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“Special Singa” 5 of 5 stars
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Singa Lodge
5.0 of 5 Boutique Hotel   |   Corner of 10th Avenue & Scarborough Road, Summerstrand, Port Elizabeth 6001, South Africa   |  
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Ranked #3 of 10 Hotels in Summerstrand
Port Elizabeth, South Africa
1 review
“Special Singa”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 16, 2013

I had the good fortune to be invited to join the PE Business Chamber and the famous Clem Sunter for dinner at Singa and decided to stay-over last Wednesday night. I know Singa well but hadn't been there for over a year - it was looking fresh and as good as ever. The dinner was fabulous - a Karroo lamb shank that fell off the bone perfectly - mouth wateringly good! My ten dining companions were similarly impressed - well done chef. Back to my room the sumptuous suite 9, this has always been my favourite room and remains so. Clem Sunter was in Suite 1 and claimed he could organise a soccer match there it was so big; and took a bath in the famous round bath just for the experience. Manager Desiree is an absolute star - well done for keeping Singa up with the best of the best in PE!! I will be back asap.

  • Stayed September 2013, traveled on business
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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100roaringlions, Owner at Singa Lodge, responded to this review, February 3, 2014
Thank you for giving us such a great review. Desiree will be thrilled to hear that you enjoyed your stay and your meal at Singa. The Karoo Lamb is always a winning favourite and with such great quality being offered by South African farmers in the Karoo, how could it go wrong? Our chef will be delighted at your praise nonetheless. We look forward to welcoming you back to suite 9 in the near future. Best wishes from the Bailey family, Desiree and the Singa team
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Rating summary
  • Location
    4 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 stars
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Perth, Australia
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8 reviews 8 reviews
7 hotel reviews
Reviews in 8 cities Reviews in 8 cities
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 7, 2013 via mobile

It would have to be business that brings you to this city, but if you find you have to overnight here, try the Singa Lodge. Delightful, helpful people, comfortable, huge tribal-chic rooms with all comforts. Ideally located to the airport and some excellent restaurants.

  • Stayed June 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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London, England, United Kingdom
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6 hotel reviews
Reviews in 7 cities Reviews in 7 cities
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 12, 2013

This was the fifth of our six stops from Cape Town to Port Elizabeth. We had a wonderful welcome from Michael who was very attentive and helpful - including making recommendations and our dinner reservation at a nearby restaurant.

Our room was amazingly large with bath and separate shower area to one side. It was unusual but worked well. It took a few mins to work out how to lower all of the reed blinds as there were so many windows but our room was not overlooked. Loved the location of sep rooms in diff parts of the gardens. We slept well during our overnight stop although the AC unit was directly above our bed.

The mini bar works on an honesty basis and it was nice to find loads of plug sockets in the room including one English one!

In the morning we enjoyed the visual delights of this African themed guest house. Also had a great chat with Michael and with the manager, Desiree, who also provided a great suggestion re a coffee stop on our way to the game reserve which was to be our final stop.


We thought the website provides a fair representation of the venue and were surprised by some of the negative reviews here. Sure there are some oddities at Simga but we had a very positive experience and the staff showed that they will do whatever they can to make your stay a good one.

Room Tip: Each room is reached by a walk through the garden. We had number one which is not overlooked but doe...
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  • Stayed March 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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100roaringlions, Owner at Singa Lodge, responded to this review, February 3, 2014
We'd like to thank you for taking the time to write such a detailed and complimentary review. We hope you had a wonderful time on holiday and enjoyed all the experiences you were recommended in between, which really make your whole trip worth while. Desiree and Michael will be grateful for your kind words. We also hope you didn't experience any discomfort as a result of the A/C being above your bed. We thought this to be the most suitable position in the room to place it, for when people would like to relax in the heat of our African summer. We really liked that you added your room tip with other TripAdvisor viewers- the gardens do help to create a feeling of privacy and seclusion and room 1's blinds do justice of this as well. We hope to welcome you back to Singa soon. Best wishes from the Bailey family and the rest of the Singa Lodge team
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15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed February 22, 2013

