Hotel in no go area for European travellers
South Africa is a beautiful country, but unfortunately for the European traveller there are many areas that are not safe to visit or stay in. It's a shame to say but the Hotel Protea Edward is situated in one of these areas. Right out side the hotel are children's paddling pools, a fair, and a massive amount of locals hell bent on partying. When leaving the hotel the atmosphere is intimidating. The litter and rubbish was so overbearing we wondered if any of these locals had any respect for their beautiful country. Being European you really stick out. In fact we heard on the local radio that someone was stabbed and killed on the beach in central Durban on the last night of our stay. The noise and children screaming, with enjoyment, goes on well into the night, and because its all happening so close to the hotel, and the noise is so loud, the rooms are far from relaxing. We were told by some locals later on our that we should have stayed either to the south or north of Durban because the areas are far more friendly. Durban city centre is worth seeing but this can be done in a 3 hour tour, so unlike us, there is no point in staying in the centre.
During our stay at the hotel we had an horrific experience (Expedia and Marriot were made aware). The hotel management promised us massive compensation but unfortunately on our return to the UK they changed their mind. It was my fault because I wish I had recorded the conversation with the management.
Hotel lacked European standards.