This is a very old hotel that needs a make over. The bed was comfortable, the AC worked and the shower was good. No bar, no restaurant other than breakfast, no WiFi, not even ice as it was a very hot and humid place.
No man !! We arrive here and they cannot find a key for our room, the person at reception looks like a guy from a gangster movie ... He eventually located the key and we ask him until what time the restaurant is open, he mumbled that the restaurant and bar is closed ... Would have been nice to know before we booked ... So we ask if there is anywhere to get food and he says " Yes lots of places" ... No recommendations nothing! So we go to our room and BOOM! no water ... Back to reception to be told it's a municipal issue (he didn't think to mention that when we checked in ??) ... Back from hunting for a meal to find that the water is back (YAY !) Bad news .. the lights in the toilet don't work and we cannot lock the door from inside .... Nevermind that the ceiling looks like it won't last the night ! This place would be great for contractor accomodation if it halved it's price otherwise convert it into mini offices because it's not worthy of 3 stars or to be classified as a hotel ! If it wasn't so late I would try and find another place to stay and just forfeit the payment made…
Poor service by the owner, richard chenells. I stayed over at the hotel the weekend of 01 May 2021. Before going to the place I made an over payment of R900.00 which I was told I will be refunded. To date I have not been refunded, and this richard person refuses to talk to me when I call to enquire. He has also now blocked my emails. The weekend I went there to enquire about the refund I was told he is busy hosting golf players and he cannot see me, which also clearly shows that he does not value his guests.
The hotel has loads of character and is an interesting mix of Imperial and Zulu cultures. The room was clean and the bed very comfortable. The bathroom is dated, but was clean. The hotel was clearly great at a stage, but is dated and needs some tlc. The coffee station in our room had a kettle and two mugs - no sachets if coffee, tea, etc. The advertised buffet breakfast was not availible and we found out that we had to prebook breakfast if we wanted to have some. Behind the hotel is a very nice pub though, and light meals are served. The rate was very low and, keeping that in mind, we felt that we did get value for our money.
Never thought i can find that comfort in a small town and the hotel is kinda historic so if you are that person who would like to know about town history then u r at th right place. I felt at home. For sure i will come back
I haven't stayed at the George hotel for over 30 years, and decided to do a one night stay over there whilst up on a predominantly birding photography weekend. Unfortunately I think the Covid isolations and lockdowns have affected the hospitality trade as a whole, and I don't think the George was an exception. Generally it was small things that we noticed. The rooms were clean and prepared, but in both rooms we took there were lights not working, and the cold water tap in one room had been forcefully closed, so much it couldn't be opened by hand. I also would have appreciated a sachet of coffee the next morning on waking up, as I had experienced the friendliness of the locals first hand in the pub, unfortunately there were only sugar sachets.... However, that aside, we had no complaints; the reception was great, very friendly and helpful, the hotel itself is a piece of history and for photographers like ourselves a place to get lost in. The pub is very welcoming and the local lager must be tried. We will return as the inconveniences were very minor.…
Great personal service by all staff - clean rooms and great atmosphere - thank you for the team effort. slice of life dating back to the Zulu wars with a spin and a twist and great beer brewed on site - Zulu Blonde is going places - good job Rich, Mike and Mathew - we immediatly felt at home! Love the new Hotel Theme too - something to be proud off!
One instantly gets a sense of the immense history of both the town as well as the hotel as soon as you enter the reception area. A number of historical photos and memoriabila are found throughout. The rooms are not extravagent, but comfortable. The team are friendly are always willing to help. The on site restaurant serves enjoyable pub meals. A number of trips in and around Eshowe can be booked through the hotel.
My family had an OK stay at the George, but would not recommend the hotel unless you are part of a large group. This is a beautiful hotel with a neat history, and the decor throughout the hotel shows that history really well. Great photos and a fantastic library. However, they are not quite ready for guests. We arrived in the early evening, expecting we could eat in the restaurant that was described on the website. But the restaurant was closed and would only open when there were large groups coming through to visit. The only other restaurants in town are fast food or poor quality dives, so we were disappointed. Had we known there was no restaurant open, we would have eaten before arriving. The next morning, they opened for breakfast (later than we were told), but then told us the menu on the tables was not for us, only for a group coming the next day! We were glad when the group finally came because the food turned out to be great when they were willing to serve it to us! Room was large and nicely furnished. But we didn't sleep very well because it was very cold (no heating) and because noise from traffic outside came right through the thin windows. The George is a neat hotel, and they were working hard to restore it while we were there. Perhaps when high tourist season comes, they will be ready for guests.…
The hotel was built in 1906 and is in serious need of maintenance and upkeep. The staff were not able to deal with a small group at dinner nor breakfast and the porters wanted to enter the guests rooms at breakfast in their absence to collect the bags which had been arranged with reception for after breakfast. The furniture had once been painted white/beige which had subsequently been attempted to be removed, but the work was never properly finished. The furniture in the dinning room is below standard. This hotel is unfortunately a small town hotel.