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Patatran Village Hotel
Helsinki, Finland
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81 reviews
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“Nice hotel”
Reviewed September 11, 2008

I read the review of the last reviewer and must say that I think he/she is definitely underestimating this hotel. I also stayed here this August and:

1) this is La Digue: do not go to this small island and expect to find Mahe Hilton type of hotels. Like they say of Seychelles, each island is 10 years behind the other when the size of the islands get smaller, so understand this or stay only at Mahe! And

2) this is a small island where you need to respect scarce nature resources, and particularly this August there were signs posted everywhere (also on other islands) that water was being regulated due to the lack of non-salty water. This is a known problem in Seychelles, and we as tourists should respect that. I wanted to respect this and voluntarily took all my showers cold and short - the cold water really wasn't cold at all, just normal and good after a long hot day.

That said, I must say that this was excatly what I was waiting for, except for the room being better that what I had expected, based on TA reviews. This is by no means a luxury hotel but a nice hotel with amazing views.

We had a villa at the hills which was large, clean and nice, with a terrace to the sea. There were some minor things (few of the lightbulbs were out) but nothing that bothered me. We even had a tub but did not want to use it because of the non-salty water restrictions of Seychelles.

Hotel beach is small but it was really good for snorkelling (due to the coral pieces, do not forget to take swimming shoes, you will need them at this beach and many other Seycelles beaches too, including the great Anse Source d'Argent).

The pool is nice too, though during our stay it was rather windy so you really did not feel that much like hanging out by the pool.

Restaurant is ok, ok food but nothing that will blow your mind. One thing is true that the service people here really do lack the "service attitude to sell" (although they were all polite), there we many times that they could have sold us way more food, beverages etc. if they had just come and ask whether we would like to order something more...

This is La Digue so you need to rent bicycles, and taken from the hotel they cost 8 euros per person. Reserve yours the previous evening and they will save you good ones for the morning. Bikes are mostly "male models" but ok to drive for a woman too, no problem.

It makes me laugh hard that some one would say that it is a long way to Anse Source d'Argent. If you are not into bicycling, La Digue is not for you. In La Digue it is not a long way to anywhere! From the hotel it is a very short bicycle drive to La Passe (the center of La Digue, nice place to visit but I would not take a hotel from here). And from there another short bicycle ride to anywere else.

From all the hotels I saw at La Digue, this one had the nicest location by far. I would rate this as 3.5 hotel. I will post some pictures later.

Ps. Take the bicycle ride to Grand Anse (not safe for swimming), it is a nice route and the Creole Buffet in that restaurant on the beach is a truly great experience. We also climbed to Petite Anse (it is a climb over the rocks from Grand Anse) which was really pretty, had almost no people and even though not good for swimming, it was a blast to play with the huge waves.

  • Liked — Location and views
  • Disliked — Service has room for improvement
  • Stayed August 2008, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed August 22, 2008

We stayed at the Patatran 6 days.
Good location for the view, bad location if you want to be close to the beach. You cannot move without a bicycle (8€ per day and only 2 on around 20 were women suitable) and it takes around 30 minutes to go to Anse Source d'Argent.
Forget the pictures shown on the official website. Old furnishings, poor quality in the club house, poorer quality in the rooms: we experienced difficult even to have a shower because of the lack of hot water (not once, but every morning and every night).
The food was not too bad, but the breakfast buffet was really poor and the service level was low, very low (dirty tableclothes, often).

  • Stayed August 2008, traveled as a couple
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Travelers are raving about these La Digue Island hotels

Mannheim, Germany
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9 reviews
6 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
Reviewed August 6, 2008

awesome view from the room - only 10m away from the ocean, nice bed, perfect balcony, perfect view on the ocean from the restaurant, but poor bathroom

  • Liked — the view is incredible
  • Disliked — bath room was dirty and old
  • Stayed January 2008, traveled as a couple
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Spotsylvania, VA
2 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed May 28, 2008

It was my favorite place on the island because of its location. Perched on a hill with ocean views, the cool breezes were so relaxing. The waves breaking on the small beach were a little rough, but once you swam out a little, there was good snorkeling with colorful fish and turtles everywhere.

The rooms were clean but I thought the furniture was a little dated, and it was a pretty steep climb up the hill to get to our room. They also seemed a little short on staff.

But, I would stay there again...for the view....

