in 2006 but only on a b & b basis, we did speak with others who were of the same opinion about the temperature of the food, it was suggested that if we liked the food hotter we could eat at the sister hotel, which is part of the same complex, which catered more for the British tastes.Overall though an excellent hotel. PS Breakfast was always hot enough.
We found a late (bargain) deal on the Internet and so were expecting a rubbish hotel. However, Thomson Holidays placed us here.
The hotel is beautiful, really clean, really comfortable and the breakfast buffet is amazing. Its only a short walk into Funchal.
Our room was huge with a really nice en-suite bathroom and a great view of the hotel gardens and sea.
We only ate in one of the restaurants in the evening and that was superb (can't remember the name, I think it had a nautical theme). The rest of the time we ate at restaurants in town. There were lots to choose from. Funchal itself is a lovely place to potter around. No lager louts or sunburnt idiots. Its perfect for anyone wanting a relaxing holiday.
I haven't got a bad word to say about the Porto Mare...
This hotel is perfect. We stayed for one week in June. The rooms are huge, the view fantastic and the staff couldn't be nicer. The breakfast buffet in the morning is second to none. As previous reviewers have said I can't believe this hotel is not 5 star and not higher on the list!
We stayed at the Porto Mare Hotel for a week in August 2005. This was our first trip to Madeira and although Funchal is a pleasant place, our stay was more relaxing through staying here.
Our room was large, modern and very clean. We had paid extra for a sea view and the view from the balcony was lovely - although we did wonder why we'd bothered to pay the extra as all rooms appeared to have a sea view.
We were staying on a bed and breakfast basis and the choice of food available was excellent at breakfast time- every taste is catered for. The choice of eating at lunchtime was not great - the poolside bar only serves very basic burgers, salads or sandwiches and the other restaurant open during the day serves the same menu each day. At night we tried the Italian Il Basilico (average) and the Mediterranean (just above average).
We found some great places outside the hotel though - Choupanna Hills Resort has an amazing restaurant set up in the hills which is expensive but worth it for the food and quality. We also liked the little Italian restaurant around the corner from the hotel (Casa Italia) which was excellent value and had a real Italian feel.
Overall, we enjoyed our stay in Porto Mare and would recommend it for a relaxing week away - if we were there for longer than a week, we may have been a bit bored though. Lastly, watch out for the timeshare sell, sell, sell!
Blissfully calm and peaceful week at the Porto Mare
The hotels in Madeira must be of an extremely high quality if this hotel is awarded a 4 star. It was worthy of being a 5 star hotel. The bedroom was a decent size with a very large bed. The hotel provided towels for the sunloungers in a little beach bag. The bathroom was spotless with 2 bathrobes (rather than the usual one). There were plenty of sunloungers to go round and there weren't any of those horrible people that put towels on sunloungers from 6 in the morning and ruin everyone else's holidays. You all know the type of people I mean. We only had breakfast in the hotel and that was faultless as there was plently of choice. Breakfast could be eaten at 10:00am and still find plenty of sunbeds!!!
For those that are interested, the rooms had tvs with lots of channels included.
The hotel was close to plenty of restaurants. There was a couple of supermarkets within a 2 minute walk as well.
The hotel was so peaceful. Even though there was lots of guests, I managed to fall asleep twice by the pool as everyone was so quiet as they are either reading or swimming. If you want a holiday just to unwind and relax this is it. The hotel was faultless and cannot recommend it enough.
A beautiful hotel with charm and excellent service
We stayed a week in february 2005 and had a wonderful time. Everything was new, clean and very spacious. Several pools and jacuzzis in cozy surroundings. A nice quiet garden in front of the hotel. No traffic or noise at all. Our room was big with a veranda and had a stunning view of the ocean.
This is a great place for a luxurious and relaxing holiday.
The staff were polite and helpful, and we can certainly recommend the dinner buffet. Excellent food, fresh fish and live show-cooking every day. The hotel's free bus service was practical.
We took a last-minute booking and got a top quality hotel for budget prices,
Faultless. Fantastic spa and indoor pools.
Excellent location on coast, a brisk 20 minute walk from Funchal centre.
We stayed at the Porto Mare for 7 nights July 7th. the location is excellent, in fact having seen the location of other hotels I reckon this is the best. The standard was excellent; as the hotel is new everything was in tip top condition. Facilities and grounds are to be commended.
We did not enjoy the themed dinner buffet however breakfast buffet every single day was very good with all food freshly cooked and a full range of every imaginable fruits, breads etc.
All rooms are extremely spacious with balcony - and tea making facilities
I would highly recommend this hotel.
This place should be No.1!
I can't believe this place is so low down but then i guess it's based on the number of reviews and there is only one other than mine.The reason why i am writing this review now is because we have just booked another stay at the Hotel Porto Mare for this year after we spent a week in September there last year.It is a fantastic hotel with every slightest detail you can think of taken care of to the highest degree.We paid slightly more to get a suite(£100 for a week) with a sea view and it was just the best.The location is ideal,out of the hussle of the lively centre but only 15 minutes walk if you want to go downtown.The staff couldn't be more attentive even down to offering you complimentary pieces of fresh cut fruit when it gets a bit hot in the afternoon.You are spoilt for choice with all the restaurants in the hotel and just 2 minutes walk away above the Pingo supermarket(which is excellent for everything)has to be the world's best Italian.The general atmosphere in the hotel is very laid back and you are left to do your own thing which is perfect if you just want to chill out around the various pools.The staff really make an effort to talk to you and ask you if they can do anything for you.The gym was well equipped and everywhere still smells brand new.I can't honestly understand why this hotel only has 4 stars it should be at least 5.You will not be disappointed if you stay here i guarantee it.What a beautiful,perfect holiday island Madeira is and this place is an absoloute gem.11 out of 10.
Great place to stay on madeira
I stayed at the porto mare resort for two weeks in november 2004 and just loved it. it is a new resort (winter 2003) right by the pedestrianized seawalk along the ocean and has a beautiful garden with two outdoor pools. there are also two indoor pools. the rooms are very roomy and have a high standard. there are several restaurants in the resort and two bars with nightly live entertainment (very good band). i liked the location a lot. there are plenty of restaurants and shops around the hotel (three course meal around 12 euros) and besides the hotel shuttle service there is a bus stop in front of the hotel with frequent buses into funchal (buy a return ticket at the wine store at the hotel eden exit, so a return fare is just for about an euro). it was nice to be so close to the town of funchal. you stay in the lido tourist district but you are close to funchal and can shop and go out without just beeing under tourists and discover the real madeira life.
i would stay at the porto mare again and i think it is worth 5 stars instead of 4 stars.