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Essenwood House

630 Stephen Dlamini Road Berea, Durban 4001 South Africa
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#13 of 324 B&Bs / Inns in Durban
Essenwood House offers both the corporate or leisure guest all the comforts of a magnificent Edwardian private home in true 5 star affordable accommodation. Set in a tropical garden, peace and quiet yet minutes away from the city centre of Durban, shopping malls, restaurants, Durban Convention centre and the well-known Durban beaches.
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Gill Klarbach wrote a review Mar 2020
Northcliff, Gauteng, South Africa33 contributions5 helpful votes
Essenwood House has such potential to be great but unfortunately does not live up to this. The faults we found were too many to list but for example the sheet was stained, there was no top sheet on the bed and a pillow case was badly torn - have a photo of this. Also the linen was not renewed once while we were there. The bathroom is a disaster - far too small, the shower is not enclosed and the wash basin is miniscule and no space to put things and nowhere to hang wet towels. We had 4 nights there but will not return. The only 2 good things were the handyman and 2 gorgeous dogs! The whole facility is in need of major refurbishing.
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Date of stay: March 2020
Ruan M wrote a review Feb 2020
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This review is written at 00:10, which is the time I've had to complain by the guy at reception for 2nd time to ask other guests to turn down the volume, who've been playing loud music since about 17:00. Both my wife & I have asked the guests directlyas well to turn down the music. Out experience at this place has most likely been the worst ever. My wife posted a review on booking.com as well detailing our experience since the 1st night. The first room had so many snags such as, but not limited to the following: Dividing wall - not sealed properly. Towel rail & toilet toll holder paint Towel rail is not completely secure (loose). Toilet Wall dirty Toothbrush Cup dirty with paint + rust Floor strip loose at toilet door. Basin plug not secured. No shower screen. Hinges fitted with half the amount of screws that's required. TV isn't plugged in. No remote (established after inquiry that remote is not working & there's a problem with the connection). Spider webs above TV & on ceiling. Although we've been offered a credit for one night's stay at a future date, for our bad experience of the 1st night, we can confidently say that we will never book this place again. I intend getting hold of the owner, who we were advised is currently in Thailand, to address this matter.
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Date of stay: February 2020Trip type: Travelled as a couple
Wouter wrote a review Dec 2019
11 contributions2 helpful votes
Full of mould, this place is a health hazzard and should be closed down untill it is repaired and construction is completed. Staff were so intoxicated in the morning hours and ofter I called the feont desk to report the noise a intoxicated staff member knocked on my door and told me that the owner is hosting a party... at 1 in the morning... after you pay them to sleep there they keep you from sleeping. This place is a mess seriously, staff even urinated against the wall under our room window not knowing we can see and hear everything, hence the call to let them stop .. after the intoxicated employee was at my door she gladly discussed it with her co workers, the foul language used was jaw dropping.
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Date of stay: December 2019Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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Bongiwe T wrote a review Sep 2019
1 contribution2 helpful votes
This place was booked 2 months in advance and even received welcome email on the day of our arrival. But once we arrived at the House, we were informed that our room had already been booked out to someone else and we informed via Manager, that there was nothing she (Emmy - owner) could do for us. Mind you it was past 8pm and we had driven from Joburg. We tried to have a discussion with her on finding us an alternative but she would not bother talking to us or take our calls as we tried in vain to find a solution. We were lucky one of their employees (Letwin) knew of a friend who manages accommodation nearby who then made a personal call to a friend to take us in. They (essenwood) requested we come back following day to finalise refunding us. It was then agreed with Mbali and Dinkie (as the Owner Oliver) refused to come discuss with the way forward; that the refund would go directly to the establishment that had taken us in "The St James on Venice" but to date they have neither refunded us or paid St James on Venice. We find this type of treatment of paying guests disgusting and dispecable to say the least especially after 8 hours of driving in the rain. They have not even communicated or apologised to us to date. We would recommend to future travellers to be cautious of this place. Noting this place is going through renovations currently and there is sand and dust everywhere but no notification was given. Please be careful of places you book. It was a terrible experience and would prefer to get our refund and move on with life but they are giving us the run around. Definitely a place i will NOT be referring to anyone i know, that's for sure.
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Date of stay: August 2019
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johnplagis wrote a review Jul 2019
Johannesburg, South Africa37 contributions49 helpful votes
I have in days past stayed at this ( what used to be ) grand old Berea home. the advert on Booking.com showed old pictures before the renovation they are currently busy with. the new rooms are small and pokey, fitted with what must be the cheapest decor and fittings little money can buy. So sadly for me - never again
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Date of stay: June 2019
Trip type: Travelled on business
3 Helpful votes
US$79 - US$190 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
South AfricaKwaZulu-NatalDurban
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Frequently Asked Questions about Essenwood House
Which popular attractions are close to Essenwood House?
Nearby attractions include Durban Botanic Gardens (1.1 km), Mitchell Park (1.0 km), and Greyville Racecourse (1.2 km).
What are some of the property amenities at Essenwood House?
Some of the more popular amenities offered include free wifi, free breakfast, and a pool.
What food & drink options are available at Essenwood House?
Guests can enjoy free breakfast during their stay.
Is parking available at Essenwood House?
Yes, free parking and secured parking are available to guests.
What are some restaurants close to Essenwood House?
Conveniently located restaurants include Butcher Boys Florida Road, Joops Place, and Mozambik Morningside.
Are there opportunities to exercise at Essenwood House?
Yes, guests have access to a pool during their stay.
Does Essenwood House have an airport shuttle?
Yes, Essenwood House offers an airport shuttle for guests. We recommend calling ahead to confirm details.
Are there any historical sites close to Essenwood House?
Many travellers enjoy visiting The Old Fort (2.6 km).