Accommodation in Umhlanga: Review of La Dolce Vita Guest House

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Durban is one of the biggest cities in South Africa. In preparation for the 2010 FIFA World Cup an impressive new stadium was built, and the waterfront got a makeover. The city still has a reputation of being a bit unsafe though. Nevertheless, it’s worth a visit! We stayed in Umhlanga, north Durban, which is supposed to be one of the safest areas in Durban. Here’s our review of our accommodation in Umhlanga: La Dolca Vita Guest House.

La Dolce Vita Guest House in Umhlanga

La Dolce Vita is a small guest house in Umhlanga. With just 5 rooms you won’t have to share the pool with too many other guests.

You get ocean view at La Dolce VitaYou get ocean view at La Dolce Vita
Go for a refreshing dip in the poolGo for a refreshing dip in the pool

The guest house is located on Cordia Crescent, a street that’s closed off by a manned boom gate for the residents’ safety.

Umhlanga Main Beach is just a 5 minute drive away from La Dolce Vita, you can see the ocean from the pool area. Just a couple of minutes farther, there’s Umhlanga Village, the vibrant restaurant and nightlife strip.

Our room at La Dolce Vita

We only stayed for 1 night at La Dolce Vita. Our room had a private bathroom with a shower, bath, and toilet. Everything was clean, and towels and toiletries were provided for our convenience.

Our bedroom in UmhlangaOur bedroom in Umhlanga
The bathroom at La Dolce VitaThe bathroom at La Dolce Vita

There was a fan and aircon in the room, a mini bar, a television, and everything to make coffee and tea.

Facilities and services at La Dolce Vita

We were welcomed by a friendly lady who showed us around and handed us our room keys and the WiFi password. When we asked her for a dinner recommendation, she told us about Umhlanga Village. Plenty of food choices there, and it’s just a stone’s throw away from the beach.

Breakfast is included, and served on the covered terrace in the morning. You can order eggs and toast as you like them, and cornflakes, fruit, yoghurt, juice, coffee and tea are set up buffet style. With a lovely view over the pool and partly the ocean, it’s a relaxing way to start your day.

You can have breakfast on the covered terraceYou can have breakfast on the covered terrace
Brecht enjoying the free WiFiBrecht enjoying the free WiFi
You won't be hungry after this breakfastYou won't be hungry after this breakfast
Brecht enjoying the Umhlanga weatherBrecht enjoying the Umhlanga weather

There’s free parking available on the premises, and the WiFi connection was decent in both our room and on the terrace. You can book airport transfers to and from King Shaka International Airport and they offer laundry service as well. We didn’t make use of these additional services, but it’s nice to now they’re available in case you do need them.

How much will it cost you?

We booked our stay in Umhlanga through, but you can do so through the La Dolce Vita website as well. The double room with private bathroom cost us 1,062R (~ $84 ~ €70) for 1 night. That included breakfast, towels, and a decent WiFi connection. It’s pretty affordable compared to other accommodation in Umhlanga.

We enjoyed our short stay at La Dolce Vita Guest House in Umhlanga, north Durban. It’s a safe neighbourhood in Durban, not too far from the beach and the lively Umhlanga village. It’s only 15 km away from the airport as well. Great pick if you’re looking for accommodation in Umhlanga or Durban!

Have you been to Umhlanga or Durban yet or is it still on your bucket list? Where did you stay? We’d love to read about it in the comments!


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Accommodation in Umhlanga: Review of La Dolce Vita Guest HouseAccommodation in Umhlanga: Review of La Dolce Vita Guest House