Tripadvisor Travellerschoice 15
Holidaycheck Tophotel 14
Thomson Bestaccommodationlacarte 14 (1)
TUI Holly 13

Porto Santa Maria awarded!

TripAdvisor Travellers Choice 2015

Top25 Best Hotels in Portugal


Old town | Funchal | Madeira Island
Porto Santa Maria is located next to the sea and the sea-front promenade in the middle of the old centre of Funchal in the renowned “Old Town”; it faces the harbour used by cruise ships and pleasure boats. Close by is the cable car which links Funchal with Monte, Forte de São Tiago (XVIIth century) and the famous Mercado dos Lavradores (market)...

W 16º 54' 0.65'' . N 32º 38' 49.93''

Madeira Airport: 17 km
Sea access: 50 metres

free shuttle bus 7 times per day


Hotel Porto Santa Maria
Avenida do Mar e das Comunidades Madeirenses, 50
9060-190 Funchal
Madeira Island, Portugal
Tel: +351 291 206700
Fax: +351 291 206727

Porto Santa Maria {4*}


historic centre, views over the cruise port, terrace with 360º views, kitchenette in the rooms, scenic surroundings...

Porto Santa Maria is located at the water's edge with direct access to the sea front promenade. Behind the hotel lies the old centre of Funchal, the well-known "old town". Its close relationship to the sea, the outstanding and exclusive views over the harbour where the cruise ships dock, its picturesque surroundings and the unique flavours of its cuisine result in genuine urban tranquility.

The Porto Santa Maria´s location is fantastic for both the actively inclined and those who would prefer to relax and listen to the breaking of waves.

A congenial hotel offering 146 rooms, restaurant, bars with terrace, direct access to the promenade, outdoor pool, indoor pool, SPA, gym, parking... all in the heart of the city.

Porto Santa Maria is an adult only hotel, only accepting reservations for guests over 16 years old.


On each balcony you can feel the presence of the salty breeze .

Porto Santa Maria's proximity to the harbour makes for a front row view of the spectacle provided by the coming and going of cruise ships and leisure boats. At dawn many verandas light up as guests peek out... a unique phenomenon.

We have options for rooms adapted for people with reduced mobility or special circumstances. Contact


24 m2 | up to 3 pax.

A beautiful garden right outside your window. In the morning inhale the fragrance of the greenery and . ..

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FROM 127,3 EUR

24 m2 | up to 3 pax.

Overlooking the sea, this room provides an especially warm welcome for your stay with us . ..

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FROM 143,45 EUR

40 m2 | up to 3 pax.

your relaxation is sacrosanct: large double beds and a magnificent veranda for . ..

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Prices are the "starting from" prices, corresponding to the lowest price available within the next 60 days, based on a room for two people. The prices displayed include taxes.


every detail invested with good taste...

At Porto Santa Maria every detail is invested with good taste. Dining is no exception!

An example of this is the Arsenal, where flavours will make your stay an even more unforgettable one.

With breakfast buffet, lunch, snack or à la carte dinner... the hotel offers you various options.

Guests love to have a drink on the veranda at the Captain's Bar whilst admiring the beautiful views of the sea!


breakfast . lunch . dinner

The recently refurbished Arsenal Restaurant offers alternative themed buffets every day inspired by international cuisine. In addition to the À la carte menu that is available, there is a special Gourmet Flavours dinner each week.

Let yourself be surprised…




The simple pleasures of life are sometimes the best. At this bar you can sit and read on the terrace, watch the boats and spot São Tiago fort or simply gaze at the sea… to the sound of good music. At night enjoy the weekly programme of live music.

Suggestion: Madeira Passion Cocktail




Treat yourself to a refreshing drink or light meal next to the hotel’s outdoor pool while contemplating the sea and watching the comings and goings of the cruise liner port. Don’t miss the lunch time mini-buffet and the snacks.


Pools & Spa


With the ocean just two steps away, the scent of the sea breeze mingles with the fresh water of the outdoor pool. How about some invigorating strokes with a view of the cruise ships? An unbeatable setting...
Porto Santa Maria's indoor pool complements the outdoor one. An option for a cooler day...

