We were booked into this hotel for the last night of our holiday following an exhausting three days at a safari lodge. Our first impressions on arrival were not good. Discarded crisp packets and other assorted rubbish blowing around on the front steps is not a good look. We were shown to our room which looked very tired, with grubby stains on the arma of the armchair and chipped furniture. Within half an hour we were subjected to what appeared to be preparations for a carnival outside of our bedroom window. On making enquiries at Reception i was told that this would probably last until 1 or 2 am the next morning. I asked for a move to a room not overlooking the festivities. We were moved to a 'Courtyard' room which looked equally tired, was just as tired but had the addition of piles of dead, dry leaves piled up on the carpeted walk-way outside of the room. As the best option available we settled down as best we could and hoped that we would would manage some sleep later. At this point we went down to the bar/lounge area for a drink and were informed that due to a function we would not be allowed to sit in the comfortable seating area but were welcome to order drinks at the bar and sit there!
The longest evening of my life ensued with the external noise eventually subsiding at around 3:30 am before any sleep was possible. I realise the hotel has no control over external noise but they should have warned customers before the event. There was no excuse for the tired decor, the restrictions on customers in the lounge area or the accumulation of dead leaves around our bedroom area. This hotel was a nightmare!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Beach Hotel is one Port Elizabeth's finest family hotels, situated on Port Elizabeth's magnificent beachfront, directly opposite Hobie Beach and next to the Boardwalk Casino and Entertainment Center. The Beach Hotel combines splendid service with quality accommodation, stylish cuisine and facilities for a perfect family holiday, business trip or relaxing getaway. The stunning four-star hotel offers homely comfort in its 58 spacious, en-suite bedrooms, some with stunning sea-views and others opening onto the tranquil courtyard. Guests are spoilt with choice, offering 3 onsite restaurants to suit everyone's palate. Enjoy a relaxing environment, sipping a cocktail white overlooking the ocean at The Verandah restaurant, or indulge in our famous buffets at The Crest. Resident foodies will love the fine dining cuisine at Ginger, voted one of the best restaurants in Port Elizabeth; it is definitely a must. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Beach Port Elizabeth