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Outspan Inn
The Hague, The Netherlands
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“not many options”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 2, 2011

When you want to stay in Port St Johns, there is not a lot of choice in accommodation. This is a part of South-Africa not yet discovered by mass tourism and part of me hopes it remains that way. Port St Johns is a place of unnatural beauty where a river meets the see and a complete new eco-system has developed. The Outspan Inn is very basic, but probably the best accommodation in the village. And because the tourist-infrastructure in Port St Johns is underdeveloped, even a basis accommodation can charge a lot. We paid 700 Rand a night for a very simple room with mosquito nets and an inadequate fan. The bathroom was old and small and had stains everywhere. The toilet-seat was cracked and the water didn't flush properly. The breakfast was adequate and the food was of a high quality. And the service level was alright. In the only restaurant within walking distance from the Outspann Inn, you have to be very patient with the staff, but they mean well. The village itself doesn't have anything to offer. No real shops or sights to visit. And in November 2010 there also were a lot of road works, so everything in the village was untared and dusty. But if you want to experience the real Africa in South-Africa, Port St Johns and the Outspan Inn are definitely worth a visit for a couple of nights. You can always do the garden route after that and live the good life again in luxurious hotels and dine out in excellent restaurants. The village and accommodation may be very basic, but the beaches and views near Port St Johns are magnificent.

  • Stayed November 2010, traveled with friends
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 4, 2010

Compared to other options in Port St Johns, the location of Outspan Inn is quite good (a short walk from centre of town). I think the price we paid (1,200 rand per twin share room) was too high for a guest house of this standard. Office was often unattended and we could not raise anyone some times which was a little frustrating. The breakfast was quite good. Overall, Port St Johns was quite a boring place to visit - very few places open on a Monday night in June.

  • Stayed June 2010, traveled with friends
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Additional Information about Outspan Inn

Property: Outspan Inn
Address: Main Road, Port St Johns 5120, South Africa
Location: South Africa > Eastern Cape > Port St Johns
Amenities:
Free Parking Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
Ranked #3 of 8 B&Bs / Inns in Port St Johns
Hotel Class:3 star — Outspan Inn 3*
Number of rooms: 10

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