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“One of the Finest Hotels in Durban - Excellent Value”

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Garden Court Umhlanga
Ranked #6 of 18 Hotels in Umhlanga Rocks
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Cape Town
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“One of the Finest Hotels in Durban - Excellent Value”
Reviewed 6 December 2011

My partner and I have now stayed at his hotel on many occasions. Unfortunately, on each occasion it has been work, rather than pleasure that has brought us to Durban. The Garden Court Umhlanga goes a long way to making work away from home a more pleasant experience. All of the rooms we have ever stayed in have been large, beautifully decorated and spotlessly clean. The beds are very large and comfortable. The white cotton linen is incredibly inviting and comforting. The bathrooms are immaculately maintained and stylish. The complimentary hair and bath products look and smell great. The staff at the hotel offer slick, friendly and intelligent service. The breakfast on offer has to be seen to be believed. There is something for every palate. Everything on offer is fresh and the hot breakfasts are prepared with excellence. The hotel even offers fresh smoothies at breakfast. The chic and elegant dining area is spacious and offers guests more than enough privacy while dining, which is more than can be said for many far pricier hotels that I have stayed at in Europe and Asia. The hotel also boasts a heated swimming pool, which is more than large enough to exercise in. I noted that there was a modest gym available on the hotel's top floor, however I did not make use of this facility. The hotel is within easy walking distance of the massive Gateway Mall. The hotel also offers complimentary underground parking. The rates at this hotel are very competitive. We often pay less than $100 a night here. I think it would be fair to say that this establishment must offer one of the best value for money hotel experiences in the world.

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  • Stayed August 2011, travelled on business
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Reviewed 21 November 2011

Had such a great time. From the moment we stepped inside the hotel, we were given a warm welcome. The hotel staff were wonderful and very helpful. The rooms are not so spacious but there is a bath and a shower. The location would be great for business trips.

  • Stayed November 2011, travelled with friends
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Reviewed 18 November 2011

Umhlanga was not interesting but the hotel staff and general manager are exceptionally helpful.

Room Tip: This is an excellent location for business in Durban.
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  • Stayed November 2011, travelled with friends
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Johannesburg, South Africa
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Reviewed 16 November 2011

We stayed at this hotel for around 4 days. The hotel has all the usual amentities. Its relatively close to the Mall so convenient for shopping all around. Although the beach is a drive of less than 5mins away. Rooms were clean and spacious. We were impressed with the interior finishes of the hotel and rooms. Breakfast staff were always friendly and willing to assist. Breakfast; I was happy with the variety. Room Service was on stipulated times only. The parking was included in our reservation; which was good.

Near the end of my stay i found out about the Spa thats in-house and due to time; i could not indulge.

All around its a wonderful experience.

Room Tip: There are sea facing rooms which are wonderful to see in the morning and evening.
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  • Stayed November 2011, travelled with family
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Johannesburg, South Africa
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Reviewed 20 October 2011

Can't fault this hotel on anything but nothing wowed me. The hotel has a "green" feeling about it.The room is very small with two double beds,tea/coffee making facilities,hairdryer,no mini bar. The bathroom has a separate shower and small bath.The shower has it's own mirror (nice thought).The rooms are not sound proof,you could hear the people next door. We stayed in a street facing room,the traffic and cars chasing gets annoying at night.I am sure the pool facing rooms are a lot better.Breakfast is very good,with delicious hot chocolate and cappuccino.There is also a coffee machine in the lounge,you can buy a cup of cappuccino or hot chocolate for R5.00.Parking is safe and free.The hotel is a walking distance from a shopping mall and restaurants.The beach is about 4km away.I think this hotel is suitable for business people.

  • Stayed October 2011, travelled with family
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Johannesburg, South Africa
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Reviewed 13 October 2011

Business trip, last morning there after a 4 night stay - no hot water for shower and no warning or apology.

Restaraunt has buffet some nights - when they nhave this guests are not allowed to order a la carte menu - UNLESS you agree to eat in your bedroom!!

If they can send a la carte menu food to your bedroom - why can this not be served in the diningroom?

So, when the food was sent up - a medium rare steak - dry, tasteless, like pink leather. Veggies seemed like old frozen veggies - just reheated. Big disappointment. Would not like to return there (often go to KZN for business purposes.

  • Stayed October 2011, travelled on business
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Reviewed 6 September 2011

We were very impressed with the interior finishes of the hotel and the rooms. The rooms were absolutely stunning. Very trendy look and feel, with mounted flat screen, and views to match. Staff are very friendly. The included breakfast buffet was the cherry on top, but also the only reason why it didn't receive 5/5. Nothing wrong with the food, very good(just not excellent). But everything was fresh and delicious. Plus free cappuccino's!

The parking was included in our reservation, so all and all, everything worked out wonderfully well. Literally a stones throw away from the massive gateway shopping centre. And the beach is about a 4 minute drive away.

Fantastic experience. Thanks, guys.

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  • Stayed September 2011, travelled as a couple
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Property: Garden Court Umhlanga
Address: 7 Aurora Drive, Umhlanga Rocks 4319, South Africa
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Region: South Africa > KwaZulu-Natal > Umhlanga Rocks
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room Free Breakfast Free Parking Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
Ranked #6 of 18 Hotels in Umhlanga Rocks
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): ££
Hotel Class:3 star — Garden Court Umhlanga 3*
Number of rooms: 204
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
A contemporary interior design of fusing water features. The colours and textures of natural reed, sets the mood of the newly opened Garden Court uMhlanga. This hotel is ideally situated in uMhlanga Rocks. Within close proximity to the Gateway Shopping Centre and popular uMhlanga beaches. The hotel offers spacious guest areas with business and internet facilities to cater for business travelers.The hotel boasts a lush courtyard that offers guests a heated pool with a play-ledge for young children to enjoy. The gym facility on the 5th floor will ensure that health fanatics are also catered for. ... more   less 
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