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Azure House
4.0 of 5 Bed and Breakfast   |   65 Circular Drive | Paradise, Knysna 6570, South Africa   |  
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Ranked #52 of 109 Knysna B&B and Inns
Haywards Heath, United Kingdom
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5 hotel reviews
Reviews in 6 cities Reviews in 6 cities
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
“3 nights and felt that I could have lived there after the first”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 2, 2011

We checked in and were very surprised at what we got. The cottage is on the ground floor, with it's own patio, outdoor table where we ate breakfast each day that was brought to us each morning by the staff! It was a real treat. The cottage itself, is split into 2 areas, the front was a kitchenette and seating area with wooden flooring. Then up one step into the bedroom area with a TV etc and the back was a small bathroom with shower. Everything we needed was there and a very big spa was just around the corner so we ate in to enjoy the room and the views. The view from our place was great and made for a great place to just chill, relax and take it all in. Can't fault the place really, there was even a little BBQ that suited me and my friend for braai'ing perfectly!

  • Stayed September 2011, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 stars
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Singapore, Singapore
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5 hotel reviews
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3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 1, 2011

Hotel is cosy with few rooms. The room given to us was fantastic balcony view of Knysna sea view. The breakfast we had in the morning in the balcony was something we will remember all our life as it was lovely December morning and view of the Knysna sea was breath taking....simply unforgettable. Hotel is nicely located at some height for great view. Inside the room are very cosy and are well kept. Staff are very friendly too. Homely feeling.

  • Stayed December 2010, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Ahmedabad
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21 hotel reviews
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38 helpful votes 38 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 23, 2010

During our two week stay in South Africa this was probably the best 3 star bed and breakfast place we stayed at. Even the it rained all day (it being June!) we could enjoy the view and the space which was clean (very) and well heated (not something one can take granted for in South Africa). Most places in Knysna would probably boast some view (it being located around spacious bay and river delta), but this had the added advantage of being close to the main street as well as the waterfront.

  • Stayed June 2010, traveled with family
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Watford, United Kingdom
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39 helpful votes 39 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 14, 2010

We were only three for one night but really liked it and wished we had stayed longer. Sydne was really friendly and helpful. The rooms were large and clean and, as the B&B is on a hillside, the view over the harbour is stunning. Having breakfast delivered to our door was as added bonus!

  • Stayed March 2010, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2010

We did not stay in this hotel, because in spite of our timely booking, we were told after arrival that our room was given away because we did not pay in advance. We were told in a very arrogant manner that it was our fault: they need the full amount in advance, because there are so many no-shows. I find it a shame that there seems to be no trust in each other in South Africa - I just cannot imagine making a reservation and not showing up. And making a bank transfer while you are doing the Garden Route is very hard indeed. So to make a long and frustrating story short: after a long and tiring drive, the young arrogant lady showed us the door like we were little children.

  • Stayed February 2010, traveled as a couple
    • 1 of 5 stars Service
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 17, 2010

We had hoped to stay in the Waterfront Lodge guest house on the outskirts of town where we had stayed once before and enjoyed the hospitality shown and fantastic lagoon-side position, but it was full. That proved a slice of luck as it is one of the guesthouses which appear affected by roadworks on the main Cape Town - Port Elizabeth road which the authorities, with suicidal zeal, are unnecessarily widening right into the Western outskirts of this beautifully sited small town. This is madness and threatens to undermine much of what makes this a great Garden Route place to stop which is its homely small town feel and magnificent setting. Take care when choosing where to stay, although things might improve when the widening works have finished.

Azure House is that side of town but fortunately situated high above the main road in the upmarket Paradise residential area. It is billed as having "elements of Cape Cod and the Caribbean" and I suppose it does in its cool white and grey decor and blue furnishings. However white throughout, including the wooden flooring and tables (if I remember correctly) takes a fair bit of upkeep and when we stayed our accommodation was showing a few rough edges and needed a refreshing coat of Dulux in places.

Seduced by the picture in our accommodation guide of the view of the lagoon from the room balconies, we booked bed and breakfast expecting an en suite room and was given three-bedroomed, two-storey accommodation complete with kitchen and seating area. OK we weren't complaining.

The bathrooms continued the slightly tired feel with discoloured grouting and loose loo seats and the separate shower was tiny while the soundproofing between the room next door was pretty non existent. This wasn't bad, but just a little below the exceptional standard experienced of the bed and breakfasts we found throughout this and previous visits to South Africa. It shouldn't put you off Azure House however because it also has an awful lot going for it.

The view from the veranda (all rooms appear to have outside areas) was sensational, Looking across the lagoon to the "heads" in the far distance it was even better than the photograph that had originally enticed us. Living space was good and I suspect even better in the main building rooms overlooking the pool area (our accommodation was in an adjoining annex). The bed was comfortable, the pool area very pleasant with more super views, there was a nice open fronted covered lounge area overlooking the pool to browse local guides and have a coffee and the owner was young, bright and enthusiastic.

Breakfasts are served on your balcony and change daily. Sometimes they are cooked and sometimes cold. You are not give a choice and some, like us, might miss the interaction with other guests in a morning breakfast room gathering. However they were generally good and generous. You can walk into town in about 15 minutes but you'd have to be pretty fit to manage the climb on the way back, but parking in the town is easy. There are plenty of steps around the property so it may not suite the elderly or infirm

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  • Stayed February 2010, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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sheffield, UK
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Reviews in 8 cities Reviews in 8 cities
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 1, 2009

Great location with lovely views over the Knysna lagoon.
Tastefully decorated rooms.
Noise travels easily through the wooden walls and our baclony was shared with the owner, leading to a lack of privacy.
Minimal kitchen equipment, our room didnt have an oven but did have barbeque and microwave.

  • Stayed April 2009, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 2 of 5 stars Service
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Address: 65 Circular Drive | Paradise, Knysna 6570, South Africa
Location: South Africa > Western Cape > Knysna
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Ranked #52 of 109 B&Bs / Inns in Knysna
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:4 star — Azure House 4*
Number of rooms: 6
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