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.
These light and airy twin rooms with a sea view can sleep up to three with twin beds, plus an extra bed. They come with modern furnishings and a large patio door leading to a balcony with some outside space.
Our travel agent initially booked us into the nearby Hotel Girassol from 3rd to 10th August. Immediately discovering that Hotel Girassol was unacceptably down at heel, unkempt and in places unclean, we requested a move.
To our great joy the agent moved us (after a little negotiating) to the Madeira Panoramico Hotel within 24 hours - a special âthank youâ to our helpful Dutch rep, Marijke. Madeira Panoramico Hotel proved to be a consistently excellent hotel in every respect. A considered interior using cool white marble for stairs, reception desk and bathroom furniture, combined with a 'Scandinavian Modern' feel.
Rooms are very well appointed - air conditioning, lit wardrobe interior, fridge, good wall-mounted tv, and modern lighting features in the headboard panel. The large reception area is awash with attractive new sofas and chairs, and views to the sea, harbour, hills and city are stunning.
Activities include two pools, gym, tennis, squash, table tennis, sauna, spa, and pool table. Staff are multilingual and highly professional, and the food first class, as is the choice. We stayed half board, enjoying the excellent breakfasts and dinners. There is even a free minibus taxi service into town and free wifi in reception.
Score? Top marks!More
Alistair S, Durham, United Kingdom
Pack your hiking boots :)
Just back from a weeks holiday on my first visit to Madeira. Overall I enjoyed my stay at the Panoramico. The reason for the 3 star review was mainly due to location. I knew before I went that it was high in the hills what I didn't know was the lack of restaurants close by. I prefer to eat somewhere different each night I ate in the hotel one night which was satisfactory but on the other six evenings I virtually abseiled down 600m and with the help of my sherpa(wife) managed back with a few rest breaks. The selection of restaurants down at the lido area are plentiful and reasonable. All previous reviews have raved about the breakfast I found it to be your normal fare although what it was lacking was the supply of dinner plates so if you like a full "Scottish" be prepared to have it spread over three tea plates! My room overall was comfortable but I think we drew the short straw and had one if not the smallest room in the complex. The room was no: 002 which had a constant vibration drone from an extractor fan below us I will give the hotel their due they did offer a change of room on the third day but the upheaval wasn't worth the effort as both rooms didn't have a view whereas 002 had a partial sea view see attached. I will visit Madeira again but think I will plump for the lower Lido area. Dont let me put you off the as the pay off for being so high in the hills are the fantastic views. One tip is although there is the free shuttle bus down to marina my only regret is not purchasing a 5 day giro transcard for 16 euros which gives you a lot more flexibility to tour the area. Wifi at the reception area is very strong for streaming media although not stable enough in rooms. The tv channels in the rooms are acceptable as they are mostly foreign showing american content in English with Portuguese subtitles although my room had a piddly 18" where others had 32" grrrr!. Anyhow to finish I am only back a couple of days to rainy Glasgow and wish I was back hills and all.More
Toxycbob, Glasgow, United Kingdom
fabulous and peaceful
We had a lovely week at the panoramico ,stunning views glorious weather and good food , it's a pretty quiet location high upon a hill , but they put on a free shuttle bus down to the town and back which was a godsend lol .
The only couple of gripes are there isn't many sockets in the room just 2,
And if you sunbathe round the pool which is gorgeous , but the sun goes over to the back of the hotel at around 2 ish so your in the shade around the pool .
Rooms are spacious and clean , staff are very professional and pleasant .
We would definitely come again but make sure you have sea view .More
jann1964, Lichfield, United Kingdom
the perfect place for relax and enjoying Madeira
The hotel is really nice. the staff friendly and extremely helpful.
I had a marvellous room, with the best sea and pool view. i loved it. the hotel is particularly quiet, and clean. has a spa and 2 restaurants.
breathtaking terrace where breakfast is served.
The food choice was various, i didn't always like it but i am italian, so quite picky :)
particularly helpful the minibus service, for free. wifi doesn't work in rooms, but there's cable tv.
great location to explore the city and the island.
Enrica V, Berlin, Germany
Would highly recommend this hotel.
The gardens and pool area are immaculate and the staff go above and beyond every single day!
Can't rave enough about the breakfast and the phenomenal amount of choice, all fresh and cooked to perfection.
Views are stunning.
Room was fantastic, would certainly go back to this hotel.More