Dockside Guest House

Dockside Guest House

1 Caxton Lane East Bank, Port Alfred 6170 South Africa
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#4 of 12 guest houses in Port Alfred
4.6 of 5 bubbles
Location
4.7 of 5 bubbles
Cleanliness
4.7 of 5 bubbles
Service
4.5 of 5 bubbles
Value
Dockside Guest House is situated directly across the picturesque small boat harbour on the East Bank of beautiful Port Alfred, in the Eastern Cape - situated midway – exactly 150km between the cities of East London and Port Elizabeth.Dockside Guest House is managed by owners Des and Pat Riggien, and you will experience warm and friendly hospitality throughout your stay. We measure our success since we opened by the high return rate of our guests, time and time again.
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Property amenities
Free parking
Secured parking
Free High Speed Internet (WiFi)
Wifi
Beach
Golf course
Non-smoking hotel
Outdoor furniture
Canoeing offsite
Tennis court offsite
Shared lounge / TV area
Room features
Housekeeping
Safe
Room types
Non-smoking rooms
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HOTEL CLASS
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3.5 of 5 stars
HOTEL STYLE
Business
Modern
Languages Spoken
English, Afrikaans, Xhosa

Location

1 Caxton Lane East Bank, Port Alfred 6170 South Africa
Getting there
Somewhat walkable
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Grade: 61 out of 100
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East London Airport
106.5 km
2 Attractions
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alanhN9892DT wrote a review Jan 2020
Gauteng, South Africa
5.0 of 5 bubbles
We stayed at Dockside Guest House from the 16th to 22nd December 2019 and have nothing but praise for the establishment. The owners, Des and Pat are very friendly and accommodating. You feel safe and nothing is too much trouble. Pat has extensive knowledge of the area and pointed us in the right direction to experience the local sights and enjoy the local cuisine. The rooms are very clean and serviced daily and most of all everything works.We will definitely stay there again.
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Date of stay: December 2019
5.0 of 5 bubblesCleanliness
5.0 of 5 bubblesService
5.0 of 5 bubblesSleep Quality
Room Tip: Room number 1 has the best view and loads of space.
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dtoit440951 wrote a review Oct 2021
Jeffreys Bay, South Africa
4.0 of 5 bubbles
The location is lovelly with beautiful views of the harbor and canals. Safe parking and nice braai area. Easy access to main road and short drive to Royal Port Alfred golf course. The wifi was not working properly and did not work most of the time. The hosts are great and we will recommend Dockside to our friends.
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Date of stay: October 2021
4.0 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
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Georgina Witbooi wrote a review Jun 2024
East London, South Africa
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5.0 of 5 bubbles
We had a fantastic stay at Dockside Guest House. The hosts were welcoming and provided clear instructions before our arrival. They even warmed up the house for us, which was a thoughtful gesture, especially since it was very cold and rainy when we arrived.

The property is perfectly situated, offering a peaceful environment with a beautiful view of the river, yet conveniently close to amenities. Despite the rainy weather, we enjoyed the undercover braai area.

The house was spotless throughout, and having a helper provided was a great convenience. We appreciated the fast Wi-Fi, smart TV, and the fully equipped kitchen. The Nespresso machine and thoughtful extras like coffee and water in the upstairs room were a lovely touch.

The bed was comfortable, and the rooms were spacious. Overall, it was great value for a short stay.
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Date of stay: June 2024
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 with family
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Escape58155947074 wrote a review Oct 2022
East London, South Africa
1.0 of 5 bubbles
The host, Pat, made us cut our stay short. She was utterly disrespectful and rude to us. We had issues with the water it was so cold, we reported the matter to her. She couldn't even come by herself to speak with us, kept on sending the cleaning friendly lady to being the middle person. She claimed that she was sick(Pat) but she was roaming around the place. We eventually couldn't take it and requested for a refund and left. Otherwise the stay would have been perfect as the house is really beautiful
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Date of stay: September 2022
1.0 of 5 bubblesValue
2.0 of 5 bubblesRooms
3.0 of 5 bubblesLocation
4.0 of 5 bubblesCleanliness
1.0 of 5 bubblesService
3.0 of 5 bubblesSleep Quality
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adamschris wrote a review Feb 2020
Johannesburg, South Africa
4.0 of 5 bubbles
the hosts were great and made every effort to tell us about the town with some recommendations . Also explained the load shedding and water situation . The room was great , clean , light and a fan was provided also had a good view . The parking was good and secure - we arranged this beforehand .
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Date of stay: February 2020
4.0 of 5 bubblesRooms
4.0 of 5 bubblesCleanliness
4.0 of 5 bubblesService
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Response from DocksidePortAlfred, Owner at Dockside Guest House
Responded 04 Feb 2020
Thanks so much Chris. Also for understanding about our water situation. We hope to see you again. Pat and Des
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jugs58 wrote a review Sept 2017
Hermanus, South Africa
4.0 of 5 bubbles
I have stayed in the Dockside Guest House twice now and the rooms and the service are of a very high standard. Although the Guest House is situated close to the main thoroughfare through Port Alfred it is more than made up with the views that you have.
Breakfast is excellent with a good selection and you will have the best scrambled eggs there that you have ever had.
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Date of stay: September 2017Trip type: Travelled on business
Room Tip: All the rooms are well apportioned and have good views but undoubtedly the main bedroom upstairs...
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Response from DocksidePortAlfred, Owner at Dockside Guest House
Responded 22 Sept 2017
Thank you for your kind words. We always enjoy having you all to stay and this year it was a celebration for you with all your wins
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NesanRN wrote a review Aug 2014
East London, Eastern Cape, South Africa
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Having stayed at the Dockside Guest House now for almost 3months I can easily say that not only do Pat and Des have amazing views from their guest house but also provide you with good conversation and amazing food which is always an ideal way to end a busy day of work also a great way to start a day of.

