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“Old-fashioned gem right opposite the beach” 4 of 5 bubbles
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Humewood Hotel
Ranked #20 of 33 Hotels in Port Elizabeth
London, United Kingdom
Level Contributor
17 reviews
10 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
“Old-fashioned gem right opposite the beach”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 June 2014

What a throwback to the past this place is - but in a charming, enjoyable way! Décor, ambiance and food firmly rooted in the 1960s/70s but it doesn't suffer for that (unless you are a thoroughly modern Millie/Martin who likes everything to be state of the art). It's a big, green slice of welcome on the otherwise uninspiring Hume/Beach Rd, just a road-crossing away from the promenade (great crafts market on a Sunday) and lovely sandy beach.
For the prices they charge, it really is fantastic value. Rooms are functional but clean and comfortable, with the usual features (TV, tea/coffee-making facilities, safe, hairdryer). Wifi is only available in the lobby area, and there's a tiny Internet room with a computer, if you are sick and tired of doing everything on your phone/tablet.
You can park out back, in a chained-off area that is regularly patrolled.
Get at room at the front if you can, as it faces the beach (but also the fairly noisy main road). Rooms at the back overlook the street - boring.
Apart from the noisy road, the only other gripe I would have is the smell of the cooking oil at breakfast. While the variety of breakfast eats on offer is great, all the cooked stuff (which I usually avoid in most places anyway) seems to be boiled in a vat of oil, and the strong smell permeates the whole of the ground floor of the hotel. Pretty unpleasant, really.
But otherwise a very nice stay.

Room Tip: Get at room at the front if you can, as it faces the beach (but also the fairly noisy main road). Ro...
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  • Stayed May 2014, travelled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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  • Location
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Sleep Quality
    4 of 5 bubbles
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    4 of 5 bubbles
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    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
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    4 of 5 bubbles
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Knysna, Western Cape, South Africa
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41 reviews
4 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 35 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 March 2014

I visited this elegant lady again during a quick visit to PE and can only confirm my previous comments about this hotel.

Staff makes or breaks a hotel, and the Humewood hotel has great staff. From Jackie who cares about getting you a good booking, to all the other staff who made our stay comfortable and enjoyable.

Breakfast is outstanding and if you leave breakfast hungry, you have only yourself to blame!

Location is great, and what a pleasure to walk down to the beach for a swim before breakfast! This is what makes for lasting memories.

Room Tip: Try to get the downstairs sea facing flat if you are visiting as a family
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  • Stayed March 2014, travelled with family
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Wellington, South Africa
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32 reviews
7 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 January 2014

We enjoyed our stay in this historic hotel. Our rooms were always very clean and we were treated with special Humewood hotel chocolates every day. The breakfast was nice and good value for money. All of the staff that we met, from the receptionist to the cleaner to the waiters, were very friendly.

The hotel is conveniently located close to the beach, Bayworld aquarium and museum, restaurants and pedestrian route along the coastline. We ate lunch once at the hotel and enjoyed it (make sure to ask for their specials as it works out much cheaper), but there are so many great restaurants in PE that I wouldn't recommend eating most of your meals at the Humewood Hotel.

  • Stayed December 2013, travelled with family
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Southend-on-Sea, United Kingdom
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56 reviews
21 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 December 2013

We've been regular visitors to this hotel for a number of years.
Ideally located close to Kings Beach and the newly landscaped gardens immediately opposite the hotel.
The verandah is a little noisy with road traffic at times but the adjacent lounge area is much quieter.
For us the highlight of the Humewood Hotel is the Sunday carvery lunch. A huge choice of dishes and the food is very well cooked and presented.
It's a nice cosy dining room with a lovely atmosphere and the price for this meal is very affordable.

If you don't book a table - you won't get in.

  • Stayed March 2013, travelled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Amanzimtoti, South Africa
Level Contributor
79 reviews
32 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 80 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 November 2013

Having stayed at this particular hotel for both business and pleasure the past decade, I whole-heartedly agree with some of the reviews of this splendid PE landmark hotel: "Old Faithful" and "Gracious Old lady of Port Elizabeth".

