If I was one of those radically rich people who lived in hotels permanently, i'd choose The Concierge as my home. Besides from the fact that this little spot is in the absolute heart of Durban and a stone's throw away form trendy Florida Road and all its lovely restaurants and shops, it must surely boast some of South Africa's best-looking rooms, friendliest staff and coolest in-house restaurant. Think retro bungalows with private verandahs covered in tropical foliage and designer furniture, front of house staff who know you're name on arrival and how you'd like your eggs for breakfast... oh and the best chocolate brownies I've had in years.
I've stayed at The Concierge for business three times in the last few months and sitting here on my gigantic (and ultra-comfy) bungalow bed, had to just write and recommend this possie while I'm still enjoying it. Their bigger rooms include a bath (the kind you can comfortably lie in and read) and a shower - whilst the smaller rooms sport only a large shower - but also offer those lovely verandahs I mentioned earlier. There's actually something about the smaller 'balcony/no bath' rooms (with their terracotta-coloured walls) that I like especially. They're cosy and remind me of a seriously cool 1970s-style home. Oh and the dachshund detailing (you'll have to stay over to see what I'm on about) is an absolute winner.
I'm also a sucker for Freedom Cafe - which is the glass box and container of restaurant that guests have breakfast at daily. I've had the Eggs Benedict and pronounce it excellent and can also certainly recommend the corn fritters with roasted tomatoes and bacon - though it must be said that the creamy scrambled eggs are hard to beat. Food is owner Neil Roake's thing (you can even buy his recipe books from the hotel) - so you know you're in for the good stuff at this hotel.
I won't gush any further. I've stayed in my fair share of good hotels in South Africa and this is certainly up there with the best of them. Stay here for business, pleasure, with family or alone and I reckon you'd want to move in permanently too.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Located in the arty Morningside district Durban, South Africa 5 minutes from the Moses Mabhida Stadium and the Golden Mile Beach Promenade.Kwa Zulu Natal's latest hip restuarant and cafe Freedom Cafe ... more less
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