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Durban Elephant

330 Cato Rd, Durban 4001, South Africa
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Royal Tunbridge Wells, United Kingdom
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3 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

From the outset, Howard the owner could not have been more helpful, organising a taxi to meet us at the airport and providing us with maps and ideas of things to do and where to eat. We were made so welcome. The house itself is a tranquil retreat from downtown Durban, with a lovely garden full of water features and... More 

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Berlin, Germany
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8 reviews
3 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

...due to the wonderful host, Howard, who welcomed us as we would be long time friends. The rooms are beautiful and very well taken care of - it is a charming house full of character - nothing you want to chose if you go for a 5 star anonymous luxury hotel. But here, you get personal recommendations for restaurants in... More 

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Castle Cary, United Kingdom
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28 reviews
19 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 1, 2015

The Durban Elephant is a great place to spend time while in Durban. It is located in a lovely old house on the ridge overlooking the centre of the City. At night in particular the view of the lights of Durban is stunning. The house is large and airy, the bedrooms are comfortable and the gardens are a real feature.... More 

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Howard R, Owner at Durban Elephant, responded to this review

Thank you for a stunning and informative review - it is much appreciated as it gives potential guests an informed view of what to expect. Word of mouth is the best endorsement a small business like mine can get. Thank you also for the positive feedback on the staff and especially on Cindy who does a sterling job. It is... More 

Cincinnati, Ohio
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32 reviews
11 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 19, 2015 via mobile

What a wonderful stopover in Durban. The guest house is wonderfully unique and beautiful. All was very clean and comfortable. Breakfast was delicious. Howard was a wonderfully gracious host who sat with us for breakfast and gave some wonderful pointers about what to do in the days ahead. Highly recommended!!!

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Howard R, Owner at Durban Elephant, responded to this review

Thank you for a great review and I am pleased that you enjoyed your stay and found the facilities wonderful. I see it as part of the experience of staying here to point visitors in the right direction as to what they may enjoy doing not only in Durban and the Province of KwaZulu-Natal but also in the rest of... More 

Providence, Rhode Island
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 12, 2015

I've spent nearly four weeks over the past year at the Durban Elephant. The views are great, atmosphere is relaxing, breakfast is excellent hot or cold, accommodations comfortable, and management is top notch! I will continue to recommend this gem to anyone visiting Durban.

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Howard R, Owner at Durban Elephant, responded to this review

Thank you for your return visits - there could be no better endorsement than that. The good review is much appreciated especially from a well seasoned traveler. More 

Washington DC, District of Columbia
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 11, 2015

I stayed here for almost two weeks and really enjoyed it! The property itself is very beautiful and the rooms are great; it has all of the basics you could want, including free wifi. What makes this place stand out though is the management - the owner is extremely welcoming and goes above and beyond to make your stay enjoyable.... More 

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Howard R, Owner at Durban Elephant, responded to this review

Thanks for the great review, but more importantly, thank you for staying here. More 

Durban, South Africa
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 11, 2015

Stayed at the Durban Elephant for about a month, and it was great! Howard, the owner, is very friendly and extremely helpful (both with recommendations of local things to do, and in my case of setting up life in Durban). The rooms are great, very clean and spacious, with good internet. The place itself is has a really nice atmosphere,... More 

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Howard R, Owner at Durban Elephant, responded to this review

Thank you for the informative review which will let others know what to expect by staying here. I am also pleased that I was able to assist you with things to do and to also help you set up your new permanent home in Durban. It was our pleasure. More 

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3 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 7, 2015 via mobile

I had a perfect stay at the Durban elephant. My room was quiet and spacious, the bed was comfortable and the view from my balcony was stunning. The owner Howard makes sure every guest is comfortable and he is very helpful. The neighborhood is secure and well situated. I'd recommend this place to anyone visiting Durban!

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Howard R, Owner at Durban Elephant, responded to this review

Thank you for the wonderful review and for the time taken in doing so. It is much appreciated but, more importantly, I am pleased that you enjoyed your stay and that Durban Elephant met your requirements. More 

South Burlington, Vermont
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12 reviews
10 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 23, 2014

Durban elephant was exactly what we wanted: a small guest house in a quiet and safe location,nice architecture and furnishings, gardens, pool, and access to kitchen and library. The owner, Howard Roberts was incredibly generous with his knowledge of the city and insights into the society and economics of the country. He was a very gracious host and an interesting... More 

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Howard R, Owner at Durban Elephant, responded to this review

Thank you for the wonderful review and i am pleased that your stay was a positive one and met your requirements. Thank you also for the personal comments - it is nice to know that I can assist guests on things other than the immediate B&B requirements. I look forward to your next stay here. Kind regards More 

Raleigh, North Carolina, United States
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2014

Had a great stay with Howard at the Durban Elephant. I was there for over a month and will definitely return if I visit again. Within walking distance to several bars, restaurants, shopping, and the UKZN campus where I was working. It is in a very nice part of town and the rooms were spacious and well kept. GREAT views... More 

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Howard R, Owner at Durban Elephant, responded to this review

I apologize for not responding earlier to this great review. I am pleased that your stay here was what you wanted and met your expectations. The breakfasts are always very popular where the guests can exchange views and, more importantly, where academics can network beyond their own chosen fields. I hope that your next trip will exceed your first stay... More 

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