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Review of Garden Court South Beach

After flying from Cape Town to Durban with Kulula Airlines, we parked off at Southern Sun's Garden Court South Beach (Durban) hotel for a couple of days (after which we were going on an MSC Sinfonia cruise to the Portuguese Islands and Maputo, and then flying back from Durban with 1time Airline). We paid R1158 for 2 nights from the 29th Jan 2011 to the 31st Jan 2011. Overall we were satisfied, and will be happy to stay at this hotel again.

Free upgrade

We paid R350 for a taxi from King Shaka Airport to the hotel, and arrived at 1pm. We found out that if you are going to check in before 2pm, you should ask for an early arrival, and a room wasn't ready for us. After waiting a bit, we were upgraded to a room on the ground floor, next to the pool - well done Southern Sun on ensuring a good outcome. The room was on the 2nd floor, next to the pool, so we could easily walk out the room and look at the views, or swim in the pool - this proved very useful for entertaining our active 3-year-old daughter.

Free wake-up call

We also had a free wake up call at about 5am - so free that it was given even though we didn't even ask for it!

Breakfast

On Sunday morning breakfast was very busy, & on Monday morning very quiet. The Garden Court serves a typical continental breakfast, and I enjoyed an omelette, beans, cereal, fresh fruit (including freshly cut watermelon), yoghurt, an orange juice and a guava juice. On Sunday morning there was a queue to wait for tables, and at times they ran out of bowls and glasses (after a few minutes they were replinished). The person managing the queue, Sharon, is a real star - she knows how to deal with people.

Beachfront views

Soaring up 23 floors, the Garden Court South Beach offers a superb view of the Durban beachfront. Here's the view from the 2nd floor (pool deck).

view of the Durban beachfront from the Garden Court South Beach

Here's a video from the pool deck of the MSC Sinfonia cruising into Durban Port.

Wireless internet

There's wireless internet available throughout the hotel. I had a 3G card, but decided to test-drive the wireless, as I had about 1000 megabytes of video I wanted to upload. I bought an 80m voucher for R80. The reception in my room (205) gave 2 bars of signal, I then went to the internet lounge and got 4 bars, I moved to the breakfast area, and sitting at the edge of the breakfast area, with the best view over the sea, I also got the best signal (5 bars).

Durban beachfront from the Garden Court South Beach

Bathroom

The bathroom was neat and tidy. The water was lukewarm water when I tried to take a bath on the Sunday night - perhaps the geysers are shared between rooms?

Friendly cleaning staff

The room was kept tidy by a young and friendly lady. We asked her not to vacuum on out second day, and the dirty floor is probably what attracted a cockroach into our room.

pool at the Garden Court South Beach

Reservation details

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Hotel

 

Duration of Stay

Garden Court South Beach

 

2 Night/s

Check-In

 

Status

Sat 29 Jan 2011

 

Active

Check-Out

 

Hotel Telephone Number

Mon 31 Jan 2011

 

+27 31 337 2231

 

 

Hotel Email Address

 

 

gcsouthbeach@southernsun.com

 

 

Hotel Physical Address

 

 

73 O R Tambo Parade South Beach Durban 4001

Transaction Details


Transaction Date

Payment Type

 

Transaction Type

Amount

11/01/2011 09:07 PM

Credit Card

 

Payment

759

 

 

 

Total:

759

 

Credit Card Holder

 

Credit Card Number

MRS Jane Doe

 

xxxx xxxx xxxx 3013

Room 1


Room Type

 

Guest

Superior 2 Double Beds Non-Smoking Sea Facing

 

Mrs Jane Doe

Adults

Children

 

Frequent Guest No.

2

1

 

n/a

Rate Breakdown By Night (ZAR)

 

Meals

January 2011

Sun

Mon

Tue

Wed

Thu

Fri

Sat

23

24

25

26

27

28

29

759

30

759

31

01

02

03

04

05

 

Bed and Breakfast

 

Rate

 

SunBreaks Level 1

 

Cost

 

ZAR 1518


Tax Rules

 

 

Rates include 14% tax and exclude 1% Tourism Levy

 

Total cost ZAR 1518


 

Contact us: contactus@southernsun.comCall: 0861 44 77 44 | +27 11 461 9744

 

The Garden Court South Beach's neighbours on the beachfront are the Durban Spa (photo below) and the Tropicana Hotel.

Durban Spa

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