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“Old world elegance with modern day convenience” 5 of 5 stars
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The St. James on Venice
4.0 of 5 Hotel   |   100 Venice Road | Morningside (diagonally opposite Clifton school acquatic centre), Durban, South Africa   |  
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Ranked #4 of 42 Hotels in Durban
Durban, South Africa
1 review
“Old world elegance with modern day convenience”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 10, 2013

The St. James on Venice is a lovely hotel which combines all of the comforts one would expect from a larger establishment with the attentive service and intimacy of a smaller establishment, not to mention the old world charm of the building itself. The staff excellent and go out of their way to ensure that your stay is pleasant. Another added benefit of staying at the St. James is the restaurant which is excellent and offers a good selection at competitive prices. I would highly recommend the St. James on Venice to anyone who is looking for accommodation in Durban and would encourage you to consider this elegant establishment as an alternative to the more commercial run of the mill hotel chains, you won’t regret it.

  • Stayed April 2013, traveled solo
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Sunet P, Manager at The St. James on Venice, responded to this review, October 14, 2013
Thank-you for your great review, we hope that you visit us again in the near future.
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  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 stars
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Sydney, Australia
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4 reviews 4 reviews
4 hotel reviews
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5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 6, 2013

My family and I stayed here prior to my Comrade's marathon run, and we had a very good experience. The rooms are beautfully decorated, and the staff couldnt have been more helpful. They went out of their way to make sure that I had everything I needed prior to my marathon. Would definitely reccommend. It felt like a home away from home.

  • Stayed May 2013, traveled with family
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Sunet P, Manager at The St. James on Venice, responded to this review, October 14, 2013
Hi Bev
I hope you are training hard for next year? Promise to sort out the weather next time...:)

Sunet
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3 hotel reviews
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1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 29, 2013

The St. James is a beautifully renovated historic building with an excellent kitchen, an elegant and very friendly service and it's close to all Durban attractions. Sunet and her staff gave every support for our stay and activities.
We stayed at the St James as a start to a 14days visit to SA with our 2 sons (15+12) and we had such a warm welcome, super comfy beds, delicious breakfast (what a wide choice!) and dinner. High Tea was sumptuous and the best preparation for a Sharks Game :)! Coming back to Durban we even changed plans and spent our last night in South Africa at the St. James again. We enjoyed the garden rooms and the elegant ambiente of the patio before flying back to Switzerland.

Room Tip: We stayed in the rooms 9&10 and the garden rooms. All of them were stylish and comfortable.
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  • Stayed April 2013, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Sunet P, Manager at The St. James on Venice, responded to this review, October 14, 2013
I hope the weather has not turned too cold there in Zurich? We look forward to welcoming you and your boys back soon, Durban's surf is waiting...
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Johannesburg, South Africa
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31 hotel reviews
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16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 18, 2013 via mobile

A very pleasant stay indeed. Situated in Ann old neighbourhood, it nevertheless has a charm of its own. Very comfortable, stylishly refurbished rooms and an excellent restaurant make this a business refuge of note.

  • Stayed April 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Sunet P, Manager at The St. James on Venice, responded to this review, October 14, 2013
Thank-you Andrew, please visit us again soon.
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Saltford, England, United Kingdom
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15 hotel reviews
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46 helpful votes 46 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 8, 2013

Great hotel within close proximity to all Durban attractions. It is a elderly building which has been tastefully converted to a hotel. It feels very secure and safe. The staff are excellent providing very professional standards without getting in your face. The food is varied and tasty, I loved the breakfast choice which competes with the best of English breakfasts. The rooms are great, but some aspects are becoming a bit tired, a good maintenance man is needed to tweak the odd fault to bring it up to the" as new" standard.

  • Stayed March 2013, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Sunet P, Manager at The St. James on Venice, responded to this review, October 14, 2013
I am happy to report that Thulani our handy-man has been hard at work making sure this old 'Dame' is well maintained. We hope you visit us again soon from the UK.
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Midrand, Gauteng, South Africa
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5 hotel reviews
Reviews in 6 cities Reviews in 6 cities
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 18, 2012

I stayed at The St James on Venice while in Durban recently, and what a wonderful experience it was. If you like five-star quality of the best hotels (without the crowds and noise), combined with the intimacy, peace and quiet of a good guest house (without a hovering owner that wants to introduce you to everybody else and the dog), then St James on Venice is the place to go. Great value for money!

  • Stayed November 2011, traveled solo
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Sunet P, General Manager at The St. James on Venice, responded to this review, August 6, 2014
Good Day
Thank-you for the excellent score given in your review. It certainly is a beautiful old building, dating back over 120 years.
Warm Regards

Sunet and Team
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65 reviews 65 reviews
10 hotel reviews
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35 helpful votes 35 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2012

If you are from Durban - try their high tea- you opulent possibly be disappointed- if you need a venue for upmarket baby shower , kitchen tea or even a small wedding - I can recommend them with onfidence - proffesional but personal service .

  • Stayed August 2011, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Sunet P, General Manager at The St. James on Venice, responded to this review, August 6, 2014
Good Day
Thank-you for the excellent score given in your review. The staff at the hotel is certainly what sets us apart from everyone else.
Warm Regards

Sunet and Team
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Address: 100 Venice Road | Morningside (diagonally opposite Clifton school acquatic centre), Durban, South Africa
Location: South Africa > KwaZulu-Natal > Durban
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant Room Service
Hotel Style:
Ranked #4 of 42 Hotels in Durban
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:4 star — The St. James on Venice 4*
Number of rooms: 15
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Originally the home of Corobrick founder Robert Storm who built it in 1892, the hotel is steeped in Durban history and retains much of its old world charm. The 15 bedrooms are individually decorated in a classically elegant style with some having a view over the century’s old St James church while others look over the hotel’s peaceful garden patio. Being close to the trendy eateries of Florida Road, Durban’s beachfront, major sports stadiums (Kings Park and Moses Mabhida Football Stadium), golf courses and Jameson and Mitchell Parks means all Durban’s attractions are just a short drive away. The hotel is ideal for small meetings, conferences and private dinners and is well equipped to ensure business runs smoothly and efficiently. For business guests, the hotel is well-placed for access to the ICC, as well as quick freeway access to the Umhlanga Ridge precinct. ... more   less 
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