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Essenwood House
Luxury Double Room, Essenwood House in Durban
a large white house with trees, Essenwood House in Durban
Interior view, Essenwood House in Durban
Interior view, Essenwood House in Durban
Swimming pool, Essenwood House in Durban
Swimming pool, Essenwood House in Durban

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8

Excellent

36 reviews

36 reviews

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8.2

Excellent

Location rating score

Excellent location - 2.34 kilometers from city center
Parking
Available
Popular landmarks
Mitchell Park Zoo 960 m
Durban Botanic Gardens 1.2 km
Big Rush Urban Adrenaline 2.3 km
Moses Mabhida Stadium 2.4 km
Suncoast Casino 2.6 km
Umgeni River Bird Park 3.7 km
uShaka Wet 'n Wild 5.4 km
uShaka Marine World 5.6 km
The Valley of a 1000 Hills 24.1 km
Nearby landmarks
Consulate of Finland 330 m
Campbell Collections 390 m
Killie Campbell Museum 420 m
Crescent Park 430 m
The Campbell Collections 440 m
St. Thomas' Church 510 m
Johnny Fox's 530 m
Artisan Contemporary Gallery 550 m
Jameson Park 550 m
Granger Park 700 m

Essenwood House

630 Stephen Dlamini Road, Berea, Durban, South Africa, 4001 - See map

Get your trip off to a great start with a stay at this property, which offers free Wi-Fi in all rooms. Conveniently situated in the Berea part of Durban, this property puts you close to attractions and interesting dining options. Don't leave before paying a visit to the famous uShaka Marine World. Rated with 5 stars, this high-quality property provides guests with access to restaurant and outdoor pool on-site.

Highlights

960 meters to Mitchell Park Zoo

Front desk [24-hour]

Airport transfer

Free Wi-Fi in all rooms!

Air conditioning

Facilities

Airport transfer

Car park

Free Wi-Fi in all rooms!

Front desk [24-hour]

Luggage storage

Swimming pool [outdoor]

Game room

Restaurants

Your dates are popular among travelersUsers are booking a place in Durban every 6 minutes on Agoda.com
Value for money8.1
Distance to city center5.0 Km
Location rating8.2
Nearest airportKing Shaka International Airport (DUR)
Distance to airport26.9 km

Rooms available at Essenwood House

Very good
Room comfort & quality

8

King Room with Garden View
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  • Room size: 30 m²/323 ft²
  • Outdoor view
  • 1 king bed
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Luxury Double Rooms
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  • Room size: 25 m²/269 ft²
  • Non-smoking
  • 1 double bed
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Luxury Double Room
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  • Room size: 25 m²/269 ft²
  • Non-smoking
  • 1 double bed
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Standard Double Room
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  • Room size: 20 m²/215 ft²
  • Shower
  • 1 double bed
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King Room with Pool View
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  • Room size: 30 m²/323 ft²
  • Outdoor view
  • 1 king bed
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Queen Room
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  • Room size: 25 m²/269 ft²
  • Shower
  • 1 queen bed
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Small Double Room
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  • Room size: 18 m²/194 ft²
  • Non-smoking
  • 1 queen bed
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Standard Single Room
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  • Room size: 15 m²/161 ft²
  • Shower
  • 1 single bed
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Apartment - Ground Floor
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  • Room size: 35 m²/377 ft²
  • Shower
  • 1 sofa bed & 1 double bed
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Deluxe Family Room
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  • Room size: 35 m²/377 ft²
  • Shower
  • 2 double beds
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Frequently asked questions

What time is check-in and check-out at Essenwood House?

Check-in is from 02:00 PM, and check-out is until 10:00 AM. You may request early check-in or late check-out during booking, subject to availability. Guests checking in or out before or after the designated periods may be charged an additional fee. The hotel offers luggage storage to guests for before check-in and after check-out. The front desk is always open, day or night.

How do I get to Essenwood House?

