We hadn't really booked the Garden Court Marine Parade, but when we arrived at our other hotel (Belair Suites a little further up the promenade), we found it occupied by a group of youth baseball teams, making the noise level unbearable, so we decided not to stay there.
When we arrived at Garden Court Marine Parade we received a friendly greating and were shown a few rooms, the first one was obviously a smoking room, the second was not bad at all: Spacious, nicely furnished, clean bathroom, beds OK and offering a wonderful view over the promenade and the ocean. Reading the other reviews I can only recommend to ask for another room if you don't like the one initially offered, they do have nice ones (if you're not horribly picky)!
The music & noise from the little fun fair on the promenade can impact you slightly if you plan to sleep before 10pm, although on our first night we had heavy rainshowers around 7pm so the promenade was deserted and we could even sleep with our window open and wake up to the sound of the ocean. Marvelous!
For beach lovers the location is unbeatable as the hotel is right on the beach front. uShaka Marine World is in walking distance, but you can also get there using the "People Movers" public bus.
Another big pro is the sumptuous breakfast buffet, lot's of choice and all very tasty. The hotel even offers a second "pork free" Halal breakfast room! We didn't have dinner at the hotel, but there is a nice sports bar & fish restaurant (Ocean Basket style) 2 blocks away.
The hotel has a parking garage, but unless you drive a Porsche, you should be fine with street parking, paying the guard 5 Rand instead of the 50 Rand per day thel hotel charges.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- This Garden Court hotel is situated on Durban’s world-famous Golden Mile. Offering sun-drenched beaches, guests are offered comfort, hospitality and that little something extra. This hotel is at the centre of Durban’s beachfront and offers attention to detail without compromising on the good value that characterises the Garden Court brand. It is the perfect alternative for visitors to this fun seaside city. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Garden Court Marine Parade Hotel Durban