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“Beautiful wedding venue, terrible accommodation” 2 of 5 stars
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The Plantation
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4.0 of 5 Guest house   |   424A Sardinia Bay Road | Lovemore Park, Port Elizabeth 6001, South Africa   |  
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Ranked #129 of 192 Port Elizabeth B&B and Inns
Knysna, South Africa
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“Beautiful wedding venue, terrible accommodation”
2 of 5 stars Reviewed May 5, 2014

We recently spent the night at the plantation as we were invited to a wedding there. We looked at the website and decided to book 3 rooms / cottages, one of which, was supposed to be the bridal suite. We arranged early check in of 12.00 as the wedding was due to start at 15.00 and we were travelling long distance.
On arrival at 1.30 the rooms were not ready for us. Once we were able to occupy the rooms at 14.00 we were terribly disappointed. Not only was the bridal suite not one of the rooms, Room #1 was terribly filthy and had a terrible odour. There was water on the kitchen floor near the fridge, big spider webs, dust hung from the roof trusses and the bathroom terribly used looking and dirty. The bathrooms in all 3 units we rented were in such a state that none of us were able to use the bath or shower. Apart from this there are no facilities to eat or dine, nor contact reception. The venue itself (chapel) is beautiful for weddings but the accommodation is by far the worst I have EVER experienced in my life.

  • Stayed May 2014, traveled with family
    • 1 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 2 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 1 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 1 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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  • Location
    4 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    3 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    3 of 5 stars
  • Service
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    2.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    3 of 5 stars
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 5, 2013

I was privileged to be invited to stay at this beautiful natural forest wedding venue to stay for a couple of nights. My colleague and I were in PE on business and Pat Moffett, the owner of The Plantation, had us stay in his self catering units.

The classic tin roofed units are decorated beautifully and elegantly, with a king bed in a large bedroom, spacious bathroom and a fully equipped kitchette. From the 4 units, one of which is a bridal suite, we walked through a passageway through thick natural forest to the wedding venue that can seat 250 guests at the reception. Passing through another passageway we reached the quaint chapel surrounded by the natural coastal forest. Around the corner was the Moffett's house and utility buildings. All of this is on about 5 acres but no building can be seen from another. Its such a clever arrangement that it seems the building is all alone in a sea of natural forest.

We could only imagine how beautiful a wedding would be at such a venue. However, we were there only to sleep and could not enjoy the beauty of the setting. We were provided with a magnificent packed breakfast when we left.

Whatever the reason to be in the area (fairly close to the airport), The Plantation is definitely a play to stay. The tariff is very reasonable for the standard of the accommodation and service.

Room Tip: There are only 4 rooms to choose and one is the bridal suite, so any room will be excellent
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  • Stayed December 2013, traveled on business
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Additional Information about The Plantation

Address: 424A Sardinia Bay Road | Lovemore Park, Port Elizabeth 6001, South Africa
Location: South Africa > Eastern Cape > Port Elizabeth
Beach Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Kitchenette Suites
Hotel Style:
Ranked #129 of 192 B&Bs / Inns in Port Elizabeth
Hotel Class:4 star — The Plantation 4*
Number of rooms: 4
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Nestled in beautiful indigenous forest, The Plantation offers luxurious accommodation for guests attending weddings or functions at The Plantation or The Boma, and for holiday or business travelers. With its stunning surroundings and close proximity to Sardinia Bay beach and Port Elizabeth's tourism and business hubs, The Plantation is an ideal base for exploring the area. ... more   less 

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