While most visitors to Port Elizabeth would want to stay in a hotel on the beachfront, the Friendly City’s famous coastline is only long enough to host a few establishments. If I were to be honest, the expectation of sights and sounds of the ocean is often diluted by cars with booming sound systems, indicator-less taxis and crowds everywhere – everything you don’t want when hoping to truly unwind and relax.
Located a few minutes’ drive from the city’s beachfront and other attractions, Keiskama BB is surprisingly a world removed from everyday Port Elizabeth and is a perfect base for a great weekend getaway thanks to its location in a quiet neighbourhood in the upmarket suburb of Summerstrand.
With the afternoon traffic negotiated, I soon arrived at this 4-Star establishment where I was greeted by owner Charmaine McCance, who also escorted me to one of the five suites.
Sporting a Thai theme – the others being Indian, Oxford, Beach and Manhattan, I immediately took a liking to the king-sized bed and character of my suite, which also boasted a flat screen television with a DSTV decoder for an array of channels, a roof-mounted fan and air-conditioning, microwave, full set of cutlery and crockery, mini fridge and complimentary Wi-Fi.
After unpacking, I was keen to find out if all those positive reviews on Trip Advisor were true and was given a tour of the place by one of their staff. My tour certainly confirmed how their suites, which were tidy and neat, have a simple yet stylish feel. Additional amenities on offer include a swimming pool, a braai area and secured parking on-site.
My tour done and a nice hot shower a few hours later, I set about doing some work on my laptop but could not resist the comfy soft bed and decided to call it a night.
Next morning, and having almost overslept, I headed over the dining area where I dug into their hearty a la carte breakfast of scrambled eggs, slices of toast, bacon, hashbrowns and a cup of Rooibos – just what I needed to start my day. Guests should also note that dinners are available only on request.
Short but nonetheless sweet, my stay at Keiskama BB was proof that an ocean side view shouldn’t be the deciding factor when choosing your next accommodation in PE. As a tip, if you are planning to stay longer, ask them about their special rates!
To book you next stay, visit Keiskama BB at 12 Keiskamma Street in Summerstand, Port Elizabeth, or phone 084 585 1888.