Our features writer Fundiswa Nkwanyana tells us about her stay at this charming hotel, located on Durban’s popular Florida Road. Here’s what she thought of The Benjamin Hotel:
Here’s what we think of The Benjamin Hotel
I’ve always been intrigued by The Benjamin Hotel because it is an old historic building that was revamped into a hotel. I was fascinated that it remains a quaint and alluring establishment amid the hustle and bustle on Florida Road. I loved its convenient location within close proximity to restaurants, malls, the beach and public transport. On arrival, I walked into an antique-styled small reception desk, fresh flowers and sitting areas filled with traditional and retro furniture and decor.
I stayed in an upstairs corner room overlooking the pool and lush courtyard. Upon opening it, I was welcomed by a soft floral scent and luxurious decor with an urban retro vibe. I loved the printed scatter cushions on the bed as well as the old-fashioned cupboard and chair. The room was spacious with a TV, tea and coffee station as well as an en-suite bathroom. The bathroom window overlooked the room next door, which I didn’t like because there were awkward moments where I forgot to close it, resulting in eye contact with the person inside.
The hotel’s alluring and sophisticated decor made me feel relaxed and at home. I loved that there were plenty of tranquil sitting areas by the courtyard, swimming pool, in-house restaurant and reception area where I spent most of my time reading and soaking up the afternoon sun. I also enjoyed my full English breakfast in the restaurant that had white chairs and table cloths with fresh flowers. I appreciated the natural light that flowed through the eatery in the morning.
I love that this hotel has managed to keep its old-school charm with a subtle modern twist. The staff members were friendly, even offering me towels when I went to the beach. I’ll definitely be visiting it again!
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