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Southern Sun Elangeni & Maharani
Ranked #2 of 43 Hotels in Durban
Certificate of Excellence
Brisbane, Australia
Level 6 Contributor
122 reviews
81 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 84 helpful votes
“Great Location....”
Reviewed September 8, 2013

Spent a lovely couple of days here. Was a little concerned as its been years since I was in Durban and and heard that the beach front had become tacky and run down. Fears totally unfounded. The beach front is looking better than ever and its wonderful to see so many people using the parklands. The hotel is an old building but its still a gem. Again as with other TSOGO Sun hotels the service is impeccable. Totally recommend this hotel, you can spend twice as much, but you'd be mad to.

  • Stayed September 2013, traveled as a couple
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Samantha_Croft, General Manager at Southern Sun Elangeni & Maharani, responded to this review, September 10, 2013
Thank you for taking the time to post your review.

I am delighted that you had a memorable stay and enjoyed the magnificent Promenade in Durban - the beachfront is truly a gem.

We look forward to welcoming you back to Durban and the Southern Sun Elangeni & Maharani in the near future.

Regards

Samantha
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Reviewed September 8, 2013

I returned to this hotel after a deliberately long lapse. I am a business traveller requiring quality service and great facilities which SSME has now got down to the tee after the most recent revamp. Congratulations. The hotel has been restored to it's former glory and is a royal treat in every respect. Evidently, from my arrival to check out, staff had gone out of their way to attend to my needs but more importantly, show off just how great the hotel has become. Consistency seems to have filtered through to all staff levels and as a result my stay was magnificent. Charlotte, Lindani, Marc, Nomusa, Letitia deserve special commendation. I cannot wait to come back! If I continue to get this kind of service, I absolutely won't look elsewhere ever again and say to everyone, with the SSME in full swing, come to DBN.

Room Tip: Every room is fantastic!
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  • Stayed September 2013, traveled on business
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Samantha_Croft, General Manager at Southern Sun Elangeni & Maharani, responded to this review, September 10, 2013
Thank you for taking the time to post your review.

It certainly was great to welcome you back to Southern Sun Elangeni & Maharani - I am delighted that the team exceeded your expectations and look forward to welcoming you back when you next travel to Durban.

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Samantha
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Reviewed September 5, 2013 via mobile

This hotel is situated right next to the north beach in Durban, a walk away from Ushaka Marine world,the ICC, a short drive to Moses Mabida stadium! Their breakfast and dinner buffets are superb, with great staff. Their staff are kid friendly as well. The hotels have five other restaurants if you do t want the buffet. My family hgreat really great stay at this hotel

  • Stayed June 2013
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Samantha_Croft, General Manager at Southern Sun Elangeni & Maharani, responded to this review, September 10, 2013
Thank you for taking the time to post your review.

I am delighted that you and your family had a great stay and enjoyed the food & beverage offering within the complex.

We look forward to welcoming you back in the near future.

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Samantha
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Boston, Massachusetts
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Reviewed September 5, 2013

This hotel is a great choice among the many options along Durban's waterfront. Located on the recently renovated north beach area, this hotel offers comfort, good service, excellent location and many food options. And, if you love waking up to a sun rising on the Indian ocean, you've found the perfect spot (just ask for a room with a view, of which there are many!) The staff are friendly and helpful all around. And everything is very clean, especially the gym, the pool, the many restaurants inside the hotel and, of course, the rooms. The highlight for me was breakfast on the second floor deck by the pool, overlooking the sea. I also heard that the restaurant closest to the lobby (they also have a steakhouse, a sushi restaurant, etc.) has some of the best prawn curry in Durban. I didn't get to try the dish, but I tried their Sunday buffet, and I had no complaints. In terms of location, it's hard to beat stepping outside the door and onto the beach. Whether you're there on business or vacation, I highly recommend this hotel.

  • Stayed August 2013, traveled on business
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Samantha_Croft, General Manager at Southern Sun Elangeni & Maharani, responded to this review, September 10, 2013
Thank you for taking the time to post your review.

I am delighted that you enjoyed your stay and the the variety of facilities on offer met your needs - the new breakfast venue, situated on the second floor, overlooking the Indian Ocean is most certainly a popular addition.

