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The Beach Hotel
4.0 of 5 Hotel   |   Marine Drive | Summerstrand, Port Elizabeth 6000, South Africa   |  
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Ranked #8 of 32 hotels in Port Elizabeth
Brisbane, Australia
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“Port Elizabeth stay”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 27, 2012

Our stay at the Beach Hotel in Port Elizabeth was during our first trip to South Africa. We had a three day stay at your hotel which was most memorable for many reasons. The most striking feature was the attentiveness and assistance we recieved from the staff whether reception, concierge, restaurant or management. All were so very friendly and helpful and appeared to bo out of their way to greet and assist. The room we had was wonderfully comfortable and exceptionally clean with the bonus of a view looking over the water. It certainly left us with a tremendous impression of the hospitality of South African people

  • Stayed May 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4 of 5 stars
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Polokwane, South Africa
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35 reviews 35 reviews
22 hotel reviews
Reviews in 22 cities Reviews in 22 cities
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 3, 2012

This hotel is located right next to mall, casino and children's intetainment area. It's decor is a bit outdated and could do with a revamp. The beach facing suites are very spacious. I think it's a bit expensive. The breakfast was good. There were mostly older people in the hotel.

Room Tip: The beach facing rooms are best
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  • Stayed April 2012, traveled with friends
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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Cape Town Central, South Africa
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36 reviews 36 reviews
18 hotel reviews
Reviews in 27 cities Reviews in 27 cities
35 helpful votes 35 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 24, 2012

We visited this hotel on what has to be one of the busiest weekends - Ironman SA, so had no great expectations but we couldnt have been more wrong! The Beach Hotel has without doubt The friendliest and most helpful staff of any hotel we have ever stayed. This started from the minute we arrived with a handshake from the Porter to every single member of staff, whether they were serving in one of the restaurants, cleaning the room or simply passing by in the passage - very impressive! The rooms are well...hotel rooms, but spotlessly clean and in our case thankfully not sea-facing but nicely tucked away in a courtyard, otherwise we wouldnt have got any peace with the festivities taking place on the beachfront. The bufet breakfasts were extremly good and we ate in the hotel restaurant Ginger both nights. The wine selection is good, the steaks were sublime, the calamari could be spiced up a bit more, the Lamb shanks succulent and once again suberb service - what more could one want!

  • Stayed April 2012, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Manchester
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10 hotel reviews
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8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 17, 2012

Very typical old style city hotel. Excellent position overlooking the sea, and the food was very good, as was the service.

Room Tip: Ideally sea view
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  • Stayed February 2012, traveled with family
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Buenos Aires, Argentina
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17 hotel reviews
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15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 2, 2012

We booked this hotel as the last one on our tour, purely from a practical point. It is situated in an area where we could do a lot of last-minute activities, close to the airport, and not too expensive. After 2 weeks in SA staying in 4 to 5 star guest houses and lodges, and after reading the reviews on trip-advisor, we were not expecting too much of the hotel, but all our fears turned out to be unfounded.

The reception staff was friendly, efficient and helpful. The rooms decorated in typical "hotel flair" were all clean and comfortable. We were lucky in that we all had ocean view rooms.

The hotel has a good bar outside on the terrace, and even though it took 40 minutes for our cocktails to arrive we had a good time sitting there watching people and traffic passing.

Although the hotel as a swimming pool, it is located in the front part of the hotel where all the other high-rises look down on. It is also not very inviting. Although it is clean, it doesn't seemed to be used often, only 3 plastic deck chairs standing around, and no towels provided at the pool itself.

Breakfast is a generous buffet.

I could not really recommend the hotel for more than 2 nights though, but it is perfect as a stopover.

One place to avoid though is the in-house restaurant, Ginger. Over priced food, snotty service and badly cooked meals, ruined our last night on the Garden Route.

Room Tip: Try to get a sea view, the other rooms look out on other buildings and even a building site.
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  • Stayed March 2012, traveled with friends
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Bedford, United Kingdom
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31 reviews 31 reviews
8 hotel reviews
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17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 1, 2012

We rang to reserve but computer system down so we had to arrive and then work out with staff which rooms were available- just one of those things. However we did therefore look at three rooms so can comment that rooms on ground floor at back are not very nice. We were offered first floor with balcony overlooking the sea which was a nice room but on walking back down to reception we were told it had been taken. We ended up in room 2 - ground floor overlooking sea. Nice enough but a bit tired. Ate in hotel restaurant-ginger. This was lovely and we only had to walk back to our room afterwards.

Breakfast was good-but self service. I had expected a hotel of this level to have done hot breakfast to order.

Room Tip: Definitely stay at the front for the light and views
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  • Stayed March 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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London, United Kingdom
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6 hotel reviews
Reviews in 6 cities Reviews in 6 cities
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 28, 2012

Not much to say other than an average commercial hotel, mix of business, family and travellers, needed a nights accomodation after travelling the Garden Route to get a flight to Durban, 10 minutes from airport. Staff friendly and breakfast food average. Nothing to see or do that we could find, as I said a place to get your head down for the night. PS if you are on the ground floor there is a door in your room which leads to an outside patio, check this as ours was left unlocked on arrival.

  • Stayed March 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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Additional Information about The Beach Hotel

Address: Marine Drive | Summerstrand, Port Elizabeth 6000, South Africa
Location: South Africa > Eastern Cape > Port Elizabeth
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities ( Kid / Family Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Suites Swimming Pool Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
#2 On the Beach Hotel in Port Elizabeth
#7 Luxury Hotel in Port Elizabeth
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:4 star — The Beach Hotel 4*
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Ideally Situated in PRIME POSITION on Port Elizabeth's Beachfront, This four-star hotel offers homely comfort in its 58 spacious, en-suite bedrooms with all modern amenities, a stunning pool deck and 3 superb restaurants. ... more   less 
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