As a scuba diver, I have returned for 3 years in a row for the Sardine Run in June, and have stayed at the Port St John's River Lodge each time for between 7 and 14 days each visit. The hotel is ideally situated for the Sardine Run, being next to the river, with its own mooring, only a short boat ride to the sea.
The setting is beautiful, since the hotel is situated on the bank of the river at the foot of a small mountain (hill) on top of which there is the local airstrip. The airstrip is rarely used, and I do not remember ever hearing any noise from aircraft, even though I know for a fact that aircraft have used it while I have been staying there.
The food is good and plentiful. The staff are friendly and are willing to help with advice or practical assistance whenever I had any query. The showers in the rooms run on a 'geyser' system which I had to get used to, since I found them confusing to begin with. The rooms I have stayed in, have had a kettle, tea, coffee, also cooking facilities and a fridge (and a TV which I never used). The bar is friendly and played good music when I was there!
The accommodation is ideally suited to the adventure type of holiday that the Sardine Run is. If you are accustomed to five-star hotels in either London or New York, then I would suggest that you adjust your expectations to the more rural environment of Port St John's. The price is appropriate to this, so you will not be paying anything like the same rate!
- 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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