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“Conveniently placed B&B” 3 of 5 stars
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AmaZulu Lodge
4.0 of 5 Lodge   |   107 Mc Kenzie Street, Saint Lucia 3936, South Africa   |  
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Certificate of Excellence 2014
Durban, South Africa
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6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
“Conveniently placed B&B”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 10, 2010

Four couples from our golf club in Kent, UK stayed one night at Amazulu Lodge. This B&B is very conveniently situated on the main street, but the downside is that the rooms facing the road are very, very noisy. If you stay there make sure that you ask for a room at the back of the property. The breakfast service was very disorganised and the staff seemed overwhelmed. We have stayed at Amazulu lodge previously and the window blinds are woven and very see-through. These have now been lined but the blind over the glass door has not been lined. As a result in certain rooms you can see into the bedrooms with the light on.

  • Stayed March 2010, traveled with friends
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 1 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 2 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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Huizen
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12 reviews 12 reviews
10 hotel reviews
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3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 22, 2010

A renewed lodge, but only B&B, honesty bar, swimming pool. The rooms are rebuilt in African style. When I looked around in St Lucia, I think it's the best in the village,
The owner is Belgium, speeks English and Dutch.
It's a good stay, there are many possibilety's to enjoy yourself.
For sure, when I would be in the region, I would come again.

  • Stayed January 2010, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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snowmansam
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79 helpful votes 79 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 8, 2009

Booked this late in peak season, rooms were really nice and hotel was in a great location. Really nice pool, it was a little expensive compared to other places in South Africa but it was peak season.

  • Stayed December 2007, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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West Yorkshire England
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8 hotel reviews
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54 helpful votes 54 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 18, 2009

Went with Saga for 3 weeks, once settled in it was just perfect. Our room clean and kept so with towel change every day and linen every other day. We had breakfast and dinner, breakfast although sometimes a little slow was very good, evening dinner great, Edwin cooked some truly wonderful meals.
The staff kind and helpful, especially William who keeps garden and pool very clean, Ingrid was kind too, both before we arrived and our stay too. Our rep Sharon Kidd was just marvellous, Tony used a wheelchair and she made sure he could go on the trips, I did the walks with guide and other saga guests. All trips 100% as were the guides and drivers, nothing to much trouble.
The lounge is up above, so we used to relax in the comfy chairs in reception, no problem, or around the Boma.
We saw lots of animals and birds, even the hippos paid us a visit one evening, ambled passed the end of the hotel drive, so close, just wonderful, one came to graze just behind the hotel too. All we saw was just awesome, so hard to say but it sure was a holiday to remember. Thank You to all, our stay with you was just fantastic.
Anyone wanting any info your more than welcome to ask.

Stayed June 2009, traveled as a couple
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Petersfield, United Kingdom
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73 helpful votes 73 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 10, 2009

Amazulu Lodge is a lovely find. My friend's Mum, who lives in SA, done all the research and found Amazulu Lodge on the internet. She had a very smooth booking.

Upon arriving at the lodge, we checked in and were told we could park round the back. Yes as per previous review, you have to carry your luggage over bark chippings and some steps, but would not call them steep. After all when going to a hotel you also have to hull you luggage some way at times. So nothing unusual there.

We had 2 rooms. One double and a twin which I shared with my friend. First impressions - big rooms, loads of space, very funky and clean and although the bathroom/toilet was open plan, it did not put us off. The only thing is if one of you is in the bathroom, the other one has to stay put, or leave the room for privacy issues. So the only thing I would change here is maybe a door. However, it seems that its a common situation throughout SA. We had room service every day and a/c and tv in the room, as well as tea/coffee making faciliites. I understand also that as the rooms are made like huts, it is very hard to have walls going all the way up to the ceiling. Please see photos to see what I mean.

Breakfast was gorgeous. Fresh fruit daily and a good selection of pastries, cheeses etc. They also came to ask you if you wanted a warm breakfast. All in all a lovely start to the day in an ideal setting over looking the pool area.

The pool was cleaned daily and it was a blessing at the end of the day to have a dip and be able to sunbathe, with lovely beds and umbrellas if need be. The bar was an honesty bar and you could help yourself to whatever you wanted.

St Lucia itself is a lovely beach resort and we went out of season and ate in a different restaurant every night. We did horse riding on the beach and the Hippo and Croc boat ride. We also drove up to Hluhluwe Nature Reserve, which was a real treat! We even had beauty treatments at the local spa.

Loved the place. Would recommend it to anyone.

  • Stayed January 2009, traveled with friends
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Belgium
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9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 3, 2009

My wife and I particularly liked the AmaZulu Lodge. There are about 15 rooms in this guesthouse and they are all build around a nice pool and breakfast area. So when you're looking for a lonely bushveld experience, this is not the place. If however you like this concept, as we did, it is on of the best in their kind.

The rooms are amazingly decorated in a real African style and it all felt very genuine. There's an open shower in the bathroom, which we thought was a great feature. The area is also very lovely, you can in fact walk to the wetlands and the Indian Ocean. We also liked the town of St. Lucia, although it's a bit touristy. The guesthouse is in McKenzie Street, so just on walking distance of some restaurants and shops.

The owners do not provide dinner, but since there are enough restaurants in the neighbourhood we didn't think this was an issue. The only thing we would have liked to see was an internet connection.

  • Stayed February 2009, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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London
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6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed December 8, 2008

We studied all the web pages for hotels in St Lucia very carefully and eventually decided to book the Amazulu lodge. It looked as if it would be spacious with a large swimming pool. As we booked last minute we were asked to send half the total cost of the stay in advance, which we duely did.
They sent us excellent instructions on how to find the hotel, but we still found it a little difficult to find as it looked so different to the wide angle photos on the web site.
We checked in, and were told to take our car round the back of the hotel to the car park, then we lugged out suitcases over the bark chip surface and down some very steep steps to our room.
The swimming poolwas small and only half full, and we were given conflicting information on whether we could use it or not.
The room was also small with a very dark bathroom, and no privacy at all.
Two minutes was all it took for us to decide that under no circumstances would we stay there.
We spoke to the manager and explained it was not at all what we were expecting, there were no grounds, no garden and the hotel fronted directly onto the main road. We told her we were going to leave and could we have a refund of part of our deposit. After a lot of arguement, she said only if she re-let our room. As the hotel only appeared to have two other guests, this was obviously unlikely.
We left with enormous relief, abandoning our deposit.

  • Liked — The sight of it in the rear view mirror
  • Stayed November 2008, traveled with family
    • 1 of 5 stars Value
    • 1 of 5 stars Location
    • 1 of 5 stars Check in / front desk
    • 2 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 1 of 5 stars Service
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Address: 107 Mc Kenzie Street, Saint Lucia 3936, South Africa
Location: South Africa > KwaZulu-Natal > Saint Lucia
Amenities:
Free Parking Room Service Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
Ranked #10 of 30 Specialty Lodging in Saint Lucia
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:4 star — AmaZulu Lodge 4*
Number of rooms: 20
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