Travelling for business during a global pandemic is a sure fire recipe for burnout cake with a thick layer of frustration frosting. Airlines are not functioning, sit-down restaurants are still closed and major restrictions on movement remain in force. Meanwhile, life goes on for those working far from home. Essential services personnel, corporate guests and business reps still need a comfortable place to get some work done and lay their heads for the night. George Tourism has come to the rescue. We have hand-picked some of the highest rated local establishments, which are compliant to host essential services workers. If you intend to visit George on a business trip, check out our shortlist of superb accommodation options.
Featured: George Lodge International
Solo travellers love George Lodge International. This three-star, family-run lodge is located in George’s sweet spot, less than two minutes’ walk from one of the best coffee shops in the city, Ground Control. George Lodge has 22 en-suite rooms, which are perfectly suited to the needs of the laptop toting and wheelie bag rolling, road warriors. The double rooms are spacious and unique, and the lodge has secure parking. Each guest room is equipped with a flat-screen TV, a desk, iron and microwave. George Lodge offers a pre-packed breakfast for busy business people as well as healthy takeaway lunch options. Their facilities also include a private oak-lined garden, patio and swimming pool. Free, uncapped WiFi is available.
If you cannot possibly function without a decent cup of ‘joe’ in the morning, Loerie Guest Lodge is worth checking out. The lodge has chic modern décor, slick furnishings and an excellent cup of coffee. It is well-known among the corporate clientele for ultra-comfy beds and value-for-money lockdown rates. Conveniently located on Davidson Road, the lodge is walking distance to several excellent restaurants, perfect for [‘click and collect’] dining. The lodge has 24 en-suite rooms with TV, fridge, tea and coffee making facilities and limited free WiFi.
Featured: Oubaai Hotel
Essential services workers who want to wake up to an ocean vista, can do so at Oubaai Hotel. The four-Star business hotel features 100 elegant rooms. Bedrooms boast luxury amenities, including towelling robes, air conditioning, king size beds, deluxe baths and walk-in showers. Corporate guests will find all the usual home comforts; flat screen TV, DSTV, hairdryer, office desk, tea and coffee making facilities, as well as a lockable laptop safe and reliable WiFi Oubaai Hotel Golf and Spa is located close to George Airport and Herold’s Bay beach. Unfortunately, the resort’s gym, outdoor swimming pool and award-winning Freesia Spa are currently restricted under lockdown regulations, but guests might find time to squeeze in a round of golf.
Featured: Cherry Berry Lodge
High Speed WiFi
The sunny and spacious rooms at Cherry Berry Lodge are decorated with a vintage garden theme and boast calming views of the Outeniqua Mountains and a large lush garden. The lodge is a family-run business set in the quiet Heatherlands suburb of George. The six suites at the lodge feature uncapped WIFI, flat screen TVs, DSTV, microwave ovens, tea making facilities and large desks. The hostess, Cheri Raymer, makes a superb cooked breakfast, which she can deliver to your door. Fast moving corporate guests can get their pre-packed breakies ‘to go’. Cherry Berry Lodge is a short stroll from Heather Park Spar, which does a reasonable takeaway coffee as well as grocery essentials.
Featured: Antiqua Guest House
Value for Money
Antiqua Guest House has excellent special offers for corporate guests. Its convenient location, good quality WiFi and antique appeal attract many solo guests. Solid wood furniture, oriental rugs and vintage artworks lend old world charm. Business travellers can also find the stolen pleasures of Netflix and an extra-length king-size bed. Antiqua’s spacious rooms have all the usual amenities including fridges, microwaves, kettles and laptop-friendly desks. There is free on-site parking.
Relax in the Jacuzzi after a hard day’s work at French Lodge International. This small French-owned four star hotel combines hospitality with African style and comfort. Situated on York Street, the lodge has 18 suites including poolside and garden facing rooms. Five thatched chalets surround a central swimming pool. The décor centres on earthy African tones and animal prints. Each unit has a private spa bath. The lodge is highly rated among business travellers for its friendly and welcoming staff.
Featured: French Lodge International
Home Stay in Style
Business travellers who wish to cater for themselves or stay for extended periods approve of Rozenhof Guest Cottages. The establishment has four well-equipped, self-catering apartments. The deluxe units have their own private patio, as well as a flat-screen TV and a fully-equipped kitchenette with a microwave, toaster, kettle and coffee machine. Rozenhof is conveniently located on Forest Road, within walking distance of the George Hospital and Pause Coffee Roastery at the Deacon Bistro. Secure parking and fibre WiFi is provided.