From sleek and stunning beachfront hotels to beautifully restored Victorian manor houses tucked away in leafy suburbs, there is no shortage of fabulous and stylish accommodation in Port Elizabeth. The beauty of boutique hotels is the personal service and attention to detail that they afford and the Bay does not disappoint when it comes to treating its visitors with top class service and pampering.
Isango Gate Boutique Hotel and Spa provides a heavenly piece of serene tranquility among the beachfront suburb of Summerstrand. The 10 suites are all furnished in a contemporary and elegant style with soothing colour palettes that blend seamlessly with wood and glass. The hotel features an infinity pool and cocktail bar as well as a gourmet restaurant serving rare wines and South African cuisine with an international flare. Nine of the suites offer partial sea views that can be enjoyed from a private balcony.
No 5 by Mantis is the epitome of luxury and style, offering guests a choice of 10 opulent suites, a cigar and whiskey salon, 15 seat theatre, dining cellar, champagne lounge, spa and gym and executive boardroom. If this is not enough then perhaps the exquisite private collection of South African art that the hotel showcases will sway those in doubt. Swathed in excellence and sophistication, No 5 is an Art Deco lovers haven, nestled within a secluded landscape and yet right on the pulse of Port Elizabeth’s heartbeat. Quality, excellence and distinction cannot be faulted at this hotel that is ideal for both discerning business and leisure travellers.
Exotic sensuality blends easily with romance and luxury at Singa Lodge with rooms all tastefully decorated in an eclectic style that fuses African and Asian influences. Each suite offers a spacious open-plan bathroom as well as a private patio overlooking the garden that features a swimming pool and mosaic fountain. Just a short walk from the lodge guests will find the wonderful sandy beaches of Port Elizabeth, and the popular Boardwalk Entertainment Complex is just around the corner. The suites have private entrances and breakfast is served every morning while a cocktail bar offers a tipple in the early evening hours.
It is the attention to detail that sets Manor 38 apart with staff that pay close attention to the individual requirements of their guests. The hotel has a variety of suites and luxury rooms to choose from, some with additional touches such as a jacuzzi bath or outside patio, while breakfasts and lunches by can organised by prior arrangement. The stylish rooms offer serene and quiet solitude while those looking for more of a social vibe can ask reception to reserve a table at one of the many excellent restaurants in the area.
Hacklewood Hill Country House stands gracefully within the leafy suburb of Walmer, surrounded by verdant English gardens and an idyllic air of tranquility. The Victorian Manor house is one of the few remaining in Port Elizabeth and features stately stained glass windows and beautiful wooden floors that perfectly capture the essence of Victorian times. Enjoy croquet on the lawn, a spot of tennis or a dip in the pool before retiring to your spacious luxury suite. The on-site, five-star restaurant offers full silver service, crystal goblets, a magnificent chandelier and an amazing array of cordon bleu dishes.
The Windermere by Mantis encourages guests to slip off their shoes and relax amid serene surrounds, a sparkling pool and the luxurious comfort of your suite. Laid back yet discrete, the inviting hotel is beautifully decorated in natural tones that add to the soothing atmosphere with a focus on the ultimate contentment of guests. The 10 suites are spacious yet cosy, and equipped with all the modern day conveniences and luxuries that discerning travellers require. Complimentary afternoon snacks complete the hospitable ambiance.
Those looking for a magical forest getaway will be delighted to know that they need not travel very far out of the city to find one. The Plantation is located just 10 minutes from Port Elizabeth and offers a whimsical and gorgeous escape with four-star accommodation. The elegant guest suites all consist of a large bedroom, dining area, kitchenette and private balcony that overlooks the lush and picturesque gardens where bird watching is a popular pastime. The Plantation is also an idyllic and extremely popular wedding venue, so come on lovers, tie the knot in the Friendly City.
Catering towards the simple comforts in life with a good dash of elegance and luxury is what Ibhayi Guest Lodge is all about, offering guests a welcome retreat from the hustle and bustle of Port Elizabeth’s lively Walmer suburb. Rooms range from single to luxury suites and all are en-suite and tastefully appointed along soothing yet contemporary lines. Ibhayi has an on-site restaurant as well as numerous conference rooms, a swimming pool and scenic outside seating on the veranda where guests can relax with drinks or a meal and recharge for a new day of sight-seeing.
The sleek and shiny Radisson Blu holds a prime location on the Port Elizabeth beachfront with all rooms featuring gorgeous, sweeping views over the Indian Ocean. The contemporary hotel offers a variety of accommodation options ranging from standard rooms through to one-bedroom suites, with bathroom amenities and high speed Wi-Fi provided throughout. The Radisson Blu also has it’s own on-site gym where guests can work up a sweat, and spa for relaxation and beauty treatments. Come evening, head on down to the fabulous Tabu Grill for top class food or unwind in the bar and lounge with a cocktail.
The history of the Beach Hotel goes back almost as far as the origins of Port Elizabeth and is a landmark that many locals look on with fondness. Its location on the Bay’s beachfront makes it a popular seaside getaway, complimented by great service and quality accommodation that ticks all the boxes for those wanting a relaxed and enjoyable break. The hotel offers a number of en-suite rooms, some with sea views and others opening onto a pretty courtyard as well as a pool and three on-site restaurants.
The Hub Boutique Hotel is located within the leafy and conveniently situated suburb of Walmer and easily blends corporate and leisure style accommodation. The ultra-modern building features clean, sharp lines that are pleasing on the eye without giving off a clinical or impersonal feel. There are a number of different en-suite accommodation options with some rooms offering either a private patio or roof garden, where deck chairs encourage guests to take off their shoes and chill. Tea and coffee making facilities and satellite television are standard throughout.