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Cutty Sark Hotel
Ranked #2 of 2 Hotels in Scottburgh
Reviewed 10 April 2012

This hotel is outdated so to speak. Definit not "valuwe for your money"! It need a urgent make over before i will consider staying there again. Room s are big though and the staff frienly and that is basically all that is positive about the place. The meals are not to bad. It is idealy close to the beach and main bathing beach and maybe this is another positive point for this property. I recall this hotel when I was a kid and stayed there then some 40 years ago. It was absolutely fantastic then but with my recent visit I was really disappointed. It is graded a 3 star but I think it should be down graded or not graded at all! It does not earn a 3* grading. The place date back to the 50's or 60's if looking at the furniture. It is like walking back in the past. The boiler is run with coal to serve hot water and the smell from the drains is terrible!

The railway line is some 15 metres away from the property and the noise is overwhelming when trains move through. The pool is fine but one can't use it in winter time though, the water is freezing cold.

Scottburgh is a quiet town with not much action except during school holidays and specialy December during the festive season. Shows are held at the main bathing beach area and the noise can be heard at the hotel. Not very romantic or relaxing if one wish to have a lazy break away.

Room Tip: Rather choose another hotel in another town to avoid disapppointment
  • Stayed: April 2012, travelled as a couple
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2  Thank JohnnyO151
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Reviewed 21 February 2012

Tired rooms, needs extreme makeover (rooms, staff and food). Surprisingly expensive. Food straight out of the 70's. Front desk help okay. Beach is nice. Not much choice in this (nearly) forgotten town. Okay for a night or two, but not as cheap as it feels. If a disco is going down at the main beach, you're in trouble. If a disco is going down on site, you better join in, as you wont be sleeping. Oh, and there's a TRAIN LINE running 20 meters from the hotel! With trains running all the time!

Room Tip: high floor, away from coal burning boiler room. Ear plugs for the train
  • Stayed: October 2011, travelled as a couple
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4  Thank More-Elbow-Room
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Reviewed 21 August 2011

What a great 3 nights at the cutty sark hotel in scottburgh! Can't wait to come back!! My children are 2 and 4, the hotel is child friendly and the staff have been so lovely and helpful, delicious food and outstanding service and the location is unbeatable! It's great not to have to wander out and find dinner and breakfast, much easier with kids! Highly recommend this hotel!

  • Stayed: August 2011
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2  Thank samgina1
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Reviewed 15 August 2011

Rooms are tired, cold and uncomfortable.

Service was the same standard.

Room Tip: Best room tip is to find another hotel
  • Stayed: August 2011, travelled with friends
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2  Thank graham a
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Reviewed 11 June 2011

Great position for exploring the south coast. Good sized rooms for families, clean and friendly.

  • Stayed: May 2011, travelled with family
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1  Thank DunsterFamily
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Reviewed 8 May 2010

The guide book stated that this hotel is dated. And yes it is. The rooms and the .. well the entire place needs a complete renovation. Old tv, old fridge, old beds, yes everything is old. The service was quick (we asked for more bedding and towels), and the rooms are functional, and huge and the sea views are unbeatable. We could only book the room with dinner as that was the cheapest package available when we showed up, and I was a bit apprehensive as the restaurant looked dark and empty. The dinner was however fine, and I don't think we could have done better at the Spur (midrange chain) down the street.

Over all if you get a good price and can ignore the obvious need of renovation then you can, as I did, appreciate this hotel. My wife and I felt like we could just imagine what this place must have been like in the 1960's.

  • Stayed: May 2010, travelled with family
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3  Thank Samuel W
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Reviewed 14 August 2008

Visited here on holiday in November 2007. The hotel is not a high standard hotel and cannot fairly compare with the hotels that I have previously visited elsewhere. As with some parts of South Africa the property has dated and is need of refurbishment.
The room that we had was on the ground floor, containing a double bed, TV, wardrobes etc. The room itself was large, there was enough room for my golf clubs to stand up - as the room was L-shaped. The room did have a sea view - although limited due to the trees that are between the hotel and the beach (which lead directly from the hotel grounds).
The hotel has an outdoor pool and pool area which is OK for a dip, however the pool was not the cleanest during our stay.
It is also a very quiet hotel - much like Scottburgh itself.
I think that one of the main issues for the hotel is a lack of competition in the area, the Blue Marlin is the only other hotel in Scottburgh, so there is not much to encourage a refubishment. The hotel has the potential to be a great hotel but needs some investment.

  • Stayed: November 2007, travelled as a couple
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2  Thank Volume69
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Additional Information about Cutty Sark Hotel

Address: Beachfront, Scottburgh, Scottburgh 4180, South Africa
Region: South Africa > KwaZulu-Natal > Scottburgh
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Restaurant Room Service Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #2 of 2 Hotels in Scottburgh
Price Range: £98 - £146 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:2.5 star — Cutty Sark Hotel 2.5*
Number of rooms: 52

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