A Riverside breakaway is exactly what was needed. Views of the water and stretching out across Durban city encompassing the Moses Mabidha stadium all lit up at night was just what I needed to spark excitement for the evening to come.

Yes, there is an ulterior motive for the visit. That I am attending the Mercury Wine Week only serves to add that Riverside Hotel is perfectly located to easily get to events in the Durban area.

Riverside Facilities

Riverside Hotel is a four-star, full-service hotel with a conference centre, spa, hair salon and lively sports bar.

I check-in and grab my trusty camera and head out to explore the grounds a bit. The Riverside Cafe is all set up and ready for the next meal and I can’t wait to try out some of the food here.

The delightful blue of the swimming pool pulls me outside to see the deck chairs lined up expectantly with towels.

It is reminiscent of a movie beachside resort with towering palms rustling in the breeze.

Pool and bar

My feet lead me to the sports bar and on a whim, I order a gin and tonic and imagine the camaraderie and fun watching a rugby or soccer game here while overlooking the pool and dense coastal vegetation.

As a side note, the pink Musgrave Gin and pink Tonic is a fantastic slice of refreshment 😉


Riverside Hotel caters to a diverse range of needs with their plush accommodation. Their range of rooms includes standard rooms, family rooms, deluxe rooms, suites and two bedroom suites.

I arrive at my suite and feel enveloped by the calming tones with touches of wood and splashes of vibrant green. I am drawn to the window to the view of the river flowing out to the sea while surrounded by greenery.

The lounge is well set out and the chairs are welcoming.

There is a convenient nook with a table for either working or touching up makeup and plenty of plug space for charging all the tech you may be carrying with you.

The bedroom as ambient lighting and a beautiful bed which is super comfortable. The pillows are nice and plump which is especially nice if you are a cuddler. It is a nice touch having a TV in the room, for those late-night movie slots before you doze off or early morning news catch-up with a cup of coffee in bed.

The bathroom has bath and shower both with ample hot water supply and good water pressure. Nothing beats having a toasty hot shower before slipping in between the sheets for a great nights rest.


The hotel also has the suite stocked with a bar fridge, microwave, coffee machine and tea and coffee making facilities.


Riverside Cafe takes care of your dining requirements while you are resident at the Hotel with a smile and a flourish.

The staff are so friendly always have a smile and greeting for you.

The breakfast here has been well thought out. Both continental and hot breakfast are supplied, with cold-pressed juices, fruit juices and coffee to make sure you are adequately hydrated.

There is a selection of warm sides to add to your egg or omelette while the chef makes sure you will not go hungry.

Aside from breakfast, the restaurant is well attended. While walking past you can hear the hubbub of people dining and chatting with one another.


I would be amiss if I did not mention the views at night. The night sky doesn’t sparkle as it does in the Drakensburg at Montusi Mountain Lodge, but Durban is always pretty when lit up at night.

Seeing the river with reflected lights and the sparkling gem of a stadium and beach lights is just special. Not to mention the beautifully lit pool and sports bar below you. What a celebratory way to end an evening, with a glass of wine and sparkly view.

Moses Mabidha

If you want to find out more, visit the Riverside Hotel website and check out their specials or like their Facebook page to keep updated with what is happening in and around the Hotel.

Until then… See you on the road!

Disclaimer: This was a hosted stay. As always, all opinions expressed are mine alone.

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