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Garden Court Umhlanga
Ranked #6 of 18 Hotels in Umhlanga Rocks
Certificate of Excellence
London, United Kingdom
Level 4 Contributor
22 reviews
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“Nice family hotel”
Reviewed 22 April 2012

Garden Court, Umhalanga is a great palce to stay with a family. The rooms are clean and comfortable and the breakfast was ideal with plenty of choice. The pool is small and heated, almost too heated! The hotel is not far from King Shaka airport and is a short drive from the sea front and a 20-25 min drive to central Durban. Gateway Mall, with its shops, restaurants and entertainment centre is a 5 min walk from the hotel. There is a car park situated under the hotel which was free of charge for hotel guests and was very convienient. Overall the hotel staff were friendly and we thoroughly enjoyed our 4 night stay at this hotel.

Room Tip: If you are travelling with children and need 2 rooms ask for room numbers 315 and 317. The rooms are...
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  • Stayed April 2012, travelled with family
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Somerset West, South Africa
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 82 helpful votes
Reviewed 21 April 2012

The rooms in this hotel are tastefully decorated, the beds are comfortable, the bathroom facilities are excellent and the amenities offered are great. Breakfast was a sumptuous affair and the convenience of this hotel with its proximity to the airport (I arrived in at the King Shaka airport in the evening) and to Gateway Mall and Umhlanga Rocks more than makes up for the lack of view.

  • Stayed April 2012, travelled on business
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Hoedspruit, Limpopo
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
Reviewed 17 April 2012

Southern Sun’s Garden Court Umhlanga, is the perfect place to stay if you are heading for KZN's north coast, for a break.

The Hotel is within walking distance to the famous Gateway Mall, which hosts an array of shops and restaurants, movie etc.

Apart from this, it suited our needs insofar as it was in the middle of Durban’s beachfront and Ballito Bay, which we frequented. It is positioned behind the Sharks Board and along a quiet street, thereby affording one a good peaceful night’s sleep. No traffic noises or rowdy parties from the neighbours. We had a room with a sea view and this was special for us.

What is worth mentioning is the staff – we stayed for 5 nights and this over the Easter weekend and it was very busy as you can imagine, yet the staff were fantastic. Management at Garden Court have the right recipe, which is carried through to their staff. Breakfast was a treat each day and the Supervision on the floor was par excellence.

Room Tip: Try for a sea facing room
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  • Stayed April 2012, travelled as a couple
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Johannesburg, South Africa
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Reviewed 5 April 2012

I stayed one night in this hotel and from a business traveller perspective it fitted the bill nicely. It is well situated, not far from the freeway and the airport and this was especially relevant as I had flown in from Johannesburg and wanted something close by to where I was presenting. There are plenty of restaurants in close proximity. The room was bright, airy and user-friendly. I would recommend this as a good base for people doing business in the Umhlanga area.

  • Stayed May 2011, travelled on business
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Reviewed 4 April 2012

I spent one night at this hotel after a traumatic day that involved my toddler son being admitted to Umhlangha hospital. My husband stayed with the child overnight and I went to find a hotel to stay in. I only checked in after 8pm but the staff where so helpful and friendly.
The room was very comfortable and the furniture brand new. You can see they had designers in to help with this hotel. The whole place has a modern feel to it. The shower has great pressure and the bed was super comfy.
In the morning the breakfast was incredible. The selection was huge and all of a very high quality.
When I checked out the staff asked about my son and insisted I go to the hospital and give my husband my room card so he could go to the hotel and shower and have breakfast.
They were so friendly and helpful.
I will return to this hotel for a lovely weekend break very soon.

  • Stayed March 2012, travelled solo
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Benoni, Gauteng, South Africa
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Reviewed 21 March 2012

This hotel is amazing and is great value for money. Since the hotel is fairly new it is in top notch condition. The rooms are very neat, smell great and have excellent finishes. This is going to be my go to hotel in the future. Apart from this the service is great and the hotel boasts two pools (1 Big one and a kiddies pool with sea sand and a play area).

Downside: No halaal menu

Room Tip: Try to choose a room on Level 2/4 - These levels have a dedicated ice machine.
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  • Stayed February 2012, travelled with family
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Johannesburg, South Africa
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Reviewed 6 March 2012

Wonderful stay. Had the opportunity to stay for 4 nights with my husband and 2 kids. We all had a wonderful time. Bedroom lovely decor, clean and very comfy, possibly have more than one chair available to sit on. Bathroom was great, with separate bath and shower which is fantastic for the family. Buffet breakfast in the morning is outstanding - was a highlight for the entire family - great fun deciding which style of egg was to be devoured, with the pancakes the biggest highlight. Centrally located to the Gateway - 2 minute walk which was so convenient. Only suggestion, don't heat the swimming pool in summer, just to warm in Natal. Staff were outstanding and it was so refreshing to be at the receiving end of such warm and friendly service. Kids asked when we could go stay again - all of us in agreement, great place to spend a long weekend, centrally located and can't wait to go back - lovely hotel and highly recomend it.

Room Tip: We were on the 5th floor with view of the courtyard and swimming pool which was lovely. Not sure if...
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  • Stayed March 2012, travelled with family
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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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