My childhood friend and I started our Garden Route tour in PE. We arrived from Joburg on a 3 pm flight. I didn't hear a lot about Port Elizabeth before we came, so I considered it a short stop-over on our week-long trip. We are both American, but I have been living in South Africa for almost two years. Our drive from the airport was unimpressive. When we arrived at Singa, I was surprised to find a lovely oasis in the otherwise short, drab ride from the airport! We were warmly greeted and taken to our room. While our room was lovely, the shower was glass and situated where there is no privacy. Once I explained to the manager on duty that we are only friends, she put us in two separate rooms because the lodge was not fully booked. My second room was even more fabulous than the first! And, both of our showers were more private. We could have stayed in either room. The furnishings are unique in each room and fabulous! I saw four rooms in total and each was special. This is a very romantic place to stay, and we wished our husbands were able to make the trip with us!
We were only a short walk to the beautiful beaches of PE. We explored the shoreline in the evening and the following morning. We opted to have dinner at the hotel as the grounds are so beautiful, and the food was fabulous! It was a limited three-course menu, but both of us were able to choose dishes we enjoyed immensely. The breakfast in the morning was amazing as well. This was our one and only stay in PE. I was, however, surprised to see the other reviewers' thoughts on their stay here. We had a lovely experience and believed the lodge deserve their 5 star rating based on our other experiences. The only complaint I had was that I could hear the kitchen staff from my room in the evening and the morning. I put on the AC and went back to sleep. If the manager had been there during check-out, I would have mentioned that the dishes were stacked and washed noisily. If I had been told to put on the AC, I would have slept peacefully. The bed was so amazing, that I drifted back to sleep.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- This luxury boutique hotel in PE is one of a select portfolio of lodges brought to you by Lion Roars Hotels and Lodges, and offers distinctive 5-star accommodation in Summerstrand in Port Elizabeth. Setting itself apart from the "every-room-looks-the-same" standardization of the major hotel chains, Singa's modern fusion of Eastern & African architecture and decor is an artistic masterpiece. Each of the twelve suites is a unique space that not only provides deep comfort, but also inspires and enriches your journey ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Singa Lodge Port Elizabeth/Summerstrand