Riverview Guest House

Riverview Guest House

17 Chestnut Crescent East London, East London 5201 South Africa
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We are a husband and wife team who love entertaining and enjoy meeting new people. We bought our "dream home" aka "a disgusting dump", in 2013; with a vision to turn the ugly duckling into something beautiful. During the planning stages of what alterations we were going to do to the house, a close friend insisted that we had to go double story, to maximise the view potential. We asked him what on earth we would do with so many rooms then?; and his answer was "open a guest house". And so the dream was born!! The house was in a very sorry state and had to basically be gutted. It has taken four years, and much blood, sweat and tears; but we finally have our "forever" home. Each room has the same magnificent view, a view which we would love to share with others. We are successful entrepreneurs, who have run many businesses in the past, and are quite determined to make a success of this new venture as well. As this is our "forever home", we have spared no expense with the finishes in the house and have fitted each spacious room with decadent bathrooms, as well as modern amenities. A luxurious a-la-carte breakfast will be served in the guest dining room each morning from 7.30 am to 8.30 am. We have coffee and tea making facilities in every bedroom as well as in the breakfast room. We trust that you will join us and share our dream with us. Our establishment can only be described as a modern, minimalist home with a twist of old world charm. We currently have two luxurious bedrooms that are ready for guests and in the near future we will have four rooms available. Our bedrooms have magnificent views over the Nahoon river and valley. A modern, fully refurbished guest house with amenities. Rooms have a magnificent view of the Nahoon River and Valley and are well appointed. Your hosts will go the extra mile for you. We have coffee and tea making facilities in every bedroom as well as in the breakfast room. Each room has the same magnificent view, a view which we would love to share with others. Work space, ceiling fan. The East London suburb of Beacon Bay is situated roughly ten minutes from the city centre, and lies between the Nahoon and the Quinera rivers, set amongst pristine white beaches, lagoons and striking sand dunes. Known as the "Garden Town" of the Amatola region, Beacon Bay is home to tree lined streets and lovely residential properties, and is considered to be one of the most picturesque and friendly areas in the Eastern Cape. Closely situated to the ocean, there are many coastal resorts, shopping malls and office parks, all of which make Beacon Bay one of East London's most popular and sought after residential and holiday destinations. The suburb of Beacon Bay is also in close proximity to all of East London's cultural attractions, which include the brilliant East London Museum, and all the interesting architecture of the city centre.
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Property amenities
Free parking
Free High Speed Internet (WiFi)
Pool
Free breakfast
Conference facilities
BBQ facilities
Non-smoking hotel
Laundry service
Secured parking
Wifi
Outdoor pool
Breakfast available
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Air conditioning
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3.5 of 5 stars
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Ingrid J wrote a review Nov 2020
5.0 of 5 bubbles
The charm is in the detail - on the tea tray there was a small scissors to cut the sachets, extra plugs at the work station which was great so I could charge my phone and laptop at the same time. In the cupboard a tray with crockery and cutlery should you wish to order take out. The pictures don't do the unit justice - it is really pretty! The hosts are very friendly and make you feel at home.
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Date of stay: November 2020
5.0 of 5 bubblesValue
5.0 of 5 bubblesRooms
5.0 of 5 bubblesLocation
5.0 of 5 bubblesCleanliness
5.0 of 5 bubblesService
5.0 of 5 bubblesSleep Quality
Trip type: Travelled on business
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Response from ANDRE HAYWARD, Owner at Riverview Guest House
Responded 02 Sept 2021
So sorry for our EXTREMELY late response to your great review of our establishment. Wow. What an awesome review. We hope to welcome you back "home" again sometime soon.
