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“Rustic and charming lodge” 5 of 5 stars
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Three Cities Imvubu Lodge
3.0 of 5 Hotel   |   Cnr. Krewelkring & Hibberd Drive, Meerensee, Richards Bay 3901, South Africa (Formerly Protea Hotel Imvubu Lodge)   |  
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Largo, Florida
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77 reviews 77 reviews
13 hotel reviews
Reviews in 25 cities Reviews in 25 cities
59 helpful votes 59 helpful votes
“Rustic and charming lodge”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 21, 2013

This property is a series of cabin style accomodations; some have two guest suites, and others just one. The setting is jungle-by-the-sea and we absolutely loved it. The manager and some staff were there to greet the tour bus we were on, with gift trinkets attached to our room keys, and a cocktail in the lobby.

The cabins have kitchenettes and sitting area, separate from the bedroom and bath. In the morning we awaken by thriving wildlife, including monkeys that were as interested in us as we were in them. You can walk down a staircase to the beach that is secured by a locked gate, for the security of the guests. It is indeed a lovely beach, with rough surf and cliffs.

We were quite happy with the dinner and breakfast we were served buffet style. When you travel with a tour group, often times this is your only option for meals, yet the Lodge provided an abundance of fresh offerings.

High rise hotels and room service and spas are nice sometimes, but getting back to nature is amazing as well.

  • Stayed July 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Rating summary
  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4 of 5 stars
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Padua, Italy
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7 reviews 7 reviews
4 hotel reviews
Reviews in 5 cities Reviews in 5 cities
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 21, 2013

Very nice place with good accommodation for meeting and seminaries.
The hotel is nicely located on a bush with access to the ocean beach.
The various bungalows are comfortable and clean. I have really appreciated the hospitality of the staff and their availability.
The hotel is not very far from the local airport.

Room Tip: The bungalow close to the ocean side are the best located.
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  • Stayed May 2013, traveled on business
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Johannesburg
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38 hotel reviews
Reviews in 29 cities Reviews in 29 cities
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed March 2, 2013

This place really didn't live up to its expectations. As a Protea hotel i expect more, to start off i made the booking on booking.com. Arrived at Hotel, no booking and was told booking.com are always messing up. They refused to honour booked price, so there i was homeless and without a choice. The cabin was well less than average, and poorly maintained.
I was contacted 2 days later by the hotel to tell me that they had the booking and will refund the difference. Sorry they forgot to check emails for a couple of days.
I completed a "Hot or Not" and still waiting to hotel management to get in touch.

Room Tip: Book into a different place around the corner.
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  • Stayed February 2013, traveled on business
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 2 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 1 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 2 of 5 stars Service
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Edmonton, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 29, 2012

My husband and I stayed at the lodge for two weeks in late September and had an amazing trip. This was our first time to South Africa and we really enjoyed the resort feel of the lodge. The grounds are absolutely beautiful, lots of lush plants and wild life. The staff were amazing to us. A few tips here and there really went a long way, the staff always smiled and even took the time to point out local wildlife and tell us about Richards Bay. The interior of the cabins were a little dated, but everything was clean and comfortable and we really enjoyed the privacy of the cabins. The pool was a little small, but it was nice to have on hot days. The beach was also very nice, but the ocean was pretty rough.

The restaurants were also very nice and affordable, but after a few nights there, we started going out for dinners to have some variety. The views from the bar and the reeds restaurant were also very nice to have while eating and having some drinks.

We went to Richards Bay because it was a quiet beach town that was close to many great nature reserves and we were not disappointed. If you are looking for a safari tour company, we suggest Kobus at Land Lover Safari.

Room Tip: Room 25 was perfect, it is right in the middle of the resort. Half way to the entrance and the resta...
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  • Stayed September 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Worcester, United Kingdom
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed October 8, 2012

We stayed here for two nights as part of a Trailfinders fly-drive tour of KZN, this was our first time at Imvubu. We were disappointed by three things:

- the poor service from the majority but not all of the staff
- the poor standard of the accommodation
- the rather limited options at Richard's Bay.

On the service, it started poorly. When we checked in we asked if there were any maps of the local area, after a 10 minute hunt an out of date map from 2010 was found, the lady on reception seemed unfamiliar with the area and was unable to direct us to anywhere 'off campus'. There were lots of leaflets and literature for other Protea hotels. When we found our lodge it was still being cleaned and we were asked to return in an hour. When we returned we struggled to locate the ‘car port’ that was allocated to the chalet, four calls to reception and security later we were told that it was the area next to our chalet and that there was no car port? The poor service continued when we attempted to borrow a travel adapter, which were present in all our other places of accommodation; this again took several phone calls before help was actually offered, and then rather reluctantly. The check-out process was also rather shambolic with it being unclear when we left if they had or had not successfully charged my credit card and them being unable to give me a copy of my bill. They promised to email this on within the hour which of course did not happen. After emailing to chase, a pdf with no accompanying content or apology in the email was received.

