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The Royal Hotel - 5 star sophisticated hotel in Durban, KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa
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The Royal Hotel
 Durban, KwaZulu-Natal
South Africa
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The Royal Hotel - Luxury Hotel in Durban, Kwazulu-Natal, South Africa

The Royal Hotel's principle of uncompromising service and unfailing hospitality has always been a cornerstone in it's 150 years of existence. 

During these years it has been this ethos that has carried it from strength to strength through a colourful and, at times, tumultous evolution.

At The Royal we believe that the real ingredient of lasting hotel excellence cannot be bought. This is because it is service that makes the difference and high standards first have to be cultivated and then continuously refined. It is this commitment that has made us one of the foremost hotels in the world.

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It's hard to believe that this haven of grace is right in the heart of a busy cosmopolitan city. There is a quiet sense of restrained elegance which belies the bustle outside; a warm welcome echoes a bygone age of care and comfort in an unhurried mood of luxury. Yet The Royal Hotel is conveniently situated in Durban's Central Business district, within walking distance of extensive entertainment, commercial, sports and tourist facilities.

It is also central to all transport networks, is 15km from Durban's International Airport and offers an in-hotel car hire depot.

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 With six unique restaurants and a choice of three upmarket cocktail venues, The Royal offers something for every taste - from the casual to the superlative. Together, The Royal's dining venues offer dining of an international standard, from classic cuisine to creative light meals.
  • THE ROYAL GRILL - This flagship restaurant boasts some of the country's top award winning, haute cuisine and opulent décor.
  • THE ULUNDI - Durbanís finest traditional Indian restaurant serving some of the finest eastern dishes in town.
  • TOP OF THE ROYAL - A sophisticated venue with magnificent bay views, which offers guests magnificent breakfasts, and doubles as a function room.
  • THE ROYAL CARVERY - Traditional English gourmet dining in a mellow, old-world setting.
  • THE ROYAL LOUNGE - An ideal venue for enjoying a light meal or indulging in a tempting selection of cakes and delicacies.
  • THE ROYAL COFFEE SHOPPE - A popular venue with visitors offering Viennese-style light eating.
  • CHEFíS ON STAGE - The most unique venue in Africa, featuring Chefís on Stage, trendy, interactive cuisine and culinary education and personalized dining options.
  • EXCHANGE BAR and TAP ROOM - 2 bars offering pub style menus in relaxed and dedicated sports environments. 
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While pleasure is The Royal's business, business itself receives expert attention too. Conferencing and banqueting facilities here are comprehensive, offering a choice of venues from glittering ballroom to intimate boardroom.  Magnificent yellowwood paneling, complimented by exquisite crystal chandeliers, predominates throughout the banqueting suites, which offer the perfect setting for full-scale conventions, sales presentations, directors' meetings and any other business-oriented function. All can be linked to the latest in audio-visual technology and, as you'd expect, the catering and communications services are every bit as legendary as the Hotel.

For your convenience, The Royal Hotel has also introduced a Business Centre. Equipped with the latest in telecommunications and computer technology, it is the ideal venue for the serious businessman. With a choice of two boardrooms and three fully outfitted offices, it's like you never left your office at all.

Hospitality at The Royal goes back a long way, to the early 1840s when a sea captain supplying the British garrison sensed the port of Durban's commercial promise and bought the land upon which The Royal stands today.  Opened as Durban's first hostelry in 1845, the building was originally a low-thatched wattle-and-daub building called the Commercial Hotel, a name that changed to The Masonic in 1852.

In the years that followed the hotel became the centre of the town's rapidly growing community life and, following a Royal Appointment granted by Queen Victoria's second son, Prince Alfred, the hotel became known as The Royal in 1860.  Much of the historical significance of The Royal relates to the guests who have visited the hotel. Eminent guests throughout the years include, Cecil John Rhodes, H.G. Wells, Rider Haggard, Marlene Dietrich, Mark Twain, Prince Alfred, Queen Elizabeth II, Margaret Thatcher, F.W. de Klerk, Mangosuthu Buthelezi and Nelson Mandela.

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  • Airport Transfers
  • Airline Reservations
  • Babysitters
  • Conference Facilities
  • Credit card Facilities
  • Daily Newspapers
  • Doctor, dentist and nurse on call
  • Dry Cleaning Service
  • Squash courts, massage, sauna, gym, swimming pool, plunge pool
  • Valet Service
  • Wake-up service
  • Health Centre
  • Car rental service (Avis)
  • Computer Training Centre
  • Business Centre
  • Foreign Exchange
  • Parking Facilities
  • Information Desk
  • Mailing Services
  • Laundry service
  • Jewellery, magazine tobacconist
  • Telex, telefax service
  • Internet
  • Hairdresser on call
  • Pay Television 
Five-star sophistication is the keynote throughout your Royal room or suite, where a subtle blend of yellowwood and royal blue colour schemes, graciously complemented by rich, sophisticated decor, create an atmosphere of comfort and splendour. Breathtaking panoramic views of Durban add to the overall ambience of the bedroom, and the exquisite finishes of your adjoining bathroom ensures you remain in the height of luxury.

All rooms have selected DSTV, direct dial telephones, air-conditioning and heating, and tea and coffee making facilities, re-enforcing our goal to ensure a convenient stay for all. Mini bars are a standard feature of all our suites, with fax machines, and in-room internet available in our executive and penthouse suites. A butler service is available on two dedicated floors and The Royal also provides a floor of accommodation for those women travelling alone, as well as non-smoking floors.

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  • 251 Rooms in Total
  • 134 Double Rooms
  • 88 Twin Rooms
  • 3 Executive Rooms
  • 16 Deluxe Suites
  • 3 Executive Suites
  • 2 Penthouses
  • 5 Family Rooms

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The Royal Hotel's central location within the city of Durban, provides the visitor with various activities to choose from. The Royal reception desk will arrange bookings for any activity, and transport will be provided.
  • Deep Sea Fishing
  • Golf
  • Horse Racing
  • Yachting and Cruises
  • Game Parks and Reserves
  • Gateway Shopping Mall
  • International Convention Centre
  • The Playhouse Theatre Complex
Directions to Get There : BY AIR:
  • Option One - Durban International Airport, transfers to and from the airport can be arranged on request
  • Option two - Charter flights can be arranged from Virginia Airports on request.
  • Route One: N3 Pass Pavillion Shopping Centre Follow Durban City/Stad signage Set of Robots @ Commercial Road Carry straight on for 4 further sets of Robots Turn right into Soldiers Way Straight on through two further sets of Robots Turn Left into Ulundi Place Royal Parkade on the Right
  • Route Two: From Durban International Airport, Follow exit/uitgang N2 Signs Turn right (N) following N2 North coast Turn Right (E) following N2 North coast Join M4 Durban City/Stad Follow Esplanade turnoff Left turn into Royal Parkade 3rd floor of parkade special unloading/ reception
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The Royal Hotel

  267 Smith Street
Durban, 4000
South Africa

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