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Coral Strand Smart Choice Hotel Seychelles
Ranked #3 of 7 Hotels in Beau Vallon
Reviewed 9 November 2013 via mobile

I stayed for just 3 nights early Nov, my room wasn't ready on arrival despite sending flight details and agreeing to pay extra. When I got into the room the bins hadn't been emptied, the floor was dirty and I questioned if the linen had been changed. The rooms are noisy, not from the bar but the neighbouring rooms tvs and you can clearly hear others walking around and talking. My room was also located opposite what I think was the cleaners store room so at 0630hrs every morning they started banging around and talking loudly!

The breakfast was aweful, the boiled eggs tasted off and although there was variety it didn't taste right. The evening buffet was pretty much the same and overpriced.

Service as a woman was poor, the staff would immediately attend to a man but would ignore women.

For the price of this hotel I'm sure there are others on the island with better standards and service.

  • Stayed: November 2013
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Reviewed 9 November 2013 via mobile

Location was awesome. You can easily walk both directions up the coast to visit other restaurants and enjoy the beach. Rooms were simple, (bed, open closet, safe, bathroom) but each room has a balcony.

The breakfast was basic - egg station, fresh fruit, breads, and a few buffet style items.

The outdoor restaurant had a great upper deck that was handy for sitting outside in the rain. They had live music nearly each night which could be heard from the room if you were facing the inside courtyard.

We had a bit of an issue with the booking as we only booked a room for 1 person when we were actually 2 of us. They would not let us check in unless we paid an extra 700 euros for the week. This was basically double the weekly rate we had originally booked which was obviously disappointing.

Stayed: October 2013, travelled as a couple
1  Thank DSmiph
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Reviewed 7 November 2013

I Stayed for 2 weeks. Staff was very friendly and professional.
Breakfast is outstanding and there is a huge variety. Loved all the morning juices they are very refreshing.
I did some island hopping and I had a guide on the island of La Duigue called Christina She was a very funny lady and thanks for making the tour fun for all of us.
Overall great stay worth the money

  • Stayed: December 2012, travelled solo
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1  Thank Peter V
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Reviewed 3 November 2013 via mobile

This is a great hotel offering good value for money. It's on the main Mahe Island, therefore no expensive inter-island transfers required. The white powdery beach and the crystal clear water in front of the hotel is of course the main reason to stay there. It's conveniently located and all attractions are in reach!!

Stayed: January 2013, travelled on business
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Reviewed 3 November 2013

Coral Strand is in an excellent location in Beau Vallon and just steps away from the ocean. The staff is always friendly and willing to help. They have a nice bar right on the beach with great drinks, BBQ on some nights and great music. Rooms are spacious and well cleaned. Make sure to ask for a room with balcony facing the ocean, always nice hearing the waves!

If you're looking for a great place to stay with friendly staff and awesome location, Coral is a great choice.

  • Stayed: November 2013, travelled solo
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2  Thank HiltonLabrizManager
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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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4  Thank ClauDiasPerezMachado
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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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2  Thank Amanda R
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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 Luxury Hotel in Beau Vallon
#3 On the Beach 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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