Reviews of Le Duc de Praslin
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Disappointed by Le Duc de Praslin
Le Duc de Praslin was the only disappointment on our trip.
There were good aspects of the property: spacious rooms, a beautiful setting and lovely grounds and central dining area. However, these were overshadowed by the negatives. Housekeeping was spotty - smudges on the mirrors, dirty drinking glasses in the bathroom, toilet not adequately cleaned upon check-in, beds turned down one night but not the next. Breakfast was a lovely buffet but the food at dinner at Le Duc's restaurant (Le Dauphin) was a let-down. Two nights we were offered a four course meal with choices in everything but dessert. The first night the dinner was very good but the next we chose "chicken leg" and were served the tiniest drumstick imaginable. The third dinner was a seafood buffet. We love seafood but sadly the dishes all tasted fishy.
Le Duc also boasts a "world class" reastuarant, Café des Artes. As we both enjoy good food we had thought to eat there at least once. In Le Duc's rates, half board (breakfast and dinner) costs $100 USD ($50 USD per person) more than booking as bed and breakfast. However, Le Duc would have only transferred a $30 USD credit per person from Le Dauphin to Café des Artes. Already turned off by the housekeeping issues noted above, neither of felt like losing part of what we had paid to eat at another restaurant owned by the same property and located 100 feet away.
On Le Duc's website the property boasts of having the friendliest staff around. The opposite seemed true to us - managers spent most of their time in the tiny air conditioned office rather than the front desk and most of dining room staff lacked motivation or purpose.
We would not recommend Le Duc de Praslin.
A great stay, lovely hotel, friendly staff, beautiful pool & gardens, lovely spacious room, great service. Very well located with the beach across the road. We enjoyed a very good dinner at the hotel's fine dining restaurant, Cafe des Arts & there were also several good restaurants within a 5 minute walk of the hotel and a very good diving centre. Car hire was easily arranged for us at reception.
A slight hiccup occurred with Masons having the wrong return ferry ticket for us (from La Digue not Praslin) but it was resolved