We travelled to Durban to watch England in the World Cup semi-final. Sadly, the team were anxious to start their holidays so we ended up watching Spain and Germany instead.
The Sylvan Grove proved infinitely more reliable than Fabio Capello's men. It's great strengths were the quality/cleanliness of the accommodation, the gorgeous breakfast, the warmth of Chris and Jill's welcome and the fabulous beach near-ish by, the remarkable Gateway leisure complex, the Sharks board and the feeling of tranquility and safety on site.
On the downside, it's the sort of place where most people would say you need a car. As it happened, we didn't have one: but we don't mind a hilly 20 minute walk to and from the beach or a 30 minute stroll to Gateway (when you get bored of walking, a cab ride back is never more than fifty rand, or £5).
Sylvan Grove is the sort of place where it's affordable to do the things that we generally don't do in hotels (drinks from the minibar at sensible prices? whatever next?) Even better was getting some laundry done - everything feeling as good as new and smelling better.
While in the area - you've got to go and look at the Moses Mabhida stadium (we went to the top in the cable car). It's fabulous. And it brings back the joyous memory of Germany losing to Spain!!!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Tucked away in a tropical garden, just 10 minutes north of Durban, this luxurious 4 *guest house overlooks the Indian Ocean and offers affordable accommodation. Set in a quiet residential area of Umhlanga, Sylvan Grove Guest House extends a warm welcome to leisure and business travellers alike. We are only 20 km from King Shark International Airport, 3 min drive to the beach and restaurants. Enjoy a refreshing swim in the outdoor pool. Each of the guest rooms is spaciously laid-out with an en-suite bathroom and private patio. This makes it the perfect place to relax after an active day. In the morning, our continental breakfast comprising of only fresh ingredients and freshly brewed coffee, you can also choose any warm breakfast of your liking from our menu. Sylvan Grove Guest House is known for their warm, relaxed atmosphere that will make you feel at home! ... more less
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