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Gooderson Tropicana Hotel

3.0 out of 5.0

Recent guest reviews

Had a great experience. Rooms were clean and lobby was nice. Continental breakfast was good with very courteous wait staff. Great location to the beach front. Lots of families with small children running around. Wifi was down the entire time we were there with no definite answer as to when it would be fixed. Great price. Reasonable Hotel. Would definitely stay here again.


Hotel was good value for the price, clean and well located. Staff were extremely friendly and helpful and made the stay....

The situation is good but people at the hotel were quiet cold with us. the rooms are big but old, they have a nice dinner buffet.

The hotel was very clean and the staff was eager to please. My only negative is that I was unable to use the room phone to call out. I was constantly having to call the front desk in order to be switched out.

Traveled to Durban for one week in May 2009. This was my first trip to Africa. The hotel was clean, the staff very willing to help, the restaurant and bar better than decent. The rooms were cozy and generally comfortable and quiet. The location isn't in the safest part of town. It's right on the beach and a great spot during the day, but my companion and I were advised not to wander around after dark near the hotel. I never felt unsafe, but we were definitely extra cautious (as you should be when traveling to South Africa - and any big city in the world). Needed to use an ATM one evening and a member of the staff walked with me around the block to the nearest one. He said I shouldn't go to an ATM alone. More expensive hotels up the beach were generally considered to be in safer areas. Buffet breakfast. WiFi (with voucher purchase) available in the rooms. The business lounge has to computers with internet, but the were both out-of-order for the length of my stay. I'd love to travel to Durban again and if I couldn't find a great deal on a hotel further up the beach then I would consider staying here again.

The hotel was ok. I'd recommend it for someone who is staying in Durban for a day or two. The main thing I didn't like was the location (the beach is not very clean). The hotel front desk staff were not very friendly. Overall the room was cheap so I can't really complain that much.

85 OR Tambo Parade Durban KwaZulu-Natal

Hotel highlights

  • Close to uShaka Marine World
  • Onsite dining
  • WiFi in rooms and public areas (fees apply)
  • Business center

Located in Durban Beachfront within a mile (2 km) of uShaka Marine World, Gooderson Tropicana Hotel is within 2 miles (3 km) of other popular sights such as Sahara Stadium Kingsmead. This 168-room, 3-star hotel welcomes guests with conveniences like 2 restaurants, 2 bars/lounges, and a conference center. It's on the beach and also a short walk from South Beach and Durban Funworld.


Enjoy dining at one of 2 onsite restaurants including Clippers Cafe, which specializes in local and international cuisine. Savor a meal from the comfort of your room with room service, or get a quick energy boost at the coffee shop/café. For your convenience, a buffet breakfast is served each morning for a fee.


All of Gooderson Tropicana Hotel's 168 air-conditioned rooms provide coffee makers, safes, and phones. Guests can expect to find satellite TV and stay connected with WiFi. Beds are dressed in down comforters and bathrooms offer hair dryers and free toiletries. Desks are also available.

Property features

Gooderson Tropicana Hotel features WiFi in public areas, a conference center, and a business center. If you drive, self parking is ZAR 60 per night, or you can take advantage of the airport shuttle (available on request) for ZAR POA per person. The front desk has multilingual staff standing by 24 hours a day to assist with dry cleaning/laundry and luggage storage. Other amenities at this beach hotel include a computer station, free newspapers, and laundry facilities.

Room options

Standard Room, 2 Double Beds

Full 2 | Sleeps 4