I've just returned from a 12-night stay at the Premier Hotel ELICC and after 12 nights in any hotel, you get to know what's good and not so good about it.
First the goods: fabulous views, overlooking the ocean; great, large rooms with super-comfortable beds; wonderful shower (amongst the best ever!); really friendly staff who went out of their way to help; perfectly good restaurant (good, extensive choice at breakfast, adequate choice in the evening for one or two nights); good prices (for those used to European hotel, at any rate); and a good selection of nearby restaurants.
The not-so-goods: the layout (others have written about the perverse arrangement of lifts and corridors - the architect needs shooting!); the noise outside from a ventilator plant on an adjacent building meant it was hard to sleep with the windows open (I won't blame the hotel for the US and SA Navy exercises just offshore one night - that put the ventilator noise into perspective!), and the noise from an empty fridge in the room (unplugged by me by the second night); the location (don't go out alone at night, which is fine if you're in a group, but if you were staying alone you'd have to get cabs to restaurant); and despite the willingness, sometimes the responsiveness of staff was a bit slow - one night we waited 2 hours from ordering to our food coming in the restaurant. Oh and one night, there were what looked suspiciously like two prostitutes in the hotel bar - but maybe this is normal in this style of hotel.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Situated on East London's Esplanade, Premier Hotel EL ICC commands spectacular views of the coastline, East London's port harbour and the Indian Ocean. This contemporary designed Hotel provides the ultimate in luxurious accommodation to the business executive. Located adjacent to the East London International Convention Centre, a mere 10 minutes to major shopping, entertainment and sporting facilities and only 15 minutes to the East London Airport, Premier Hotel EL ICC is bound to be the venue of choice for the discerning traveller. THE EMERALD SPA There is but one place in the Eastern Cape to truly rediscover the luxury of time and that is in the purity of the Emerald Spa... At the Premier Hotel EL ICC, East London's most desired beachfront hotel you'll find East London's most desirable escape, the Emerald Spa - here you will encounter a space in which to unwind and recharge along with a wealth of wellness and sheer tranquillity over-looking the ocean... prepare to be pampered and spoilt. ... more less
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