Pestana Sucks Customer Reviews and Feedback

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Pestana Group is a Portuguese tourism and leisure group. Its hotel chain Pestana Hotels and Resorts has 91 hotels with over 12,000 rooms. The group manages Pousadas de Portugal since 2003.


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Former Employee - Business Development says

"I worked at The Pestana Group full-time for less than a year Cons: As a 4* restaurant, they treat employees poorly. The budget for the lunch cafeteria is of 50p per person. Several times colleagues got food poisoning from eating that food."

Sales Manager says

"I have been working at The Pestana Group Cons: A large hotel group but unfortunately a family and friend run business with a lending to who know, rather than what you know."

Former Employee - Anonymous Employee says

"I worked at The Pestana Group full-time for more than a year Cons: Bad Salary Bad evaluation and rewarding of employees (terrible seniors climbing at the expense of juniors...) Outdated offices and environment"

Former Employee - Anonymous Employee says

"I worked at The Pestana Group full-time for less than a year Cons: Low pay for the amount of work, generally understaffed, poor management, no extra benefits, high turnover..."

Former Employee - Marketing Specialist says

"I worked at The Pestana Group full-time for more than a year Cons: Old fashioned management Personal agendas ahead of team goals"

Former Employee - Reception says

"I worked at The Pestana Group full-time for more than a year Cons: unprofessional gm, not nice company culture, bad food, management swear at you,"

Former Employee - Hotel Receptionist says

"I worked at The Pestana Group full-time for more than a year Cons: This is a Portuguese company and they all speak Spanish between themselves. The managers are foreign and very sneaky. Be careful."

Former Employee - Receptionist says

"I worked at The Pestana Group full-time for less than a year Cons: Lack of HR department that could manage employees rotation"

Current Employee - Sales says

"I have been working at The Pestana Group full-time Cons: The Management is very relaxed but at the expense of employees. The company is not interested in development and not 100% fair to own customers."

Current Employee - Anonymous Employee says

"I have been working at The Pestana Group full-time Cons: low pays and hard way to raise it"

Jan Wilson says

"I am a weeks owner at Pestana Village. I arrived in Madeira 3 weeks ago. I booked into another hotel for the first few weeks with the intention of moving to the Village for the week that I own. Last week, Pestana emailed me to inform me that The Village had been closed for several months and there are no plans to reopen it in the immediate future. I was told that I could swap my week and given the option of staying at the only resort that is still open on the island, the Carlton Madeira Beach Club. I have now submitted my request, in accordance with the offer they made but they say that they don't have availability. Yet, they are still advertising rooms at The Pestana Village, the Carlton and studios at The Palms If anyone is considering booking with them, beware as they are prepared to cancel your reservation at the last minute without offering compensation. They are attempting to blame covid but the Madeiran Government has gone to great levels to support the tourism industry here and welcome travellers throughout the pandemic."

Michael says

"we used Pestana. They run Vila Sol golf which has turned from a lovely club to an overplayed mess. they have gone from 8 holes to 27 and put 36 holes of tee times on it. DO NOT PLAY we came off the course after nine holes having paid for 18."

fiona boyd says

"we have been on holiday with pestana many times in Madeira and using our pestana priority membership points, however this year we decided to use them in this country and booked 2 weeks with them at Clowance Estate in Cornwall in association with their partner company Seasons holidays.
Pestana promise luxury holidays and this was true in Madeira so we expected a similar standard in Cornwall - how wrong we were!!
Clowance Estate has many beautiful lodges but we were put in the golf view apartments, a block of 12 apartments overlooking the golf course, without a golf view as the trees and bushes have grown blocking any view..
When we arrived we were hit by the appalling smell in the apartment, musty, old and damp, the towels and bedding smelled strongly of the musty smell and we did not want to unpack our suitcases as the smell would have been on our clothes. The apartment was very old, tired and outdated and not at all what we would have expected from a Pestana booking. We were also given a piece of paper telling us as from the week before our arrival we were to be charged £25 per week for Wi-Fi, adding another £50 to our holiday costs which we were not told about beforehand.
We contacted both Pestana and seasons holidays attaching photographs for them to see, this included a patio door which did not lock, melted radiator, torn and ripped sofa cushions, damp on the windows, mould and dirt on the balcony and a filthy stained sink from a constant running tap. We were advised by Seasons holidays they were aware of the outdated condition and would try to move us, this did not happen because apparently everywhere else was full.
Our 2 weeks were horrid in the apartment and we tried to spend as much time as we could out of it, the neighbours either side and above were extremely audible because of squeaking old floorboards which was not their fault at all but every time someone walked on the floors it squeaked throughout the apartment, we could hear conversations through the walls and every time the toilet flushed or light switch went on.
We again complained and we had someone call us from central reservations asking for us to sell our points to them, we did not want to do this and declined but this chap openly said " oh yes those apartments are very outdated it's like being in a time warp haha" - NOT FUNNY - THIS WAS OUR 2 WEEKS HOLIDAY!!!!!
Again I sent the photos via email to Pestana who awarded us our points back to use again, this was confirmed via seasons holidays and they also offered a free meal as a gesture of goodwill.
Why oh why did Pestana not check the accommodation was suitable for their members, we have paid them a lot of money for our membership and they treat us like this ruining our 2 week holiday? I continued to ask for a refund from them as we also paid £614 plus 75 euros exchange fee, they refused a refund saying it would have been used in resort administration, what administration - we were put in a shabby old dark apartment, but said we could use the reservation fee towards the next use of our points, no refund as they said several of their members had been there and not complained, I can only guess they had been lucky enough to have stayed in the lodges.
Even though we have the option of going again next year I could not face that awful apartment again, Clowance estate put us in the worst possible room and I feel as Pestana members Pestana are liable for not making sure this was dealt with beforehand, the photographs are 100% evidence of the appalling apartment and Pestana did not want to know, perhaps they should read some more online reviews and treat their members with more respect."

Clive says

"Pestana Chelsea Bridge Hotel & Spa

While most of the staff were great two of the people working the front desk during the day really let it down. Some of the rudest people I have ever encountered. Spend your money elsewhere."

Ester Pereira says

"We were a party of 7, staying in 5 singles and 1 double: 3 nights at Pestana Vintage in Porto, May 15-18/19, and 2 nights at Pousada do Covento in Vila Vicosa, May 20-22/19. The service was equally disappointing at both hotels.

In Porto there wasn't enough staff to help with bag delivery, one day the double room wasn't made up, the breakfast was great but the service not. For example, coffee took forever to be served, eggs came late and cold.

In Vila Vicosa we encountered the same lack of service upon check -in - nobody to help us with the bags or even show us into the rooms properly. We arrived just minutes before a large group of Chinese and were simply told that there was nobody to help us, Period.

The dining room was occupied by the Chinese group and the rest of the guests were relegated to a makeshif dining room. The service was very slow, the acoustics terrible.

At both propertties the lack of personnel was obvious as well as the quality of service given by the few employees we saw - they were courteous but their lack of training was evident.

Will I recommend Pestana in the future? I don't think so."