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The Royal Hotel

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Front of property
Outdoor pool
In-room safe, individually decorated, individually furnished
Family Suite, 2 Bedrooms, Non Smoking, City View | In-room safe, individually decorated, individually furnished

Overview of The Royal Hotel

The Royal Hotel

3.0 star property
3-star hotel with outdoor pool, near uShaka Marine World
7.0 out of 10 Good
7.0/10 Good

218 verified guest reviews

Property highlights

  • Pool
  • Spa
  • Airport transfer
  • Parking available
  • Free WiFi
  • Restaurant
The price is €39
Price available on 12/06/2023
267 Smith Street, Durban, KwaZulu-Natal, 4001
Main amenities
  • Daily housekeeping
  • Near the beach
  • Restaurants and bar/lounge
  • Outdoor pool
  • Breakfast available
  • Self parking
  • Room service
  • Coffee shop/cafe
  • Spa services
  • Massage/treatment rooms
  • Conference centre
  • Business centre
For families
  • Private bathroom
  • Separate bath and shower
  • Television
  • Terrace
  • Daily housekeeping
  • Laundry facilities

Room options

About this area

What's nearby

  • In Durban Central Business District
  • UShaka Marine World - 35 min walk
  • Durban International Convention Centre - 3 min drive
  • Durban Beach - 4 min drive
  • Moses Mabhida Stadium - 5 min drive
  • Umhlanga Rocks Beach - 18 min drive

Getting around

  • Durban (DUR-King Shaka Intl.) - 33 min drive
  • Airport shuttle (surcharge)
  • Train station drop-off (surcharge)
  • Train station pickup (surcharge)
  • Cruise terminal shuttle (surcharge)
  • Beach shuttle (surcharge)
  • Theme park shuttle (surcharge)


  • Lords & Legends Sports Cafe - 3 min walk
  • La Bella Trattoria Restuarant - 5 min walk
  • Thunder Peak Spur - 2 min walk
  • McDonald's - 4 min walk
  • The Exchange Bar - The Royal Hotel - 2 min walk

About this property

The Royal Hotel

The Royal Hotel offers an airport shuttle (available 24 hours) for ZAR 450 per vehicle one-way. Guests can grab a bite to eat at the coffee shop/cafe, or indulge in deep-tissue massages, body wraps or facials. Other features of this Colonial hotel include an outdoor pool, a bar/lounge and a snack bar/deli. Fellow travellers say great things about the helpful staff and comfortable guest rooms.



Cleaning and safety practices

Enhanced cleanliness measures

Disinfectant is used to clean the property
High-touch surfaces are cleaned and disinfected
The property is disinfected using an electrostatic spray
Sheets and towels are washed at 60°C or hotter
Follows the industry cleaning and disinfection practices of Ecolab (third-party expert - Global)

Social distancing

Protective shields in place at main contact areas
Guest rooms kept vacant for 24 hours between stays
Social distancing measures in place
Contactless room service is available.

Safety measures

Personal protective equipment worn by staff
Temperature checks given to staff
Temperature checks available for guests
Masks are required at the property
Hand sanitiser provided
Enhanced food service safety measures are in place
Individually wrapped food options available for breakfast, lunch, dinner and through room service
This information is provided by our partners.

At a glance

Hotel size

  • 206 rooms
  • Arranged over 18 floors


  • Check-in time from 2:00 PM until anytime
  • Minimum check-in age – 18
  • Check-out time is 11 AM

Restrictions related to your trip

  • Check COVID-19 restrictions

Special check-in instructions

  • This property offers transfers from the cruise terminal and airport (surcharges may apply); to arrange pick-up, guests must contact the property 24 hours prior to arrival, using the contact information on the booking confirmation
  • Front desk staff will greet guests on arrival

Required at check-in

  • Credit card, debit card or cash deposit required for incidental charges
  • Government-issued photo ID may be required
  • Minimum check-in age is 18


  • No cots (infant beds)


  • No pets or service animals allowed


  • Free WiFi in public areas
  • Free WiFi in rooms


  • Secured covered on-site self-parking (ZAR 60 per day)
  • Wheelchair-accessible parking on site
  • On-site parking is limited
  • Height restrictions apply for on-site parking


  • Airport shuttle on request (available 24 hours a day)*
  • Train station shuttle
  • Cruise terminal shuttle*


  • Beach shuttle*
  • Theme park shuttle*

Property amenities

Food and drink

  • Buffet breakfast (surcharge) each morning 6:30 AM–10 AM
  • Restaurant
  • Bar/lounge
  • Coffee shop
  • Room service (limited hours)
  • Snack bar/deli

