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.
Stayed at the Madeira Panoramico for 2 weeks from 6 November 2015. Have never been to Madeira before, but decided on this hotel, because of the the consistently good reviews and so glad we did. The staff are excellent. Nothing is too much trouble and they even arranged for a bottle of fizz in our room when they saw my birthday cards in there. We had a room to the side of the hotel, but could see the harbour from the balcony. The rooms aren't flashy and could probably do with a bit of an update, but they have everything you need and are clean and spacious. If you do want tea/coffee or a safe, these can be arranged for a small fee.
The breakfast was absolutely brilliant. Yes, it would be "samey", if you have everything on offer, every day, but the staff do try and vary the selection and everything is fresh. The fruit is fabulous, the bread is to die for and you can have any type of egg/omelette you want made to order and all of this on top of the most breathtaking seaview!
Yes, the hotel is up a steep hill - that's how you get the view. If you don't want to walk up/down hills or get cabs, then go elsewhere, but we walked down every night and then decided how energetic we felt after we'd eaten dinner! Word of advice - if you come out of the hotel, turn left and walk 200m or so, there are some steps down through a residential area - keep going straight, crossing a couple of roads, until you can't cross a road any further. This will take approx. 20mins. If you turn right, this leads you to the lido area. If you turn left, it takes you to the harbour/port. If you do decide to get a cab, please make a note to look at what you're being charged (at the front of the cab). We didn't get many cabs, but did have two experiences of the meter suddenly changing or switching off and then being told a different amount when we got to our destination. When I queried it, they just accepted they'd been found out, but just be aware - nobody wants to get ripped off.
As regards best of the best generally, No. 2 bar is great for drinks and they do a lovely sandwich, Leenos is best for food and Madeira Up Mountain for any safaris.
I suppose if you go to Madeira, you have to go to Monte in the cable car (stunning views) and come down in the toboggan, which we did. Be aware the toboggan only comes half way down, so you will need to get a cab back to Funchal, or walk, which does wonders for your legs!More
Laura B, Hornchurch, United Kingdom
One of the best hotel i ever stay . Somethin that i never forget . It's amaizing form the moment you make the ceck in until you do the ceck out.The staff taht work there are make everything posible to feel that you are in a perfect holliday and perfect place.More
Service was exceptional from staff. Bit too high up for me as there was not much else in the vicinity
Was in a standard room, with all amenities necessary but no lock on toilet door, bed as hard as nails and walls far too thin. If I wanted to learn a second language at 6.30 in the morning, this was the way to do it. No "entertainment" on a Saturday night - strange! Great bus service, right outside of hotel but needed to work out timetables so as not to wait too long.More
Balladmeister, Enfield, United Kingdom
Madeira..a town to remember forever!
Madeira was on my bucket list and I was more than impressed with this hotel. I stayed there for 10 days during the Flower Festival and was elated. We stayed in a very comfortable room overlooking the town of Madeira. Room was clean and housekeepers friendly. Laundry services were great. Food in both restaurants were excellent expecially the shimp/avocado/sauce! The manager as well as the front desk staff were excellent and always asking if we needed anything. I would certainly recommend this property. Can't wait to go back!More
max012015, Kailua-Kona, Hawaii
We stayed here on a bed and breakfast basis and were very pleased we did as eating out was surprisingly reasonable and there were many restaurants to choose from and the fish dishes are excellent. There's only 1 restaurant close by, the Flame Tree which was very nice but the choice was a little limited, however the tuna was to die for. The best meals we had were at Ca Te Espero. Walk a little way down the hill, down the steps on the right and walk down through the residential area to the bottom of the hill, takes about 15 minutes, the restaurant is on the right. Dozens of nice restaurants in Funchal itself, number 45 bus comes right past the hotel, fares are cheap, busses run frequently and on time, some of the drivers do think they are Lewis Hamilton though making for the occasional white knuckle ride! We also had a 2 day pass for the yellow open top tour bus which also stops outside the hotel (the red bus doesn't) Did the Camere de Lobos and the Funchal tour, excellent. Now the hotel. The staff are all very friendly and speak beautiful English as well as many other languages. The rooms are standard if a little dated and they are cleaned daily to a good standard. Breakfast has everything you get in a European hotel plus a chef cooking omelettes and eggs to your liking. There is a free mini bus from the hotel to Funchal at intervals throughout the day which you book at reception. We walked down one day and it took us about an hour but it's very steep in places and we caught a tuk tuk back up which was another experience. This is a lovely, friendly hotel with spectacular views of Funchal, the cruise liners and the mountains. If I was being really picky I would have liked tea/coffee making facilities in the room and for the free bus to run a little later in the evening, the last bus was 6pm. Pay a bit more for a sea view, you won't regret it.More