Buildings like the Durban City Hall are integral parts of preserving this history and exploring the depth and breadth of the South Africa of today. The City Hall was completed in 1910, when the original building (subsequently converted to the main post office) had become too small to accommodate the growing Durban society and city centre.
The City Hall was designed by architect Stanley Hudson, and boasts a distinctly bold, dramatic style that has been dubbed Neo-Baroque. It is exaggerated and oozes grandeur as it stands tall over the hundreds of thousands of tourists that come to admire its scale and elegance every year.
Within the walls of the Durban City Hall are a number of other important and interesting finds. These include the municipal chambers, an auditorium, the Durban Art Gallery (showcasing a number of African pieces as well as those that have a distinctive European influence), Natural Science Museum (home to a dodo skeleton and a real Egyptian mummy) and a public library. The outside of the City Hall is bedecked with sculptures that represent different facets of modern South Africa; including art, music, literature and industry. So, the City Hall is about more than being a remnant of the architecture of old. It is also about providing modern residents and international visitors with practical resources and a fascinating context.
Because of its prime positioning, the City Hall is situated in the heart of many of the cultural and historical attractions of Durban. In fact, there is a veritable buzz around it that is exciting, inviting and quite irresistible, even for the locals.
The Riverside Hotel Complex
The Riverside Hotel is a full service hotel in Durban North that provides accommodation for families with family rooms as well as for the individual on a business trip.Facilities available at the hotel include, a 24 hour reception, currency exchange, Conference facilities at The Riverside Conference Centre, room service, laundry, gym, baby-sitting facilities, shuttle quest , tour’s and much, much more.The Riverside Conference Centre is ideally situated directly opposite the front entrance to the hotel ensuring Durban conference delegates staying at the hotel have easy access to their rooms should they so require.For day delegates there is plenty of secure parking within the hotel grounds and with the hotel being so centrally located it allows for easy access no matter where the delegates are travelling from.Restaurants available at the hotel include The Riverside Cafe and The Hops Sports Bar where there are daily activities and specials.The Riverside Café is a restaurant situated inside The Riverside Hotel.This tropical-like restaurant and bar has something to offer everyone and makes for a terrific escape from the normal city life.The Riverside Cafe has a daily Happy Hour and a Sunday plated roast buffet.Hops Riverside is the premier venue of choice in Durban. Situated adjacent to the Riverside Hotel.The venue caters for most sporting events on the big screen.The emphasis on the entertainment is to create and sustain a wide variety of events ranging from local bands to comedians dancing classes in Salsa and quiz evenings.For those who enjoy a more quiet time why not pamper yourself at The Riverside Day Spa that is open seven days a week.With a selection of spa packages, for both individual and group treatments.The Spa features six spacious, luxury treatment rooms and offer specialised nail, skin and body treatments, as well as extended day packages and corporate packages.This is truly the ultimate way to spoil yourself whether it's been a long day or just a quick stop by to relax a bit.Have a make over with Martin Pearman Hair - Creative Salon.Is a progressive hair design and care solutions studio.That provides cutting edge with latest trends and product technologies.We use our knowledge to create the unique style that is right for the unique individual you are.There is no shortage of things to do during your stay at The Riverside Hotel. You can take a stroll along the golden mile visit uShaka Marine World, the enormous Gateway Theatre of Shopping, Umgeni Bird Park, play a round at the Windsor Golf Course, or catch a game at the Moses Mabhida Stadium. Whatever you’re into, you’ll find it situated within a few minutes travel from The Riverside Hotel. See a full list of activities and attractions close to the hotel.Discover how amazing your stay can be by visiting The Riverside Hotel, we are only 5 minutes away from Durban CBD, 15 Minutes away from Umhlanga central business district and 28 Minutes away from King Shaka International Airport.