Outdoor Pool
Opening times: 08.00 to 20.00
Average temperature: 24ºC

Indoor Pool
Opening times: 08.00 to 20.00
Average temperature: 28ºC

The Spa

at Porto Santa Maria

The association of perfumed aromas, aromatherapy massage, mixtures of essential and plant oils evoke hidden emotions and awaken the senses. The effect is heightened, bringing emotions and the health of the whole body into realignment. Beauty treatments such as manicure and pedicure are also available.

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In this secluded, calm and relaxing space take care of yourself with health-giving sessions in the sauna and jacuzzis. You can also enjoy the new outdoor Jacuzzi located at the Harbour Terrace.


The gym offers an alternative for daily exercise. Here the emphasis is on the physical-work on good posture and eliminate the effect of any stress that may have accumulated in your daily life, benefiting body and mind.

Harbour Terrace


a privileged belvedere . ..

A visit to Porto Santa Maria is a unique experience! And the Harbour Terrace is the best place to enjoy a 360º panoramic view of the city of Funchal.

Behind you lie Madeira’s impressive and majestic mountains and the roofs of Funchal’s pretty historic downtown district. To your left is the old São Tiago Fort decked out in rustic yellow tones, to the right your eyes catch sight of the sleek cruise liners weighing anchor in the Port of Funchal, while your field of vision takes in the soaring craggy cliffs and The Cliff Bay hotel. The Atlantic ocean stretches out before you as far as the eye can see. That’s the spectacular panoramic view you now get from the “Harbour Terrace” at the Porto Santa Maria hotel.

This lounge has been designed to make sure it isn’t short on creating comforts: cane recliners, comfy sofas all await you, so you can soak up the splendid views, immerse yourself in a good book, or simply lounge around and relax.

Enjoy the views!


Old Town

city's historic centre . ..

The historical part of the city of Funchal, better known as the 'Old Town' is a point of great cultural and architectural interest for everyone who visits.

Its narrow streets and picturesque houses dating from the 15th century are full of history...The Porto Santa Maria hotel is right alongside the Rua de Santa Maria, the oldest street on Madeira island, which gave the hotel its name.

Hotel Porto Santa Maria is ideal for those who want to experience the dynamic feel of the city, art, lifestyle and traditions whilst being close to the sea, or who want to get to know the history of Funchal through the various museums there, or who simply want to experience the exotic flavours of the Lavradores market.

Close to the hotel you can also visit São Tiago fort, built in the 17th century to protect the city from pirate attacks and extended in the 18th century. It was used by the military until 1992, when it was handed over to the Regional Government, and turned into a cultural centre. It is currently the home of the Modern Art Museum.

Just a stone's throw from the hotel lies the cable car that connects Funchal's old town to Monte.

One of the great novelties of the old town was the arts movement 'Arte de Portas Abertas'. The idea behind this innovative concept was to turn the doors of over 200 houses into canvases for artists.


Pick the best offer for your holidays !

Holiday Package

Package: accommodation, breakfast, buffet dinners...

Early Booking

Take advantage of the 5% early booking discount that we offer you...

Carnival Package

Come and celebrate Carnival in Madeira... join in the Porto Bay special section of the “Fura Samba” !!

Prestige Blue Discount

Exclusive! Prestige Blue members get a 5% discount on charges from this site. To book here insert your discount code: PRESTIGE

Prestige Gold Discount

Exclusive! Prestige Gold members get a 10% discount on charges from this site. To book here insert your discount code: PRESTIGOLD

News & Reviews

11 March 2015
Porto Santa Maria Hotel
Recognised for the project “1 mattress, 1 heart”
1Colchao 1Coracao

The Porto Santa Maria Hotel received the “Hotel Solidarity” certificate for their participation in the social responsibility campaign “1 mattress, 1 heart” developed by AHP (the Portuguese Hotel Association). The challenge issued by the AHP consists in offering mattresses in good condition, but which are periodically replaced.
The objective of this solidarity campaign is to collect mattresses, quilts, blankets, towels, cushions, and pieces of furniture, among other things. These materials are collected by non-governmental organizations, and will later be donated to those in need.

Learn more about the Social Responsibility of PortoBay . ..

16 February 2015
PortoBay guests take part in the Madeira Carnival
PB Trupecarnaval 14 Baixa

On Saturday (14 February), for the 4th year in a row, the guests of PortoBay Hotels & Resorts took part in the Great Allegorical Parade of the Madeira Carnival. The theme was “The Magic of Light”.

