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“Beautifully Relaxing” 5 of 5 stars
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The St. James of Knysna
5.0 of 5 Hotel   |   The Point, Eastford, Knysna, 6570 | P.O. Box 1242, Knysna 6570, South Africa   |  
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“Beautifully Relaxing”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 12, 2012

We spent a few days here and even though most of our activities were out in Plettenberg Bay, the place was so nice it was worth all the driving. If you're in the area I would definitely recommend it!

We had two suites which were both huge with separate living rooms (one even had a kitchen) and gigantic luxury bathrooms. The restaurant is actually pretty good and the bar, while extremely quiet, is quite nicely stocked. The service was fantastic - everyone was friendly and helpful and the rooms were meticulously maintained.

  • Stayed November 2012, traveled with friends
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 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
  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4.5 of 5 stars
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 30, 2012

We did not stay at the St James but went there for a meal on the recommendation of someone who had gone there the previous evening. We had the steak and it was like cutting butter. The Service was first class and the food was wonderful I understand that the Chef has recently changed and has lifted the standard of restaurant I would recommend the food at the The St James. Fine Dinner without the pretense.

  • Stayed November 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 21, 2012

All the accommodation was immaculately furnished, spotlessly clean and with beautiful views over the lagoon. The grounds were delightful and well tended. We received a warm welcome for our three-day stay in unseasonably cold weather. Fires were lit, the electric blanket put on each evening, underfloor heating switched on in our bathroom, and everything made cosy and cheerful. Excellent food each evening and the chef was friendly and hospitable. On our last evening when we were the only guests eating, a table was carried into the bar in front of a blazing log fire just for us. We felt very special and very cared for and the staff could not have been more helpful. Would thoroughly recommend and it would be our privilege to return one day.

  • Stayed October 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 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
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Portsmouth, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 22, 2012

We had a large suite with a lagoon view from the bedroom, and a door opening onto one of the pool areas. The bathroom had a patio door next to the shower opening onto an enclosed tropical mini garden, so you could pretend you were showering outdoors. Large comfortable bed with electric blanket.

The main hotel building had a bar and restaurant with a good (and good value) wine list. Food was nicely done and well presented, although the evening menu was a little limited. Breakfasts were excellent. During our stay there were only a handful of guests in the hotel so we got excellent service, but I worried for the viability of the business - to the extent whe we decided to eat in the hotel on a second night in order to give them some business, and found ourselves having a private dining experience on a table especially set up in the bar.

We liked the hotel and hope it finds more customers as the season develops. The various suites all looked different. Grounds and garden were lovely.

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  • Stayed October 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 4 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 19, 2012

A really friendly welcome awaits you at this hotel - the setting is amazing with beautiful grounds that you want to spend time enjoying while the sun sets. Would strongly recommend a room with a view over the lagoon - we stayed in room 7. We had dinner in the hotel and the attention to detail and food was fantastic. Relaxing in the hotel bar is a ' must do' . Will certainly return as it is a great stop off point on the Garden Route.

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  • Stayed October 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 October 5, 2012

This hotel was just excellent. A personal welcome, beautiful position looking down to the Heads, immaculate bedroom, wonderful lounge, dining room, and first class food at dinner and breakfast. Amazing value for money. We have stayed in Kysna before but would definitely stay here again. Thoroughly recommend.

  • Stayed October 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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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 1, 2012

Located on the lagoon a short distance from downtown, The St James Hotel is a wonderful place to stay in Knysna. The property consists of a main building located right on the lagoon which contains the reception area, bar, lounge areas, restaurant and some lagoon front rooms. The lawn in front of the main house is a wonderful place to lounge around and take in the view.
Right next to the main house is an annex which houses a number of large comfortable rooms. Our room in the annex was a suite with a separate bedroom and living space which I thought was very large. However, the next morning, I peeked into the empty room next door and I was shocked to see an even bigger room -- I can honestly say I have never seen such a gigantic room at any hotel.

We were warmly greeted on arrival and throughout our stay the staff was extremely friendly and accommodating. The chef made himself available at the reception area for a nice chat and we found the bar to be a great place to relax, very reminiscent of an English country home. The pool area looked lovely though we did not swim since the weather was a bit chilly.

Will definitely stay here again when passing through the area.

  • Stayed July 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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Also Known As:
The St. James Of Knysna Hotel
The St. James Of Knysna Hotel Knysna
The St James Knysna
St James Knysna
Address: The Point, Eastford, Knysna, 6570 | P.O. Box 1242, Knysna 6570, South Africa
Location: South Africa > Western Cape > Knysna
Amenities:
Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant Room Service Suites Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
#5 Romantic Hotel in Knysna
#5 Luxury Hotel in Knysna
#6 Family Hotel in Knysna
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:5 star — The St. James of Knysna 5*
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