... but quite a provincial attitude with too many rules ("instruction labels" are situated all over the place and e.g. reminding the guest to clean up if "mummy" should not be around; consistent though that smokers have not even a chance to smoke outside). The administrator of the place welcomes new inmates with a cautionary, expeditious introduction re dos and dont's, go areas and no-go areas etc.
In view of the price of the location, cleanliness (dirt under the bed), sleep quality (no double bed offered for couple), rooms (small, no safe deposit box availabe) and service are below average. Rest is OK and reminding of better times.
Once a highly commended place, the lodge has apparently lost much of its atmosphere - or it was just a little depressing Durban winter. Good luck!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- TOP CHOICE - Lonely Planet 2012 "If this hostel (a tastefully converted 1950's Tuscan home) were a B&B, it would be described as 'boutique'. One of Durban's best hostels, it has sparkling surfaces and rooms neat enough to pass an army major's inspection. It even provides a continental breakfast- to be enjoyed in an attractive indoor-outdoor dining area." Gibela is conveniently located in the safe, residential area of Morningside and within walking distance to the center of Durban’s entertainment life, Florida Road, where there are restaurants, cocktail bars, clubs and coffee shops galore. ... more less
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