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“Great choice in Port Elizabeth” 5 of 5 stars
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Courtyard Hotel Port Elizabeth
4.0 of 5 Hotel   |   1 Lodge Road Cnr Beach Roads, Summerstrand, Port Elizabeth 6013, South Africa   |  
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Ranked #6 of 10 Hotels in Summerstrand
Thailand
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28 hotel reviews
Reviews in 15 cities Reviews in 15 cities
43 helpful votes 43 helpful votes
“Great choice in Port Elizabeth”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 19, 2013

This is one of the best choices for accommodation in Port Elizabeth. I have stayed at the Courtyard three times and have enjoyed every stay. This time we stayed in a suite - two huge bedrooms en suite and a connecting lounge/dining room/ktichenette.The suite is great value for a family or group of friends and you can park right outside the back door. The view is over the sea and it is within walking distance of the Boardwalk casino complex next door. Some people might find the limited services a disadvantage (the hotel only serves breakfast) but we loved the choice of surrounding restaurants and the fact that there are menus of the room for delivery from some nearby ones. Another disadvantage may be the sounds of passing traffic and ,music from a nearby late-night club, but that is one of the prices you pay for being right on the beachfront. It didn't worry us unduly. So, top marks for this clean, well-located hotel. This is the premier brand in the City Lodge Group and you can find cheaper options at the City Lodge, Road Lodge and Town Lodge outlets nearby,

Room Tip: We like the floor level with the car park, which is usually the ground floor or first floor, no step...
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  • Stayed October 2013, traveled with family
    • 5 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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Angus M, Public Relations Manager at Courtyard Hotel Port Elizabeth, responded to this review, October 21, 2013
Thanks so much for your very comprehensive and very kind review of our hotel - we look forward to your next visit! It's also great to know that you fully understand the difference between our four brands.
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Rating summary
  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 stars
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Cape Town, SA
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57 reviews 57 reviews
25 hotel reviews
Reviews in 28 cities Reviews in 28 cities
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 29, 2013

The Couryard Hotel in Port Elizabeth was a good choice for many reasons: Firstly, the location was perfect, walking distance from the Boardwalk Convention Centre and right on the beach. The rooms were very, very nice. It was huge by any standard, especially the bathroom was larger than most European hotel rooms. I found everything to be clean (my most important criteria) and cannot fault anything.

Room Tip: Ground floor suites can be a bit noisy when people walk past, but you can park your car right next t...
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  • Stayed July 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
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Angus M, Public Relations Manager at Courtyard Hotel Port Elizabeth, responded to this review, October 1, 2013
Thank you so much for your kind comments - we really appreciate them - hope to see you again soon.
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East London, South Africa
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 6, 2013

The Couryard Hotel in Port Elizabeth is a good choice if your are on a business trip. It is centrally located in Summerstrand. The hotel has fantastic views from the breakfast area and reception. The service is good, and the rooms are clean and well maintained. It really is your standard business travel type of accomodatin with no additional frills.

THe breakfast is very good and presented in a nice setting.

I would recommend it to any business travel that needs a safe comfortable space the stay and operate from.

Room Tip: Rooms on the Western wing (228) is very quite
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  • Stayed September 2013, traveled on business
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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Angus M, Public Relations Manager at Courtyard Hotel Port Elizabeth, responded to this review, September 9, 2013
Thanks so much for your generous review - we hope to see you again soon!
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed August 22, 2013

I looked forward to returning to this hotel. Reception was warm an friendly. I was upgraded to a suite with enough space to house a small tribe. It is well equipped with most things you would need. Comfortable bed, great view, blackout curtains, kitchenette, lounge area, dining area, work station, wifi, etc Great so far.

So why the below average rating?

1. The room fixtures and fittings are all well worn and tired. Most furniture is scratched, chipped or marked. Walls are marked. Shower has mould etc.
2. Breakfast was the usual excellent City Lodge variety. On the first morning service was pathetic. I had to search for a table that was not littered with dirty plates etc. After waiting about 10 minutes I unsuccessfully tried the coffee machine, without any staff offering to assist. Eventually the duty manager offered me coffee at the table half way through the meal. I did have friendly word with the manager and on the second day the service was prompt and friendly, but they did run out of croissants............
3. Day 2 was started with the treat of a cold shower! "We are working on it"
4. Reception. As expected staff are friendly and professional. In general there is usually only one behind the desk, so all interactions are drawn out by numerous interruptions. Didn't help that the credit card machine didn't work on checkout. Reception also looks grubby with a wall well marked by greasy hands over the years ( the things you notice while waiting for long periods!)
5. For the two days a cleaning trolley remained parked in the passage, and had to be moved when the wind blew it into the stairway access.

