In 1820, 4000 British settlers arrived by sea to become the first permanent British residents of the area. The first of three commercial ships to enter Algoa Bay on the 10th April 1820 was the Chapman. The Chapman Hotel & Conference Centre is named after this famous British Settler Ship.
Established in 1998, The Chapman Hotel & Conference Centre is a family business, which is owned and managed by the Franklin family. The Chapman Hotel includes the internationally famous restaurant, Blackbeards® Tavern, which, besides being known as Port Elizabeth's Seafood Landmark, has been a wine and dine destination for the tourism industry since 1975.
Situated on Brookes Hill between King's Beach, the Blue Flag Humewood Beach and the world-renowned water sports mecca of Hobie Beach, The Chapman offers the traveller a blend of well-appointed accommodation and world-class cuisine in a setting reminiscent of lazy summer days of leisure.
Panoramic sea views may be enjoyed from all of The Chapman's en-suite hotel rooms.
The Chapman has its own Conference Centre and private parking for both private guests and Tour buses.
About Port Elizabeth (Nelson Mandela Bay)
Port Elizabeth, the fifth largest city in South Africa, is situated in Algoa Bay on the South Eastern Coast of South Africa, about half-way between Cape Town and Durban. It is South Africa’s second oldest city and the commercial capital of the Eastern Cape.
In 1820, 4000 British settlers arrived by sea to become the first permanent British residents of the area. The first of three commercial ships to enter Algoa Bay on the 10th April 1820 was the Chapman. The Chapman Hotel is named after this famous British Settler Ship.
These settlers settled near Grahamstown establishing, what are today, South Africa’s oldest parks, newspapers, hotels, churches and pubs. On 6th June 1820, Sir Rufane Donkin, Acting Governor of the Cape Colony at the time, named the city in memory of his late wife, Elizabeth.
The Anti-Apartheid movement received some of its greatest support in the Eastern Cape and many of South Africa’s current political leaders call the Eastern Cape home. Nelson Mandela was born, bred and educated in the Eastern Cape.
During the 19th century, Port Elizabeth grew rapidly. This was helped by the opening of the railway to Kimberley in 1873. Today, the city is home to one of South Africa’s major universities, the Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University, as well as being a major African port and a manufacturing centre for automobiles.
Also referred to as "PE", "The Friendly City", “Madiba Bay”, “The Windy City", “Die Baai” (Afrikaans) and “Ibhayi “ (isiXhosa), Port Elizabeth forms part of the Nelson Mandela Metropolitan Municipality, which includes Uitenhage, Despatch and Colchester (with a total population of approximately 1.5 million people).
Port Elizabeth is a rapidly developing metro and was a proud host city in the 2010 Soccer World Cup.
Port Elizabeth boasts a moderate subtropical climate all year round, with visitors being able to enjoy beautiful beaches like King’s Beach, Hobie Beach and the Blue Flag Humewood Beach. Summers are warm with relatively low humidity, while winters are cool but mild.