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The Paralian

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Front of property
Beach nearby
Sea Facing Luxury Rooms  | Terrace/patio
Standard Room | In-room safe, laptop workspace, free WiFi, bed sheets
Standard Room | In-room safe, laptop workspace, free WiFi, bed sheets

Overview of The Paralian

The Paralian

3.0 star property
Quigney Beach guesthouse by ocean

7,6/10 Good

10 verified guest reviews

Popular amenities

  • Free breakfast
  • Free parking
  • Free WiFi
  • Airport transfer
  • Non-smoking
  • Air conditioning
Cnr Cowper and Seaview Terrace Street, East London, Eastern Cape, 5201

Room options

About this area

What's nearby

  • In Quigney Beach

Getting around

  • East London (ELS) - 25 min drive
  • Airport shuttle (surcharge)
  • Area shuttle (surcharge)


  • Friesland Milk Bar - 4 min walk
  • The Windmill - 6 min walk
  • Grazia - 6 min walk
  • Cafe Neo - 6 min walk
  • German Taste - 6 min walk

About this property

The Paralian

A great choice for a stay in East London, The Paralian features an airport shuttle (available on request) and a rooftop terrace. Free perks include WiFi, self parking, and full breakfast available daily.


Afrikaans, English

Cleaning and safety practices

Enhanced cleanliness measures

Disinfectant is used to clean the property
High-touch surfaces are cleaned and disinfected
Property is disinfected using an electrostatic sprayer
Sheets and towels are washed at 60°C/140°F or hotter
Guest accommodations are sealed after cleaning
Follows industry cleaning and disinfection practices of Intertek Cristal (3rd party expert - Global)

Social distancing

Cashless transactions are available for all charges at the property
Protective shields in place at main contact areas
Guest rooms kept vacant for 24 hours between stays
Social distancing measures in place

Safety measures

Personal protective equipment worn by staff
Temperature checks given to staff
Temperature checks available for guests
Masks available
Masks are required at the property
Hand sanitizer provided
Enhanced food service safety measures are in place
Individually-wrapped food options available for breakfast and through room service
This information is provided by our partners.

At a glance

Hotel size

  • 13 rooms
  • Arranged over 2 floors


  • Check-in time starts at 2 PM
  • Express check-in available
  • Check-out time is 10 AM

Restrictions related to your trip

  • Check COVID-19 restrictions

Special check-in instructions

  • This property offers transfers from the airport (surcharges may apply); guests must contact the property with arrival details before travel, using the contact information on the booking confirmation
  • Front desk staff will greet guests on arrival

Required at check-in

  • Credit card, debit card, or cash deposit required for incidental charges
  • Government-issued photo ID may be required


  • Pets not allowed


  • Free WiFi in public areas
  • Free WiFi in rooms


  • Free secured, covered onsite self parking
  • Wheelchair-accessible parking on site


  • Airport shuttle on request (during limited hours)*


  • Area shuttle*

Other information

  • Smoke-free property

Property amenities

Food and drink

  • Free full breakfast each morning
  • Coffee shop
  • Barbecue grills
  • Shared microwave

What to do

  • Beach nearby


  • 24-hour front desk
  • Dry cleaning/laundry services
  • Free newspapers in lobby
  • Porter/bellhop


  • 1 building/tower
  • Safe-deposit box at front desk
  • Rooftop terrace


  • Wheelchair-accessible parking


  • Afrikaans
  • English

Room amenities

Home comfort

  • Air conditioning

Sleep well

  • Bed sheets provided

Freshen up

  • Private bathroom
  • Shower only

Stay connected

  • Laptop-friendly workspace
  • Free WiFi


  • Daily housekeeping
  • In-room safe

Fees & policies

Optional extras

  • Airport shuttle service is offered for an extra charge
  • Area shuttle service is offered for an extra charge

Hygiene & cleanliness

This property advises that enhanced cleaning and guest safety measures are currently in place.

The property is cleaned and disinfected using an electrostatic sprayer; disinfectant is used to clean the property; commonly-touched surfaces are cleaned with disinfectant between stays; bed sheets and towels are laundered at a temperature of at least 60°C/140°F; guestroom doors are sealed after cleaning.

Personal protective equipment, including masks, will be available to guests.

Social distancing measures are in place; staff at the property wear personal protective equipment; a shield is in place between staff and guests in main contact areas; periodic temperature checks are conducted on staff; temperature checks are available to guests; guests are provided with hand sanitizer; cashless payment methods are available for all transactions; masks are required in public areas.

Enhanced food service safety measures are in place.

Individually-wrapped food options are available for breakfast and through room service.

Each guestroom is kept vacant for a minimum of 24 hours between bookings.

This property affirms that it adheres to the cleaning and disinfection practices of Intertek Cristal (3rd party expert - Global).


