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“lovely room, beautiful garden, great location” 5 of 5 stars
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Anchor's Rest
4.0 of 5 Guest house   |   14 Stanley Grace Crescent, Umhlanga Rocks 4319, South Africa   |  
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Ranked #2 of 41 Umhlanga Rocks B&B and Inns
Annapolis, Maryland
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“lovely room, beautiful garden, great location”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 31, 2013

We stayed here for 2 nights in October 2013. After a long drive from Sodwana Bay we were welcomed by the friendly staff at Anchor's Rest. We had the room which viewed the beautiful garden and we felt secluded from the rest of the house which was nice. The room was nice and cozy also very clean. Everything was included in the room and we were able to cook for ourselves.

The breakfast was good with a hot breakfast option and the owner made it seem like we could order anything we wanted.

The location is about 5 to 10 minute walk to the beach, due to rain we drove to the beach. Restaurants are also about a 3 to 5 minute walk away. I highly recommend the George! They gave us free tickets to the Shark rugby match which we really enjoyed.

In a nutshell, I highly recommend Anchor's Rest to anyone. If i'm ever back in the Durban area I will be staying there again most definitely.

  • Stayed October 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 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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Benson2008, Owner at Anchor's Rest, responded to this review, October 31, 2013
Thank you for your great review. It pleases us so much when our guests have enjoyed their stay at Anchor's Rest and say they will return for another visit.

The George is a perfect place for a pub meal, a chat and to watch sport on TV. Most of our guests spend time there and enjoy the relaxed, friendly atmosphere. It is certainly the most popular spot in Umhlanga and we have been there often.

Our guests often mention our great breakfasts and enjoy the variety on the menu as we try to have something to please everybody's taste buds, so we hope you tried many different breakfast items.

Warm regards
Cilla, Peter and Sandy
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Rating summary
  • Location
    5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    5 of 5 stars
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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 23, 2013

What makes this place so special is the people who run it. They go out of their way to make your stay as good as it can possibly be. So they found us a taxi driver who would take us a long way up the coast at half the cost quoted by our travel agent. They came up with suggestions for places to eat and ideas of what to do when the weather was doubtful. We felt genuinely welcome and completely at home. And of course the rooms were fabulously comfortable and the honesty bar catered for every taste at incredibly reasonable prices. I see no reason to stay anywhere else.

  • Stayed October 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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Benson2008, Owner at Anchor's Rest, responded to this review, October 31, 2013
Thanks so much for your most complimentary review. It was such a pleasure for us to read your review as it means we have met your expectations and hopefully exceeded them as well.
We enjoy giving information and advice to our guests about Umhlanga and the surrounding areas as we are proud of where we live and hope that our guests will also enjoy being here. So it certainly sounds as if you did. We hope that you will come back for another visit to Anchor's Rest when the sun is shining and it is great beach weather.

Warm regards
Cilla, Peter and Sandy
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 23, 2013

We arrived late but got a fantastic welcome. Peaceful and relaxing. Great views of the ocean. Food was good. Peter very helpful. Really close to restaurants and bars. Why stop in the centre of Durban when you can stay at Umhlanga Rocks..

Nothing too much trouble, real attention to detail, staff very attentive first stop on our three week tour which set the standard for the rest of the hotels and accommodation

Room Tip: We stayed in the cheetah room which was lovely and self contained.
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  • Stayed October 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 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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Benson2008, Owner at Anchor's Rest, responded to this review, October 31, 2013
Thanks so much for taking the time to write such a great review, which we really appreciate. We are so pleased that you had a good start in Umhlanga for the rest of your tour and hope that you enjoyed the rest of your tour as much.

It's always great when guests enjoy our special spot right on the ocean and discover the joys and attractions of the area. Please do tell more people about Umhlanga Rocks as some visitors say 'it is the best kept secret and they discovered our peaceful haven by accident'.

Warm regards
Cilla, Peter and Sandy
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Johannesburg, South Africa
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 13, 2013

We once again had the most amazing stay at Anchors rest. Their attention to detail is amazing. Loved our room - spacious and so clean. Love the beautiful white linen and little personal touches. The staff are amazing and nothing is to much of an effort. Thanks to our cleaning lady who found my husbands wallet. We will be back soon

  • Stayed September 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 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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Benson2008, Owner at Anchor's Rest, responded to this review, October 31, 2013
It is always a pleasure to have you stay with us and we hope that there will be many more visits. Thanks for noticing the little extra's, we think they are important for our guests as it makes them feel welcome and more at home. I have passed your lovely comments onto our staff who were absolutely delighted and have asked me to say "Thank You" for mentioning them. We look forward to seeing you again soon.

