The Boardwalk Hotel
Beach Road, Port Elizabeth, South Africa
+27 41 507 7777; suninternational.com/boardwalk
Open in late 2012, the Boardwalk Hotel is only the second five-star property in Port Elizabeth, though complex is a better descriptor: As well as being across the street from the beach and Indian Ocean, the hotel is adjacent to a convention centre and an entertainment complex. Needless to say, there’s lots to do here.
Aptly named, The Boardwalk is across the street from Port Elizabeth’s waterfront, which includes several beaches, play areas for children and walkways. When it isn’t windy (Port Elizabeth is known both as the Friendly City and the Windy City — extremely accurate descriptions), expect lots of pedestrian traffic from those enjoying the harbour. On the other side of the hotel is an entertainment complex, which includes a casino, cinemas, shopping, restaurants, a bowling alley and nightly shows from the water fountain in the middle of it all. All is accessible by foot as well.
There’s the potential for pedestrian traffic jams with guests from the hotel, casino, conference centre and restaurants funnelling through the lobby, but staff handle all inquiries and issues with efficiency ensuring a relaxed, quiet atmosphere in the hotel’s shared spaces. The Lobby Lounge hosts afternoon teas, while Kiplings Brasserie, the hotel’s main restaurant, offers breakfast and dinner (the breakfast spread is bountiful). Staff are available when needed, but don’t lavish guests with attention, which isn’t necessarily a bad thing (someone one just wants to get from her suite to the fitness centre unbothered).
The hotel’s 140 rooms all come with an ocean view, and all are well-appointed, though decor is traditional and could use a punch of personality. Suites are equipped with work desks, large closets, mini-bar areas. Great care has been taken with the bathrooms, which are spacious and come with claw-foot bathtubs and separate shower facilities. Junior suites are two stories, while luxury suites have outdoor patio spaces.
Rooms start at R1,591. For more information visit suninternational.com/boardwalk or call +27 41 507 7777.