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Dockside Guest House
Ranked #6 of 25 Port Alfred B&B and Inns
Certificate of Excellence
Kimberley, South Africa
1 review
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“What an amazing place.”
Reviewed 29 April 2014

Stayed at the guesthouse for the weekend of my graduation which was in April and this guesthouse was the extra touch that completed my weekend. This guesthouse is amazing, it is perfectly situated with a scenery which is to die for. The view which it offers is amazing, the harbour, the bridge at night which you can see from your room is everything one would appreciate when falling asleep. Our hosts Pat and Des along with their son were the perfect hosts who were very willing to help us get around and enjoy Port Alfred and what it has to offer. My family and I were so impressed we will be back very soon for a lovely holiday and ofcourse the amazing breakfast :) I would advise you all to visit Dockside.

  • Stayed April 2014, travelled with family
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Reviewed 25 April 2014

Dockside has the most amazing views! the Sea room is beautiful, clean and very welcoming, overlooking the harbor made for beautiful views that one could just not get tired of seeing. The owners Pat and Dennis were very welcoming and assisted us in every way possible. The upside to Dockside is that it is in walking distance of most things so even if you do not have a car you can trust that you can get to where ever you need without a huge hassle. the beach was in close proximity and I personally enjoyed that as i love the ocean, and the beauty of it is that it does not get crowded at all! The only downside was the noisy trucks late at night. Either than that we had an amazing time and will surely be visiting again!

  • Stayed March 2014, travelled as a couple
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Bangkok, Thailand
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Reviewed 15 April 2014

This place is great value for money, we stayed one night in a downstairs room and one in the top room. Hosts, though initially a little hard to find(!) had a wealth of information and spent lots of time helping us plan and make the most of our stay, and we enjoyed breakfast immensely. There is a big shared space which is lovely to have a glass of wine etc. We found that there was a huge difference between the room at the top of the house which was just beautiful and really great value (we paid a reduced price as they upgraded us which was super lovely of them), but at full price it is really still an excellent deal, and the room at the bottom of the house which was a little bit damp and basementy, the bathroom needed work and we could hear everything in next doors room so we felt was not as fairly priced as upstairs. Overall though the views, location and hosts make up for anything else and this is a lovely place to stay.

  • Stayed April 2014, travelled as a couple
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DocksidePortAlfred, Owner at Dockside Guest House, responded to this review, 25 April 2014
Thanks. Was lovely having you to stay. Trust you enjoyed the rest of the holiday.
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Amanzimtoti, South Africa
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Reviewed 27 January 2014

Dockside Guest House has amazing views overlooking the marina at Port Alfred.
The Harbour room is upstairs and excellent with a private balcony. Huge bathroom and the owners Pat and Dennis are very friendly and informative. Excellent value for money and breakfast to die for.

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Stayed December 2013, travelled as a couple
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DocksidePortAlfred, Owner at Dockside Guest House, responded to this review, 28 January 2014
It was lovely having you to stay again.

So glad that everything turned out so great with your son.

All the best.
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Johannesburg, South Africa
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Reviewed 25 January 2014

A definate value for money, and the best view ever, the harbour room is spacious and has a huge beautiful modern bathroom. Opening the curtains in the morning and then get back into bed while watching a whole cascade of life outside, people jogging, boats leaving and coming into the small craft harbour, cars passing on their way to and from the legendary bridge.Lots to do in this historic little town. Dockside is for sure the best serviced and clean quest house we have stayed in.Pat gave us a warm welcome and advised us of the best restaurants and other places of interest.
Awesome place to stay.

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  • Stayed December 2013, travelled with family
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DocksidePortAlfred, Owner at Dockside Guest House, responded to this review, 28 January 2014
Hi

It was a pleasure having you both. The perfect weather was great for your holiday.

All the best for 2014 and thanks for the kind words
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Johannesburg, South Africa
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Reviewed 8 December 2013

Pat and Denis have created a wonderful place to stay in Port Alfred that is excellent value for money. Their hospitality and warmth really make it a home away from home. Breakfasts are legendary. The rooms are well appointed, comfortable and very well serviced. Dockside has gorgeous views of the Marina and is centrally situated. A guest house that we enjoy returning to.

Room Tip: We were in the large upstairs en-suite room, I think it is the Egypt room. Wonderfully spacious with...
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  • Stayed December 2013, travelled with friends
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DocksidePortAlfred, Owner at Dockside Guest House, responded to this review, 28 January 2014
Hi Margaret

Thanks so much it was lovely having you all here again.

Sure you enjoyed the puzzles.

Regards
Pat
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East London, South Africa
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Reviewed 2 December 2013

Large, modern and spacious accomodation with a stunning view!Breakfasts were 5-stars and were served by the owners themselves.Their warm and welcoming natures ensured we will certainly return on our next stay in Port Alfred!
Gavin Russell

  • Stayed November 2013, travelled with family
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DocksidePortAlfred, Owner at Dockside Guest House, responded to this review, 4 December 2013
Thank you. It was lovely having you staying with us.
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Property: Dockside Guest House
Address: 1 Caxton Lane | East Bank, Port Alfred 6170, South Africa
Region: South Africa > Eastern Cape > Port Alfred
Amenities:
Beach Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking
Hotel Style:
Ranked #6 of 25 B&Bs / Inns in Port Alfred
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £
Hotel Class:3.5 star — Dockside Guest House 3.5*
Number of rooms: 5
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Dockside Guest House is situated directly across the picturesque small boat harbour on the East Bank of beautiful Port Alfred, in the Eastern Cape - situated midway – exactly 150km between the cities of East London and Port Elizabeth.Dockside Guest House is managed by owners Des and Pat Riggien, and you will experience warm and friendly hospitality throughout your stay. We measure our success since we opened by the high return rate of our guests, time and time again. ... more   less 
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