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Mackaya Bella Guest House
Ranked #3 of 258 Durban B&B and Inns
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Reviewed 16 May 2015

I’d brought visitors for five nights in March 2013 and six visitors in 2014, and we returned again March 2015, this time under the roof of new owners Nicki Mahony and Mike vom Hagen. It was a delight! The staff provided wonderful breakfasts; the grounds are quiet (easy to sleep at night); the pool fantastic; rooms clean; bathrooms comfortable; internet reliable. Air-conditioning in the main building was excellent, and some in my party enjoyed the added privacy of the unairconditioned room adjacent to the pool (equipped with fans). The grounds have a secured fence, and the locale is rather close to the university, which was of prime importance to us. I’m submitting some photos from the trip, including some panoramics that I hope show properly in the viewer. We hope to return next year!

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  • Stayed: March 2015, travelled on business
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Reviewed 12 May 2015

My wife, 14 month old son and I spent a fabulous two evenings at Mackaya Bella over the long weekend.
Amazing hospitality made us feel more than at home with a warm and inviting atmosphere. A definite must!!

  • Stayed: April 2015, travelled with family
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Reviewed 4 May 2015

Is it not a little too expensive? I was expecting something like R600 - R650??Other than that, the place and its people are very warm, you feel like a family member. Next time, same room please? Big up

  • Stayed: April 2015, travelled on business
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NickiMahony, Owner at Mackaya Bella Guest House, responded to this reviewResponded 5 May 2015

Thanks so much for your comments. Much appreciated. So happy that you feel it's like a home away from home. We genuinely love meeting people and have the best job. Re the rates, we are pretty much on par with the price for other 4 star graded establishments in Glenwood. Some people think that's too much and others don't even blink an eye. We do specials from time to time, so keep an eye out for them. PS: Which room were you in?

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Reviewed 4 May 2015

I had a pleasant experience and met a wonderful person in the owner. The place was immaculate and room most comfortable. I especially enjoyed the privacy and the freedom of movement the place allows especially at night.
The only disappointment was the breakfast that was pre cooked and heated in the microwave and served to me, which left the bacon and sausage dry and the eggs leathery. Prefer fresh food and I am happy to wait for it. Thanks.

Overall, a place I will certainly recommend and visit again. Thanks guys and all the best.


  • Stayed: April 2015, travelled solo
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NickiMahony, Owner at Mackaya Bella Guest House, responded to this reviewResponded 5 May 2015

Thanks Selvam. Glad you enjoyed your stay and look forward to having you again. Re the breakfasts, I have already chatted to our ladies about this as i noticed it happened with another guest last week. Sometimes if there is a gap between guests eating times, they have taken it upon themselves to cook ahead in preparation for the next guest so that they can have the meal ready asap. As you pointed out, this is to the detriment of taste and freshness. They now all understand that cooking to order and having guests wait a few minutes extra is far more preferable. Appreciate your feedback.

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Reviewed 1 April 2015

We needed a comfortable , convenient home for a business visit in the Glenwood area of Durban South ...and found it , at Mackaya Bella.
Personal , prompt and professional service were the hallmarks of Nicki and her team ; with a tasty breakfast start to the day, and friendly attention to detail, in resolving our service requests .

  • Stayed: March 2015, travelled on business
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Additional Information about Mackaya Bella Guest House

Address: 137 Penzance Road | Glenwood, Durban 4001, South Africa
Region: South Africa > KwaZulu-Natal > Durban
Amenities:
Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
Ranked #3 of 258 B&Bs / Inns in Durban
Price Range: R1 039 - R1 306 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:4 star — Mackaya Bella Guest House 4*
Number of rooms: 7
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
A 4-star, modern and environmentally friendly guest house serving bed and breakfast. Located in Glenwood, Durban, overlooking a tranquil park, we are known for our friendly hospitality, comfortable rooms, tasty breakfasts and indigenous garden. Local and international guests, business people, tourists, academics and visitors are all welcome. We have 6 en-suite double rooms with TV, wi-fi, study desk plus all necessary amenities and 1 large, self-catering unit with its own kitchen, bathroom and lounge. ... more   less 
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