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Tapiwa Risai Kahari wrote a review Mar 2023
Johannesburg, South Africa
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Really enjoyed our stay at Riverview Guesthouse with spectacular and gorgeous river views from the bedroom . The owners are very accommodating and friendly. The rates include breakfast, the rooms are beautifully put together with real coffee and little fridge . Highly recommend
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Date of stay: February 2023Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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Response from ANDRE HAYWARD, Owner at Riverview Guest House
Responded 06 Mar 2023
Hi there, Thank you so much for the wonderful review, which we appreciate. We are so pleased that you enjoyed your stay and we hope to welcome you again in the very near future. Andre and Toni
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Paul C wrote a review Mar 2023
5.0 of 5 bubbles
We stayed for 2 days at Riverview Guest house in Feb '23 - our hosts Andre and Toni were most welcoming and helpful with local knowledge of eating places and places to visit.
we stayed in the Garden Room which was very comfortable, the garden room doesn't have a view of the river but does have a private terrace area .
Breakfast was very good, freshly cooked by Toni. All in all - excellent hosts and very comfortable room.
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Date of stay: February 2023
5.0 of 5 bubblesValue
5.0 of 5 bubblesRooms
4.0 of 5 bubblesLocation
5.0 of 5 bubblesCleanliness
5.0 of 5 bubblesService
5.0 of 5 bubblesSleep Quality
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Response from ANDRE HAYWARD, Owner at Riverview Guest House
Responded 15 Mar 2023
Hi Paul. thank you so much for the great review. We do appreciate it.
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basilv333 wrote a review Feb 2020
Greater Johannesburg, South Africa
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Visited East London during February, in arguably the most humid month of the year. The room is very well appointed and clean, with all the luxuries, light, modern finishes, and most importantly a large comfortable, supportive bed mattress. Very pleasing.The ageing room aircon was functional but struggled in the high humidity, so I would recommend that it is upgraded/replaced.
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Date of stay: February 2020
5.0 of 5 bubblesValue
5.0 of 5 bubblesRooms
5.0 of 5 bubblesLocation
5.0 of 5 bubblesCleanliness
5.0 of 5 bubblesService
5.0 of 5 bubblesSleep Quality
Trip type: Travelled on business
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Response from ANDRExTONI, Owner at Riverview Guest House
Responded 27 Feb 2020
Thank you for the good review. We do appreciate the time and effort it takes to write a review. We do take note of the Aircon complaint. We have found that a couple of guests have had it on the incorrect setting. We have requested a technician have a look at it in any way. Regards Andre
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Lee C wrote a review Apr 2022
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Riverview guest house not only boasts a majestic view of the nahoon river, but their hospitality and attention to detail is incredible. Andre and Toni make you feel like family.
My week in East London is always a pleasure, from the spacious parking, gorgeous views, immaculate rooms and divine breakfasts.
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Date of stay: April 2022
5.0 of 5 bubblesValue
5.0 of 5 bubblesLocation
5.0 of 5 bubblesService
Trip type: Travelled on business
Room Tip: The river room is private and safe.
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Response from ANDRE HAYWARD, Owner at Riverview Guest House
Responded 14 Apr 2022
Hi there Thank you so much for the review, we do appreciate your kind words. It is always lovely hosting you and we look forward to a long and prosperous business relationship! Andre and Toni
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Henk de Leeuw wrote a review Mar 2022
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Andre and Toni are very kind hosts.
They make us feel welcome each time with their hospitality and the neatness of each room.
Like the name mentions, Riverview has incredible views over the river, right from one's bed!

