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“The Best Garden Court in South Africa” 5 of 5 stars
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Garden Court Umhlanga
3.0 of 5 Hotel   |   Corner Aurora Drive and Centenary Boulevard, Umhlanga Rocks 4319, South Africa   |  
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Ranked #6 of 18 Hotels in Umhlanga Rocks
Potchefstroom, South Africa
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4 hotel reviews
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“The Best Garden Court in South Africa”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 29, 2012

Excellent breakfast, good location, soundproof rooms.
We got a double room with a modern bathroom with shower and bath.
It is really all round an excellent 3 star hotel. The hotel even provided undercover parking in the building at no additional cost. The hotel is ideal for business travellers and families, but remember the beach is a 5 minute taxi ride away (about R50.00). The bar and pool area is very nice to relax by. It is just across the road from a large shopping centre where you will find many restaurants, shops, fastfood places, coffee shops and cinemas.
Very good value for money.

Room Tip: You can try and ask for a room higher than the first floor on the ocean side, where you will have an...
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  • Stayed December 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 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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Arishas, Deputy General Manager at Garden Court Umhlanga, responded to this review, January 14, 2013
Dear Valued Guest,

Thank you for taking the time to write a review on Garden Court uMhlanga. We are delighted that you enjoyed the hotel and its location. We look forward to welcoming you back in the near future!

Warmest regards from the Garden Court uMhlanga Team
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Rating summary
  • 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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English first
Johannesburg, South Africa
2 reviews
Reviews in 2 cities Reviews in 2 cities
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 21, 2012

Had such a lovely stay at the Garden Court Umhlanga. Hotel is modern and comfortable. Service was great especially Pearl at Reception and the Portuguese lady in the restaurant (I cannot recall her name now). Breakfast was delicious and so worth to get up for, other food was just as nice. Although the hotel was busy it never felt crowded. Rooms were cleaned daily and really comfortable. Bathrooms were also a pleasure. The warm pool and babies pool (bonus!!) was a hit with our toddler as well as the sand pit. The only thing that was missing was a cartoon channel on the TV or something for the little kids/toddlers to watch. If there is space perhaps a jungle gym but we never missed that.

  • Stayed December 2012, 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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Arishas, Deputy General Manager at Garden Court Umhlanga, responded to this review, January 14, 2013
Dear Valued Guest,

Thank you for taking the time to write a review on Garden Court uMhlanga. We are delighted that Pearl and Irina took such good care of you during your recent stay with us. It was a pleasure having you with us and we look forward to your return in the not too distant future.

Warmest regards from the Garden Court uMhlanga Team
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Pretoria
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34 reviews 34 reviews
22 hotel reviews
Reviews in 11 cities Reviews in 11 cities
36 helpful votes 36 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 12, 2012

One again, we were highly impressed with this hotel. Rooms are modern and clean, everything in the hotel works, staff are particularly pleasant and efficient, and the breakfasts are great. Hotel is clearly well managed, and the hotel operates unobtrusively and well. Perhaps the only drawback is the small heated pool (and small pool area), which get quite crowded especially when the beach weather is bad. This hotel certainly offers good service and good value for money for a family that is prepared to travel to the beaches. Looking forwqard to another return visit!

  • Stayed December 2012, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Arishas, Deputy General Manager at Garden Court Umhlanga, responded to this review, December 14, 2012
Dear Valued Guest, We are delighted that you had a pleasant stay with us. We look forward to welcoming you back to the hotel in the not too distant future. Warmest regards from the Garden Court uMhlanga Team.
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Johannesburg, South Africa
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 6, 2012

I've stayed in many Garden Court across South Africa and this hotel is the best one: walking distance from Gateway mall, good service level for good price. You can walk to the beach but I would suggest to drive as the way back can be tough.

Room Tip: Ask of a sea front room.
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  • Stayed November 2012, 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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Arishas, Deputy General Manager at Garden Court Umhlanga, responded to this review, December 14, 2012
Dear Valued Guest, We are pleased that you had a pleasant stay with us. We look forward to welcoming you back in the not too distant future. Warmest regards from the Garden Court uMhlanga Team.
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6 reviews 6 reviews
5 hotel reviews
Reviews in 3 cities Reviews in 3 cities
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 4, 2012 via mobile

Don't stay at Garden Court Umhlanga if you don't want to be spoiled rotten!
Its just too much to ask for-heated pool, gym, friendly speedy service, banquet breakfasts, fab parking! Kim Kardashian never had it this good!

