Hotel Review: Radisson Blu Port Elizabeth
Radisson Blu Port Elizabeth is the only real luxury hotel in the South African metropolis. Located in Summerstrand, the hotel focuses on business and leisure travelers alike. The beach is not far away, the view is spectacular and the rooms are modern and convenient. Radisson Blu Port Elizabeth also offers a pool which sadly isn’t heated.
Radisson Blu Port Elizabeth was an obvious choice for our stay in Port Elizabeth after our arrival from Europe on the very same day.
- Classification: Five Stars
- Room Category: One Bedroom Suite
- Month of Stay: August
The hotel got quite positive ratings on all major platforms and seems to be the real luxury hotel in the Port Elizabeth region.
The location away from the city center didn’t bother us too much as we had a rental car. At the same time, the location was actually very good as the city center of Port Elizabeth is anything but attractive.
Summerstrand instead feels a little bit like California with extensive beaches and amazing residential areas.
One Bedroom Suite at Radisson Blu Port Elizabeth
On arrival, we were surprisingly upgraded to a One Bedroom Suite. The reason may be our booking of a special rate called something like “Romantic Escape” which was the cheapest available rate including breakfast.
That surprise was hardly expectable as the service prior check-in was actually quite horrible. The name of the suite already sounded spectacular, the room itself was more than just this.
We were given a room on the highest floor with floor-to-ceiling windows which allowed incredible views of the beach and the city. I’m actually not sure if I ever had a room with such a beautiful view.
The One Bedroom Suite at Radisson Blu Port Elizabeth comes with two different rooms. The living room has a full kitchen, a dining table and a lounging area with a couch and a television. The bedroom consists of a large King Bed, another television and a large working table.
All interior is modern and in a very good condition. We also fell in love with the design which is stylish, yet comfortable.
Bathroom at Radisson Blu Port Elizabeth
The open plan bathroom of Radisson Blu Port Elizabeth is connected with the bedroom and is extremely extensive.
Of the 82 square meters (883 square feet) the One Bedroom Suite got in total, at least one fourth is used for the bathroom. Two sinks, a separated walk-in rain shower, a free-standing bathtub and a large window which made the bathroom bright are just the hard features.
Surely, there was also a separated toilet. The open plan layout was something that also amazed us as it made the bathroom look even larger.
If there’s something we can safely say then it’s that the One Bedroom Suite at Radisson Blu Port Elizabeth is one of the best rooms we ever got in a hotel!
Gym & Pool at Radisson Blu Port Elizabeth
Something I’ll definitely remember is my fitness training at Radisson Blu Port Elizabeth. I made use of the hotel’s gym, but suddenly, the lights went off due to a power failure.
As there was some emergency lightning, I didn’t bother too much, but it was a funny experience nevertheless. The gym itself is extensive and offers a wide range of modern machines.
I was pleasantly surprised by the number of machines I’m definitely not used to find in a hotel gym! The pool which is located on the restaurant’s terrace looked decent, too.
Sadly, I forgot to ask about the temperature and decided to just dip in. Well, definitely not the best decision in August as the pool was absolutely freezing with about 12 degrees Celsius.
Even though the pool looks nice, yet being a bit small, it is sadly not usable in winter. The loungers are comfortable to use in all seasons nevertheless!
Dinner at Radisson Blu Port Elizabeth
As we already had something to eat in the city while exploring it for our City Review, we decided to just order a single room service dish on the evening.
The halibut was tasty and came with a very good sauce. Sadly, it came without any side dish which somewhat lowered the overall impression.
That’s especially true as room service menu at Radisson Blu Port Elizabeth is relatively expensive compared to dinner in most restaurants and hotels in South Africa.
Breakfast at Radisson Blu Port Elizabeth
We usually find it somewhat funny that Radisson calls its breakfast “Super Breakfast” as the breakfast usually is average at best.
At Radisson Blu Port Elizabeth, we were positively surprised about the quality of breakfast. Not only was the choice at the buffet quite extensive, but there was also the option to order eggs to our liking.
The quality of the offerings was decent and there was a choice for European and American travelers alike. The only downer was the lack of freshly squeezed juices.
Nevertheless, we had a very good time while having breakfast at Radisson Blu Port Elizabeth as the service was extremely attentive and friendly.
Bottom line Radisson Blu Port Elizabeth
Overall, we enjoyed our stay at Radisson Blu Port Elizabeth very much. The service prior check-in was horrible with the receptionists not knowing anything about Port Elizabeth. At the same time, the service in the restaurant was surprisingly positive.
The same is true for breakfast and the room service dinner which was a little bit too expensive in my opinion. The facilities including the pool and the gym are nice, too. Yet, it’s sad that the pool may not be used in winter. Nevertheless, we’d definitely return to Radisson Blu Port Elizabeth as the only really negative aspects were the bad service prior check-in and the low number of elevators (just two for 18 floors).
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