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“Comfortable and Friendly”
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Belaire Suites
Ranked #8 of 43 Hotels in Durban
Johannesburg, South Africa
1 review
“Comfortable and Friendly”
Reviewed 24 July 2014

I recently spent a week at Belaire Suites. it was a wonderful experience. the rooms are comfortable and spacious with very comfortable beds. not to mention you have a spectacular view. the service staff are very friendly and polite. Belaire serves a buffet breakfast every morning. the range is delicious - from your cereals, to carbs, healthy meals and sweets, even a cheese spread - you could not ask for a better variety AND everything is fresh from the oven straight to your plate. in the breakfast are you can either sit inside or on the courtyard amongst local birds and even a few bonsai trees to brag about. the cherry on top is the location - right across from the beach and a lovely walk to Ushaka. overall, it was an awesome holiday. one we will remember for a long long time.

Room Tip: Each room faces the beach, the higher you go the further your view. even if you on the lower levels...
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  • Stayed July 2014, travelled with family
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Paarl, South Africa
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Reviewed 16 July 2014

Not a four start hotel. What is nice? Location, the beds and bedding, the vibe.
What is not nice? The lifts (one was broken), noisy passages, no view of sea unless you stand at the window, crowded breakfast, cold breakfast food.

  • Stayed July 2014, travelled on business
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johannesburg
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Reviewed 15 July 2014

we stayed here on the 6th-8 April 2014 for my daughter's graduation. the hotel is reasonable. we booked 2 suites as there was 5 of us. the rooms are full of dust and spider webs. we informed the from desk to please get someone to come and clean the rooms as we were going to be out most of the day attending the grad ceremony. when we got back nothing was done. Personally i would not stay here again. the lifts is small and the breakfast area can't accomodate all the guests not to mention the parking. the floors were so full of dust you could not go around barefoot.

i was dissapointed with this hotel since it was rated 4 stars. my suggestion to other guests is rather stay at one of the Tsogo Sun hotels in the same street.

the restaurant serves very nice food and a to die for carrot cake.

Room Tip: ask for the rooms that are on the 5th floor and above, anything lower you will not be able to see th...
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  • Stayed April 2014, travelled with family
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Hastings, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 15 July 2014

I enjoyed my weekend at the Belaire. The bed was very large and comfortable and the view from the room was stunning. (I asked for a room on one of the top floors). The location is great for all beachfront activities. The room itself isn't very luxurious but the price is really reasonable and there's everything you need to be comfortable and the Jiran cafe on the ground floor does really good food and excellent coffee. Thanks guys.

Room Tip: upper floors are less noisy.
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  • Stayed July 2014, travelled on business
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Durban South Africa
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Reviewed 11 July 2014

The Bel Aire is in a converted building of flats designed in the 1950s by the noted Durban architect Reginald Charles Buck, who died earlier this year. The building's modernist facade incorporates mosaics patterned on Zulu bead work, one of the few modern buildings of its time to incorporate traditional African design (and one of the few even now that does it effectively).

If this building were in Miami Beach, it, along with the rest of the beachfront, with its many Art Deco gems, would get a lot more attention and respect that it currently does.

The owners have done a modest renovation but have kept the essentials of the building in place. The rooms are functional, with utilitarian and inexpensive furnishings.The tacky and peeling blue film on the windows for sun control should go and a different solution sought. The rooms themselves need repairing. For instance, the bolt lock on our door did not work because the wooden latch that the bolt goes into has been broken away.

The owners do themselves a disservice by listing this as a a 4* property, because it raises expectations beyond what is currently delivered. The hangars in the closet are of the 2* variety (the hanger detaches form the hook so they cannot be stolen) and the TV channels offered are heavy on sports and the free or least expensive news channels (Chinese government channel - CCTV but no BBC, CNN, or Al Jazeera. The room is clean but basic.

Staff are friendly and helpful.The manager Bradley was particularly helpful in finding out details of surfboard lessons

The free breakfast was in a room in back, rather than the vibey streetside Cafe Jiran, where the action was. With investment this could be a 4* hotel.

The hotel is right across from the Beach, and within walking distance of uShaka Marine World and other beachfront attractions.

  • Stayed June 2014, travelled with family
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Johannesburg, South Africa
2 reviews
Reviewed 20 June 2014

Stayed at hotel 13 to 16 June 2014.

The bathroom had a very bad smell.- Also counter tops and hairdryer was very sticky.- We complained to reception desk and cleaning supervisor- Room was sorted out.......We were told that their is a plumbing problem in the building that is being attended to.......Surely u check out cleanliness of room and bathroom before assigning it to a client.......why the bad experience resulting in a bad review......nevertheless Kobus the Porter made up for this with his kind consideration and understanding of our problem. Thanks Kobus for your hospitality. JAY

  • Stayed June 2014, travelled with family
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Pontefract, United Kingdom
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 30 helpful votes
Reviewed 18 June 2014

I stayed here for 5 nights for the Comrades marathon.
I booked a top floor room and thats what I got.Room spacious with a great view of the ocean.
The beds are a bit hard but I got used to that.Breakfast was very good with plenty of choice and
was included in the price.
The evening restaurant provides a decent menu too
The restaurant and the room cleaning staff were very friendly and professional.
The staff on reception had the attitude that if a guest was asking for anything but the room key
they were a nuisance.I got the feeling that they should have some training on how to deal with
people. They didnt smile much
I was promised a South African plug converter would be delivered to my room it never arrived
and I found out they didnt have one.
Apart from the counter staff it was a very enjoyable stay.
I walked up to the Casino and back most evenings with no problems

  • Stayed May 2014, travelled solo
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Property: Belaire Suites
Address: 151 Snell Parade | North Beach, Durban 4001, South Africa
Region: South Africa > KwaZulu-Natal > Durban
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free Breakfast Kitchenette Restaurant Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#3 Best Value Hotel in Durban
#6 Luxury Hotel in Durban
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £
Hotel Class:4 star — Belaire Suites 4*
Number of rooms: 127
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Belaire Suites offers Luxury Furnished Self Catering Apartments and is located on Durban’s Beachfront between Battery and North Beaches. We are situated right on the beachfront with the majority of our rooms enjoying panoramic views of the Indian Ocean and Golden Beaches. The side facing rooms have side sea views of the north and south respectively. On a clear day Umhlanga Rocks in the north to the Bluff in the South can be seen. ... more   less 
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