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Royal Hotel

267 Anton Lembede Street, Durban 4001 South Africa
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#23 of 69 hotels in Durban
With beautiful views of Durban harbour from our Deluxe and Executive Rooms, this iconic hotel, known as the “Grand Lady” offers a total of 206 rooms, 2 restaurants, a coffee shoppe and large conference and banqueting facilities. Our Deluxe rooms and Executive suites which offer breathtaking views are ideal for the discerning corporate traveler and holiday makers alike. Our well maintained and serviced bedrooms are equipped with King Sized beds, Tv’s, laptop safes, individually controlled air-conditioning, Tea & Coffee making facilities and amenities that will ensure you have a comfortable stay. Wi-fi is also provided.
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Shuttle bus service
Business Centre with Internet Access
Paid wifi
Outdoor pool
Breakfast available
Breakfast buffet
Conference facilities
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Meeting rooms
Non-smoking hotel
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Self-serve laundry
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maryna642 wrote a review Jan 2021
4 contributions2 helpful votes
One of our business clients is very close to the Royal Hotel, at firs we did not stay at the hotel, and one lunch time we decided to have lunch at the hotel and what a pleasant surprise, the food and service was excellent. I went to the manager the afternoon and said I would like to see the rooms as I wanted to move my stay. The manager went out of his way and ever since I stay at the Royal every time. They go out of their way to accommodate their guests. We were two ladies staying there in Nov 2020,and we are well aware that it is not very safe in central although the manager had no problem sending one of the security men to accommodate us with our shopping. I travel a lot for business and stay all over SA but in Durban I will always go back to the Royal thank you to the Manager and all the staff. We visit the spa every time and keep on going back, so nice to have some relax time in-between business.
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Date of stay: November 2020
Trip type: Travelled on business
Kreyo wrote a review Dec 2020
1 contribution
Will never go back. Upon booking the room online I was asked if we were celebrating a special day which we were but this was not even acknowledged upon checking into the hotel. Not even a free dessert to help celebrate my birthday. Rooms have "centralized " aircon so we had no control off it. Air con in our room was basically none existent. I complained 3 times about the air con not cooling the room and nothing was done about it. We had to keep the window open at all times even while we slept.Being in a sea facing room we had the morning sun's ray heating up the room. We had no hot water in our room. Maintenance man checked it and said he fixed the problem but when we tried to shower that evening the water was barely warm. The first day we checked in it took us over 5 attempts to unlock our room door on 2 occasions. By the second day we were locked out of our room and had to call reception to send someone up with a master key. What was meant to be a relaxing weekend away ended in us wanting to get out as soon as possible. Absolutely disappointed!!! We expected better from a Coastland's group hotel!!!
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Date of stay: December 2020Trip type: Travelled as a couple
Yachal_D wrote a review Nov 2020
Durban, South Africa622 contributions122 helpful votes
I found it difficult to give a review of this hotel as it’s a mixed review. Let me start with the highlights. The hotel is still so beautiful: with its heritage, friendly staff members and views from the room. The hotel spa is equally amazing! Visiting the hotel is like going back in time! Where we were let down. We arrived to be told that there is no air con and there has not been air con the past few days. We were not informed. However the duty manager made a plan with a fan and we decided to stay. The pool and pool floor was terrible! The pool was a dark green with bird poop everywhere. This needs serious attention! We do understand that hotels are recovering from COVID. However breakfast was not great! Staff were amazing but the choice of food was poor especially the continental section. No cheese, hardly any pastries or fresh fruit. Coffee was terrible and was instant coffee. If they can improve on these the hotel is still a great stay!
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Date of stay: November 2020Trip type: Travelled with family
Remon A wrote a review Apr 2020
Cairo, Egypt1 contribution
Great Location , Excellent Rooms, Excellent Staff, but poor breakfast, do not book with breakfast and there a lot of place to take your breakfast near to catalona square, metro station ,shopping areas.
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Date of stay: February 2020
Wendy V wrote a review Mar 2020
Durban, South Africa38 contributions
It had been 30 years since my last visit to the Royal Hotel. I spent this past weekend there and was shocked at the changes. This once glorious hotel had become shabby. Faded, stained carpets, banister railings missing on stairs, terrible TV reception, lack of staff communication (examples - I decided to hike up the 21 flights of stairs to the rooftop pool; several staff members guided me as to how to get there, and when I did it was closed and under construction. The staff didn't seem to know this. Example 2: Arriving at the dining room for breakfast, every seat was taken and it was full. I left and did not get breakfast. No one informed me that I could have taken breakfast in another room. The best part of the hotel was the harbour view from my room. Unfortunately this location is no longer what it used to be. The streets of Durban Central are absolutely filthy and I will definitely not be going there again.
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Date of stay: March 2020
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Room Tip: The better rooms are the ones on the higher floors.
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US$37 - US$82 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
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South AfricaKwaZulu-NatalDurban
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Frequently Asked Questions about Royal Hotel
Which popular attractions are close to Royal Hotel?
Nearby attractions include Natural Science Museum (0.2 km), Port Natal Maritime Museum (0.4 km), and Playhouse (0.08 km).
What are some of the property amenities at Royal Hotel?
Some of the more popular amenities offered include a pool, an on-site restaurant, and a lounge.
What food & drink options are available at Royal Hotel?
Guests can enjoy an on-site restaurant, a lounge, and breakfast during their stay.
Is parking available at Royal Hotel?
Yes, parking is available to guests.
What are some restaurants close to Royal Hotel?
Conveniently located restaurants include Roma Revolving Restaurant, The Oriental restaurant, and Thunder Peak Spur Steak Ranch.
Are there opportunities to exercise at Royal Hotel?
Yes, guests have access to a pool during their stay.
Is Royal Hotel located near the city centre?
Yes, it is 0.8 km away from the centre of Durban.
Are any cleaning services offered at Royal Hotel?
Yes, dry cleaning and laundry service are offered to guests.
Does Royal Hotel offer any business services?
Yes, it conveniently offers a business centre, meeting rooms, and a banquet room.
Are there any historical sites close to Royal Hotel?
Many travellers enjoy visiting The Old Fort (1.2 km).
Is Royal Hotel accessible?
Yes, it offers wheelchair access. For specific enquiries, we recommend calling ahead to confirm.