Good enough for the night

After all, it is only for one night, and only to sleep. No, I’m not talking about me. πŸ˜„

I actually did some work considering I was in Port Elizabeth for work…

…and most jobs these days require us to be connected. I had to have my Outlook open to receive and send emails (note that I have five email addresses, two for work and three of my own with my old domains, which I cannot seem to let go) and log on to the cloud-based accounting system. I checked for the WiFi password and there was not! A 3-star hotel is a good way to save on travel expenses but it resulted to my mobile data being depleted and I used up data out of bundle! (The bundle depleted while I was not looking at my phone and missed my ISP’s text messages warning me of my data usage. Yes, I do ignore my phone when working [without the need for a phone].)

WiFi

I cannot say for sure that the Garden Court Kings Beach in Port Elizabeth has no free WiFi because I did not bother to ask reception. Perhaps they do have and guests ask for the password. I have gotten used to getting it with the key card. But, if they don’t have, that’s no good. However, it might be safe to assume they have because it is part of the Tsogo Sun hotel group (and I find their 3-star hotels slightly better than Peermont’s, but that’s for another day).

Location

I did not drive, and when I don’t drive, I forget to note distances, so I am relying on Google. Garden Court is a 3.7km, 7-minute drive from the airport. It is a quick drive. The best thing about the location isn’t its distance from the airport though. One can look out of the window and enjoy the view of the beach, although it is a city beach so it is not so picturesque. It still has a pretty view.

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As you might have seen above, another great thing about the hotel’s location is that guests will not go hungry. I believe that the hotel has a restaurant and it does serve breakfast, but I did not make breakfast. Thus, I have no pictures of the breakfast area.

In fact, I have no pictures of the reception or the lobby. I was there for my day job, so my blogging life takes a back seat, which means for some reason, I get a little embarrassed to take pictures. I don’t know why. I am working on this.

Food / Dining

Mike’s Kitchen is adjacent to the hotel. It might just be the hotel’s restaurant (in the same way that Sunsquare in Montecasino has Aarya, for which the blog posts are still to come). Mike’s Kitchen is a family restaurant that serves breakfast, light meals, steaks and seafood. Being family restaurant, they also serve kiddies meals.

There are other eating places, all within walking distance from the hotel, if not in the same complex, including McDonald’s. There is another commercial or retail centre nearby, although still best reached by car, where there is a restaurant that seems to be a favourite of the local residents. My hosts took me for dinner there. I had some delicious sushi, which I couldn’t finish and I had for midnight snack. (Well, I had to do some work so I was up until late.) The restaurant serves pizza, pasta, meat and seafood, too. Unfortunately, I do not remember the name of the restaurant.

Room

The room is absolutely fine. While there are no gowns or slippers, face cloths or huge bath towels (there are standard bath towels and hand towels), a separate shower (shower in the bath instead), shampoo, conditioner, body wash and shower gel (there is soap and hair and body wash combined), Nespresso machine, and other luxuries that the 5-star hotels like Palazzo and The Palace have, the bed is rather big and comfortable. The desk space is more than sufficient. The lighting is right. There is a safe and a TV (both I didn’t use). There are enough mirrors. Overall, the whole room is more perfect for its purpose. I would stay there again, and I’d check out what else the hotel has to offer. I am sure that there is a lot more to it. Therefore, for what it has, and the price, it is highly recommended, even with those less-than-nice hangers.

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Staff

I realize that I did not need to deal with the hotel staff a lot but from my interaction with them, during check-in and check-out, the friendliness and service excellence I normally get from a Tsogo Sun hotel is standard.

I apologize for not being able to share more pictures of the hotel. And, noting that I can’t remember some details and I’m not certain about a few other information, I might have to go back to Port Elizabeth, albeit for fun next time around. For now, to know more, go to Tsogo Sun’s website.

Garden Court Kings Beach

La Roche Drive, Port Elizabeth, Eastern Cape, South Africa

Hotel Reservations & Customer Contact Center: +27 11 461 9744 | 0861 44 77 44
Garden Court Kings Beach Contact: +27 41 582 3720

GPS Coordinates
33Β°58’38.92” S | 25Β°38’47.21” E

15 thoughts on “Good enough for the night

      1. It is! I just want to go north now and escape from the cold. πŸ˜ƒ Yet, come December, our summer, I’m heading north to the USA for almost a month. 😊

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      2. Yes, fingers crossed. Hubby may have found something… I believe there are more opportunities in the States, especially when it comes to the arts; compared to South Africa, anyway.

