“Port Elizabeth’s first boutique hotel allows you to combine safari style with urban chic…”
After all that activity you’ll need a good night’s rest, and the 9 spacious suites at The Windermere deliver the goods. A soothing décor of muted browns, creams and greys relax sun-dazzled eyes, while air-conditioning and thick sliding windows keep the rooms cool and quiet. To revive your weary limbs, there’s a large bathroom with a bathtub, a separate power-shower and all kinds of cosmetic goodies; plus there's a sitting area with a sofa. Room #3 has a balcony with ocean views, though all guests have access to the starry cocktail deck. When you’re ready for bed, kingsize doubles (or twins) and soft percale linen cosset you to sleep.
The beds, like almost all of the hotel furniture, are custom-made by Haldene Martin, local ‘decorator of the year’, and installed under the eye of designer-owner Anne Read and her husband Clive. Their brief to architect Johan Lochner, who designed the 2-storey concrete-and-glass building from scratch, was to create one of the top boutique hotels in the area; and it appears to be achieving that, alongside more established names such as Kensington Place in Cape Town.
The hotel serves a breakfast of homemade preserves, seasonal fruit platters, jugs of freshly prepared juices and a variety of breads, croissants and muffins.
For dinner, there are several fish restaurants within walking distance, serving freshly-grilled crayfish, kingclip, prawns, sole and mussels in a lovely beachside braai; and there are dozens more eateries in the centre, including Thai, Portuguese and sushi places.
Children are welcome. Up to a maximum of 2 children under 12 may share a room with adults, on extra beds/mattress (a supplement applies). Children under 4 stay for free, and baby cots are provided.
Cots Available, Extra Beds Available
Babysitting is available by prior arrangement
Baby cots are available on request
Remember baby and child equipment may be limited or need pre-booking
Children’s meals and high chairs are available