The hotel has been around a while, and looks it. There are few seats in the 1960s-looking reception area, and given that the wifi doesn't work in the rooms, you must either use the lounge or the stand in reception to access it. The restaurant and lounge look like they belong to another hotel, all pseudo-French (pre-revolution!) with plush seats and gilt -- just don't look too closely in the corners or at the ceilings, where the dust and cracks show. My room was a sea-facing "executive suite", on the 15th floor I think. The bathroom smelled of midew and the ceiling was stained, and in one corner of the bedroom the paint was peeling, cracking and 'bubbling'. The furniture in the sitting room was tired and scuffed. I had to wear shoes because I got dirty feet going bareoot in the room. The indoor swimming pool was unavailable because it is (bizarrely!) in a function room, which was hosting a function. I have no idea if it ever is available. Positive notes -- great seafront location and excellent breakfast buffet. (note: I stayed for three nights in late Feb 2013.)
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Blue Waters Hotel is a three star beach front hotel located on Durban's famous Golden Mile in KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa. The Blue Waters Hotel specializes in offering the best accommodation at affordable rates to corporate business, honeymooners, sports teams, groups and holiday makers alike. We also specialize in hosting unforgettable wedding receptions. We have a number of wedding venues to choose from depending on the size of the function required. The hotel offers business conference and function facilities for small to large events. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Blue Waters Hotel Durban
- Blue Waters Durban