No 5 Boutique Art Hotel Port Elizabeth

The No 5 Boutique Art Hotel Port Elizabeth is a luxury five-star establishment just right for the discerning traveller. Port Elizabeth is traditionally regarded as the end of South Africa’s Garden Route. And so it was here that I ended my luxury travels through this magical region. Although Port Elizabeth is known for sunshine and beaches, I was on the hunt for something a little more extravagant.

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I was delighted to discover the gem that is No 5 Boutique Art Hotel. It’s located in an upmarket beachfront area and exudes elegance and sophistication throughout. The sleek facade gives way to an eclectic interior that is quite unlike any other hotel in which I have stayed.

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The name of the hotel requires some explanation. I wrongly assumed that No 5 simply refers to the hotel’s address. Interestingly, I found out that numerological and spiritual meaning of the number 5 is also important to the hotel. These meanings pertain to dynamic energy, loyalty, travel, and adventure. This is seen as not only a testament to the vision of the hotel, but to the guests as well.

It is called an Art Hotel because is houses a private art collection. It is this collection that has inspired the Art Deco theme that transforms this hotel into something quite exceptional. The eclecticism is evident in the contemporary South African artwork that is incorporated into the hotel’s interior.

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The hotel consists of 10 opulent suites that are ideal for both holiday-goers and business travellers. Every suite features a generous bedroom, lounge, business desk and a double bathroom. My particular suite had an open-plan layout, leading out onto a private balcony that overlooks lush green trees and the swimming pool.

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The decor throughout the hotel features a lot of chrome and black, geometric elements, as well as Hollywood glamour. Large mirrors throughout my suite created interested dimensions whilst the incorporation of tan, russet and wood added warmth to the rooms. The large bathroom was a relaxing combination of pale wood and cream.

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As someone who has not yet got the knack of travelling light, I was really appreciative of the extensive cupboard space. My suite, like the rest of the hotel, was simultaneously plush and sleek. Here there is a stylish combination of luxurious comfort with slick contemporary chic.

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This is noticeable in all the rooms of the hotel, including the restaurant where we had breakfast. The continental buffet was a comprehensive array of fresh breakfast options. The a la carte menu featured some lovely hot breakfast options, such as French toast with caramelised bananas and passion fruit coulis. I couldn’t resist. The breakfast menu echoes the rest of the hotel: stylish and contemporary, with a touch of local flavour.

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No 5 Boutique Art Hotel has fantastic facilities, including a boardroom, a well-equipped gym, Healing Earth Retreat spa, an outdoor terrace and rim flow pool, an elegant lounge, an exclusive dining cellar, a movie theatre modelled on Prince Charles’ cinema in Clarence House London, The Jazz Room restaurant, and the Salon Privè cigar and whiskey bar.

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The service here is as slick as the decor. The staff were professional and efficient, but with the friendly warmth that makes all the difference. If you’re going to be staying in this part of the world, then this establishment needs to feature on your itinerary.

Emma Flemming

As well as being a contributing writer for LuxeInACity, Emma is a teacher, freelance writer and has her own blog. She has four university degrees and qualifications in English, Psychology and Education. Over the years Emma has enjoyed travelling to and experiencing luxury in several countries. Apart from travelling and writing, her interests lie in art, yoga and trying out new dining hotspots. Emma lives in South Africa and when she is not writing, can be found scuba-diving in the Indian Ocean.