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Durban Elephant

330 Cato Rd, Durban 4001, South Africa
Durban Elephant
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  • Sleep Quality
    5 of 5 stars
  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    5 of 5 stars
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Cincinnati, Ohio
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18 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

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
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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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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 8, 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 4 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 

Toronto, Canada
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40 reviews
38 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 46 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2014

I can honestly say that the Durban Elephant, and its owner and staff, provide a really fabulous experience for guests. From the courteous, thoughtful service to the spacious, elegant rooms and surroundings and the very yummy breakfast spread, I felt completely taken care of and quickly began to adopt The Elephant as my new 'home away from home' (a process... More 

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

This wonderful review coming from a well seasoned (and regular contributor to TripAdvisor) traveler is much appreciated by all of us here (especially Mr KitKat!). The information and praise given in the review I am sure will assist other visitors in their decision as to where to stay in Durban - The Durban Elephant. Once again Thank You for this... More 

Atlanta, Georgia
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5 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2014

Our family had a great time at the Durban Elephant. The house and location are beautiful and the owner (Howard) is truly the host with the most! The house has a tasteful eclectic and artsy decor, bohemian chic. The views of Durban's harbor and main beach are amazing and the gardens and pool a little paradise (too bad it was... More 

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

Thank you for your kind, informative review and I am please that your family enjoyed your stay here. Thank you also for giving visitors a low-down of the area and facilities near-by. I hope to see you again in the future More 

Toronto, Canada
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4 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 15, 2014

Stayed in a clean, comfortable, and spacious upstair room with satellite TV, excellent wireless internet connectivity and a fabulous view of the harbor. Howard and the staff are thoughtful and friendly, and made me feel right at home. The place is particularly well-suited for researchers, academics, NGO workers and writers. Breakfast with Howard and the other guests, the library, and... More 

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

Thank you for a very comprehensive and glowing review. We are particularly pleased that you enjoyed your stay and look forward to repeating (hopefully even improving on) your experience during your next visit. More 

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