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How has this hotel rated in the past?
Historical Traveler Reviews Le Meridien Barbarons Victoria
Overall you can't really fault the Barbarons. The hotel has nice grounds and gardens.
They are, however, building a new spa. We were unlucky enough to have a room overlooking a construction site... Needless to say, the noise was unbearable and it all proved to be a bit of a nightmare. Not what you would expect from a Meridien. We complained and complained and nothing was done.
After 2 days, we finally managed to move rooms and they upgraded us to an Ocean View Suite which was absolutely fantastic, so I suppose they made up for it.
Overall, the hotel is nice and once the renovation work is complete, there will be no problems at all and I would be happy to give it a higher rating. For the timebeing, be VERY VERY careful. If you get a room near the building work it will spoil your holiday (they should not even be giving those rooms away for free).
Overall, apart from that, rooms are nice as is the pool. This hotel is a lot cheaper than your average Seychelles hotel and you can tell. Its not a 5* star, but then again you are not paying 800 euros/night for it. If you are looking for a nice above average hotel but cheap (for Seychelles standards) this is the one for view. Just avoid the building work!!!!
Un hotel de segunda categoría
Las habitaciones son agradables, la playa es muy bonita. No dejes los zapatos fuera, ya que a mi me robaron las zapatillas de deporte. En el bar vi servir restos de cerveza en dos ocasiones, seguido por un vaso sucio. Bebe sólo botellas de cerveza y fíjate que las abran delante de ti, ya que guardan los restos de cerveza en la nevera. No elijas el régimen de cama y desayuno, ya que tienes que pagar 80 euros + para comer o cenar. Pide el desayuno en la habitación por 6 euros, es más agradable que el servicio malo del hotel por la mañana. El servicio es lento, pero la gente es amable. El suelo resbala dentro del hotel, los precios del bar son altos, pero si caminas unos cien o doscientos metros fuera hacia la izquierda puedes beber cerveza por un tercio del precio. Ten cuidado con los precios de los taxis, paga solo 100 rupias Seychelles, y no des propinas- Es el precio a Victoria, a unos 20 minutos. La isla es preciosa y volvería a otro hotel más elegante, pero sin duda no volvería al Le Meridien Barbarons, muy malo. Además todavía estoy esperando a que me devuelvan mis zapatillas de deporte robadas.
Die Zimmer sind angenehm, der Strand sehr schön. Lassen Sie Ihre Schuhe nicht vor der Tür, da mir meine Turnschuhe gestohlen wurden. Die Bar servierte zweimal abgestandenes Bier und dann ein Getränk in einem schmutzigen Glas. Besser nur Flaschenbier und dabei zuschauen, wenn die Flaschen geöffnet werden. Buchen Sie nicht Übernachtung mit Frühstück, da Sie 80 Euro + für Ihr Mittagessen zahlen müssen.
Bestellen Sie das Frühstück für 6 Euro extra auf Ihr Zimmer, es ist angenehmer als der dürftige Service am Morgen. Die Bedienung ist langsam, aber freundlich. Der Fußboden im Hotel ist rutschig, die Preise an der Bar sind üppig, aber wenn man einige hundert Meter nach links raus geht, kriegt man das Bier dreimal billiger. Achtung bei den Taxipreisen, immer in Seychellen-Rupien zahlen und kein Trinkgeld geben. 100 Rupien ist der Preis für die rund 20 Minuten Fahrt nach Victoria. Eine hübsche Insel und ich würde gerne wieder hinfahren, aber in einem besseren Hotel absteigen. Auf keinen Fall würde ich wieder das Meridien Barbarons buchen, sehr schwach. Ich warte auch immer noch auf eine Entschädigung für meine gestohlenen Turnschuhe.
We had a 3 week Honeymoon to the Seychelles in June 2006, we stayed for 9 days at the Le Meridien Babarons, in a superior room. We stayed on both Mahe and Praslin but also went on a number of day trips to other islands.
