GET YOURSELF DOWN: FunkyTown – a unique pop art hotel experience

BY DARREN JOHN - AUGUST 8, 2014

Jeffreys Bay is the ideal location for an impromptu weekend away from the bustle of Port Elizabeth. When an opportunity to visit the 4-Star FunkyTown Boutique and Lifestyle Hotel, which is situated at 12A Oosterland Street, arose, I grabbed it with both hands!

FunkyTown is a fresh and vibrant lifestyle and self-catering accommodation concept, situated in a re-invented stone building with modern finishes and style – all complimented by an abundance of local art throughout the hotel.

James Hinton, who renovated this property in 2012, has managed to successfully integrate his love for pop culture, advertising and comic books with his vision to offer travellers a spacious, creative, perfect and good-value accommodation option in J-Bay. Staying at the hotel is like being at an art exhibition - and every art lover, or anyone looking for a unique hotel experience, should add FunkyTown to their bucket-list.

I found the communal bar, kitchen and dining area designed to encourage guests to interact and spend time together, while the plunge pool, hot tub, braai and boma area will break the ice on a social level. There is also a big TV and Wi-Fi access.

When my two sons and I arrived there on a recent Saturday afternoon, we were warmly received by Tayrene, the manager, who showed us around the hotel before taking us to our well-appointed penthouse apartment. The penthouse consisted of two bedrooms, lounge, dining room, kitchen and bathroom.

It was not long before we realised where the inspiration for its name came from! Colour and large bold prints adorn almost every wall – even the boys’ bedroom had a selection of comic book characters looking over them...

After a lazy afternoon, we headed off for another unique experience – dinner at Die Walskipper, complete with sandy feet, enamelled tin crockery and awesome fish! When we returned at FunkyTown, my boys decided to take advantage of the unseasonably warm evening and test out the hot tub and plunge pool - a real yin-yang experience!

Later, we retired to our apartment and enjoyed all the comforts of home before turning in for a peaceful night’s rest and a late lie-inn on the Sunday morning. After the obligatory Spur breakfast and a little local shopping, we packed our bags, said our goodbyes and headed home.

FunkyTown is an awesome experience – something that is well worth a try for your next getaway or business trip. It is rare that one is pleasantly surprised nowadays and I can recommend FunkyTown for being uniquely different with friendly staff in a relaxed environment.

For more information, visit www.funkytown.co.za or call 042 293 3860 or email [email protected].