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Umthunzi Hotel & Conference
Ranked #1 of 3 Hotels in Port Shepstone
Certificate of Excellence
Port Shepstone, South Africa
1 review
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“Outstanding food”
Reviewed 11 May 2014

My husband and I went for lunch and were pleasantly surprised at the quality and standard of the food. It was absolutely delicious, with fantastic views from the deck. I would highly recommend this establishment to anybody.

  • Stayed May 2014, travelled as a couple
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AnriUmthunzi, General Manager at Umthunzi Hotel & Conference, responded to this review, 10 August 2014
Marissa we are loving the fact that you so enjoyed the food at our new on site restaurant, 30°SOUTH! Thanks for reviewing us & helping us get known in the marketplace. Watch out for Specials via our facebook page too!
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Dubai, United Arab Emirates
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Reviewed 29 April 2014

Only stayed one night. Business trip.
After issues with car rental at the Airport I was really late on arrival, i received a call to find out if I was still ok and on my way.
Arrive at almost 10-PM. Owner stayed at check inn counter on my arrival, she was very nice and helped me to my room.

Rooms was really nice and big, air-conditioner, clean. Everything looks newly renovated!
Didn't have time for breakfast the next morning as i left before 6AM.

Wouldn't mind going back to try the breakfast next time.

  • Stayed April 2014, travelled on business
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AnriUmthunzi, General Manager at Umthunzi Hotel & Conference, responded to this review, 10 August 2014
We thank you so much for this review. Our phase 2 rooms from 22 -54 were opened to the public in November 2013 so they are new & we will work to keep them always clean and fresh for our guests. We are so glad you liked your stay and we hope you can return to enjoy breakfast (lunch and dinner too!)
Remember Cemair flies now direct from OR Tambo to Margate for a quick way to get here for a business or leisure trip!
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Reviewed 22 April 2014

My Wife and I had the most wonderful weekend away at Umthunzi Hotel.

The Hotel offers very large rooms with fantastic finishes. The restaurant and conference facilities are not only well equipped but beautifully designed, attractive to the eye.

The food offered was absolutely delicious with a large variety. The restaurant upstairs has a fantastic view of the sea as well as a beautiful patio to enjoy the sunshine and fresh air. The pool was sparkling and wonderfully situated by an outside bar which offers excellent service, thanks Markus!

The hotel has easy access to the beach and the beach itself is one of the best I have visited. The swimming was lovely.

I must say that the staff are friendly and seem to be very professional. This hotel is a definite family get away with the most wonderful tropical vegetation.

Well done Umthunzi and thank you for making our stay so wonderful!

  • Stayed April 2014, travelled as a couple
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AnriUmthunzi, General Manager at Umthunzi Hotel & Conference, responded to this review, 10 August 2014
Mike thank you for your most complimentary review. We are wanting to grow our family leisure market and are encouraged that you felt families are welcome. Our local beach is so family friendly and enjoyable we agree! Glad that you & your wife appreciated the decor, bar,food and spacious bedroom. We hope you bring your friends and family down for another holiday real soon!
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Midrand, South Africa
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Reviewed 21 April 2014

What a beautiful exquisitely decorated hotel. It feels more like mom's home, rather than a hotel. We had a fantastic Easter lunch buffet. Fresh, yummy, tasty food. My, children loved swimming in the pool. A definite must to either stay or visit when your are down the South Coast. Loved it. Will be going back before my return to Jozi xxxx

  • Stayed April 2014, travelled with family
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AnriUmthunzi, Front Office Manager at Umthunzi Hotel & Conference, responded to this review, 23 April 2014
Sasha we really do appreciate your warm review of Umthunzi and our restaurant 30 SOUTH. Glad that your children enjoyed the swim too. April and May are two of our best weather months on the south coast but we have temporate weather all year round.
Sandy, our owner, did the decor and she will also love hearing the nice things you say about her work.
I will let our chefs know you appreciated their food, it will be encouraging also for them.Thanks so much!
We look forward to having you at Umthunzi soon and whenever you are down from Jozi.

For other guests a note: Our pool area and restaurant is always open for day visitors unless we have a closed function. Dinners by reservation. It is a free WiFi hotspot in the public areas.
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Melbourne, Australia
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Reviewed 12 February 2014

This is a hotel and conference centre rather than a family seaside hotel. Rooms in the main building are large and well furnished by general three star hotel standards, and were in good condition (Feb 2014). Rooms in the main building are sea facing and can be VERY hot in summer when the morning sun shines directly into them. The lack of air-conditioning in most units make this even more of a problem in the very warm and humid summer. Ceiling fans hardly make the place any cooler. In addition, there are no air extractors in the bathrooms - small windows open from bathrooms to a passage that is used by all - this is not ideal.
Television channels are minimal and very sports focussed - an extended range of TV options would be good. Breakfasts are adequate with the standard sort of breakfast options available - note that the cold meats and cheese are lacking in variety - processed cheese slices melting in the summer heat and one cold meat option. Orange juice is very watered down and almost tastes like cordial.
Public spaces are very clean and well decorated (plastic plants could be replaced with real ones though).

