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“Deluxe "Country Inn" on the shore”

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The St. James of Knysna
Ranked #7 of 30 Hotels in Knysna
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed November 16, 2011

Friendly staff, great dinner and a comfortable room makes this a recommended stop. All the ambience of a fine country inn. Upon check-in we were upgraded to a junior suite, a spacious room with pool view, because there was a problem with our original less-expensive room choice. Beds were comfortable enough, by South African standards. The view over the bay during breakfast was delightful. Free WiFi.
Ask for directions; the highway turn-off on the west side of town is not well marked.

Tip: Casual lunch at the Dry Dock, downtown on the waterfront, was a delight as we watched the sail boats and a water polo team practicing.

  • Stayed: November 2011, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed October 8, 2011

We didn't stay at the St James but saw the 'special' Sunday lunch advertised...it was by far our worst meal in Knysna!Really tasteless food served by staff that were less than enthusiastic.

  • Stayed: October 2011
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Reviewed August 13, 2011

Probably the most helpful staff we have ever cone across at one of the most beautifully located hotels - they even washed your car every morning. Our only criticism was that we couldn't get our rooms warm and breakfast sat in your hat and coat was a little extreme but that's how cold it was! Would go back in a flash but only away from the winter. Why can't all hotel staff be this excellent?! Thank you.

  • Stayed: August 2011
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Reviewed August 1, 2011

I do a lot of research before booking a hotel but booked this one in 5 minutes as we decided to stop by Knysna for 2 nights at the last moment. With all my research I could not get any place which could come close to St. James of Knysna.

The rooms are very spacious and have been done up very beautifully. The setting of the guest house is out of this world. It has huge open spaces and is bang on Knysna lagoon. The lobby and the lounge are so nice and warm that one could sit there for hours.

Its not in the main market area/waterfront but that was hardly a problem if you are driving. Knysna is a small place and waterfront/restaurants were less than 5 minutes drive away. Btw, somebody washed our car without our asking for it!

Staff was very nice and helpful. Special mention for Hein at reception. It was great chatting up with you and thanks for all the help.

Hotel/guesthouse quality in South Africa is in general very good and we loved most of the places we stayed in. But St. James takes the cake. Highly recommended.

Room Tip: Try and get a room that overlooks the Lagoon
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  • Stayed: July 2011, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed April 7, 2011

Situated on the western edge of Knysna and on the edge of the bay (it has it's own pier), the St. James is very nice indeed. We received a great welcome by Sandy who gave us a glass of bubbly while we registered and our bags were taken to our room., a Deluxe Suite which was large and very comfortable. We had a patio area outside the bedroom overlooking the bay which was very nice. The public areas of the hotel are very classy. The bar operates an honestly policy but if, as I did, you want a single malt whisky you will have to find someone with a key to the cabinet in which they are locked - obviously trust has its limits! Fortunately Del was on hand and saw to our every need (including the malt) during our 2 night stay. On our way to breakfast one morning we passed a member of staff who had washed our car - how about that for service. If we were in Knysna again we would stay here again.

  • Stayed: March 2011, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed February 28, 2011

Stayed at St. James for a week, with the purpose os relaxing and playing a daily round of golf at various courses in the neighbourhood. We felt indeed welcome from the moment Sandy met us in the reception until we were picked up by Brian from Brennan Tours to take us back to George and the airport. We had flown in all the way from Denmark, and believe me, it was rearly worth it. The staff is professional and polite, the surroundings georgeuos and of course the weather is lovely (although not that sunny, which of course is good for golfing). It is not a place to bring children, most of the guests are past the 50s, Our room was big, divided into a bedroom and a nice sittingroom, into a terrasse overlooking the lagune. Good place for morning tea and nightcap.
We can only recommend St. James and we thank Especially Sandy for making our stay such a marvelous experience. Birthe & Palle

  • Stayed: February 2011, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed February 24, 2011

I just can't believe that beachlady (review 10 February) stayed at the same hotel. We were there from 5-9 Feb staying in the main house and thought it very good indeed. It is in a superb position, at the head of the Knysna lagoon looking out towards the Heads, and has lawns down to the water, with a good pool and spacious well maintained gardens. The service was fine - OK, sometimes at quiet times you might have to look for someone - the food very acceptable, and we had good service at dinner regardless of the time we arrived.
The staff were good and pleasant, and receptionist Sandy was outstanding, friendly and helpful to a degree. We spent four weeks on the Western Cape, staying at some of the best hotels, and the St James was one of our favourites.

Stayed: February 2011, traveled as a couple
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Additional Information about The St. James of Knysna

Address: The Point, Eastford, Knysna, 6570 | P.O. Box 1242, Knysna 6570, South Africa
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Location: South Africa > Western Cape > Knysna
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Bar / Lounge Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Restaurant Room Service
Hotel Style:
#5 Romantic Hotel in Knysna
#7 Family Hotel in Knysna
#7 Luxury Hotel in Knysna
Price Range: $138 - $331 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:5 star — The St. James of Knysna 5*
Number of rooms: 15
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