12 – 14 Walnut Road, Durban 4001, South Africa
Babysitting, Banquet Hall, Bar/Lounge, Business Center, Cable Television, Concierge, Conference Center, Conference Room, Connecting Rooms, Family Rooms, Fitness Center, Free Breakfast, In-room safe, Internet, Laundry Service, Meeting Rooms, Minibar, Multilingual Staff, Non-Smoking, Parking, Reduced mobility rooms, Restaurant, Room Service, Safety Deposit Boxes, Salon, Self-Serve Laundry, Service Animals Allowed, Shops, Shuttle Bus Service, Smoking Rooms Available, Suites, Swimming Pool, Tours, Wheelchair Access, Wifi
The reasonably-priced, well-located Hilton is a favourite with business travellers, and for good reason: it features direct access to the...
The reasonably-priced, well-located Hilton is a favourite with business travellers, and for good reason: it features direct access to the International Convention Centre, and is also a short walk from the Chamber of Commerce, the Durban Exhibition Centre, the main train station and numerous international companies.
The rooms are a bit generic design-wise, but attuned to the needs of corporate visitors. In my surprisingly huge standard room I found not one but three phones, a work area with ergonomic chair, and Wi-Fi that was fast, but not free — unless you are part of the Hilton HHonors scheme. The “Serenity” bed was very comfortable and there were some nice high-tech additions in the room, such as an alarm clock with a USB port, a plasma TV, and touch-access card locks on the doors (instead of the maddening sliders that most other hotels have). The breathtaking city view through my window was invigorating; the other side of the hotel has equally gorgeous views of the ocean. It is worth noting that the Hilton does its part to help the environment through its “Conserve to Preserve” programme, and will only replace your towels if you leave them on the floor.
The landmark hotel’s other amenities also continue the business traveller theme. The business centre offers meeting rooms, work stations and secretarial services, and a grand ballroom is available for functions with up to 400 people. Guests can be overheard making deals and talking shop in the spacious lobby seating area, and in the various bars and eateries onsite. Rainbow Restaurant has seafood, South African specialties, local wines, and Indian cuisine. Rivets Bar which features a funky water wall and leather couches, is the place for casual cocktails. And the Coral Lounge coffee bar is the place to surf the web or sit and chill. Their pastries are fresh and very tasty – I recommend the croissants.
For those who feel the need to burn off some calories after a long day of meetings or a robust meal, the hotel features a complimentary 24-hour fitness centre and an outdoor pool.
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