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Madeira Panoramico Hotel

4.0 out of 5.0

Recent guest reviews

My wife and I stayed here for a week at the end of April, and soon realised it wasn't for us. The hotel is situated high up away from everything, but there is a free hotel bus that takes you down below, away from everything. I can only speak for our room, when I say it was like stepping back into a bygone age, and unfortunately not in very good condition. The fitted carpet was a little on the tired side, some of the light switches didn't work, the bath was well worn, the shower was like being hit by a fire-man's hose, the basin plug wouldn't stop the water running away, and the button push urinal flush, has to be one of the first ever produced. The modern Television was fine, but looked out of place in the retro setting. The hotel is, strangely, split in two reached by a covered walkway over the road, where you will find the great swimming pool and view featured in brochures, you may be lucky to get a room over there, because it seems more modern. The food was good with a few exceptions, that are really not worth griping about, so overall acceptable. The staff were fine, and helped where they could, with exceptions once again not worth a gripe. So to sum up, if you like the old-fashioned look and feel of a holiday stay, and you're lucky with the room, then this could be for you.

Had a weeks stay here as a Jet2 package on a B&B basis as we are not keen on buffet dinners, had a sea view room 158, which was spacious with a well appointed bathroom with separate shower and bath with shower over, the balcony was not overly large but fine for the two of us. The hotel was full when we were there (flower festival week), mainly with German & French guests just a few Brits. Breakfast was buffet style and was very good considering the number of people, not long waiting for anything, the fresh fruit was lovely, you could have eggs freshly prepared to your liking which was a nice touch. The hotel has 2 pools 1 indoor and 1 out, 1 tennis court, 1 squash court, fitness room and spa facilities, none of which we used as we were only there for a week. The hotel has a shuttle bus into town which is a long walk downhill, the local bus stop is opposite so a number 45 takes you into Funchal (1.80 euro), the taxi fare we found to be around 8.00 euro. The Hotel is in a residential area so quiet although next to a main road, not too much traffic.

This is a very good hotel.Very good rooms. Excellent buffet breakfast, including customised egg preparation. Fab facilities including infinity pool on rooftop terrace with views over Funchal and the sea + indoor pool + gym + spa. Fantastic, friendly and helpful staff + courtesy bus service into Funchal + the public 45 bus stops just outside it + Pool/terrace bar + Cocktail bar with happy hour. It is on a western hill just outside Funchal itself and above the Lido area. You can walk to the Lido area. Turn left outside the hotel towards town and after the 1st road on your right look out for some steps going down the hill. This is a mix of footpath and limited vehicle access roads. Continue down past Savoy Gardens hotel, cross the Rua Joao Paulo ii and continue down and turn right to hit the bars and restaurants on Rue de cassa branca all the way to the Lido. For us it was an 8 minute walk down and a 20 minute walk back up! A return taxi from Lido is €6.80. Don't think about walking into Funchal - use the free hotel shuttle and/or the 45 Bus. We only had one meal in the a la carte restaurant which was good. Our week at this hotel was excellent. We wanted a full service 4 star tourist hotel; we knew it was out of town; we were very happy with our choice and the time we had there

I had a lovely week here, travelling with Tui. I paid extra for the sea view as I was travelling on my own and thought I deserved a treat! The room was huge with a large balcony and stunning views over Funchal. It had a couple of comfy chairs and a coffee table and a queen size bed, with plenty of wardrobe and drawer space. The bathroom had a shower over the bath, which was very powerful and the water was always red hot. Everything was spotless and kept that way all week. I paid extra for the safe and also for the tea and coffee making, this gave me a full size kettle and was replenished every day (if I needed any extra tea bags I just asked at reception). All the staff were professional and pleasant. I was particularly impressed with the language skills of the reception staff as they chatted fluently with guests in English, German, French and Portuguese. I have a lactose intolerance so had checked ahead with the hotel if they could cater for my diet. They did a stunning job. What a range of choice at breakfast and always with a dairy alternative to milk available, setting me up nicely for the day ahead, Evening meal is buffet and I should say a huge thank you to Fabio the chef who ensured I ate well every night. To get into Funchal itself, there is a free minibus which drops you near the Ronaldo Museum. I used this most days and it worked very well. The hotel itself is on a steep hill, but this does give superb views. It is about a 20 minute walk down to the Lido but it is a steep hill to go down and up. I am already trying to work out when I cna go back again.

Hotel was clean and run like a military camp. Food extremely overpriced and we have had to pay €7.50 for tea making facilities in our room. Maids and reception very nice however buffet staff like Gestapo. Facilities like spa located on site but rather expensive too. Because of the location you are pretty much captive to eating here unless you hike down to the shops which is a very steep incline. No evening or day entertainment and pretty boring. We got a cheap late deal here but it was false economy as it is very expensive for food and drinks are extortionate. Nothing here for children either. All in all its has been very disappointing. I was also handed a letter for putting 2 bread rolls in my bag to sit up on the balcony to eat. This was in front of other guests and I was made to feel like a criminal. Oh well only3 more days until we escape!

