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“Deco Stop Lodge & the President Coolidge.”
4 of 5 bubbles Review of Deco Stop Lodge

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Deco Stop Lodge
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Melbourne, Australia
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114 reviews
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“Deco Stop Lodge & the President Coolidge.”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 14, 2014

Spent a week at the Deco Lodge while doing 10 dives on the Coolidge.
The Lodge accomodation was fairly basic, but clean and confortable with aircond.
The Lodge is set on the side of a hill with a magnificent view over the sea. The main entertainment area is also very well presented and the restaurant, while expensive, is of good quality. The Lodge also offers a secure diver wash area which is fantastic for those diving the Coolidge.
Diving the Coolidge was a fantastic experience - it's HUGE!. Diving is fairly deep ranging from about 70 meters to 20 meters for the wreck, right up to 3 meters in the coral reef gardens where you do your deco stops, so I'd recommend that before diving the Coolidge you understand what the requirements and dive skills required are.
There are alot of opportunities to penetrate the wreck, but you do not need to do this is you are not comfortable. As it's a pretty cheap dive package destination from Australia, (around $2.2k), I think i will one day return.

  • Stayed March 2013, traveled with friends
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DecoStop, Owner at Deco Stop Lodge, responded to this review, February 9, 2014
Thanks Stu for the review and we are happy to hear you enjoyed your trip here to Santo.....great destination for diving and we look forward to seeing you back some day. Cheers Ben & Kim
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Sydney
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 5, 2014

Although this hotel has a beautiful view of the water, its a fair walk from town being perched on a hill away from Luganville centre - something to bear in mind when walking to town in the heat of the day. As a result, the hotel has a captive audience of dinner patrons and makes no attempt to ensure that the food quality is commensurate with the amount charged for meals. Each meal we ate here was a disappointment and at least $10 more than food prices elsewhere in Vanuatu.

Despite the bad food and less than ideal location, the rooms were nice and clean with hot water showers and spacious living areas.

  • Stayed December 2013, traveled as a couple
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DecoStop, Owner at Deco Stop Lodge, responded to this review, February 6, 2014
Thank you for your review and we take your comments seriously. We are very sorry your experience wasn't up to your expectations as we do try to make the products of our restaurant the very best they can be. We currently have kitchen staff in external training and we are reviewing and changing our menu choices.
We would love the chance to show you our new variety and you are most welcome to come and sample the cuisine with a bottle of your favourite on us.
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Gold Coast, Australia
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 31, 2013

Very friendly staff, great food, great views & a very comfortable room. No complaints at all about this place, can definitely recommend it. The Aussie owners are very helpfull and can arrange anything you need in Luganville. Looking forward to diving the Coolidge in the morning.

Stayed January 2014, traveled with friends
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Thank Darren C
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DecoStop, Owner at Deco Stop Lodge, responded to this review, February 9, 2014
Hi Darren and thanks for the very kind words....much appreciated and we hope to see you back again someday and you can get some more diving in...cheers Ben & Kim
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 27, 2013

Sorry this review is a little late. My husband, myself, sister and niece flew into Santo mid October '13, for a brief 5-day stopover to explore Champagne Beach, Lonnoc Bungalows and Port Olry. Our stopover accomm was Deco Stop - we did not expect a lot, however, we're we surprised!! Rooms although basic were clean, clean, clean. Breakfast (included in the rate) was basic but sufficient. Dinner, we all agreed, was the best Santo steak we enjoyed in our whole Vanuatu trip (a total of 3 weeks including Vila). Thank you to Ben and Kim, nothing too much trouble, also amazing staff and the fantastic location. Highly recommend this to other travellers (divers or not), as your base to explore the beautiful sights of Santo.

  • Stayed October 2013, traveled with friends
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Thank Susan W
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DecoStop, Owner at Deco Stop Lodge, responded to this review, February 9, 2014
Hi Susan and thanks for your kind words. So happy that we were a bit of a surprise for you and your comments have been passed onto our staff.....we love them too!!!!!!! If you venture back someday, we'd love to see you again....cheers Ben & Kim
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Gold Coast, Australia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 17, 2013

Stayed a night at Deco Stop Lodge and enjoyed the relaxed atmosphere, room with some amazing views and the dinner and drinks at the Narcossis Bar were fantastic. Perfect place to base yourself when in Santo and with the diving theme it fits well.

