The Kelway Hotel is idyllically nestled atop a small hill right along the beautiful beachfront of Port Elizabeth in Nelson Mandela Bay. The views of the bay are unrivalled and guests often spot schools of bottle-nosed dolphins leaping out of the waves playfully, just metres from bathers and surfers. Safe swimming beaches line the shore, several of which are just metres from the hotel. While enjoying these perfect surrounds, the Kelway remains central to Port Elizabeth's city centre and within a few minutes' drive from the CBD.
The Kelway is also within close proximity to the airport, making this the ideal stop-over for visitors staying in PE for some time or those needing accommodation only for the evening.
The Kelway Hotel is made of timber, giving it a "log cabin" appearance despite its considerable size. It has been multi-graded and boasts a 3- and 4-star rating. The entire hotel comprises 61 tastefully appointed rooms, all equipped with an en-suite bathroom.
There are excellent conferencing facilities available at the Kelway, ensuring that corporate guests are accommodated in an efficient, professional environment. In addition, meals are available at Farriagers Restaurant, making this hotel one of the city's most convenient and popular.
Port Elizabeth is known as "The Friendly City" and every member of staff at the Kelway is determined to demonstrate why. Hospitality, style and quality combine to create a haven of warmth and elegance.
The rooms at the Kelway Hotel are divided into 4-star rooms, 3-star rooms and premier rooms. Wi-Fi Internet connectivity is available throughout the hotel and in each room. Standard features include air-conditioning, tea- and coffee-making facilities and satellite TV. Unfortunately, the Kelway is not wheelchair-accessible.
4-Star Sea-Facing Room - This is a homely room with a king-sized or double bed. Silk percale linen, dark wood finishes and private balconies all contribute to the opulence of these suites. These rooms enjoy a separate shower and a bath, as well as stunning views over the bay.
4-Star Cliff-Facing Room - These rooms are equipped with a king-sized or double bed, and tasteful furnishings. The private balconies face the rugged rock face of the small cliff behind the hotel, and bathrooms are equipped with a separate bath and shower.
3-Star Sea-Facing Room - Affordable accommodation featuring twin beds, rustic décor and private balconies with views of the bay and city.
3-Star Cliff-Facing Room - Affordable accommodation featuring twin beds, rustic décor and private balconies. This budget-friendly suite is ideal for tour groups.
Inter-leading rooms apply to the 4-star suites only, and are ideal for families requiring connected, but private areas.
Facilities & Service
The Kelway Hotel is committed to making the stay of our guests as friendly, convenient and efficient as possible. For this reason, facilities and services available to the guest include 24-hour Internet facilities, photocopying and faxing services, Wi-Fi, airport transfers, a plunge pool, laundry service and gym facilities. Conference facilities include two conference rooms (seating 100 and 16 delegates respectively).
Farriagers Restaurant is a fantastic eatery and bar for visitors of all calibres. It is casual enough for the entire family, yet sophisticated enough for important business functions. Meals range from hearty breakfasts and light lunches to business banquets and gourmet dinners. The terrace overlooking the warm Eastern Cape seashore is the ideal spot from which to savour local flavours. Pre-dinner drinks or soul-warming nightcaps are best enjoyed while looking over the bay, taking in the lights of the city and the many fishing boats on the water.
Farriagers has used a combination of timber logs and unique art pieces to create an inviting ambience of modern appeal.
While local flavours infuse every dish, the chef also makes use of distinctly European influences, creating a diverse menu of flavours, aromas and textures.
The bar enjoys the luxurious appeal of wood finishes and an old-world charm granted to it by the steam train theme. The high ceilings and glass front create an ambience of open spaciousness and allow patrons awesome, uninterrupted views of the beaches and city.
The wine list is extensive, boasting some of the country's finest vintages, while the cigars available are sure to tempt those with a trained palate.
Port Elizabeth is a fantastic destination for a variety of activities as it is so diverse in terms of landscape, people and preferences.
Year-round activities available in the Friendly City include paintballing, SCUBA diving, snorkelling, fishing, rubber ducking and various sports. The staff at reception will be happy to advise of nearby facilities.
The beaches of Nelson Mandela Bay are world-class. Warm water, safe swimming conditions and very few rocks make for the ideal activity for all members of the family. The beaches along the coast stretch for some 40km. Humewood Beach is one of the country's few Blue Flag Beaches and, along with Pollok and Hobie beaches, is one of the safest in the province in terms of swimming.
The Boardwalk Casino and Entertainment Centre is a hive of activity all year round. Shops, restaurants and activities for children and the young-at-heart are all within the vast and beautiful confines of the Boardwalk. The casino boasts approximately 750 slot machines and over 20 tables.
Entertainment & Shopping
Port Elizabeth is home to many shopping centres, large and small. These cater to the ever-increasing number of tourists and offer a wide spectrum of shops, boutiques, eateries, salons and galleries. Popular malls include Greenacres, Walmer Park and Moffett on Main.
PE is a particularly social destination and, therefore, makes many fun and exciting activities available to locals and visitors alike. These include live music shows, theatre performances, cocktail bars, cinemas and cruises around the bay.
The Eastern Cape is a malaria-free zone, making game viewing ideal. There are several parks in and around the city that showcase such residents as elephants, lions, cheetahs, rhinos, buffalos, zebras, giraffes and more. Visitors to these parks can opt between self-guided game drives or officially conducted tours that provide added insight into the lives and habits of fascinating creatures.
Golf enthusiasts are urged to try their hand at the famous links course, Humewood Golf Club. This is one of the most challenging links courses in the world, and is listed in the country's top 10. For added convenience, the club is less than 10 minutes' drive from the Kelway Hotel.
The Walmer Country Club is a standard 18-hole course that is only about 15 minutes from the hotel.
There are several fascinating museums around Nelson Mandela Bay, including No 7 Castle Hill, the Campanile, the Donkin Heritage Trail and the Bayworld Museum.
The Red Location Museum is particularly popular as it tells the tale of the Apartheid era and the injustices imposed upon the locals. It also recounts the heroic tales of political activists, many of whom died for their cause.
The flora of the Eastern Cape is unique and varied. Fynbos, wetlands, forests, mountains, coastal belts and succulent all make their regular appearance on the various landscapes. Recommended nature reserves include Van Stadens Flower Reserve, the Baakens Valley and Cape Recife Nature Reserve.
Townships are the informal settlements on the outskirts of the city, home to many of the non-white residents that were relocated in Apartheid times. Official tours of these settlements provide a fascinating insight into the lives of ordinary South Africans today, despite economic challenges.