Situated in the heart of Durban, The Royal Hotel provides unfailing hospitality by offering butler services to all customers, outside catering and an energetic customer focused team. It boasts a superb range of restaurants and sophistication is the keynote throughout the rooms and suites, which offer panoramic views of the city and yacht mole.
Situated in the centre of the city of Durban, the Royal Hotel exudes luxury from another era. For 150 years uncompromising service and unfailing hospitality has been the cornerstone of the Royal Hotel. This ethos has grown stronger over the years through colorful times and tumultuous evolution.
Hospitality at The Royal goes back a long way, to the early 1840s when a sea captain supplying the British garrison sensed the port of Durban's commercial promise and bought the land upon which The Royal stands today. Opened as Durban's first hostelry in 1845, the building was originally a low-thatched wattle-and-daub building called the Commercial Hotel, a name that changed to The Masonic in 1852. In the years that followed the hotel became the centre of the town's rapidly growing community life and, following a Royal Appointment granted by Queen Victoria's second son, Prince Alfred, the hotel became known as The Royal in 1860. Much of the historical significance of The Royal relates to the guests who have visited the hotel. Eminent guests throughout the years include, Cecil John Rhodes, H.G. Wells, Rider Haggard, Marlene Dietrich, Mark Twain, Prince Alfred, Queen Elizabeth II, Margaret Thatcher, F.W. de Klerk, Mangosuthu Buthelezi and Nelson Mandela.
Sophistication is the keynote throughout your Royal room or suite, where a subtle blend of yellowwood and royal blue color schemes, graciously complemented by rich, sophisticated decor, create an atmosphere of comfort and splendor. Breathtaking panoramic views of Durban add to the overall ambience of the bedroom, and the exquisite finishes of your adjoining bathroom ensures you remain in the height of luxury.
All rooms have selected DSTV, direct dial telephones, air-conditioning and heating, and tea and coffee making facilities, re-enforcing the goal to ensure a convenient stay for all. Mini bars are a standard feature of all suites, with fax machines, and in-room internet available in the executive and penthouse suites. A butler service is available on two dedicated floors and The Royal also provides a floor of accommodation for those women traveling alone, as well as non-smoking floors.
While pleasure is The Royal's business, business itself receives expert attention too. For your convenience, the Royal Hotel has also introduced a Business Centre. Equipped with the latest in telecommunications and computer technology, it is the ideal venue for the serious businessman. The conferencing and banqueting facilities are comprehensive and offer a span of venues from glittering ballroom to intimate boardroom.
With six unique restaurants and a choice of three up market cocktail venues, The Royal offers something for every taste - from the casual to the superlative. Together, The Royal's dining venues offer dining of an international standard, from classic cuisine to creative light meals.