If you want to visit La Digue, Cousin, Cerieuse, St Pierre, Aride,Bird Isand etc it is best to stay on Praslin as this reduces the travelling time as Praslin is closer to these islands than Mahe.
Having read the reviews before we went and upon our return I am astonished at some of the comments.
The hotel was wonderful, our room was always clean with fresh towels delivered every evening. Our bed was always turned down and air con on when we returned from a night out and the hotel staff were extremely helpful and friendly.
We had fresh beach towels every day and the guy at the dive equipment hire hut was friendly and knowledgeable.
We ate out in the surrounding area and in Victoria and Beau Vallon and had some superb meals. The staff and taxi drivers etc were always willing to recommend good restaurants and never let us down. We were never sick the whole 3 weeks we were there.
The Seychellois people were very friendly and relaxed and always ready to help or offer advice.
I think the Seychelles is what you make it.
If you have a good attitude and accept that you are away from home and respect other country's difference's then you will be treated well in return.
Whilst the sea was rough and at times dangerous to swim in we actually snorkelled around the rocks on calm days and agreed it was the best snorkel site by far.
We saw so many varities of fish - Moorish Idols, Oriental Sweet Lips, Pipe Fish, Parrot fish etc
Overall, the Le Meridien Barbarons was one of the nicest hotels we have stayed at.
The Seychelles is expensive and this is something you need to accept before you go. It is a fact and if you don't like it - don't go.
I would recommend the Seychelles as a lovely, relaxing holiday with stunning scenary and as little or as much to do as you like.
We hired cars, snorkelled, scuba dived, visited 5 other islands, went on a number of boat trips, sun bathed, ate great food and thoroughly enjoyed our selves.
2nd Rate Hotel
The rooms are plesant, the beach very nice. Donot leave shoes outside as I had my running shoes stolen.
The bar served up slops on two occations followed by one dirty tumbler drink only botteled beers and watch them open the bottels, as they store the slops in the fridge. Do not go bed and breakfast as you have to pay 80 euros + for you're main meal. Order the breakfast in you're room for 6 euros more it more plesant than the hotels poor service in the morning. The sevice is slow, but people friendly. The floors are slipery inside the hotel, bar prices are high, but if you walk a few hundred meters left outside you can get beer one third the price.
Be carfull of the taxi prices pay them only in seychelles rupes 100, and no tips. This is the price to Victoria about 20 minutes.
Lovely Island and would go back to another hotel more upmarket, but defently would never go back to the Le Meridien Barbarons very poor. Also still wating for my refund for my stolen running shoes.
Give this one a miss
As most people arrive early in the morning you get a morning after the night before view of this atrociously decorated hotel. You are greeted with a cold flannel and then left to wait in very uncomfortable chairs. We wandered around the site whilst waiting for our room to be ready. The general feeling is of a posh Butlin's ( for those of you from the UK) More like a teen summer camp than a 4 star hotel. We booked the "Ocean View Room" which means you are upstairs above the "Pool View Rooms" and you have a balcony which is great because you have a view of the cove which is beautiful. The rooms are adequate and the bathrooms clean and modern. However the bath requires a step (supplied) to get into, it is deep and well set back from the room and as you have to negotiate the slippery marble surround, it could be dangerous for the less able. The toilet although clean smelt.The room was always clean and after the first day tea and coffee was always supplied. The mini bar prices are astronomical and we quickly found a small shop ( turn left out of the hotel) about 2 minutes away where you can buy soft drinks at about 20% of the hotel prices. Everything is priced in Euros or they will take dollars. This seems to be a government requirement. The hotel will not take Seychelle Rupees although the taxi and other shops do. So do take other currency with you as the speed banks take their cut and if you change money at the hotel they take another 5% (Government tax).
