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Garden Court Kings Beach
Ranked #5 of 33 Hotels in Port Elizabeth
Certificate of Excellence
Johannesburg, South Africa
Level 5 Contributor
72 reviews
27 hotel reviews
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“Tired old lady”
Reviewed March 16, 2012

This hotel has been a regular of mine for many years and recently it has been looking tired. I think it is due for a revamp. Our room was typical of a garden court. Clean, with a nice shower and TV. The blanket in the room came in handy when my traveling companion came down with a bout of shivers. The carpet on the passage did not smell good, however. The shower drainage was too slow resulting in the water spilling onto the bathroom floor and the plugs on the right side of the room kept cutting power off to the right side of the room including TV and bedside lights. While the power was restored within 5 minutes and an extension plug provided, it was rather concerning that we would be placed in a room with a non-working plug. As usual, the noise from other bathrooms meant no sleep after 6am, which is OK as this is a business hotel rather than a vacation venue. Location is excellent, but the Spur was always full and the McDonalds next door was only open to cars (meaning you have to drive from the hotel, about 50 metres away)

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  • Stayed March 2012, traveled as a couple
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JoziJETSETTER
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Reviewed December 27, 2011

We booked two rooms in December 2011. This was our last leg culminating our Garden Route. The hotel was nearby halaal food places and we were pleasantly surprised that the amazing breakfast catered for its muslim gueats. Beauty has the art of making the best ever omelletes of your choice and the staff overall rocked. Enjoyed the ever so welcoming freshly squeezed orange juice. This is the best Garden Court Hotel in South Africa.

  • Stayed December 2011, traveled with family
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Staffordshire
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Reviewed December 21, 2011

Stayed here for 3 nights during our self-drive tour of South Africa.
Our first night was in a room right next to the lift. It kept us awake most of the night, and there was a lot of inconsiderate people banging doors both late at night and early in the morning.
We complained, and were upgraded to a lovely, spacious, quiet room with a sea view and a huge bed.
Both rooms were clean and tidy with flat screen TV, tea/coffee trays, and all the usual toiletries.
Reception staff were all friendly, helpful and efficient, especially Anastacia, who was amazing.
Breafast was, as usual for Garden Court Hotels, excellent. Lovely fresh orange juice, eggs cooked to order, and lots of choice. The breakfast room was very busy, but all went smoothly, food was topped up and used crockery etc efficiently cleared.
There is a steakhouse attatched to the hotel, but we found the food quality and service was dreadful. My husbands Rump Steak was replaced twice, but was so tough as to be inedible. There was no apology for this, and our evening was ruined.
On subsequent nights we drove to the supermarket and bought bbq'd meat and salads and wine, and enjoyed a picnic dinner.
Whist the hotel is by the seafront there is a petrol station, McDonalds Drive through, and a main road between it and the promenade/beach.
There is a very tiny swimming pool on the terrace.
The Boardwalk shopping and entertainment area is a short walk away, and it is a longer, but interesting walk to the Donkin, with it's lovely old buildings. The area is being revamped, and beginning to look beautiful. The scones at the old lighthouse are to die for!
We found walking round PE in the daytime to be safe and interesting, and were told it is safe to walk to the Boardwalk at night.
The seafront area is also being upgraded, making it difficult to access, but should be lovely when finished.
There is a large, guarded car park at the back of the hotel.

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  • Stayed September 2011, traveled as a couple
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Reading, England
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Reviewed November 2, 2011

Clean comfortable high rise modern clinical hotel. An ok breakfast.

Set back from a busy beachfront road. This is not a particularly nice safe area and would recommend to think twice before venturing out particularly at night time.

  • Stayed October 2011, traveled with friends
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Cumbria
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Reviewed February 7, 2011

Stayed here for 1 night after driving from Knysna before flying to Cape Town.

Very comfortable, spotless & fairly spacious room overlooking the beach. Got a good deal through Southern Sun hotels on an early booking offer. Breakfast very good with eggs cooked to order.

Ate at Coco de Mer which is walking distance across the car park so well lit & safe. Poor meal with slow service but there was a large wedding party inside so this may have affected our experience.

Easy drive to the airport.

  • Stayed January 2011, traveled as a couple
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Northern Ireland
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Reviewed December 30, 2010

My wife and I stayed at the hotel on a recent trip to SA.

We stayed overnight at the hotel whilst travelling from Johannesburg for a trip driving along the Garden Route to Cape Town.

The Reception Staff were friendly and helpful and recommended a few restaurants in the area for dinner. They also informed us to be aware of our own personal safety at night if out and about and suggested the use of a taxi service.

We ate a restaurant nearby, CoCo de Mer, and found the food to be very good, a little steep on the prices, but a lovely little restaurant.

The Hotel is right on the beach front that makes for a pleasant walk

The Hotel has a swimming pool, but is a tad small. If more than 4 or 5 people used it at once it could be regarded as crowded

Breakfast was a standard help yourself and was average.

The hotel was perfectly adequate for an overnight stay but a little dated and close to the airport.

  • Stayed November 2010, traveled as a couple
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Glasgow, United Kingdom
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Reviewed October 1, 2010

Stayed here for one night on a 16 day tour of South Africa with Travelsphere.
Stayed in room 522.
The hotel was modern and clean with friendly staff.
We arrived late afternoon after a long day touring and wanted to get showered and changed to go out and have a meal. As we were part of a tour group, we had to wait for our suitcases to be delivered to the room by the porters to get a change of clothing. After waiting over 45 minutes I decided to track down the suitcases myself and found them still sitting on a trolley in reception which I helped myself to. Not good porter service!
The toilet was nice and modern but the sink was VERY slow to drain.
When we arrived it was very windy and as the room was 5 floors up, it was even more windy which was reflected by a howling noise - like a jet engine coming through the seals on the windows. Thankfully by the time we went to bed the wind had died down so this did not interrupt our sleep.
Had a nice evening in the Cabaña Lounge at the bottom of the road on the waterfront.
Overall this was a nice hotel with a few niggles to sort out.

  • Stayed September 2010
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Property: Garden Court Kings Beach
Address: La Roche Drive | Humewood, Port Elizabeth 6013, South Africa
Location: South Africa > Eastern Cape > Port Elizabeth
Amenities:
Beach Beverage Selection Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
#3 On the Beach Hotel in Port Elizabeth
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:3 star — Garden Court Kings Beach 3*
Number of rooms: 280
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Port Elizabeth is a city that boasts leisure attractions and an active business centre. The Garden Court King's Beach hotel affords easy access to everything that this city has to offer. Within walking distance of the magnificent King's Beach Promenade, this affordable accommodation offering is the gateway to a world of fun. With 2km of white sand, a surfing spot, the MacArther's Baths and many other attractions, this Garden Court is an ideal leisure destination. Mike's Kitchen is opening at the hotel on 1 October. ... more   less 
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