We stayed at this hotel for 5 night in Nov 2012.
The hotel itself is on the sea front which means its easy to get to the beach and you have nice views (ish). The view was of the sea (nice) but also of a rundown kids fairground infront of the sea (not so nice). We thought we had paid a good price for the room but when we got inside it was tiny! Luckily we had a very helpful member of staff help us to upgrade.
The new room was large and very lovely. Room service was good, a safe in the room, bathroom clean and large.
The food was pretty average, nothing special. The bar was lovely with a lovely bar man (Manny) who we chatted to regularly. The bar has free snacks in the afternoon which is good!
The area - walking distance to some shops and Ushaka. The beach is not so nice so we walked up to the north beach which was much nicer.
On the hotel website the pool look amazing and large. The reality is, it's very small! Clean and stylish but tiny. We were luckily the only ones there but if it was busier you could only fit about 5 people around the pool!
Overall - a nice hotel in a pretty average area.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Protea Hotel by Marriott Durban Edward harks back to a time of Victorian elegance. This world-famous hotel in Durban, South Africa has played host to princes and presidents, field marshals, millionaires and movie stars since 1911. Whether you are travelling for business or leisure purposes, the Protea Hotel by Marriott Durban Edward is ideally situated on the Golden Mile. Take off your shoes and feel the soft, beach sand between your toes. Make sure you have your swimsuit because a dive in the warm waters of the Indian Ocean is hard to resist. Cool off whilst you walk along the promenade, which allows you to walk from uShaka Marine world to Suncoast Casino. For those travelling on business we are situated 5 minutes away from Durban CBD and the ICC (International Convention Centre). We are within easy access to all major highways and King Shaka Airport is a mere 35 minutes away so getting to all those meetings is not a hassle. Return to our graceful and stylish rooms, which are all equipped with LCD TV's, en-suite bathrooms, executive work desks, wireless internet access and over half of the rooms have remarkable sea views. The Protea Hotel by Marriott Durban Edward with its personalised friendly service and extremely comfortable rooms offers a luxurious holiday experience or a professional business trip. ... more less
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