So while it is a nice facility in a good location, this Courtyard could do with a serious makeover as it does not live up to the brand expectations.

Room Tip: Bearing above comments in mind all seem to be good
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  • Stayed August 2013, traveled on business
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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Angus M, Public Relations Manager at Courtyard Hotel Port Elizabeth, responded to this review, August 26, 2013
Thank you for staying at our hotel - rest assured that we will look into these matters you have raised as they appear to be below our high standards of service.
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Centurion, South Africa
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215 reviews 215 reviews
56 hotel reviews
Reviews in 76 cities Reviews in 76 cities
181 helpful votes 181 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 7, 2013

We stayed at this Courtyard Hotel during a visit to Port Elizabeth, as I wanted to show my wife where I had spent many of my childhood days. Our room was spacious, clean and beautifully decorated and also had an ocean view. We experienced the staff to be genuinely friendly and caring. At breakfast we were offered a choice of either continental or full breakfast. We decided on the latter and found the food at the hot buffet to be attractively set out and of a very high quality. The breakfast chef greeted us in a cheerful way and interacted with us in a very friendly manner. A memorable moment was having a beautiful ocean view while enjoying breakfast
We also enjoyed the courtesy bar in the evening where a variety of snacks and drinks were available for the guests to enjoy.
Although this hotel is within easy walking distance to the Boardwalk Casino, they provided a shuttle bus to take us there.
Our stay at this hotel exceeded our expectations, and we would most certainly recommend the hotel to friends and colleagues.

  • Stayed September 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 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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Angus M, Public Relations Manager at Courtyard Hotel Port Elizabeth, responded to this review, August 10, 2013
Thanks so much for your kind comments - we hope it won't be too long before you pay us another visit.
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Port Elizabeth, South Africa
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19 hotel reviews
Reviews in 19 cities Reviews in 19 cities
31 helpful votes 31 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2013

We know the Port Elizabeth area rather well, and this hotel is our favourite in the city. We normally also book our out-of-town guests into this hotel. The views over the Indian Ocean are great, the breakfast is superb, and the location is spot-on. It is very close to the Boardwalk casino complex, with its offerings of decent restaurants etc. If you are coming to PE, do not hesitate to book this hotel.

Room Tip: Most rooms have an Indian Ocean view, but try to book the rooms on the 2nd floor north of the recept...
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  • Stayed June 2013, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Angus M, Public Relations Manager at Courtyard Hotel Port Elizabeth, responded to this review, July 10, 2013
Thanks so much for your comments - we also love our beachfront location and hope to share it again with you soon!
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Johannesburg, South Africa
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39 reviews 39 reviews
25 hotel reviews
Reviews in 20 cities Reviews in 20 cities
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 29, 2013 via mobile

Friday night stay, won't do it in this hotel again!
Got in late to the sound of a night club coming from either the boardwalk or the beach front. That combined with the noise of the traffic a couple of meters away didn't make for a good nights sleep.

Positives:
Great big bath towels
Really nice shower
Huge room with couch

Negative:
My usual bugbear - No free wifi (15 min only). At these room rates this should be included!!

No ice machine near room, had to walk to the laundry to get ice, what's that about.

  • Stayed June 2013
    • 1 of 5 stars Value
    • 2 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Angus M, Public Relations Manager at Courtyard Hotel Port Elizabeth, responded to this review, June 30, 2013
Thanks for your review - sorry you experienced some negatives; we will certainly bear them in mind.
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Additional Information about Courtyard Hotel Port Elizabeth

Address: 1 Lodge Road Cnr Beach Roads, Summerstrand, Port Elizabeth 6013, South Africa
Location: South Africa > Eastern Cape > Port Elizabeth > Summerstrand
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Kitchenette Restaurant Room Service Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
Ranked #6 of 10 Hotels in Summerstrand
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:4 star — Courtyard Hotel Port Elizabeth 4*
Number of rooms: 91
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The Courtyard Hotel Port Elizabeth is situated on Marine Drive in the Boardwalk Casino and Resort complex, directly opposite the famed Humewood International Beach of the Eastern Cape. The hotel consists of 91 suites and studios some with sea facing views. Situated 8 minutes from the CBD and 5 minutes from Port Elizabeth Airport. ... more   less 
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Also Known As:
Courtyard Port Elizabeth
Port Elizabeth Courtyard
Courtyard Hotel Port Elizabeth Summerstrand

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