With Durban’s 100 kilometer (62 mile) beach, its warm weather that never changes and its many attractions, it has become a favored tourist attraction for many people worldwide. All the traffic that is leading to this city begs the question; where do all these people stay? Below are some of the best places to stay in Durban:
1. Durban beach accommodations
Inviting beaches, great surfing spots and swimming are some of the attractive factors of Durban. Another is the many accommodation places that are situated right on the Durban beach. Some of them are:
A modern hotel located on Umhlanga Rocks Drive that has offerings of a luxurious abode, The Square Boutique Hotel’s rooms have king sized beds and the televisions are Internet Protocol. There is a roof-top pool on site and also a restaurant, and you will have easy access to the shopping centers and the beach.
The Square Boutique Hotel by Misty Blue Hotels
Address: 250 Umhlanga Rocks Drive
2. Close to the business center
Durban is the new business district in South Africa and it is appropriately located close to King Shaka International Airport. The best places to stay when you come in for business are:
There is no more perfect place to be situated than Riverside Hotel. It is in very close proximity to the International Convention Centre, Gateway and close to Morningside restaurants. It will accord you all you will need for a business stay; comfort and easy access to some of their amenities such as an internet café, in-house restaurant and a bar.
Business travelers will find all they seek at this 5 star hotel, plus great views from all of the rooms. They offer grand accommodations with enviable services and facilities, that are rated up there with the best internationally. The International Convention Center is close to the hotel for your convenience.
3. Backpacking in Durban
When traveling on a budget, you want to save up as much as you can on accommodation. The following are some of the best backpackers you can stay at when in Durban:
Located near a very advantageous place, in between King Shaka Airport - a short 5 kilometer (3.1 mi) drive away - and the beach, which is a 5 minute walk away, you will undoubtedly enjoy your money’s worth here at Airport Beach Backpackers. Tranquility is the order of the day at this accommodation, as it is surrounded by tropical foliage while a short walk away you are able to explore the Dolphin Coast. The accommodation atmosphere is cozy, calm and homely. You will get to use their facilities such as their self-catering kitchen which is fully equipped, their braai area (barbecuing stand), their shared bathrooms, free Wi-Fi and great security.
Airport Beach Backpackers
Address: 15 Flamboyant Ave, Westbrook, 4399, South Africa (see map)
Price: from 28 USD
Based at Rivertown Triangle this backpackers has hostel accommodation and double rooms. You will be able to access areas like the beach, the International Convention Center, numerous shopping centers and many other areas. While staying with them, you will get to use their yoga facilities, co-working space, lounge area and their outdoor cinema.
CURIOCITY Backpackers Durban
Address: 55 Monty Naicker Road, South Beach
Price: from 12 USD
Snorkelling Shuttle service (additional charge) Concierge service Non-smoking rooms Shared stationery such as printed menus, magazines, pens, and paper removed Luggage storage Laundry Bar
4. Durban with kids
These accommodations are perfect for those traveling with their family:
What better place to be than at the 5 star Oyster Box hotel, which is strategically placed on the edge of the beach and a five minute walk to the Umhlanga Village Centre. This hotel makes it easy for you to commute from the International Airport, Durban City Center and the many shops peppered close to it. If you are with kids, you will be delighted to know that it is very close to the one and only uShaka Marine World.
The staff at Oyster Box will welcome you and your family warmly and will point out the various activities you can do together, like going on a nature drive at the Valley of 1000 Hills and other reserves. Depending on your needs, you can choose from the 86 rooms available. They are decorated lovingly, with attention to detail, providing comfort for you.
The Oyster Box
Address: 2 Lighthouse Road, Umhlanga Rocks
Price: from 289 USD
Hammam Face masks for guests available Special diet menus (on request) Ironing service Staff follow all safety protocols as directed by local authorities Tour or class about local culture Designated smoking area Air conditioning
Right in front of the ocean, Waterfront Hotel and Spa is also near uShaka Marine World, making it very conducive for people traveling with kids. Located within a historical area, its architectural build is inclusive of the raw brick walls that constituted the building in its heydays. But do not be fooled by the old-looking exterior, because as soon as you make your way inside the hotel, it speaks of contemporary décor and the facilities are up there with the best hotel facilities you can find.
With over 80 rooms, you can either get a standard room, superior room or a deluxe room. Smack in the middle of Durban City center, you will have very easy access to the best of Durban if you want to go and explore the city’s kid-friendly centers, or if you would simply like to go and shop, explore the city, and see it up close and candid.
The Waterfront Hotel & Spa by Misty Blue Hotels
Address: Cnr Mahatma Gandhi & Browns Ave
Price: from 57 USD
Accommodation for all
There is no doubt in my mind that you will find the type of accommodation you seek in this list. Depending on your situation, whether you are traveling with kids, looking to splash some money, after a cheap option, a romantic getaway or in Durban for business, Durban will not disappoint you. Make your bookings early and all will be breezy.
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