I was so nicely surprised by this hotel!
I definitely think it should be a 4 star.
The staff on check in and throughout my stay have been friendly, helpful and competent. Everyone from reception, to Thandiswa in housekeeping and even the barman, have made me feel most welcome!
I loved the room! (Well still do, sadly it is my last day). It is really spacious, and done out simply but nicely in blues and browns. There is a little lounge area with sleeper couch and 2 chairs, a dressing table and a "breakfast nook" which I have been doing my work on. There is a small kitchenette, it has a microwave/kettle/toaster and small fridge. I love the fact that I can eat some cereal for breakfast instead of going out all the time.
The bed and bedding are great! The oversize pillows are beyond comfortable, and the linen is a really nice quality. The towels are not great. The bathroom is simple, nice and modern.
There are partial see views, and you look onto parts of the village. Some reviews have said its noisy but I am on the 1st floor and feel like I am part of the vibe, but if I close my windows there is hardly any noise. Others have said the Aircon is noisy, which I guess it is but hasn't bothered me at all!
The "village" with every restaurant available is literally in your doorstep as well as a Woolies, a Spar, a Chemist and Bottle store! What more could you want! Gateway is about 5km away. There are ample taxis at very fair rates.
It is a short walk to the beach, but has a small pool on the roof if you don't want to venture that far.
In case you didn't get it, I love this place and will definitely be returning!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- This 3-star paradise hotel is your gateway to golden beaches, lush surroundings and the exhilaration of holidaying in an idyllic part of South Africa. If you want stunning views overlooking the KwaZulu-Natal coast, look no further than Protea Hotel Durban Umhlanga. Centrally located in the heart of uMhlanga Rocks, the hotel is 18 km from King Shaka International Airport and conveniently situated minutes from the protected beach and 10 minutes from Durban. The hotel offers friendly service, comfortable accommodation. Most of the hotel's 174 modern rooms feature breath-taking sea views, and are all elegantly and stylishly furnished. Enjoy a choice between 44 Semi self-catering facilities which include a microwave, fridge, cutlery, crockery and tea/coffee-making facilities. We've expanded in October 2016 with a brand new 15-floor tower! In addition to a new reception area and lobby, the project has added an extra 130 bedrooms for your convenience. The Lighthouse Breakfast Restaurant & Bar is situated on the ground floor, adjacent to the reception hall, and offers delicious breakfasts. The restaurant seats 146 guests and is open from 06:30 to 10:30. The bar is open from 14:00 to 23:00. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Hotel Umhlanga
- Protea Hotel Umhlanga Rocks
- Protea Umhlanga