The carnival experience began on the day before the parade, with a costume fitting, choreography dress-rehearsal and get-together with the various participants. A unique experience, which every year has some repeat participants. One example of this is the couple Ann Davidson and Alex Carson. They took part in the initiative the year it was launched, and have returned for the two subsequent editions. “The atmosphere was electric, with the watching crowd applauding and cheering us all along the parade route”, says the couple on the PortoBay Facebook page.

This event is on the calendar ofPortoBay Events, which aims to maximise the experience of the guests when staying in the group's hotels, making them feel part of the traditions of the destination.

28 January 2015
Travellers’ Choice by Tripadvisor
5 PortoBay hotels in the TOP25
TC 2015 Downloadable LL R

One of the recognitions most sought after by international hotel groups is the chance to get on the demanding "Travellers’ Choice" lists compiled annually by the biggest world travel information and review site: Tripadvisor.

On the list of awards now announced for 2015, five PortoBay Group hotels are part of the exclusive lists of the world's best hotels.
The Residence hotel, part of the Vila Porto Mare resort, on Funchal (island of Madeira) was on the list of TOP25 Best Hotels in Europe. Besides The Residence, The Cliff Bay, Eden Mar and Porto Santa Maria hotels were recognised among the TOP25 Best Hotels in Portugal. PortoBay Serra Golf is included on the list of the TOP25 Best Small Hotels.

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More information on the hotels that received awards on Tripadvisor: The Residence; The Cliff Bay; Eden Mar; Porto Santa Maria; PortoBay Serra Golf

04 December 2014
Porto Santa Maria
has new surroundings!!
MAD Funchal 4

Two years after the beginning of the works to refurbish the seaside area of the bay of Funchal, there is now a new surrounding landscape for the Porto Santa Maria hotel, located in the "old town", in the heart of Funchal's historic city centre The Avenida do Mar next to the hotel now has new sidewalks and gardens for a new look and new link between the city and the sea. When can you come ?

see the pictures here. ..
discover the Porto Santa Maria hotel. ..

29 October 2014
Four PortoBay hotels
elected "Quality Award Winners"
Entrega Madeira

PortoBay saw 4 of its hotel properties in Portugal distinguished with the “Quality Award Winner” award from the Jet2Holidays tour operator, for the last two winter and summer seasons.

In Madeira, The Cliff Bay, Porto Mare, and Porto Santa Maria hotels received awards. In the Algarve, the PortoBay Falésia hotel was also distinguished with this award. These awards are based on comments and opinions from Jet2holidays customers after their holidays.

"Jet2holidays" is a British operator, based in the North of England. Although only in existence a few years, it has become noted for permanent and diversified growth. It belongs to the Dart Group, owner of the airline company “”.

See the Porto Bay awards gallery here . ..


For Porto Santa Maria it is a matter of pride to achieve guest’s expectations. This position has fostered significant loyalty which distinguishes us and has led to a host of awards from tourist operators, online travel agents, or travel audit websites. Thank you!


Madeira Island

the "levadas" , the natural forest, gardens, the sea, the climate...

Madeira Island

dynamic, creative and multifaceted destination...

Situated in the Atlantic Ocean and with a mild climate, Madeira Island is one of the oldest and most prestigious tourist destinations in Europe. With an extensive natural reserve, the most famous is the prehistoric and exuberant Laurissilva (laurel) forest, which has been recognised by UNESCO as part of the World Natural Heritage.

Nature, the temperate climate, the unique waterfalls, the local traditions, the culture, the cuisine, water and mountain sports, immense gardens and flowers, popular festivals, embroidery and Madeira wine, and the cosmopolitan city of Funchal make Madeira a multi-faceted destination.

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07 Sep - 11 Sep

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27 Oct - 31 Oct

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01 Dec - 31 Dec

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18 Dec - 26 Dec

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26 Dec - 01 Jan

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25 Jan - 31 Jan

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03 Feb - 10 Feb

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06 Feb - 06 Feb

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07 Apr - 13 Apr

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04 Jun - 25 Jun

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04 Oct - 09 Oct

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01 Jan - 31 Dec

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