Location: The Lofts is a boutique hotel in a refurbished boatshed, overlooking Knysna lagoon. It is on Thesen Island in the middle of the lagoon, and connected by a roadbridge to the mainland. It is pertinently just under a mile away from the main waterfront area of Knysna. Thesen Island itself is a new tourist and residential development. As such, it is very quiet, clean, and also devoid of life! There are some restaurants and shops, but I don't recommend spending much time here (head out to the waterfront or to other towns). A friend and I spent one night here.
Service: The hotel has free parking adjacent to it. Otherwise we encountered one member of staff during our one-night stay - the receptionist who was there until 7:30pm. Then we make our own way in with a hotel key. She tried to be helpful, but was not that useful for finding out about local amenities. The room was immaculate upon entering. The receptionist also gives a 50R voucher per person for breakfast next-door at Ile de Pain, a nice little bakery/cafe to start the day in.
Room: The standard 'luxury loft' room we had was beautifully furnished with modern paintings, modern appliances and very comfortable twin beds. It had a separate bathroom (bath/shower) and a large balcony with sun-loungers. I'm not sure what the previous reviewer TimmyT means by 'everything but the toilet' was in one room, but presumably he was in a honeymoon suite?
Overall, it is definitely a great place to stay, although the surroundings may get boring after a few hours!
- 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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- Also Known As:
- Lofts Hotel Knysna