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Reviewed October 27, 2017

Every site said that if you stay at the Panoramico you'd better be ok with walking up steep slopes...and they weren't wrong! The clue is in the name and it certainly does what it says on the tin as the views from the seaward side are just stunning; so when you get to the bit where you can book a room looking over the sea and the town...do it- its worth every penny!
My wife and I came here to celebrate a birthday with a 'nought' so we wanted somewhere quite nice. To be clear; this is not a chinzy, intimate boutique hotel...but what it is, is an efficient and spotlessly clean base with an excellent breakfast (omelets to order..!) and a great pool overlooking the bay. We loved our room which was really quiet at the end of the corridor, and we loved sitting on the balcony in the mornings. The views really are stunning and you can see for miles around. At nights you can see the lights from the town and we were here in January while all the Xmas decoration lights were still up which was magical. Sadly we were not here for the New Year fireworks which have a reputation of being fantastic!
The staff are brilliant and helpful but leave some time to consult them because it can get busy in the mornings. They have all the trip-info and at competitive prices.
You can walk down to the Lido area which is full of great restaurants but beware the steep walk back up!
They have a free mini-bus down to the town which is great while the bus stop is right outside too if you get back late.
We came here with Tui and we had a great time for a very modest price...

Room Tip: Go for a sea view.
  • Stayed: January 2017, travelled as a couple
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2  Thank LO_and_LO2014
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Reviewed October 18, 2017

This is a fabulous hotel in all respects. We have just returned following an amazing week's break staying at this excellent hotel. Yes... it is away from the main hub of Funchal & has annoying dogs regularly barking in the area even during the night (the latter is out of the hotel's control due to Portuguese laws on dog protection. Indeed, dogs could be heard even in the Reid's/Cliff Bay area, as we found out).... but please, please, please do not let any of this put you off booking. We did walk all the way to the Old Town once AND back & to the Lido area..... so it is manageable. Also, the courtesy bus service is wonderful as an alternative.

What you do benefit from though by being so situated is constant stunning views including the mountains, Funchal, the cruise ships, sun rises, Reid's/Cliff Bay and more. You can never tire of just admiring the view.... it is seldom as you previously saw it which makes it all the more fascinating.

The food was excellent (buffet & breakfast) & full of variety. Always at least 2 local fish dishes in the evening & I can't recall repetition of species. Praise too to the hard working/friendly/efficient staff. Diogo on egg base battled through the sniffles to produce top quality omelettes which helped set us up for the day. What a star !!

We stayed in room 322 with a full sea/mountain view. Great choice & would recommend. This clean, modern, friendly hotel is top notch. We so wish we were still there.... boy do we miss it. Cheers crew for a thoroughly memorable holiday.

Room Tip: Room 322 was superb in all respects with even an extra off bedroom plus balcony.
  • Stayed: October 2017, travelled as a couple
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Thank Geraint H
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Reviewed October 10, 2017

We stayed at this hotel from 1th to 19th September 2017. Panoramic describes this hotel perfectly being situated out of the centre of Funchal near the top of the hill and the views from most parts were superb both during the day and at night. Although facing the sea it seems to be sheltered from the wind and the pool area is a suntrap. Food was very good at both breakfast and evening meal, some food being cooked to order such as eggs at breakfast and some meats and fish at evening meal. Rooms clean and to a slightly higher standard than normally expected in a 4 star. The only problem with the hotel is that it is in a largely residential area and on a very steep hill which makes an evening stroll a little difficult. The free bus service is excellent in that it drops you right by the Christiano Ronaldo museum and it is then a flat walk along the promenade into town. The new town is like any other in Europe but the old town is a revelation. To get to it walk along the promenade to the chair lift and then head inland. In the old town many of the doors are painted with murals and it is an interesting few hours just waling around and looking at them. There are many bars and restaurants here and a fantastic atmosphere. Try the chair lift for views and tke at least one trip out to see the rest of the island. Dramatic mountains here and fantastic views. Gardens abound as you would expect and there are a couple in the new part of town which are worth a visit if only because they are free.

  • Stayed: September 2017, travelled as a couple
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3  Thank Trevor656
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Reviewed September 25, 2017

Just back from a 7 night stay at this excellent hotel - The reception staff are multi - lingual - knowledgeable and extremely friendly and helpful. The hotel was opened about 20 years ago but is modern with excellent facilities. It has an indoor pool / a Jacuzzi / a Sauna + a small gym area. The outdoor pool is situated near to a small bar area where a range of drinks + freshly made snacks are available until 6.00pm.
A cocktail bar offers 1/2 price drinks between 6.00 & 7.00 pm served with a complimentary bowl of crisps. - The hotel has a large breakfast area which doubles up as a carvery style dinner area at night. - On sight also is the 'Parador' a la carte restaurant which serves excellent food at a reasonable price - we dined here on 3 nights. There is an outdoor relaxation area where entertainment was provided most nights. A keyboard player + drummer vocalist were particularly good. Excellent waiters serve a range of drinks to your table. - We were allocated room 314 on the third floor which has an amazing sea view - and you can view the cruise ships landing from this room - The two single beds were extremely comfortable and has a decent bathroom with twin shower unit. Adequate wardrobe space (but not enough drawer storage) The room has a very good air conditioning unit - A safe facility (Charged at 11 Euro) per week. A decent size patio with a table + chairs - We had excellent room service every day. Funchal town centre is about 20 mins walk - but there is a free mini bus provided by the hotel. from and back to the hotel which runs every 30 mins We had amazing weather all week and thanks to the accommodation and great staff we had a great holiday.We will certainly stay here again.
Reviewed by Rob + Linda (Sheffield South Yorkshire)

Room Tip: Room 314 has a great sea view + close to lift
  • Stayed: September 2017, travelled as a couple
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3  Thank 141RobN
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Reviewed September 24, 2017

Lovely large clean rooms with great views over the town and although it was a fair walk to the town the courtesy bus was a bonus as really steep on the way back ..
Great and plentiful breakfast with a superb omlette chef fresh fruit ,warm bread and Madeira cake every day
Friendly staff throughout the hotel particularly reception staff who were extremely helpful
We will definitely return .. Loved it

Room Tip: Side sea views fine .. Well insulated so no noise
  • Stayed: September 2017, travelled as a couple
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1  Thank Snookychops
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