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Protea Hotel by Marriott Durban Edward
Ranked #11 of 43 Hotels in Durban
Naples, Italy
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“Fantastic old school hotel.”
Reviewed 20 January 2008

Great price, great service, great location. Has so much more personality than the Hilton down the road. The location is perfect for the beach and seafront restaurants.

  • Liked — The MASSIVE seaview rooms.
  • Disliked — No late check out.
  • Stayed September 2005, travelled solo
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Reviewed 26 September 2007

Bear in mide that Durban is just about the most dreadful seaside town on the planet..then decide where you have to stay here. This hotel is the best in town - which is not saying a great deal - but it is friendly and comfortable. We witnessed 2 muggings outside the front door - that's Durban for you...suggest Umshlanga Rocks instead of town

  • Stayed September 2007
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Larne, ULSTER
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
Reviewed 24 August 2007

We never planned to stay here but having found the accommodation we booked to be awful, damp and out in the suburbs, the Protea Edward was a welcome sight. The hotel is a quality hotel with helpful porters knowledgable on the area, where to go etc and whilst our room was clean, the bed measured 4 ft which for a double room really is a joke.

Breakfast is not included and whilst I'd say you are 100% safe at this hotel, shop around on the front and you can probably get a better deal elsewhere.

  • Stayed June 2007, travelled as a couple
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4 Thank Larne_Loyal
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Woking, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 23 April 2007

We were well greeted by friendly staff but this was spoiled almost immediately by a warning that we should not leave the hotel on foot as it was far too dangerous! Locals might argue differently but for a couple of tired tourists, hardly the perfect greeting. Having been warned to use the room safe (crime again) we discovered that it had been broken. Change of room and by now we were wondering what we had let ourselves in for.

However things were rescued somewhat by a retreat to the excellent bar followed by the excellent restaurant. This, plus the staff, make the hotel one of the better in Durban. However our tour of the city the next day, arranged by the concierge, and rather overpriced even by UK standards (extortionate in Rand terms) led us to the conclusion that Durban was rather run down and shabby, not a lot to see and, indeed rather intimidating at times.

Our advice - stay to the north or south of the city - but if you must stay in town - this hotel is fine for a maximum of 2 nights.

  • Liked — Restaurant and bar and staff
  • Disliked — Local crime problem, small room - very noisy airconditioning
  • Stayed April 2007, travelled as a couple
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London, UK
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 20 April 2007

The Protea Hotel is a fine hotel and has definitely earned their 4 star status. I was impressed with the level of service and would recommend this hotel. I would have given a 5 star rating but I had problems with the way they have designed their bath/shower. The shower screen was inadequate and meant every shower; water would go on the floor. Apart from this I am likely to return later next year.

  • Stayed March 2007, travelled solo
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Flushing, new york
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Reviewed 16 April 2007

I don't know where to start. The hotel staff is the best I have ever encounter anywhere. Can a staff be too attentive? If this hotel were in New York, I could not afford to stay here. An old hotel , but like aged wine. Maintained so well and located right on the beach. The dinning room is elegant and the dinner buffet! Why would you want to eat somewhere else? Relax in the wood paneled bar and know that you are in the company of the distingushed and elite who have sat right where you are seated and were no more impressed than you will be. We loved this hotel. And did I mention the breakfast? Pefect! Just like everything else!

  • Liked — This is a great old hotel, with a great hostory, but well maintained. If this hotel was in New York, I could not afford to stay there.
  • Disliked — Nothing. If this hotel was in New York, I could not afford to stay there.
  • Stayed February 2007
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Benoni, South Africa
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Reviewed 6 February 2007

We are a middle aged couple and stayed at the Edward this past weekend.
It was always a distant dream to stay there as it is an expensive facility even by European standards.
Needless to say it generally met our expectation and overall it was an experience we will always remember.
We found the front office staff very helpful although the concierge was average.
There was no-one to open the only door into the hotel as the revolving entrance was not working, surely at this class of hotel this should be the first thing one should expect especially after a 6 hours drive in 30deg C weather.
The room on the 2nd Floor was clean and totally adequate for a weekend stay and the air-conditioner worked extremely well.
The rooftop swimming pool is tiny but was a nice retreat after a long work along the marine parade.
The lunch on Sunday on the Terrace was tasty but hopelessly and absurdly overpriced, like they have totally lost the plot. Surely if you charge top dollar the meal must be exceptional.
The highlight was the breakfasts though, even though the bacon and sausages could be perceived as a little tired there was so much variety it would be hard to fault it.
As far as safety is concerned , we never felt threatened , just irritated at the street kids and other beggars, but this is a scourge one finds anywhere on the planet, so a firm and no further eye contact generally did the trick.
We had dinner at Joe Cools on the beach front and that is to be highly recommended.
Overall I would recommend the place, but DO NOT eat there other than breakfasts.

Stayed February 2007
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Property: Protea Hotel by Marriott Durban Edward
Address: 149 O R Tambo Parade | North Beach, Durban 4001, South Africa
Region: South Africa > KwaZulu-Natal > Durban
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Business Centre with Internet Access Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Ski-In / Ski-Out Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access Airport Transportation
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Ranked #11 of 43 Hotels in Durban
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £
Hotel Class:4 star — Protea Hotel by Marriott Durban Edward 4*
Number of rooms: 131
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The Protea Hotel by Marriott(R) Durban Edward harks back to a time of Victorian elegance. This world-famous hotel has played host to princes and presidents, field marshals, millionaires and movie stars since 1911. Whether you are travelling for business or leisure purposes, the Protea Hotel by Marriott(R) Durban Edward is ideally situated on the Golden Mile. Take off your shoes and feel the soft, beach sand between your toes. Make sure you have your swimsuit because a dive in the warm waters of the Indian Ocean is hard to resist. Cool off whilst you walk along the promenade, which allows you to walk from uShaka Marine world to Suncoast Casino. For those travelling on business we are situated 5 minutes away from Durban CBD and the ICC (International Convention Centre). We are within easy access to all major highways and King Shaka Airport is a mere 35 minutes away so getting to all those meetings is not a hassle. Return to our graceful and stylish rooms, which are all equipped with LCD TV's, en-suite bathrooms, executive work desks, wireless internet access and over half of the rooms have remarkable sea views. The Protea Hotel by Marriott(R) Durban Edward with its personalised friendly service and extremely comfortable rooms offers a luxurious holiday experience or a professional business trip. ... more   less 
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