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The Lofts Boutique Hotel
4.0 of 5 Boutique Hotel   |   The Boatshed | Long Street, Thesen Harbour Town, Knysna 6570, South Africa   |  
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Ranked #8 of 28 hotels in Knysna
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8 reviews 8 reviews
6 hotel reviews
Reviews in 7 cities Reviews in 7 cities
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
“Perfect get away on Garden Route”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 7, 2012

The staff at the hotel is warm and welcoming. Very good rates. The rooms are spacious and tastefully decorated. Safe parking and tranquil location. Away from the Knysna hustle and bustle. Spectacular views of the lagoon. Close to shops, great restaurants and even a spa.

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  • Stayed October 2012, traveled on business
    • 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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  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 stars
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 5, 2012

This property is certainly unique and is in a wonderful location.
Don't expect a standard room as these are far from ordinary, and have a very different look and feel.
Courteous staff and comfortable surroundings made for an enjoyable experience.
I would stay there again for sure.

Room Tip: Suites are well worth the extra and have fantastic amenities.
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  • Stayed September 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 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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Karachi, Pakistan
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 2, 2012

I stayed at the lofts as part of an annual holiday group of 8 golfers. A 4 star self catering with the heart and soul of six star luxury. The Lofts staff were all wonderful giving the place a very personal touch. Breakfast at ile de pain was always a delight and Thesen Island is a gem.

But what made this stay exceptional and one of the most memorable for all was a special young lady called Roda ! She and her husband manage the place and from the moment we checked in she organized the confusion of of 8 male golfers who couldn’t pack a lunch!

Thank you Roda for making our stay so brilliant and I certainly hope I have the pleasure of staying at the Lofts again!

best wishes from the
Pak Golf Pack

Room Tip: Stayed in room 7b which was a suite with a large private terrace
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  • Stayed October 2012, 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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Bryan, Texas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 31, 2012

This beautifully designed boutique hotel offers fantastic spaces to rest, enjoy a book, have a beer, or swim in a pool. The beds are incredibly comfortable and the staff very friendly and helpful. Great dining is found by simply walking around the corner.

Just feet from the water, The Lofts is truly a great place to stay.

I have been in Knysna three times in the last two years and have stayed here every time. I love The Lofts.

Room Tip: Pick the one with nook! You'll feel like the king/queen of the place.
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  • Stayed September 2012, traveled on business
    • 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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Jeffreys Bay
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 31, 2012

The self-catering suites are perfect for a long stay or just a lovely weekend away for 2 - 4 people or for a family looking for a upmarket self-catering unit in Knysna. Each is equipped with two bedrooms, with full en suite bathroom's and a fully equipped modern kitchen.

Luxuries provided in the 2 bedroom unit:

Air conditioning units, a digital electronic safe, heated towel rails :), 2 x hair dryer/s (one in each bedroom), wired and wireless Internet access in each of the suites, ceiling fans in main bedroom (in selected suites only), fully serviced on a daily basis, 2 x televisions with select DSTV channels, fully equipped Minibar, a fully equipped self-catering kitchen , same day guest laundry service and a telephone.

Can't wait for my next visit!

Room Tip: Luxury 2 Bedroom Self-catering Suite 5A - Evening Mist
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  • Stayed September 2012, 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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College Station, Texas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 31, 2012

I have stayed at the Lofts several times and plan to do so many more times in the future. It is an experience you could never have in America or Europe. Not to be missed. Great location on the water with perfect breezes. Good anytime of the year. Thesen Harbour Town has several great seafood restaurants (and several breakfast cafes) and downtown Knysna is just a few minutes walk away. Staying on Thesen Island is a tranquil experience. Calm, clean, well organized. The headquarters of Garden Route National Park is just a few steps away where you can learn about the Knysna Seahorse and the revitalization of the lagoon. The Lofts itself is certainly a unique hotel experience. The design of the building and the rooms is like nothing you have ever seen. The hotel was designed inside the original Thesen boat building workshop. You can still see evidence of this in the rails extending into the water and the timbers overhead. The rooms are very spacious and comfortable. The suites have great kitchenettes and plenty of room for a family to spread out. The staff of the Lofts is always courteous and helpful. You can tell they take great pride in their work. If you are looking for something different and VERY comfortable... head to the Lofts in Knysna. You will not be sorry!

Room Tip: All rooms are good. Suites perfect for families or two couples. Singles are just as comfortable an...
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  • Stayed September 2012, traveled on business
    • 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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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 31, 2012 via mobile

If you're looking for a perfect hideaway, this is your place! I loved absolutely everything about The Lofts! Their attention to detail in every aspect and customer service are impeccable! I will definitely be back.

  • Stayed July 2012
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Address: The Boatshed | Long Street, Thesen Harbour Town, Knysna 6570, South Africa
Location: South Africa > Western Cape > Knysna
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Spa Suites Swimming Pool Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
#2 Business Hotel in Knysna
#3 Family Hotel in Knysna
#3 Spa Hotel in Knysna
#7 Luxury Hotel in Knysna
#10 Romantic Hotel in Knysna
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:4 star — The Lofts Boutique Hotel 4*
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The Lofts Boutique Hotel is housed in the old Boatshed on Thesen Islands, Knysna. The refurbished building with its architectural design gives The Lofts Boutique Hotel an individuality which is also reflected in the difference in the Luxury Loft Rooms & Self catering apartments’ decor. Our accommodation consists of 3 lagoon suites with uninterrupted and breathtaking views of the lagoon, 7 luxury loft rooms and 5 luxury 2-bedroom suites all overlooking the beautiful architecture of Thesen Harbour Town. We also offer our guests a beautiful splash pool to laze around on sunny days & a martini bar lounge area where you can relax with a cup of coffee in the morning or enjoy a drink while watching the sun set in the afternoon.Our friendly service will spoil you and will make your stay memorable. Visit the privately owned spa and pamper yourself with luxurious treatments or stroll through The Boatshed and enjoy the unique shops open for you to experience or enjoy a superb meal at famous île de païn bread café, one of South Africa’s top ten restaurants.The location on the waters’ edge provides our guests with a tranquil relaxing experience. Here you will enjoy the serenity of an island, the magnificent views of the surrounding green hills and the power of nature expressed by the changing moods of the lagoon.The Lofts Boutique Hotel will be your most memorable escape to date! ... more   less 
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