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Reviewed 20 January 2012

One of the best hotels I have stayed in.The total ambience of the hotel is excellent.Rooms are spacious and comfortable.The entire hotel is of a high standard in regards to cleanliness and caretaking.The pool and gym are also of a high standard.Check in and check out was a breeze.The staff are always friendly and willing to assist wherever possible.The onl hitch I experience was that there is limited undercover parking.
An excellent hotel which gves you good value for money.I will definitely be staying there again.
My compliments and congratulations to the management and staff for a fabulous stay at The Southern Sun Elangeni.Well done.

Room Tip: Executive sea facing rooms
  • Stayed: December 2011, travelled with family
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2  Thank Najeeth L
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Reviewed 17 January 2012

I love this hotel and have returned a number of times when visiting Durban. This high rise gives incredible views over the city or the ocean. The best thing about this place is the breakfast which is incredible, you could eat for hours if you have the time and the appetite.

Ask for an ocea view and a high floor, you can sleep with the window open and fall asleep to the roar of the ocean.

Staff are very friendly and always on hand to help.

  • Stayed: December 2011, travelled on business
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3  Thank binnysays
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Reviewed 11 January 2012

We stayed over at the SS North Beach the night before our boat trip and also the night upon our return. I have to commend Southern Sun on running a great Hotel. From check-in to departure, the staff were friendly, professional and helpful. The rooms are spacious and I believe the bathrooms are being upgraded during early 2012. Long overdue SS! The bathrooms were still quite acceptable. Other services like the added bike rides are convenient. The Piatto Restaurant offers exceptional quisine. We even had some personal attention from the General Manager, lovely lady, Samantha Croft. Thank you for a wonderful eperience. I can truly recommend this hotel for business and leisure travel and also for stay over before and or after taking a cruise.

Room Tip: All rooms are sea-facing. Some rooms offer sleeping couches as optional - great for families. I believe in future one will be able to request a room with a shower or a room with a bath.
  • Stayed: January 2012, travelled as a couple
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1  Thank Carin867
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Reviewed 28 December 2011

As part of a wedding party that travelled to Durban, we were well received and the group check in was terrific.
The Japanese restaurant (not run by the hotel) lacks attention to detail - service is not what it should be and customers are too often forgotten about by the waitrons, sadly this experience mirrors our last meal there. Food however was great.
The hotel was busy hence we had breakfast in the temporary breakfast room in the conference center. Personally i felt it was better eating there than in the main restaurant - more light / space etc. Had a good time watching the chefs set up the chocolate fountain :-) Staff were very attentive.
Well done - will be back

Room Tip: All rooms were seaview
  • Stayed: December 2011, travelled with friends
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1  Thank Cyn65
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Reviewed 21 December 2011

This is an old building and it shows. Plumbing is bad, makes all sorts of noises when in use, and creaky groaning plumbing sounds can be heard from neighboring rooms all the time when you are in your room. When showering, every so often the temperature of the water spikes to scalding temperatures at random. No free parking for the price you are paying for the hotel, and when you pay, you pay for access to a parking structure, not a reserved bay, so its first come first serve. Only a few bays actually have direct access to a lift lobby, the other parking floors will have you traversing a few flights of stairs down stairwells which looks generally dirty and broken down. The pool deck on the roof closes at 18:00, so if you are going to Durban for sightseeing, and you are leaving early and coming back late, and assume that you are going to relax by the poolside when you return, forget it, it will be closed, When you see the hotel for the first time, you think it must be a mistake, as the price you paid does not look right relative to the way it looks. Go elsewhere, as there are many hotels in the North beach strip, and I am sure that the cheaper garden court alternatives down the road can't possibly be worse, and you will save a whole lot of money. This hotel would have been nice if it was a whole lot cheaper.

Room Tip: All rooms are beach facing in this hotel, which is a good thing. Try and get a room high up, noise from the beach is excessive till late during holiday periods.
  • Stayed: December 2011, travelled as a couple
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1  Thank MFO_CT
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