Finding ourselves in kwaZulu-Natal for the first time, we had booked into the Sylvan Grove Guesthouse. Following a recommendation of my daughter, who had stayed there previously with her husband. We were given a very friendly welcome by the owners and allocated one of their 'fluffy' rooms.
The room was well equipped with every conceivable item the traveller might require. The beds were very comfortable, although the room as a whole looked somewhat cramped. Digital TV was provided at no extra cost, with some foreign channels available too (like German DW and Dutch/Belgian BVN). Internet, however, is provided through a very expensive hotspot, reflecting non-competitive conditions in this South-African market.
Sylvan Grove is situated in Umhlanga Rocks, a Durban suburb some 30 kms north of the city. UR boasts itself to be thé holiday destination of South Africa. With a coastline on the Indian Ocean that has almost fully been occupied by high rise condo's and chain hotels, this claim can hardly be justified. The town is full of opulent houses, though; here is where the rich apparently live for part or all of their time. Also in Sylvan Grove you pay a premium for this. On our South African trip, while we stayed in much better places, Sylvan Grove was by far the most expensive, yet not even halfway occupied.
Breakfast was impeccable with all the trimmings. However, the breakfast room not being air conditioned, early morning experience inevitable was of a high hot wet cloth nature.
Facit: A sound place to stay in the greater Durban area, well equipped, well looked after, very comfortable, but overpriced due to its location in an inflated suburb.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Sylvan Grove is a 4 Star Guest House situated in a quiet residential area of Umhlanga Rocks, with a tranquil tropical garden, inviting swimming pool and prolific bird life facing the Indian Ocean. Our double rooms have en-suite bathrooms, air-conditioning, ceiling fans, complimentary tea & coffee facilities, hairdryers, bar fridges, safes, telephones, wireless internet & satellite TV. Secure parking on the property. Night guard on duty every evening. The swimming beaches with lifeguards on duty, Gateway Shopping and Entertainment Centre and an extensive choice of restaurants are within a few kilometers. For the sports enthusiasts there are numerous facilities nearby, tennis, bowls, gym, nature walks, deep sea fishing, scuba diving and micro light flying are activities which can easily be arranged. Our coast is renowned for its scenic and world class golf courses. Dolphin and Whale watching, deep sea fishing and scuba diving launch from our local beach. We are a 15 minute drive from the Durban CBD, International Conference Centre, uShaka Marine World, Sibaya and Suncoast Casinos. Umhlanga and La Lucia Ridge Business Parks are close by. The World Heritage Sites of the St. Lucia Wetlands and the Drakensberg Mountains and The Big 5 Game Parks are a 2 hours drive. Children over 5 year welcome. Local and national sight seeing tours arranged. Onsite parking. Airport (20km) and local transfers by arrangement. Major credit cards welcome. ... more less
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