My husband and I booked 9 days at the Coral Strand in Dec 2013 and already my first impression as we arrived at the hotel filled me with doubts. The reception was manned by one person only and is small and dingy. We were then shown to our "garden view room" by the hotel manager and when he proudly opened the curtains, the view was onto the hotel parking lot. We immediately asked for a new room which he said he would try and arrange for us the next day.
We were on half board and decided to go for dinner and were told in reception that the main dining room was booked out for the private function - the same happened the next evening - shocking.
After a lot of reminders we got another room, but as we lay down for a rest in the afternoon (at around 14h00) and were rudely awoken by very very loud music coming from the pool area that continued until late at night.
We went for dinner outside of the hotel and decided to move to another hotel rather than spoiling our holiday and we were even willing to forfeit the money already paid.
After lots of backwards and forwards on check-out the Guest Relationship Manager assisted us and offered us a refund. We were very grateful for this and suggested that they jack up their game a lot more in future.
One thing I must say though, the rooms are tiny, but have been refurbished and look good.
Not a good experience at all - we moved to the Berjaya Hotel on the same beach, it was so much better in all respects and cheaper as well.
- Also Known As:
- Hotel Coral Strand
- Coral Strand Beau Vallon
- Coral Strand Smart Choice Hotel Seychelles Mahe Island - Beau Vallon
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Coral Strand Smart Choice Hotel stands out with a completely new hotel concept for the Seychelles: Premium comfort at an affordable price. The islands’ best value-for-money is located at the absolutely best area directly on the most attractive strip of beach in the famous Beau Vallon Bay on the largest of Seychelles' islands, Mahé. Hardly any other hotel has such a beach and ocean view. The 3 star plus hotel has 174 modern and attractively equipped rooms. There are 147 standard rooms, 4 junior suites, 21 deluxe rooms and 2 apartments. The original Coral Strand opened in 1972 as one of the first hotels on the Seychelles. The name Coral Strand has always attracted guests with its breath-taking ocean views and fantastic location directly on the white sand beach. The last 40 years have seen a steady stream of return guests. The hotel bar with its live music has established itself as a legendary meeting point for tourists and locals. The original hotel was completely reconstructed and renovated with new design, equipment and contemporary comfort. The service offer was also completely reorganized. With the new name Coral Strand Smart Choice, the hotel now wants to offer the best value-for-money hotel in the Seychelles. ... more less
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