The town of Port Alfred has long been a favourite with holidaymakers along the Sunshine Coast and it has always offered a wide variety of accommodation for family getaways – B&Bs, timeshare complexes, rustic cottages and large rental homes
But, for those wanting a little more luxury to lift their beach holiday, there has not been much to choose from. Recently, however, something rather special has been added to this mix: the new, old Royal St. Andrews Hotel.
This historic hotel, built in 1924, and a landmark in Port Alfred, has long been a favourite meeting and eating spot in the town. After it was sold, the new owners spent two years completely refurbishing the hotel and opened it again recently, ready to offer guests a level of luxury and comfort not previously found in Port Alfred.
Fortunately, despite the refurbishment, the historic charm of the hotel has not been lost. Clearly, great care was taken to blend the old-world atmosphere of the original hotel with the modern comforts of a contemporary establishment and the result is quite unique.
The hotel now has 60 rooms, 10 of which are Heritage rooms located in the original wing of the hotel. These have been decorated in charming vintage style, featuring Victorian bathrooms with slipper baths and traditional black-and-white tiles.
Every comfort has been considered, from the additional LED reading lights above the bed and the bath robes in the cupboard, to the thoughtful selection of snacks and fruit at the coffee station.
A delightful touch is the ‘pyjama lounge’ down the passage where guests can relax with a nightcap, or drink their early morning coffee in their comfortable slippers.
Two new dining venues
The new Royal St. Andrews has also added an interesting dimension to the eating experience in Port Alfred by offering two new dining venues – the revamped Highlander Pub and the Thistle Restaurant.
Debby, the creative cooking force behind both restaurants, has introduced some delicious twists and tweaks to the traditional ‘pub grub’ at the Highlander, while at the Thistle Restaurant one can enjoy a real fine-dining experience in truly elegant surroundings.
The hotel enjoys an excellent position. It is an easy 10-minute walk to Port Alfred’s blue flag beach and is located opposite the entrance to the Royal St Andrews Golf Course.
Port Alfred has always catered for those wanting simple fun-in-the-sun family holidays. Now it can also accommodate those wanting more than a little luxury with their leisure.