What to do

  • Beach shuttle (surcharge)
  • Beach nearby
  • Golfing nearby
  • Kayaking nearby
  • Snorkelling nearby

Working away

  • Business centre
  • Meeting rooms
  • Conference centre


  • 24-hour front desk
  • Concierge services
  • Limo or town car service
  • Dry cleaning/laundry services
  • Luggage storage
  • Wedding services
  • Multilingual staff
  • Porter/bellhop
  • Beach shuttle (surcharge)


  • 1 building/tower
  • Built in 1845
  • ATM/banking
  • Safe-deposit box at front desk
  • Terrace
  • An outdoor pool
  • Spa services
  • Massage/treatment rooms
  • Banquet hall
  • Reception hall


  • Lift
  • In-room accessibility (selected rooms)
  • Wheelchair-accessible
  • Wheelchair-accessible parking
  • Wheelchair-accessible concierge desk
  • Wheelchair-accessible path to lift
  • Wheelchair-accessible registration desk
  • Wheelchair-accessible spa
  • Wheelchair-accessible pool
  • Wheelchair-accessible business centre
  • Wheelchair-accessible restaurant
  • Wheelchair-accessible lounge
  • Handrails in stairwells
  • Wheelchair-width doorways
  • Well-lit path to entrance
  • Thin carpet in room

Room amenities

Be entertained

  • 42-inch flat-screen TV
  • Satellite TV channels

Home comfort

  • Air conditioning
  • Iron/ironing board (on request)

Sleep well

  • Soundproofed rooms
  • Bed sheets provided

What to enjoy

  • Individually furnished and decorated

Freshen up

  • Private bathroom
  • Separate bath and shower
  • Free toiletries
  • Hairdryer
  • Towels

Stay connected

  • Free WiFi
  • Phone


  • Daily housekeeping
  • In-room safe (laptop compatible)
  • Restaurant dining guide

Special features


Guests can pamper themselves by indulging in the on-site spa services. There are 3 treatment rooms including rooms for couples. Services include deep-tissue massages, hot stone massages, Swedish massages and facials. A variety of treatment therapies are provided, including aromatherapy and reflexology.

Fees & policies

Optional extras

  • Buffet breakfast is offered for an extra charge of approximately ZAR 185 for adults and ZAR 92.50 for children
  • Airport shuttle service is offered for an extra charge of ZAR 450 per vehicle (one-way. Maximum occupancy 4)
  • Cruise ship terminal shuttle, train station pick-up and train station drop-off services are offered for an extra charge
  • Beach shuttle and theme park shuttle services are offered for an extra charge
  • Credit card charges are subject to an extra charge of 3 per cent

Children & extra beds

  • Airport shuttle for children between the ages of 5 and 11 costs ZAR 150.00 (one-way)


  • Covered self-parking costs ZAR 60 per day
  • Parking height restrictions apply

Pool, spa, & gym (if applicable)

  • Reservations are required for massage services and spa treatments and can be made by contacting the property before arrival at the number on the booking confirmation

Hygiene & cleanliness

This property advises that enhanced cleaning and guest safety measures are currently in place.

The property is cleaned and disinfected with electrostatic spray; disinfectant is used to clean the property; commonly touched surfaces are cleaned with disinfectant between stays; bed sheets and towels are laundered at a temperature of at least 60°C/140°F.

Social distancing measures are in place; staff at the property wear personal protective equipment; a shield is in place between staff and guests in main contact areas; periodic temperature checks are conducted on staff; temperature checks are available to guests; guests are provided with hand sanitiser; contactless room service is available; masks are required in public areas.

Enhanced food service safety measures are in place.

Individually wrapped food options are available for breakfast, lunch and dinner, and also through room service.

Each guestroom is kept vacant for a minimum of 24 hours between bookings.

This property affirms that it adheres to the cleaning and disinfection practices of Ecolab (third-party expert - Global).


Only registered guests are allowed in the guestrooms.
Guests can rest easy knowing that there's a fire extinguisher, a smoke detector and a first aid kit on site.
Please note that cultural norms and guest policies may differ by country and by property. The policies listed are provided by the property.
The name on the credit card used at check-in to pay for incidentals must be the primary name on the guestroom reservation.
This property accepts credit cards and cash.