Warm regards
Cilla, Peter, Sandy and The Hounds
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Johannesburg, South Africa
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 7, 2013

Our late September stay was fabulous and we were well-looked after. The hosts even went a step further to accommodate our late check in. We stayed another night in the area and our host was pathetic. The rooms are specious and being a self-service B&B puts anchor’s rest in their own class.

  • Stayed September 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service

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Benson2008, Owner at Anchor's Rest, responded to this review, October 31, 2013
We are pleased that you enjoyed your stay and hope that we will be able to host you again in the near future when you can spend more time with us, as Umhlanga is a great place to be.

Thanks for taking the time to write a review.

Warm regards
Cilla, Peter and Sandy
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Johannesburg
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 25, 2013

We were very impressed with the well kept, clean rooms, fully furnished and equiped with your everyday needs. Very well situated as it is walking distance to most restaurants, bars and the beach. Staff was very accomodating and friendly and prepared our room beautifully when we arrived as I asked my "now" fiance to marry me. We will most definately recommend and visit Anchor's Rest on our next visit to Umhlanga! Thank you!

  • Stayed September 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 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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Benson2008, Owner at Anchor's Rest, responded to this review, October 3, 2013
We are so thrilled that you got engaged at Anchor's Rest - congratulations! We hope that you will consider coming back here for your honeymoon as we have a lot of honeymoon couples throughout the year as they like the peace and privacy of the two garden rooms. We can decorate the room beautifully for you so that it will look warm, inviting and romantic - all to impress your new bride.

Thank you for your great review and we look forward to seeing you both again. In the meantime, good luck with all of your wedding preparation and arrangements. We hope you will have a fantastic day.

Warm regards
Cilla, Peter and Sandy
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 23, 2013

The guest house was the perfect location away from the madness of the hotel conference venue. Impeccably kept. Beautiful room and literally yards from the beach and ocean and bustling Umslanga Rocks where there are fabulous coffee shops (vovo telo) and restaurants. Staff were friendly and informative. Would recommend it in a heartbeat. Thank you.

  • Stayed September 2013, traveled on business
    • 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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Benson2008, Owner at Anchor's Rest, responded to this review, October 3, 2013
We are pleased that you were able to relax at the guest house after your conference. It's great to hear that our guests have enjoyed the facilities of Umhlanga with all of the restaurants, coffee shops, etc. as one is spoilt for choice. There is a lovely 'buzz' year round now with all of the new restaurants, cocktail bar and coffee shops which we also enjoy and appreciate.

Thanks for your great recommendation and we hope that you will return for another visit.

Warm regards
Cilla, Peter and Sandy
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Address: 14 Stanley Grace Crescent, Umhlanga Rocks 4319, South Africa
Location: South Africa > KwaZulu-Natal > Umhlanga Rocks
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Kitchenette Suites Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
Ranked #2 of 41 B&Bs / Inns in Umhlanga Rocks
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:4 star — Anchor's Rest 4*
Number of rooms: 5
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Anchor’s Rest is a small, friendly, relaxed guest house with the emphasis on peace, tranquillity and the personal touch. Whether you are on holiday or business, we will provide you with an ideal retreat and a warm welcome.Tropical gardens, sparkling pool, warm ambience and excellent service await you at Anchor's Rest, located in the centre of Umhlanga Rocks. An easy walk to the shops, restaurants, coffee bars, beaches and vibrant night life. The Guesthouse boasts four fully appointed en-suite bedrooms all of which are Wireless Internet enabled, with all the luxury and comfort for which we have become renowned.Each suite is delightfully furnished and has every modern facility, convenience and comfort - including air-conditioning and heating, king size bed with cool cotton percale linen, complimentary bathroom toiletries, hospitality tray, books and magazines for guests’ reading pleasure, personal safe and hairdryer. All rooms lead directly to the pool or garden and have private entrances.A full English or Continental Breakfast is served every morning.After a busy day sight-seeing, or sun tanning on the beach, relax around a sparkling pool, enjoying the magnificent weather and warm hospitality of the hosts. In the evening, bar-b-que under the stars, dine al fresco in the gardens, or stroll into Umhlanga to enjoy a variety of cuisine at any number of good quality restaurants.Secure off street parking is provided, airport transfers, car hire and private tours can be arranged. Solar heated swimming pool. Visa, MasterCard and Diners credit card facilities. Daily laundry service. Children 10 years and older are welcome. ... more   less 
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