Royal Palm

4 out of 5 stars4 Stars

8 Palm Boulevard, New Town Centre, Umhlanga Ridge, Durban, 4320, South Africa
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86%

Satisfaction Very Good
Excellent
27%
15
Very Good
34%
19
Average
25%
14
Poor
10%
6
Terrible
1%
1

Value Score Great Value!

Costs 49% less than similarly rated 4 star hotels

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  • Families66
  • Couples60
  • Solo25
  • Business66

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Forum Posts

Help on kitchenette

by BABYBOYD

Can I carry my own 2 plate stove to the hotel for pvt cooking

Re: Help on kitchenette

by leics

I have not been to S Africa but I would think if a hotel had a 'kitchenette' it would provide basic cooking facilities.

But no-one can answer your question accurately unless you say which hotel you will be staying at.

Re: Help on kitchenette

by hawkhead

And I would think any hotel that did not have kitchen facilities in the room would certainly not let you do your own cooking in the room, by whatever method, and a 2 plate burner is a bit extreme. A fire hazard at best.

Re: Help on kitchenette

by Bunsch

Your member information doesn't indicate where you reside. But you should be clear on the type of current (wiring) supplied to RSA outlets. It would not be possible to plug in most appliances purchased outside South Africa without some kind of adapter, and because a stove draws a great deal of current, I have to agree that this would likely constitute a fire hazard.

Re: Help on kitchenette

by lynnehamman

The answer is absolutely not.
Cooking in hotel rooms is totally unacceptable- as in most parts of the world.
Making tea or coffee etc is fine....most hotel rooms have that facility.

Re: Help on kitchenette

by rkearns

why would you need a kitchenette if you are bringing a stove? isn't that the point of a kitchenette?
if you did bring a stove to a normal hotel room w/out a kitchenette, i would keep it on the DL and have the right adapters. no one will know. i've done it. i only boiled water for coffee. (hotel coffee is TERRIBLE) hahahaha

Re: Help on kitchenette

by faurec

I would think the answer is a definite No.

Regina ask a valid question. Why bring a stove if the Hotel has a kitchenette?

Also, why use a Hotel if you want to do your own cooking? So-called "self catering" establishments allow you to cook, are numerous, and are generally much cheaper than Hotels. Maybe you must give them a try. Oh, and the nice thing about them, they supply stoves, so you do not need to carry yours along.

Re: Help on kitchenette

by hawkhead

If I go to a hotel and not an apartment-hotel, I really don't want to have the smell of sundry cookings wafting along the corridor! If you want to self-cater, then go to a self-catering establishment. Something like a travel kettle is an entirely different matter from using a two-ring hot plate!

Re: Help on kitchenette

by Osmun79

NO NO NO.. Even the backpackers here have their own kitchen. Leave the thing at home, you'll enjoy not lugging it around!

Travel Tips for Durban

You gotta try a "Bunny Chow"

by GerryFM

For a cheap, yet filling "meal" you have got to try a "Bunny Chow" when in Durban.

Probably not everybodies cup of tea, but we love it! Perfect tucker after a heavy night on the town.

There is a little dodgy looking take-out in the Overport area, known as Johnnys, that makes the best "Bunnies" in town.

Basically a Bunny Chow, is a choice of curry (lamb, beef. mutton, beans, prawn, vegetable .... you name it) in a quarter , half or whole loaf of bread.

All they do is slice a loaf of bread in half, scoop out the bread, then put the choice of curry into the part that has jsut been scooped out. After this they put the scooped out bits on top again, which absorbs all the juices.

All that remains is to eat it. These are really delicious!

Packing List

by PeaceHavenSA

A light backpack, and cooler bag if possible. Dress cool, it can also rain in the afternoons - especialy in summer DON'T forget your swim wear, a MUST is proper SUN-PROTECTION CREAM Durban is famed for its mild, sunny winter climate and year-round 'fun-in-the-water' weather. Durban is blessed with an abundance of vegetation and a subtropical climate with sunshine for at least 320 days a year. Temperatures range from 16°C and 25°C during the winter months of June, July and August. Summer temperatures can reach 32°C with relatively high humidity during the hot season.
Durban owes these characteristics to the equatorial current of the Indian Ocean which is the source of a vast stream of warm, blue water flowing south-west through the Mozambique Channel.

Seawater temperatures along the coast compare more favourably with those of the Mediterranean in summer (75°F mean) (24°C), but in winter they seldom fall below 66°F (19°C) - 10° warmer than the Mediterranean in the same season.

