I'm afraid the only positive thing I have to say here is that the staff was very friendly.
Despite the negative reviews of this hotel I booked this room because it was the only one which was available in the town. Unfortunately the negative reviews on this site are quite accurate.
- Outdated is an understatement. Everything is old, worn out and sometimes broken.
- The bed was probably the worst I had in any of the hotels I slept in. The mattress seemed it had been used by an elephant for some years. It doesn't give any support anymore, you sink straight to the bottom of the bed if you lay in it and you feel the annoying bedsprings pushing in your back.
- I stayed 3 nights in the hotel and despite the hanger "please clean room", my room has never been cleaned or had bedding/towels changed. This caused me to go to the reception on the 3rd day to ask for a roll of toilet-paper. Luckily the receptionist was kind enough to give me a new towel as well upon request.
- Breakfast is very simple (white bread, croissants, jam, cheese / ham and some fruit). However, I shouldn't complain about this as it was very cheap.
Bottom line: I didn't have a good stay in this hotel and couldn't get a good sleep. If no other room was available I would recommend bringing a tent a staying at a campsite.
This is a budget hotel, if you are looking for five star accommodation it is not for you. However, if you want clean bed linen and towels, constant hot water and pleasant and helpful staff you are on to a winner. The hotel manager speaks excellent English and is a real diamond.
The hotel bar is lively and a great spot for soaking up the atmosphere and people watching.
We enjoyed our stay so much we extended it by several days. We travelled by car and parked in the car park for a nominal fee. On a number of days we had the hotel pool to ourselves which was a real bonus.
If you are a light sleeper I suggest that you request a pool side bedroom as being in the heart of the resort it can get quite lively in the early hours.
To sum up if your holiday is all about the hotel then the Coral is not for you, if your room is just a clean place to sleep and shower then it is perfect. I would not hesitate to return and certainly hope to do so in the future.
Dont expect too much from this hotel it is very basic ,the room wasnt even ready when we arrived.When we got into the room we then played hunt the plug socket and as there are only 2 rooms too choice from it wasnt in the bedroom.Didnt realise that we would be sharing our room with a few locals ,Hence our second game kill the ant ,we could cope with this when they were
in the bathroom, but when they started to take up recidence in the wardrobe it became less funny.The shower (if you can call it that ) became blocked after a few days, so one of the bar staff had to unblock it.The cleaning of the room is very basic so when you shower wear a pair of flipflops as your feet will get dirty again. The beds are not very comfortable the mattress is a piece of foam about 3 inches thick.Dont think the sheets were changed for the 2 weeks we were there,but had plenty of clean towels.The light bulb blew and it took all day for them to replace it, again the bar staff did it for us. Breakfast is contiental dont ask for tea, as they dont have a clue we got it the first morning then the second morning got mint so didnt bother after that just had coffee.It definately needs a goood refurbishment .Whilst the staff were friendly only 2 of them speak english its not really a place for the english ,until part of our 2nd week we were the only english in the hotel. There is no wifi even though it says there is. If you require air conditioning here just open your balcony doors.If you are on the 1st floor there is plenty of hot water no matter what time you shower .As pretty as Estartitt is I dont think we will go back as there is not alot to do.
After reading the last two reviews I decided to take a chance on the Coral and wished I hadn't. It is not really a hotel anymore but a bar/restaurant with rooms attached. Whilst they are prepared to address short term deficiencies (where possible) it is obvious that, over the long term, the hotel has been neglected and will continue to be so. I took a last minute deal and travelled with my sister.
The room we were in was small and had not been touched (apart from repairs) in years. The veneer was peeling off the headboards and, because the springs had gone, a metal frame with slats had been placed on top.. The mattresses were old foam and inadequate for me. After negotiation with the receptionist who speaks no English I got another pillow. Following further negotiation I got a second mattress. Without this I would have had to leave..
Notices in the room involving charges were still priced in pesetas and referred to services that were no longer offered (e.g. laundry). Breakfast consisted of a crusty finger roll which you could fill with cheese slices, processed ham, or tomatoes. You also got a sweet roll with a portion of jam. Fruit juice and tea or coffee were also available.
The fittings in the room were probably original (1959) as the light fitting (and all the wooden items) suffered from woodworm. The chairs on the balcony were old and stained and one was broken. the balcony separators were badly rusted with broken glass. None of the balcony lights worked nor the phone on the wall (and with this management never will).
The bathroom was probably also original with a multi-purpose shower (shower/bidet/footbath) which actually all still worked except that there was no plug to create a foot bath. The toilet cistern sometimes stopped and sometimes did not.
Because of the situation (looking out over the square) you have a dilemma. If you want to go to bed early you have to close the windows and shutters to keep out the noise. Because of the lack of air conditioning you then roast. The alternative is wait until the noise level dies down which is not usually earlier than 1.00 am. and leave the windows open which means that you are woken by deliveries etc. early in the morning.
Also, despite advertising public internet access, surprise surprise, it was broken with no time for it to be fixed. Overlooking the square was interesting but not worth the rest of the hassle.
The Hotel Coral is very conveniently situated in the town centre opposite the Church and near the beginning of the main street of the charming town of L’Estartit and is near to shops, cafés, restaurants and banks as well as being only a short walk away from the excellent beach. Having a 2-star rating, it has a very imposing front elevation and many of its facilities are better than those of many hotels I have seen in this category, the dining room being particularly attractive and the reception area, with a comfortable, small residents’ lounge leading off it and the staircase leading to the upper floors is of a good standard. There is also a 4-person lift for those not wishing to tackle the stairs. Car-parking can be problematic in L’Estartit but the hotel has an arrangement with a nearby hotel to pay for the use of a parking space which, though not cheap, takes away the worry and hassle of finding somewhere to park.
The rooms are fairly basic but they all have an en-suite bathroom, a balcony and a lockable wardrobe. Some reviews have commented that the bathrooms are rather old-fashioned and this may be so but it is hardly a problem since everything works as it should. We had a room overlooking the square for our first week with views of villas on a green hillside – there are no high-rise blocks here! It must be admitted that there is some noise – this is Spain after all – but closing the shutters and windows did shut most of it out. Our second week was spent in a room at the rear overlooking the pool area, which was much quieter and also had the benefit of a free-standing air-conditioning unit. Live music for dancing until midnight was provided from an open-air stage near the pool, with an excellent weekly flamenco show once a week, so ‘early nights’ are not really an option but hey, you’re on holiday! It was very pleasant indeed to sit on our terrace watching the shows, which we enjoyed very much. It should be stressed that most guests were Spanish or French and invariably of a good standard of behaviour: there are certainly no ‘lager louts’ or drunken idiots here, even in high season.
The staff at the Hotel Coral were all very competent at their jobs and invariably friendly. Worthy of special mention is the manageress, Susanna, who worked long hours and ran the place superbly well, always with friendly, hands-on professionalism. She dealt personally and immediately with any problems which arose, running the hotel as though it were her own and it was a privilege and pleasure to deal with her.
We very much enjoyed our fortnight at the Hotel Coral and hope to return again.