Stayed May 2008
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Gothenburg
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3 reviews
3 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed April 13, 2008

Don't get me wrong; I loved every minute of our stay at Patatran Village, or Patatran Hotel as the sign outside the entrance to the main building says. The surroundings are just pure magic. When we first saw the view from our balcony, it was simply breathtaking. Anse Patate (a small beach) right outside the window, with the whitest sand I have ever seen, the typical granite rocks of La Digue, turquoise water with the soothing sound of the waves gently rocking you to sleep in the evening... It was our honeymoon dream coming to life. The main building is impressive, especially by La Digue standards. The hotel personnel answered our questions and helped us with calling a taxi when we were leaving. The breakfast buffet is nice, with eggs, crêpes and omelets cooked on order, fresh fruit, bread, banana and mango jams etc. The wonderful little samosas are a shame too miss. We did not visit the restaurant for dinner, but had a couple of cocktails there one evening, which is highly recommended. The things written about the bad condition of the pool are not true any more. On our stay, the pool was in perfect condition, albeit very rarely used, since the beaches are to die for.

So far so good, and if you are happy about paying €178 a night for a gorgeous view (the price for a superior room; the standard rooms are slightly cheaper, but the view from the rooms is not at all as good), you can stop reading now. If you have any demands on room standard and snappy service with a "the-customer-is-always-right" attitude, you shouldn't stay at this hotel. The furniture in our room was marked by age. The paint job was badly done. There were cracks in the wooden door which allowed anyone interested enough to peek inside the room. There was an ant trail running up and down one of the walls. There were stains of mildew in the bathroom. The pipes underneath the sink were dirty and rusty. The tiling in the bathroom was chipped, which by the way also goes for the restaurant china. The towels, the bedsheets and the mattress were stained, the latter with big stains that appear to have been from blood. Some holes in the wall were repaired in a way that did not look very professional. Electrical wiring did also look amateurish. Bedside lighting was a cold greenish blue, which did not contribute to the romantic feeling of the environment. The hotel personnel did their job, but service was in most cases given with a pout instead of a smile. The hotel had missed the fact that we were honeymooners and thus were entitled to a bottle of wine as a welcome gift. When we pointed out this fact, we were greeted with suspicion, until a printout of our email correspondence had been verified. We received the bottle of wine the next day, but a small apology could have done so much to convey the feeling that the hotel cared about its customers.

  • Liked — Wonderful location, peaceful, perfect for a honeymoon (if you are not a neat freak)
  • Disliked — Terrible state of room
  • Stayed April 2008, traveled as a couple
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Abu Dhabi
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124 reviews
113 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 170 helpful votes
Reviewed October 22, 2007

Loved the location of the hotel - perched above a dramatic beach - very photogenic. The main building of the hotel is attractive & well maintained & the staff are very freindly & helpful but we felt that a little more care & attention was needed. The pool which could be superb, was dirty & the paint had all peeled off so that in the 4 days we were there, nobody used it.

We found the meals to be pretty bad. Very poor breakfasts & the seafood BBQ was truly awful so we ate most of our meals at the Patatran restaurant next door (better quality & more reasonable).

We had a superior hillside cottage with great views but felt that the room, especially the bathroom, needed updating. The fridge was rusty, the A/C unit constantly dripped & the towells were old & stained. We felt that the 2euro charge to make yourself a cup of instant cofee in the room (no milk of course) was mean.

We realise how difficult it can be to maintain great standards on a remote tropical islands but we have stayed in many small, even more remote islands than this & had better quality. What makes up for it though is undoubtedly the beautiful surroundings but it's a shame that the management don't seem to want to make the extra effort to turn an OK hotel into a great one.

  • Liked — Fabulous vievs & great beach
  • Disliked — rooms needed updating & pretty bad food
  • Stayed October 2007, traveled with family
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1 Thank TravellerAbuDhabi
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Wiesloch, Germany
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65 reviews
33 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 71 helpful votes
Reviewed August 6, 2007

Hotel is just a stonethrow away from the ocean waters of north La Digue - a great chilled island. You live in hotel rooms which are all separate in bungalows "glued" on the coast rocks. Great views from the private balcony.

Breakfast was great, lunch we had in a pizzeria in the village and for dinner we recomend the nearby Patatran restaurant (different hotel!)

Rooms clean with aircon. Special requests were fulfilled by hotel staff.

No complaints whatsoever apart the quality of the bicycles (you need a rental bike in La Digue). But all rental bikes on the Island appeared to be somehow simple, on the other hand, they dont need to get locked :-) . Take a flashlight with you in case you get stranded in the village in the evening. No streetlights and no bicycle lights.

But the Island, its beaches and the mood on the Island are just gorgeous! Paradise is best to describe it.

  • Liked — View from the balcony
  • Disliked — quality of rental bikes
  • Stayed August 2007, traveled with family
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Property: Patatran Village Hotel
Address: Anse Patates, La Digue Island, Seychelles
Location: Seychelles > La Digue Island
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Restaurant Room Service Swimming Pool
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Ranked #7 of 45 B&Bs / Inns in La Digue Island
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:3 star — Patatran Village Hotel 3*
Number of rooms: 12
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