My partner and I stayed at the Windermere for less than 24 hours. In fact we were only in Port Elizabeth because it was our last stop on the Garden Route. But the hotel was so charming and oasis-like that I had to write a review. Our room (909) was spacious and modern, with a huge, luxurious bathroom, and a balcony overlooking a pretty courtyard. The outdoor lounge area on the ground floor had great magazines to read, and the mini-bar in our room was well-stocked with surprisingly inexpensive beverages. When we arrived (after a long sweltering drive from Knysna and a zip-lining tour through Tstsikamma National Park), I headed straight to the lovely plunge pool, which I had all to myself. The service was also great. When I told the staff that we would have to get up at 4am the next day, they offered to bring us breakfast before then. (I declined but appreciated the offer.) They also kindly helped us to get our car out of their garage at that very early hour. The only problem was the drain in the shower, which seemed a bit clogged. But it really wasn't that big of a deal. A more pressing problem appeared to be the neighborhood around the Windermere. Safety was obviously a concern. One can't simply enter the hotel; one has to buzz in and announce oneself through an intercom. There was also electric fencing around the hotel perimeter, and 2 different staffers warned us not to walk around the neighborhood past 10pm. One more thing: one staff member was unable to recommend a neighborhood restaurant worth checking out, which I thought was a bit odd. After all, asking for restaurant recommendations is pretty standard, and sadly, the restaurant we ended up at was sub-par. But overall, these problems were minor, and obviously, the hotel can't be held responsible for the state of the city/neighborhood, which is why I'm still rating the Windermere as "excellent."
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Windermere by Mantis is a luxury boutique hotel, conveniently situated in the popular beachfront suburb of Humewood, Port Elizabeth. Offering guests an authentic, year round beach holiday feel, we invite you to kick off your shoes and relax in easy-living comfort. At The Windermere, we've taken the boutique hotel experience back to basics, where our focus is on the well-being of our guests. Our warm welcomes are genuine, our smiles are sincere, and our guests are made to feel immediately at home. Of course, you can still look forward to all the classic comforts and amenities expected of an upmarket establishment, along with the exceptional service that has become synonymous with the Mantis Group. Enjoy complimentary afternoon refreshments at the poolside, unwind on your private terrace, or relax in the courtyard with undercover patio - the heart of our hotel. Share a drink at the bar with like-minded guests, or take a walk to the beach, which is just a stone's throw away. To add to the homely atmosphere, familiar home cooked meals are available to order off our light meals menu. Whether travelling for business or pleasure, The Windermere by Mantis is the ideal base for visitors to Port Elizabeth. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Windermere Hotel Port Elizabeth