Durban hotels have come a long way over the past few years, with the return of the major hotel chains after many years of boycotts during the apartheid era. Durban was also one of the host cities of the World Cup 2010, and many 5 star luxury boutique hotels and bed and breakfasts have sprung up all over this great tourist destination to cater for those who would like that extra bit of pampering for their holiday.
The luxury five star hotels in Durban, such as the famous Royal Hotel, Beverly Hills Intercontinental, and the Fairmont Zimbali complex, cater to families, businessmen and women, as well as your couples looking for luxury while they relax in the sun in South Africa's playground of Durban.
Another reason to think about is the independence. In a Self catering apartment there is no one to answer to, simply make yourself at home. Finally the best part of staying in a self catering apartment is the cost. Hotels can be exceedingly costly and when you begin to think about the fact that the cost is per individual per day, it all accumulates in the end. For e.g. several hotels in Durban offer excellent sounding tariffs per individual per day but if you had 6 persons paying on a per adult per day scenario, that situation would speedily tally up to a shocking amount. Now, think about the fact that you could book a contemporary, self catering apartment in peak period for a tiny portion of the cost per day for a 6 sleeper. That's a very nice saving. It works out to a very reasonable cost per individual per day because the cost is quoted at per apartment per day.
Close to the cocktail bars and restaurants of Durban beach, the hotel has just been renovated and houses 95 fully equipped rooms (36 of which are sea facing) with remote controlled TV's, tea and coffee making facilities, full bathroom amenities and an electronic safe. The Balmoral Hotel has official star rating of four stars, which is absolutely deserved when you consider the fantastic banqueting and conferencing venues as well, and the great Waterfront Restaurant which serves up some of Durban's best Indian food.
Durban offers not only beautiful warm and sunny beaches, but other exciting and interesting attractions as well. For fun for the entire family the uShaka Marine World is the city's most visited amusement park. Here families can enjoy dolphin shows, an underground aquarium, pools and water slides. For more adventurous fun, uShaka Beach offers windsurfing and jet skiing. Nighttime fun includes the Suncoast Casino and the Entertainment World complex, all with popular accommodation high-rises and hotels nearby.
For a taste of the mix of cultures that optimise modern-day Durban, a visit to The Victoria Embankment offers tourists many different points of interest such as the City Hall on Smith Street with its unique copper dome or the Indian district on Grey Street where the Juma Musjid Mosque is located. There are much to see on a quick exploration of the area.