Iconic Durban Landmark for Sale

Private Property South Africa
Tahir Desai

The 170 year old Royal Hotel in the heart of Durban’s CBD will go on sale at auction in March.

The hotel, reportedly the first in Durban, opened in December 1845 as The Macdonald Commercial Hotel. Over the years the hotel underwent various transformations and changes of ownership before finally emerging as the Royal Hotel in November 1927.

It was virtually rebuilt in the 1970s under the stewardship of Russell Stevens who envisaged an international class city centre hotel. Three Cities Hotels, the management company which Stevens formed to operate the hotel, sold the hotel to Swaziland businessman Moses Motsa in February 2012.

In its heyday, the then 5 star establishment, was voted the best hotel in South Africa five years in a row. Over the years it has hosted royalty, celebrities and politicians including Nelson Mandela.

The hotel caters for business and leisure travellers with a selection of rooms, restaurants, shops and conference facilities.

Room features include:

Individually controlled Air-conditioning and heating in rooms

TV with selected DSTV Channels

Hairdryers in all rooms

Direct dial telephones

Electronic Safes

Tea and coffee making facilities

Wi-fi Facilities in rooms

Panoramic Views of the Yacht Mole from Bay Facing Rooms

City views from Side Facing Rooms

The auction will take place at 267 Anton Lembede on 4th March from 12:00 to 12:30.

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