The service was however, not all bad and the meal and service we had in the resorts ‘Reeds’ restaurant was excellent and good natured. The service problems were largely isolated to the reception staff who seemed very young, poorly trained and somewhat out of their depth.
Regarding the accommodation we stayed in a two bedroom ‘deluxe’ lodge; it was anything but. As another reviewer has noted the pictures from their online materials do not reflect what one receives and we too were disappointed to find a rather shabby and dated pine-clad lodge. The setting was pleasant and quiet but the lodge itself was in need of significant updating; there was not a single window where the wire netting mosquito screens was unbroken. The shower tray was also badly marked and there was a general sense of being in ‘school trip’ accommodation.
Finally with regards Richard’s Bay, there is little to recommend it other than as a base to the surrounding area. The water-front development has a few quite lively bars and restaurants which were okay and provided alternatives to the ‘Reeds; a taxi there from Imvubu costs in the region of R60.
We spent our time in St Lucia, and would opt for this as a base in the area for future trips.

  • Stayed October 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 2 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 2 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 2 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 2 of 5 stars Service
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Johannesburg, South Africa
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9 hotel reviews
Reviews in 11 cities Reviews in 11 cities
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 10, 2012

My client booked the hotel , which turned out to be a Chalet style resort. The chalet was clean and tidy with all the basic necessities , tea and coffe making is supplied which is just as well as the chalets are reasonbly secluded with a long walk to the restruant facilities. In a fantastic bush gardens type setting the chalets offer a secluded atmosphere. The restruant was a little to brash for me with Floresent Lighting so i skipped the evening meal there but was pleasantly suprised at the high uality of the breakfast. Couple of beers in the Sundowner pub was enjoyable.
The Free WIFI was non existent. As a businees stop over I would choose another place but as a get away ideal and if you have kids they would love the freedom. Good security friendly staff nice location.

  • Stayed June 2012, traveled on business
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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Belgique
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55 reviews 55 reviews
33 hotel reviews
Reviews in 39 cities Reviews in 39 cities
75 helpful votes 75 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 6, 2012

I've stayed there three times now. Each time with a different feeling according to the room I get.
The first time there were 4 of us so we got a big chalet with 2 double rooms, a lounge area, a huge terrace on the lake, a kitchenette and 2 small bathrooms. We were thrilled.

For the next two stays, there were only 2 of us, and both times we received a small chalet. Nice and cosy but a bit cramped because it was very small. Clean, though, with complimentary toiletries, air conditioning, tea and coffee-making facilities, and everything you need. On one hand I was a bit disappointed at being in a very small chalet, but on the other hand ...

I still think it's the best option in Richards Bay for a stop-over or a short stay. The chalets (big and small) are well-maintained and appointed, located in nice greenery, and all have a parking place for your car.

You're a minute from the beach or the small splash pool, there's a nice sundowner bar with a great view over the ocean, and "The Reeds", the hotel restaurant, is quite nice. Anyway it's your only option if you don't want to drive somewhere else.

The restaurant menu itself is nicely and creatively presented, I liked that. The staff is charming and very helpful, both for dinner and breakfast.

Breakfast consists of an okay buffet with a reasonable range of options, and you can order eggs to taste as well as a whole range of warm dishes, all included in the price of the buffet.

You can ask for espresso and actually get it, which isn't the case everywhere :-)

No problems with the booking process on the Protea website. Just don'rt try to send them a separate e-mail with any questions because you'll never get an answer.

All in all, I'll go back. It's really nice, after a long flight from overseas + connecting flight to RCB, to be able to relax near the sea and/or the lake, hear and see the birds and the vervet monkeys ... it really beats ending up in a "regular" hotel of bricks and cement !

  • Stayed December 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Address: Cnr. Krewelkring & Hibberd Drive, Meerensee, Richards Bay 3901, South Africa (Formerly Protea Hotel Imvubu Lodge)
Location: South Africa > KwaZulu-Natal > Richards Bay > Meerensee
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Business Center with Internet Access Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities ( Kid / Family Friendly ) Kitchenette Restaurant Room Service Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 1 Hotels in Meerensee
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:3 star — Three Cities Imvubu Lodge 3*
Number of rooms: 47
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Three Cities Imvubu Lodge is Your Place in Nature. Three Cities Imvubu Lodge is conveniently situated with Private Access to a golden beach of the Indian Ocean. While nesting within lush indigenous surroundings, filled with an abundance of birdlife, this location offers the exhilaration of holidaying in an idyllic part of the world, while being only mere minutes away from the Richards Bay Airport and the growing hub of Richards Bay. With a variety of unique luxury, stand alone, fully serviced chalets, GUESTS of Imvubu Lodge have the advantage of being able to select either a Self Catering option or enjoy the luxury of being catered for at the onsite 'In the Reeds' restaurant. Offering an exceptional standard of cuisine that is sure to satisfy any taste bud, enjoy the picturesque view of our resident Fish Eagle taking fish out of Lake Menywa. Enjoy the magnificent 'Sun Downer Deck' offering pub like meals, with a 180 degree sea view, or just relax and have an ice cold beverage from the 'Sun Downer Bar', while the rest of the world rushes by. Imvubu Lodge offers world class, state of the art business and conferencing facilities ensuring that the business man is able to get the work done even while relaxing in these natural surroundings. In addition to all of this, we offer 24 Hour security, parking at your private chalets, friendly and efficient staff to assist with any of your queries; Three Cities Imvubu Lodge welcomes all GUESTS be it for Business of Pleasure. ... more   less 
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Also Known As:
Protea Hotel Imvubu Richards Bay

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