I seldom write negative reviews of accommodation, but in this case, I feel compelled to share my misgivings.
This was the second time that I've stayed at the Protea Edward, but unfortunately it will probably be the last, as I struggle to justify the expense relative to what you get for your money.
Given a choice, I try to support older, more characterful hotels over newer, impersonal establishments, hence my choice of the Edward in the first place. On paper it's perfect: Art Deco style grande dame (or, given that it's an Edward, should that be 'grand homme'?) of Durban's Golden Mile, with an elegant history as long as your arm and directly overlooking the beach.
The sad reality is that maintenance has failed to keep pace with requirements, and my room (303, if Protea Hotels are reading this) lacked a top to the sink tap, and the re-enalled surface of the bath had started to flake off. Add to this an extraordinary demand for R60 for parking and a stonking R155 for breakfast, and you begin to wonder exactly what the R1,550 a night for the room included ...
I may have been staying on business and so wasn't footing the bill directly, but I still left feeling short changed by what I got for the money. Location and history are nice to have, but - as management consultants would say - the 'value proposition' here simply didn't add up to decent value for money, and I would urge you to seek alternatives that are more realistic in their pricing relative to what they deliver.
The Edward is a colonial hotel that has been in existence since 1911 and housed many politicians and millionaires.
Located along the Golden Mile the beach of Durban is just across the road from it.
Many restaurants, bars and beautiful decorated rooms make The Edward a comfortable luxurious hotel to stay in.
Directions: Along the Golden Mile of Durban
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