The municipality at Grahamstown should be criminally charged for not providing water to its citizens - fat chance of that with the fat cats in charge! My mother-in-law lives in Grahamstown and is more often waterless than having water. This Christmas was no excepion. We had to find somewhere to stay.
The Graham came to the rescue - the only hotel in Grahamstown open over the festive period. Very obliging and understanding - we could even have rented the shower facilites by the hour!! We chose to stay.
The hotel is old and the room was "tired" but clean and functional. No DSTV but the radio picked up Radio Algoa - my favourite station so I didn't worry too much. Coffee and tea are provided and the room was reasonably sized. The double bed had obviously seen some heavy weights and sagged but was comfortable enough. But most importantly they were open and had water! They need some reward just for that.
If you don't expect too much you won't be dissappointed. In fact we expected worse and were pleasantly surprised. Aircon that worked, seperate bath and shower and tea and coffee.
Value for money - ok at about R700 b&b per night.
We were here when Grahamstown is deserted. Rhodes is closed and everyone else is at the sea or away. Town was very quiet but I suspect that this is definately not the case in the other months so expect a lot of noise with the students around.
Parking in the street was a worry with crime like it is generally but I am assured that the porter keeps an eye on the cars.
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