South African Hotels

The Royal Hotel Durban

267 Smith Street
Durban 4000
South Africa
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The Royal Hotel opened in 1845, and this historical hotel is famous for its subtle blend of African and colonial influences. The coffee shop offers light meals and a selection of cakes, and delicacies are being served throughout the day. The 70-year old restaurant, the Royal Grill, provides an exceptional dining experience at the hotel, with outstanding cuisine served in a venue of timeless grandeur. Many facilities, including a swimming pool and a gym, as well as conference facilities and a business centre, combined with convenient services, are available to in-house guests for a pleasant stay.

The hotel's 114 rooms consist of various room types which offer harbour and city views. The rooms and suites provide a comfortable space for guests, with convenient amenities and features.

  • En-suite bathroom
  • Separate shower and bath
  • Air conditioning and heating
  • TV with selected TV channels
  • Hairdryers
  • Direct dial telephones
  • Electronic safes
  • Tea and coffee making facilities
  • WiFi Facilities in rooms
  • Views of the Yacht Mole in the bay-facing rooms
  • View of Durban city in the side-facing rooms


  • Business Center
  • Conference venues
  • Hairdresser on site
  • Health and squash centre
  • Information desk
  • Internet
  • Parking facilities
  • Gym
  • Swimming pool


  • Airport transfers
  • Babysitting
  • Car rental service
  • Daily newspapers
  • Doctor & Dentist on call
  • Laundry and dry cleaning
  • Foreign exchange
  • Internet
  • Valet service
  • Wake up calls


Conference Venues:

  • Prince Alfred suite
  • Royal Boardroom
  • Marine Room
  • Committee Room
  • Garden Suite A
  • Garden Suite B


The hotel features two in-house restaurants and one bar. The Royal Grill, which reflects an old age charm with its original high ceilings and its dark wooden balustrades, offers a relaxed and welcoming dining setting where delicious meals await. For freshly ground coffee, mouthwatering cakes, and pastries, guests are invited to visit the Royal Coffee Shop at the hotel. Light snacks can be enjoyed at the hotel's Exchange Bar in Durban, where a sports and pub-style environment awaits.

Dining venues:

  • The Royal Grill
  • The Royal Coffee Shop
  • The Exchange Bar in Durban

Nearby Attractions and Activities

  • Moses Mabhida Stadium
  • Trips to the Valley of 1000 hills
  • Absa Rugby Stadium
  • Durban Playhouse
  • Kings Park Soccer Stadium
  • uShaka Marine World
  • Golf Courses
  • Sunset Cruises
  • Durban & Umhlanga Beaches
  • Umgeni Bird Park
  • Gateway Theater of Shopping
  • Kings Park Olympic Swimming Complex
  • Mangrove Swamps


  • 1.5 km to the International Convention Center (ICC)
  • 2 km to the Japanese Gardens
  • 2.5 km to the Umgeni Bird Park
  • 3 km to Durban’s north beaches
  • 6 km to the Shopping Mall

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  • Air Conditioning
  • Ensuite / Private bathroom
  • Hairdryer
  • Heater in Room
  • Housekeeping
  • In-room safe
  • Satellite TV
  • Tea and coffee making facilities
  • Telephone


The Royal Grill

This flagship restaurant boasts some of South Africa's top award winning, haute cuisine and opulent décor. The popular Royal Grill restaurant at The Royal Hotel in Durban, KwaZulu-Natal, provides diners with a delicious cuisine served in a refreshed, elegant and sophisticated milieu of timeless grandeur. This attractive, classic venue offers an age-old charm with stunning high ceilings and stained glass effects contrasted against modern white linen, silver and crystal chandeliers.The Royal Grill offers a superior wine list that compliments every dish on the menu.


The Hotel features an indoor swimming pool as well as a plunge pool.

Nearby activities & attractions
  • Moses Mabhida Stadium
  • Absa Rugby Stadium
  • Durban & Umhlanga Beaches
  • Gateway Theatre of Shopping
  • Kings Park Olympic Swimming Complex
  • Kings Park Soccer Stadium
  • Mangrove Swamps
  • Durban Playhouse next door
  • Sunset Cruises 
  • Trips to the Valley of 1000 hills
  • Umgeni Bird Park
  • uShaka Marine World – Durban’s treasure trove of adventure
  • Virgin Active Health Club
  • Golf Courses

Guests have access to the gym which is located adjacent to the indoor swimming pool.

Health & Squash Centre

The Royal Hotel in Durban, South Africa, features a Health and Squash Centre which is complete with a sauna.  Spa treatments are also available.

Conference Venues

Conference venues:

  • The Prince Alfred Room: seats up to 300 persons
  • The Royal Boardroom: seats up to 100 persons
  • The Marine Room: seats up to 100 persons
  • Berea View: seats up to 30 persons
  • Town Garden Suites: seat up to 70 persons
  • 2 x Boardrooms: seat up to 12 persons

Standard conference equipment:

  • 1 x Lectern
  • 1 x Flip chart and two pens
  • 1 x Screen

Conference equipment for hire:

  • PA System
  • Microphone
  • Carousel Slide Projector
  • TV & VCR
  • Data Projectors


  • Boardroom Facilities
  • Business Centre
  • Coffee Shop
  • Conference venue
  • Gym
  • Hair salon
  • Hotel Bar
  • Lounge
  • Nearby Casino
  • Nearby golf course
  • Outdoor patio
  • Parking
  • Plunge pool
  • Restaurant
  • Sauna
  • Squash court(s)
  • Swimming Pool
  • Wheelchair accessible rooms

Check in and Check Out Times
  • Check in: 14:00
  • Check out: 10:00
General Services
  • 24 - hour reception service
  • Airport transfers
  • Babysitting
  • Concierge services
  • Daily newspaper
  • Doctor on call
  • Dry cleaning service
  • Housekeeping service
  • Internet connection
  • Laundry services
  • Luggage storage
  • Massage treatments
  • Porters
  • Room service
  • Valet parking
  • Voicemail
  • Wake-up call
  • Wellness & Beauty treatments

Available Rooms

Deluxe Room

Single Room R860
Double Room R1030

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Overall excellent!

1. Location: very good and central
2. Friendliness: very good
3. Value for money: good
4. Cleanliness: very good
5. Overall impression: excellent

regards, Annelize Kayster



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GPS Co-Ordinates

Latitude: -29.859336

Longitude: 31.025860


Directions to the Royal Hotel in Durban from the King Shaka International Airport:

1. Head southwest toward Mdloti St 700 m
2. Turn left onto Mdloti St 2.3 km
3. Keep right at the fork and merge onto N2 Rd 12.0 km
4. Take the exit 182 on to the M41 toward Mount Edgecombe 650 m
5. Turn left onto the M41 2.7 km
6. Take the ramp to the M4 11.7 km
7. Turn left to Argyle Rd 240 m
8. Turn right onto Sylvester Ntuli Rd 1.3 km
9. Slight left to stay on Sylvester Ntuli Rd 700 m
10. Continue onto Mahatma Gandhi Rd 110 m
11. Turn right onto Anton Lembede St Destination will be on the left 1.1 km

Royal Hotel
267 Smith Street, Durban 4000, KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa

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On site parking facilities are provided for guests.

Star Rating

4 Star