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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
London, United Kingdom
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“Good accommodation”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 29, 2013

Good setting on the very safe Thesen Island. Room was comfortable and of a good size; a few rooms have views over the lagoon. A couple of points of which you should be aware: 1. internet access is not included (you have to pay for it at R35 per 100MB, only usable on 1 device at a time). 2. as stated on the website, there is no breakfast provided. Instead, a voucher is offered to make a contribution towards the cost of breakfast at a nearby establishment (the marvellous Isle de Pain is much recommended). We found that the voucher was of insufficient value to cover a glass of fruit juice, a coffee and one modest plate of food, so you will probably end up paying towards your breakfast. These two issues are pretty minor but were a shame given the prices charged, and the very pleasant nature of the guest house.

  • Stayed January 2013, traveled with family
    • 3 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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    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 14, 2013

My wife and I stayed at the lofts for 5 nights in December and we absolutely loved it! The rooms themselves were beautifully decorated and on top of that we had a wonderful view of the lagoons from our balcony! But what really made our visit memorable was the excellent service we received during our stay, in particular from the lovely Rhoda. There are many hotels, guesthouses in SA and the world where you will find similarly luxurious accommodation, but it the personal touch that Rhoda gives to this establishment that differentiates it from the rest. Throughout our visit we found Rhoda to be engaging, warm and extremely helpful, she is someone who clearly enjoys her job. By the way if you do plan to stay at the lofts, make sure you to listen to Rhoda's recommendations, as a a result of her tips we had some great day trips and also ate some great food!!!

  • Stayed December 2012, 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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London, England, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 11, 2013

I have stayed twice at the Lofts and both times has been an excellent experience. Can't recommend enough. Rooms are well appointed and you can't beat the location right on the Estuary. The staff were polite and friendly and it makes a welcome change.

  • Stayed January 2013, 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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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 7, 2013

My son and I were travelling the Garden Route and liked this hotel so much we extended for a second night! The ambiance is incredible as the rooms have been created out of an old boat-buiding hall. There are lovely old timbers everywhere, yet the rooms are ultra modern, ours had twin white leather couches, a great contrast to the old warm wood. We were in a two-storey, two full bedroom and 2 bathroom self-catering unit - the kitchen was super attractive, too. We even had a balcony, although that did look over a parking lot. The pool is small, but the deck around it has a great view over the lagoon and the sun is there until just before sunset. I even visited the attached spa for a treatment, which was great.

  • Stayed December 2012, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 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 January 3, 2013

We spent two nights at this hotel while on honeymoon in Cape Town, and were immediately blown away by the simple and yet plush and chic look of the hotel and surrounding area!!! Fond memories of the relaxing atmosphere, gorgeous sunsets, breathtaking views of the sea, lovely sunrise, beautiful sights and infectious sounds that can only make Knysna the quaint little town it is! Service was prompt and very helpful, squeaky clean rooms with tasteful and elegant decor, fantastic proximity to quaint little shops, lovely restaurants and relaxed hangouts, bars ... We look forward to coming back again, and again, and again!

  • Stayed December 2012, 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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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 15, 2012

WOW, From the moment we stepped through the front door we were in heaven. The Lofts is perfect in every way, we really could not fault it. All the staff were helpful and knowledegeable. The self catering unit we stayed in was beautiful, clean and so much room.
The children loved the small pool while we sat and and enjoyed the view.
We were relaxed, batteries recharged and ready to continue our adventure along the garden route.
Thank you for such a memorable stay - perfect.

  • Stayed November 2012, traveled with family
    • 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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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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Additional Information about The Lofts Boutique Hotel

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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