Gooderson Tropicana Hotel

Gooderson Tropicana Hotel

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3.5
#22 of 54 hotels in Durban
4.2 of 5 bubbles
Location
3.7 of 5 bubbles
Cleanliness
3.7 of 5 bubbles
Service
3.8 of 5 bubbles
Value
Ideally situated on Durban's Golden Mile overlooking the warm Indian Ocean, Gooderson Tropicana Hotel is close to most of Durban's attractions - the beautiful beaches, uShaka Marine World, the International Convention Centre, Suncoast Casino, the Moses Mabhida and Kings Park stadiums, and the Kingsmead Cricket Ground. For adventurous visitors who wish to explore a little further, there are the Zululand Game reserves, Zulu cultural experiences and the breath taking Drakensberg.
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Property amenities
Paid public parking nearby
Free internet
Bar / lounge
Beach
Kids stay free
Babysitting
Business Centre with Internet Access
Conference facilities
Secured parking
Wifi
Paid wifi
Coffee shop
Restaurant
Breakfast available
Breakfast buffet
Complimentary tea
Kid-friendly buffet
Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly)
Highchairs available
Banquet room
Meeting rooms
Photo copier / fax In business centre
Baggage storage
Concierge
Non-smoking hotel
24-hour check-in
24-hour front desk
Dry cleaning
Laundry service
Ironing service
Room features
Blackout curtains
Air conditioning
Desk
Room service
Safe
Flatscreen TV
Walk-in shower
Bath / shower
Telephone
Complimentary toiletries
Hair dryer
Room types
Non-smoking rooms
Suites
Family rooms
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HOTEL CLASS
Star ratings are intended to indicate the general level of features, amenities, and services to expect. This property is classified according to TGCSA - Tourism Grading Council of South Africa.
3.0 of 5 stars
HOTEL STYLE
Classic
Family
Languages Spoken
English

Location

85 Marine Parade, Durban 4001 South Africa
Getting there
Somewhat walkable
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Grade: 63 out of 100
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King Shaka Intl Airport
28.5 km
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Pietermaritzburg Airport
66.1 km
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Iris E wrote a review Aug 2023
336 contributions71 helpful votes
4.0 of 5 bubbles
This hotel is located just across the street from the beach, which was great. My room was not sea facing, but I still had a bit of a sea view from the side. The street does get busy with a lot of car traffic & people so you have to be aware of your surroundings & your belongings, esp. when walking around. Because the area is busy, it does get quite a bit noisy, even at late night & early morning hours.

The front desk is very helpful & accommodating. When I had an early morning tour the next day, they provided me a nice breakfast box before 5:30am since it was too early for the breakfast buffet that was included in my room rate. As for the breakfast buffet, it was excellent. There’s also an onsite restaurant & café, plus room service so that was very convenient, esp. when I came back late from my tour. My room was spacious, nice, & the bed was comfy…all that I really needed for a couple of nights in Durban. Overall, the hotel is in a good location, the room was quite comfortable, and the staff is nice & friendly.
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Date of stay: June 2023
4.0 of 5 bubblesValue
4.0 of 5 bubblesLocation
4.0 of 5 bubblesService
Trip type: Travelled solo
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Response from Brandon Castleman, General Manager at Gooderson Tropicana Hotel
Responded 27 Aug 2023
Greetings Irismata Thank you for sharing your detailed feedback about your recent stay at our hotel. We're delighted to hear that you appreciated our convenient location near the beach and the helpful and accommodating service provided by our front desk team. We understand that our bustling location can be a bit noisy at times due to the city's activity, and we appreciate your understanding in this regard. It's great to know that you enjoyed our breakfast buffet, spacious rooms, and comfortable beds. Your positive comments are greatly appreciated, and we hope to have the pleasure of welcoming you back in the future. If you have any specific preferences or requests for your next stay, please feel free to let us know in advance, and we'll do our best to accommodate them. Best regards, Brandon Castleman General Manager
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tsakaningobeni wrote a review Oct 2022
Pretoria, South Africa1 contribution
4.0 of 5 bubbles
I think you also need to change carpet at the passage to avoid sinance to people who are Asthmatic.
Ensure that when visitors check in you make sure the reservation number correspond with the client.
Other than that I like your hotel.
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Review collected in partnership with this hotel
Date of stay: October 2022
4.0 of 5 bubblesValue
4.0 of 5 bubblesRooms
5.0 of 5 bubblesLocation
4.0 of 5 bubblesCleanliness
4.0 of 5 bubblesService
4.0 of 5 bubblesSleep Quality
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Response from Brandon Castleman, General Manager at Gooderson Tropicana Hotel
Responded 24 Oct 2022
Dear Tsakaningobeni Thank you for the most welcome feedback. We will look into the issues mentioned and see where we can adjust. We look forward to welcoming you in the near future. Best Wishes
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bridgetmaclou wrote a review Dec 2021
Pretoria, South Africa1 contribution
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Good place to stay BUT the area is not good. The hotel service is excellent. The staff are excellent. Check in was the only hassle as the reception lady had no idea how much my booking cost and was confused about how much I had to pay.
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Date of stay: December 2021
5.0 of 5 bubblesValue
5.0 of 5 bubblesRooms
5.0 of 5 bubblesLocation
5.0 of 5 bubblesCleanliness
5.0 of 5 bubblesService
5.0 of 5 bubblesSleep Quality
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Response from Brandon Castleman, General Manager at Gooderson Tropicana Hotel
Responded 22 Dec 2021
Dear bridgetmaclou Thank you for the positive review and excellent comments about our staff. We have addressed your concerns in regards to the checkin process with our management team and can assure you that these will be addressed. We hope to see you again in the near future. Best Regards
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nmbiko765883 wrote a review Apr 2021
1 contribution
1.0 of 5 bubbles
The location is great but the hotel itself is terrible. As a person who works in the same industry I was very disappointed. First impression lasts. Reception guys are not friendly at all. Rooms are clean yet old fashioned, furniture, bath even the linen. These all look very old.

