To experience the essence of South Africa without having to deal with the busyness of other big cities, Port Elizabeth is the city for you. Port Elizabeth is the perfect place for solo travelers as it’s a melting pot of diverse cultures, vibrant nightlife, historical landmarks and natural wonders. Port Elizabeth is also a city that boasts world-class accommodation options with homegrown South African hospitality. Splurge in the luxury of a hotel or for budget friendly solo traveling, enjoy the comfort of top Airbnb accommodations.
Top 5 hotels in Port Elizabeth
Be greeted by the warm smiles and world-class hospitality at Radisson Blu Hotel. Feel completely at home as you enjoy sweeping views of the Indian Ocean. The soothing earthy ambience and chic décor flow throughout the hotel into its 173 rooms and suites. Each room provides comfort and allows guest an opportunity to unwind amidst luxury. Situated in close proximity of Port Elizabeth’s main attractions, guest can enjoy tranquil walks on the beach, stay entertained at the Boardwalk Casino and Entertainment Complex or learn about South Africa’s history at the Nelson Mandela Metropolitan Art Museum. If you wish to stay in the hotel, there are a myriad of activities and facilities to keep you busy. Indulge your taste buds at the Tabu Grill, stay fit at the gym or relax the body at the Camelot Spa.
Radisson Blu Hotel
Address: Corner of Marine Drive & 9th Avenue, Summerstrand, 6001 Port Elizabeth, South Africa (see map)
Price: 107 USD
Villa Tuscana is where Italian elegance meets refined African comfort. From the handsomely trimmed hedges to the unique mix of modern architecture, Villa Tuscana offers opulent living with attention to detail. Guests enjoy complimentary Wi-Fi, air conditioning, TV with selected cable channels and an open plan bathroom in each room. Guest also have access to the pristine pool and well-manicured gardens. Start the morning with a full English breakfast or a continental breakfast in the breakfast room before heading off for your day’s activities. Villa Tuscana is a sought-after destination for solo travelers.
Villa Tuscana Boutique Hotel & Conference Venue
Address: 84 Erasmus Drive, Summerstrand, 6019 Port Elizabeth, South Africa (see map)
Price: 82 USD
Nestled in the beach town of Humewood, you will find the quaint Windermere offering guests a tranquil setting for a well-deserved break. This boutique hotel is in walking distance of the beach and many popular restaurants and is in close proximity of the Port Elizabeth airport. Each of the 10 spacious rooms are designed in a contemporary chic style with all the luxuries to make the stay at The Windermere one to remember. Guest can relax by the poolside or enjoy an afternoon soaking up the sun from the privacy of their patio. Enjoy scrumptious breakfasts in the courtyard or in the dining area or enjoy lunch or dinner from the comfort of your room with the hotel room service.
The Windermere Hotel by Mantis
Address: 35 Humewood Road, 6001 Port Elizabeth, South Africa (see map)
Price: 127 USD
Guests in search of living the life of a celebrity should visit No. 5 Boutique Art Hotel, offering guests a taste of the high life in opulent living. This 5-star hotel offers unsurpassed sophistications and excellence is engraved in the service provided. A lot of effort was dedicated to ensuring that each of the 10 exquisite rooms are comfortable and meet the satisfaction of the guests. With the beach at your doorstep and the airport just 4 km (2.4 mi) away, the hotel is perfect for the solo traveller looking to splurge a little. The hotel in an entertainment hub and boasts landscaped gardens, a pristine pool, a spa and even a cinema. Guest can indulge in South African cuisine with international flavors at the Jazz Café. Guests need not leave the hotel to have a world class experience.
No. 5 Boutique Art Hotel
Address: 5 Brighton Drive, Summerstrand, 6001 Port Elizabeth, South Africa (see map)
Price: 158 USD
With the Port Elizabeth harbor as your backdrop and panoramic views of Algoa Bay, Paxton Hotel is an ideal hotel for the solo traveller who wants to be in the centre of the bustling city. With many of the major tourist attractions in close proximity like the Boardwalk Casino and Entertainment Complex, airport and restaurants, guests will be spoilt for choice. Each room is intricately designed to create a luxurious ambience and offers visitors ultra-comfort and relaxation. Marvel at views of the harbor, sip cocktails by the poolside or mingle with the locals at the local pub nearby.
Address: Carnarvon Place, Humerail, 6001 Port Elizabeth, South Africa (see map)
Price: 92 USD
Top 5 Airbnb accommodation in Port Elizabeth
Fancy living like Tarzan and Jane without the discomfort? Book a room at Tree Tops, a tree house experience with a difference. The open plan setup allows for the cool breeze to filter through the room, keeping the sleeping area fresh and airy. Wake up to the greenery of the indigenous garden and the twitter of the local birds. Within close proximity of the airport, guests have access to the many eateries situated near Tree Tops. Climb the stone stairs to your secluded room offering stunning views from the deck.
Price: from 44 USD
Enjoy a little me time in the comfort of the quaint and stylish Studio on One. This self-catering apartment is ideal for the solo traveller looking to briefly retreat from their daily routine. The open plan living space grants guests a little haven away from home with the sleek décor. This airy and spacious studio has the essentials to ensure guests are satisfied. Pack up and head of to the leafy suburb of Mill Park, Port Elizabeth for a relaxing getaway.
Studio on One
Price: from 44 USD
In search of something a little different and edgy? Enjoy the rustic steam punk décor of the Copper Dream apartment with the comfort and experience guests would expect from a world class hotel. The highlight of the apartment is the resident border collie who will welcome visitors and be willing to be a furry companion during their stay. The retro theme is brought to life throughout the apartment in the furnishings and décor. Prepare a hearty meal in the kitchenette or opt to eat at any of the local restaurants in close proximity.
Price: from 31 USD
Guests in search of a social detox from the busyness of life, will find solace in the comfort and peace of Ruan’s South End Cottage. This private apartment offers a fully equipped kitchen and separate entrance with a bathroom and living area. Escape your little hideaway haven to visit the pubs and restaurants peppered around the area.
Ruan’s South End Cottage
Price: from 25 USD
The sun slowly disappears beyond the horizon and the sky is painted with beautiful hues. The cool afternoon breeze kisses the skin, as the graceful bucks graze in the front lawn. If this sounds like an ideal way to end a day, then Beau Monte Estate is the place to be. This haven offers elegant living and comfortable finishings that lend to a restful stay. Situated in a prime spot with malls and the beach in close distance from the guest house, this little gem is a must visit.
Beau Monte Estate
Price: from 36 USD
South African hospitality
Soak up the sophistication of world class service and soak in the warm and hearty South African hospitality at any one of these accommodation options available in Port Elizabeth. Offering accommodation option suited to your budget and travel needs, all you have to worry about now, is how you are going to fit all the tourist attractions into your Port Elizabeth travel itinerary.
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