We both had a tummy bug on the 2nd day which lasted 2-3 days. We had Bed and Breakfast but ordered once from room service on the first night the food was OK but the charge for this is 6 euros per person which we felt was a bit steep. The last night we had the buffet which was very average and was 40 euros a head. There are several nice restaurants nearby and taxi's are quite good. The standard charge seems to be 100 rupees one way but ask before you get in as we were quoted up to 150. There are 5 rupees to the euro 6 to the dollar.
The hotel has a dive/snorkel office. Intermittantly staffed and hard to get information from and to return gear to. The beach has a flag displayed to advise about the sea conditions. The flag was always red. On several days the sea was extremely good and between 12-20 were swimming at any one time. We believe that the red flag means that the hotel don't have to man the beach. No-one stopped anyone swimming and snorkelling gear and boards were hired from the hotel shop. So if you have children you need to make your own choices about what is safe for them. The sea was 28-29 degrees and so was the pool.
There is major building work going on at the far end of the hotel which gave a little noise but not a big problem unless you are accommodated at that end. It is low season at present so you should be able to move if it is a problem.
Having just stayed in Dubai at the Jermirah Beach resort where the prices were expensive but the quality of the food was superb it is hard to pay a lot more for such inferior fare. We will never return to the Seychelles it is not value for money.
A hotel struggling to find its way!
On arrival the hotel looks smart, but the decor and design are somewhat dated (think Austin Powers film set!). Maybe the designer was seeking a retro look - it doesn't sit well in a tropical location.
The rooms were comfortable enough with all the facilites one would expect from this standard of hotel. Problems we encountered (blocked sink, not enough towels, faulty aircon) were all dealt with quickly and efficiently.
The service in the bar and restaurants was very poor and the quality of the food very variable. We waited over an hour for lunch on two occasions and an hour for a beer and a sandwich in the bar. The main restuarant only has buffet breakfast and dinner - on the surface the food was ok, but tired looking. My daughter and I both suffered from upset stomachs following one meal. The secret is to just go for the freshly cooked food. The staff were slow to take and deliver drinks orders, there was not enough cutlery or glasses (we ended up pinching from other tables) and there were not enough outdoor tables. The staff were extremely friendly, but we learned on our last day that the hotel has a very big staff shortage - maybe this explains the problems.
The beach and pool are pleasant enough, but there is no service on the beach and sunbeds are sometimes difficult to find.
We will not return to this hotel again and I would not recommend it. It aspires to be a 5 star establishment, but I would have difficulty in awarding it 2 stars.
Great Hoilday ..............but
First and lasting Impression.
As you enter the hotel you get an 'industrial' feeling. It doesn't look homely or comfortable. The furniture is 1960's retro, lots of dark wood grain formica and aluminium edging to some totally impractical seats in the lobby. Looks like a poorly furnished youth club! The bar funiture is also very 60's. The chairs are uncomfortable to the extent I had back ache from 45 mins in one after a meal. The cushions are too soft and are of a material that makes your back sweat. We were told that the furniture is new but it looks so dated.
The entrance is dangerous for the unwary. There is a water feature just past the reception that is on the same level as the teak floor but with no raised border between them and is difficult to distinguish . We saw more than one person fall into the feature one hurting himself. There are other 'trip hazards through-out the bar/sitting area so please beware.
We had a 'superior ocean view' room overlooking the pool. The room was clean, functional and comfortable (apart from the pillows). Bath/shower were fine although you had to be careful to draw the curtains unless you wanted people outside to see you shower through the net curtains. We got clean towels twice a day and the bed turned down most evenings. We enjoyed sitting on the balcony with a drink before and after dinner, didn't use the bar much as it was uncomfortable and very expensive). You need to be a giant to reach some of the cupboards, neither my wife or I are short! this severely limited the amount of usable space for your clothes etc. A request for an iron and board was responded to very quickly.
Breakfast.. OK Both english and continental breakfast available. There was fruit but it ran out quite quickly and they were slow to replace it. Some of the fruit didn't look that fresh either. Service was normally good in the morning with some of the staff being very pleasant and chatty. We felt very sorry for the girl on 'orange juice duty'. The poor thing had to squeeze hundreds of oranges and when the hotel was busy there was sometimes a queue of over 10 people waiting for juice. Perhaps they need to start pressing juice at 0600 instead of on demand just to build up a reserve.
