First things first - The Lofts is not a hotel in the conventional sense: there is no 24 hour staff presence at all, and no meals available - even breakfast (you get a voucher for a cafe round the corner). The good news is that it is a quirky concept, stylishly designed and furnished, in a nice setting.
Perhaps the most serious flaw relates to the unusual layout of the rooms opening onto an atrium which is shared with totally unrelated business premises on the ground floor. As a result we were woken at 7.15 am as business owners opened up, playing music and even sorting through piles of crockery. The single glazing between our 2-bedroom suite and the atrium was a major problem in this respect.
The suite was nicely furnished, but there were some oddities such as no air-con in one of the bedrooms. There were also some examples of basic lack of attention to design detail such as no shaver socket in the bathroom.... surely a basic amenity at this level?
It's a truism that good hoteliers always sleep in each of their rooms, to find out what the experience is actually like. That clearly hasn't happened in The Lofts - how else to explain a rooflight directly over the bed in our upper bedroom, with no curtain or blind, so that it was impossible to sleep beyond daybreak?
Security would concern me at The Lofts - not only are there multiple points of entry to the atrium via the business premises, none of which the hotel can control, but after mid-evening, access to the hotel is via a set of patio doors with a single conventional key lock - hardly secure!
My impression of The Lofts is that a huge amount of effort and thought was put into creating a stylish concept, but far too little was spent thinking through the details.
- 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