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  1. Five email addresses! yay! I have the same problem, my friend! It’s good to know I’m in great company on this. However, it reminds me I just had an email trauma this week that caused me to finally let go of most of them and move over to just two – one for primary email and one for those email receipts, and online shopping notifications, etc. What happened to me was that logging into Gmail in a different town (where I was at the writing conference) triggered one of their security alerts, and like you, when I was composing email I was not checking for messages, and after something like 15 minutes of my not responding to their “are you really you?” messages, they suspended access. To ALL my gmail accounts. It took 8 hours to finally convince them – though nobody personally ever messaged me, it was all algorithms and pre-written emails – and when I finally re-accessed my accounts I said, this is it, I’m cutting down my accounts and moving over to another provider. Aurgh! It was awful! So now I’m organized, and don’t worry, any emails sent to the old addresses will still forward to my new addresses. But just in case they cut me off again, at least it won’t be my current email address. (I ended up just using the “free” email accounts offered by our home cable/internet provider.)

    How is work going??? I hope you’re still appreciated and valued by them. You deserve it!!!

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    1. Haha. Great minds! 😁

      You are wise to cut down on the number of email addresses. Although I have the two for work on Outlook, I still have the other email addresses but I mostly check my business address and my gmail. I still have my official writing one, with the annajaileneaguilar domain, my old business one which I can’t cancel because certain emails go there and I can’t seem to change with government agencies for some registrations but only on my mobile. I can check via webmail, too.

      The convincing must have taken not only a lot of time but patience. I’m not sure how I would have handled that. But I guess we have no choice. We have to have access to the emails.

      Work is still good. However, it’s not as rosy as it was when the picture was first presented to me. It is still better than the last, though, so I am still grateful. It must be the Universe’s way of reminding me that my passion and purpose lies not with my career or work but with my writing and life outside of work.

      The positive about work not being so positive, although not totally negative 😝, is that I realize how writing is my constant. The relationships I have through my world of writing, and private/personal and social life, matter most! I am happy enough, my friend. Thank you.

      You have been very busy with your writing, it seemed. I remember you were published twice last year, right? I can imagine how awesome it must have been. You are an inspiration!!!

      Much love and warm hugs, my dear friend. β€πŸ€—πŸ˜˜

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      1. That email kerfuffle I had was really challenging, I don’t wish it on anyone. I know what you mean about being limited by government regulations, you just have to live with it, right? πŸ™‚

        I’m happy to hear your work is at least a bit better; that last job was so stressful, I remember. You’re so creative and capable, you must be a big asset to your organization.

        Like you I slowed down my blogging a few months ago, trying to figure out what would make spending the time on it worthwhile. It happened that another writer more ambitious than I am took at look at my blog and suggested the idea of writing about “the writing life” AND including an excerpt of my writing when I post. I wonder if you might like to try that? I’m liking the format because people can connect to you as a writer when you write about your process, but you can also get some indulgence in the your writing by putting it at the end. It’s been interesting how some readers are more drawn in by one or the other. Feel free to try it, if desired! πŸ™‚

        I am busy with writing, you are right, but also this fall I really wanted to go back to novels and that has been a much slower start than I hoped for. It’s hard! I have had several “false starts” since about September, where I start on something I think will be a novel and it peters out. I finally signed up for an online class with Gotham Writers Workshop, just to get some outside guidance for the novel-writing process. It’s a novel drafting class, which has just started (we’re in Week 2 of 10 weeks), https://www.writingclasses.com/classes/description/novel-writing. The idea is you don’t get critiqued on the content, just feedback on the process. Every week there is a “lecture” on craft, a lot of which is review for me, but then there is a weekly assignment designed to help you think about your novel and what energizes you about the story, etc. It’s early days still but just having that external connection has me slowly moving forward. It’s like the blogging community, you feel like you’re not alone. πŸ™‚

        so, my friend, don’t despair, so glad you’re back and enjoying it! πŸ™‚ more soon!

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      2. Thank you, thank you for your continued encouragement and support. Maybe, one day soon, I must take a writing course also, even if only online. I feel a little intimidated at times being around others in person and they read what they write during lessons and mine doesn’t sound anything as good as theirs. It will come. 😊 See, that’s why you’re a huge inspiration.

        Oh, I actually won “Rookie of the Year” at our company year end function in November. Maybe inshould share that as a short light post. 😊

        I will try that format some time… I guess, the problem is, unlike you and Ronel, I am not so attentive when it comes to my writing. I write what I know, what’s in my head and from the heart. That’s why, it is a bit of a struggle to write without my muse. Hehe.

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