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Courtyard Hotel Port Elizabeth
Ranked #11 of 13 Hotels in Summerstrand
Reviewed 5 August 2014

I have stayed here at least five times and it remains my number one choice in Port Elizabeth. Since my last stay, the rooms have been renovated so there is a sparkling new feeling about the hotel. I may be repeating comments in an earlier review, but it's worth recapping why I love this hotel:
* Very comfortable spacious rooms with comfortable armchair, kitchenette and bathroom with excellent shower
* Designed so that you can park outside your room (or very close by)
* Free happy hour and snacks from 5-7pm (with wine, alcohol, fruit juices,etc)
* Free coffee, muffins and apples in the foyer lounge
* Good security
* Easy walking distance to the beachI
* Close to the Boardwalk casino
* Fabulous breakfast spread (for an extra charge)

The only disadvantages in my book is the check-in and check-outs can take a long time (please speed this up) and that some of the rooms are quite noisy (from traffic and nightclubs on the beachfront). But these do not detract from this being the very best place to stay in Port Elizabeth.

Room Tip: The quiter rooms are located in the wing left of the entrance, so choose one of these if you are a l...
  • Stayed: July 2014, travelled with family
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Angus M, Public Relations Manager at Courtyard Hotel Port Elizabeth, responded to this reviewResponded 8 August 2014

We thank you for the great review, we're happy you find so many reasons to stay with us - and we're pleased that we're your number one choice in Port Elizabeth. With regards to the long check-ins, we will certainly look into this. We look forward to hosting you again soon.

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Reviewed 25 July 2014

this is a place to return to and i just love it .it is not a place were i saw a young crowd ,so in attendance was a classy crowd .the setting is in massive hood with a great fire place .its a very nice homely place with class class class.

  • Stayed: September 2013, travelled with family
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Angus M, Public Relations Manager at Courtyard Hotel Port Elizabeth, responded to this reviewResponded 29 July 2014

Thank you for the good review. We're happy to find that you enjoyed the setting and found it homely. We look forward to having you with us again.

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Reviewed 20 July 2014

I had a perfect stay at this hotel along PE's beachfront. The view from my room was exquisite & saw a beautiful sunrise. I was thrilled to find it clean, neat, spacious and more than adequate. The complimentary drinks & snacks for guests by the fire every evening from 5-7pm is a win! The air con in the room was appreciated - as was the full DSTV bouquet and the laundry service. I was also happy with the complimentary 60 minute wifi. (reception is best at entrance and lobby areas). The breakfast had a tasty selection of food for both continental & full english. Modern furnishings with pretty touches i.e. blue roses on the dining tables was appreciated. Friendly service with a team prepared to bend over backwards for you! Gorgeous view out the window of their lobby, a sky blue pool and a shuttle service to The Boardwalk or anywhere in the city on a day tip, I can see why this is a 4 star resort. Thank you City Lodge!

Room Tip: choose a room as close to reception for wifi, as the reception in the rooms further from the router...
  • Stayed: July 2014, travelled on business
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Angus M, Public Relations Manager at Courtyard Hotel Port Elizabeth, responded to this reviewResponded 29 July 2014

We thank you for the fantastic review. We're happy you enjoyed the surroundings of the hotel and that you found the room well appointed. We're also glad to hear you enjoyed the food offerings and enjoyed friendly service from the staff. We look forward to having you stay with us again soon.

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Reviewed 17 July 2014

I stayed for two nights at this hotel and it was a good stay.
The staff is friendly and helpful, and the rooms are spacious and clean.
My room had both a bath and a shower. It also had a fully equipped kitchen so I'm guessing guests can book on a self-catering basis too.
If you opt for dinner, it is not served in the hotel but guests can order from a choice of 2 restaurants. I enjoyed John Dory's menu. Their chicken salad is amazing! Breakfast is served in the hotel dining area and it is scrumptious.
I asked for an iron and ironing board from the hotel, and was kept waiting for over an hour even after phoning 3 times for it. This was the only bad thing during my visit.
There's complimentary drinks between 5pm and 7pm in the hotel's bar. Guests can have some nice finger food and drinks of their choice for free. They play nice music and there's also a fireplace during the cold months.
Overall, this is a nice place to stay in.