Essenwood House is easy to access from the airport. In fact, you can even book your airport transfer in advance for greater peace of mind. Just use the "Let us know what you need" section of the booking page to let the hotel know you want to book a ride, and they will contact you via the Agoda messaging service. For those who wish to drive their own cars, Essenwood House has a car park available for guests. If you're looking for an easy way to get around Durban with private transportation, the hotel can arrange both taxis or car rental.

What is the smoking policy at Essenwood House?

Essenwood House does permit smoking in some areas and is not 100% smoke-free.

What is the closest train, metro, or bus station to Essenwood House?

The closest train, metro, or bus station to Essenwood House is Berea Road, 2.8 km away.

What restaurants are nearby Essenwood House?

Restaurants including Vapor Cafe, Circus Circus and Antique Cafe are popular in Essenwood House’s neighborhood which is known as Berea.

What popular shopping places are close to Essenwood House?

Shopping options in Essenwood House’s Berea neighborhood include Artisan Contemporary Gallery and Markets of Warwick Tour.

What are popular attractions near Essenwood House?

Guests at Essenwood House can easily visit Durban Botanic Gardens, Mitchell Park Zoo and Phansi Museum located in the Berea area.

What popular natural sightseeing spots are close to Essenwood House?

Essenwood House’s nearby natural sights include Durban Botanical Gardens and Pigeon Valley located in the same Berea area.

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What people love about Essenwood House

  • 10

    Exceptional
    Spaciousness

    "This single room was actually more spacious and nicer than I thought."

    Mandisa

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    January 16, 2022

  • 10

    Exceptional
    Staff 

    "The house is lovely, and the hosts (Letwin & Mimi) were nice and friendly."

    Sandile

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    December 11, 2022

  • 10

    Exceptional

    "Best night's sleep you can get for the price."

    Sandile

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    December 11, 2022

Property ranking|Compared to 1,348 Durban properties
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Room comfort score
8/10
Value for money score
8.1/10
Location score
8.2/10
Service score
8.2/10
Better than
98
%
of Durban properties
Better than
95
%
of Durban properties
Better than
95
%
of Durban properties
Better than
95
%
of Durban properties
Overall rating:

8

Excellent
36 reviews
Cleanliness
7.6
Facilities
7.7
Location
8.2
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More about Essenwood House

More about Essenwood House

Essenwood House

Getting in and around Durban is a breeze when staying at Essenwood House, located just minutes away from the city center.
The range of services provided by Essenwood House ensures all travelers get the most out of their stay. Post your pictures and answer your emails whenever you want, with the hotel's free Wi-Fi internet access. Pre-plan your rides to and from the airport with the hotel's easy to book transportation services. The hotel provides taxi and car hire services to help you get to where you want to go in Durban.
Parking is always available, provided by the hotel for their driving guests. While lodging at this wonderful hotel, the helpful staff at the front desk can assist you with multiple services that include concierge service, luggage storage and safety deposit boxes. If you want seats to city's best entertainment, you can get help through the hotel's tours. The hotel's on-site laundry service helps you keep your favorite travel outfits clean so you can pack less.
In-room conveniences include daily housekeeping, so you can relax and enjoy your stay. Smoking is restricted to the designated smoking areas.
Guestrooms at Essenwood House are fitted with all the amenities travelers need. The hotel provides air conditioning in some rooms for the benefit of guests. Some selected rooms have television and cable TV to keep guests entertained. The hotel also provides guests with a coffee or tea maker and mini bar in some rooms.
Knowing that bathroom amenities play an important role in increasing guests' satisfaction, the hotel provides a hair dryer, toiletries and towels in some select rooms.


Dining and things to do

Never let hunger affect your travel plans! Restaurants on-site provide convenient and tasty dining options.
Essenwood House promises you a fun-packed holiday with a variety of activities and facilities. The hotel's on-site pool invites you every day for a cooling dip or a few refreshing laps.


