Staying in a boutique hotel can be a new spin on traditional lodging when you head out on your next grand adventure. These hotels are typically smaller than your average chain hotel and they offer guests with a stylish twist in terms of the featured decor, whether it matches traditional stylings of the region or it has a theme based on the history of the hotel itself. If you’ve never stayed in one before, what’s stopping you? You’ll find that many cities around the world have fantastic boutique hotels, and Durban is no exception. For those of you looking to visit Durban, South Africa, but haven’t finalized your lodging plans, read on to learn more about the awesome boutique hotels in the city and see which stylish accommodation awaits you.
Located within a building constructed in the 1920’s, The Concierge Boutique Bungalows has kept the original exterior of the building while completely renovating the interior to a high-end boutique hotel. You’ll find the 12 rooms here to have a distinctive design, with a brick wall behind the wooden headboard of the beds and swanky furniture in the rooms. All rooms are sound-proofed, air-conditioned and they feature a mini-bar and coffee maker. There is an outdoor terrace featuring numerous places to sit and relax in uniquely designed chairs surrounded by an assortment of plant life for a lively green touch. Other amenities within the hotel include a cafe, free Wi-Fi and free on-site parking.
The Concierge Boutique Bungalows
Address: 37-43 St Mary's Avenue, Greyville
Price: from 44 USD
Fire extinguishers Shared stationery such as printed menus, magazines, pens, and paper removed Laundry 24-hour front desk Thermometers for guests provided by property Screens or physical barriers placed between staff and guests in appropriate areas Cashless payment available Air conditioning
This lovely boutique hotel has a superb location right on the beach, overlooking the Umhlanga Lighthouse. The rooms here have been designed with a colonial style in mind and the result is 86 rooms that each feature a unique layout, color theme and rich textures and furniture. The timeless feel of each of these rooms guarantees that no matter which room you stay in, you’ll feel completely at home during your stay. The Oyster Box has two on-site restaurants to satisfy your hunger as well as a fitness center, free parking and massage services.
The Oyster Box
Address: 2 Lighthouse Road, Umhlanga Rocks
Price: from 240 USD
Room service Concierge service Free parking Linens, towels and laundry washed in accordance with local authority guidelines Pub crawls Thermometers for guests provided by property Fishing Library
If a minimalist approach to decor is more to your liking, this boutique hotel speaks your language. Rooms are outfitted in classic and understated colors with clean lines and just the right amount of texture to the furnishings to lend a feeling of exclusivity. Guests can enjoy a dip in the infinity pool which overlooks the Indian Ocean or a meal at the a la carte restaurant. There is also an on-site bar, so be sure to stop by and enjoy a cocktail at the end of the day.
Located in a historical building, St James on Venice features a halal influence and guest rooms that are decorated individually. Suites are furnished in rich, clean colors that infuse the space with a warm, inviting atmosphere. Stained glass windows throughout the property add an extra something special to the ambiance as well. Outside, you’ll find a garden patio area near a trickling pool of water, perfect for enjoying a meal from the on-site restaurant.
This boutique hotel boasts a great location, putting you only a short distance away from the area’s top attractions, which include the local beaches and shopping destinations. Inside, you’ll find elegantly appointed rooms that have been designed on an individual basis, all of which feature unique lighting fixtures and a conservative, yet bold color scheme. The layout of some rooms creates a fun feel in the way space is used, with beds sitting at perpendicular angles to one another behind a short wall/headboard combination. Guests can enjoy a beautiful view, from all rooms, of either the blue waters of the Indian Ocean or the lush greenery of the coastal forests.
Stay in this historic hotel for a one of a kind experience while visiting Durban. In its previous life, this hotel was the French Consulate General’s home, and the present day decor continues with the theme. The rooms throughout the hotel feature beautiful wooden furniture and French colonial stylings, with a complementary touch of traditional Zulu to complete the vision. Other amenities found within the rooms include a work desk, flat-screen TVs and an electric kettle. Emakhosini has two restaurants on-site as well as a daily breakfast that can be enjoyed downstairs or in the comfort of your own room.
This one of a kind boutique hotel is situated to overlook the Krantzkloof Nature Reserve. The entirety of the hotel is decorated in richly colored and beaded Zulu art, giving its guests an authentic South African experience. All rooms have been individually styled and feature beaded panels, antique chandeliers for unique lighting throughout, and tapestries used as wall art. The hotel features several terraces where guests can view the native wildlife in the preserve and enjoy the splendor of the otherwise unspoiled countryside. Other guest amenities include an outdoor pool, sauna and steam room.
The very definition of swanky, this boutique hotel will have you seeking out similar lodging for all of your future travels. Each room here has a style all its own with a pleasing mix of contemporary and old-fashioned decor, with a hint of timeless elegance. Unique light fixtures throughout the hotel maintain the theme of mixing new with old. Venture outside and you’ll feel just as cozy by the pool or while taking a stroll through the beautifully landscaped garden. The hotel also has an on-site restaurant where you can enjoy a daily breakfast and a pub meant to mimic something you would find on the streets of England.
Goble Palms Guest Lodge & Urban Retreat
Address: 120 Goble Road
Price: from 51 USD
Airport shuttle (additional charge) BBQ facilities Designated smoking area Library Tour desk Food can be delivered to guest accommodation Shared lounge/TV area Guest accommodation is disinfected between stays
Be sure to check out this boutique hotel if you’re planning on staying in the Durban area. Each of the rooms here has been independently styled and feature wonderfully eclectic furnishings alongside a primarily earth-toned color scheme. The layout of the rooms complements the furnishings and offers guests a sense of contentment. Rooms also include amenities such as a mini-bar, air conditioning and a coffee & tea maker.
Book a room in a boutique hotel
If you’re looking to travel to Durban soon, booking a room in one of these boutique hotels is one way to guarantee you have a great getaway. These hotels have it all - stylish, comfortable rooms and plenty of amenities within the hotel that will take care of any needs you may have.
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