If you have ever visited Secunda, you will know that it is as close to TS Elliot's "The Wasteland" as you can get this side of Dante's Inferno! There is really nowhere else great to stay, so Graceland stands out like a beacon of hope in this deloate, polluted landscape. Like all of Secunda/Evander/Kinross, there is an omnipresent stench from the nearby Sasol refinery, and at night the sky is red with the flaring stacks of that giant that is the raison d'etre of Secunda. But all of this is NOT the fault of the Graceland, which makes it all possible to endure.
The rooms are comfortable and clean, the hotel well appointed. I am not a gambler, but of course, the Casino is there. Neither am I a golfer, but the links look appealing and the clubhouse seems to function well. Despite the pictures, this is NOT a holiday destination, but if you need to visit Secunda or surrounds for business, or you want to break your journey, then Graceland is a good choice. It is not far from the N17 highway. I found it good value for under R1000 a night. If ever I go back that way, this is where I would stay.
So, I was happy overall except in the Buffalo Bill Bar. Before the music started there were patrons who were making a noise with their own radio in the bar. I asked the barman to ask them to quiet down. He refused and laughed. I asked for the manager and he was not called / did not come. The whole atmosphere in Buffalo Bills was a bit of a shambles, and the staff seemed more into their own joking and raucus laughter than in serving the patrons.
Ans another thing. People are allowed into the casino and Buffalo Bill's in overalls, straight from work in the local refinery. I would not expect this in a 4 star hotel. Obviously their money is more important than keeping up the standards!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Enjoy elegance, style and grace...the 4-star Walmont hotel at Graceland offers 98 rooms and suites, all featuring panoramic views over the golf course or pool terrace. Décor and furnishings offer traditional elegance and allows the stylish Victorian-American theme to continue from the grand foyer right into your room. The rooms incorporate all the facilities demanded by today's discerning traveller, including air-conditioning, satellite TV, wireless internet access (Wi-Fi) and the luxury of 24-hour room service. The Graceland Country Club facilities include a Gary Player designed, 18-hole championship inland links-style golf course. Guests also have access to the casino, dining, convention and variety of recreational facilities.The hotel features (98 rooms) with 62 Classic rooms, 31 Deluxe rooms, 3 Junior suites, 1 Presidential suite and 1 Special assistance room. Smoking and non-smoking rooms available. Check-in after 14h00 / Check-out before 11h00. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Peermont Walmont At Graceland Hotel Secunda
- Graceland Casino