Having looked at singa lodge on their webiste we were execting more from our stay. Room was round the back so felt separate to rest of lodge, also the room seemed tired and strangely decorated! Staff were pleasant and breakfast was ok, hot food made to order. Provided free garage parking space which was good. Didn't have any of the 5 star facilities you expect. Bed hard and really squeaky. Safe didnt work. Our room was listed as a suite yet was just a room with the shower and bath in it and a separate tiny room with the toilet ... Expect suites to have a separate seated area as well. Received bottle of sparkling wine and croissants on arrival for our honeymoon which was nice. Was our first night and the rest of our trip improved immensely which was fantastic. Would recommend for a quick stopover but not for romance or luxury. Would pick an alternative hotel if returning to Port Elizabeth

  • Stayed February 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 1 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 2 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 1 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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100roaringlions, Owner at Singa Lodge, responded to this review, February 3, 2014
We'd like to thank you for taking the time to write this review. Your feedback is very important to us, especially where you feel we need to improve. Thank you for taking note of some of the great things about Singa too, even though you your experience was not what you expected. The suites at Singa were designed as open and free-flowing, with the intentional breakdown of structure to reflect a more modern and interconnected feeling. We will be adding this information to our website for people who expect a separate seated area. We're very sorry that your experience was not what you had hoped for, we trust the rest of your stay in South Africa was memorable and that you had an incredible honeymoon. Best wishes from the Bailey family and the rest of the Singa team
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Adelaide, Australia
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 27, 2013

We finished our South African tour at Singa lodge and were welcomed by the professional and friendly staff there. We found the room beautiful, clean and fresh. Helpful staff, we definately recommend this place.
Aussies on tour.

Room Tip: we had room 1
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  • Stayed December 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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100roaringlions, Owner at Singa Lodge, responded to this review, February 3, 2014
Thank you so much for your review! Always great to get the Aussie badge of approval. We hope you had a wonderful tour and that the rest of your time in South Africa was memorable. We hope you are planning another trip soon. Best wishes from the Bailey family and the rest of the Singa team
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 21, 2013 via mobile

Charming place in a great location a short walk from the beach. We got great service from the male receptionist that helped to arrange a last minute (highly recommendable) township tour. The breakfast buffet and the service there was not up to standard.
Biggest problem: The beds are very hard and noisy (enough to wake the other person if you turn during the night).
Not quite the five star guest lodge experience to be found elsewhere in SA.

  • Stayed January 2013
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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27 reviews 27 reviews
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3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed January 16, 2013

Dark, strange smell, no privacy, old structure, humid, old towels and forniture. Photos from the website are unrealistic. The only positive comment is fore the guys at the reception. Very kind and helpful.

Stayed January 2013, traveled as a couple
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Additional Information about Singa Lodge

Address: Corner of 10th Avenue & Scarborough Road, Summerstrand, Port Elizabeth 6001, South Africa
Location: South Africa > Eastern Cape > Port Elizabeth > Summerstrand
Amenities:
Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant Room Service Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
Ranked #3 of 10 Hotels in Summerstrand
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:5 star — Singa Lodge 5*
Number of rooms: 12
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
This luxury boutique hotel in PE is one of a select portfolio of lodges brought to you by Lion Roars Hotels and Lodges, and offers distinctive 5-star accommodation in Summerstrand in Port Elizabeth. Setting itself apart from the "every-room-looks-the-same" standardization of the major hotel chains, Singa's modern fusion of Eastern & African architecture and decor is an artistic masterpiece. Each of the twelve suites is a unique space that not only provides deep comfort, but also inspires and enriches your journey ... more   less 
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Singa Lodge Port Elizabeth/Summerstrand

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