<p>This property accepts credit cards, debit cards and mobile payments. Cash is not accepted. </p>

Also known as

Castle House East London
Castle East London
Paralian Guesthouse East London
Paralian Guesthouse
Paralian East London
The Paralian Guesthouse
The Paralian East London
The Paralian Guesthouse East London

Frequently asked questions

Does The Paralian offer free cancellation for a full refund?
Yes, The Paralian does have fully refundable room rates available to book on our site. If you’ve booked a fully refundable room rate, this can be cancelled up to a few days before check-in depending on the property's cancellation policy. Just make sure to check this property's cancellation policy for the exact terms and conditions.
How much does it cost to stay at The Paralian?
As of 05 February 2023, prices found for a 1-night stay for 2 adults at The Paralian on 14 February 2023 start from R1 330, including taxes and fees. This price is based on the lowest nightly price found in the last 24 hours for stays in the next 30 days. Prices are subject to change. Choose your dates for more accurate prices.
What are the cleanliness and hygiene measures currently in place at The Paralian?
This property confirms that disinfectant is used to clean the property. Furthermore, guests are provided with hand sanitizer, social distancing measures are in place, and staff are given personal protective equipment. Please note that this information has been provided by our partners.
Are pets allowed at The Paralian?
Sorry, pets aren't allowed.
Is parking offered on site at The Paralian?
Yes, there's free self parking.
Is airport shuttle service offered by The Paralian?
Yes, an airport shuttle is available.
What are the check-in and check-out times at The Paralian?
You can check in starting at 2 PM. Check-out time is 10 AM. Express check-in is available.
Are there restaurants at or near The Paralian?
Yes. Nearby restaurants include Friesland Milk Bar (4-min walk), The Windmill (6-min walk), and Grazia (6-min walk).
What's the area around The Paralian like?
The Paralian is in Quigney Beach, a short 14-minute walk from Eastern Beach.







Staff & service


Property conditions & facilities




10/10 Exceptional

Necro, 1-night trip
Verified guest review

8/10 Very good

Amazing sea-facing views
I booked a sea-view room and had amazing views from the deck. The room was great - spacious and had everything I needed. Liked the hot chocolate sachet and bottled water finishing touches (that many SA hotels do not do). Blockout curtains were good too (although I wanted to wake up with the sun). Breakfast was mostly ok - it said baked good but there were none, though everything else was fine. The hotel was apparently near some restaurants but I did not venture out. Parking was tricky for me (but not for others) as I was the last to arrive and had to squeeze into the 4-car garage. I think anyone who arrived after me parked outside. Wifi worked ok. I read some negative reviews on sound and location - I agree that the rooms are not soundproof but it did not bother me as I was not trying to sleep during breakfast; and I was not expecting to walk around the area at night (it IS South Africa, after all). All said, a few niggles, but a good experience and I would stay here again if I had to stay in East London.
Hussein, 1-night trip
Verified guest review

2/10 Poor

I would never recommend Paralian to anyone.
The facility cannot be rated above 2-star. The surroundings are dirty and unkempt. I had to go round trying to locate entrance, which turned out to be a small side door. Small reception area at corner, no foyer. A security guard, who was at least friendly, was also a receptionist. Though the room had seemingly been refurbished with wooden floor, it was dirty. The throw on the bed had oil and food stains. There was a nail polish stain on the floor. Worst was under the bed and on the wall in headboard area - It was as if these had not been swept for weeks. I couldn't even make coffee because the kettle had brown stains at bottom. When I requested a change of room I was told that was not possible because had booked me that room. I couldn't sleep another night and decided to book day-2 in a far better establishment - a 4-star along the esplanade - at less than what I had paid at The Paralian. I'm glad I moved even though I had booked and paid for 2 days. I even took pictures of these things as evidence so I'm not just moaning.
Zima, 2-night family trip
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8/10 Very good

East London Stay
Staff friendly, rooms are spacious, however, needs a little TLC. Brekafast was very good
DANIEL, 2-night business trip
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8/10 Very good

1-night trip
Verified Expedia guest review

6/10 Good

Needs attention
The surface of room floors scratched and dirty and the sleeper couch for my son in terrible shape. This particular room was just not satisfactory compared to the previous one I occupied. However, it had spectacular views! Staff with good manners and service.
1-night family trip
Verified guest review

6/10 Good

The people are great...the building sucks!
The first room I was placed in at The Paralian (#10) was small, poorly laid out, and generally "inadequate", whereas the second one (#3) was much more spacious and comfortable...although the bathroom is poorly laid out and resulting in me skinning my shin when trying to enter it in the middle of the night. The biggest problem is that the entire building...a small/boutique built of concrete, metal and glass...with absolutely ZERO noise deadening properties. As such, I wasn't able to get a proper night's sleep in 7 attempts. Even this morning (Sunday), I was rudely awakened by a "loud talker" making a phone call in the breakfast area (the third such "loud talker alarm call" three different 7 days). The area is not well regarded by the people I met with in East London. ALL of them instructed me to NOT go for a walk in the evening, for my own safety. The staff is pleasant and very accommodating, but the hotel itself was a let down. If I hadn't booked my stay using - through which I couldn't get a refund - I would have left on Day 3!
Michael, 6-night business trip
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10/10 Exceptional

Sambeso, 2-night romance trip
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10/10 Exceptional

The best accommodation in EL
It was amazing
Nana, 2-night business trip
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8/10 Very good

Very nice when inside
1-night business trip
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