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Essenwood House

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630 Stephen Dlamini Road | Berea, Durban 4001, South Africa
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  • Sleep Quality
    5 of 5 stars
  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 stars
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53 reviews 53 reviews
23 hotel reviews
27 helpful votes 27 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

My husband and I had a lovely, albeit too short, stay at Essenwood recently. John was a wonderful host, making us feel very welcome, giving us a lift to a local restaurant that night and helpfully letting us hang around the next day as our flight out of Durban wasn't until evening. Our balcony room was just lovely with a... More 

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South Africa
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62 reviews 62 reviews
7 hotel reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

My family and i greatly enjoyed several nights in this gracious home, hosted by Paddy. It is conveniently located but removed far enough from the road to be peaceful. Lovely spacious room with a great view of Durban as well as the property's charming and relaxing garden and pool. We enjoyed our breakfasts and will definitely return next time in... More 

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Essenwood, Owner at Essenwood House, responded to this review

Thank you so much for your very kind review of your stay at Essenwood, hearing positive feed-back from our guests makes all the hard work worthwhile and certainly makes it a pleasure to run, Hope to see you again Regards paddy Chance More 

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36 reviews 36 reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

If you go to Durban and want a bit of old world charm and grace stay at Essenwood House. The service is impeccable, the rooms are enormous, the house is stately and you get a view over the city you'd pay a fortune for anywhere else. But most of all you get something you'll never get in a hotel, the... More 

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Essenwood, Owner at Essenwood House, responded to this review

Thank you so much for taking the time to write about your stay with us. I am so glad that paddy managed to look after you as I was unavoidably away in England for a funeral. She is delighted with what you had to say and asks me to thank you here Hope to see you again Regards John Chance... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Went there for Easter holiday, booking online. Got surprised with the high quality of the place. The rooms are really big, as the bathroom, both clean and pleasant, so the swimming pool and gardens. Location is great, less than 4km from Durban's promenade, Suncoast Casino and Moses Madiba Stadium. Everything was surprisingly good.

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Essenwood, Owner at Essenwood House, responded to this review

Thank you so much for taking the trouble to write about your stay with us, which is much appreciated, We love what we do and specially so when our guests write about their stay in such a positive way! Hope to see you again! With best wishes John More 

Madibeng, North-West, South Africa
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8 reviews 8 reviews
6 hotel reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Overall the garden is pleasant and the back facing room no. 7 is well sized, but the level of hygiene in not acceptable, with mouldy growth in the bathroom, dirty towels, stained soft furnishings, cobwebs and dust build-ups. If you are looking for drinking water, the not so obvious place to find it, is in the bar fridge inside the... More 

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Essenwood, Owner at Essenwood House, responded to this review

So sorry I was not here to take you somewhere else, Paddy disagrees with most of your comments, so least said soonest mended! Regards John Chance More 

Cape Town
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7 reviews 7 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

A lot of stars for Essenwood House. A star for location - quiet panhandle street and close to Florida Rd eateries and shops. A star for garden and pool. A star for huge room with balcony (ask for nr 3). Another star for breakfast and the 5th star for the luxury feel that comes with an established guest house with... More 

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Thank you so much for taking the time to write about your stay. We always appreciate it when our guests have enjoyed their time with us and it makes all the hard work worthwhile! Hope to see you again Regards John C hance More 

Cape Town Central, South Africa
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2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 19, 2015

Staid for one night only and couldn't have been happier. Loved the small touches. And especially appreciated the fully stocked mini bar in the room with wonderful wines, champagne and much more basically at no mark up. Highly recommended.

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Essenwood, Owner at Essenwood House, responded to this review

Thank you so much for your very kind review of your stay, having guests like you make it all worthwhile and we hope to see you again! Regards John More 

Aylesbury, United Kingdom
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44 reviews 44 reviews
20 hotel reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 12, 2015

We were looking forward to our brief stay at Essenwood House and it certainly lived up to our expectations. A lovely room with a fantastic veranda with marvelous views over the city. A convivial host who even took the trouble to book a restaurant for us and then most kindly acted as a taxi and delivered us to the front... More 

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Essenwood, Owner at Essenwood House, responded to this review

Thank you so much for writing about your stay with us. Much appreciated, it is always nice to hear something positive and makes it all worthwhile Hope to see you again best wishes John and Paddy More 

Steckborn, Switzerland
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 3, 2015

I enjoyed it very much! John was very helpful with information and the Essenwood House is a great place to stay. Nice and high up overlooking Durban. Museum nearby, good restaurants nearby, ask John for his good advises. Quiet and friendly staff too! Thank you!

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Many thanks for taking the time to write about your stay with us. We are lucky to have so many nice people who come to us and it makes the whole job of running Essenwood a pleasure when our guests have enjoyed their sty. Hope to see you again Regards John and Paddy More 

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19 reviews 19 reviews
11 hotel reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 28, 2015

We have just concluded our third stay at Essenwood House in 2.5 years. As always it was perfect. A beautiful property and very safe. John and Paddy are incredibly service oriented and work hard for their guests. We probably won't return to Durban again, but if we do we wouldn't consider staying anywhere else.

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Thank you so much for taking the time to write about your stay with us, Much appreciated and of course we hope to see you again here sometime with best wishes John and Paddy More 

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