Also known as

Royal Hotel Durban
Royal Durban
The Royal Hotel Hotel
The Royal Hotel Durban
The Royal Hotel Hotel Durban

Frequently asked questions

Does The Royal Hotel offer free cancellation for a full refund?
Yes, The Royal Hotel does have fully refundable room rates available to book on our site. If you’ve booked a fully refundable room rate, this can be cancelled up to a few days before check-in, depending on the property's cancellation policy. Just make sure that you check this property's cancellation policy for the exact terms and conditions.
How much does it cost to stay at The Royal Hotel?
As of 7 June 2023, prices found for a 1-night stay for 2 adults at The Royal Hotel on 12 June 2023 start from €39, including taxes and fees. This price is based on the lowest nightly price found in the last 24 hours for stays in the next 30 days. Prices are subject to change. Choose your dates for more accurate prices.
What are the cleanliness and hygiene measures currently in place at The Royal Hotel?
This property confirms that disinfectant is used to clean the property. Furthermore, guests are provided with hand sanitiser, social distancing measures are in place and staff are given personal protective equipment. Please note that this information has been provided by our partners.
Is there a pool at The Royal Hotel?
Yes, there's an outdoor pool.
Are pets allowed at The Royal Hotel?
Sorry, neither pets nor service animals are allowed.
Is parking offered on site at The Royal Hotel?
Yes. Self-parking costs ZAR 60 per day. Parking spaces may be limited.
Is an airport shuttle service offered by The Royal Hotel?
Yes, an airport shuttle is available. The charge is ZAR 450 per vehicle one-way.
What are the check-in and check-out times at The Royal Hotel?
You can check in from 2:00 PM - anytime. Check-out time is 11 AM.
Is there an on-site casino at The Royal Hotel?
No, this hotel doesn't have a casino, but Suncoast Casino and Entertainment World (4-min drive) is nearby.
What is there to do at The Royal Hotel and nearby?
Have fun with activities such as boat tours, kayaking and snorkelling, and practise your swing at the nearby golf course. Enjoy a swim in the outdoor pool or use the hotel's other amenities, which include spa services.
Are there restaurants at or near The Royal Hotel?
Yes, there's an on-site restaurant.
What's the area around The Royal Hotel like?
The Royal Hotel is in Durban Central Business District, a short 4-minute walk from Harbour and 15 minutes' walk from Durban International Convention Centre.







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Property conditions & facilities




10/10 Exceptional

Travelstart online, 5-night trip
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8/10 Very good

Clean rooms and wide selection for breakfast items
Danai, 1-night romance trip
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6/10 Good

Mvuyiso, 1-night trip
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2/10 Poor

Hotel of F***** Horror.
Upon arriving at the hotel bookings were not correct but after some time it was resolved. We got to the rooms and their room appears clean but when looking at the curtains or even the carpets it was filthy. The lift buttons are dirty and do not appear to be polished. The service we got was shocking, reception staff does not give a toss about guests, and if things are asked they take their own time or do not get back to you about it. They have hot water issues and when asking about it we were told that they would get back to us, which they never did. When they heard that we knew media personnel they then only offered to find us a room with hot water. The reception staff is the worst I have ever seen or even had to deal with, for the place they are working at it is rather sad. There were even chicken bones laying on the stairways and cockroaches in front and in rooms.
2-night trip with friends
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10/10 Exceptional

Definitely coming back
I don't understand why it's a 3 star cause everything is 5star and the staff is amazing
Sandile, 1-night trip
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10/10 Exceptional

Nomonde, 4-night trip
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8/10 Very good

Vintage style
We had to pay R75 per day for parking and I was not told in advance. The carpet in my room(642) was dirty or stained. Otherwise I like the vintage and elegant decor. The porters were helpful. Great service at the restaurant.
3-night trip
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10/10 Exceptional

My family and I had a wonderful time at the Royal. Reception was great; capacious rooms; ample parking; nice breakfast. Overall stay was excellent.
Jeffrey, 1-night family trip
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8/10 Very good

The stay was fine but need to look at fixing their furniture in time before guests arrive.
Alice, 5-night family trip
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6/10 Good

It was fair but most amazing was scarcity of drinking water just a mere tap water n i had to complain first before they can cnhange our bedding....they just made the bed without changing sheets ,pillow cases n towels let alone refilling tea/coffee stuff n toiletries in the bathrooms n end up buying toilet paper .... remember we stayed 5 nights there but at after a reguested to speak to the manager everything was taken care of.Remember i syeyed in this hotel in 2015 but this year i dnt know what happened. During breakfast they end up counting food .i wonder why they accomodaye so many guest they cannot afford to feed them breakfast .
Irene, 5-night family trip
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