We look forward to welcoming you back soon.

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Samantha
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New York City, New York
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Reviewed September 4, 2013

I stayed at the Southern South during a 3 week long conference and was extremely happy that I made the choice.

Aside from some minor plumbing issues the first few days my room was nothing short of amazing. I had a view of the Indian Ocean from the top floor and the gorgeous beachside that allowed me views of breathtaking sunsets every day.

The staff of the Southern Sun is extremely friendly and highly efficient.

The gym and pool area were keep in pristine condition.

Perhaps the best part of my trip, aside from the proximity of the hotel (walking distance) to the conference center, was the breakfast. Absolutely delicious - everything that you could possibly want- catering to all persons.

I cannot wait to go back to Durban and stay at the Elegani!

  • Stayed November 2012, traveled on business
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Samantha_Croft, General Manager at Southern Sun Elangeni & Maharani, responded to this review, September 10, 2013
Thank you for taking the time to post your review.

I am delighted that you had a memorable stay and look forward to welcoming you back when you next travel to Durban.

Regards

Samantha
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Kalamazoo, Michigan
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Reviewed September 4, 2013

Nice hotels are pretty much the same the world over and this is a nice hotel. But there are features to emphasize about each one. They have a terrific location on Durban's beautiful beachfront. The service was prompt and courteous. The hotel restaurants were varied and uniformly good, and they offered moderate pricing. The outdoor pool overlooking the coastline is imaginative and welcoming. But perhaps the best feature was the enormous breakfast buffet. There is nothing one could want for breakfast that the Elangeni didn't provide.

Room Tip: Get up high so the music from the open bar next to the pool is no bother.
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  • Stayed August 2013, traveled solo
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Samantha_Croft, General Manager at Southern Sun Elangeni & Maharani, responded to this review, September 10, 2013
Thank you for taking the time to post your review.

I am delightes that you had a memorable stay and enjoyed the variety of restaurants tha the complex has to offer, particularly The Ocean Breeze, where breakfast is served, overlooking the Indian Ocean.

We look forward to welcoming you back on your next trip to Durban.

Regards

Samantha
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Newcastle, South Africa
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Reviewed September 3, 2013

My family and i recently stayed at the elangeni on a family vacation from the 30 Aug - 2 Sept 2013, all i can say that this is truly a wonderful hotel and certainly the best hotel in Durban that we have stayed in by far, the service is excellent, the breakfast has a wide variety of food and caters for everyone's needs and the staff are very friendly.The rooms are also in a very high standard, thanks to Mr Mike Jackson and his staff at Tsogo sun for all the hard work being put into this wonderful hotel complex and it is hoped that the other hotels under tsogo sun in Durban can do just as the same as Elangeni in terms of excellence and putting the guests as the number 1 priority, definitely will be back at this hotel and i highly recommend this hotel to travellers around the world.

  • Stayed September 2013, traveled with family
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Samantha_Croft, General Manager at Southern Sun Elangeni & Maharani, responded to this review, September 10, 2013
Thank you for taking the time to post your review.

I am delighted that you and your family had a great stay, with the variety of new facilities on offer at the Complex exceeding your expectations. We will soon be adding a Spa facility in the Elangeni tower, which I am sure will enhance your experience during your next stay.

We look forward to welcoming you back in the near future.

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Samantha
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Property: Southern Sun Elangeni & Maharani
Address: 63 OR O R Tambo Parade | North Beach, Durban 4001, South Africa
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Location: South Africa > KwaZulu-Natal > Durban
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#1 Luxury Hotel in Durban
#1 On the Beach Hotel in Durban
#2 Business Hotel in Durban
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:4 star — Southern Sun Elangeni & Maharani 4*
Number of rooms: 449
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Radiating energy and elegance across the Golden Mile, Southern Sun Elangeni & Maharani invites you to take your place in the sun. From the stylish bedrooms with breath-taking sea-views to the variety of restaurants and recreation facilities, visitors can look forward to the vibrancy, colour and culture of Durban's premier hotel destination offering more choice than ever before, from service and hospitality through to accommodation and dining. Absolutely everything under one sun! ... more   less 
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