We are a gay professional couple who live in Sydney, but I grew up in Port Elizabeth & this hotel had literally crumbled in the last decade from it's 1903 glory. To be honest, if I had read the Tripadvisor comments we would not have come here, but after family informed us of the renovation we decided to give it a whirl(rather than sleep on my nephew's bunk beds). The area is one of the oldest parts of town, looking over the Donkin memorial(one of the 1st governors of the Cape built it as an epitaph to his wife Elizabeth, after whom the city is named, wonderful what true love & a bit of power can get you) & the sea. This part of downtown is now a bit rundown, but as the title of the area suggests it is very central. There is a locked car park & we felt safe with doormen/security 24/7. I mention this as visitors to South Africa are concerned about safety & in my opinion it would be unwise not to be-everywhere one travels really-but particularly in South Africa where the new visitor might find the growing trend of electric fences around private properties slightly disconcerting.
The hotel itself is a lovely, updated, clean version of a colonial hotel & would fit in on the coastlines of any African country. We had a suite with a great shower & separate sitting room area, with flat screen TV. Big bay windows helped us take in the view.
The service was second to none-we travel frequently-with the staff friendly & accommodating, which is how I remember Port Elizabeth people to be.
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- Its elegance is captured into the hotel that dates back to 1903. The King Edward Hotel rooms are intimately decorated with the most thought harkening back to the days of old. We offer a flexible, tailor-made approach to organising conferences and banquets. We are the closest hotel to Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium. We are only 10 minutes from the airport, Kings beach and Hobie Beach. ... more less
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