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Crawford's Beach Lodge
Ranked #2 of 2 Hotels in Chintsa
Certificate of Excellence
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“Does what it says on the tin”
Reviewed 26 November 2012

We only stayed here for one night. The room was clean and comfortable. The food was good. The staff were friendly. Great location for the beach. Great place if your taking a troup of kids or using it as a stop over to the garden route.

  • Stayed October 2012, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 10 November 2012

Only spent one night here but we loved every second.. One of the few lodges or B&B where the bar stays open after 9pm. Try the local Ale/Beer
The rooms are well equipped. The bathroom in our room is hidden in a cupboard..
Be careful of the address, it's in Cinsta/Chinsta and not East London!

Stayed November 2012, travelled with friends
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Paris, France
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Reviewed 28 October 2012

Very nice stay in crawfords ! we were staying 2 nights in a low period, so the staff gave us an upper room, upstairs, with large balcony, big room very cosy with wood ! very nice bed, and the balcony with a nice view on the sea !
Very big and nice restaurant with a nice pool!
The best? an private access to the beach for a nice walk !

Room Tip: Ask for a room upstairs !
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  • Stayed August 2012, travelled as a couple
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Port Elizabeth, South Africa
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Reviewed 10 September 2012

what a wonderful setting, well-trained and polite staff. Makes all the difference.
the Food is fabulous, with long walks on the Cintsa beach.
Will be back for more. A good stop-over for business in Mthatha.

  • Stayed September 2012, travelled as a couple
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East London
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Reviewed 29 August 2012

Good food. Good service. Nice rooms. But the adress which we have got from easy to book was nor right. The city was nor east london. so we have driven much too far

  • Stayed August 2012, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 24 June 2012

We literally called 30 minutes before we arrived on their doorstep and the service from Crawfords from phone-up to check-out was: impeccable!

Cintsa (formerly Chintsa) East is just far enough out of East London to have that homely, villagey feel yet retain some of that mainstream energy and comfort that we've become familiar with on our travels through South Africa.

To be fair, I picked Crawfords off Google Maps owing to its proximity to the seaside.

On arrival, it was quite literally a large village with lots and lots of thatched houses (belonging to other businesses and residents, I assumed?) and a crazy wandering drive up and down to the reception area (follow the carved, wood arrows and you can't get lost).

We were showed into our room and walked through the frosty glass-paneled front door and immediately looked across the generously sized room through the massive sliding glass door to a beautiful view of the indigenous forest and the Indian Ocean - with our own private veranda to boot.

The room has all the amenities you could wish for a short (or long) stay. Digital safe, A/C, refrigerator, satellite tv, ironing board, workstation, couch, fan, blowdryer - you name it. The only thing wanting in my opinion was wi-fi.

From the room you could walk off your veranda directly to the the beach down a private wood walkway. One could also access the pool and dining area quite easily from the rooms too.

On our night there, power abruptly went out early in the evening leaving us taken aback, albeit briefly. We ventured out to the dining area guided by our lamps and were met by a candlelit restaurant teeming with friendly waitresses.

Dinner was absolutely delicious, (not to mention unexpectedly romantic), and the staff made the best of what would initially have seemed like a bad situation to any traveler. Five stars to the waitresses and kitchen staff for their energy, attention to detail and piping hot (and delectable) menu.

Warmed by our dinner and the vibrant atmosphere, hubby and I stepped out into the breezy night and enjoyed what I can only describe as sensory overload - for city slickers like ourselves: a moonless sky teeming with countless billions of stars sweeping the sky above us, the sound of the night sea crashing on the beach below us and the beautiful wintry wind biting at our bewlidered faces... we could feel nature through every fiber of our being - now that's not something that happens every day to either of us! And we most certainly would not have been able to see or enjoy it as much had power been back at that time. Wonderful!

Breakfast the following morning was yet another adventure - a troop of Vervet monkeys ranging from timid babies to brazen, bigger adults, visited the sunny balcony outside the dining area. We moved tables to simply watch in sheer fascination (while wondering how on earth they had been so well trained as to never dare sneak round and actually enter the dining area) as they grabbed slices of bread from staff before moving on to play elsewhere.

Check-out was simple and quick and as we drove slowly back to the main road, we were absolutely glad we'd chosen Cintsa, and Crawfords as our stopover point.

What I particularly enjoyed in addition were the extended meal as well as check in/out times.

Their rates are great value for money and we were thrilled with the level of attention and service we received on our brief stay - not too much, and not too little, just perfect!

There are of course a few suggestions here and there as to what could be improved upon, but these are few and far between such as the layout of the bathroom towels vs loo brush, the T.V. remote whose volume button is kinda kooky, and the bathroom window maybe requiring a little curtain perhaps? (its frosted, but maybe that's my paranoia talking)

One can clearly see that care and effort has gone into the design and content of the rooms. And although you won't spot fancy designer decor lying around, it certainly left us more than happy.

Crawfords is a well-rounded venue accommodating individual travelers, couples and families.

An absolute must, and an absolute bargain if you're looking for a beachfront hideaway in the East London area without having to be in the city itself.

Room Tip: Nothing beats the upper floor for a killer sea view, but the convenience of a beach walk direct from...
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  • Stayed June 2012, travelled as a couple
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Port Elizabeth, South Africa
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Reviewed 7 May 2012

Overall, this lodge is very nice - the location is fantastic, the buildings are beautiful, the staff is very friendly. The beach is one of the best I have seen in South Africa! I can highly recommend this place for a few days of relaxing.

But there are a few things to improve also:
The food is quite repetitive - its good, but it tends to be similar every day. And we also disliked the many warning signs which tell you what and what not to do around the whole lodge.

But most of our complaints go to the room (703) - so please note this applies only to the room we stayed in (room 703). The bathroom door does not have handles on the inside and is difficult to close. And there was mold in the bathroom. In some nights there was a very loud noise from the bathroom, like a pump. It woke us up several times. And the floor carpets in the room smelled so horrid that we put them on the terrace. And last, the toilet brush was broken.

Room Tip: I would not recommend room 703, see above
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  • Stayed April 2012, travelled with family
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Property: Crawford's Beach Lodge
Address: 42 Steenbras Drive | Chintsa East, Chintsa 5275, South Africa
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Region: South Africa > Eastern Cape > Chintsa
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Beverage Selection Business Centre with Internet Access Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Spa Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access Airport Transportation
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Ranked #2 of 2 Hotels in Chintsa
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): ££
Hotel Class:4 star — Crawford's Beach Lodge 4*
Number of rooms: 40
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Crawford's Beach Lodge offers barefoot luxury and elegant thatched accommodation for the most discerning of traveller and conference organizer, who is looking for fun, sun and relaxation. Crawford's Beach Lodge is nestled in the middle of the beautiful Chintsa Bay on the Wild Coast, surrounded by rolling hills, lush tropical beach forests and the warm Indian Ocean. The perfect venue for your honeymoon or even for the more adventurous, wanting to explore the many beautiful treasures the Wild Coast has to offer. Our location is also a malaria free area. We are approximately 42km from East London, the surfside city famous for its Nahoon Reef. Treat yourself and the special person in your life to a romantic getaway. We also offer Spa Treatments at our Senses Spa, with a great ocean view. Stay in a luxury thatched rooms, relax on the deck while you sip on champagne watching the sun go down over the shimmering ocean. Come and share our slice of paradise! ... more   less 
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