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Paul do Mar Aparthotel

3.0 out of 5.0

Recent guest reviews

I'm sorry to say this but I haven't slept in a more uncomfortable bed ever. The hotel is lacking any sort of atmosphere. I didn't see a single picture on any wall. The reception is uninviting. On check-out we were just shown on our room bill how much we needed to pay, the Receptionist said absolutely nothing other than Goodbye to us. The lounge area where you need to be to access the Wifi (if this is important to you) is also uninviting. We also didn't enjoy the breakfast. The view from the room was good. The pool with surrounding area was also nice.

We stayed for 4 nights on our 2 week holiday. Situated below a cliff it is quite austere. Building work inside blocked off the lounge and there was scaffolding. We were not disturbed by any of this and had room near top on 5th floor. Rooms large and basic furniture. Huge balcony you could lie and sunbathe on. Great sea views and noise of surf. 2 single beds make the double. Big wardrobe. Bathroom fine though shower pressure dodgy. Kitchen basic. 2 of everything. No kettle. Take a sharp knife. Quality pans but one fits on hot plates at a time. 2 hot plates very efficient. Breakfast great. Lots of fruit, hot choices, breads and delicious cake. Indoor pool heated 28 degrees. Jacuzzi for 4/6 brill but to make it work stomp your feet around the edge! We did not use the restaurant. 2 trendy bars looked inviting below the hotel. Otherwise 1km walk along seafront to old town many local bars, snack bars, little restaurants and 1 small shop. We shopped in Rib Brava at a Continental or Pingo Doce. Lovely Base for walks up cliffs to Prazares, Ponta do Pargo, Rabacal and to visit Jardim do Mar. We loved it here. Quiet. Will return.

Booked in person at the desk and checked in, when arrived went straight to the room and for my surprise there was someone in the shower, i was shocked, looked around and a family was already in there based on clothes and huge mess around and also a cot which looked like someone had slept in it, made my way to reception explained and the man ( somewhat late 40's) asks if I'm sure?? Yes I'm sure !!! Gives me another room we both make our way to the room and guess what was dirty, previous guest checked out but room wasn't cleaned and made ready for the next ones, he apologised and explains he just started his shift and there was a girl before him but she lived down the road so he would call her ... long story short ... I left and he gave me a refund and there were no more rooms available.. this is march and online shows plenty of availability... poor management and definitely poor guest dealing skills... Avoid!

This hotel is quiet, at the end of the road and village. Nicely situated with clean and spacious rooms facing the sea. Small pool area, but too cold to swim in at this time of year. The indoor pool is heated. The jacuzzi is small and not very hot. I did not try any of the other "spa" services. Very good breakfasts, however, the buffet dinner was very uninspiring, even depressing, and after two nights I chose to eat outside of the hotel. The last two nights there the buffet seemed to improve slightly but overall dinner here was a huge disappointment. The old town part of the village is a good 15 minute walk, but all along the water front, and there are a few restaurants to choose from. along the way Also two bars just around the corner from the hotel. Highly recommended for fun atmosphere and great sunset viewing. No wifi except in the bar area so it is funny to see everyone congregated in that area on their personal devices. Not having wifi in rooms is great if you want to disconnect a bit while on holiday. The hotel is pretty isolated so you'll be a bit trapped with not much to do if you don't have a car, as there is not even one boutique selling any souvenirs, but which is also a good thing because it keeps the village authentic! Hiking in the area is wonderful.

The rooms were nice and cleaned every day The staff are great (we had them all up dancing on new years eve party ) which was a great night with a live band as much wine as you could drink with your meals and a huge firework display afterward and dancing and fun until the early hours . Breakfast is available from 7.30am until 10.30am (good selection ) You can also buy snacks sandwiches and Pizza through the day if you wish . We had booked a few buffet style evening meals in the evening as long as you book before 7pm you are OK we found these meals to be of good quality with soup,salads and 2 main courses and a table full of fruit and sweets, you can order drinks with you meal ,House red wine is good The evening buffet was 16 euro each with a bottle of red wine costing anything from 10 euro upwards which we thought was good value for money . If you wish to have a quiet holiday then this is the place for you . The typical hotel user here is one that likes walking hiking etc of which we are not , but it did not stop us having a good time . Along the main road just at the bottom of the hotel there are a couple of bars they are nothing special but nice to try for a change further down the road there are also a couple of restaurants (be warned they are a 15 to 20 min walk ) then to the main town 25 min walk or so there is a small shop which sells essentials with another couple of small eateries . The nearest main town with good sized store is in Calheta but is either an early morning bus ride (7am) or taxi at 20 euro each way. You can get a bus to Funchal which is approx 22 to 30 euro or you can get a cab which is about 60 euro each way and would take 1.5 hours by bus and approx 1 hour and 10 mins by car . If staying at Paul do Mar then I would definitely suggest you hire a car at the airport if you are planning to explore the island as the hotel is in an area which is very quiet . I can only thank the staff for being so nice here you a credit to your company and nothing was to much effort for you all especially the 2 South African ladies who made us laugh time after time ,the reception staff are great as well always smiling and again would do anything for you .

Well, what can I say........ Stayed there in April 2016 and it was very nice, that's the reason why we returned there. But this time very disappointing, the Hotel in just about 8 months, got very badly maintained, interior pool and jacuzzi not advisable, it had a lot of product (chlorine) and you could smell it at a distance. Went to the room so we could get a bath and go to dinner and......No water, took about 4 hours to solve this problem, in the mean time, we missed the reservation at the restaurant (not the hotel one), asked for some help, because we where starving, and they offered Dinner at the Hotel, Bad Idea.... food was not fresh, and red wine was wasted. We went to the room again asked for a bottle of water so we could cook something to eat. I really hope that they can return to the standard they had, because I really enjoy the place, until that happen, we are not coming back.

