Hotel Pestana Palms Ocean Hotel Hotel 3 star
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Families (with older children), groups of friends and couples will feel at home at the Palms. This moderately sized structure, ideally located by the sea, offers a nice relaxing setting as well as a diving centre for those who want to go on an underwater adventure.

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    • Hotel Pestana Palms Ocean Hotel

      Pestana Palms Ocean Hotel   -   © I. Lubinetsky/Easyvoyage

    • Hotel Pestana Palms Ocean Hotel

      Pestana Palms Ocean Hotel   -   © I. Lubinetsky/Easyvoyage

       
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    Location 1.0 /10

    By the sea, about a mile west of Funchal and 14 mi from the airport. The city centre is a 20-minute walk away, the airport a 35-minute drive.

    Accommodation 8.20 /10

    The 75 rooms are in an 8-storey tower. They are equipped with balconies, and have a nice sea view, either straight ahead or to the side. They are spacious and they have a kitchenette with hot plates, a fridge, a kettle and crockery. The light-coloured wooden furniture is simple but nice. The lounge area has not been neglected, and if you like taking a nice selection of clothes on holiday you should be happy with the amount of storage space (there is a big walk-in closet). There is a satellite TV as well as a direct international telephone line. In the bathroom, there is a bath, a hair-dryer and hospitality products.

    Overview 7.20 /10

    Built in 1993 and renovated in 2001, the Palms knows how to impress from the moment you cross its threshold. With its lobby designed like that of a traditional old-style house (small varnished wooden desk, a pedestal table and rug on the tiled floor), the hotel feels more like a guest house than a big hotel complex. Don't be fooled, however: the rooms are not above the reception. These areas are given over to a library and a games room (pool table, bridge tables). Down below, there is a small health centre with a jacuzzi, a sauna, a Turkish bath and a gym. The swimming pool is located below the tower housing the rooms. It is big (4,305 sq ft), with an area for children, and it is surrounded by a concrete solarium which could really benefit from the addition of a few plants. The amenities are good quality though: covered plastic deckchairs are supplied free of charge, as are towels, while parasols will set you back £0.90 a day. The unbeatable view over the ocean is truly something to behold.

    Food and drink 7.20 /10

    The buffet restaurant is located upstairs in the tower accommodating the rooms, and it enjoys a panoramic view of the sea. It opens mornings and evenings. You can choose to sit either in the restaurant room, which is comfortably furnished with slightly acid-coloured wall seats, or on one of the elegant wrought iron seats on the terrace. The theme of the buffet is different every evening. If you stay for a week, you will not have the same meal twice. There is a reasonably varied choice of dishes. You can have Madeiran specialities, a fish buffet or Italian and tropical dishes. For lunch, you can grab a quick meal at the swimming pool snack-bar, whether you fancy a salad, a sandwich or something from the grill. The house where the reception is located also has a bar and a tea room. The evening buffet will set you back about £22.

    To know

    Composed of a traditional old house (which houses the reception and lounge-library area) and two more modern tower blocks, the Palms is made up of hotel rooms (73) and time-share flats (103). Although the communal areas (restaurant, swimming pool) are open to all, the accommodation is separate: one of the towers is given over to time-share, the other accommodates the hotel rooms. The latter is also the nearest to the sea.
    The Palms has free internet access (one computer is located in the lounge, near the reception). Access to the sea, on the other hand, is quite disappointing. Although the hotel enjoys a fine position by the sea, there is only one solarium by the swimming pool. The ocean is reached via a concrete staircase. This is only to be recommended when the sea is calm! However, the Palms has a diving centre which is ideal for an introduction to the sport or for actual deep-sea diving, in the day or at night. Snorkelling equipment can also be hired here.

    Equipment

    • Shuttle bus
    • Car park
    • Handicap access
    • Restaurant
    • Internet access
    • Air conditioning
    • Spa

      massage, beauty salon, sauna, hammam, keep fit, spa, Turkish bath

    • Swimming pool
    • Sports equipment

      tennis, gym, golf, water-polo, fitness, sports

    • Animals allowed
    • Whirlpool bath
    • Safe
    • Non-smoking rooms
    • Solarium
    • Meeting room

    advantage

    • The panoramic sea view.
    • The rooms have kitchenettes.
    • The diving club.

    disadvantages

    • Access to the sea (concrete staircase).
    • You need to pay if you want a parasol.

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