Was given a discounted rate because I am in the airline industry. Still felt ripped off over all.
Hotel’s location is its best feature, especially if you have a sea front room, which has glorious views of the Indian Ocean. I slept with the windows open and listened to the ocean break all night long. I can’t imagine having a non-sea front room; I think it would feel very gross.
This is a 2 star hotel, so I didn’t expect much in the way of service. The manager did come to greet me, as is normal when given an industry rate, so I sort of expected the best of their best. Despite this, we had a significant wait when we arrived at check in time, I gathered because they were "cleaning" the room. Wifi was not available, but they allowed me to use Wifi at their sister Blue Waters down the street. Still 70 rand, which just irritates me.
The room was sorely dated and extremely dingy. The carpet needs to be replaced and i'm sure this alone would add immeasurable amounts to the quality of a persons stay. The bathroom was old, with mold growing in the shower, and the towels were tiny worn things that wouldn't cover a child's body. Despite this, they left complementary toiletries in the bathroom. Hum?
The beds were two twins pushed together and made comfortably with warm blankets. Great, since it was still a stormy spring night and a bit cold with the windows open. There was no AC, so I could see the summer being a bit warm. No alarm clock or wake up calls here, so bring your own.
My flight was early, so didn’t experience breakfast.
The car park was street parking, and we were also harassed by the parking guard. We declined his request, as we had been constantly pressed for handouts over the previous few days. When inquiring at the desk about the propriety of the situation we were told we should give them what ever they ask for. I only had the car parked at that particular time for a few minutes and apologized for not paying and told him I would pay him when I got back. I must have been gone for 40 minutes and he was gone when I returned, and still gone when returning and leaving again about an hour later. If all these cars are paying 30 rand for this service, and they don’t even stay all night, much less into the late evening hours, it seems like it is just a scam.
Also, GPS couldn’t find address. This is a common problem in Durban, as the streets all have several names. It seems to depend on who you talk to about what gets called what...
Not the best place ever, but not the worst. Might stay there again if the price is right, but would definitely go somewhere else if I could get a comparable rate elsewhere. Don’t think I would recommend it to a friend. They might get mad at me.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Parade Hotel is a Beach front Hotel located on Durban’s famous Golden Mile in KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa. The Parade Hotel specializes in offering Family Accommodation at Affordable Rates. We are a shell's throw away from the beautiful beach opposite. You can also visit the new Sun Coast Casino, only 5 minutes driving distance. By car we are less than ten minutes from Durban’s city center and five minutes away from the new International Convention Center. ... more less
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