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Sylvan Grove Guest House
Ranked #7 of 43 Umhlanga Rocks B&B and Inns
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Cape Town Central, South Africa
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25 reviews
13 hotel reviews
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“Ideal family friendly place”
Reviewed 6 June 2012

Our 5 people family stayed there for a couple a nights and we all found it very comfortable. Rooms are big enough, bathrooms are well equipped, everything is very clean and nice. Jill and Chris are extremely welcoming and helpfull giving us many advices and tips. Breakfast at Sylvan Grove will stay in our memory: succulent ! I hope to be back for a longer stay.

  • Stayed May 2012, travelled with family
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    5 of 5 bubbles
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    4.5 of 5 bubbles
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    4.5 of 5 bubbles
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    5 of 5 bubbles
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    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Cleanliness
    5 of 5 bubbles
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Cape Town Central, South Africa
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128 reviews
37 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 43 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 May 2012

We found the location of the lodge very central and safe. We enjoyed a run along the beach each morning. Jill and Chris were wonderful hosts and certainly made a difference to our stay. They were accommodating of us (being vegetarian) and the breakfast was more than adequate. The lodge has a homely feel to it and was suitable for our purposes - we needed a place for a good night sleep before heading out to explore the city. I would rate it as a good 3 star lodge.

  • Stayed April 2012, travelled with friends
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Chicago, Illinois, United States
2 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 18 April 2012

We had a great stay here for three nights. It's only a short two minute drive to the beach and boardwalk, lighthouse. It was easy to jump on highway and drive to Durban and Ushaka Marine World, botanical gardens (a 20 minute drive). Jill and Chris were fantastic and breakfast was delicious and prompt every morning, which was great for us since we had a lot of busy planned activities! The property and surroundings were quiet and pleasant in a residential area. We appreciated having a room to stay in that included a kitchenette and living area since we traveling with a little one! We would definitely stay here again.

  • Stayed April 2012, travelled with family
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Reviewed 20 March 2012

In a very lovely surrounding not far from town with nice ocean view we enjoyed 2 lovely nights with Jill and Chris. A rich breakfast table (with no open wishes!) and a peaceful garden with a refreshing pool made our stay most comfortable.
Just to find the little paradise you need a good GPS in your car...

Room Tip: Upper floor with view on the ocean, unfortunately the rooms aren't too big...
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  • Stayed February 2012, travelled as a couple
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Netherlands
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65 reviews
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Reviewed 24 January 2012

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.

  • Stayed January 2012, travelled as a couple
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Huizen, The Netherlands
1 review
Reviewed 24 January 2012

The travel agency had recommended Sylvan Grove for our stay in Umhlanga Rocks. They couldn't had made a beter suggestion. It was fantastic. We stayed for 6 days and had two rooms (5 + 6). A warm welcome and a lovely location (quiet area). We really enjoyed our stay. The breakfast was great, the afternoon swims were cooling and the service from all the staff members was great.
A lovely and memorable stay. Chris and Jill, thanks so much!!

  • Stayed January 2012, travelled with family
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Johannesburg, Gauteng, South Africa
2 reviews
Reviewed 9 January 2012

I must say, from the time we arrived to the time we left, we thoroughly enjoyed our stay at Slyvan Grove BnB.

I was a bit concerned that I was not going to find decent accomodation for the holidays seeing that I only looked for accomodation in December, but one phone call to Jill and all my concerns were gone.

Once we arrived, I knew that I had been so lucky to have been able to get a booking. We felt that it was our home away from home.

The breakfasts, shew, more than enough yummy food to give you that great start to the day!

There's no doubt in my mind that I will be experiencing Chris and Jill's 4 star service again.

Room Tip: Look at their website and choose a room.
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  • Stayed December 2011, travelled as a couple
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Property: Sylvan Grove Guest House
Address: 49 Sylvan Grove | Herrwood Park, Umhlanga Rocks 4319, South Africa
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Region: South Africa > KwaZulu-Natal > Umhlanga Rocks
Amenities:
Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
Ranked #7 of 43 B&Bs / Inns in Umhlanga Rocks
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £
Hotel Class:4 star — Sylvan Grove Guest House 4*
Number of rooms: 6
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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