This was my third stay at Smith's. Have never stayed anywhere else in Durban. At a very reasonable price with a variety of accomodations ranging from backpacker dorm to individual en-suite rooms. The location is perfect, just 10 minutes to the shops, restaurants and nightlife of Florida Road and not far from Umhlanga if you are a mall rat. Upmarket neighborhood with a neighborhood watch guard directly across, so no problems with security or parking cars in front. Extremely clean and well-cared for, in fact there are certificates from an international hostel organization confirming that Smith's maintains the highest standards for cleanliness. No dust, no bugs, etc which is extremely important to me. Appreciated the first 30 minutes free with internet as I did not have my laptop there. Very nice pool and garden, perfect for sitting, reading, chilling, having a beer... Pat and Keith are so friendly and accomodating giving all sorts of tips - this time I asked about beaches and Keith told me to go to the casino where there is secure parking and a wonderful beach with lifeguards (who I can give my car keys to). It was perfect and stress-free as previously I always had my things on the beach and could not enjoy an extensive swim. Will be back again next year. Durban is a wonderful place for a break and Smith's Cottage has always fit the bill.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Situated above the Umgeni bird park, Durban North, Pat & Keith are the owners of this clean backpackers recommended by lonely planet 2006. We live in a quiet area where we respect travelers sleep time, the garden is tropical with a sparkling pool. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Smith`s Cottage Hotel Durban