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“Adds to the Gateway shopping experience”

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Garden Court Umhlanga
Ranked #6 of 18 Hotels in Umhlanga Rocks
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Brisbane, Australia
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“Adds to the Gateway shopping experience”
Reviewed 26 January 2012

Definitely a favourite when visiting Durban, easy access to airport, shops and beach. Wonderful nights sleep and beautiful breakfast ensures that everyday is great, relaxing just happens....met interesting people ...with a gym too

  • Stayed January 2012
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Cape Town Central, South Africa
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Reviewed 18 January 2012

We recently had the pleasure of staying at the Garden Court Umhlanga for two nights, and I did not want to go home at the end of my stay. The hotel is beautiful, the staff are so nice and one feels right at home. The breakfast is so good, and the coffee from the coffee machine, what can I say, I wanted to purchase one for my home!.

I will def. be back and can recommend this hotel without any hesitation to anyone. It is one block from the big Gateway Centre, and one feels very safe walking around at night.

We stayed in the Garden Court Marine Parade prior to this stay, and one cannot compare the two hotels.
Love this place, want to go back!

Room Tip: Ask for a room overlooking the pool, best view ever!
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  • Stayed January 2012, travelled with family
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Pretoria
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Reviewed 16 January 2012

Second time we have had week-long stays in this hotel. Clearly a very well managed hotel, with very friendly and efficient staff. Although it is located away from the beach, it is 2 blocks away from the Gateway Centre, which has many shops and restaurants.The hotel's pool is very small, and gets a bit busy when the 'beach' weather is poor. The hotel is only just over a year old, so it is modern and comfortable. Food and service are both good. Great place to stay of you are prepared to travel to beaches.

  • Stayed December 2011, travelled with family
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JHB
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Reviewed 29 December 2011

We stayed at the Garden Court Umhlanga for a week. We had an excellent stay. The room was well-sized and nicely decorated. The room had a very distant view of the sea. We ordered room service - the food was good but the selection was very limited. The breakfast was excellent. The hotel is nicely decorated, has a nice pool area and is well located.

  • Stayed January 2011, travelled as a couple
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London, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 15 December 2011

Could not believe this hotel was only 3 stars! It has one of the best breakfast buffets I’ve ever had (definitely better than any I’ve ever had in Europe or North America, and almost certainly better than any in Asia too) and it even has a large heated outdoor pool! In Europe this place would be 5 stars for sure, and would cost four times as much!

Our rooms were huge, bathrooms also spacious and totally clean. The complimentary shampoos, creams etc. were amongst the nicest I’ve ever received.

Proximity to the Gateway Shopping Centre proved very useful for us on our business trip, and it was also near enough for a quick drive to the warm Indian Ocean for swims in between work!

One criticism, you can only get Internet via paid-for vouchers at front desk (even my 3g was disabled in the hotel, presumably by some transmitter). That was a bit frustrating while doing business.

I seriously recommend this place. The staff are great, the facilities are great, and it’s a steal at the price especially!

  • Stayed July 2011, travelled on business
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Johannesburg, South Africa
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Reviewed 12 December 2011

I stayed as Cop17 was winding down. I would have liked to stay for 2 nights or more but could only get 1 as many Cop17 representatives were still using accommodation in the area.

The check-in was smooth and quick. The decor from the time we stepped in was beautiful, especially the breakfast seating area. The room was neat and tidy and of a faur size. The decor in there was beautiful too. All the usual amenities (the type you would expect to find in a 3/4 star hotel) were present. That includes coffee making facilities and safe. There was no bar fridge though, however, I believe this is standard for 3 star hotels in South Africa.
The queen size bed was very comfortable. The only drawback (about the room) is possibly that there was no chair/couch for relaxation. I have become used to this at the 4 and 5 star hotels I normally visit in Asia and the Middle East. We called reception on two occassions; once for additional coffee, tea, etc. and then for iron facilities. On both occassions the items were delivered promptly. The pool area (just outside the dining area) is well laid out and so is the greenery/garden.
The only thing I found really annoying was that the room service menu was not available throughout the day. It is only available between around 5pm and 11pm.
The breakfast was excellent and had a wide selection. Really sumptuous!
Overall I believe this is a great establishment and I will definitely be back for another stay.

Room Tip: Choose a room with a pool view.
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  • Stayed December 2011, travelled as a couple
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Cape Town
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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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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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