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Pestana Palms
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Reviewed 29 March 2012

We were able to take over a week's time-share from a friend who owns this apartment: the setting was lovely: apartment cleaned every day; superb view from balcony; shops and restaurants in the vicinity. We think it is possible to "buy" a week's holiday if you contact the hotel direct. Only downside was that the kitchen area was rather poorly equipped - we felt the management would prefer if one ate out for lunches and dinners. Otherwise very good.

Room Tip: contact management for availability as this is a time-share
  • Stayed: March 2012, travelled with family
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5  Thank JandSEvian
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rubinacampos, Guest Relations Manager at Pestana Palms, responded to this reviewResponded 17 April 2012

Dear Guest,
thank you very much for your recent stay at the Pestana Palms Hotel and for posting your commnents in Tripadvisor, it is always nice to read your most sincere opinions and to be able to improve our services.
Best regards,
Rubina Campos

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Reviewed 1 March 2012

Just returned from an 8 night stay at the Pestano Palms. We booked through Travelocity but on arrival reception were not aware of our booking. The receptionist made a call, photocopied our booking reservation and gave us room 101. All rooms look out over the sea with rooms 01 -05 towards Funchal so the view was OK. However 101 is the nearest to the cliff face and the lowest so not as good as the higher floor numbers for the view (there are 8 floors). The room was spacious, clean and had a small kitchenette.
Breakfast had a good selection catering for probably all tastes from the buffet.
The separate original building has reception, another restaurant, bar, library and lounge areas upstairs.
The hotel location is good with plenty of restaurants locally or in Funchal centre (1/2 hr walk or taxi).
There is a purpose built coastal walk from the hotel past the lido like an English coastal promenade to Praia Formosa which we found very pleasant with spectacular views. The gardens in the tea house about a mile along are lovely.
The hotel is easy to find by car, has its own parking and there is also free parking across the road in front of the supermarket. An excellent Italian restaurant across the road called Casa Italia, although you may well need to book, is worth visiting.

  • Stayed: February 2012, travelled as a couple
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7  Thank gjm_wjm
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PestanaPalms, Gerente de relações públicas at Pestana Palms, responded to this reviewResponded 15 May 2013

Dear Guest,
Thank you for choosing Pestana Palms, as well as taking the time in posting some comments regarding your last stay in our Hotel.
Please note that all comments have been forwarded to the respective departments. Rest assured that we will do our utmost to improve the quality of our services, so that similar situations may be avoided in the future.
We hope to have the pleasure of welcoming you back to our Hotel in the near future.
Kind regards,
Rubina Campos

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Reviewed 5 January 2012

We spent a christmas week at Pestana Palms and the hotel was a very good choice. This was our first time away from Finland at Christmas time and we had chosen the hotel carefully. The staff was the most friendly. The rooms were spacious and very cosy.
There were lot of space at pool area. The pool could have been deeper (only 1,4 meters at deepest) but it was also possible to swim at deep blue sea few steps from hotel. Although there was very windy and we managed to swim at sea only once during our stay.
Breakfast was lovely. So was the Christmas eve's dinner, 7 (big) courses with wines included. We were very delighted about hotel's management's invitation to all guests to the little cocktail party before dinner. The chorus sang christmas songs beautifully. We had read beforehand that there was free minibus to the Funchal centre but there wasn't. Anyway, it was nice to walk to the centre (20 minutes) and take a taxi back (5-8 euros). We'll travel to Madeira and Pestana Palms again!

Room Tip: I think almost every room have a sea view and it doesn't matter whether you are in 2nd or 7th floor.
  • Stayed: December 2011, travelled as a couple
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9  Thank MindeS
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PestanaPalms, Gerente de relações públicas at Pestana Palms, responded to this reviewResponded 19 September 2012

Dear Guest,
Thank you very much for your recent stay with us, and also for sharing all these details regarding your stay. It is a real pleasure to receive such comments.
We hope to welcome you back in our hotel in a near future.
With our kindest regards,
Rubina Campos

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Reviewed 5 January 2012

We stayed over Christmas in what is called a Superior Studio apartment on the 8th floor. Nice big apartment with an excellent view over Funchal and the harbor. The Staff was very friendly and provided an excellent service, the room, the beds and the toilet in good and clean condition. We had the Christmas diner included in the price and were a bit disappointed about the menu, which was traditional English style with (very dry) roast turkey and plum pudding. No other choices were available. However, what we found really disappointing was the hotels choice of music accompanying the Christmas dinner. For more than 3 hours we had to listen to very loud Latin American music. Not a single Christmas melody or anything in that style. Another thing that surprised us was that the price for using Wi-Fi in the lobby area for 7 days was €28. There ought to be free Wi-Fi in a 4 star hotel, especially when most restaurants, bars, and open parks and places in Funchal offer you free Wi-Fi.

Room Tip: In order to get the best sea-viuw choose rooms higher than 4th level.
  • Stayed: December 2011, travelled as a couple
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3  Thank Overnatning
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PestanaPalms, Gerente de relações públicas at Pestana Palms, responded to this reviewResponded 15 May 2013

Dear Guest,
We would like to thank you for your preference in choosing the Pestana Palms as your accomodation.
It seems however, that unfortunately, we have not been able to meet your expectations with some of our services and we apologise for any inconvenience caused.
We hope to have the opportunity to welcome you back in our Hotel in the near future and the pleasure of showing your our improvements providing you “ Memorable Moments”.
Kind regards,
Rubina Campos

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Reviewed 16 December 2011

The hotel is just a few metres from the sea. The breakfast buffet was good. Staff very friendly and eager to help.

  • Stayed: February 2011, travelled as a couple
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4  Thank blopdon
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PestanaPalms, Gerente de relações públicas at Pestana Palms, responded to this reviewResponded 16 May 2013

Dear Guest,
We would like to thank you for the great compliments adressed to our Hotel and staff.
We are always committed to exceed your guests' expecations, providing Memorable Moments.
We hope to have the pleasure of welcoming you back to Pestana Palms in a near future.
Kind regards,
Rubina Campos

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