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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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Mahikeng
1 review
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

I spent about 6 days at Mackayabella Guesthouse, and it really felt like home. All thanks to the friendly staff. The rooms are spacious and impeccably kept. This is a warm, welcoming, and cosy guesthouse. Thank you!

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Western Cape, South Africa
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Mackaya Bella feels like home - it's spotlessly clean. The owner, Nikki is very friendly and understanding with the Ubuntu heart.I felt so bad when i had to leave becoz of the staff hospitality. I will come back for sure

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

Gosh, that's just the nicest compliment! Thanks so much Pumlani. Look forward to seeing you again. We are so lucky to have such lovely guests choose to stay with us. More 

Shanghai
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3 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

It is the first guesthouse at which I have ever stayed and it is definitely a very wonderful experience. It offers a harbor for tourists who might be worried about walking around in the city of Durban alone (or at night). The hostess is vey friendly, helpful and hospitable, the breakfast very delicious, the people working there very nice. I... More 

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

Thanks Yongwei. It was such a pleasure having you and Joy stay with us and glad you made it back safely to Shanghai! Hope to see you again. More 

Cape Town
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Mackaya Bella offers you a pleasing retreat within Durban. Rooms are well equipped and comfortable. Nice area. Lovely vibe. Friendly staff. Good advice on tourism matters. We found everything perfect.

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Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 14, 2015

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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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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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
1 review
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 

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