Buffet style every night repeated weekly with the occasional themed night. By the end of our second week we were bored with having the same food. Choice was poor. Salads and deserts disappeared very quickly and the staff were slow to refresh. The choice of meat dishes and fish was superb however. Service was variable. There were some staff who were friendly and keen. Others were slovenly, morose and did not appear to have any interest in providing a service. There was a shortage of spoons!! Every day/night you had to scrabble around to find a spoon. The staff sometimes couldn't get clean ones so you ended up having to take them from unoccupied tables. Not good for a 4* hotel.
We ate in the La Cocoterie restaurant one night. Food was very good this night but the service was VERY slow.
Absolutely fantastic. Swimming and snorkelling was very good especially outside the 'breakwater' of granite rocks. There was no beach service and the provision of towels was a bit erratic. The beach and pool were clean and tidied up each night.
We did throughly enjoy our holiday in Mahe but the
Seychelles is a VERY expensive island. In general I would say it is a 4/5* island with 2* service/facilities. The hotel initially was disappointing BUT we grew to like it apart from the furniture. The management were aware of the short comings and were actively working to overcome them.
Some of the staff gave exemplary service. Others were less driven.
We have stayed at Les Pavillons in Mauritius recently and there is no comparison between them. We are unlikely to vist Seychelles again. Been there, done that. We will, however, return to Mauritius without doubt.
Myself and my sister are currently at this hotel. The photos and description on the hotel's website, over-state everything about this property.
We stayed at the Royal Palm in Mauritius last year and this property is nowhere close to that when it comes to service, decor, quality of food or service.
On arrival, no bell-man to retrieve bags - we were told to put them around the corner of reception. The hotel already looks worn - even though it has just been renovated. Chairs in the lounge area were dirty and it had the look of a 2-star hotel tops (and not 4 star as they claim). I had requested a twin room, but was given a King. This was then changed (but after a wait - even though I had called the hotel to advise I would pay an additional night to ensure the room was available for our morning arrival). The room we were then given was 2 beds but configured like a king. The phone in the room has not worked for 3-days. The mini-bar was not working but has since been fixed and the bath-stopper has already failed twice. The wood floors are scratched all over and the bed is VERY hard as are the 'rock' pillows. When going to bed last night, we discovered that the bed had been made up as one king bed - but as the phone was not working, we left it. Also, if you want afternoon tea, room service is not available between 15:45 and 19:00. There are 2 eating venues - one a buffet style the other a la carte. The quality of the food in both venues is at best, almost average. Very little fresh fruit at breakfast and most of the food is bland. The buffet offers a themed night each evening, where the a la carte is as it's name suggests, a la carte - but with a limited menu.
The spa does not yet exist - but should be open in january. There is no pool-side or beach service.
At the pool, ball games and pool volleyball is encouraged. Good for those who enjoy that - but not good for those who prefer a quieter environment (which goes for the entire property e.g. ping-pong alongside the bar).
The beach is wonderful - there are a lot of rocks however, so the only area you are able to swim in is never more than 3 feet deep.
The pluses are that the staff are friendly (although at reception quite ineffectual).
The rooms are pleasant and quite modern - if not well looked after. The bathrooms are very modren and the best part of the room. Standard rooms do not have tea/coffee facilities though other rooms do offer this. The mini-bar is cleared 24 hours prior to departure for some unknown and unnotified reason.
The hotel looks quite appealing at night with lots of coloured lights - but the daylight does this hotel no favours - and as all flights arrive in the morning you see this property for the first time at its very worst.
I would not return here due to being so disappointed at almost every turn.
If you want exquisite hotels with gourmet food - in my opinion, Mauritius is likely to be able to deliver this over the Seychelles.