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East London, A charming, olde-worlde medium sized city, friendly and breezy is built between the Buffalo River and Nahoon River. The city which has formed around the only river port in South Africa and attracts visitors from far and wide because of its scenic coastal beauty along the magnificent east coast of South Africa. Sub-tropical in nature with most of its rainfall in spring and autumn.
East London is the second largest industrial centre in the Eastern Cape with the motor industry being the dominant employer.
Centrally situated …
The N2 motorway connecting Cape Town and Durban bypasses the city of East London, while the N6 highway joins East London with Bloemfontein. The newly re-built East London Airport is a mere 10 klm from the city centre and offers daily flights to all major South African cities.
The hospitality of the folk in East London is worth mentioning. It has remained small enough to be known in South Africa as one of the most friendly cities yet it is also large enough to offer all the mod-cons of a city while the delightful neighbouring resort suburbs have a distinctive air of holidays … here you can smell the sea.
CONFERENCE IN EAST LONDON
The ELICC (East London International Convention Centre) is possibly the largest international convention centre in the province and is a draw card to East London, for international and national conferences and seminars. This venture, while it was at first thought of as a brave one, has already proved that it is worthy of much that Johannesburg, Cape Town and Durban are with 3 and 4 star hotels within walking distance.
While it is a central destination and while it is a popular holiday destination and well known for industry, East London is proud to present one of the most up-to-date convention centres in South Africa which also incorporates the 261 roomed, up-market Premier Hotel Cascades, with panoramic views of the pristine beaches.
HEMMINGWAYS – TSOGO SUN
Recently, while I was visiting my family in Gonubie, a delightful olde-worlde holiday town, approximately 9 klms out of the hubbub of the city itself, heading back towards the old Transkei Road, we spent a wonderful evening at the modern, large Hemmingways Complex which is built between the city and Gonubie and Beacon Bay. We attended a magical tribute to the BeeGees in the theatre which is located in the Casino area of the centre. As we were early, we stopped to have a meal at “Latitudes”, managed by Tsogo Sun, which is directly in front of the theatre. Our dining experience was memorable and I highly recommend this little restaurant to locals and travellers for outstanding standards of service, scrumptious meals at unbelievably reasonable prices. For example, my sister and I shared an Ox Tail meal, as we only wanted something light. This delicious dish was served to us, complete with a selection of fresh veggies and mashed potato for R84.00! … I wonder how many other restaurants of this top calibre can offer a large meal at this price? !
Latitudes is just one small part of the greater hotel within this modern, ample complex. The Hemmingways Hotel offers large, medium sized and small conference venues as well as over 100 rooms for accommodation. Being central between the city and the smaller suburbs or holiday villages around the city, it is a very convenient and desirable venue, managed with highly trained staff in attendance, excellent attention to detail and super smart service. A very impressive venue, unusual as it is not a stand alone hotel but a great part of the Hemmingways complex which is privately owned.
For more information on accommodation rooms, conference centres, function venues, contact us at Venue Pages on our telephone number 0861 262 262 or by e-mail on email@example.com or visit our website at http://www.venuepages.co.za and visit our blog posts on http://blog.venuepages.co.za. As we operate nationally, we can assist you with all your block accommodation requirements, your conference and seminar needs as well as your year-end functions and the like.
Other beauty spots nearby …
Gonubie … a mere 15 minute drive from the city, is a warm and friendly little village where many residents prefer to live because Nature has blessed this little town with one of the most beautiful and pristine beaches on the East Coast.
Fishing is a ‘national’ hobby in Gonubie and surrounds, where charters take off from most weekends, weather permitting. These must be pre-booked and may be done by contacting The Venue Pages or Rory Hare, the Skipper of a magnificent deep sea fishing boat on 082 787 5931.
Travelling towards Mthatha and Durban, East Londoners and visitors to Buffalo city are fortunate to have a number of picturesque coastal villages and holiday resorts within a short drive from the city … these include, Chintsa East and Chintsa West, Kei Mouth and the 4-star Inkwenkwezi Game Reserve and Conference facility, which although inland, is also very close to the sea with beautiful sea views, luxury tented accommodation and hotel rooms and a state-of-the-art conference centre. This coast line has remained unspoilt over the decades and is very reminiscent of the Wild Coast resorts.
Southern Sun Hemingways, East London
Situated in the scenic coastal city of East London in the Eastern Cape Province of South Africa, Southern Sun Hemingways takes its inspiration from the Key West home of famous writer and Nobel Peace Prize laureate, Ernest Hemingway. Gracious design is infused with sub-tropical elements, which result in a warm yet infinitely stylish hotel that instantly puts you at ease.
Step back into a time of elegant accommodation and well-thought-out features, as you explore the many sights that are found within the city and its surrounds. From the comfort of your base, the famous Eastern Cape beaches beckon, along with historical attractions and plenty of other things to see and do.
Southern Sun Hemingways Features
Each of the 108 en-suite rooms offered by the hotel was designed with comfort in mind. Décor is relaxed yet stylish, with furnishings carefully chosen to add to the Key West atmosphere. Features include tea and coffee stations, hairdryers, electric safes, air-conditioning, porter service, wake up facility and 18-hour room service. Double, queen and king rooms as well as a Presidential Suite is on offer. Smoking and wheelchair-accessible rooms meanwhile can also be arranged on request.
Services and facilities offered throughout the rest of the hotel are equally well-appointed. A fitness centre is available to keep you in shape, conferencing facilities are on hand if you are here to work, and free high-speed WiFi is also offered. You can also enjoy access to Hemingways Casino & Entertainment Complex, along with delicious breakfast and dinner options at Key Largo Restaurant. There are many other restaurants and facilities found at the nearby Hemingways Mall should you feel like getting out and about.
Enjoy the sights and sounds of East London with the help of Southern Sun Hemingways – your sub-tropical oasis in the heart of the Eastern Cape.
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Review by Rosalie Howard – Venue Pages