Around the property

Take some time to explore Durban. If you're a fan, you'll want to relive the greatest sporting moments of the local team at Moses Mabhida Stadium located 2.3 km away. Sit on the sand or sip a drink in leisure at Golden Mile located 3.6 km away.


Reasons to stay here

This hotel scores higher than 95% of the city's accommodations on value for money
This hotel's food and dining score higher than 99% of accommodations in the city.
Room comfort is said to be outstanding here, scoring higher than 97% of accommodations in the city.

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Amenities and facilities

Very good
Facilities

7.7

Most talked about facilities

Breakfast

1 mention

Taxi

1 mention

Languages spoken
  • English
Internet access
  • Free Wi-Fi in all rooms!
  • Internet services
  • Wi-Fi in public areas
Things to do, ways to relax
  • Game room
  • Garden
  • Swimming pool [outdoor]
  • Tours
Cleanliness and safety
  • Anti-viral cleaning products
  • Breakfast in room
  • Cashless payment service
  • First aid kit
  • Guest rooms seal after sanitization
  • Hand sanitizer
  • Hot water linen and laundry washing
  • Physical distancing of at least 1 meter
  • Professional-grade sanitizing services
  • Room sanitization opt-out available
  • Rooms sanitized between stays
  • Safe dining setup
  • Sanitized kitchen and tableware items
  • Shared stationery removed
  • Staff trained in safety protocol
  • Temperature check for guests and staff
Dining, drinking, and snacking
  • Alternative meal arrangement
  • Restaurants
  • Room service
Services and conveniences
  • Air conditioning in public area
  • Concierge
  • Daily housekeeping
  • Elevator
  • Food delivery
  • Ironing service
  • Laundry service
  • Luggage storage
  • Safety deposit boxes
  • Smoke-free property
  • Smoking area
  • Terrace
For the kids
  • Family room
  • Kids meal
Access
  • CCTV in common areas
  • CCTV outside property
  • Fire extinguisher
  • Front desk [24-hour]
  • Non-smoking rooms
  • Pets allowed
  • Safety/security feature
Getting around
  • Airport transfer
  • Car park [on-site]
  • Rental car
  • Taxi service
Available in all rooms
  • Air conditioning
  • Desk
  • Free bottled water
  • Internet access – wireless
  • Non-smoking
  • Satellite/cable channels
  • Shower

Location

630 Stephen Dlamini Road, Berea, Durban, South Africa, 4001
Excellent
Location

8.2

Airports
  • King Shaka International Airport (DUR)
    26.9 km
  • Pietermaritzburg Airport (PZB)
    62.6 km
Public transportation
  • Durban Railway Station
    2.1 km
  • Moses Mabhida
    2.2 km
Hospital or clinic
  • Ridge Road Clinic
    790 m
Shopping
  • Victoria St Market
    2.9 km
Convenience store
  • Sasol Delight
    2.3 km
Cash withdrawal
  • ATM
    450 m

What's nearby

Popular landmarks
  • Mitchell Park Zoo
    960 m
  • Durban Botanic Gardens
    1.2 km
  • Big Rush Urban Adrenaline
    2.3 km
  • Moses Mabhida Stadium
    2.4 km
  • Suncoast Casino
    2.6 km
  • Umgeni River Bird Park
    3.7 km
  • uShaka Wet 'n Wild
    5.4 km
  • uShaka Marine World
    5.6 km
  • The Valley of a 1000 Hills
    24.1 km
Nearby landmarks
  • Consulate of Finland
    330 m
  • Campbell Collections
    390 m
  • Killie Campbell Museum
    420 m
  • Crescent Park
    430 m
  • The Campbell Collections
    440 m
  • St. Thomas' Church
    510 m
  • Johnny Fox's
    530 m
  • Artisan Contemporary Gallery
    550 m
  • Jameson Park
    550 m
  • Granger Park
    700 m
Distances shown are straight-line distances on the map. Actual travel distances may vary.