Room Tip: Ask for aircon and if you need a fridge as for one up front. If you want a sea view ask for tho son...
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  • Stayed February 2014, travelled on business
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AnriUmthunzi, Front Office Manager at Umthunzi Hotel & Conference, responded to this review, 11 April 2014
Thank you so much for taking the time to write a review, we do appreciate all comments. It is encouraging to hear your positive thoughts on the lovely seaview, spacious clean rooms and public areas as well as the above average appointment of the hotel.
Traveller to note: ALL accommodation rooms now are fitted with Air Conditioners and ceiling fans. (Unfortunately during the time of your stay we had just opened and could not get them fitted in time, our sincere apologies)
We are looking into your other areas of concern and will be rectifying them. We hope to see you back to enjoy your cool room and delicious breakfast!
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Manama, Bahrain
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Reviewed 4 January 2014 via mobile

After we drove for hours through the area in need to find a proper hotel and mainly ended up in cheap rund down b+b with no ac and terrible rooms we finally found this hotel and stayed there for a couple of nights. Rooms are fantastic, the pool is great, the chef is very good and the manageress made us feel at home. Its a simple as that: if you need an accommodation in port shepstone this is by far the only place to choose! Only the waitresses at breakfast can improve their customer friendliness but thats the only advise i can give. Other than that enjoy it!

  • Stayed December 2013
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AnriUmthunzi, Front Office Manager at Umthunzi Hotel & Conference, responded to this review, 11 April 2014
Thank you Bridget so much for your lovely comments and for taking the time to review Umthunzi. We do aim to give our guests a 4 star experience and are pleased you enjoyed our facilities.
The matter of the service quality is definately something we are working on. We do hope to see you back at Umthunzi soon.
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Louis Trichardt, South Africa
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Reviewed 7 October 2013

A great place to get away for a break. Stunning accommodation in a beautiful setting. Large rooms with 180 degee sea views. Management and reception staff extremely helpful and efficient. It is going to be a wonderful conference centre, hopefully will still be able to accommodate families.

  • Stayed September 2013, travelled with family
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AnriUmthunzi, Front Office Manager at Umthunzi Hotel & Conference, responded to this review, 11 April 2014
Thanks so much Sharon. We are definitely wanting to grow our leisure market notwithstanding our success as a conference and wedding venue, and we are most encouraged to know you and your family had an enjoyable stay at our hotel!
Since you stayed here we have opened our 30 roomed airconditioned, Deluxe Family suites (sleep 8) as well as our fantastic 30 SOUTH RESTAURANT as well as The Lantern Bar. So do come back again!
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Property: Umthunzi Hotel & Conference
Address: 60 Commercial Road | Umtentweni, Port Shepstone 4235, South Africa
Region: South Africa > KwaZulu-Natal > Port Shepstone
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Restaurant Spa Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 3 Hotels in Port Shepstone
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): ££
Hotel Class:3 star — Umthunzi Hotel & Conference 3*
Number of rooms: 49
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
We would like to welcome you to come to our UPMARKET but AFFORDABLE Hotel situated just an hour south of Durban on the leafy fringes of the Hibiscus Coast of South Africa. Just a 2 minute drive from the lovely beach and with panoramic seaviews overlooking the Indian Ocean & airconditioned clean rooms, our vision at UMTHUNZI is to provide a quality and comfortable experience for our guests. Relax, Refocus and Unwind while enjoying personalized service from our professional staff. Now with the exciting 30ᴼSOUTH Restaurant onsite! Our 49 exquisitely decorated rooms (some family rooms, each with its own balcony can accommodate up to 158 guests. All rooms have percale linen, solid wooden furniture, safe, air conditioner as well as a fan, a hotel DSTV Bouquet plus coffee and tea station. Honeymooners or couples can enjoy the panoramic sea view from the two Honeymoon suites with lavishly draped four poster bed, while listening to the rhythmic sounds of the waves breaking. Umthunzi also offers one lovely sea-facing deluxe suite with fully equipped self catering kitchen (sleeps 6) as well as Family Suites with quality bunk beds (Sleeps 8)EXPLORE all this fun coastline has to offer you!Umthunzi also has 2 fully equipped upmarket CONFERENCE/FUNCTION rooms as well as a BOARDROOM to make your special Function or Business event an outstanding success.Talk to us to get a PERSONALISED PACKAGE. We are wanting to meet your requirements efficiently so that you have a thoroughly professional and enjoyable conference, wedding, birthday or event that you need hosted. CemAir is now flying direct to Margate airport from Johannesburg. ... more   less 
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