The included breakfast is very delicious and well prepped.

I would highly recommend this guesthouse as I stayed in quite a few guesthouses in East London, this one really stands out. Great value for money.

Hope to be back soon!
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Date of stay: March 2022
5.0 of 5 bubblesRooms
5.0 of 5 bubblesLocation
5.0 of 5 bubblesService
Trip type: Travelled on business
Room Tip: Best views, value for money
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Response from ANDRE HAYWARD, Owner at Riverview Guest House
Responded 16 Mar 2022
Thank you so much for the fantastic review. It is always great to know that your guests are enjoying your establishment.
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Jacques dL wrote a review May 2022
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5.0 of 5 bubbles
The location was super easy to find with not too long of a drive from the airport and with great views leading all the way to Riverview Guest House. The neighborhood seems very safe, and with the controlled access I felt secure at all times. This wonderful, character rich, upmarket establishment is perfectly maintained inside and out. Rooms are pristine. The food is awesome! and the hosts, SPECTACULAR!!
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Date of stay: April 2022
5.0 of 5 bubblesValue
5.0 of 5 bubblesRooms
5.0 of 5 bubblesService
Room Tip: Riverview Room has a small kitchenet. Upper level rooms have an elevated view.
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Response from ANDRE HAYWARD, Owner at Riverview Guest House
Responded 11 May 2022
Dear Jacque. Thank you once again for staying with us. We thank you for the wonderful review. It is always great to hear that our guests enjoy what we have on offer. We hope to see your wife and family on your next visit to South Africa.
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Tamkazi wrote a review Dec 2021
+1
5.0 of 5 bubbles
I had a fantastic time at the guesthouse. The owners and staff catered tomorrow every wim and made dietary changes when requested. The venue is also beautiful with excellent amenities and beautiful views. It's out of the way of the hustle and bussle and thus recommended for anyone looking to get away from it all.
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Date of stay: December 2021Trip type: Travelled as a couple
Room Tip: If you want a party venue, this is not it. If you want peace, tranquility and an enjoyable time...
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Response from ANDRE HAYWARD, Owner at Riverview Guest House
Responded 29 Dec 2021
Oh what a fantastic review. We are so happy that you enjoyed your stay with us. Hope you visit again soon for some more "you" time:)
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Yusuf Mulla wrote a review Apr 2022
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Andre and his wife provided myself and my work colleagues with amazing hospitality, and beautiful clean and homely feel during our stay at their guesthouse. I was especially impressed with their flexibility and willingness to help customers - I enquired if they could arrange a Sehri Breakfast meal for me to have before sunrise (for our Ramadhan fast). Within a matter of minutes Andre and his wife arranged a lovely fruit bowel and some yoghurt for me.
Despite the nationwide.
The place has a lovely view that you simply cannot get tired of.
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Date of stay: April 2022Trip type: Travelled on business
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Response from ANDRE HAYWARD, Owner at Riverview Guest House
Responded 24 Apr 2022
Thank you Yusuf for all the kind words and the great rating. We enjoy hearing from our guests, how much they enjoyed staying at our establishment. I think you will need to fight Henk and Johannes to see who come to East London on the next trip :) :) Thanks again and keep well.
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Travel22586548793 wrote a review Jan 2024
+1
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Home! Home! Home! I’ve never felt so in touch with everything; from the house, the room, the lounges, and most importantly the people (host, gardeners, and the house helps). It’s so genuine you’ll feel it. And the attention to details, is beyond me. At the breakfast area the music that played was soothing, literally allowed us to slowly digest. I know it seems funny but I’m telling you this is the place. I loved every moment. The stunning views as well. It’s extremely tranquil, no noise… And the dogs (daisy and Elizabeth) are such home buddies, the moment they see you they realise you’re one of their own and they come running to welcome you. I loved it. I’m definitely coming back HOME! Thank you again for hosting us.
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Date of stay: January 2024
5.0 of 5 bubblesValue
5.0 of 5 bubblesLocation
5.0 of 5 bubblesService
Trip type: Travelled with family
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Response from ANDRE HAYWARD, Owner at Riverview Guest House
Responded 24 Jan 2024
OH WOW - What an amazing review. Thank you so much for these lovely kind words. It makes us feel like we are doing what we set out to do, make guests feel like family. Hope to welcome you back really soon. Regards Andre and Toni
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fernandobB8554EG wrote a tip Feb 2024
Bryanston, South Africa3 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
"Amazing place"
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Nomad06882976249 wrote a tip Aug 2023
1 contribution
5.0 of 5 bubbles
"Prepare to be wowed!"
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Jo-Anne M wrote a tip Apr 2023
Johannesburg, South Africa3 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
"Avoid the Quigney area"
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K M wrote a tip Dec 2022
1 contribution
4.0 of 5 bubbles
"Garden View Room has no view of the River."
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Jeremy169 wrote a tip Jul 2022
Port Elizabeth, South Africa50 contributions27 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
"Book at least 2 weeks in advance to avoid diappointment"
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PRICE RANGE
R 1,380 - R 1,489 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
LOCATION
South AfricaEastern CapeEast London
NUMBER OF ROOMS
7
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Frequently Asked Questions about Riverview Guest House
Which popular attractions are close to Riverview Guest House?
Nearby attractions include Nahoon Beach (1.8 km), Hemingways Mall (3.2 km), and East London Museum (4.0 km).
What are some of the property amenities at Riverview Guest House?
Some of the more popular amenities offered include free wifi, free breakfast, and a pool.
Which room amenities are available at Riverview Guest House?
Top room amenities include air conditioning, a refrigerator, and a desk.
What food & drink options are available at Riverview Guest House?
Guests can enjoy free breakfast and barbeque facilities during their stay.
Is parking available at Riverview Guest House?
Yes, free parking and secured parking are available to guests.
What are some restaurants close to Riverview Guest House?
Conveniently located restaurants include Sanook Cafe, Grazia Fine Food & Wine, and Irana Indian Cuisine.
Are there opportunities to exercise at Riverview Guest House?
Yes, guests have access to a pool during their stay.
Does Riverview Guest House have any great views?
Yes, guests often enjoy the river view available here.
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