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Southern Sun Elangeni & Maharani
Ranked #2 of 43 Hotels in Durban
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Colorado
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3 reviews
3 hotel reviews
“nice hotel”
Reviewed 25 December 2009

It was nice and clean and the staff was friendly. The view was ok (side view of ocean) and the beach was great. The area was dangerous though and scarey at night. Only go out in groups of 6 or more. Friends of ours were mugged and one was knocked out cold (a woman friend to boot). So would go to the hotel in another city, but not Durban.

  • Stayed December 2009, travelled on business
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Hickory, North Carolina
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68 reviews
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Reviewed 24 December 2009

great views of the beach from hotel rooms. All three restaurants great food. Taxi's right outside of hotel. Good service.

  • Stayed December 2009, travelled on business
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Northbrook, Illinois
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34 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
Reviewed 21 December 2009

The Southern Sun Elangeni's location is excellent.It has great views of the ocean and is very convenient to everything. I found it's Indian restaurant good but not great,as the portions were small. I enjoyed the swimming pool,and thought that the buffet breakfast was excellent.My room was impeccably clean but rather small. I can't say that that all the receptionists are honest.

  • Stayed April 2007, travelled solo
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Bangalore
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6 reviews
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Reviewed 14 December 2009

Southern Sun is well located in the heart of the city and most of its room faces the sea. Its strategically located in terms of ease of getting conveyance, bakery stores, etc. The staff was very cordial

  • Stayed April 2009, travelled with family
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JHB
1 review
Reviewed 6 December 2009

I parked my car at the back parking and went to have my breakfast, when i returned my wheel caps were stolen. How does a guard not see anyone removing 4 wheel caps in a
small 8 car parking bay? all the security staff could do was apologize. I'M STILL WAITING FOR THE MANAGER TO RETURN MY CALL. INSTALL SOME CAMERAS PLS & GET RID OF THAT GUARD!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Stayed August 2009, travelled with family
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Warminster, United Kingdom
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 162 helpful votes
Reviewed 6 December 2009

Very large, busy, worn hotel much used by the business community - think moden day Hiltons and you've got it.

No problem with common areas, but bar was decidedly un-cool - altho service good and friendly. Indian restaurant had the same menu (and ambience) as any UK local Indian restaurant. Japanese menu lokked like a mix of Japanese and Chinese and in spite of recommendations just not attractive. (See last paragraph for THE other alternative.)

Rooms were boring business style with run down bathrooms, no minibars - just basic.

Its main (and sole) redeeming feature was the main Buffet Restaurant which provided the best buffet I have encountered since the poolside buffet of La Mamounia in the 70s. The choice was incredible (altho simple) with several types of fresh fish to have a al volunte and many prepared dishes with excellent desserts. This was repeated at Breakfast (the quality - not the fish) with many choices and freshly cooked items. Pricing for both meals, even by SA standards was reasonable.

So the only reason to stay there was the food....

  • Stayed November 2009, travelled as a couple
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Geneva, Switzerland
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 30 helpful votes
Reviewed 9 November 2009

Stayed at the Southern Sun Elangeni Hotel for a couple of nights while on business. Well, I won't do so again.

While the service at reception and the restaurants was excellent throughout, the room was very dull. It lacked in personality, and had the same flair of a place you wake up in a weird dream when you feel lost and uncomfortable. I did not like the rooms, as I did not feel secure, nor was the room comfortable in any way. There was a nice view and all extras you'd usually expect of a hotel of that price category were there. Nonetheless, I felt uncomfortable while staying in that room. Something was not right about it.

There are a number of restaurants and a nice bar though! I enjoyed the Indian very much (kinda the thing to eat while in Durban). The main restaurant was also a big plus! Probably gained a few kilos while staying at the Elangeni hotel.

Overall, there are dozen of nice hotels in Durban and on the Coast Line. I will certainly look for another hotel next time, but enjoy the restaurants at the Elangeni!

  • Stayed November 2009, travelled on business
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Property: Southern Sun Elangeni & Maharani
Address: 63 OR O R Tambo Parade | North Beach, Durban 4001, South Africa
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Region: South Africa > KwaZulu-Natal > Durban
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Business Centre with Internet Access Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#1 On the Beach Hotel in Durban
#1 Luxury Hotel in Durban
#2 Business Hotel in Durban
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): ££
Hotel Class:4 star — Southern Sun Elangeni & Maharani 4*
Number of rooms: 449
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Radiating energy and elegance across the Golden Mile, Southern Sun Elangeni & Maharani invites you to take your place in the sun. From the stylish bedrooms with breath-taking sea-views to the variety of restaurants and recreation facilities, visitors can look forward to the vibrancy, colour and culture of Durban's premier hotel destination offering more choice than ever before, from service and hospitality through to accommodation and dining. Absolutely everything under one sun! ... more   less 
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