South African Hotels

aha Waterfront Hotel and Spa

40 Mahatma Gandhi Drive
South Africa
Hotel Type

Situated on the edge of Durban's harbour, the aha Waterfront Hotel and Spa is a fresh and stylish hotel that is conveniently accessible to the city, the airport, and many local attractions. 

This luxurious hotel in KwaZulu-Natal offers both leisure and business guests an excellent range of accommodation, fantastic facilities, delicious dining, and professional levels of service and hospitality. This hotel underwent a name change in November 2014; it used to be referred to as the Three Cities Docklands Hotel.

Durban is a very popular tourist destination in South Africa for both local and international visitors. The climate of this region can be described as subtropical, with even winter temperatures seldom dropping below 20 degrees C. The beaches are safe and well-protected, and the water is warm and clear, suitable for swimming for most of the year. Surfing is also very popular on these shores of South Africa.


Accommodation is provided in 83 designer-decorated rooms, each offering comfort and luxury. The rooms overlook either the courtyard, the harbour or the beachfront. The rooms are all well appointed with amenities and modern décor.

Room features include:

  • En-suite bathrooms
  • Air conditioning
  • Safe
  • Satellite TV
  • WiFi
  • Hair dryer
  • Tea/coffee facilities
  • Blackout drapes
  • Balcony
  • Complimentary toiletries


  • Restaurant
  • Bar
  • Lounge
  • Outdoor swimming pool
  • Conference venue
  • Business Center
  • Terrace


  • Room service
  • Packed lunches
  • Car hire
  • Shuttle service (surcharge)
  • Airport shuttle (surcharge)
  • 24-hour front desk
  • Luggage storage
  • Laundry
  • Dry cleaning
  • Fax/photocopying
  • Concierge


The hotel's Conference Center features a total of three conference venues that provide high-tech conference facilities and equipment. The dedicated and professional staff assist in making any event, whether it is a conference, wedding or birthday party, a memorable experience.

Seating capacities:

  • Shoreside - cinema 400, schoolroom 250, banquet 250 (with no dance floor), weddings 230 (with a dance floor)
  • Portside - theatre 100, classroom 70, dinner 60, weddings 50
  • Dockside - cinema 140, classroom 70, dinner 100 (with no dance floor), weddings 80 (with a dance floor)

Wining and Dining 

The Wodka Restaurant can seat up to 84 guests with a picturesque courtyard area available for al fresco dining. The restaurant is perfect for functions and events too with special diets. The restaurant serves meals daily including; breakfast, lunch and dinner with also the choice to try a different mixture of international cuisine.

Nearby Attractions

For those interested in marine life, a visit to the Natal Sharks Board in Umhlanga will provide guests with a one of a kind experience. They will also be able to see how these devoted conservationists are implemented to minimise the impact that sharks and humans have on one another.

If you enjoy taking your chances at winning the jackpot, there are two impressive casinos just a short drive away from the hotel. The Sibaya Casino is 44 minutes away while the Suncoast Casino is in the city of Durban, near the North beachfront. The area is also popular for golfers with the Durban Country Club's “Greenwood” course, the Royal Durban, and Umhlali Country Club all offering a decent challenge on beautifully maintained fairways and greens.

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  • Air Conditioning
  • Ensuite / Private bathroom
  • Hairdryer
  • Housekeeping
  • Internet Access
  • Safe
  • Satellite TV
  • Tea and coffee making facilities


Wodka Restaurant

The Wodka Restaurant at Durban's Three Cities Waterfront Hotel and Spa offers international cuisine and can seat a maximum of 80 guests. The restaurant is open daily from mornings until evenings and can cater towards a variety of special diets including kosher, vegetarian, halal and vegan.

Nearby attractions
  • Ushaka Marine World
  • Durban Botanical Gardens
  • Old Court House Museum
  • Umhlanga Lighthouse
  • Valley of 1000 Hills
  • City Hall
  • Durban Beachfront
  • Moses Mabhida Stadium.


Three conference venues are on offer at the Three Cities Waterfront Hotel and Spa in Durban, South Africa. Docklands Hotel offers dedicated conference staff to ensure that any event, be it a conference, wedding or function, is successful.

Seating configuration:

  • Shoreside room: Cinema 400, Schoolroom 250, Banquet 250 without a dance floor, Weddings 230 with dance floor
  • Portside: Cinema 100, Schoolroom 70, Banquet 60 , Weddings 50
  • Dockside: Cinema 140, Schoolroom 70, Banquet 100, Weddings 80.

  • Conference venue
  • Parking
  • Restaurant

Check in and Check Out Times
  • Check in: 14:00
  • Check out: 10:00
General Services
  • Air conditioning
  • Airport transfers
  • Complimentary Wi-Fi connectivity in all rooms and public areas
  • Concierge services
  • Housekeeping service
  • Laundry services
  • Luggage storage
  • Room service
  • Secure parking
Children Policy
  • Children of all ages are welcome to stay at The Waterfront Hotel and Spa in Durban, South Africa. 

    One child under three years old can be accommodated free of charge in a baby cot, and only one baby cot is available per room.

Available Rooms


# Rooms:

The Three Cities Waterfront Hotel and Spa in Durban, KwaZulu-Natal, offers a total of 83 hotel rooms, each offering designer decor and luxurious comfort. The Standard Rooms at this Durban Hotel overlook the tranquil courtyard, the harbor entrance or Durban's Waterfront.

Standard Room features:

  • En-suite bathrooms with large showers and separate toilets
  • Satellite TV
  • Electronic safes
  • Complimentary WIFI
  • Tea and coffee making facilities
  • Hairdryer
  • Air-conditioning.
Single Room R1140
Double Room R1500


These Superior Rooms feature stunning views over the Ocean and of the Harbor.

Superior Room features:

  • En-suite bathrooms with large showers and separate toilets
  • Satellite TV
  • Electronic safes
  • Complimentary WIFI
  • Tea and coffee making facilities
  • Hairdryer
  • Air-conditioning
  • Sea views.
Single Room R1270
Double Room R1690


The Deluxe Rooms at Durban's Three Cities Waterfront Hotel and Spa, South Africa, offer views of either the harbor or the hotel's picturesque courtyard area.

Deluxe Room features:

  • En-suite bathrooms with large showers and separate toilets
  • Satellite TV
  • Electronic safes
  • Complimentary WIFI
  • Tea and coffee making facilities
  • Hairdryer
  • Air-conditioning.
Single Room R1450
Double Room R1940

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GPS Co-Ordinates

Latitude: -29.872364

Longitude: 31.047798


Driving directions to the Three Cities Waterfront Hotel and Spa from the King Shaka International Airport, Durban:

1. Take the 1st left toward Mdloti St
2. Turn left onto Mdloti St. Toll road
3. Continue onto M65. Toll road
4. Keep right at the fork and merge onto N2. Partial toll road
5. Exit on to the M41 toward Mount Edgecombe
6. Turn left at the M41
7. Take the ramp to the M4
8. Turn left into Argyle Rd
9. Take the 1st right onto Sylvester Ntuli Rd
10. Turn left onto West St
11. Take the 1st right onto Gillespie St
12. Continue onto Prince St
13. Turn right onto Bell St
14. Take the 2nd left onto Mahatma Gandhi Rd. Destination will be on the left.

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On site parking facilities are provided for guests.

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