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3.0 of 5 Bed and Breakfast   |   27 St Thomas Road | Berea, Durban, South Africa
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Botany Bay Lodge
Ranked #68 of 219 Durban B&B and Inns
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Rating summary
  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4 of 5 stars
  • Service
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4 of 5 stars
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Salt Lake City, Utah
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Botany Bay Lodge was our home away from home for several days following the Comrades Marathon. We felt safe and comfortable at the lodge the entire duration of our stay (it's a gated home with security cameras and two guard dogs). The hosts, Stacy and Wayne, have now become our new friends. They were so accommodating with helping to reserve... More

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 26, 2014

The location of the Botany Bay Lodge in Berea is very good, right next to the Botanical garden. The rooms are large and comfortable. The decor of the house and around the pool looks a bit worn. The Maid is very nice and helpful and she makes a fantastic breakfast! Would directly have taken her with me. The owner is... More

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DurbanBotany, Owner at Botany Bay Lodge, responded to this review

Thank you for your review. We are happy to hear your stay was comfortable and you found the service great. While we realize we cannot be everything to everyone all of the time and we do respect our guests' privacy. More

Underberg, South Africa
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2013

We had a great experience staying at Botany Bay Lodge in Room 2 over the nights of 19 and 20 July 2013. Our room was extremely spacious and comfortable and we enjoyed the layout and tasteful informality of the Lodge as a whole. It is very conveniently situated for exploring Durban and its attractions. The kitchen is fully equipped and... More

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Johannesburg, South Africa
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 27, 2012

I stayed here for 3 nights in December 2012. Overall, the stay was comfortable, but it's the service that is missing in this place. I felt like I was more in a self catering lodge than a bed and breakfast place - for example, no staff was available when I arrived, rather I received instructions on phone on how to... More

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BotanyBayLodge, Owner at Botany Bay Lodge, responded to this review

Thank you for your review. Apologies for the impression that service was lacking. We do provide breakfast order forms, which are left in the rooms for guests to fill out. This allows us to serve breakfast at the guests' convenience. These were, however, not filled out by this guest so, yes, we did have to wait for the guest to... More

Mannheim, Germany
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 10, 2012

We stayed at the Botany Bay Lodge for two months (August/September) and it really was like a "home" for us. It's a small but very nice place just opposite the entrance of the Botanic Gardens, very green. The rooms are big and nicely decorated, with nice and clean bathrooms, and the pool area is beautiful, a nice place to relax!... More

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BotanyBayLodge, Owner at Botany Bay Lodge, responded to this review

Thank you for your review. We are pleased to hear that you loved you stay at Botany Bay Lodge and it gives us pleasure to know that we lived up to your expectations and that you felt at home here. We hoped you saw Durban for the beautiful sunny place that it is and we would welcome you back one... More

Durban
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 2, 2012

I really enjoy the stay at Botany Bay Lodge. What really convinced me: • Lovely staff • Helpful tips for my stay in South Africa • Showed me beautiful places in Durban • Support me if I need any help • Free Wi-Fi • Beautiful pool to relax • Well equipped kitchen • Centrally located • Safe area • Good... More

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BotanyBayLodge, Owner at Botany Bay Lodge, responded to this review

It was wonderful to have had such lively, joyous guests and we're pleased that you experienced all that we say we are. More

Donegal Town, Ireland
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 2, 2012

Botany Bay Lodge offers clean and friendly accommodation of a very high standard at reasonable rates. I thoroughly enjoyed my stay here, so much so we changed our itinerary to return for an extra few nights. The friendly and relaxing atmosphere along with the welcoming and helpful owners and excellent staff (Lily and Constance make a great breakfast and maintain... More

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BotanyBayLodge, Owner at Botany Bay Lodge, responded to this review

Thank you for your lovely review. It is wonderful know that you enjoyed your stay with us and in Durban so much. More

Western Ireland, Ireland
2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 11, 2012

Clean comfortable rooms with home from home feel to the place. The whole atmosphere of the house is friendly and welcoming. The owners Stacey and Wayne went out of their way to make us feel welcome and make sure we had everything we needed. The house keepers Lilly and Constance ensured our room was perfectly kept and we had all... More

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BotanyBayLodge, Owner at Botany Bay Lodge, responded to this review

Thank you for your review and recommendation. We truly hope you had a great stay in Sunny Durban and that we were everything you expected. Hope to have you back again one day. More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 4, 2012

Can you say "home away from home"? Lovely, quiet, friendly and full of good vibes, married South African/British owners Wayne and Stacey were not only my hosts but became good friends. I've returned several times since my initial visit, always feeling like a welcome member of the family (which includes a disabled rescued parrot!) Always just a phone call away... More

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BotanyBayLodge, Owner at Botany Bay Lodge, responded to this review

Thank you, it is a pleasure to have such wonderful people and to make your stay in Durban comfortable and memorable. Home-away-from-Home is what we say and advertise and making people feel at home is what we aim for while providing a high standard of service. We have had thousands of guests who have said that they feel like they're... More

Johannesburg, South Africa
1 review
1 of 5 stars Reviewed July 9, 2012

We stayed there for two nights and our rooms were NEVER once cleaned. The owners were not even aware that the rooms had not been cleaned meaning that they did not at any point inspect the rooms. We even had to ask for fresh towels the following morning because no attention was paid to the service. The owners of the... More

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In response to this review: This group of seven young ladies were booked from Friday night to Sunday morning. They were attending a function on the Saturday afternoon. They spent the entire Saturday morning occupying their rooms preparing themselves for their function therefore not allowing the opportunity for their rooms to be serviced. The staff left at 11h30 and not... More

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Address: 27 St Thomas Road | Berea, Durban, South Africa
Location: South Africa > KwaZulu-Natal > Durban
Hotel Class:3 star — Botany Bay Lodge 3*

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Official Description (provided by the hotel)
Botany Bay Lodge was built in 1921 and has been lovingly restored to its former glory by the owners Wayne And Stacy.Botany Bay Lodge offers friendly, relaxed accommodation with an afro-colonial setting, situated right next to the famous Botanical Gardens on Durban's lush suburb - the Berea - not far from shopping centres, cinemas, good restaurants and take-aways.Minutes from Durban City Centre.We are only 5 minutes from the city centre, International Conference Centre and beaches and the soccer, cricket and rugby stadiums.Our lodge has four en-suite bedrooms with fans and air conditioners for those balmy Durban evenings. Our rooms are all equipped with coffee/tea facilities, TV’s, overhead fans, safes and have ample cupboard space. Our top quality mattresses ensure you a restful night’s sleep. Our linen is new and of good quality. We provide towels, soap and shampoo. We offer wireless internet access to check emails for those guests with their own laptops. We do offer fax/ telephone facilities on request. We also offer safe off-street parking, pool bar, laundry / maid service and a fully fitted communal kitchen and braai area for your self catering requirements.Our pool is set in tranquil, lush, tropical surroundings and you will find it very difficult not to unwind and take a well-deserved break. Our bar has a fridge where you may chill your drinks.There are telephone and fax facilities on request, a comfortable, relaxing lounge and lots of information available for tours / safaris, activities, car hire, etc. ... more   less 
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