This hotel is in a great location within swimming distance of coral and fishes. Although much of the coral right next door to the hotel has died off, there is plenty within easy swimming distance. The hotel itself is sited on a nice sandy beach.
The hotel was built about 20 years ago with a few rooms renovated more recently. The rooms we looked at were ok, but the bathrooms have not aged particularly well. Nothing seriously wrong with them, but things like chipped/missing grouting, wobbly taps, bit of a musty smell (but at least they do have a ventilation fan). Aircon works ok, but again is a little elderly and not split units (the compressor is part of the unit), hence a bit noiser.
The beach front rooms are nice because you can sit out in front of the room and look out over the sea. Some nice touches are drying rails and 4 chairs for a 2-3 person room. We looked at a hill view room, but really they aren't so nice - their outdoor seating areas aren't particularly good and you have lots of steps to negotiate to get to and from the room. I would recommend close study of the room chart on their website to select a nice room.
Food and beverage is generally ok but a bit pricey (but then everywhere else is). Juices, freshly grilled fish etc were fine. Avoid the pancakes - they have a special pancake machine that produces extremely poor results (imagine a very heavy batter that has been heated to the point where it congeals - light and fluffy it aint). Satay wasn't really marinated correctly. If you fancy malay food one option is to take an (expensive) water taxi across to the fishing village on the small island, and go for the roti / nasi kandar stalls over there. You aren't going to save money but you get some proper malay food.
The staff are very friendly and helpful. The lady manager on front desk was particularly helpful and friendly. She really made our stay a pleasure.
Overall I would recommend this place if you want somewhere simple to stay near to the coral and go for a beach front or near beach front room.
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- Also Known As:
- Coral View Island Hotel Pulau Perhentian Besar
- Hotel Coral View Island