I am not completely surprised to see so many negative reviews of this hotel. Yes it does seem like its old stylish but it would be unfair to not higlight the positive . It seems to be predominantly a matter of tast and for some, interior design and trend this is more important than the little comforts that comes with a five star hotel.
Although the furniture, doors, carpets etc reflect scenes from the mid 1900's its by now means out of touch with luxury and modern technology. Its obviously been upgraded over the years to keep up with the things you want in a 5 star hotel. What struck me is that everything looks relatively brand new (although old style) and one has to apreciate that. I wondered how they kept evreything in such tip-top shape. Bottom line is, it wouldnt have received 5 stars for no reason! The rating of hotels are strict.
Maybe its because, when people read and hear the word, "Royal Hotel", and see its rated a five star, the expect the grandour of luxury combined with the most modern ideas in architecture and interior design. Well, it might be "old styled" but not certianly not old period.
The location might be a bit of a disappointment to some but to business people etc it could be ideal. Its right in centre of Durban. Off course, if you compare it to the hotels on the beach (holiday goers) you would feel that you could have done better. The view of my window overlooked the harbour though and I thoroughly enjoyed it.
Another minor dissapointment is, I would say, is the restaurant in the lobby that seemed a little too small. But again, Durban is full of dining choices and this shouldn't put one off too much. In general I had a very comfortable stay there. The staff were very helpful in giving me special parking due to the size of the vehicle I drove too.
Now for the final and difficult question, would I recommend it to a friend? The reason I say its difficult is due to the price. This I would say is the biggest draw back. Having stayed there for work I thoroughly enjoyed it, but to me the hotel is a little pricy. I am personally quite happy with a 4 star hotel that doenst have all the fine tuning of the 5 star hotels. But if you are a person who can afford these services, go for it.
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