Plus points first; large, clean, comfortable and well-appointed room with excellent internal sound-proofing. Handy having a microwave, fridge and small sink area. Good location if you want to be within safe walking distance of the Gateway retail/leisure complex. Free parking. Friendly staff. Very good restaurant.
However, don't expect a warm fuzzy feeling. Leave your room and the place is drab, dark and almost completely devoid of character. It doesn't help that the lifts and the two entrances to the hotel are located off public lobbies which are shared with the other tenants in the building and provide access to the shared car park. I stayed here for quite a while on business on my own and it was just depressing. I never got the feeling I was returning to a hotel; more like a suite located in a multi-tenure office building. All not helped by the view from the suite, which would be fine if you really, really like concrete and hard landscaping.
And another thing! If you're going to charge that much for Wi-Fi, make it a decent speed at least.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Situated just 20 minutes from King Shaka International Airport and in close proximity to the La Lucia Ridge office estates, the Umhlanga village and the Umhlanga beachfront, aha Royal Palm is an ideal location for both business and recreational travel. The aha Royal Palm Hotel offers a selection of stylish accommodation, from junior suites to studio and 2 bedroom apartments, through to 2 and three bedroom penthouses. All rooms and suites feature numerous facilities and state of the art technology. ... more less
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