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Southern Sun Elangeni & Maharani

63 Snell Parade, Durban 4001 South Africa
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What you can expect during your stay
  • All linens sanitised in high-temperature wash
  • Face masks required for guests in public areas
  • Face masks required for staff in public areas
  • Floors marked for social distancing
  • Hand sanitiser available to guests & staff
  • Stay-at-home policy for staff with symptoms
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Updated 20/08/18 Safety precautions are provided by the property and are not checked by Tripadvisor for accuracy.
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Updated 20/08/18 Safety precautions are provided by the property and are not checked by Tripadvisor for accuracy.


#5 of 71 hotels in Durban
Travellers' Choice
Radiating energy and elegance across the Golden Mile, Southern Sun Elangeni & Maharani invites you to take your place in the sun. From the stylish bedrooms with breath-taking sea-views to the variety of restaurants and recreation facilities, visitors can look forward to the vibrancy, colour and culture of Durban's premier hotel destination offering more choice than ever before, from service and hospitality through to accommodation and dining. Absolutely everything under one sun!
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Property amenities
Paid private parking on-site
Free High Speed Internet (WiFi)
Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room
Bar / lounge
Bicycle rental
Paid internet
Rooftop pool
Outdoor pool
Breakfast buffet
Poolside bar
Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly)
Airport transportation
Car hire
Business Centre with Internet Access
Conference facilities
Banquet room
Meeting rooms
Baggage storage
Currency exchange
24-hour front desk
Dry cleaning
Laundry service
Ironing service
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Room features
Air conditioning
Room service
Flatscreen TV
Room types
Ocean view
Non-smoking rooms
Family rooms
Smoking rooms available
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Centrally Located
Great View
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Palesa M wrote a review May 2021
2 contributions
I would like to give a big shout out to Kaylene! She is the chef at the hotel and gave me and my family the BEST service. She did not have to clear our table nor take orders as she is not a waitress, but she took one for the team by closing a gap that she saw that could potentially put the Hotel's reputation at risk. Amazing and friendly! The rest of the team could sure learn a thing or 2 from her. I think people forget that their behaviour and attitude is something that can make a customer go or stay... Another friendly face... Kenneth who was friendly with everyone and made sure to make conversation while you waited for your food. These are the type of people who put the business on the map! Kudos to both of you!!!! PS- Can management look into changing the look and feel of the hotel. It is so old school....
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Date of stay: May 2021
willem771 wrote a review May 2021
Benoni, Gauteng, South Africa19 contributions7 helpful votes
This hotel was the dogs boĺocks for a long time while I grew up in Durban. Now it is a shadow of its former self. The food is mediocre, the rooms were never big but now there are holes in the wall and the paint is flaking. This was a hotel one aspired to stay at once you had made it and now that I have I am disappointed there are at least 3 better hotels on the golden mile,one of which is at least 40% cheaper and 70% better. I won't be back
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Date of stay: May 2021Trip type: Travelled with family
Carel Minnie wrote a review Apr 2021
25 contributions2 helpful votes
It was a great experience... On the 15th floor, what a view... The staff is very friendly and thanx for the shampers... If we visit Durban again we will surely make a stop wat the Sun Elangeni... Room service great and the breakfast to die for, overlooking the sea...
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Date of stay: April 2021Trip type: Travelled as a couple
Louis P wrote a review Apr 2021
34 contributions1 helpful vote
Stayed for one night before our holiday at Salt Rock . Then returning for 1 night on the 1st of May again . Please ignore the previous reviews ....... i think they were staying at another hotel or nothing can make them happy 🤨 1) Early check in at 11 ..... no problem . Reception and security soooooo friendly and welcoming .Cocierge helped with our luggage to our room . Also telling us more about the hotel , the facilities , restaurants and spa . Awesome guy ! 2) Huge room . 2 big windows on the 15th floor with a breathtaking sea view . Best bed . Clean . Just wow . O yes ..... Charlotte Rhys accessories 👌👌 the best . 3) Linda from guest relations coming up to the room to hear if everything are in order and if we need anything . Such a lovely lady . Never had that in a hotel . Star service from her . 4) Breakfast overlooking the ocean . Food of the highest quality . Friendly waiters . 👍👍 5) Best steak i ever had at the Jichana Grill . With great service . The best place to eat in Durbs . Overall ...... an AWESOME hotel with AWESOME service and AWESOME staff . Thank you sooooo much ! See you on the 1st of May again Greetings Louis Petersen Room 1517
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Date of stay: April 2021Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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Aslam wrote a review Mar 2021
5 contributions
Very poor service, probably because of reduced staff due to the economical effects of covid-19 lockdown, nevertheless the Tsogo Sun brands is being damaged. Checking was very delayed, got the room 2 hours late. Furthermore the hotel was very dirty, and many items in the room was not working (shower, safe & aircon). Disappointed as this previously was my hotel of choice in Durban central.
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Date of stay: March 2021Trip type: Travelled with family
US$98 - US$168 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
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South AfricaKwaZulu-NatalDurban
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Frequently Asked Questions about Southern Sun Elangeni & Maharani
Which popular attractions are close to Southern Sun Elangeni & Maharani?
Nearby attractions include Mini Town (0.2 km), Durban Holocaust and Genocide Centre (0.4 km), and Durban Ice Arena (0.3 km).
What are some of the property amenities at Southern Sun Elangeni & Maharani?
Some of the more popular amenities offered include free wifi, a pool, and an on-site restaurant.
What food & drink options are available at Southern Sun Elangeni & Maharani?
Guests can enjoy an on-site restaurant, a lounge, and a poolside bar during their stay.
Is parking available at Southern Sun Elangeni & Maharani?
Yes, paid private parking on-site is available to guests.
What are some restaurants close to Southern Sun Elangeni & Maharani?
Conveniently located restaurants include The Grill Jichana Durban, Circus Circus Beach Cafe, and Daruma Umhlanga.
Are there opportunities to exercise at Southern Sun Elangeni & Maharani?
Yes, guests have access to a pool, a fitness centre, and a sauna during their stay.
Does Southern Sun Elangeni & Maharani have an airport shuttle?
Yes, Southern Sun Elangeni & Maharani offers an airport shuttle for guests. We recommend calling ahead to confirm details.
Are any cleaning services offered at Southern Sun Elangeni & Maharani?
Yes, dry cleaning and laundry service are offered to guests.
Does Southern Sun Elangeni & Maharani offer any business services?
Yes, it conveniently offers a business centre, meeting rooms, and a banquet room.
Are there any historical sites close to Southern Sun Elangeni & Maharani?
Many travellers enjoy visiting The Old Fort (0.9 km).