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Coral Strand Smart Choice Hotel Seychelles
Ranked #3 of 7 Hotels in Beau Vallon
Reviewed 28 October 2013

We've booked Coral Strand Smart Choice even if we've read the bad reviews in trip advisor. Please, don't do this, believe in the bad reviews.
We've made reservations for a Junior Silhouete Suite. When we got there, the girl in the reception asked for our credit card, charged the room and then sent us to a much inferior room. I'd given her my voucher, but she said it was not necessary. As my husband remembered, we denied staying there and it took half an hour to an answer: they were fully booked and we wouldn't have our room. More half an hour and they sent us to a beautiful room, with a huge balcony, fruits and champagne. We were happy!! But when we woke up, we saw a huge amount of bat or bird crap on the floor of the balcony. We've asked the cleaning, which has never been done.
When we were there, we saw lots of couples arguing in the reception and having problems with their "smart choice". I believe there is a huge possibility to have problems by staying there. Pick another hotel.

Room Tip: Silhouete junior suite!! But there is no way to be sure if the room will be really reserved.
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  • Stayed: October 2013, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 26 October 2013

The waitstaff is rude, the rooms are small and very basic, and the walls are very thin- get ready to hear what sounds like the person next door showering inside your bathroom. The cleaning staff is quite good but the rooms are still very small and shabby. They also have very slow internet. The hotel charges you for a buffet breakfast where almost nothing is edible. If you do have to stay there, be sure to get up early to get to the buffet as they tend to run out of fruit or yogurt if you wait until later in the morning. On the upside, the hotel is located right on the Beau Vallon beach which means it is an easy walk into town where you can eat at other restaurants. For the price that you will pay here for the rooms, it would be better to save your cash and stay at a little self-catering hotel as there are many in Beau Vallon. You will have access to the same beach for half the price and most self-catering hotels do offer breakfast.

  • Stayed: October 2013, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 24 October 2013

We stayed at Coral strand for 1 night on our stop over at Mahe before flying across to Praslin. We stayed in an ocean view suite, the ocean was less than 20 meters from our balcony. Views were amazing and listening to the gentle break of the waves at night was lovely. Rooms are clean and very comfortable. Bathrooms were also clean (the only thing is that every time I opened the basin tap - water would gush out onto the floor. It had to be opened slowly to avoid it). Breakfast selection was okay (not great) and did enough to fill the gap. The beach is lovely and in the morning we watched the local fisherman bring in the days catch. Staff were very friendly and helpful. Overall, lovely stay.

Room Tip: stayed in room 202, close to the ocean
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  • Stayed: October 2013, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 23 October 2013

We stayed at Coral Starnd Hotel Seychelles with our 3 kids. The 2bed room we had reserved was good enough for a family with small kids. Breakfast was also good. The only problem was the fee for the internet which was too high.

  • Stayed: August 2013, travelled with family
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1  Thank Esmehayal
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Reviewed 20 October 2013

Coral Strand is located in the middle of the beautiful Beau Vallon beach. Ideally positioned a short walk away from other hotels and restaurants, and also the dive centres. Whilst not what you would call luxurious, the rooms are functional and clean and serviced daily. Our initial room did not have a balcony (215) but the management (after plenty of calls and visits to reception) moved us to an alternative. Sadly the air conditioning did not work properly but the night duty manager brought us a fan which was more than adequate to keep the temperature down and let us catch some sleep.

As others mentioned the shower room facility you can use after checking out really is great and means you can enjoy your last day on the beach.

Service was changeable (depending which member of staff you speak to means you can order food/ can't order food when it is raining, can have a shandy/ can't have a shandy etc).

As long as you are looking for decent accomodation, in a beautiful setting for a reasonable price then Coral Strand is a great option.

  • Stayed: October 2013, travelled as a couple
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1  Thank tortoise79
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Reviewed 18 October 2013

The Coral Strand Hotel is situated in the North-Western part of Mahe, in Beau Vallon, one of the most beautiful areas of the island. This is a more populated area with respect to the other parts of the island. There are several restaurants, some souvenir shops and a couple of diving centers. Creole Festival is being held along the beach just beside the hotel. It is also not very far from the capital Victoria, about 15-20 minutes drive.
This is a three star hotel with relatively affordable prices considering the other accommodations in Seychelles. The hotel is rather big and well equipped, the rooms are wide and clean, especially nice the ones with the ocean view.
Sunbeds and beach towels are available at the hotel pool.
The breakfast was okay but somewhat monotonous with practically always the same selection of food.
Wi-Fi is available but payable.
In case you have a late flight, there is a possibility to still use some hotel amenities including a shower room before departure, which is actually a great thing considering that flights are long and extenuating.

Room Tip: If you choose to pay more and go for an ocean-view room, make sure you get a room on a higher floor...
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  • Stayed: October 2013, travelled on business
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1  Thank SMat_13
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Reviewed 15 October 2013 via mobile

Short business trip second stay at this hotel. Recommend it to anyone. Beautiful beach, night market close by on a Wednesday night. Well priced and worth the extra money to get sea facing rooms. Rooms clean and service from staff accommodating. Will definitely be back

Stayed: August 2013, travelled on business
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Additional Information about Coral Strand Smart Choice Hotel Seychelles

Address: Beau Vallon, Mahe Island, Seychelles
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Region: Seychelles > Mahe Island > Beau Vallon
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Business Centre with Internet Access Free Breakfast Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Restaurant Room Service Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
#3 On the Beach Hotel in Beau Vallon
#3 Luxury Hotel in Beau Vallon
Price Range: £148 - £266 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:4 star — Coral Strand Smart Choice Hotel Seychelles 4*
Number of rooms: 165
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 island's 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 4 star plus hotel has 161 modern and attractively equipped rooms. There are 140 standard rooms, 4 junior suites, 21 deluxe rooms. 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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Hotel Coral Strand
Coral Strand Beau Vallon
Coral Strand Smart Choice Hotel Seychelles Beau Vallon, Mahe Island

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