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.
We first came to the Panoramico in 2009 and reall enjoyed our stay - see the original review.
This time we upgraded to a sea view and loved coming back to the hotel room at night with the curtains open to see Funchal lit up at night and watch cruise ships go in and out.
The hotel is lovely, nothing is too much trouble. Breakfast buffet is enormous so often we only had a cake or starter for lunch.
Dinner was a little disappointing which is why I only give it 4 stars, again a buffet and plenty of food but the choice was a little limited. One evening a rare beef starter was followed by a beef joint main and the desserts were plentiful but were mostly mousses (over sweet, poorly flavoured Angel Delight anyone?).
We tried the fine dining restaurant in the hotel once which was lovely but only 3 tables occupied so no atmosphere. It was also expensive. We have been to other hotels which have this system and offer a much better discount on fine dining or special offers to encourage B&B guests to eat in the hotel which would make better use of the staff and room. We had to complain about the choice of music which was fast beat house type music not conducive to relaxed dining. They changed it to jazz which is also not necessarily everone's taste.
Madeira is a lovely island and I am sure we will be back - recommend the Up Mountain safari! And yes, we will come back to the Panoramico, it is lovely to be overlooking Funchal and away from all the high rise hotels along the Lido.More
We checked the comments before coming and phoned to see if we could upgrade to a suite. Luckily, the only one they have was available. I knew from speaking to the staff from the UK, that we would be really happy with the hotel.
With the suite the large bathroom with a jacuzzi and shower has been a bonus, for relaxation. The balcony has full sea views and we have seen the cruisers coming in and out of the harbour, plus any other sea traffic.
The apartment has been kept clean and all staff have been friendly and helpful. We had a massage each, which relaxed both of us. The evening entertainment has been good in the cocktail bar, especially the folk dancing , including both adults and children. They interacted with the audience and got many of us up dancing. Great evening!
There is both an indoor and heated outdoor swimming pool. The indoor was the best for us, as the weather has not been too good. The breakfast has a good choice of food and also the evening buffet which my husband had one evening. We went bed and breakfast, as we like to try different restaurants.
The only thing I felt was , as a 4 star hotel charging for tea and coffee was not the norm.
However, we had free wi fi in our room and a free mini bus to take us into Funchal and return if you wanted. You need to book in advance, as the early times can get booked up. We took a bus down and either a tuk tuk back on return, found on the promenade, or a taxi , which is 8 euros and the tuk tuk is 10 euros.
We liked staying a little out of the city and would return if we revisit Maderia in the future.More
we cant wait to go back!
Have been coming to this hotel for many years, cannot fault the very friendly staff, lovely meals, really comfortable hotel and really good value for money! The courtesy bus makes trips to Funchal really easy and once there you can really sit back and relax or if you want to go shopping there is so much on offer. They have recently extended the hotel and the new rooms are spectacular and the sea views are to die for. it will not be long before we go back.More
First Visit to Madeira and Madeira Panoramico Hotel
This was our first visit to Madeira, therefore our first stay at this particular Hotel and I would have to agree with the comments that the majority of the previous clients have made regarding this gem of a hotel.
As we always use Trip Advisor before we book a holiday to obtain fairly accurate representation of the resorts and hotels from people who have visited previously, we will endeavour to provide an accurate picture of the Madeira Panoramico Hotel, the resort of Funchal and the parts of the west of the Island we visited in the week we were there.
Madeira Airport - After hearing some horror stories about runway length, we found that the runway appeared to have been lengthened and there was absolutely no drama with the landing and take off. Passing through passport and customs was a breeze, the only thing we found a bit strange at first, was the fact that your luggage does not accompany you in the coach to the hotel (Or back to the airport!), it goes in a separate van, this is due to the fact that, large coaches cannot access the car park area at the front of the hotel due to the short narrow bend at the main road junction - So you also have a short walk up a hill to the hotel reception! So do not take your luggage tags off your cases when you get them at the airport, as it creates difficulty or the Hotel Staff when they are delivering them to your room later!
