Visited in August 2019 as a couple and stayed at the front of the hotel in room 316, which is a 1 bed apartment with a sofa bed in the kitchen area. Nice clean apartment and quite big. Air con in both rooms and a balcony to both the front and rear, although no seating on the front. Not really a problem as there were dining chairs that could be used if needed. The apartments are up a hill from Finikounda and the beach and also has steps, depending on where your room is. Not necessarily suitable for people with walking difficulties if they don't have appropriate transport. Short walk to the beach and tavernas but worth it and only takes a few minutes. Good pools as well. We don't usually use the pools unless our adult kids are with us but the 2 at the Panorama were very nice and not crowded at all. The staff that we dealt with were all very nice and the rooms were cleaned daily. Wouldn't hesitate to stay here again.
The inside of the bathroom is too old and in bad condition. The bathroom rug is totally worn off... the cleaning staff constantly does not make the beds. The pool bar does not even have a knife to give us when we requested one to slice an apple. I do not recommend it.
Panorama is in a good location, just out of the centre. Ignore the hill you negotiate to arrive at the front by bus or taxi. When walking, it’s much easier to exit the property at the back. The short driveway (30m) down to the lane at the rear of the property is the only slope (100 paces) - not that bad at all. Take a torch for night time returns; sometimes the street lights aren’t working down the lane. We had a huge apartment with lots of storage space - unusually generous by Greek standards. The kitchen had the most cupboards I’ve ever seen in 25yrs of Greek self catering holidays, with a big fridge freezer, toaster, kettle, oven and hob. Kitchen utensils were a bit sparse but I’m sure we could have got more if we’d asked. I got an extra pillow quite easily. Large shower and also a hair dryer. We had an amazing large private balcony, which looked out on open countryside and got the sun from late morning until sunset. (Room 112). We were delighted to have free air conditioning and a safe. This year, for the first time, we had to pay €3 per room per night departure tax.
This accommodation is really well placed for easy walks to the centre, and main beach. Also to Golden Beach and on to Loutsa in one direction. Then a nice country lane walk to Makryamos (Anemomylos) beach in the other direction. When we stayed at Panorama in early June, only the upper level swimming pool was filled and was very quiet. The bar had often closed by late afternoon - no atmosphere at all, and sold mostly tinned beer. Lots of sun loungers but not much shade from the sun....and it gets very hot up there. No parasols; just canopies at one side. The pool was, however, immaculately clean.
We went with Thomas Cook but had no Rep in resort, and no trips available from the company. So, exploring is a DIY task....best to ask other tourists, especially those who have been there before. It would be helpful if Reception could advertise more activities/walks that can be done from there. We did the excellent Bebis boat trip they advertised, and the Receptionist was very helpful in facilitating this arrangement with Kostas. We were told (on Day 14) that water can be purchased from Reception. They don’t tell you this, so it’s worth checking on arrival. Walking up the hill with a 6 pack (9 litres) of water is no fun!
Don’t let being on that hill put you off (unless you have poor health/mobility issues). The rear driveway is fairly steep, but is short. Once onto the lane, it’s fairly flat all the way to the beach/centre. There are, however, a lot of steps at Panorama - especially if your apartment is right up at the top - not easy for carrying your luggage on arrival/departure days. The location, and the panoramic views make it well worth staying there, even from the lower level, or the middle level where we were. If we returned to Finikounda we would definitely choose to stay at the Panorama again.
To give this a bit of context, I am in my forties, travel alone and have been going to a different Greek destination every summer for the last dozen or so years. I have been to Stoupa on the Peleponnese so time to leave Kalamata airport and go in a different direction! Okay, so went with Thomas Cook who accurately describe the property. They are clear about it being up a hill so if you want to be on the beach you can choose another one of their properties. Personally, I loved the views across the olives and cypresses to the sea and the position. Gorgeous view of this from my terrace. It took me 10 minutes to walk to the beach and about 13 coming back. I loved the Panorama. A very large room, plenty of storage and a comfortable double bed. Good lighting and an above average Greek bathroom! I am unable to add anything useful on the subject of kitchen equipment as my idea of a holiday does not involve cooking! Excellent air-con which was included! A nice surprise! The safe was 3 euros a night. I was self catering but you could opt into breakfast which seemed good value. I used the top pool which was beautiful and excellent sunbeds. It was never crowded. It was mostly Greeks there - what charming children! I loved Finikounda - totally chilled out and a great beach. Reception staff very helpful at ordering the taxi so I could visit the stunning Methoni. I would totally recommend both the Panorama and Finikounda for an authentic Greek getaway.
After coming to the Panorama resort for the fourth time we thought we knew what to expect. The Panorama is very popular with Greek holidaymakers and was near enough full to capacity when we first arrived. The hotel is very traditionally Greek however, with very spacious studio rooms and a large complex it still stands above many other Greek hotels I have stayed in over the years. We had a lovely relaxing holiday however felt the Panorama Resort fell short on some areas that it had previously been brilliant at. I am not sure why, but standards had definitely slipped. The cleaning and replenishment of towels, bed linen and toilet rolls was very hit and miss. Something was either forgotten or not changed for days at a time. Cleaning spray was left in our bathroom sink on one occasion and we had to call reception twice for towels etc that had been forgotten. The two pools are normally great places to spend your days relaxing with a good book however, the bottom pool which is our favourite had been left to go a bit wild. The gardens had previously been well tended to on our last visits however the grass around the bottom pool hadnt been cut and there were broken sunbeds which couldnt be used. Although this did not stop us sunbathing in our once favourite spot, by the end of the two weeks the grass was atleast 4 inches long! Although we saw the lawn mower in many locations around the hotel I dont think it ever got switched on. I never saw anyone cleaning the pool and toys that had been left by children were scattered around in the grass. The palm trees which had once provided lovely shade (there are no parasols at the bottom pool) had died or were dying which was a real shame. The water sprinklers came on around 10am so if you were by the pool, yourself, your sunbed and all of your belongings got completely soaked. Maybe changing the timer on it might help! Our room was lovely however and the staff were as friendly as always but the Panorama Resort was unfortunately looking a bit tired this time round. A new maintenence man perhaps and a re-visit of hotel standards would definitely help the Panorama to get back to what it once was.