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“Beautiful location shame about thin walls”

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Port St John's River Lodge
Reviewed 1 July 2013

Arrived late evening and got two hotel rooms without booking (no self-catering units were available). Strangely my friend and I were asked to be quiet as international guests were booked in for the sardine run. We were lucky to get food before the restuarant closed at around 8pm. The rooms were small but adequately furnished however, it was difficult to move in the tiny shower-rooms. After turning in early to start tour first thing in the morning, I was rudely awaken at 10.30pm by the warring couple next door. At first I thought they were actually in my room but realised we were separated by plaster board! Hearing every Afrikaan word, but understanding nothing that was being said, I shouted that I could hear every word being said. After a peaceful moment, they couple resumed their argument. After the couple started pushing each other around I shouted that I had to be up early and demanded they stop arguing. Fortunately, after five minutes they stopped but I was woken extremely early when again, I thought someone had entered the room only to find it was the arguing couple rising. I complained to the member of staff that had checked us in. He did not apologise or offer a reduction other than to state that the hotel room walls are very thin and not suitable for more than one nights stay! So he clearly, did not find anything wrong with guests missing a nights sleep, despite paying R440 per night per person!

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  • Stayed: June 2013, travelled with friends
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Reviewed 18 December 2016
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Stayed: October 2016, travelled with friends
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Stayed: December 2016, travelled as a couple
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  • Stayed: September 2015, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 2 May 2014
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Stayed: May 2014, travelled with family
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Additional Information about Port St John's River Lodge

Address: Mthatha Tar Road, Port St Johns 5120, South Africa
Region: South Africa > Eastern Cape > Port St Johns
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Kitchenette Restaurant Room Service Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
Ranked #2 of 8 B&Bs / Inns in Port St Johns
Price Range: £76 - £80 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3 star — Port St John's River Lodge 3*
Number of rooms: 24
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Situated on the mighty Umzimvubu River, Port St John's River Lodge provides luxury accommodation, personal attention and excellent cuisine. With tastefully decorated en-suite bedrooms and comfortably furnished chalets, guests are assured of comfort in a relaxed and peaceful environment. Offering a comprehensive A la Carte Restaurant, fully licensed bar, sparkling pool and exceptional scenic views. Self-Catering Chalets have a double bed in the bedroom with en-suite bathroom. The lounge is equipped with TV's with Hotel Package DSTV and a single and a day bed/bunk bed for extra sleeping space. The chalets are fully equipped for self-catering with a small kitchen with a fridge freezer,stove, own braai & patio. All the self cater chalets are serviced daily. The hotel rooms are en-suite with showers only. Tea and coffee facilities are available and the rooms are equipped with TV's with Hotel Package DSTV channels. All the rooms are serviced daily. ... more   less 
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