There is a huge variety of Durban hotels to choose from, ranging from 5 star luxury resorts to your backpacker dorms. Most of hotels in Durban are situated along Durban beachfront, with an ever growing number of the hotels heading north of the beach resort of Umhlanga Rocks. With the staging of the World Cup 2010, there has been a massive increase in the number of bed and breakfasts that can be booked in Durban if you feel like a more personal touch to your stay. These usually have swimming pools and are in the quieter residential areas.
To the west of Durban and more away from the tourist beaches, are the fantastic Natal Midlands, where you can drive the famous Midlands Meander and stay in some truly country cottages or if you are a golfer, there are some truly world class golf resorts in and around the Durban area. For the business person, Durban has many top class conference rooms in luxury hotels, and have hosted many company seminars with the added bonus of having the warm Indian Ocean right on the doorstep for the delegates to take advantage of after a hard days work.
The ICC in Durban is Africa’s premier conference venue, and stands high on the world stage hosting many international conferences with huge success year after year. There are many hotels around this venue but it is always advisable to book in advance to ensure your place.
Families are also very well catered for in Durban as well as self catering apartments. Many Durban hotels have kids clubs and kids pools and playgrounds. A lot of these family friendly Durban hotels and apartments can be found in the Umhlanga area, which buzzes every summer with local and international tourists descending to take advantage of the fantastic swimming beaches and restaurants all within a few minutes walk from your hotel.
Over the past few years, many Durban hotels have undergone extensive refurbishments which ensure Durban is a world class destination with top of the range hotels and restaurants.
The increase of international airlines flying into Durban also makes it extremely easy to get to Durban from all over the world, usually with just one change! Emirates was the first international airline to fly in, and now Qatar and Turkish Airlines looks set to raising Durban on the International stage as they also fly in direct. 2016 looks set to be a very interesting year in Durban as the increase in flights helps boost tourism.
One of the great joys in life is to be able to travel to exotic and different destinations to soak up their history, culture and good food and nowhere is this truer than in London, England. London offers its visitors some of the most glorified history in the world, not to mention a host of attractions including world class theater productions and a varied and amazing night life.
Whether you are in London on business or for pleasure, finding a little bit of time to explore this charming, historical old city is a must. However, one thing that sets London apart from many other cities is that it is historically known for being a somewhat expensive city. This being said, the challenge is to book the perfect hotel room, that will give you quick and easy access to all the major attractions, but at the same time, will not completely bust your travel budget.
Thankfully, finding this hotel room is no longer the daunting challenge that it once was. Thanks to the Internet and online hotel booking sites, you can now browse all the hotels available and compare their prices -vs- location and make an informed and practical decision. Although many people would love to book their hotel directly in London, which gives close access to all the major attractions, comparison shopping is always a smart and practical move. So before booking any room, once again, you are encouraged to do your homework and make sure that you are getting the best deal possible.
London offers visitors all of the historical attractions they can possibly imagine. From Buckingham Palace to Big Ben to the National Gallery, the choices are amazingly overwhelming. However, have you considered visiting some “out of the way” attractions? In many cases, these are hidden gems that are worth seeing and will also take you out of the mad hustle of the crowds.
Consider the Brampton Cemetery, a beautiful park with jugglers and a serene atmosphere. If you are a fan of literature, visit Stoke Newington where Edgar Allan Poe went to school. How about Greenwich? Granted, these are not historical sites that are of interest to everyone, but if you are looking for something different, then consider these wonderful attractions.
It is almost certain that at least a few of your guests will be traveling to the wedding from out of town. If they have decided to take time off work and travel to your destination then the least you can do is make sure you do your best to take care of them.
Some couples may choose to pay for their out-of-town guests’ lodging, of course, if it fits within their budget. If it does not, here are some guidelines and suggestions to help you along the way.
Contact hotels in your area to see if you can get any discounted rates when booking a group reservation. Many hotels do offer discount packages or sometimes even give you a free room with a certain number of rooms booked. Don’t limit yourself to one hotel but offer two, one moderately priced and one more expensive. This will give your guests the option to choose the one that fits within their budget. Also, consider the location. Is it close to the place you are holding your ceremony and/or reception? If not, then you must consider car rental or shuttle service to accommodate these guests. You cannot leave them stranded at the hotel!
Once the decisions have been made on the accommodations, ensure to put a piece of paper in the invitation with the hotels’ names, rates, addresses, company phone number/email and proximity to the church/venue. Should a car rental or shuttle service be required, include their contact information as well. It is very important to provide all this to your guests so they can make an informed decision on how and where they will be travelling.
If your budget allows, putting a small welcome basket in each hotel room would be a memorable gesture. In addition you can have a small itinerary of the weekend’s events such as the rehearsal dinner or family barbecue or breakfast, should they like to attend. If not, list some local attractions such as area shopping malls, sports stadiums, beaches or parks, and popular restaurants.
If these options seem to have too many added costs, then you can consider opening up the idea to close family and friends to take these guests in while in town. To some this may present an inconvenience, but many will be more than happy to do this. You can arrange to have family cars available to them for use as well. Ideally, this is the perfect solution for out-of-town guests as they only have to pay for their flight, train or car ride to the wedding.