Durban's Rainfall
MONTH MILLIMETERS DAYS
January 124.9 15
February 116.0 13
March 118.2 13
April 97.2 11
May 75.9 7
June 33.5 5
July 39.7 6
August 44.4 6
September 58.2 7
October 88.7 15
November 104.4 17
December 114.3 16




Durban's Temperatures
MONTH MAXIMUM
TEMP °C MINIMUM
TEMP °C
January 32.7 20.5
February 33.8 20.3
March 28.7 19.7
April 25.8 16.7
May 24.3 12.8
June 22.8 9.5
July 22.7 9.5
August 23.0 11.5
September 23.3 14.4
October 28.1 16.3
November 29.1 17.9
December 32.7 19.3

Ask and You shall receive....

by PeaceHavenSA

Ask and You shall receive. Send us a email or chat to find out lots about the area; we have lots of info and further www links to recommend...chief of the Zulu's was in the area, 'King Chaka Zulu' + the place where Nelson Mandela was captured by the police....and many more.
KZN brought into whale watching route:

Whale watching could become a hugely popular activity in the province in future. This is according to KwaZulu-Natal Tourism Authority corporate affairs manager Robbie Naidoo who has confirmed that the province has now been officially made part of the MTN Whale Route.

He said in the past the Whale Route concentrated on activities in the Western Cape but following a meeting today the Route would now seriously market the province as a whale watching destination also .'We are very excited as they will for start by erecting 30 educational boards province wide.'These boards will be placed at whale watching spots and provide the public with information regarding these incredible creatures of the sea.

'People don't realise that large numbers of whales migrate through this province en route to Maputo and Madagascar where they mate.'In fact we see a larger number of humpback whales than the Cape off our coastline,' he said. Naidoo said that the deal with the MTN Whale Route meant that whale watching operators in the province would also receive training from the Route. A further emphasis has been placed on the bringing of local communities into this aspect of tourism.

There have only been four whale watching licenses issued in KZN: at Shelly Beach, Durban, Richards Bay and St Lucia. The regulations only allow for one more licence to be issued in the province.

South Africa's whale watching industry contributes nearly 70 million US dollars per year to the country's economy. According to world authority Eric Hoyt, South Africa is one of the fastest-growing whale watch countries in the world, with an average annual increase of 112.5% between 1994 and 1998.This makes SA the fifth fastest growing whale watching country in the world, behind Taiwan, Iceland, Italy and Spain.'

RED MEAT and RED WINE!!!

by GerryFM about Butcher Boys

Butcher Boys is an elegant upmarket steak restaurant opened its doors in Morningside, Durban in November 1999.

A sanctuary for meat lovers serve the best grain fed beef South Africa has to offer and their wet & dry aging process results in exceptional quality and texture. Their in house butcheries will cut to your preference whether it be lean or with a little fat or of a particular weight or thickness.

Their butcheries will also supply their super aged beef vacuum packed to take home Non-carnivores are not neglected and they have a fine selection of line fish, prawns, calamari and chicken dishes.

Unique temperature controlled wine cellars proudly house a diverse selection of indigenous vintage estate wines from the fairest Cape and surrounds.

The décor is subtle yet effective, dining areas warm and inviting and complimented by well appointed patios. (optional smoking areas) The Rump Steak!!!

Umhlanga beach: sand + rockpools = ideal for kids!

by CatherineReichardt

I must confess up front that I've never really been a 'beach person' but since I had kids, I am fast discovering their virtues!
Umhlanga (pronounced "Um - shlanga") is located a short drive north of Durban and is one of the North Coast's most famous beaches. I like it because although it's a beautiful beach, it's not just a stretch of sand and offers lots of rock pools to explore - much more my sort of thing!
Umhlanga is a major holiday destination, and offers all the amenities and entertainment that you would expect as a result. As KZN has a subtropical climate, the tourist season is not as limited as that in the Cape (its major competitor) and Umhlanga attracts visitors pretty well year round, as well as a large number of retirees. If I might offer a word of advice, avoid visiting during the long Christmas holidays and over Easter unless you want to pay top dollar and really enjoy (lots and lots of) company!
For me, the biggest attraction of Umlanga has always been the brilliant Natal Sharks Board centre at Umhlanga Rocks (see my travel tip), and combining beach and Sharks Board would be a really great day out.
This area got hit by storms a couple of years ago, and has been upgraded as a result - I haven't visited since, but it was pretty nice before, so it must be even better now!

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