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Akanan Guest House
Ranked #26 of 262 Durban B&B and Inns
Reviewed 12 February 2015

The rooms, the facilities, the family that runs it (with all their heart!), THAT LAPA (some serious braaing goes down here!), the pool, and the very convenient location - we absolutely loved every minute of our stay there!!

  • Stayed: January 2015
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1  Thank Anne K
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Reviewed 5 February 2015

Akanan Guesthouse is located in a quiet and safe quarter, within walking distance of the beach and near a mall with an excellent italian restaurant. The wellcome was warm and efficient, allthough Annemarie was away; she was very well replaced by her daughter and a friend.
Akanan provides nice rooms, spotless facilities and a pool is available; although we found no deck chairs beside the pool; a lot of yelling and jumping in the water was going on, so it was quite impossible to read a book.
Some of the reviewers mentioned "delicious food"; I wouldn't know since we didn't have lunch or dinner at Akanan's; but we had breakfast which is far from brilliant: ham and (industrial) cheese of very poor quality; same with the jam: industrial; it was not really bad, but certainly not excellent.
What irritated me most are the huge posters on every door, telling us that smoking is forbidden and that we wil be FINED!!!! if we do! (How do they expect to do that?) I consider it quite annoying to be treated as a naughty child or an unobedient citizen. I am not. If you tell me this is a non smoking area that will do. Besides: I don't smoke. Never did.
All in all: Akanan Guesthouse is OK, the price is reasonable, the staff is polite, but I will not go back.

  • Stayed: September 2014, travelled with friends
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3  Thank solouma
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Annemarie S, Owner at Akanan Guest House, responded to this reviewResponded 12 February 2015

I am very sorry we've disappointed you.

The poor quality of food which you referred to is not understandable because we buy fresh food (cold meats and cheeses) everyday and according to my knowledge cream cheeses are "processed" . The cheese is for hygienic reasons individually wrapped.

We take note of your concerns but please bear in mind:

1. The smoking laws in South Africa and the specific wording which is prescribed by law which must be use. (We did not try to treat you like a child.)

2. The guest house is a place for all guests therefore children cannot be restricted to not jumping and splashing.

3. There is no deck chairs but nobody was ever worried about it because of the large boma next to the pool where everybody relax (the place where you sat reading your book)

We feel very bad about your bad experience at Akanan because looking at our other reviews this is the first bad experience of anybody in 15 years.

Although you mentioned you will never be back we would like to invite you to one night free stay at the guest house and we will make sure there will be no paying guests with children which can disturb you.

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Reviewed 29 January 2015

Akanan guest house has become my home away from home. I feel completely comfortable here and am never short of good company. Anne-Marie and Douw are responsible for this sense of comfort being exceptional hosts in evey aspect. Delicious food, clinically clean but homely and exceptional company. Thank you Akanan Guest House, and I will see you soon.

  • Stayed: December 2014
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Reviewed 8 November 2014

Akanan guesthouse is well positioned and provides easy access to all the major convention centers, sporting stadiums, shopping malls and beaches in the Durban area. The service and attention to detail is excellent.
The manager Aanamarie and her husband Douw make you feel at home and are always available to assist where they can. The rooms are well proportioned and well equipped which also includes an nesspresso coffee machine! The room is kept exceptionally clean by very friendly staff. Within walking distance there is a small shopping complex , which includes an excellent Italian resturant and a Spar that caters for a wide selection of taste, including freshly made sushi and other delicacies to take away. The guest house is very good value for money and is highly recommended. Best Regards Ian and Lynn Fordred

  • Stayed: November 2014, travelled on business
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Thank Ian F
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Reviewed 22 October 2014

Akanan Guest House is located close to the airport. You become part of the family when you stay there, the host Annemarie goes the extra mile to make your stay pleasant and the home cooking is divine.

  • Stayed: October 2014, travelled on business
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Additional Information about Akanan Guest House

Address: 11 Aubrey Drive | Glen Ashley, Durban, South Africa
Region: South Africa > KwaZulu-Natal > Durban
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Kitchenette Shuttle Bus service Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
Ranked #26 of 262 B&Bs / Inns in Durban
Price Range: €59 - €92 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3.5 star — Akanan Guest House 3.5*
Number of rooms: 5
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Akanan Guest House is a stylish guest house in La Lucia; flanked by the Indian Ocean with Durban City and sports stadiums on the south and Gateway, Umhlanga and the airport on the north. We are very easy to find just off the M4 freeway between Durban and Umhlanga Rocks.The owners will be your hosts for the duration of your stay and be assured of our best service and warm hospitality at all times.The guest house holds a reputation for the finest cuisine and hospitality. Breakfast is generous, consisting of a buffet of Fresh Fruit salad, Fruit Juices, Cereals, Yoghurts, Cheeses, Cold Meats, Muffins, Breads, as well as a freshly cooked English-style breakfast.It is a dream destination for leisure travellers, business people and sport lovers.The house offers 4 luxury rooms and 1 self-catering unit. The rooms and the self-catering unit have expected luxuries and amenities. Each of these is tastefully decorated. An air-conditioner, ceiling fan, Commercial DSTV channels, cherry, complimentary coffee and tea station with biscuits, microwave oven, limited cutlery and crockery, bar fridge, hair dryer and safe is standard in each room.The one self-catering unit offers a fully equipped kitchen.The house offers an entertainment area with a bar and pool table and board games. A comfortable lounge to relax in is available. A swimming pool is available on the premises to cool down from the hot summer sun. Akanan offers services and facilities at a nominal fee: Laundry Service, Telephone & Fax Facility. Other Services provided at no cost are Wireless Internet Access, Secure Parking, and Arrangements for Shuttle Services, VIP / Tourist Protection and Day Tours. ... more   less 
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