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Reviewed July 25, 2013

I would like to tell people that this place has run down terribly.
The rooms are Tatty and Old the Buildings and walkways terrible.
I feel unsafe they have Taxis busing people in There are just noisy people all over the Place.

They charged be over R800,00 for a single room and it is the worst place i have stayed in for a long time!!!

I dont feel my Car is safe i had to Park it in a Dark alley.

I came here for peace and quiet i could have stayed at The City Lodge at R495,00 on empty Beds I should have.

Gutted to be ripped off for this!!!!!!!!!!

  • Stayed: July 2013, traveled solo
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DaleTucker_za, Marketing at Pine Lodge Resort & Conference Centre, responded to this reviewResponded January 13, 2014

It is extremely distressing to hear that you has such a bad esperience! During the time of your stay, Port Elizabeth hosted the Annual ANC Conference and as such the whole town was full of visitors. Pine Lodge itself was full with these visitors as well and that would unfortunately have contributed to the noise levels within the resort. We do apologise for this. As for the state of the rooms, we do have a refurbishment programme that is continuously underway. Unfortunately, due to the size of the Resort and the location so close to the sea, sometimes the elements do get the better of us. I sincerely hope that you will give us another opportunity to show you just why so many of our guests return on a regular basis.

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Reviewed July 19, 2013

Spent 4 nights at resort during April school holidays. At least they are honest with their 3 star rating, because that's certainly the case.
They have nice play facilities for the kids, and resort could certainly offer more, but unfortunately the accommodation is in desperate need of repair/refurbishment. Rooms are old, outside braai areas feel dirty and are certainly not very pleasant to use.
We were fairly happy to leave!!

  • Stayed: April 2013, traveled with family
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Thank Kevin M
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DaleTucker_za, Marketing at Pine Lodge Resort & Conference Centre, responded to this reviewResponded January 13, 2014

Thank you for your comments - I'm sorry to hear that your stay with us was not up to your expectations.The activities on theResort are constantly being upraded and now include amongst others, Donkey Cart rides to the Lighthouse, Ziplines, a Clumbing Wall and a High-Ropes course. All of which are available to our guests. During the December holidays we run a full-time holiday and entertainment programme for our guests free of charge and would invite you - should you decide to stay with us again - to try us then. Our regular guests absolutlely love it! Our rooms and facilities also undergo a cycle of maintenance and we have just finished about 40 rooms - complete with new linen, etc. with the next 40 planned for 2014. Being so close to the sea does pose it's challenges for our ouside maintenance efforts, but your comments about the braais are well taken and we will look into them. We look forward to (hopefully) hosting you again soon.

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Reviewed June 3, 2013

Realy enjoyed camping there. Nice ablutions and friendly, helpfull staff. Very safe and peacefull.
Close enough to the city and main beaches and shopping.Camping sites are very sheltered and private.We did not look at the cabins but they seem to be very nice. Also a nice restaurant.

  • Stayed: June 2013, traveled as a couple
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DaleTucker_za, Marketing at Pine Lodge Resort & Conference Centre, responded to this reviewResponded January 13, 2014

Thank you for the positive feedback. We are so glad that you enjoyed your time with us. Pine Lodge always aim to put our guests first and look forward to your return.

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Reviewed April 21, 2013

The perfect venue for Ironman PE for the family - set in a peaceful nature reserve away from the madding crowd, but only a 3 min drive to transition!
Spent 4 nights there around the Ironman in 2013. Wife and 2 small kids - the perfect setting for a family, particularly if you are racing and they are spectating - the resort has a pool/play structure/coastal walking path/beach/trampoline/2 restaurants/safe paths to ride bikes/basketball court and play lawn etc - it is on the race course (bike and run), but away from the craziness of the main beachfront precinct, so your family can choose to stay there and watch you come past, or they can go to the transition area as they like . On race day, Marine Drive is blocked off, but the resort has a small backroad access through the university that they have arranged with the local municipality, that gives them complete access throughout the day between the resort and transition, and there is hardly any traffic on that sector, so you can come and go as you please. As soon as Marine Drive is closed on race day, the back university gate is opened up. The other side of town, i.e. La Roche/Strandfontein etc are a complete nightmare on race day and pre race day, so this is a very welcome alternative - I had no traffic issues whatsoever between there and Boardwalk area on any day of my visit
Apart from the venue location, the staff are unbelievably helpful and accommodating - the manager on duty the day I arrived took me in his car to show me around and drive the route for me from resort to transition to plan my family's race day logistics. The manager on duty on race day ferried my family to and from the resort to transition using the backroad option along Marine Drive, which allowed them to watch me all day at transition, plus get back to put the small one to sleep at lunch time, and allowed me peace of mind on race day knowing they were taken care of
The staff at reception are also phenomenal - my room was not ready when I arrived at 8am, so they rushed to get it done by 11, then called me on my cell when it was done. The cleaning staff are friendly and accommodating
We booked a double cabin by the sea (3/4), which allowed us to have 3 bedrooms seperated by interleading doors, with 2 bathrooms and a shared kitchen - a great option for a family of 4 or more, where parents want their kids in seperate rooms - a lot nicer (and cheaper) for a family than sharing a single room with 2 beds in it at one of the hotel chains along the strip
Cost for the double cabin arrangement = R1150 per night
Overall - highly recommended place for anyone, but particularly for Ironman athletes and their families

  • Stayed: April 2013, traveled with family
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DaleTucker_za, Marketing at Pine Lodge Resort & Conference Centre, responded to this reviewResponded January 13, 2014

Thank you for your kind words - they are highly appreciated! We've worked hard to ensure that our Resort is accessible ove the Ironman weekend so we are thrillled that you enjoyed your stay. We hope to see you again at the 2014 Ironman.

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Reviewed April 16, 2013

spent almost a week here in the runup to ironman, south africa. it is located on the route so nice to get out and do some training. reasonably priced, slightly ageing fittings and furnishings although everything worked.
nicely cleaned everyday, however there is no dishwashing liquid in the units, so if you need to wash something make sure you get.
the veranda doesnt seem to get a cleaning so you have to wipedown the chairs and table yourself.
nice walk down to the sea, note its rocks so you cant swim there. swimming beach 15min walk.
a safe bet when in port elizabeth.

  • Stayed: April 2013, traveled with family
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Thank filip l
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DaleTucker_za, Marketing at Pine Lodge Resort & Conference Centre, responded to this reviewResponded January 13, 2014

Thank you for your valuable comments and feedback.We will certainly look at placing dishwashing liquid into the units in future. The outside table and chairs are cleaned before our guests arrive, but being so close to the beach, they do tend to get dirty quite quickly. We hope to see you again for the 2014 Ironman.

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