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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Our stay at Smiths Cottage hostel was great, especially due to all the efforts Gary and his family take to make you feel so welcome and at home. They were the best, always willing to help even when you don't even expect them to do so. I stayed here with my friend in November in a private room. It was...

1Thank Inge M
Reviewed November 5, 2016 via mobile

The innkeepers are here to give you advice and they're very cool! The private lounge (for the dormitory users) is good to rest ! The bed in the dormitory are comfy (low headed) but it doesn't mind for sleep ! Not quite expensive for the dormitory! If you're gonna stay (long or not) in Durban a recommended you this Backpacker...

2Thank Oscar L
Reviewed October 22, 2016

These guys were the ones that offered us a room for the night when Akidogo would not check us in anymore even though we had a booking there. This place is warm, the owners are really friendly and helpful and upon arrival, everyone was sitting in front of a fire as one big family. You feel like they don't do...

3Thank Roland W
Bellingham, Washington
Reviewed October 16, 2016 via mobile

Such a nice, homey place to stay in Durban! It felt instantly like home and I was treated as if I was a long time friend. We arrived late and Keith had made sure we had dinner to eat. The cabins were lovely and we'll maintained, with charming sliding french doors. It was great to take a swim in the...

2Thank sherenajumping
Sandton, South Africa
Reviewed October 10, 2016

We went down to Durban for the weekend to go and watch the Springbok game at Kings Park. We drove from Joburg and arrived at around 19:00 during cold an rainy weather. Garry came out to meet us and upon discovering that we were four guys and not two couples like he expected he promptly sorted out the cabins converting...

2Thank Breedster
Reviewed September 15, 2016

Unfortunately we had a bad stay here. Pat and keith were not present, i think it was their son who was in charge. Quite loud rugby on the outisde TV which was very close to our room but this didn't bother us too much. Host friendly and accommodating but communal areas felt quite grubby- kitchen/shower room etc. Bedding seemed clean...

1Thank mmmp4cj2
Johannesburg, Gauteng, South Africa
Reviewed July 21, 2016

Thank you so much for the amazing hospitality Pat & Keith. The pool cottage was perfect. Clean, well equipped, private parking spot, beautiful pool and garden. Honestly, it was PERFECT. We could not have asked for anything more. THANK YOU for making our stay so easy!! You are the best, and we WILL be back!

3Thank AngelaClarkZA
Reviewed May 30, 2016

I have stayed at Smith's Cottage and had a great time there. Everyone is friendly and the room is clean. I would highly recommend that budget travellers stay here when visiting Durban. Felt like I am part of the family.

3Thank Reynard v
Reviewed May 21, 2016 via mobile

I initially intended on staying for one night and ended up staying for three. Garry's hospitality was beyond what I had ever experienced before. The cottage is located in a quiet, safe neighborhood, located a short bike bike ride from the beach. The facilities are clean and well looked after. The prices are cheap considering what you get, so if...

3Thank Joseph A
Reviewed May 6, 2016 via mobile

Thank you so much for your wonderful hospitality Pat and Keith...you have a beautiful place with an amazing atmosphere and I loved meeting all the guest from all over the world...chatting about there travels around the fire by the pool...I'll be back with my family soon too

3Thank Johann d
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  • Free Parking
  • Bar/Lounge
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  • Non-Smoking Hotel
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  • Pool
  • Bar/Lounge
Room types
  • Kitchenette
  • Non-Smoking Rooms
  • Family Rooms
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  • Microwave
  • Air Conditioning
  • Refrigerator in room
  • Free Parking
  • Laundry Service
  • Shuttle Bus Service
  • Airport Transportation
Official Description (provided by the hotel)
Smiths cottage is owned an run by pat & Keith.Situated above the Umgeni Bird Park and only 5-10 mins away from beaches and all major attractions.Comfortable ,clean, and homely and highly praised by Lonely Planet and proud holder of Trip adviser Certificate of Exellence for 2014. ... more   less 

Additional Information about Smith's Cottage

Address: 5 Mount Argus Road | Umgeni Heights, Durban 4051, South Africa
Location: South Africa > KwaZulu-Natal > Durban
Price Range: $27 - $31 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Number of rooms: 6
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  • Can tickets for local attractions be purchased at the front desk?
  • Do you have to pay extra for a mini-fridge?
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“Although the cabins were good it seems the place to stay is the pool house.”
 of 5 bubbles Breedster, Oct 10, 2016 | Read review
“The pool house is WONDERFUL.”
  • View of the pool house from the pool area.
  • Gorgeous garden view for the front door of the pool house.
  • Double Bed in the Pool House. Lovely vanity mirror and cupboard on the other wall.
  • Twin beds in the 2nd room (picture was taken merging two photos which is why it looks a bit skew
 of 5 bubbles AngelaClarkZA, Jul 21, 2016 | Read review
“No WIFI in the individual rooms but internet available for a price.”
 of 5 bubbles 763leahc, May 7, 2015 | Read review
“There is a big dormitory, as well as some private rooms”
 of 5 bubbles Tobi1968, Dec 2, 2014 | Read review
“Ask about the private rooms/chalet between the house and dorm rooms. Perfect and such a bargain!”
 of 5 bubbles shilohmilo, Sep 21, 2014 | Read review
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