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“Charming Old Lady, Who Has Seen Better Times” 3 of 5 stars
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The King Edward Hotel
3.0 of 5 Hotel   |   Belmont Terrace, Port Elizabeth 6000, South Africa (Formerly Protea Edward & Conference Centre Port Elizabeth)   |  
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Ranked #24 of 32 Hotels in Port Elizabeth
Frankfurt, Germany
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“Charming Old Lady, Who Has Seen Better Times”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 26, 2006

This Hotel receives a strong 3/5 rating from me for its charm and its value.

True, the hotel is in a run-down part of town and would need a makeover, but its original, charming and colonial appearance as well as its staff made up for it.

Our room was rather large, and its overall impression was surprisingly good. We chose this hotel for one reason: After a 12 hour flight we did not want to spend too much money on accommodation, and the Hotel Edward was the cheapest hotel in our travel agent's catalogue in PE. As a whole, our stay was pleasant and I would recommend this hotel for one night, if you do not plan to stroll around it at night, but are looking for a good value hotel with a lot of character.

  • Liked — character, value
  • Disliked — surrounding
  • Stayed August 2006, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 2 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Check in / front desk
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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  • Sleep Quality
    4 of 5 stars
  • Location
    2.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    3.5 of 5 stars
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed October 12, 2005

The hotel is very old but has a character all to itself. When it was built it was probably in a prosperous area and the place to stay. Now it is surrounded by Nigerian Bars with prostitutes and drug dealers selling there wares. Once we returned to the hotel after a day out we were marooned in the hotel, not daring to go out. Would not advise staying here unless you enjoy watching the seedier side of life.

Stayed January 2005
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 23, 2005

we were a group of colleagues(8) attending a conference at the feather markket hall. the location of the hotel was excellent in this regard as we could walk to the venue in the mornings.

the hotel is far from any other entertainment venues in port elizabeth and their shutlle service was very disappointing. on our arrival late on the friday evening and booked to stay for 7 days we were informed that they could not collect us from the airport as the driver of the shuttle was on his weekend off. i thought this was quite poor.

note that on the plane a local resident from PE told me that the area around the hotel is known as " little Nigeria". was kind of scary. so dont yonder far from the hotel on foot after dark. either rent a car or get a taxi

  • Stayed September 2005, traveled on business
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 2 of 5 stars Service
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Address: Belmont Terrace, Port Elizabeth 6000, South Africa (Formerly Protea Edward & Conference Centre Port Elizabeth)
Location: South Africa > Eastern Cape > Port Elizabeth
Amenities:
Free Parking Restaurant Room Service Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #24 of 32 Hotels in Port Elizabeth
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:3 star — The King Edward Hotel 3*
Number of rooms: 99
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The golden era with its elegance is captured into the hotel that dates back to 1903. The King Edward Hotel rooms are intimately decorated with the most modern and sophisticated design. We offer a flexible, tailor-made approach to organising conferences and banquets. We are the closest hotel to Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium hosting the FIFA world cup 2010. We are only 10 minutes from the airport with a free shuttle service. ... more   less 
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