Loved this place, good hotel and would definitely return. We travelled as a party of 2 adults and 1 child on a dinner bed & breakfast basis. Very impressed with the huge room, very spacious, excellent balcony with glass fence, sea view, superb. Really good value and quality. Mini kitchen and fridge in the room. Not much parking but we found the last spot! Huge outdoor pool (cold) but nice and warm indoor pool. Not a great deal in this location, but perfect get away from it all location. 12 minutes drive from Calheta where there is a sandy (imported) beach and many bars etc. Hotel drinks not expensive, less than 10 euros for the house wine (bottle). Buffet dinner on the 1 night we stayed was veg soup, good bread, very good salad mix (buffet), sardines and a meat casserole with veg and sweet potatoes. Very good value. No beach here, very pebbly but good to surf. No entertainment the night we stayed. Loved the feeling of space and the ocean views and the balcony. We said we'd love to return.

This hotel is located right at the end of Paul do Mar and sits at the foot of a mountain. I loved the fact that the room is spacious, has a kitchenette and a nice view of the ocean and the most stunning sunsets. It is also quiet at night, far away from noise and night life. Definitely a haven for those who want to be away from the rat race for a while. The hotel has seen grander days and is outdated in some areas. But the rooms are clean. The cleaning staff come every day, unless you put up a "do not disturb" sign. I loved the breakfast buffet ... lots of choices for hot and cold dishes, bread, cheeses, meats and fruits. For those who like swimming, they have a good-sized pool. The area gets a lot of sun. This is a good place to stay if you want to do the levada walks and mountain hikes in the Calheta and Praceres area. The kitchenette could be better equipped with a few more dishes, pots and utensils, as well as dish soap. I don't know the standard in terms of how much to equip hotel rooms with a kitchenette but maybe I have been spoiled by AirBnB. For those who prefer a sandy beach, don't expect to get this in this part of town. The beach is rocky/stony. It is close to the road as well. The area, though, is popular with surfers. No wifi access from the rooms, but there is a wifi area at the main floor. On quiet weekdays, you can find a parking spot immediately. I imagine parking can be horrendous during peak season. We stayed in the hotel in the second week of October, and the place got very busy at the start of the weekend.

I was desperate for quiet holidays and this hotel (and in fact the whole island) delivered beautifully. The hotel appears to be in need of some modernization, although the former glory is still very much visible. It's spotless and the staff were incredible. The apartment was spacious, comfortable and had massive terrace overlooking Atlantic. There's no kettle in the room - not a big deal, but it would be handy to have one. Nice big bathroom. Housekeeping every day. The only noise in the night was provided courtesy of waves crushing against the beach. Very decent food. Free Turkish bath on request, jacuzzi i and good size swimming pools helped to unwind. If you want a massage or facial - it's available but not free (approx 40 Euros for half an hour of back massage). The location is perfect - the hotel was built between the dramatic cliffs and the ocean in a quiet village at the end of the main road. Close to nice levada walks. We had a great time in this hotel and I'm looking forward to staying there again soon.

The hotel is in a quiet, beautiful spot. It's not very touristy in this part of the island and its a place to get the sun. The sea here is crystal clear and there is a great view of the sunset from Maktub bar next door every night. The hotel is well equipped with activities such as indoor and outdoor pool, hot tub, pool table and table tennis. The pool area wasn't too busy so no need to fight for sunbathing space. If you are looking for a holiday to relax and are not looking for a busy nightlife then this is ideal. There is a pool cafe/bar with lovely Staff who are very friendly. The food and drinks were good and reasonably priced. If you want to explore car rental is a must. If you want to make use of the kitchen in your room you need to visit a supermarket by car. The nearest shop is a long walk from the hotel and doesn't sell much (no bread!) There are leaflets in the foyer for nativemotion who do water sports and adventure activities. The paddle boarding is done right outside the hotel (even though it says Calheta) and I couldn't recommend it enough! The decor at the hotel isn't the best, but I've heard it's being renovated so can only improve.

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Hotel highlights

  • Free breakfast
  • Free WiFi in public areas
  • Free parking
  • Onsite dining

Located in Paul do Mar, Paul do Mar Aparthotel is adjacent to Paul do Mar Beach and within a 15-minute drive of Eglise de Faja da Ovelha. This 60-room, 3-star aparthotel has free breakfast along with conveniences like an outdoor pool and an indoor pool. Monte Palace Gardens is also 27.5 mi (44.3 km) away.


Free breakfast is included with your stay. This aparthotel serves as home to a bar, along with a restaurant that specializes in international cuisine. Savor a meal from the comfort of your room with room service.


The 60 air-conditioned apartments feature kitchenettes and balconies. Bathrooms have hair dryers and free toiletries. Sofa beds, coffee makers, and safes are other standard amenities.

Property features

Paul do Mar Aparthotel features an indoor pool, an outdoor pool, and a children's pool. Free parking is available if you drive. The 24-hour front desk has multilingual staff ready to assist with concierge services and securing valuables. Additional amenities include a health club, a spa tub, and a sauna.

Room options

Studio (Single)

Queen 1 | Twin 2 | Sleeps 1

Studio (Triple)

Twin 2 | Queen 1 | Sleeps 3

Family Studio

Full 1 | Twin 2 | Sleeps 3

Reviews from Trip Advisor

Trip Advisor aggregated rating

68% of guests recommend this hotel

Total of 208 reviews