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“great base for day trip excursions but can be noisy”

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Coral Motel & Apartments
Ranked #33 of 47 Hotels in Port Vila
Melbourne, Australia
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295 reviews
160 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 187 helpful votes
“great base for day trip excursions but can be noisy”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 18, 2013

situated about 10-15 minutes walk north of town this motel has super clean, great big rooms with full kitchen facilities and nice balconies at a price much cheaper than downtown locations Onsite owners Tony and Beth were also friendly hosts. Note that is it not a resort, so it does not have a pool. That is fine because we simply used the hotel as our sleeping and cooking base for 4 days when we were out all day doing our daytrip excursion around the island and sail boat cruises etc. Since most of these excursion head north, it meant we had the latest pick-up and also the bonus of the earliest drop off on the way back!

The one downside for this hotel was the traffic noise! The hotel is right against the main road which has an incredible amount of traffic including buses and trucks. Light sleepers (like me) need ear plugs. Sunday night is party night and is particulary noisy with traffic, music and revellers yelling until the wee hours of the morning but other nights were tolerable. Avoid Unit 1 if possible because the water filter/conditioner for the hotel is just outside the unit door and comes on at least one might a week in the middle of the nite with loud gushing/gurgling water noises for many minutes (I think this water pump/conditioner could be moved to a quieter location by attaching new longer poly pipe to the inlet and outlet ports?)

  • Stayed July 2013, traveled with family
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Sydney, Australia
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 5, 2013

one of the closest hotels to airport.
on main road, easy access to town centre, heaps of shops nearby for food etc
secure premises... self contained with shower toilet etc
kitchen fridge etc

FRIENDLY HELPFUL hosts (Bev and Tony) provide a small piece of Aussie style accommodation in the tropical madness of Port Vila

Room Tip: all rooms have fans etc, upstairs has air-conditioning
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  • Stayed March 2013, traveled solo
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Seldovia, Alaska
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 8, 2013

We stayed 7 nights at the Coral Motel with hosts Tony and Beth. Genuine and accomodating owners they are, and their staff were always smiling and attended to our room excellently. The groundsman and night watchman were smiling and polite also. We particularly enjoyed the full kitchen where we self catered for breakfast and lunch - full stove and regular fridge much appreciated. The bed was very comfortable and linens fresh. We had a rental car but still took the time to walk to the small public market and to the store. The large public market downtown was awesome!! Lots of fresh fruit in our unit at all times. Thank you Tony and Beth, we wish you and the girls well.

Room Tip: Top floors get more breeze, and are airconditioned which blocks out the little bit of road noise for...
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  • Stayed February 2013, traveled on business
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 22, 2012

The service at Coral is outstanding: the staff there are very accommodating, the place is always kept exceptionally clean, and we always felt safe. I would recommend this place to anyone looking for a self catered budget accommodation- certainly value for money here! It is an enjoyable walk (about 15 to 20 mins) to the centre of town, but it is extremely easy to catch a bus if you don't feel like this and there are also restaurants and shops nearby. Tony and Beth are extremely helpful and will go out of their way to ensure your stay in comfortable.

  • Stayed August 2012, traveled on business
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 5, 2012

I stayed at Coral Motel Port Villa Vanuatu in June and was so impressed I booked a return visit in September and I wasnt disappointed. The same friendly welcome from Beth and Tony. Lovely clean comfortable rooms. Well appointed bathroom and kitchen for self catering. What struck me on this visit was how Beth and Tony care for their guests. Ringing the tours and arranging tours, making sure we had towels to go to Hideaway with, the transfers to the airport at 10.30pm. In fact it was Beth who alerted me to the fact that my flight had been cancelled and worked it all out for me. I'll be staying at Coral Motel again next year.

Room Tip: Didnt need the air conditioning at the end of September.
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  • Stayed September 2012, traveled with family
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Sydney, Australia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 5, 2012

We have returned from yet another trip to Vanuatu. Every trip would not be complete with a stay at the Coral Motel. The Coral has become our base for our mission work in Vanuatu since 2008. At times have taken teams of ten people and the Coral has been more than accommodating. The units are clean, spacious and have a fully equipped kitchens. The bathroom in our unit had just been renovated and there was a new (and very comfortable) mattress on the bed.
Beth, Tony and the girls are wonderful hosts. Just before leaving on the last day of this trip I was struck down by a migraine. Beth extended us to a late checkout to give me time to recover. Thankfully with modern medicine I was able to recover before taking the flight home. They really do look after you like you are one of the family.
In my full time job! I've been a business consultant for some tens years now. The strength and character of this busniness is its customer service coupled with Beth & Tony's understanding what their client's needs in accommodation such as the Coral. The proof is in their return business!
Highly recommended.
Pam Loneragan

  • Stayed September 2012, traveled on business
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Sunny Coast, Qld
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 20, 2012

This was my 5th stay at the Coral and as always I was not disappointed.
Since my last stay the bathrooms have been renovated and there are new (VERY COMFY) beds. The studios are very spacious and the full sized fridge and oven are a plus for anyone looking to be self-sufficient. Tony, Beth and their staff are always prepared to welcome guests with a smile and are happy to assist in any way possible.
If you are looking for somewhere that provides excellent service and value for money this is it!

  • Stayed August 2012, traveled solo
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Property: Coral Motel & Apartments
Address: Lini Highway, Port Vila, Efate, Vanuatu
Location: Vanuatu > Efate > Port Vila
Amenities:
Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Kitchenette Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
#4 Best Value Hotel in Port Vila
#7 Business Hotel in Port Vila
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Number of rooms: 11
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
THE BEST KNOWN, BEST VALUE ACCOMMODATION IN VANUATU. Very large, spotlessly clean, SELF CATERING studio apartments (twin share) for your cost effective holiday/business trip. Ten studio apartments, all with their own kitchens including full size stove & fridge/freezer, direct dial phones, complimentary wireless internet & satellite TV. Extra beds added on request. WE NOW OFFER HUGELY DISCOUNTED, QUALITY CAR RENTALS FOR OUR GUESTS. Friendly Australian owners are on hand to help at all times. ... more   less 
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