On arrival, we checked-in at the Southern Sun Hemingways, a beautifully-appointed and luxurious four-star hotel, conveniently located on the Hemingways Casino complex grounds. Southern Sun Hemingways is widely regarded as the best family-friendly place to stay in East London and is currently rated as the top East London hotel on TripAdvisor.
The hotel is a great base from which to explore the gems of East London and surrounding Eastern Cape attractions. The architecture and decor of the hotel is inspired by the Key West home of Nobel Prize winning author Ernest Hemingway, with the sub-tropical ambience of a relaxed, yet sophisticated island lifestyle.
It offers guests first class East London accommodation in 108 luxurious rooms with en-suite bathrooms, as well as seven Suites and a Presidential Suite, which has a circular lounge area looking down the valley towards Nahoon and the Indian Ocean.
The hotel restaurant, Key Largo, overlooks the beautiful gardens and offers a superb dining experience with a wide variety of choices from the grill buffet or the a la carte menu. The restaurant offers unique cuisine and a flavourful blend of tastes dine in style with East London’s only live action grill buffet. Another eatery, Latitudes Restaurant, is situated between the hotel and the casino, has a family friendly menu with burgers, steaks and ribs and boasts a large selection of local and international drinks.
Guests can enjoy relaxed privacy while being in close proximity to restaurants, the Hemingways Casino, an indoor adventure centre, shopping complex consisting of 150 retail outlets, a cinema with 2D and 3D screens and a fully-equipped crèche on complex. The hotel swimming pool and fitness centre are ideal for guests who wish to simply relax, or maintain their fitness programme.
For extra convenience, free high-speed WiFi internet access is offered daily per room.
The sub-tropical styled hotel offers a unique island lifestyle break, right in the heart of South Africa. It also affords easy access to all the major highways, national roads and the airport.