I was born and raised in Durban, and this was my fourth trip back to the city after I emigrated to the states in the early 70s. At the time I left, the Hotel Edward had a legendary reputation so I decided to give it a try, booking in for three nights before I relocated to a bed and breakfast in the suburbs up on South Ridge Road. I had an ocean view room on the third floor -- well, sort of a view because the amusement park in front of the hotel on the beach dominated much of what I saw . . . and heard (ie a lot of shouting as people enjoyed themselves in the park). Otherwise the room was tiny, the bathroom somewhat old and dilapidated, and the rest of the hotel facilities forgettable. Food wasn't that great either, and overpriced to boot, notwithstanding the favorable exchange rate (at the time around R7=$1). I wasn't paranoid about walking out on the street but never really felt that safe anyway, based on what all of my friends in the city said. I was so very disappointed with my stay here (years of thinking it was such a great place went down the drain once I was there!) and was even more so when the B&B place I moved to ended up offering so much more for so much less in expense. Would I ever think about going back to the Edward? Nope, I dont think so!
I am returning to Durban again this August and, yes, going back to the B&B on the hill.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Protea Hotel Edward harks back to a time of Victorian elegance. This world-famous hotel has played host to princes and presidents, field marshals, millionaires and movie stars since 1911. Whether you are travelling for business or leisure purposes, the Protea Hotel Edward is ideally situated on the Golden Mile. Take off your shoes and feel the soft, beach sand between your toes. Make sure you have your swimsuit because a dive in the warm waters of the Indian Ocean is hard to resist. Cool off whilst you walk along the promenade, which allows you to walk from uShaka Marine world to Suncoast Casino. For those travelling on business we are situated 5 minutes away from Durban CBD and the ICC (International Convention Centre). We are within easy access to all major highways and King Shaka Airport is a mere 35 minutes away so getting to all those meetings is not a hassle. Return to our graceful and stylish rooms, which are all equipped with LCD TV’s, en-suite bathrooms, executive work desks, wireless internet access and over half of the rooms have remarkable sea views. The Protea Hotel Edward with its personalised friendly service and extremely comfortable rooms offers a luxurious holiday experience or a professional business trip. ... more less
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