This is very basic accommodation, but the price does not reflect that - the price is really too high for what you get.
We stayed in the top unit with the balcony and sea view: we had torn furniture (both sofas have several rips in the seat cushions, and everyday there was a little pile of sawdust on the floor from the wood-borers inside the furniture), wonky front door (really hard to unlock), bulbs missing from light fittings, a window louvre replaced with a piece of board, the bath in the second bathroom stained so badly we refused to even use it - you get the idea.
We had two cleaners over the two weeks we stayed - one (Precious) was very good, the other... well, making the bed meant pulling up the duvet over crumpled sheets and that was it. Don't think they were supplied a vacuum cleaner, so the mopping simply spread hair/dirt around. On the day we checked out, the cleaner simply made the beds, so it seems whoever checked in next may have ended up sleeping on our dirty sheets? And did we, we wondered, get someone else's dirty sheets? Eeew. Also, the room we had (with en-suite shower) smelled terrible, very musty. I figured out, after about 3 days, that water from the shower was seeping into the concrete (yep, concrete, not even tiled) floor, and ended up having to place newspapers on the floor when showering. Nice. When I went to get the bath mat from the second bathroom, it was thick with sand (not from us - we hadn't even been down to the beach yet!), so another black mark against cleanliness.
The view was nice, the barbeque area nice and I liked the location - this holiday complex could be really great but it seems people want money (our accommodation fee) without doing their bit (keeping their places maintained to a reasonable degree - let's face it, even a second-hand sofa would do, I am flabbergasted at the cheek of renting out holiday accommodation with such old, torn furniture - sitting on the sofas required putting blankets over them, and even then the leather was so old and hard it creaked loudly every time you moved!).
We would have moved, but everything was fully booked in the area (we checked) so we had no option.
Oh - and another tip (nothing to do with the establishment) - the monkeys are a real pain in the butt. You cannot EVER leave the windows open to air the place as they will get in and steal everything. You have to be totally vigilant ALL the time; it's not much fun renting a place where you can't even leave the patio door open for two minutes. This applies to all accommodation along the whole coast, and the issue has been created by people thinking these pests are cute and feeding them. If you go to Durban, PLEASE!!! DON'T feed the monkeys!! They will steal your food/possessions, and try to bite you if you chase them.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Umdloti Milkwood is a unique, rustic seaside getaway only meters from Umdloti beach. Affordable self-catering accommodation whether it’s one person or a group of up to 22 people. The property has 8 chalets, each with its own ensuite and kitchenette. There is a TV with DStv in each chalet. Linen and towels are provided and the rooms are serviced daily. There is a communal braai & seating area for guests to use and a single parking bay available for each chalet. It’s a 150m walk to the local shops, restaurants and bars so you never have to drive anywhere during your stay. ... more less
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