Thursday, November 15, 2007

Durban - The Blue Waters Hotel experience

The woman in charge at the Aintree Lodge highly recommended the Blue Waters Hotel to stay in Durban, and looking back I am very happy that I listened to her advice. The Blue Waters Hotel experience was awesome, and I paid, by European standards, a ridiculous price for the two nights. A little over €100 is nothing. I would love to go back to Durban, I would gladly have a week by the beach.

Location: BBBBB

The hotel has a superb location, at the Marine Parade, a stones throw from the most beautiful beach. I could sit and watch the beach from my balcony at the 13th floor. Close by you have the Suncoast Casino and entertainment centre with shops, restaurants, bars and a large casino. A safe area, also during nights, as it was a guarded area. You were, however recommended to walk the beach area after dark, so I chose to eat at the restaurant during the evening.

Service: BBBBB

Superb service everyone, in the reception, in bars and restaurants - nothing to put your finger on!!

Maintenance and hygiene: BBBBB

The hotel is extremely well maintained. This is certainly a hotel that would please even the most experienced traveler.

The Room: BBBBB-
This little film shows you room 1315 at the Blue Waters Hotel:

Room 1315 was comfortably large, with one queen sized bed. The decor was held in a golden or light beige colored. A little outdated, but pleasant. And fear not for the warm nights ahead - number 1315 had air conditioning, and I used it once as the humid nights were fueled by the warm waters of the Indian Ocean.

The bathroom were completely covered by white tiles, a little small, but with all necessities and even more - a bath tub!

And room 1315 had a view to die for! I have never ever had and enjoyed such a view before, to wake up in the morning and the see the sun rise, during the day and during the evening. A 180 degree panoramic view covering the whole main beach and the Marine Parade. It was mesmerizing to sit out with a good glass of red wine and see all the lights of Durban.

Breakfast: BBBBB

Breakfast at the Blue Waters in Durban was served at the Versailles Restaurant. It was a self service breakfast buffet, and it was something out of the ordinary.

You could get get a freshly made omelet or a freshly fried egg as you were waiting. I chose scrambled eggs, deliciously crispy bacon and boerwors. You could however choose fresh fruit salad, yogurt and muesli, freshly made sweet pastry, toast with jam or honey, sliced ham or cheese. And lovely fresh pressed juice, and good coffee!!!

This was a selection that would cater to anyone's taste, from the health nut to the cholesterol and carbohydrate junkie. One of my best breakfast experiences ever!

Facilities: BBBBB

This was the full business class hotel. It had a buffet restaurant with an à la carte menu as well. At the mezzanine between the 1st floor and 2nd floor, there was a comfortable salon where you could sit quietly in soft armchairs with your wine and enjoy a good book. At the same level was the entrance to at a large swimming pool area, and a very cozy bar. And this was not all, there was even a sauna, squash court and a rooftop bar.

Price: BBBBB

I paid ZAR 460 a night, meaning less that €50!! The is extremely good value for money!

Rating the Blue Waters Hotel Experience: BBBBB (4,95 points)

A hotel with a superb location, a room with a view to die for, a first class experience at an exceptional price!!


The Blue Waters Hotel
175 Snell Parade
Marine Parade, Durban
Toll Free Reservation
Phone: 0 800 31 2044 / 031 3683877
See the Blue Waters Hotel official website here

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