We have stayed at this hotel many times, my husband and I like to get away from the UK winter, and the Madeira Panoramico is the perfect place for this. We chose a sea view room on this occasion, and spent time sitting in the sun on our balcony, with a gorgeous view of Funchal, the harbour and the cruise ships. The hotel is very clean, the food is well prepared and plentiful, the free courtesy bus a most useful addition. There are many facilities, including 2 pools, a jacuzzi, gym and spa with a variety of treatments on offer. There are tennis courts, billiards, table tennis, an a la carte restaurant and a cocktail bar with happy hour every evening. Best of all, are the wonderful staff, from reception right through to maintenance. They are polite, helpful and kind, they are one of the main reasons we keep returning as we feel that staff can make or break a holiday, and at the Panoramico they are first class. We look forward to returning and would definitely recommend this hotel!

We booked this holiday with Jet2, on a bed and breakfast basis, and were allocated a standard room on the 2nd floor. The room was clean and spacious, with a balcony overlooking a small garden and the town. We did not upgrade to a room with a sea view as has recommend by other reviews, but we did not miss out on the sun as it got over in the afternoon. Only downside is that there is a problem (as mentioned by other reviews) with dogs barking, but it is surprising what you get used to when you are away from home. We found the breakfast to be first class, with excellent choice of fruit with hot and cold buffet. The facilities and pools were clean and well maintained, and we found no problem in getting sun beds whatever time of day. The courtesy bus into Funchal was very much appreciated, and a welcome perk. We found the staff to be very pleasant and helpful and willing to please. However, I cannot give this hotel an excellent rating as our holiday was slightly marred when we found ants in the room. Although it was late evening when we discovered them on the bedside table, the receptionist responded almost immediately and came in the room to spray. He told us he would report the problem to housekeeping, who would sort it. Unfortunately, their efforts did not get rid of the ants before we left. Even though we still had a couple of nights left of the holiday, we were not offered another room.

If you're bored of spending Christmas and New Year in the cold in the UK then look no further than Madeira and the Panoramico Hotel. The hotel is in the best position for the world's best firework display on New Year's Eve and you get to see the whole display from the roof top. The hotel itself is great, the rooms are a good size and has a reasonably priced mini-bar in the fridge. The cleaning maids were great and always seemed to be there cleaning something. The Reception staff were the best I've ever met, nothing was too much trouble and they were always cheerful and helpful, even after the New Year's Eve celebrations :) We were bed and breakfast only and there was always plenty to chose from for breakfast from cereal, fruit, bread, cakes to full English and a every cheerful and multi-tasking chef on the eggs. The hotel also has a fully equipped gym, indoor pool and jaccuzi which we took advantage of. The shuttle bus into Funchal every day was an added bonus as it was quite a hilly walk into town, although it was downhill and the local urban bus stop was right outside the hotel entrance so if we missed the shuttle bus we jumped on the local one. For location, staff, attention to detail, cleanliness etc then I would say look no further and book this hotel.

Hotel is in a magnificent position overlooking Funchal . We booked this to see the new year fireworks , it was amazing . We could see the whole of the display from our balcony from start to finish without getting crushed in crowds down at the harbour . Now back to the hotel . It is nice and modern with everything you would expect from a four star hotel . Rooms were plenty big enough with a well equpped bathroom hairdryer and toiletries mini bar which we thought was reasonably priced . Breakfast was very good with all the food you would expect - cereals cakes meats fruit yogurt toast and a good coffee machine that had lovely cappuccino coffee tea hot milk etc . I was very impressed with the chef who would make any egg you asked for omelettes with any filling / scrambled / fried ( flipped or as he said it sunny side up ) / boiled all while you waited . The staff were the most helpful and friendly in all of the hotel nothing was too much trouble for them and they greeted you with a smile at all times . I must also mention the free courtesy bus that runs frequently down to the marina and will pick you back up when booked at reception which we found very useful . Our stay at the panoramico hotel was very pleasant due to staff and managment paying attention to detail and clients comfort .

Just returned from a great stay at the Panoramico. Great breakfast, great rooms - recommend you book a sea view, welcoming staff. Great view of the bay of Funchal. Beautifully decorated for Christmas. Can’t wait to go back.

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Hotel highlights

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

Within a short walk of Barreiros Stadium, Madeira Panoramico Hotel is within a mile (2 km) of Madeira Casino. This 4-star hotel has 132 rooms and welcomes guests with free breakfast, an outdoor pool, and an indoor pool. Botanical Garden and Monte Palace Gardens are also near this Funchal hotel.


Start your day off right with a free buffet breakfast, served each morning from 7:30 AM to 10 AM. Sit down for a leisurely bite to eat at the onsite buffet restaurant, or enjoy a drink at the bar/lounge. Order from room service to satisfy your hunger without leaving your room.


All of Madeira Panoramico Hotel's 132 air-conditioned rooms provide balconies or patios, minibars, and desks. Guests can expect to find flat-screen TVs with cable channels. Rooms also include free toiletries.

Property features

Madeira Panoramico Hotel features an indoor pool, an outdoor pool, and a health club. There's free parking if you drive. Front-desk staff can answer questions 24/7, and assist with dry cleaning/laundry, tours or tickets, and luggage storage. Additional amenities include a spa tub, a sauna, and an outdoor tennis court.

Room options

Double or Twin Room, Sea View

Full 1 | Sleeps 3

Double Room Single Use, Mountain View

Twin 1 | Sleeps 1

Double Room Single Use, Sea View

Twin 1 | Sleeps 1

Reviews from Trip Advisor

Trip Advisor aggregated rating

87.0% of guests recommend this hotel

Total of 638 reviews