The housekeeper couldn't wait for us to leave the room, she came and told us she wanna take of the sheets and she left the bed undone nor cleaned. We left and came back one bed was still stripped and we had to use the other one hence we booked a family room.

I didn't feel welcomed at all in this place.. Really this hotel can do better!!
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Date of stay: April 2021
1.0 of 5 bubblesValue
2.0 of 5 bubblesRooms
5.0 of 5 bubblesLocation
3.0 of 5 bubblesCleanliness
1.0 of 5 bubblesService
3.0 of 5 bubblesSleep Quality
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Response from Brandon Castleman, Revenue Management at Gooderson Tropicana Hotel
Responded 07 May 2021
Dear nmbiko765883 Thank you for taking the time to review our property, your feedback albeit negative is noted will be addressed at all levels of management to ensure expected standards are achieved for future guests. Best Regards
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Cebile Nzuza wrote a review Nov 2021
Port Elizabeth, South Africa72 contributions2 helpful votes
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Worst experience of my life. The location is terrible, I felt unsafe just bieng in the area, not to mention low hygien practices from dirty furniture in the reception to stinking rooms. I felt like I was in a horror movie, I couldn't even spend a night yet I was booked there for four. The place needs serious renovations. I wouldn't recommend it even to my worst enemy.
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Date of stay: November 2021Trip type: Travelled on business
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Suzan S wrote a review Mar 2021
1 contribution
5.0 of 5 bubbles
The staff is very friendly and polite, the hotel is nice and clean. Ms Mildred Mhlongo welcomes you in the dining place with a very loving smile and soft voice. Mr Siyabonga Radebe well dressed always checking on our well being and Ms Samke Radebe at the entrance welcoming smile and well dressed. All the young boys and girls serving us in the dinning top service.
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Date of stay: March 2021
5.0 of 5 bubblesValue
5.0 of 5 bubblesRooms
5.0 of 5 bubblesLocation
5.0 of 5 bubblesCleanliness
5.0 of 5 bubblesService
5.0 of 5 bubblesSleep Quality
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Response from Brandon Castleman, Revenue Management at Gooderson Tropicana Hotel
Responded 29 Mar 2021
Dear Jozifm Crew Thank you for the positive review and encouraging feedback on Siya and Samke, i am sure they will be delighted to hear this. It is always a pleasure hosting your team. We look forward to welcoming you back again soon. Best Regards
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Sylvia B wrote a review Jan 2020
David, Panama29 contributions4 helpful votes
2.0 of 5 bubbles
The hotel was located on the beach and boardwalk which was lovely. We didn't realize this area was as dangerous as it is until we spoke with some locals that advised us to use UberEats to get meals delivered to our door since it is unsafe to be out at night. The room was marginally ok but the door lock was not easy and the door knob was falling off. Their restaurant was barely passable. The breakfast was good.
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Date of stay: January 2020
2.0 of 5 bubblesRooms
3.0 of 5 bubblesCleanliness
3.0 of 5 bubblesService
Room Tip: Avoid this area
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mxolisixabanisa wrote a review Oct 2022
1 contribution
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Tropicana Hotel gives you the best Durban seaside accommodation. They are a walking distance from most attractions within the South Beach side. Thoroughly enjoyed the food and the staff excellent service.
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Date of stay: May 2022
5.0 of 5 bubblesValue
5.0 of 5 bubblesRooms
5.0 of 5 bubblesLocation
5.0 of 5 bubblesCleanliness
5.0 of 5 bubblesService
5.0 of 5 bubblesSleep Quality
Trip type: Travelled on business
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Response from Brandon Castleman, General Manager at Gooderson Tropicana Hotel
Responded 24 Oct 2022
Dear Mxolisixabanisa Thank you for the positive feedback. We are delighted to so you enjoyed your time with us as well as our food and delivery of service from our staff. We hope to see you again soon and thank you for choosing us!
