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The Willows Resort & Conference Centre
1 review
“Sea, sun and fun and affordable”
Reviewed 20 August 2013

What an amazing location. Right on the rocks. Clean tidal pools. Saw most amazing whale sightings. Son caught the most fish he had ever caught (were all released). Children's ideal holiday destination. Has it all on site. Sorry we couldn't stay longer.

  • Stayed July 2013
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Eugenie N, Front Office Manager at The Willows Resort & Conference Centre, responded to this review, 22 August 2013
Thank you so much for sharing your experience of our resort. The Willows is a barefoot resort, perfect for the whole family. We are very pleased that you enjoyed the seaside location, saw whales, and caught fish. We truly hope that you will visit us again soon for some more family fun. Regards, The Willows Team
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Reviewed 18 August 2013

I have been staying at the Willows for over 6 months now and I am really enjoyed my stay. The facilities are great, the staff are absolutely great, friendly and ever so helpful , the fresh air is great and most importantly, value for money is excellent.

  • Stayed August 2013
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Eugenie N, Front Office Manager at The Willows Resort & Conference Centre, responded to this review, 22 August 2013
Dear Mr Wade, Thank you so much for your kind feedback. We are very glad that your stay with us is enjoyable. Our loyal guests are very important to us and are truly appreciated. Warm regards, The Willows Team
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Rustenburg, North-West, South Africa
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Reviewed 17 August 2013

A warm thank you for a nice place to stay. It is beautifull and you will see us next year again becauce the Judo Championships is there again. The place is clean, nice, and the staff is very helpfull and friendly. Thank you very much.

  • Stayed July 2013, travelled on business
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Eugenie N, Front Office Manager at The Willows Resort & Conference Centre, responded to this review, 22 August 2013
Dear Marika, Thank you for sharing your experience of The Willows. We are delighted that you enjoyed your stay with us. We look forward to welcoming you again next year (or sooner)! Kind regards, The Willows Team
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Port Elizabeth, Eastern Cape, South Africa
1 review
Reviewed 15 August 2013

Absolulty love the Willows! As a family we've been loving it and I have also done a camp this year with our church family camp! It was such a success that the next camp at Willows is mostly fully booked 8 months in advance.
Willows, a great breakaway!

  • Stayed May 2013, travelled with family
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Eugenie N, Front Office Manager at The Willows Resort & Conference Centre, responded to this review, 26 August 2013
Thank you for your feedback. We are delighted that you enjoyed the stay at our resort. We look forward to welcoming your family and church group again soon. Warm regards, The Willows Team
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Port Elizabeth, South Africa
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Reviewed 15 August 2013

kids had loads of fun, we loved the relaxation thereof. it is so convenient and close to home, yet away from home. Cleaners were there on time, staff was friendly. Kitchen was quiet equipped, rooms bedding was clean. really good value for money

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  • Stayed April 2013, travelled with family
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Eugenie N, Front Office Manager at The Willows Resort & Conference Centre, responded to this review, 26 August 2013
Thank you for your feedback. It is always great to hear that the whole family is enjoying our facilities and activities. We believe that the location of the resort is one of the best assets - a few steps from the beach, a few minutes from the city... We hope that your family will visit us again soon. Kind regards, The Willows Team
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Gauteng, South Africa
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Reviewed 15 August 2013

The resorts proximity to the ocean and the sea view from the bungalow are stunning (we stayed in No.: 28) I was rather disappointed with the commodities supplied for self catering purposes. As we came down for the Judo SA Open Champs @ the end of June through the 1st week of July winter was in full swing. The bungalow being concrete and the floors tiled is cold as it is...... there were no mats in the bedrooms by the beds for bare little feet looking for slippers and worse still there was no mat by the shower, the towels were hard enough to try and dry out, without having to put them on the shower floor. The "roof" over the veranda was lovely and rustic but impractical, the rain poured through the gaps btw the branches, like a waterfall in front of the glass sliding entrance. I was also amazed that on the local radio station every morning on our way to the Varsity - the resort was advertising rates of R250-00 per day less than we had paid. We booked in March and paid more than the required deposit. At no time were we offered a discount as part of the many Judo families I saw were staying there.

Room Tip: If it's views you are looking for the bugalows give that 101%
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  • Stayed June 2013, travelled with family
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Thank Sonia B
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Eugenie N, Front Office Manager at The Willows Resort & Conference Centre, responded to this review, 22 August 2013
Thank you for your honest feedback, it is truly appreciated. We regret that your experience at our resort was flawed. We do provide bedside mats in all our accommodation, and apologize that there weren't any during your stay. A thorough check of the inventories will be done to prevent this from happening again. The bathmats matches the towels in the units and are sometimes mistaken as a towel. We are in the process of changing the bathmats. The bamboo branches over the veranda area at #28 are not meant to stop the rain, but to create shade. We do have a few units with enclosed braai areas available. We do offer discount to groups, but because the Judo families had all made individual bookings, we unfortunately weren't aware of who had booked for this event. We are very glad that you enjoyed the beautiful sea views. We hope that you will consider returning to our resort (we believe the Judo championships are in PE again next year?)! Please do not hesitate to enquire about our discount structures and feel free to contact us if you require any further information. Warm regards, The Willows Team
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Mthatha
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Reviewed 14 August 2013

We have being visiting The Willows since 1988 and it has always being value for money.I especially like the open spaces , view of the sea , it is neat, clean and close to the CBD.The staff is friendly and a pleasure to deal with.

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  • Stayed June 2013, travelled as a couple
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Eugenie N, Front Office Manager at The Willows Resort & Conference Centre, responded to this review, 26 August 2013
Thank you for taking the time to review The Willows resort. And thank you for the support throughout the years, our loyal guests are really appreciated. Warm regards until next time, The Willows Team
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Additional Information about The Willows Resort & Conference Centre

Property: The Willows Resort & Conference Centre
Address: Marine Drive, Schoenmakerskop, Port Elizabeth 6013, South Africa
Region: South Africa > Eastern Cape > Port Elizabeth
Amenities:
Beach Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Kitchenette Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #8 of 70 Speciality Lodging in Port Elizabeth
Number of rooms: 46
Also Known As:
The Willows Hotel Port Elizabeth

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