Property policies

Children and extra beds

Extra beds are dependent on the room you choose. Please check the individual room capacity for more details.

All children are welcome.

Infant 0-0 year(s)
Stay for free if using existing bedding.
Baby cot/crib may be requested directly from the property.
Children 1-12 year(s)
Stay for free if using existing bedding.
If you need an extra bed, it will incur an additional charge.
Guests 13 years and older are considered as adults
Must use an extra bed which will incur an additional charge.
Others
  • When booking more than 5 rooms, different policies and additional supplements may apply.

Some helpful facts

Check-in/Check-out
  • Check-in from14:00
  • Check-out until10:00
Getting around
  • Distance from city center5.0 Km
  • Travel time to airport (minutes)35
Extras
  • Daily Internet/Wi-Fi fee00 ZAR
The property
  • Non-smoking rooms/floorsYes
  • Number of floors2
  • Number of rooms 7
  • Room voltage220
  • Year property opened1924
  • Most recent renovation2013
Parking
  • Daily parking fee00 ZAR

Reviews of Essenwood House from real guests

Provided by verified guests of Agoda
8.0
/
10
Cleanliness7.6
Facilities7.7
Location8.2
Room comfort and quality8.0
Service8.2
Value for money8.1
High score for Durban
Rating
9+ Exceptional (14)
8-9 Excellent (3)
7-8 Very Good (1)
6-7 Good (1)
<6 Below Expectation (6)
Time of the year
Mar - May (1)
Jun - Aug (4)
Sep - Nov (10)
Dec - Feb (10)
All guests (36)
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9.0
Exceptional
J from South Africa
Business traveler
Luxury Double Rooms
Stayed 1 night in September 2013

Good accommodation in good area”

The view; the proprietors; the room

The visit to Essenwood House was much too brief! Paddy and John are fantastic, really fantastic hosts and they ensure that the establishment provides a good experience. I would recommend Essenwood House highly and I have already moved it to the top of my list of establishments in Durban.

Reviewed October 09, 2013

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9.6
Exceptional
Gina from United States
Solo traveler
Luxury Double Rooms
Stayed 4 nights in December 2016

beautiful home!”

This was a beautiful B&B and a great price! The owners were very friendly and helped me to find a tour in the area. It was a nice and safe neighborhood, though it required a taxi ride to go anywhere or do anything. I would definitely recommend this place!

Reviewed June 05, 2017

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9.2
Exceptional
Pavaspri from South Africa
Solo traveler
Stayed 3 nights in December 2017

Lovely spacious and quiet”

Wonderful spacious room, stunning sea views (gorgeous sunrise) comfortable bed. With own patio area. Plus parking. But far from restaurants and main areas (possible to walk but not far ..20-30min). Very private peaceful and quiet

Reviewed January 08, 2018

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8.7
Excellent
jodi from United States
Couple
Small Double Room
Stayed 1 night in September 2014

A haven!”

Breakfast flexibility of owner and the backyard.

The owner waited up for us to let us in. Our plane was a few hours late so we didn't get in until almost midnight. We had an enjoyable breakfast in the morning.

Reviewed October 06, 2014

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6.0
Cindy from South Africa
Couple
Small Double Room
Stayed 2 nights in July 2013

Very friendly and attentive staff”

Beautiful gardens and friendly staff

We appreciated and compliment the friendly staff, but the room was certainly not indicative of 5 stars.

Reviewed July 10, 2013

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7.2
Very good
Janine from Switzerland
Couple
Small Double Room
Stayed 3 nights in September 2016

lovely ”

friendly, very helpful, john is a perfect restaurantguide

Reviewed October 05, 2016

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2.0
Sershin from South Africa
Solo traveler
Stayed 1 night in June 2019

Worst place to stay in durban ”

This property is nothing like the other reviews ...that were almost a year ago.. stained sheets. Dirty shower. No staff service after 10pm. Rude staff that don’t understand customer service. Never never again.

