We enjoyed our stay here, although we have one or two slightly negative observations to make.
We liked the room, and our host was friendly and accommodating - the view of the ocean was stunning from the back garden where there is a lovely swimming pool.
Our host informed us that Umhlanga is very safe to walk around - even at night - we agreed entirely. We felt very safe walking back from the restaurants (5-10 mins walk away) in the dark. What we found weird is that every house in the area, including Chartwell house has electric fences on the perimeter and bars on the windows - it felt a little compound-like as a result. Having stayed in suburbs across the country (Port Elizabeth, Cape Town, Franschhoek, Paarl, St Lucia, Knysna etc), we have experienced suburbs where a few houses have this style of security, but in Umhlanga it was the rule rather than an unusual thing to see outside houses.
Breakfast was nice and tasty and kept us going till about 2pm on both days we were in the Durban area. All of the staff were brilliant, friendly and a credit to the Guest House.
The area itself has wonderful beaches, shopping malls, restaurants, bars and clubs - there is a very trendy, upmarket vibe - I have never seen houses as large as the ones on Chartwell Drive!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Whether you are traveling to Umhlanga Rocks for business or pleasure, Chartwell Guest House has it all. We are close to the airport, beaches, Gateway Shopping Centre, Umhlanga Village, bars, restaurants & night clubs. Our rooms are all large, luxurious and spotlessly clean. Some rooms have spectacular sea views whilst others have self-catering facilities and decadent luxury. Our staff are warm & friendly and we pride ourself on excellent service and generous hospitality. ... more less
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