We spent 2 nights at the Knysna Hollow on a tour of the Garden Route. This is a very pretty hotel, with guests staying in thatched lodges around the gardens.
We had 2 of the lodges and the aroma in each of them was quite pungent on entering. This is to do with the thatch (and not, as one other reviewed mentioned, a sewage smell). Quite quickly, you get used to this and the reward is a stunning facility, with an amazing high thatched ceiling accompanied by a high quality en-suite bathroom.
The pool is very nice, with sun-loungers on the garden around it. A few more loungers would be nice, as the hotel attracts Germans as well, so the “beach towel on the lounger reservation race” is a bit of fun to watch whilst having breakfast.
The food is very good although the hotel does attract coach parties. If you are unlucky, as we were, to have one in the restaurant whilst you are eating, be prepared for a wait. The staff deal with the large groups first and we had a 45 minute wait between courses. Shame, because the food was really high quality.
The location is excellent, just outside the commercial centre of Knysna and within easy reach of the beaches and other attractions. The staff were very helpful (except the restaurant management – see above) and I would recommend this for a short stay in Knysna.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Located just outside the picturesque town of Knysna, Knysna Hollow Country Estate offers comfortable accommodation and friendly service in lush and tranquil surrounds. Three swimming pools, a first-class restaurant offering contemporary Cape cuisine with an extensive wine list and a relaxed environment all combine for a memorable holiday for the whole family. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Knysna Hollow Hotel Knysna
- Hollow Hotel Knysna