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“Convenient Stop in Durban” 4 of 5 bubbles
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Albany Hotel
Ranked #35 of 41 Hotels in Durban
Destin, Florida
Level Contributor
32 reviews
13 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
“Convenient Stop in Durban”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 December 2012

While nothing special, the Albany is a convenient, clean, and safe place in downtown Durban just across from the City Center. A decent filling breakfast is included. Museums and markets are nearby and buis service gets you to many of the Durban sights along the beach front.

  • Stayed November 2012, travelled solo
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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  • Location
    3 of 5 bubbles
  • Sleep Quality
    3 of 5 bubbles
  • Rooms
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Service
    3 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Cleanliness
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
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Montagu, South Africa
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12 reviews
3 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 29 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 September 2012

Last year In Durban, I had a very unpleasant stay at a hotel I had frequented for 40+ years. Looking for a similar high-rise with views I chose the Albany. I had a lovely view, but the incessant hooting of taxis forces you to close the windows!!!!! The bath with a fixed glass half panel is virtually impossible to get in if you are elderly, with stiff joints etc. A BIG PROBLEM FOR ME! The entrance is also situated in a one way street with a noisy bar a few meters away. Once inside the building, I felt safe, with Yvonne and her staff as ever very friendly and helpful. A bar fridge would be fantastic........or at least have a few on standby for a nominal fee. I'm sure your guests would gladly pay for the privilege.
I'll be back when next in Durban

Room Tip: Higher floors to get away from the taxi hooting (not the hotel's problem)!
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  • Stayed August 2012, travelled solo
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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Durban
1 review
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 June 2012

Some feedback....

The Rooms should have a Bar Fridge and Room service should be available 24 hours with Snacks and food.

Further more , Great two days at the Hotel and Yvonne (Receptionist) Was
Amazing and very Helpful ...

  • Stayed June 2012, travelled with friends
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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Canberra, Australia
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7 reviews
5 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 May 2012

We were very pushed getting in anywhere in Durban the weekend we were there due to the Travel Expo so we booked into The Albany not knowing what to expect. We were pleasantly surprised! Although the hotel is not over looking the beach it is superbly located in the heart of the city across from City Hall - this made it very easy to get around. The rooms were comfortable, clean and quiet. The staff were fantastic! The restaurant staff were so lovely and the service very quick and the Reception staff friendly and extremely helpful. They looked after us very well!

  • Stayed May 2012, travelled with friends
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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Thank Jane T
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Pretoria, South Africa
Level Contributor
3 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 May 2012

This 3 star hotel lives up to its grading, the room was clean and up to standard, the food value for money, but the service, friendliness and eager staff members was definately the most memorable part of our stay.
The only down side was the location of the hotel which made me a little uncomfortable (at night) allthough the friendly doorman was always there to help (calling Taxi's, running to the local cafe to buy our essentials and bring to our room etc.). Keeping in mind that the location is not something the hotel can change and that the staff are allways eager to help with anything, I can definatly recommend this hotel. It is definatly value for money and the rooms even exceeded my expectations.
A big thank you to all the staff at the Albany we enjoyed our stay.

Room Tip: The 10th and 11th floors should be the best option as it is further away from the street noice that...
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  • Stayed May 2012, travelled on business
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank Jacques B
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Johannesburg
2 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 March 2012

On the positive side: I got a good deal for my family booking with easyto book. The room was clean. On the negative side: The lifts were slow, but then again it is an old hotel. The breakfast was boring, you have to ask for bacon and eggs and the rest is cold by the time it arrives. I would however go back as it was a great location to be able to get around.

  • Stayed March 2012, travelled with family
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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Additional Information about Albany Hotel

Property: Albany Hotel
Address: 225 Smith Street | Albany Grove, Durban 4001, South Africa
Region: South Africa > KwaZulu-Natal > Durban
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Centre with Internet Access Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Restaurant Room Service Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #35 of 41 Hotels in Durban
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £
Hotel Class:3 star — Albany Hotel 3*
Number of rooms: 72
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The Albany 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 from small to large events. We have three business conference venues available with seating capacity of up to 120 delegates. ... more   less 
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