To us, this was just an overnight stop at the end of the garden route before we went on our safari. We didn’t think much of Port Elizabeth itself, but the hotel wasn't bad.
True, the room and bathroom were a little dated, but the hotel restaurant we found to be very good and it has a fantastic terrace area overlooking the sea. On our first morning there I saw a group of about 6 dolphins playing in the sea from the hotel terrace, which I could see with my naked eye! Maybe that sold it to me(!)
Other good points is that it is just a few minutes walk from an amazing long sandy beach. Wasn't the best weather for us, but I'm sure it'd be great when it's hot. It's not far to walk to more restaurants and shops etc further along the seafront.
One bad point was the noise of the aeroplanes coming overhead in the middle of the night, as it's so close to the airport and the hotel doesn't seem to have any sound-proofing at all. Music from the club down the road also woke us up one night which was really annoying.
I think if you find yourself needing to stay in Port Elizabeth for a day or two, you could do much worse than staying in the Kelway.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Perfectly positioned in Port Elizabeth, South Africa for business & leisure travelers. Situated just a few minutes from the airport, and within walking distance to popular tourist attractions and swimming beaches. This multi graded 3 & 4 star timber structured hotel was built in 2004 & offers 61 ensuite rooms, conference facilities, secure parking & restaurant where breakfast, lunch or dinner can be enjoyed. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Kelway Hotel Port Elizabeth