From its hilltop position, the Hotel Madeira Panoramico commands sweeping views over the Bay of Funchal.
This place has got a brilliant setting, tucked away among tree-cloaked hills and overlooking the Bay of Funchal. The centre of Funchal is a five-minute drive away – the hotel puts on complimentary shuttle buses.
There’s a swimming pool that looks out over the Atlantic, plus a smart restaurant inside. Also indoors are modern bedrooms, another pool, and a spa complete with a sauna and whirlpool bath. This hotel is part of the Skytours range until April 2017.
Room was very spacious with fantastic view of Funchal ocean front. We did B & B only but ate 3 times in hotel a la carte restaurant which had great food and was excellent value for money. It's location at top end of town is easily overcome by excellent local bus service which stops outside hotel on trip into / from Funchal Centro - number 45. The gym is poorly equipped if that is something you would want to use.More
First Class experiance
Outstanding hotel and staff, could not have expected more. meal choices were very good with first class service. Hotel provided a free minibus service to and from the town centre, which we use daily.
All in all a super holiday, Will be sure to return.More
Lovely, friendly hotel.
First time in Madeira and have thoroughly enjoyed our week. I wanted to put a brief note down here about the Panoramico hotel.
Though we were in two minds when booking due to the location slightly out of town, very glad we made the choice we did. The shuttle bus is very good during the day if you're heading into Funchal and otherwise it's just an eight to ten euro taxi fare to/from Funchal. No problems getting a cab either way, the hotel are very happy to order for you on the way down.
Good room, well maintained and cleaned during our stay. We were in room 123, with a stunning view out across Funchal. One floor up from the pool level and when we arrived were concerned that there may be a slight lack of privacy but nothing to worry about in the end.
The pool is not the largest but it's perfect for this hotel. Nice temperature and the vista as you lie on your sun bed is fantastic. Pool bar staff are very friendly as indeed are all staff throughout the hotel.
Overall, we felt the location benefit outweighed the need for a 10 minute journey into town. We will come back to Funchal and have already discussed that we would most likely return to the Panoramico when we do. It seemed a perfect size, busy enough but not mobbed by any means. No problem getting a sun bed / umbrella etc.
We have been B&B as we like to eat out in the evening, so can't say what the buffet or a la carte has been like for dinner. Likewise re evening entertainment - we were in town in the evening. Breakfast was fine, the usual combination of continental with limited 'hot'. They make a mean omelet or scrambled eggs to order as you wait! And plenty of fruit, bread etc. Before we came I read some comments that there was little variation in the breakfast, but I have to say I don't know what these folks expect of a standard breakfast offering from a hotel of this size. It was perfectly fine.
All in all, very happy with our stay. Special thanks to the management and staff, including the coach driver who was always on time, incredibly courteous and very pleasant.
Just about to finish packing, as we're heading home today. Have a great stay if you choose Panoramico as your hotel when visiting Funchal.More
Charles G, 186534
Excellent hotel on lovely Madeira island. Food good, accommodation good, views excellent, best if you have room on the front. We had side room overlooking tennis court, but still had lively view over the bay. Hop on off bus stop (yellow route) just outside hotel entrance. Lovely swimming pools. Everywhere very clean & tidy. Would recommend. On steep hill so good if you're a walker but if not free shuttle bus to town throughout the day. Service bus stops outside hotel and is only 1:35 Euros wherever you go!More
Iain N, 186393
Fabulous views over the island.
My husband and I are in our early 40's. We had heard that Madeira is a place for the older generation, but we just wanted a relaxing holiday, so we decided to give it a go.
We booked the Hotel Panoramico through Thompson Holidays, and paid for the upgrade for a sea view room.
When we arrived at the hotel, the room wasn't quite ready, but it wasn't too long before we were allowed in the room. We had to contact the tour operator before we arrived to ensure a double bed or you will end up with twin beds. The room was clean and spacious. A well stocked minibar, a safe that you pay a little extra to use, but no tea or coffee facilities, as we weren't sure the extra charge was really worth it. Our room (119) had a wonderful view of the island, the ocean and the swimming pool (worth the extra charge). The bathroom was clean with a powerful shower and the room had adequate air conditioning.
We checked out the hotel (which was a bit of a maze). There was a gym, inside and outside pool, Wellness Centre, squash court, tennis court, steam room, jacuzzi and a bar. Wifi was available the public areas too.
The dining room is well staffed and we were showed to a table that would be our table for all our evening meals. The second night another couple were sitting at our table. The hostess was very apologetic and quickly found us a better table and offered us drinks on the house.
Meals were buffet style with lots to choose from, but a bit of a guess for some dishes and desserts as they aren't labeled!
At breakfast, you can sit inside or outside (look out for the scavenging cat). The food was plentiful, with lots of variety. The omelettes were lovely.
The hotel is on a steep hill that almost killed us walking up to. I recommend using the free hotel shuttle to the Marina and back, but make sure you book it.
The hotel itself was really quiet until the weekend when a lot more people and a few families arrived, but it wasn't that bad.
After a week, we really wanted to stay, as we found Madeira a beautiful laid back island with so much to see and do. We will return to the island soon and probably to the same hotel too.More