Room Tip: Sea facing rooms have better views and are sunny. Not all rooms have both a bath and a shower. If...
  • Stayed: June 2014, travelled on business
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Thank RatoRay
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Angus M, Public Relations Manager at Courtyard Hotel Port Elizabeth, responded to this reviewResponded 21 July 2014

We thank you for the good review. We're happy to hear that you enjoyed the standard of the room as well as the breakfast offerings in our restaurant. We're sorry to hear about your issue regarding the iron, and we will look into this matter. It is also great to hear that you enjoyed the complimentary drinks and snacks at the bar. We look forward to having you stay with us again.

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Reviewed 6 May 2014

We had a quick stay here for a night on our way to another destination and it served its purpose. It was one of those nondescript places one might stay at on a business trip. One nice feature was that it had a free laundry area for guests which was bright and clean. Plenty of parking is available right next to the building. The place felt as if it were in the final stages of being constructed - with the smell of fresh paint, drop cloths on the floor near the reception area, and some areas still roped off.

  • Stayed: March 2014, travelled as a couple
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Angus M, Public Relations Manager at Courtyard Hotel Port Elizabeth, responded to this reviewResponded 13 May 2014

Thank you for the review. We're pleased to hear that you enjoyed the use of the laundry area. We look forward to seeing you again soon.

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Reviewed 16 March 2014

or two. Some renovation work going in reception and outside but didn't affect our stay. Good and friendly staff. Lovely happy hour. Good breakfast served outside if weather good enough. Very good service. Room spacious and view to sea from first floor. (all upper rooms face sea)
Easy walk to casino complex for a bit of fun and plenty of choice for food, and to walk over road to beach.
Complimentary self service laundry.
Petrol station nearby

  • Stayed: February 2014, travelled as a couple
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Angus M, Public Relations Manager at Courtyard Hotel Port Elizabeth, responded to this reviewResponded 20 March 2014

Thank you for the lovely review. We are pleased to hear that you enjoyed your stay. We hope to see you again soon.

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Reviewed 6 March 2014

I got off a 13 hour flight from the UK, hired a car and drove to this hotel. I walked in and found a lot of building work that had closed a lot of the public areas of the hotel which wasn't a great first impression. The welcome from the staff was great, although we wern't offered any help with our luggage after our long flight.
Our suite was really nice, everything was exactly as you'd want, clean, tidy etc. Bathrooms were fantastic.
It was a shame we looked out on the road where there were cars sounding their horns constantly. We also overlooked a bar that played very loud music until late. We had hoped for some sleep after traveling for so long!
Free drinks/snacks were served in the lounge between 5 - 7 which was a really nice idea, this is where my son discoved that he liked Biltong !
We ate a meal at the Broadwalk just down the road, which was great, the watershow was really impressive and unexpected. There was a free shuttle from the hotel but it was only a 2 minute walk. The swimming pool is nothing like the pictures - unfortunately.
So, great hotel, shame about the building work and the busy road.

  • Stayed: February 2014, travelled with family
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Angus M, Public Relations Manager at Courtyard Hotel Port Elizabeth, responded to this reviewResponded 10 March 2014

Thank you for the review. We are pleased to hear that you our free drinks/snack. We apologize for the inconvenience caused by noise. We will most definitely look into this matter. Hope to see you again soon.

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Additional Information about Courtyard Hotel Port Elizabeth

Address: 1 Lodge Road Cnr Beach Roads, Summerstrand, Port Elizabeth 6013, South Africa
Region: South Africa > Eastern Cape > Port Elizabeth > Summerstrand
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Kitchenette Restaurant Room Service Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
#10 Luxury Hotel in Summerstrand
Price Range: £76 - £95 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:4 star — Courtyard Hotel Port Elizabeth 4*
Number of rooms: 91
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The Courtyard Hotel Port Elizabeth is situated on Marine Drive in the Boardwalk Casino and Resort complex, directly opposite the famed Humewood International Beach of the Eastern Cape. The hotel consists of 91 suites and studios some with sea facing views. Situated 8 minutes from the CBD and 5 minutes from Port Elizabeth Airport. ... more   less 
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