Our family of 2 adults and 2 kids stayed at the Turbine Hotel for 2 nights on our trip to the Garden Route in February '14. As a 5 star hotel, it's not quite up there with e.g. the Conrad Pezula which we stayed in for 5 nights prior to visiting the Turbine Hotel. Never the less, it's a very nice and truly unique hotel and a completely different experience altogether which we enjoyed a lot.
The renovation of the old power plant is extremely well done and we appreciated that they had manage to keep so much of the original machinery making it different to any other hotel we've ever seen. Our kids loved it as well. We liked that each suite was unique and came with a short explanation of the suite and it's interior. Nice touch. We stayed in the Thesen suite which was nice although no balcony nor view to write home about. It was just about large enough for our family. We found the bathroom a bit lacking in terms of amenities, and also no coffee was offered for free. The pool area is very picturesque overlooking a part of the Thesen laguna.
We didn't interact a whole lot with the staff, but when we did it was to our satisfaction as they were friendly and professional. The breakfast was good with a good selection of hot dishes to order besides the buffet. The salmon bagel was very nice and so was the serial. Didn't much like the curtain that was used to cover the food to keep the flies away tough.
We enjoyed a nice boat trip in the Knysna laguna with their water club, and although there was an initial booking error it was resolved nicely and we got the boat all for ourselves an hour later.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Turbine Hotel and Spa was an ambitious project which transformed the old power station into a unique 5 star boutique hotel with a massive wow factor. The Turbine Hotel is surrounded by water on three sides. The Hotel comprises of the Island Café & Tapas Bar, as well as twenty five individually themed suites of the highest standard. The Amani Spa offers the ultimate escape for pure self-indulgence. The Turbine Water Club offers al fresco dining from our deli, oysters from our champagne bar and a wide variety of activities on both land and the Knysna lagoon. ... more less
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