Hotel/Rooms/Staff - As it's name implies, this lovely hotel is high on a hill overlooking the City of Funchal, the views, particularly from the front of the hotel are fantastic, both during the day and in the evening.
We found our room spotlessly clean and kept that way for the period of the holiday by the lovely room service staff, the beds were firm and comfortable, great shower, pool towels provided, flat screen TV, etc, however you have to pay for your room card to be assigned to the safe in your room and there is also a supplement if you want tea/coffee making facilities provided in your room.
All of the reception staff, waiters, bar staff, cleaners and gardeners, went about their work with a smile and nothing was to much bother, whether you wanted to know the name of a plan in the garden, book the courtesy bus, or asking to relocate to a different room (As we had to - due to a persistent barking guard dog at a nearby house - so not the hotels fault!), was all done promptly, professionally and with a smile . Thanks to you all, it made our holiday really special!
Sea view rooms were well worth the extra as the views are special, and the facilities in the hotel are excellent and more than met our needs, from the gym, the indoor pool on chilly days to the excellent courtesy bus, just remember to book a seat both ways with reception staff.
We were on a B&B Basis, but both times we visited the buffet restaurant for an evening meal, the food was excellent, in particular the Easter buffet evening, followed by the Fado Evening in the Cocktail Bar (Happy Hour for the cocktail bar was 1800 to 1900). The Hotel even provided us with a lovely Belgian Chocolate Easter Egg on Easter Sunday - Lovely Touch!
Funchal - The cleanest city we have ever visited and we visited the city most days/nights, our favourite areas being the Rua de Santa Maria in the 'Old Town' - which has a huge choice of restaurants, from fine dining to great value 3 course 'tourist menu's' and leads to the 'Yellow Fort' and Goya Restaurant'; The Avenida do InfÃ¡nte - Have a drink at the Ritz and listen to the Fado Guitarist next to a local park and the excellent 'Restaurante de Combatentes'; The local municipal park - up the hill opposite where the courtesy bus drops you off, is also lovely for a picnic/snack on a nice day.
Tours - The 'Open Top Yellow Bus' stops at the hotel drive (Stop no. 10) and offers a variety of informative tours of the City and surrounding area for a reasonable price, local buses are also very good value for money if you are more adventurous?
The highlight of our Holiday was the 'West of the Island 4x4 Tour' with 'Up Mountain Madeira' or 'UMM' and our fantastic guide Paulo. We got to see parts of the island we would never have known about and learned an astonishing amount of detail about, the History, the people, Flora, Fauna, Food and Drink of Madeira from our knowledgable driver/guide that we would never have known otherwise. Just remember that the mountains have their own micro climate and dress accordingly, as the weather can be changeable, particularly early/late in the year.
Monte/Cable Cars - â¬15 return or buy a single and come back down (Halfway!) in a toboggan, we never got round to this as, on the days we had free, Monte was covered in cloud, so I guess we will have to return to Madera to see the East of the Island with UMM, visit Monte and stay again at the Madeira Panoramico and are already planning our next visit. More
Unmissable Happy Hour, and much, much more...
This was a high value holiday booked through World Choice Travel in Shrewsbury. No problem at all in awarding four stars, especially since the recent building work was completed before we arrived. The room featured a nice, deep bath and excellent shower, and the breakfasts are such that you may well not need lunch. There is an excellent free shuttle Monday to Saturday into Funchal, and the free Wi-Fi worked perfectly. The cocktail bar Happy Hour every evening was unmissable, particularly as we were fortunate in meeting new friends.
The only slight adverse is nothing to to with the hotel as such, merely the fact that there is very little around it. If you like to eat out in the evening it's necessary to go into town and either walk back - 15 minutes or so - or get a cab.
Extremely good value; we would definitely return.More