The Windermere is not an easy place to find, but once you do, it's well worth the grief. The hotel consists of 8 rooms, and from the outside looks nothing like a hotel - more like a private house, and the sign advertising its presence is like the hotel itself - discreet, elegant and tasteful.
As we pulled up outside, the concierge leapt out to carry our bags and remove the car to their underground parking facility at the rear of the building. We understand that the whole block was some sort of warehousing facility, which the owners have separated out and made into 8 separate units, all linked by a central grassed area.
We were welcomed by the guest representative, and guided through a succession of huge, perfectly proportioned and minimalistic reception rooms, filled with beautiful pieces of furniture and ornaments. Some of these opened up directly into the grassed area, giving the impression of continuous space.
Our room was massive - high ceilinged and airy, with our own small courtyard outside, not overlooked by anyone. The bathroom adjacent was also enormous - a claw footed bath in the centre, and a shower which would easily accommodate 6 people at the same time.
We ate at 'Azzurro' - a bistro bar on the waterfront, an easy 5 minute walk from the hotel. The hotel had telephoned ahead and reserved a table, and we were treated like royalty.
Next morning, the select few staying were treated to an excellent cooked breakfast - my husband said the scrambled eggs were amongst the best he had ever eaten - and signed the visitors book before departure. Previous guests included HRH The Earl and Countess of Wessex.
The hotel is an oasis in a very busy port and seaside town, and well worth a visit.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Windermere by Mantis is a luxury boutique hotel, conveniently situated in the popular beachfront suburb of Humewood, Port Elizabeth. Offering guests an authentic, year round beach holiday feel, we invite you to kick off your shoes and relax in easy-living comfort. At The Windermere, we've taken the boutique hotel experience back to basics, where our focus is on the well-being of our guests. Our warm welcomes are genuine, our smiles are sincere, and our guests are made to feel immediately at home. Of course, you can still look forward to all the classic comforts and amenities expected of an upmarket establishment, along with the exceptional service that has become synonymous with the Mantis Group. Enjoy complimentary afternoon refreshments at the poolside, unwind on your private terrace, or relax in the courtyard with undercover patio - the heart of our hotel. Share a drink at the bar with like-minded guests, or take a walk to the beach, which is just a stone's throw away. To add to the homely atmosphere, familiar home cooked meals are available to order off our light meals menu. Whether travelling for business or pleasure, The Windermere by Mantis is the ideal base for visitors to Port Elizabeth. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Windermere Hotel Port Elizabeth