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salcin615558 wrote a review Nov 2022
Pietermaritzburg, South Africa1 contribution
4.0 of 5 bubbles
The hotel is on the inside is in excellent condition however the outside appearance is not maintained and the area is dangerous as there was a robbery while we where driving into the parking lot. The parking of the hotel is an inconvenience as it is across the hotel and you have to walk out into the street with bags to get into the hotel. And with the area being dangerous ita not somewhere I would feel safe.
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Review collected in partnership with this hotel
Date of stay: November 2022
5.0 of 5 bubblesValue
5.0 of 5 bubblesRooms
1.0 of 5 bubblesLocation
5.0 of 5 bubblesCleanliness
5.0 of 5 bubblesService
5.0 of 5 bubblesSleep Quality
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Response from Brandon Castleman, General Manager at Gooderson Tropicana Hotel
Responded 18 Nov 2022
Good Day salcin61558 Thank you for taking the time to review our property with a positive review score in lighgt of the negative external circumstances. We do apologise for the issues experienced during you stay and do hope you will visit us again future. Keep Well
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zmbong728382 wrote a review Jan 2021
1 contribution
5.0 of 5 bubbles
The room was perfect as i walked in it was fresh, cool n welcoming. The view from the room was perfect. The staff was friendly and they pick up the phone in seconds when you call. I loved the breakfast it was tasty and the waiters were great.
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Review collected in partnership with this hotel
Date of stay: December 2020
5.0 of 5 bubblesValue
5.0 of 5 bubblesRooms
5.0 of 5 bubblesLocation
5.0 of 5 bubblesCleanliness
5.0 of 5 bubblesService
5.0 of 5 bubblesSleep Quality
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Response from Gooderson Leisure, Marketing at Gooderson Tropicana Hotel
Responded 04 Jan 2021
Hi Zmbong Thank you for the kind feedback and positive review of our property. We are delighted to hear that you had a great stay, and enjoyed your breakfast. Our management team will most certainly let our staff know of your experience and look forward to welcoming you back in the near future. Best regards
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PRICE RANGE
R 888 - R 1,202 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
LOCATION
South AfricaKwaZulu-NatalDurban
NUMBER OF ROOMS
168
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Frequently Asked Questions about Gooderson Tropicana Hotel
Which popular attractions are close to Gooderson Tropicana Hotel?
Nearby attractions include Golden Mile (0.1 km), The Spice Emporium, Durban (0.4 km), and Egagasini (0.1 km).
What are some of the property amenities at Gooderson Tropicana Hotel?
Some of the more popular amenities offered include an on-site restaurant, a lounge, and breakfast buffet.
Which room amenities are available at Gooderson Tropicana Hotel?
Top room amenities include air conditioning, a flat screen TV, and blackout curtains.
What food & drink options are available at Gooderson Tropicana Hotel?
Guests can enjoy an on-site restaurant, a lounge, and breakfast during their stay.
Is parking available at Gooderson Tropicana Hotel?
Yes, paid public parking nearby and secured parking are available to guests.
What are some restaurants close to Gooderson Tropicana Hotel?
Conveniently located restaurants include Afro's Chicken Shop, Lingela, and Ocean Basket Marine Parade.
Is Gooderson Tropicana Hotel located near the city centre?
Yes, it is 0.5 km away from the centre of Durban.
Are any cleaning services offered at Gooderson Tropicana Hotel?
Yes, dry cleaning and laundry service are offered to guests.
Does Gooderson Tropicana Hotel offer any business services?
Yes, it conveniently offers a business centre, meeting rooms, and a banquet room.
Are there any historical sites close to Gooderson Tropicana Hotel?
Many travellers enjoy visiting The Old Fort (1.5 km).
Is Gooderson Tropicana Hotel accessible?
Yes, it offers wheelchair access. For specific enquiries, we recommend calling ahead to confirm.
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