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Knysna Hollow Country Estate
Ranked #11 of 30 Hotels in Knysna
Certificate of Excellence
Tahoe, California
Level 3 Contributor
13 reviews
12 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
“Better than Expected”
Reviewed October 18, 2008

We booked Knysna Hollow because it was the right price and location and suitable for our 1 1/2 year old. Knysna Hollow is much more beautiful than I expected and even more beautiful at night. The grounds are wonderful. We absolutely loved our dinner at the restaurant. We were a bit worried about the tour groups as all of the reviews mentioned that, but except for at breakfast and dinner you did not even know they were there. The rooms are nice, not fantastic but definitely clean enough and has everything required. The service was excellent all around and the front desk was both ready and eager to help with all reservations and suggestions for activities. This was our least anticipated hotel on our 14 day trip and we found it equally fantastic.

  • Liked — Beautiful grounds, restaurant
  • Disliked — The rooms were fine, not outstanding but certainly nice enough.
  • Stayed October 2008, traveled with family
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worcs,england
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 268 helpful votes
Reviewed October 7, 2008

This was a disappointing hotel. Our chalet room backed onto a road and the traffic started at 5 a.m. Gap under door of about an inch through which insects could come in and heat could escape had to block it every night with a towel. Curtains very thin so as soon as it became light it woke you. Very depressing dark green colour scheme for furniture very weak lighting.
The chalets are built round a swimming pool ,our swimming pool was in a state of disrepair , no way would anyone want to swim in it. Other parts of the complex had slightly better pools but none to write home about.
Food good, service good.

  • Liked — service
  • Disliked — room
  • Stayed September 2008
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North Sydney, Australia
Level 6 Contributor
167 reviews
35 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 124 helpful votes
Reviewed January 3, 2008

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.

  • Liked — Quality of accommodation and facilities
  • Disliked — Being 2nd class in the restaurant to coach parties and the aroma in the rooms (until you get used to it)
  • Stayed December 2007, traveled with family
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norwich
Level 6 Contributor
141 reviews
52 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 150 helpful votes
Reviewed October 6, 2007

Stayed at this hotel after seeing the wine region of SA. Upon first arrival at this hotel its very nice and clean. We were given chalet 11, which was nice and big. No bath but dbl shower. Upon waking up after our first nights sleep we found the room covered in bugs and dead things every where. We spoke to the reception who sent someone with fly spray. We went and spoke to the reception desk and they then moved us to chalet 13. Same style of room and bug free.

The maids for the room dont spend long cleaning at all, we were outside on the pool area and saw them spent less then 10 mins cleaning it. Even forget to take out the last people who stayed there guest comment cards. Also we sent out cleaning off and it came back damp!! Had to leave our heaters on to get it dry.

As people have said before, the hotel is a great stop of place and you get a lot of coaches coming and going at all hours of the day and night.

Now to the best bit: The service off the front desk staff and the waiting staff is excellent. Nothing was or did not appear to be too much trouble for them. We ate in the Ala Carte for the first two nights and the food was very good, wine excellent and the whole experience made you feel welcome. The bar area is bright and welcoming, only thing i did not like is the fact that Sky sports was on during pre dinner drinks. A little thing but i did not like it.

All in all, its a lovely place and if it was not for house keeping it would off been a little gem but i think we all like to know were sleeping in a clean room.

But go, you wont be upset u did.

  • Liked — Food
  • Disliked — House keeping
  • Stayed October 2007, traveled as a couple
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Pau, France
Level 4 Contributor
42 reviews
10 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
Reviewed March 13, 2007

We stayed in Knysna Hollow during a trip on the Garden route and it was the best accomadation we had. The place is lovely, in a quite area away (but not far) from the town, and the staff very kind. The chalets are cute, with nice/huge and clean bathrooms.
The restaurant is also to be recommended : good food and nice wine list.

  • Liked — the confort
  • Disliked — no air conditioning
  • Stayed February 2007, traveled with family
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1 Thank Bibi-7
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Oxfordshire, England
Level 5 Contributor
53 reviews
13 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 43 helpful votes
Reviewed March 3, 2007

We stayed here for 3 days as part of a self organised tour along the garden route and have to say that it was the nicest place we stayed in. We had a thatched cottage right by a great pool and next door to the restaurant, so it was well placed for us as we had 2 young children. The restaurant staff were friendly and attentive - breakfast buffet was great - my son ate 5 croissants one morning and it was no hassle, they just kept topping him up :o) Coach parties were fine for us, didn't disturb us at all. Felt that we were amongst the youngest people there which was a bit odd, but didn't notice any disapproving looks at the children. Overall, a relaxing break from the travel with good clean faciltiies, great pool and helpful staff.

Stayed February 2007
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London
Level 6 Contributor
22 reviews
21 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 48 helpful votes
Reviewed February 27, 2007

Groups of thatched cottages/lodges around pools. Very airy, clean, spacious rooms. Peaceful and relaxing. Grounds well maintained - some noise from water pumps or irrigation system, but this was turned off when requested at night
Two eating places - good quality restaurant and buffet/grill style. Both offer high quality food. Breakfast good choice from standard buffet style juices/fruits/cereals etc, hot dishes and eggs cooked on demand
Staff well trained, friendly. They even managed to keep a straight face when an American woman, after many questions about ducks, asked "and which species of duck does the Hippopotamus eat ?" !!
There is currently a traffic problem around Knysna because of repair work following heavy rain and land subsidence along the coast road, so journey times need extra time allowance, but once you are there, Knysna Hollow is an excellent place to chill out as well as being convenient for accessing local attractions such as Featherbed Nature Reserve

  • Liked — Grouping of cottages around pools
  • Disliked — No problems
  • Stayed February 2007
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2 Thank Charlemaine
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Additional Information about Knysna Hollow Country Estate

Property: Knysna Hollow Country Estate
Address: 5 Welbedacht Lane, Knysna 6571, South Africa
Location: South Africa > Western Cape > Knysna
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Center with Internet Access Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant Room Service Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#16 Romantic Hotel in Knysna
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:3 star — Knysna Hollow Country Estate 3*
Number of rooms: 87
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Knysna Hollow Country Estate was badly damaged in the Knysna Wild Fires on June 7 2017 and the business is currently closed, pending substantial renovations and construction. We hope to be operational again in the latter half of 2018 and plan to re-open with a superior, 4-star standard of accommodation complemented by a brand-new destination restaurant and wine bar. ... more   less 
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