Everything was outstanding from views to the service, I would highly recommend this hotel to every one.
I wish we had more time spend there.
Only experience that was not great was dinner. Service was poor, food took a long time since they gave our dinner to another table who came after us by at least a half hour.
Tea and breakfast were spectacular great service great food.
If I ever make my way back to Derban I will definitely return.
The Hampshire Hotel has great rooms, they're a good size, nice big bed, big LCD TV, safe, etc. The staff are incredibly helpful and friendly. The buffet breakfast had a decent selection of food, and the coffee was awesome :)
The only downside is the location, it's not near the beach, it's at the far end of the Ballito. In my opinion that isn't a big deal as you're going to spend most of your time outside the hotel anyway, and its a much better deal than most of the B&B I looked at in Ballito.
This hotel has retained the old world colonial charm with dark wood and marble floors. This hotel has character. The staff are friendly and are well informed as to good tourist destinations. We were warned not to venture very far from the hotel due to safety issues. Visitors should be aware that this hotel is situated in the CBD area on the sea front where the 'black' population live. There is a strong police presence on the sea front. Must have a guide to visit any tourist attractions in the CBD for safety.
Despite my original disappointment with their lack of tourism knowlege, the hotel was overall better than expected. I got a beachfront room with two beds (it was just me!), TV, lovely bathroom, safe, etc for a great price. Staff was friendly, food was good. Highly recommended.
The hotel is in a fantastic location, with direct access to the Gateway Theatre of Shopping (lots of shops, restaurants, 18 screen cinema). In fact that area of Umhlanga is the safest most upmarket area of Durban. You can walk freely outside on your own day and evening which you may not be able to do in other areas. The hotel was very trendy. The only downside was the open plan bathroom in the room (albeit toilet and shower were in cubicles ) Fine for a sole occupant in the room, but could be tricky if you are sharing the room with another. Hence an overall rating of 4 not 5.
Centrally located close to big shops and entertainments, but the staff isn't guest oriented at all! They tried to charge more money for our stay even though we paid all the booking expences to expedia. Parking wasn't available , had no disc for their parking lot.