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Protea Hotel By Marriott Durban Umhlanga Ridge
Ranked #13 of 18 Hotels in Umhlanga Rocks
Dubai, United Arab Emirates
1 review
“Better than expected”
Reviewed 11 February 2010

The hotel was very clean and furnishings were modern. The only complaints were: No minibar, and no electrical outlet/hair dryer in the bathroom. Other than that, I felt very safe (not always the case in Africa) and the mall across the street was handy. Colleagues walked to the beach down the hill and rode the amusement-park like wave park across the street. Lots of places to eat and drink within walking distance

Stayed February 2010, travelled on business
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Johannesburg
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Reviewed 18 January 2010

After looking at their web site, it didn't look too bad and as I was not on business I decided to give it a bash. The rooms don't face the sea at all in fact the views are either of the Gateway shopping center OR the side st which has a lot of construction going on (looks like it will be going on for a long time still).

After inspecting the loft rooms (has a small lounge and upstairs bedroom and bathroom, with views of the shopping center or side road construction) I decided to stay in the suite (same price same views). The suite is basically a 2 roomed affair (lounge and bedroom) but NOT a 5 star suite more like a 3 star. The lounge furniture was cheap looking but comfortable.
The rooms are clean with 2 LCD TV's (one in the lounge and one in the bedroom). TV channels are limited to local sport and one news channel as well as local TV (not worth the viewing).There is a microwave kettle and small fridge.

Pros: Very friendly staff, clean and modern hotel, nice (small) pool at the top of the hotel. Hotel is close to the best shops that is on offer in South Africa and restaurants (average).

Cons: Very Noisy from the cars revving and sound systems outside (hotel would do well to double glaze the doors and windows), breakfast VERY expensive (R135 each), no pool service, no plug points to charge cell phones or plug computers in the rooms. parking is expensive (45 per day).

  • Stayed January 2010, travelled as a couple
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Derby, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 5 January 2010

Excellent hotel, very new only 6 months old. We had a 2 bedroom self catering room, flat screen TV's in each room. The main bedroom had a super kingsize bed, 4 adulds would fit on it comfortably. The kitchenette had coffee making facilities, microwave, fridge, cups and glasses but no plates and cutlery. The decor was 'ethnic', very stylish indeed. Our room overlooked the Gateway Theatre of Shopping and we had undercover parking for R45 per night. We didn't have breakfast or dinner at the hotel although available.

  • Stayed December 2009, travelled with family
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Property: Protea Hotel By Marriott Durban Umhlanga Ridge
Address: 14 Palm Boulevard | Umhlanga Ridge, Umhlanga Rocks 4319, South Africa
Region: South Africa > KwaZulu-Natal > Umhlanga Rocks
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Centre with Internet Access Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Kitchenette Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Spa Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #13 of 18 Hotels in Umhlanga Rocks
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): ££
Hotel Class:4 star — Protea Hotel By Marriott Durban Umhlanga Ridge 4*
Number of rooms: 205
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Protea Hotel Umhlanga Ridge - urban tranquillity set in the hub of the Umhlanga Ridge New Town Centre. Protea Hotel Umhlanga Ridge offers the perfect base from which to explore the many holiday attractions along the Dolphin Coastline of which its rich Zulu heritage and popular game parks are but a few. The contemporary styled 205 bedrooms include 74 semi self-catering units comprising of family rooms and lofts. Protea Hotel Umhlanga Ridge offers a fresh and funky restaurant with outdoor deck, a roof-level swimming pool, bar and gym. Choose from our a la carte menu with an abundance of dishes from quick and easy snacks to the more sophisticated steaks and curries and watch the chefs prepare your meal! What’s a family holiday without fun activities and outings? The hotel is conveniently located opposite the Gateway Theatre of shopping, which boasts cinemas, Ten Pin Bowling, Go-karts, bumper cars and more. So make sure to put your fun hats on for an action packed holiday at Protea Hotel Umhlanga Ridge. We are also a short 15 minutes from King Shaka International Airport and 20 minutes from uShaka Marine World. ... more   less 
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