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Mackaya Bella Guest House

137 Penzance Road | Glenwood, Durban 4001, South Africa
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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
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    5 of 5 stars
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Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
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14 reviews 14 reviews
9 hotel reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Not only were the facilities fantastic but our host Nicky was just amazing and we can't wait to go back! She couldn't do enough for us and it was an absolute pleasure to stay there. Needless to say the brekky was fab too!!

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NickiMahony, Owner at Mackaya Bella Guest House, responded to this review

Aw that's so sweet. Thanks guys! Really enjoyed having you stay with us and can't wait until you come back. More 

Des Moines, Iowa, United States
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23 reviews 23 reviews
9 hotel reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2015

Wonderful spot. The rooms are very comfortable, the hostess quite gracious -- the most welcoming that I encountered in South Africa -- and the cooking staff quite capable. Good breakfasts, with eggs, bacon and sausages made to your order. Lovely balcony with birds singing in the am makes for a perfect breakfast location. I stayed two different nights, with a... More 

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Richmond, Virginia
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1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 16, 2015

I’d brought visitors for five nights in March 2013 and six visitors in 2014, and we returned again March 2015, this time under the roof of new owners Nicki Mahony and Mike vom Hagen. It was a delight! The staff provided wonderful breakfasts; the grounds are quiet (easy to sleep at night); the pool fantastic; rooms clean; bathrooms comfortable; internet... More 

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Johannesburg, South Africa
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 12, 2015

My wife, 14 month old son and I spent a fabulous two evenings at Mackaya Bella over the long weekend. Amazing hospitality made us feel more than at home with a warm and inviting atmosphere. A definite must!!

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 4, 2015

Is it not a little too expensive? I was expecting something like R600 - R650??Other than that, the place and its people are very warm, you feel like a family member. Next time, same room please? Big up

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NickiMahony, Owner at Mackaya Bella Guest House, responded to this review

Thanks so much for your comments. Much appreciated. So happy that you feel it's like a home away from home. We genuinely love meeting people and have the best job. Re the rates, we are pretty much on par with the price for other 4 star graded establishments in Glenwood. Some people think that's too much and others don't even... More 

Durban, South Africa
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 4, 2015

I had a pleasant experience and met a wonderful person in the owner. The place was immaculate and room most comfortable. I especially enjoyed the privacy and the freedom of movement the place allows especially at night. The only disappointment was the breakfast that was pre cooked and heated in the microwave and served to me, which left the bacon... More 

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NickiMahony, Owner at Mackaya Bella Guest House, responded to this review

Thanks Selvam. Glad you enjoyed your stay and look forward to having you again. Re the breakfasts, I have already chatted to our ladies about this as i noticed it happened with another guest last week. Sometimes if there is a gap between guests eating times, they have taken it upon themselves to cook ahead in preparation for the next... More 

Cape Town Central, South Africa
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42 reviews 42 reviews
18 hotel reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 1, 2015

We needed a comfortable , convenient home for a business visit in the Glenwood area of Durban South ...and found it , at Mackaya Bella. Personal , prompt and professional service were the hallmarks of Nicki and her team ; with a tasty breakfast start to the day, and friendly attention to detail, in resolving our service requests .

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Kroonstad
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 26, 2015

Wonderful stay will definitely visit again. Thanks Nicky! Just one thing, check the aircon remote control's batteries they are flat. Oh and thanks for recommending Olive and Oil Restaurant had the most delicious prawns there!

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NickiMahony, Owner at Mackaya Bella Guest House, responded to this review

So sorry about the flat batteries. Will fix that asap and thanks for letting us know. Have asked the staff to make this part of their room readiness. Please just knock on our door next time (even after hours). Good to hear about Olive and Oil. We love prawns so will have to make a visit there soon. More 

Cape Town, South Africa
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 6, 2014

I spent 4 weeks at Mackaya Bella while in Durban visiting UKZN. This must be one of the best guest houses I've ever stayed in. The room was fantastic, with everything one could want, the staff friendly, oh so accommodating, and the breakfasts were simply divine. With such a beautiful house and garden there too, I'd recommend it to anyone... More 

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Sydney, Australia
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9 reviews 9 reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 7, 2014

Mackaya Bella Guest House was the place I was lucky enough to call home during my 4 week visit to Durban, where I worked at a nearby hospital. Louise and Jon Rash ensured that my stay was flawless. They were welcoming and warm from the moment I arrived, and truly went out of their way for me.. from finding me... More 

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