Nesan N.
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Date of stay: May 2014
5.0 of 5 bubblesLocation
5.0 of 5 bubblesService
5.0 of 5 bubblesSleep Quality
Trip type: Travelled on business
Room Tip: All rooms enclude TV's, ensuites, Bar fridges, heaters, cupboards
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Response from DocksidePortAlfred, Owner at Dockside Guest House
Responded 17 Aug 2014
Thank you Nesan It was a pleasure having you.
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lotionman wrote a review Mar 2010
Port Alfred, South Africa
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Des and Pat made our stay in Port Alfred all that more special - the guest house itself was fantastic, the views over the marina and bridge are wonderful and the sunsets magnificent - great for sitting outside with a glass of wine! You have your own entrance and the room was very spacious - we had the harbour room which had its own balcony and a very big bathroom! Breakfasts were great and Pat gave us all the information needed for exploring the area and even booked our reservations as restaurants for us.

Will definitely go back to Dockside - highly recommended!
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Date of stay: December 2009
5.0 of 5 bubblesValue
4.0 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 as a couple
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coenraads2016 wrote a review Oct 2017
George, South Africa
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Stayed 4 nights from 1 to 5 October 2017 at Dockside. Got a friendly welcome from Pat. Room was comfortable and very spacious with a lovely balcony overlooking the marine. Des makes a mean breakfast and was definitely something to look forward to each morning!!! During our stay Pat gave us valuable information where to eat and what to to in and around Port Alfred. She went out of her way to make our stay as pleasant as possible.
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Date of stay: October 2017
4.0 of 5 bubblesValue
4.0 of 5 bubblesRooms
4.0 of 5 bubblesService
Trip type: Travelled with family
Room Tip: Ask for room with direct access to balcony
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Response from DocksidePortAlfred, Manager at Dockside Guest House
Responded 20 Oct 2017
Thank you so much. It was a pleasure having the both of you to stay and introduce you to our beautiful part of the country. Regards Pat and Des
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Asanda X wrote a review Feb 2017
Port Elizabeth, South Africa
5.0 of 5 bubbles
We were absolutely happy with everything. We had a a very spacious room and bathroom with both a bath tub and shower. The view was fabulous. The host was very welcoming and friendly. We will definitely come back!
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Date of stay: February 2017
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 as a couple
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Response from DocksidePortAlfred, Owner at Dockside Guest House
Responded 12 Mar 2017
Thanks Asanda. It was lovely having you to stay and we are so pleased you enjoyed yourselves. We hope to see you again. Pat and Des
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Kishore Makan asked a question Mar 2017
Port Elizabeth, South Africa18 contributions
Does your one night booking include breakfast.
Answer from DocksidePortAlfred
Port Alfred
There is a rate for bed only. Breakfast is an extra R100 per person per night. Regards Pat
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PRICE RANGE
R 1,949 - R 2,365 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
LOCATION
South AfricaEastern CapePort Alfred
NUMBER OF ROOMS
5
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Frequently Asked Questions about Dockside Guest House
Which popular attractions are close to Dockside Guest House?
Nearby attractions include The Kowie Museum (0.4 km) and Richmond House Museum (0.8 km).
What are some of the property amenities at Dockside Guest House?
Some of the more popular amenities offered include free wifi, free parking, and a golf course.
Is parking available at Dockside Guest House?
Yes, free parking, secured parking, and street parking are available to guests.
What are some restaurants close to Dockside Guest House?
Conveniently located restaurants include Graze By The River, C'est la Vie, and Ocean Basket Port Alfred.
Is Dockside Guest House located near the city centre?
Yes, it is 0.4 km away from the centre of Port Alfred.
Which languages are spoken by the staff at Dockside Guest House?
The staff speaks multiple languages, including English, Afrikaans, and Xhosa.
Are there any historical sites close to Dockside Guest House?
Many travellers enjoy visiting The Toposcope (11.5 km) and Old Powder Magazine (12.4 km).
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