At the end of 2012, my brother made use of this facility to host his daughter's 21st birthday party. We were a party of about 30 people, ranging from 80 to 5 years old, and most of us spent 3 nights at Santos.
One has to take the accommodation for what it is, ie. compartments on old train coaches, with shared bathroom facilities, otherwise, this is not for you.
I would agree with comments in another review, that one needs to be able to secure one's compartment, during the day and at night despite having the windows open. The slatted shutters in our compartment did work, but this was not the case in all the compartments we occupied.
The only real negative for us as guests at the Santos Express, was the parking. We were there during the peak summer holiday season, and the general public flock to the beach from early morning, and despite the best efforts of a couple of gentlemen trying to control the parking situation, it was absolute pandemonium. Those of us who did need to use our vehicles, ended up having to park blocks away on our return, and then move our vehicles closer again late in the day. We did note this in our thanks to the Santos team following our stay, and our suggestion is that they try and secure the parking from outside their reception area, to the boom leading into the yacht club, for guests of the Santos Express.
Other than that, the most relaxing break I have had in a long time, and we have every intention of returning. 100% for location. Good food at the restaurant, with a lovely deck overlooking the beach. Very helpful staff. Fantastic beach.
An additional attraction for us was the little tram that travels between Hartenbos and Mossel Bay which was in operation during our stay, with Santos being one of it's stops. A few of us hopped on the tram to the mall, without having to negotiate peak holiday traffic and be hassled about finding parking.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Accommodation is in a train parked just 30m from the beach.We have an onsite restaurant and fully licensed bar. Function/Conference venue is available, perfect for a beach wedding. We can accommodate large groups comfortably. ... more less
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