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City Lodge Hotel Durban

3.0 out of 5.0

Recent guest reviews

The hotel is undergoing major renovations but still accepted bookings. Didn't even close off the section being renovated. Guests exposed to dust and smell of fresh paint. People booked into rooms freshly painted on the day. Woken up by banging and drilling on the walls early in the morning. One of my group members suffered an asthma attack as a result and had to be moved from her room in the middle of the night. There is no drinking water provided in the rooms. Dinner in the restaurant was terrible and half the menu was out of stock.We had dinner in the hotel on the first night of our stay and had to eat out every night after the experience of the terrible food. My colleague was locked out of his room for the outstanding dinner payment while he was still a guest in the hotel. They had a good spread for breakfast, every morning. Overall, my experience with this hotel was terrible and we had to stay here for a week.

We had a lovely experience. those who said that it's not nice. they are lying. we were accommodated for three days. it we had not booked before. But still we were taken care off. after the bad experiences at the bluff hotel accommodation, please I would recommend this hotel. ifs very clean comfortable and friendly receptionist

This was the most unpleasant experience, I am sure the hotel taking the service I experienced will do nothing. The staff are rude my work place booked here although the staff had a voucher no because they did not have a hard copy gave me beans not helpful insisted I try and get a hard copy these things are done by agents even though I showed them the voucher on the iPad they were very very impolite. The rooms are stuffy and don’t look clean mine had moths and yes baby cockroaches totally disgusting. Breakfast due to renovations are in a conference room where the smell of citronella threatens to knock you out the breakfast is inedible. I could not eat from Lack of salt to too much salt to the sausages having a terrible taste and smell. The inconvenience of being in a meeting room. Thank god this is one night never to return.

Excellent comfortable rooms and lovely friendly staff will be the best memories I take away with me. Unfortunately there is a lot of renovation work going on at the present time and hence the restaurant is closed and you can only get take-away food delivered in the evenings.Drilling and other noise spoils the experience of sitting by the pool too at the current time. However the breakfast is still excellent - a large buffet spread put on in the Conference area each morning between 6.30 and 9.30 am. As no-one informed me of the renovation work when booking I have an overall feeling of disappointment as I wanted a place with a decent restaurant for my week long stay as I don't feel safe going out in the evenings in Durban. The prices don't appear to have been modified to allow for the lack of restaurant facilities at the current time either. All that said the location is perfect if you have come to watch cricket at Kingsmead. You are stationed half way between the ground and the beach. I hope next time when I come back there will be an excellent restaurant to welcome me. My advice would be to check the state of progress with the renovation programme before booking.

The restaurant is really terrible. I tweeted a couple of times, but no response. Here's my tweets: -Paid R110 for a curry which isn't enough to fill me. When I asked for extra rice, I was told no. Eating out tomorrow night. -Also, I had to go and fetch my own menu and order my own drink after being seated and then not served for 15min -And they have no custard for Malva pudding. -To top it off, apple crumble is not "crumbly", like in the description in the menu. It's a soft mush. It's not apple crumble at all. The service was awful and they refused to give me extra rice when I got a tiny portion and was still hungry. I'm pretty sure everything was microwaved too .

These City Lodges are always a pleasure. Clean, friendly, safe with a good restaurant & guarded parking, all at a reasonable cost. One can book a stay there and be sure of comfort, friendly staff & fair prices.

Booked a one night stay for my family of 4 (2 young kids, so requested a sleeper couch). Due to our flight being delayed, we arrived very late at night. I carried a sleeping toddler in my arms, while my husband and 8year old daughter struggled to carry all of our luggage. Staff didn’t even attempt to help my daughter, even though it was VERY clear that she was struggling. In fact, didn’t even acknowledge our presence until my husband stood at the desk. On arrival in room, the sleeper couch was not opened, and no linen was provided. Had to phone reception and ask for everything. Ended up making the bed ourselves, after the security guard was sent to the room with some linen!!!

We stayed for the weekend. We booked two double rooms. The rooms were clean. It was generally a pleasant stay..close to the ICC and the Beach. The lodge is centrally located in the Durban city centre close to all places of interest. Will definitely come back for another stay.

I found myself in less than average self-catering accommodation in Durban central and asked for my money back and booked a place at the City Lodge Hotel in Durban. I had a very good stay at the place. It is close to the Durban ICC and the beachfront area. Uber costs R20 so that was nice. The hotel room was clean and intimate. They did not have a double or queen size bed which is a problem if you ate a couple having to sleep on two single beds. The TV had most primary channels and the bathroom was excellently clean. The staff at the front desk was very helpful even when I checked out they kept my luggage as my flight was the evening so I had did not have walk around durban with hand luggage. The restaurant and bar closed a bit early leaving you with almost no option of food or drinks. I'd surely stay there again.

Fast check inn . Had a noise issue in the ceiling . But they moved us without hesitation . Also accommodated my pregnant wife by putting us on the ground. level . Overall good hotel and helpful staff. Nice and quiet and no issues .

Cor Brickhill And Old Fort Rds Durban KwaZulu-Natal

Hotel highlights

  • Walking distance to Sahara Stadium Kingsmead
  • Free WiFi in rooms and public areas
  • Free parking
  • Onsite dining

Sahara Stadium Kingsmead is a short stroll from City Lodge Hotel Durban, and other popular attractions like uShaka Marine World are within a couple of miles (3 km). This 3-star hotel has 160 guestrooms and offers conveniences like a restaurant, an outdoor pool, and free in-room WiFi. Durban International Convention Centre and The Old Fort are also a short walk from this Durban hotel.


Enjoy a leisurely bite to eat at the onsite restaurant, or have a drink at the bar/lounge. Savor a meal from the privacy of your room with room service, or get a pick-me-up at the coffee shop/café. For your convenience, a buffet breakfast is served each morning for a fee.


All of City Lodge Hotel Durban's 160 air-conditioned rooms provide coffee makers, laptop-compatible safes, and phones. Guests can expect to find free WiFi and TVs. Other standard amenities include desks and free toiletries.

Property features

At City Lodge Hotel Durban, guests enjoy features like an outdoor pool, a fitness center, and free WiFi in public areas. You can take advantage of free parking, along with an airport shuttle (available on request) for ZAR 480 per person one way. The 24-hour front desk has staff standing by to help with dry cleaning/laundry and luggage storage. Additional amenities include a meeting room, a business center, and a garden.

Room options

Double Room, Accessible, Non Smoking

Full 1 | Sleeps 2

Double Room

Full 1 | Sleeps 2

Room, 1 Double Bed with Sofabed

Full 1 | Sleeps 3

Double Room, Accessible, Non Smoking

Full 1 | Sleeps 2

Reviews from Trip Advisor

Trip Advisor aggregated rating

78.0% of guests recommend this hotel

Total of 143 reviews