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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)...

Madeira Airport: 17 km
Sea access: 50 metres

free shuttle bus 7 times per day

W 16º 54' 0.65'' . N 32º 38' 49.93''


Hotel Porto Santa Maria

Avenida do Mar e das Comunidades Madeirenses, 50

9060-190 Funchal Madeira Island Portugal

+351 291 206 700

Porto Santa Maria {4*}

In the heart of the city !!

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 147,43 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 169,71 EUR

40 m2 | up to 3 pax.

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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. 


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.

dress code for diner: casual . no shorts or beach sandals are allowed

breakfast: 7.30am -10.30am
lunch: 12pm – 3pm
dinner: 7pm – 10pm

+351 291 206 700



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.

6pm – 12am




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 light snacks during the day.

11am – 6pm


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.

Learn more about our treatments

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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, one of the oldest streets 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.


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News & Reviews

11 May 2017
We have harvested almost 10,000 kilos from the PortoBay Garden !!
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Vegetables, herbs and even the first fruit . .. the PortoBay Garden has grown, and a year after the first planting we have already picked nearly 10,000 kilos of produce which is headed straight to the PortoBay hotel kitchens in Madeira.

Read the full article here . ..

04 May 2017
Flowers adorn
hotels in Madeira
Tapetes Detail

The Flower Festival is here again and, of course, the PortoBay hotels in Madeira are joining in this celebration !!
Between 4 and 10 May, lobbies will be decorated with floral arrangements . .. petals, leaves and flowers from the country combine in various forms with traditional island features. During this period various activities are organised : guided tours of the gardens, workshops, themed dinners . ..
Be part of this !!
Find out more here . ..

27 April 2017
On the “Island of Flowers”
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Floral carpets, exhibits, workshops, decorations, a grandiose allegoric parade and even a classic car parade . .. with the coming of spring, the island of Madeira celebrates the Flower Festival !!

Read the full article here . ..

13 March 2017
The Stars Route is here !!
Madeira Terroir event at the opening of the festival
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18 stalls and over 20 chefs at a buffet dinner in the Mercado dos Lavradores on 24 March !! For the first time, the opening of the Stars Route festival will be hosted by two restaurants !! The Il Gallo d'Oro (2 Michelin stars) and William (1 Michelin star) come together at the iconic Mercado dos Lavradores to honour local products.

The 8th year of the Stars Route then continues at Il Gallo D'Oro (25 and 28 March), which will stage three tasting dinners prepared by 11 national and international chefs, most with 1 or 2 Michelin stars.

Not to be missed !!

Find out more about this event here . ..

10 March 2017
The “Double Discounts” campaign has dates for 2017/2018 !!
PB Prestigedouble Site Coveren

Between December 2017 and March 2018, Prestige Club members will see their discounts doubled at hotels in Portugal. Restaurants and bars (20% Prestige and 30% Prestige Gold); Spa and merchandising (10% Prestige and 20% Prestige Gold).

Campaign dates . ..

02 February 2017
The sweetest week of the year is here !!
Chocolate Wine

From 7 to 12 February, chocolate and Madeira wine will be in the spotlight at Madeira's PortoBay hotels.
Theme decorations, afternoon teas especially dedicated to chocolate, themed happy hours, chocolate and Madeira wine tastings, original cocktails, guided tours with wine tasting, chocolate sculptures, workshops, dinners and special treatments with chocolate at the spa . .. are just some of the activities scheduled for the “PortoBay Chocolate & Madeira Wine” event.

Find out more here . ..

02 February 2017
“The Porto Santa Maria is the only hotel where I've spent 3 summers !!"
Hotel Porto Santa Maria Overview 5

Location, attentive staff and a good atmosphere are just some of the reasons for which Mr and Mrs Johansson have spent 3 summers at the Porto Santa Maria Hotel. They have already booked to come back in July . .. they want to meet up with friends and make the most of the fine weather.

Read the full article 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

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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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