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City Lodge Hotel Umhlanga Ridge
Ranked #12 of 19 Hotels in Umhlanga Rocks
Reviewed 2 May 2012

i stayed at the hotel< for 3 nights over the long weekend, in April and May, the room was of decent standard, and across the street from the Gateway Shopping center, extremely convenient, and relaxing

Room Tip: Take a pool facing room, less quiet than facing the Gateway
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  • Stayed: April 2012, travelled with friends
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Reviewed 30 April 2012

The hotel is very conveniently located i.e. within 50 meters of the Gateway shopping centre. Rooms are basic but very clean and comfortable. Service from staff was efficient and the breakfasts were great.

Stayed: April 2012
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Reviewed 22 April 2012

This hotel is aimed at the business traveller. The room I stayed in was clean and well-appointed. I asked for a room on the top floor and was given it and it seemed there were very few other guests on the fourth floor. The bathroom was large and contained a fair size bath and shower.
If you are wanting to see the ocean from your hotel window, you will be disappointed as the views are either of the hotel courtyard and adjoining accommodation or of the Gateway shopping centre.
Having the amenities of the shopping centre right on the doorstep of the hotel is a boon for those who wish to part with their money!
Breakfast, at an additional cost, was fair - nothing spectacular but tasty nonetheless. The cost of the breakfast was not worth the offering though.
The reception staff were friendly and willing to help - both check-in and check-out happened smoothly and without a hitch.
I recommend this hotel for the business traveller who simply needs a place to rest each night and who likes to have easy access to shopping and restaurant options.

Room Tip: Top floor facing the courtyard if you want a quiet night!
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  • Stayed: April 2012, travelled on business
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Reviewed 7 April 2012

I arrived after 8pm from the airport. Nobody offered to help me with my work case and suitcase, even though I was clearly struggling. I phoned, because I could not find their parking, they were unable to assist and I had to park in the street. Which meant getting up early to avoid getting a fine. Their rooms have no duvets, only blankets. Who wants a blanket in the warm temperatures of Durban. I've travelled a lot, and last received a coupon for breakfast at a Formula 1 hotel in Paris when my flight was cancelled. Imagine my surprise when I got the coupon. There was no holders for the keycards either. I can only say 2 good things about the hotel, I had a nice shower and the following day a friendly porter assisted me with my luggage. He obviously got a huge tip. Breakfast was also okay, just had to beg for a refill on the coffee. I usually stay at a nice guesthouse in Westville, but they were fully booked, they charge R200 less. And I did not like the other hotel I stayed in in Umhlanga last year March. I'd rather go back to them again if my guesthouse is fully booked.

  • Stayed: March 2012
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Reviewed 28 March 2012

This is most probably the most well located hotel in the whole of Durban. SItuated right opposite the Gateway Shopping Centre in the business district of Umhlanga Ridge, you can work there at day and play there at night. I loev the standards of City Lodge and here they do not disappoint. Rooms are a fair size, bathrooms well appointed and the service very good. Breakfast in the morning is quite asread. The Virgin Active gym is also walking distance from the hotel. Better location than this you will not get anywhere else.

Room Tip: Any rooms fronting the Shopping Centre has a small balcony
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  • Stayed: February 2012, travelled on business
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Reviewed 2 March 2012

Cheap, well situated directly opposite the entrance to the Gateway shopping centre, clean, modern and perfectly adequate for an overnight stay. Friendly staff, secure location, a business hotel by week and a shopper's hotel by the weekend. The only issue was one of noise at night outside my room (which was at the front of the hotel, facing the cafes outside the shopping centre). I would suggest a room at the side or the rear may be a better choice. That apart, a very pleasant stay, despite the very slow elevator..

Room Tip: Don't take a front-facing room..
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  • Stayed: January 2012, travelled on business
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Reviewed 21 February 2012

My husband and I stayed here for one night so we could go and see a show at the Barnyard Theatre in Gateway. It was a great choice.
The hotel opposite Gateway shopping Centre so we could just walk across to all the resaurants and shops.
There is underground parking for people staying at the City lodge which is very convinient.
The man at reception was great and made us feel very welcome. Check in was easy with no waiting around etc.
The room was comfortable. It had a double bed, dressing table, hairdryer etc. My only complaint was the bathroom. There is a "hole" through from the bedroom to the bathroom so there is no privacy at all if one uses the bathroom. We thought we could pull the shutter down but it turns out one can't.
The rooms overlook Gateway.
I would definately stay here again.

  • Stayed: February 2012, travelled as a couple
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Additional Information about City Lodge Hotel Umhlanga Ridge

Address: 2 Palm Boulevard | P. O. Box 25173,Gateway M.C.P, Umhlanga Rocks 4321, South Africa
Region: South Africa > KwaZulu-Natal > Umhlanga Rocks
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Restaurant Swimming Pool Wheelchair access Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
Ranked #12 of 19 Hotels in Umhlanga Rocks
Price Range: £74 - £98 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3 star — City Lodge Hotel Umhlanga Ridge 3*
Number of rooms: 168
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Ideally situated next to the upmarket Gateway shopping and entertainment complex, City Lodge Umhlanga Ridge blends into the surroundings of its modern environment. Durban is just minutes away on the adjacent freeway, as is the city’s international airport. The five-storey hotel is in the heart of the new business district that has emerged in the Umhlanga area. It is also a short drive from Umhlanga’s popular promenade and beach front. ... more   less 
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