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Albany Hotel
Ranked #35 of 41 Hotels in Durban
Dublin, Ireland
1 review
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
“Do not stay here.”
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 February 2010

This hotel is located in a dangerous part of Durban. A taximan informed us after that it was known for drugs and prostitutes. When dark, everything nearby is closed. The management were not in anyway nice. It calls itself an "art-deco" hotel. No evidence of this. Rooms were basic. The doors had several locks. Loud neighbours. Fellow hotel guests included somebody who went by the name "Bombay Dreams". Need I say more.

Stayed February 2010, travelled on business
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5 Thank cdeeney
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Rating summary
  • 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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new york
1 review
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 September 2009

I have just stayed at the Albany Hotel in Durban which is next door to the ICC International Convention Centre in Durban for a conference. I was very happy as the hotel was close to the ICC and was very nicely appointed. Usaully I stay at the Hilton but it was not available and also much more expensive. The Albany Hotel offered excellent value for money and the rooms were superb, with marble bathrooms... so I was very happy. In fact I would say it is one of the nicest hotels I have stayed at in a while. Breakfast buffet was huge even waffles and cream were on the menu. Views of the city were good and generally I was very happy. It cost me about ZAR 450 a night with breakfast, so a good deal. It is not very well known so probably could be described as a hidden jewel. The GM Charlene?? was very pleasant and helpful arranging a lift to the airport. Thanks!!

  • Stayed September 2009, travelled on business
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Helpful?
2 Thank newyorkerinstyle
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London
1 review
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 September 2009

The hotel was very conveniently located in central Durban, near the Albert Luthuli Conference Centre I was attending. I also managed to take in a show one evening at the Durban Play House next door to the hotel. The room was of a high standard for the price, and had been recently renovated. The buffet breakfast was good, the staff were helpful and courteous and my overall impression of the hotel was very good.

  • Stayed September 2009, travelled on business
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Service
Helpful?
2 Thank Jeff_Murdoch
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Monmouth
1 review
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 September 2009

Stayed here for one night. Location is not the best, did not feel very safe. Main reason for choosing this hotel was that I wanted internet access, which was advertised as provide - it was removed in Jan. Hotel reception staff not very friendly when checking in or when asking about internet access. Rooms were OK. Best thing - we arrived late and the resturant stayed open so that we could have a meal. Meal was very good.

  • Stayed August 2009, travelled with family
    • 2 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 2 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Service
Helpful?
1 Thank IanSS
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Stillwater, Oklahoma
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102 reviews
47 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 60 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 August 2009

The Albany is not the best hotel in Durban, but it's a very respectable value option. I stayed here for almost a week while attending a conference at the Convention Center. With relatively limited funds, I looked for safe, decent lodging near the center. For a tourist trip, I'd consider something on the beachfront, but I will recommend the Albany for conference folk.

Positives:
* You can safely walk to and from the ICC in the day. There's lots of office people on the journey. It's about 10-15 minutes to the arena entrance. You can't do this after dark, but then you can't walk many places in Durban at night.
* The city bus stops on the block. There's security on this bus. You can go to the beach, Victoria Street market, Suncoast casino, and Ushaka via the bus for R15 or less roundtrip. During daytime hours, it's a great option.
* The rooms, though older, are clean and big enough.
* The breakfast buffet is good, with a huge variety of meat. One tip is that you have to ask to order eggs or waffles. For dinner, though, I suggest the Royal on the next block, which has real places to eat.

Negatives:
* Beachfront hotels have better views and things to see. This is a central city location.
* No pool or fitness center.
* No Internet access. Don't believe the website - the "Business Centre" is one older computer in a corner. This could be a deal breaker for a conference person.

  • Stayed August 2009, travelled on business
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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1 Thank Adam M
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Stellenbosch, South Africa
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4 reviews
4 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 March 2009

I booked this hotel on the strength of previous reviews on this site. I can honestly say that I have never had worse service. The receptionist was paging through a magazine and only looked up when I greeted her. She also informed us that there was no parking available for hotel guests. The receptionist on duty the next day was talking loudly on the 'phone about his chances of being reconciled with his wife. He had no interest in the people standing around, waiting to be attended to. The service in the restaurant was laughable. I got my warm white wine with my dessert. The rooms were very clean but the air conditioner was so loud that we switched it off. BEcause of the heat we had to open the windows, which meant we had to contend with the noise of the fights that broke out in front of the bar on the ground floor of the hotel. The hotel is ideally situated if you want to walk to the ICC or Kingsmead but next time I'd rather drive and park across the ICC for R10 a day.

  • Stayed March 2009, travelled as a couple
    • 1 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 2 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 1 of 5 bubbles
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Helpful?
2 Thank Com4t
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95 reviews
84 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 51 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 February 2009

Booked this hotel for four nights threw www.booking.com also after reading reviews here.
The location is good and close to any transport and attractions.
Room was clean and big and staff was helpfull.
Restaurant was a bit disapointment but as a whole it was a good choice !

  • Liked — Location
  • Disliked — Breakfests in the restaurant
  • Stayed February 2009, travelled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Check-in / front desk
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 2 of 5 bubbles
      Service
Helpful?
Thank pazitush
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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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