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5 Mount Argus Road Umgeni Heights, Durban 4051 South Africa
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#3 of 156 in Durban
Smiths Cottage is a family owned an run backpackers accommodation situated above the Umgeni Bird Park and only 5-10 mins away from beaches and all major attractions. Comfortable ,clean, homely and highly praised by Lonely Planet and proud holder of Trip adviser Certificate of Excellence for 2014 and 2015. The cottage offers self-catering accommodation in a safe and peaceful area. Accommodation is also offered in double en suite cabins and dormitory accommodation for the budget traveler. The hosts can provide a local shuttle service and airport pick-ups. Meals can be arranged if required.
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Free parking
Free High Speed Internet (WiFi)
Outdoor pool
Bar / lounge
Airport transportation
Laundry service
Shuttle bus service
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Non-smoking rooms
Family rooms
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Melisa Cansado wrote a review Aug 2021
Arusha, Tanzania11 contributions
Pat and Keith are the nicest people I've met! They really make you feel at home. I arrived after dark and didn't have any food with me so Keith drove me to the store to make sure I got some dinner. I also needed medicine and he took me to the pharmacy. Rooms are nice and clean. Bed very comfortable. Kitchen is also very clean and you have coffee and tea available all day. I will recommend this place to everyone! Thank you Pat and Keith, it was lovely to meet you.
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Date of stay: August 2021
msandreatravels wrote a review Feb 2020
Boulder, Colorado6 contributions
Smith's Cottage was the exact reprieve we needed! We arrived tired, and left refreshed. The hosts are super welcoming and accommodating, the cabins were clean, showers were clean and the beds were quite comfortable. I'm always weary of hostels, but this one felt safe and was quiet! If you're looking for an affordable, quiet stay in Durban, I would certainly recommend S\mith's Cottage!
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Date of stay: January 2020
Response from keith s, Owner at Smith's Cottage
Responded 16 Mar 2020
Thank you for your great review so glad you were able to unwind and recharge, we really enjoyed your company and hope the the rest of your hols is just as refreshing and enjoyable.
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Camilla B wrote a review Jan 2020
Oaxaca, Mexico3 contributions1 helpful vote
Pat & Keith really make you feel at home from the minute you arrive to Smith’s Cottage. Their beautiful guest house is extremely tranquil, the beds are comfortable and Keith even gave me a little Durban tour when driving me to the city centre.
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Date of stay: January 2020Trip type: Travelled
Response from keith s, Owner at Smith's Cottage
Responded 29 Feb 2020
Thank you so much Camilla we are so happy that we ticked all your boxes it was a pleasure to meet you. Hope you enjoyed your trip to S.A. and have lots of good memory's to take home. Enjoy the rest of your travel's.
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Skyler wrote a review Jan 2020
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I spent 3 days with Keith and Pat after backpacking the Garden Route and it was the perfect place to decompress and plan the next stage of my travels (Although if you're looking for a party, perhaps look elsewhere). The hostel is at their house; tons of beautiful spaces, very clean, decent location, and you cannot beat their hospitality. Keith typically drove me to dinner each night and had a glass of wine while I ate! Make sure to ask him about his contraband-running trips to Malawi. Haha. Pat was the kindest and always offered to make breakfast. This was the perfect stay for me and I count both Pat and Keith as friends now.
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Date of stay: January 2020
Response from keith s, Owner at Smith's Cottage
Responded 05 Jan 2020
Thank you so much Skyler for you fantastic and positive review it really makes it such a pleasure to host people like yourself and we will continue doung the best we can to make all our travellers as content and happy as yourself. Enjoy the rest of your trip and have a super New Year. Regards the Smiths Cottage team.
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Mashale wrote a review Dec 2019
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Smith's cottage was the best choice I made for my weekend stay in Durban. The old couple are the mostly friendly and lovely quest house owners I've ever seen, so helpful in settling in and around city, took me in and around the place with their own car without paying an extra cent, and transport me back to the city to catch my bus back to JHB. Great and nice place to stay in Durban. I strongly recommend this without any doubt. 100℅ enjoy my short stay. Hospitality out of this world.
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Date of stay: December 2019Trip type: Travelled
Response from keith s, Owner at Smith's Cottage
Responded 05 Jan 2020
Thank you so much Shali for your positive review it was a pleasure to host you. We are so glad you enjoyed your stay its people like you that makes our life so rewarding as we really love what we do. Have a great New Year.
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Frequently Asked Questions about Smith's Cottage
Which popular attractions are close to Smith's Cottage?
Nearby attractions include Umgeni River Bird Park (0.3 km).
What are some of the property amenities at Smith's Cottage?
Some of the more popular amenities offered include free wifi, a pool, and a lounge.
What food & drink options are available at Smith's Cottage?
Guests can enjoy a lounge during their stay.
Is parking available at Smith's Cottage?
Yes, free parking is available to guests.
What are some restaurants close to Smith's Cottage?
Conveniently located restaurants include Britannia Hotel, Capsicum, and Jolly Grubber.
Are there opportunities to exercise at Smith's Cottage?
Yes, guests have access to a pool during their stay.
Does Smith's Cottage have an airport shuttle?
Yes, Smith's Cottage offers an airport shuttle for guests. We recommend calling ahead to confirm details.
Does Smith's Cottage have airport transportation?
Yes, Smith's Cottage offers airport transportation for guests. We recommend calling ahead to confirm details.
Are there any historical sites close to Smith's Cottage?
Many travellers enjoy visiting The Old Fort (5.0 km) and The Ramakrishna Centre of South Africa Durban (6.0 km).