  • Stayed December 2012
    • 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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Arishas, Deputy General Manager at Garden Court Umhlanga, responded to this review, December 14, 2012
Dear Valued Guest,

Thank you for taking the time to write a review on our hotel. We are delighted that you had a pleasant stay with us and look forward to welcoming you back to the hotel.

Warmest regards from the Garden Court uMhlanga Team
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Johannesburg, Gauteng, South Africa
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6 reviews 6 reviews
3 hotel reviews
Reviews in 4 cities Reviews in 4 cities
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 15, 2012

Garden Court Umhlanga - in the heart of a hub. People rushing in and out, families relaxing enjoying quality time.

My first impression upon arrival - friendly faces, smiles and greetings.
Checking in was a breeze.
Room was amazing, good value for money. Spacious room and bathroom.
Room service was on the ball - my order arrived with a smile though it was approaching 10pm - hot, fresh and well before the expected time.
Wifi coverage was fantastic - I had no problem for the first time ever - no walking around the room to find the strongest signal none of that.
Breakfast every morning made me feel like i was walking on sunshine as soon as i approached the dining area.

Over all the service was impeccable and both my family and I will be sure to return.

Absolutely fantastic!

  • Stayed October 2012, 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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Arishas, Deputy General Manager at Garden Court Umhlanga, responded to this review, November 23, 2012
Thank you for taking the time to write a review on our hotel. We are delighted that you had a pleasant stay with us and we look forward to welcoming you back in the not too distant future.
Warmest regards from the Garden Court uMhlanga Team.
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Johannesburg, South Africa
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14 reviews 14 reviews
7 hotel reviews
Reviews in 8 cities Reviews in 8 cities
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 5, 2012

GARDEN COURT UMHLANGA

The hotel is situated in a very Porsche and upmarket area of Durban In KZN. It is a short 20 min drive forms the airport. The if I’m correct is brand new and has only been operational for a few months.

Check was a breeze and the staff where friendly. One of the perks of staying in this hotel is that the parking is free and that is real great as other hotels you pay R40 rand a night.

The rooms are just about the right size, not too much and not to little. The Wi-Fi Reach/distance is terrible as I could not get onto it (Room121). Shower was great. Tv channels are adequate.

Overall the Hotel is greatly located and filled up with stuff to do.

There is just one thing I think Garden Court and the group should do is and that is make Wi-Fi free or atleast give a capped amount for free like holiday inn express.

I would rather go down the road to Holiday inn Express.

Room Tip: Take a Room closer to the lifts then far down the corridors. The length of the corridors are long.
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  • Stayed November 2012, traveled on business
    • 2 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
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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Arishas, Deputy General Manager at Garden Court Umhlanga, responded to this review, November 15, 2012
Thank you for taking the time to write a review on our hotel. We are delighted that you enjoyed your stay with us and look forward to welcoming you back in the not too distant future. Warm regards from the Garden Court uMhlanga Team.
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Address: Corner Aurora Drive and Centenary Boulevard, Umhlanga Rocks 4319, South Africa
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Location: South Africa > KwaZulu-Natal > Umhlanga Rocks
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free Breakfast Free Parking Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #6 of 18 Hotels in Umhlanga Rocks
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:3 star — Garden Court Umhlanga 3*
Number of rooms: 204
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
A contemporary interior design of fusing water features. The colours and textures of natural reed, sets the mood of the newly opened Garden Court uMhlanga. This hotel is ideally situated in uMhlanga Rocks. Within close proximity to the Gateway Shopping Centre and popular uMhlanga beaches. The hotel offers spacious guest areas with business and internet facilities to cater for business travelers.The hotel boasts a lush courtyard that offers guests a heated pool with a play-ledge for young children to enjoy. The gym facility on the 5th floor will ensure that health fanatics are also catered for. ... more   less 
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