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“Freedom in Durban”

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The Concierge Boutique Bungalows
Ranked #5 of 42 Hotels in Durban
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“Freedom in Durban”
Reviewed January 15, 2012

Like others, I would say that the attached Freedom Cafe is a highlight - and I will get back to that. But first the actual Bungalows. Good size, comfortable, certainly boutique style. I had a room with a small courtyard which was great for chilling. Do they try a bit too hard to be quirky? In my mind, yes. But better that, than the standard chains, and I am 50 so getting more reserved.... It was my first visit to Durban so I cannot compare, but I would certainly stay again. Good place, good location, great staff. The owner, Neil Roake, is clearly a foodie and it shows with the Freedom Cafe I absolutely loved it and even bought multiple copies of one of his cookbooks (great presents). I wish they had a dinner option either at the hotel or nearby as I would have certainly used that rather than the other options in the area. Special thanks to Primrose from the cafe and checkin. Highly recommended.

Room Tip: Decide if you want bath or shower. And I like the verandah suites.
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  • Stayed January 2012, traveled solo
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Reviewed November 18, 2011

The Concierge Boutique Bungalows are beautifully designed- comfortable, elegant and trendy. The Freedom Cafe opened for us after we accidentally slept in; the staff are so accommodating. It is close to Florida Road (restaurants, bars, clubs, shops..) and convenient to getting to town. I could spend the whole day under those trees in the Cafe's courtyard! It is so reasonably priced as well. Stay here in Durban if you like small, personal boutique style hotels.

Room Tip: Two of the rooms have terraces; one of which has an open plan bathroom in case you need more privacy...
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  • Stayed November 2011, traveled on business
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Reviewed November 15, 2011

I'm from Durban originally and stayed one night as part of our honeymoon and was pleasantly surprised. The hotel is really very funky and with everything you would need as well. Alot of thought has been put into the design and decor and it is really a very good result.

The room itself was clean and luxurious with some very amusing touches. The staff were friendly and always available (reception is open 24/7). Breakfast was delicious and the Freedom cafe on site is a great little place to eat and chill.

In terms of value for money the hotel is definitely good value

  • Stayed November 2011, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed November 14, 2011

I fell in love with this fabulous place. I've traveled extensively over the past 3 years and this was my favorite hotel experience, by far. The staff was so lovely. the freedom cafe is awesome. Make sure to try the mushroom tart. With so much bunny chow around I felt super lucky to always have quick access to really really good salads. Having such a fabulous home base made some of my more adventurous days possible. And the hotel was so supportive helping me find local guides who took me all over Durban including the Muti market and the townships. When visiting Durban I would never stay anywhere else.

Room Tip: All the rooms are great. If you're on a budget, don't worry, there isn't a bad room in t...
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  • Stayed August 2011, traveled solo
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Reviewed November 6, 2011

I had the great opportunity to stay at The Concierge for a few days around the end of September on the recommendation of a friend. My room was tastefully designed and the bed was a delight. Delicious fare was consistently served at the Freedom Cafe, and with the advent of spring, colorful birds celebrated in the courtyard. I would definitely stay there again as it was a great value. The highest marks go to the staff who could not have been more accommodating. From picking me up at the bus station at the crack of dawn when the taxi drivers were clueless to going out of their way to help me with travel arrangements, their willingness and pleasure received my upmost appreciation. With the entire staff being conscientious and friendly, Haley, Primrose, and Saneli went above and beyond to help make my visit to Durban one I will not forget. Thank you.

  • Stayed September 2011, traveled solo
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Reviewed October 30, 2011

Unique and Fun. I loved the decor. The beds are huge and comfy and the bathroom quirky but designer in style.The shower is fantastic. The Eggs Benedict at the Freedom Cafe are heavenly. Its a lovely spot to stay for business or a city break. Close to Florida Road which has some of the best restaurants in Durban. The area around it isn't great but the property is well fenced and with an all night security guard we felt quite safe. Best to have a car as its probably not an area you want to walk around in. I would stay there again any day.

Room Tip: The Courtyard rooms have a big bath while the road facing rooms have a small verandah
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  • Stayed October 2011, traveled as a couple
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Amsterdam, The Netherlands
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Reviewed October 14, 2011

Beatifully designed and decorated rooms, worthy of a 5-star hotel. Free wifi, several restaurants in walking distance, quiet neighbourhood. Would definitely stay here again.

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Additional Information about The Concierge Boutique Bungalows

Property: The Concierge Boutique Bungalows
Address: 37-43 St Mary's Avenue | Morningside, Durban 4001, South Africa
Location: South Africa > KwaZulu-Natal > Durban
Amenities:
Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#1 Best Value Hotel in Durban
#1 Business Hotel in Durban
#3 Luxury Hotel in Durban
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:4 star — The Concierge Boutique Bungalows 4*
Number of rooms: 12
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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