Durban has a wide range of accommodations, from luxury oceanfront hotels to inexpensive backpacker hostels. Where you stay in Durban depends on where your interests lie. The hotels in the city center mostly appeal to visitors attending events at the Inkosi Albert Luthuli International Convention Centre (ICC); the Golden Mile has a wide selection of typical holiday accommodations to give visitors an unobstructed view of the sapphire-blue waters of the Indian Ocean; smaller guesthouses nearby a wider choice of restaurants are found in the northern Berea suburbs. The most luxurious accommodations are found to the north of the city in Umhlanga.
Summer (December-February) is the best time to visit, but the city is jam-packed with domestic tourists on seaside holidays, so rooms are scarce—book well in advance. Other peak periods coincide with school holidays, especially Easter. Foreign travelers tend to favor the late summer and early autumn months, when the weather is temperate and the crowds have dissipated somewhat. Accommodations are more readily available (and cheaper).
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