Reviewed June 25, 2019

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10.0
Exceptional
Sandile from South Africa
Business traveler
Stayed 1 night in June 2022

SK”

The house is lovely, and the hosts (Letwin & Mimi) were nice and friendly. Priceless.

Reviewed December 12, 2022

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10.0
Exceptional
Sandile from South Africa
Solo traveler
Stayed 3 nights in October 2022

Sandile ”

They go out of their way to make you feel at home, maintain a spotless environment, and greet you with a smile. Best night's sleep you can get for the price.

Reviewed December 12, 2022

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9.6
Exceptional
Sandile from South Africa
Solo traveler
Stayed 2 nights in October 2022

SK”

Loved everything, Letwin & Mini were amazing

Reviewed December 12, 2022

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10.0
Exceptional
Sandile from South Africa
Solo traveler
Standard Double Room
Stayed 2 nights in December 2022

SK”

Great hospitality

Reviewed December 12, 2022

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6.4
Good
Sinovuyo from South Africa
Solo traveler
Stayed 1 night in February 2022

Good”

Staff is so friendly and single room was clean (needs a little maintaining in the bathroom). Comfortable stay

Reviewed February 27, 2022

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2.8
Michell from South Africa
Business traveler
Stayed 1 night in February 2022

Staff ”

No one there at night to open the gate no staff.

Reviewed February 10, 2022

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10.0
Exceptional
Ntando from South Africa
Couple
Stayed 1 night in January 2022

Splendid Hospitality ”

Sibusiso Cele our caretaker/host was the best 👌 . He ensured our stay was warm and made sure we received the best! Thank you.

Reviewed January 31, 2022

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10.0
Exceptional
Mandisa from South Africa
Solo traveler
Stayed 1 night in January 2022

Single room”

This single room was actually more spacious and nicer than I thought. Everything was perfect!! I only planned on staying one night, I woke up the next day and asked to extend my stay 😁... Alan and Sbu were the best hosts!!! They went above and beyond with making me feel welcome, thanks a mil gents. Keep up the great work.

Reviewed January 16, 2022

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2.0
Sandile from South Africa
Solo traveler
Stayed 8 nights in January 2022

Beautiful House but terrible experience ”

After receiving the booking confirmation. I arrived at the Essenwood House and was informed that they are without rooms. It appeared that duplicate bookings are common at their facility; someone was already in the room I had booked and there is nothing they could do about it. This was extremely unacceptable and demonstrated a lack of professionalism.

Reviewed January 09, 2022

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10.0
Exceptional
shafeeqah from South Africa
Solo traveler
Stayed 3 nights in December 2021

Good Choice ”

You won’t go wrong with your stay at Essenwood house I will definitely be returning in the near future

Reviewed December 31, 2021

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10.0
Exceptional
Nondumiso from South Africa
Family with young children
Stayed 1 night in November 2021

Exceptional”

The best keep it up

Reviewed November 28, 2021

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5.2
Trisha from South Africa
Business traveler
Stayed 2 nights in November 2021

Misleading ”

The establishment pictured is far from reality. Rooms are small and need a lot of maintenance and upkeep. I booked a Queen Deluxe Suite which is the second best apparently. Bathroom was extremely untidy with broken tiles and plumbing. The couch smelled as though it was damp. This place is not 5 star! The staff is the only great thing about it. Letwin was amazing in helping out when I needed her. Aside from that, the driveway and construction were an eye sore. Definitely not comfortable stay.

Reviewed November 22, 2021

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4.4
Tafara from South Africa
Solo traveler
Stayed 8 nights in November 2021

Acceptable”

I arrived and l was taken to a very smelly room with a dirty couch. I reported this to reception it took them almost 30 minutes to get to my room. Leaving the premise is very difficult this is controlled from reception. I waited 15 minutes in the morning for someone to open the gate for me. Facilities are good , the maintenance and hygiene is terrible.

Reviewed November 15, 2021

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