I stayed at the St James one night during Tourism Indaba. The guesthouse is in a charming old building and rooms are spacious and beautifully decorated. Easy to get to, good and safe parking.
Breakfast needs a bit of attention though. Coffee was finished and I had to ask for new coffee to be made. The kitchen had run out of coffee filters and plunger coffee was offered instead- which I generally would not mind, had it not been super weak, the colour of tea. I asked for a new one and advised them on how the plunger has to be used. Hot breakfast was served from a menu to chose from which was good. The breakfast buffet however had not much to offer: Basic cereal but no fruit at all. The home made bread - as written on a small board - was only brought after direct request and appeared to be just defrosted as it was rather cold and solid... A bit of management supervision would probably go a long way here.
Overall friendly staff though and - with the hope that the breakfast issues were possibly a once off event - I would probably come again. Four stars because the house and rooms do have flair.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Originally the home of Corobrick founder Robert Storm who built it in 1892, the guesthouse is steeped in Durban history and retains much of its old world charm. The 15 bedrooms are individually decorated in a classically elegant style with some having a view over the century's old St James church while others look over the hotel's peaceful garden patio. Being close to the trendy eateries of Florida Road, Durban's beachfront, major sports stadiums (Kings Park and Moses Mabhida Football Stadium), golf courses and Jameson and Mitchell Parks means all Durban's attractions are just a short drive away. The guesthouse is ideal for small meetings, conferences and private dinners and is well equipped to ensure business runs smoothly and efficiently. For business guests, the guesthouse is well-placed for access to the ICC, as well as quick freeway access to the Umhlanga Ridge precinct. ... more less
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