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Quarters Hotel Florida Road
Ranked #20 of 43 Hotels in Durban
London
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215 reviews
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“Pleasant boutique hotel”
Reviewed 27 March 2012

Durban is a difficult town to visit. Doesn't lend itself to walking & feels threatening. Quarters in in the Florida road 'trendy' quarter with a number of bars and restaurants around and enough security guards in the street to feel safe, however, we did not find any of the bars or restaurants particularly good. This interesting hotel is a mixture of period buildings, so rooms are high ceilinged and spacious. The breakfasts were fabulous and the staff friendly & attentive.

Given the surroundings it would have been nice to have had an area to sit outside & chill out, but there was no room for this.

If you need to stay in Durban, I would seriously recommend looking at Uhmlanga Rocks - a nice resort about 20 minutes by taxi from here which seems much safer & has great beaches & restuarants & bars. & talking about taxis, always get the hotel to book one - it will be about 50% less than hailing one in the street where 'oh dear the meter is not working'.

  • Stayed March 2012, travelled as a couple
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Luxembourg
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Reviewed 19 March 2012

I stayed in this hotel for a week and, having overcome some initial reservations about its immediate surroundings, grew to to like it. Friendly young staff, all trying hard to please, making up with willingness what they sometimes lacked in experience. Rooms were spacious and comfortable if a suffering a bit from traffic noise. Good and inexpensive wifi. Restaurant was unexpectedly good and breakfast a real treat. The location, at the foot of Florida Road also proved itself in that there is a good selection of restaurants within easy and, importantly in South Africa, safe walking distance.

Room Tip: Avoid traffic noise to the the extent possible.
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  • Stayed December 2011, travelled on business
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Portland, Oregon
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
Reviewed 18 February 2012

This hotel is not up to par with other 4 star hotels that we have stayed in. It is overpriced for what they offer. A hotel at this price should have king size beds and should include wifi but they definitely try to nickel and dime you for everything. In our first room the air conditioner did not work and had a horrible smell. It took two staff members to check the room before they moved us to another room. Thankfully the room smelled better and was clean. We did not sleep well though because of all the bar traffic that began around 9pm and lasted for hours. The noise included honking, cars zooming by, people screaming and music from the bars. The car noise began again at 6am with buses and and other commuter traffic. We checked out early and now we are staying in a different 4 star hotel for the fraction of the price, with a pool, king size bed and free Internet!

Room Tip: You can hear people walking on the old wooden floors, ask for a room upstairs and away from the stai...
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  • Stayed February 2012, travelled as a couple
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Cardiff, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 10 February 2012

Not your normal hotel, thank god, but a place with real character that shows just how to do things right. This place is a real find, the rooms are all adapted from a house and it feels far more like a B&B than a hotel in terms of intimacy, friendliness and cosiness. The rooms are dressed to a high standard, interestingly though they have a coarse rope textured floor which might not suit all tastes but is undoubtedly hard wearing.
The rooms have all you need to stay in them, though the additional cost of WiFi was a bit of a surprise in a hotel of this character and quality. The rooms have good quality coffee, tea, biscuits and cafetieres, large clean bathrooms and big beds.
The one main concern is noise. The houses have the original sash windows and these do not stop sound as well as modern windows. The hotel is on a busy junction and in the day noise is quite high, however the noise level falls off by evening, although I understand Friday/Saturday nights can be loud on adjacent Florida Road. I slept with no problems, and I think all but light sleepers should be fine.
The location of the hotel is very handy for the bars and restaurant on Florida Road, and none of the local attractions in Durban are far away.
The food in the hotel is excellent and there is a great selection of local eateries to suit all tastes and wallets. You will not go hungry here, in fact you will need to return to try the rest of the availabale places.
This once again is a hotel I would not hesitate to return to.

  • Stayed February 2012, travelled on business
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cape town
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Reviewed 6 February 2012

A splendid fews day spent in this stylish sophisticated boutique hotel situated a 3 minute car ride from the Durban beachfront with easy access to other areas of Durban. Beautifully decorated in soft furnishings well-suited to the style of the building. The room on ground level was easy access and we could stroll to the conservatory style dining-room for breakfast, lunch or dinner. We chose to eat most of our meals there as the food was delicious with great attention to detail. Exceptionally friendly staff rounded off a lovely stay at The Quarters. We will definitely be back again and would gladly recommend this hotel.

Room Tip: Request a quiet room which is situated in the middle of the buildings. We preferred ground-floor.
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  • Stayed February 2012, travelled with family
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London, United Kingdom
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 103 helpful votes
Reviewed 11 January 2012

The other reviews have pretty much said it: this is a stylish boutique (this word means something for once; its a small hotel and as spread over four townhouses you feel a proper sense of intimacy about the place, and furnishings smart and neutral without being minimalist in any way) hotel. It has friendly and helpful staff and is in a good location. I was a bit worried about the noise as next to two large roads, but this wasn't a problem even with the air con turned off - some rooms may be noisier than others though so if you're a light sleeper best to request a quiet room just in case. Breakfasts are good too. Might be a little on the pricey side for what it is as one reviewer recently wrote, but having travelled around KZN for a couple of weeks I don't think it's too much out. All in all, warmly recommended.

  • Stayed January 2012
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Termoli, Italy
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 101 helpful votes
Reviewed 17 August 2011

I spent one night in this hotel and some things are not coherent with level of price paid. I booked from booking a night at a price of about 140 euros for double room included breakfast. It seems not that much, but in durban a one day pass for bus is 1 euro, and dinner in nearby florida road is 20 euros for 2 persons. The value is not that good! The room is excellent. Nothing to say about it, except for one reason. Quarters is a group of 2 storeys colonial houses, so every room edges a road. Mine is located at a crossroad of two highly traffic road. Horrible sound insulation. I asked for a changed and i was promptly offered for a room on a side road which was much better.
I had another problem with breakfast. Once i was seated the waiter gave me a menu with prices on it. I didn't remember if breakfast was included in my tariff, so the waiter go and asked for it, saying that it was Not included. After the breakfast i checked out and the receptionist said nothing more was given. Luckily. A bit more of information would be helpful.

  • Stayed August 2011
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Thank Domenico D
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Property: Quarters Hotel Florida Road
Address: 101 Florida Road | Morningside, Durban 4001, South Africa
Region: South Africa > KwaZulu-Natal > Durban
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Business Centre with Internet Access Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant Room Service
Hotel Style:
#7 On the Beach Hotel in Durban
#7 Business Hotel in Durban
#13 Luxury Hotel in Durban
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £
Hotel Class:4 star — Quarters Hotel Florida Road 4*
Number of rooms: 25
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
In 1999, Durban businessman and entrepreneur Robert Maingard had an inspiration to convert four Victorian homes on Durban’s Florida Road in the suburb of Morningside into a luxury boutique hotel. Restored to their former glory, these beautiful buildings were transformed into “Quarters Hotel Florida Road.” Since opening its doors in 1997, Quarters Hotel Florida Road has become the hotel of choice for many guests who regularly return to stay at Quarters. In 2008 an ideal property became available on Avondale Road, a short (walking) distance from the original Quarters and the decision was taken to convert the property into “Quarters Hotel Avondale Road.” Again meticulous restoration was done to its original Edwardian architecture. All the luxury and outstanding service synonymous with the Quarters Brand is apparent in Quarters Hotel Avondale Road. ... more   less 
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