Room Tip: Make sure you book the top level room with the views as it is amazing.
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  • Stayed November 2013, traveled solo
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Thank TravelWriterKate
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DecoStop, Owner at Deco Stop Lodge, responded to this review, February 9, 2014
Hi Kate and thank you for your wonderful review, although we were away when you visited you were still in good hands with our wonderful staff.....safe travels and please visit us again sometime.....cheers Ben & Kim
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 18, 2013

my partner and I recently holidayed in santo. we are not divers but are still so glad we chose Deco Stop. the managers have been there 5 years so have the experience but have lost none of their enthusiasm to please their patrons. they were so friendly and always there to share their knowledge of the area. we were never disappointed with their recommendations. as for the restaurant I would almost fly back just for dinner. when experts talk about incredible flavours that are not overwhelming I now know what they mean. we dined at the lodge every night. staff were friendly and every meal was amazing. if you are there to dive then I guess you will be even more impressed with D S.

  • Stayed October 2013, traveled as a couple
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Thank davel l
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DecoStop, Owner at Deco Stop Lodge, responded to this review, February 9, 2014
Hi Dave and thanks for your great review.......we're always happy to help and thanks also for your wonderful comments regarding our restaurant........we are very proud of our staff and we are very lucky to have them..........hope you get the chance to come back sometime.....cheers Ben & Kim
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Sydney, Australia
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 14, 2013

My partner and i have just returned from 2 weeks in Vanuatu. We spent 6 nights at Deco Stop and thoroughly enjoyed ourselves.

When we arrived in Santo, unfortunately our luggage did not arrive with us. Ben was more than happy to drive us to the airport the following morning to collect it. Ben stated that this is not a regular occurrence however is not uncommon. My tip to travellers is to pack a spare change of clothing and toiletries in your hand luggage just in case.

Our room was clean, neat and tidy. It had a queen size bed and a single bed in it, small bar fridge and space for luggage and clothing. Bathroom was clean and shower was great. Good water pressure and always hot. Our room was close to the dining/pool area and could be noisy at night when we needed an early night for an early morning dive. Noise quietened by 10:00-10:30 though so not awful.

The pool and deck area is lovely also with beautiful views and a nice location to enjoy a cocktail or drink at the end of each day.

Continental breakfast was just okay but lunch and dinner at Deco Stop was excellent. The menu changes daily with specials also. We ordered breakfast on our last day which was also excellent. My partner said coffee was good also. We ate lunch at the hotel most days and dinner every night. Comparable to Sydney cafe restaurant prices.

The purpose of our holiday was a scuba diving holiday and we were in Santo to dive the Coolidge which exceeded our expectations. Deco Stop is the perfect hotel for divers. They have a secure wash and storage area for all your equipment which we utilised our entire stay without any problems. This was very convenient and allowed our gear to dry daily overnight.

The hotel is located a short walk from town however a taxi is approx. 150-200 vatu each way. There is not much to see or do in town but there are a few decent places to grab lunch or a drink.

Kim was very helpful and arranged a driver for us on our no dive / fly day. He took us to Port Olry which is reportedly nicer than Champagne beach where we had lunch. We then went to Matevulu Blue Hole. This place is simply stunning.

Ben and Kim, thank you for a lovely stay at your hotel. We will be back and will definitely recommend this hotel to others visiting Santo.

Room Tip: Rooms furthest from the dining/pool area are the quietest.
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  • Stayed September 2013, traveled as a couple
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Property: Deco Stop Lodge
Address: Hospital Road, Luganville, Espiritu Santo, Vanuatu
Location: Vanuatu > Espiritu Santo > Luganville
Amenities:
Business Center with Internet Access Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant Room Service Swimming Pool Wheelchair access Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
Ranked #2 of 9 Specialty Lodging in Luganville
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:3 star — Deco Stop Lodge 3*
Number of rooms: 12
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Situated just a short stoll up the hill from the town centre, the Deco Stop commands one of the very best views in Santo. There you can enjoy the delights from the Narcosis Bar & Restaurant which surrounds the infinity pool. The staff are only too happy to tend your every need and make your stay a memorable one. ... more   less 
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