While I'm writing this review, I am sitting on the terrace of the hotel, outside the Quarterdeck (bar) having a cold one after a long day at work. The friendly staff, from reception to house-keeping to waiters, greets one with a homely "hello", making one feel totally comfortable and ... at home!

There are a variety of rooms on offer: the ones overlooking the promenade are, as one reviewer wrote, quite noisy. Wendy and I had the comfortable honeymoon suite one year, overlooking the main road and it was, indeed, quite noisy (the road!). Today, I have one of the en-suite rooms (202) facing into the courtyard and it is much quieter. Slightly on the cramped side at first, it actually "grows" on you!

The hotel is popular with touring groups: I'm counting four touring buses parked outside the hotel and I'm hearing German, Dutch and French! Herzliche Wilkommen! Van harte welkom! Bienvenue!

Booking a room is quite simple: you pick up the phone and dial and a friendly receptionist is ready to answer all one's accommodation queries.

The breakfast, to me, is always the highlight of my stay here: a lovely breakfast buffet awaits one as you make your way down from your room. Set up in the Quarterdeck, the buffet offers breakfast-fans the greatest assortment of cereals, cold meats, yoghurts and, of course, bacon and eggs! The best in town!

Its a while since I sat down for a buffet dinner at the hotel but I am pleased to see that the charming "Sandpiper" restaurant still operates, serving, tonight, a fabulous buffet dinner menu comprising a starter of Minestrone soup and a cold platter, followed by a Kassler Rib with apple sauce; grilled chicken breasts; seafood mornay and grilled steak with braised onions and, for sweet-tooths (or is it "sweet teeth"?) like me, a scrumptuous selection of desserts, featuring the hotel's piece d'resistance: Creme Brulee! Then, if there is any space left, a selection of local cheese and biscuits, tea/coffee. All this, and more, for only R140 per adult and R70 per child under 12??? I can't wait for dinner service to start ....!!!

Oh, of course! I forgot about all the attractions in the immediate vicinty of the hotel! Well, the beach is just across the road; sea-world, Boardwalk casino and my favourite pub away from my favourite pub, "Barney's", situate close to the magnificent Sharks Rock pier.

All in all, the Humewood Hotel is a great "old-world" hotel, ideally situated on PE's beachfront close to numerous attractions. To me, this hotel is "home away from home"!

Room Tip: Rooms off the main road are quieter. Then again, nothing like a fresh sea-breeze coming through an o...
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  • Stayed November 2013, travelled on business
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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Cape Town, Western Cape, South Africa
Level Contributor
32 reviews
13 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 October 2013 via mobile

This hotel is an old timer dating back to 1920. From what I am told it is still in the family.
It is a three star hotel, but the rooms are clean and neat even though old in style.
The dinners are buffet style and limited but quite tasty.
The rooms facing the main road are noisy especially on weekends.
All in all....a nice hotel to stay in if passing through.

Stayed October 2013, travelled on business
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Knysna, Western Cape, South Africa
Level Contributor
41 reviews
4 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 35 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 October 2013

We took advantage of a well priced weekend special recently to spend the weekend in Port Elizabeth. Our first impressions were favourable after an exceptionally friendly and helpful telephone conversation with Jackie who organised a sea facing flatlet for our family for the weekend.
On arrival, we found a well appointed two roomed flat and very friendly and attentive staff.
The hotel was built around the turn of last century and has a lot of charm.
Breakfast is substantial and offers an excellent range of good breakfast fare.
We spent 2 days relaxing without a care in the world and were unable to fault our accommodation or service we received.
Without hesitation I would recommend this hotel to anyone contemplating a visit to Port Elizabeth.

Room Tip: Try to get a sea facing room - even with some traffic noise it is worth it if you can, The weekend s...
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  • Stayed September 2013, travelled with family
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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Property: Humewood Hotel
Address: 33 Beach Road | Humewood, Port Elizabeth 6001, South Africa
Region: South Africa > Eastern Cape > Port Elizabeth
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Ranked #20 of 33 Hotels in Port Elizabeth
Hotel Class:3 star — Humewood Hotel 3*
Number of rooms: 68

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