We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The Tripadvisor website may not display properly.We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.

Southern Sun Elangeni & Maharani

63 Snell Parade, Durban 4001 South Africa
COVID-19 update: See the added health and safety measures this property is taking.Read more
Lowest prices for your stay
View deal
Free cancellation until 22/06/08
View all 17 deals
* Prices are provided by our partners, and reflect average nightly room rates, including taxes and fees that are fixed, known to our partners, and due at time of booking. Please see our partners for more details.
Traveller (811)
Room & Suite (302)
Pool & Beach (71)
Travel safe during COVID-19
Visit our Travel Safe hub to see how we're helping you make more informed travel decisions during COVID-19.
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
Read more
Updated 20/08/18 Safety precautions are provided by the property and are not checked by Tripadvisor for accuracy.
A note from Southern Sun Elangeni & Maharani
Updated 20/08/18 Safety precautions are provided by the property and are not checked by Tripadvisor for accuracy.


#8 of 76 hotels in Durban
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!
Read more
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
Show more
Room features
Air conditioning
Room service
Flatscreen TV
Room types
Ocean view
Non-smoking rooms
Family rooms
Smoking rooms available
Good to know
Ocean View
Languages Spoken
3331Reviews29Q+A100Room tips
Traveller rating
  • 1 363
  • 1 121
  • 459
  • 216
  • 172
Time of year
Traveller type
  • More
Selected filters
  • Filter
  • English
Popular mentions
ClintonWes wrote a review 01 Jan
Greater Johannesburg, South Africa2 contributions1 helpful vote
I finally get to stay at the Elangeni/Maharani! My expectations are high. Imagine my disappointment when we're told that there's no covered parking. In fact, I have to park across the street, behind the hotel. Access to this 'parking' area is via the first floor, through the covered parking, down the spiral driveway and through the parking booms. Dangerous... The only other way is to literally walk around the block. This isn't an issue in itself, but there's a sudden storm. I now need to park across the street, about 300 to 500m from the nearest entrance to the hotel. Again, not a big deal, but I'm soaking wet. I go to the reception to ask about parking in the covered parking. After greeting the employee at reception, he laughs and comments about how much it's raining. Expectedly, I was not pleased. I DO NOT RECOMMEND. This hotel is relying on its historical reputation to keep it popular. Something needs to be done about the staff attitude and lack of capacity with regard to parking. Even a little 3 star place has parking, this is basics...
Read more
Date of stay: December 2021Trip type: Travelled with family
Lindo N wrote a review Dec 2021
1 contribution
Worst Hotel experience of my life Wish I never set foot in the horrible establishment Never felt so unwelcome in an establishment IM PAYING FOR!! Oh my goodness I wish I slept on the streets instead Been here for a week and I still don’t have parking for my car Please get your affairs in order because your establishment is horrible I wish I could give a negative review because it’s well deserved
Read more
Date of stay: December 2021Trip type: Travelled with family
Faiza wrote a review Dec 2021
1 contribution
After a long night of driving hoping to get some sleep all I heard was a horrible noise from the air con instead of sleeping I had to toss and turn. This was soo annoying I could not sleep at all. A total waste of R1800
Read more
Date of stay: December 2021Trip type: Travelled with family
119shamin wrote a review Dec 2021
Pretoria, South Africa207 contributions74 helpful votes
As a rewards member for over 15 years, I find the hotel and service has deteriorated. The hotel is poorly maintained with no room service. I booked and paid for my parking bay prior to arrival and when I arrived at the hotel after a really long drive, there was no parking bay available. We had to park at Maharani, walk through that hotel and through the street pavement every day to get to our hotel. Its very inconvenient. Each day we had wait at least 30mins maharani for a parking bay to become available-time waster. Breakfast & dinner restaurants overcroweded with no COVID 19 protocols followed.
Read more
Date of stay: November 2021
Kayley B wrote a review Dec 2021
1 contribution
Wish I could give this hotel minus 10 stars. My family and I booked 9 nights in the biggest suite and recieved the worst service, worst house keeping, everything about this hotel has degraded below a one star hotel. Management have no control over how staff treat their guests. Front desk is disgustingly rude despite paying for the most expensive room. The suite was not cleaned despite being in a pandemic!! The smell of weed fill the corridors. nothing gets done. No social distancing at breakfast no social distancing at the restaurant. Lady named Kerica at the front desk gave us the worst customer service we've ever experienced, unprofessional rude and abrupt. This hotel is a No Go if you want to have a good holiday without any issues with your accommodation!
Read more
Date of stay: December 2021Trip type: Travelled with family
Room Tip: Avoid at all costs
See more room tips
US$98 - US$168 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
southern sun elangeni durban, elangeni hotel durban
South AfricaKwaZulu-NatalDurban
Is This Your Tripadvisor Listing?

Own or manage this property? Claim your listing for free to respond to reviews, update your profile and much more.

Claim Your Listing
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 airport transportation?
Yes, Southern Sun Elangeni & Maharani offers airport transportation 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).