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We Went There: Impressive Stay At Hilton Garden Inn Umhlanga Arch

Having opened end of November 2020, it was high time to visit one of Umhlanga’s latest hotel additions, the Hilton Garden Inn Umhlanga Arch.


  • The Hilton Garden Inn Umhlanga Arch is about 20-minutes from King Shaka International Airport.
  • The 14-story hotel has 203-rooms, on-site restaurant ‘Together and Co.’, outdoor heated swimming pool, fitness center and multiple meeting rooms.
  • Umhlanga Arch is an iconic new landmark to the city and home to the Legacy Yard food hall and the Back Yard Rooftop bar.
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Umhlanga is to Durban, what Sandton is to Johannesburg and it shows no signs of slowing down. With the increased development of retail, offices and lifestyle spaces, Umhlanga is seeing more and more global hotel brands opening their doors.


The Hilton Garden Inn Umhlanga Arch is the latest addition, not only to the area, but to the growing Hilton Garden Inn portfolio, one of Hilton’s 18 brands. The Sandton Times headed down to Durban, to see what this new Hilton entry to South Africa had to offer.


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On-site restaurant ‘Together and Co.’ serves up a breakfast buffet every morning with a wide range of dishes. Image: The Sandton Times

Catering to both local and foreign visitors, who may enjoy the subtropical weather, heritage, history or are down on the East Coast on business and a bit of pleasure, the hard-to-miss, Hilton Garden Inn Umhlanga Arch is comfortably situated between the well-known Umhlanga of old, near the beach, and Gateway Shopping Centre just over the ridge.


Parking and check-in run smoothly as the incredibly detailed signage leaves little guess work as to where to go, once in the building.


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Hilton Garden Inn Umhlanga Arch is one of the best labelled hotels we’ve ever stayed at, with detailed signage every step of the way – no getting lost here! Image: The Sandton Times

The technologically modern Hilton Garden Inn Umhlanga Arch features contactless check-in with Hilton’s Digital Key, allowing guests to book their desired room online through the Hilton Honors App, access the guest elevator, and unlock their room door using their smartphone. Alternatively, the reception area, boasting its own 24-hour convenience store for those unexpected snack-attacks, has a simple and easy check-in counter.


Having only opened 2-years ago, the hotel still has a fresh feel to the furnishings with contemporary rooms offering Crabtree & Evelyn amenities, a coffee & tea station, good WiFi, a laptop size safe, ample unpacking space, a workspace, satellite television, an open bathroom with shower, toilet and single counter basin with the essentials. A standout feature is the retro mini-bar, which is a nice touch!


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Rooms at the Hilton Garden Inn Umhlanga Arch are stylish, contemporary and equipped with all the necessary – including a comfortable bed! Image: The Sandton Times

All 203 bedrooms come with a private bathroom, including four one-bedroom suites, five rooms with access, 55 twin bedrooms, and 139 king beds. 112 of the 203 bedrooms can be connected, making them ideal for families. Other services include a free self-service laundry room.


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The Shop – a 24-hour convenience store in the reception area to satisfy any snack attacks. Image: The Sandton Times

The Hilton Garden Inn Umhlanga Arch offers a great nights rest with a sound buffet breakfast in the morning, served up at the on-site restaurant ‘Together and Co.’. The hotel is certain to be a hot favourite amongst business travelers, based on the calibre or guests we bumped into during the morning coffee rush, and we’re certain to be back for a room at the Inn.


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