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“Beautiful hotel on the lagoon”

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The St. James of Knysna
Ranked #8 of 30 Hotels in Knysna
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Portsmouth, United Kingdom
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67 reviews
67 hotel reviews
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“Beautiful hotel on the lagoon”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 22, 2012

We had a large suite with a lagoon view from the bedroom, and a door opening onto one of the pool areas. The bathroom had a patio door next to the shower opening onto an enclosed tropical mini garden, so you could pretend you were showering outdoors. Large comfortable bed with electric blanket.

The main hotel building had a bar and restaurant with a good (and good value) wine list. Food was nicely done and well presented, although the evening menu was a little limited. Breakfasts were excellent. During our stay there were only a handful of guests in the hotel so we got excellent service, but I worried for the viability of the business - to the extent whe we decided to eat in the hotel on a second night in order to give them some business, and found ourselves having a private dining experience on a table especially set up in the bar.

We liked the hotel and hope it finds more customers as the season develops. The various suites all looked different. Grounds and garden were lovely.

Room Tip: Ask for a lagoon view
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  • Stayed October 2012, traveled as a couple
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Huddersfield, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 19, 2012

A really friendly welcome awaits you at this hotel - the setting is amazing with beautiful grounds that you want to spend time enjoying while the sun sets. Would strongly recommend a room with a view over the lagoon - we stayed in room 7. We had dinner in the hotel and the attention to detail and food was fantastic. Relaxing in the hotel bar is a ' must do' . Will certainly return as it is a great stop off point on the Garden Route.

Room Tip: View of the lagoon is a must
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  • Stayed October 2012, traveled as a couple
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London, United Kingdom
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 81 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 5, 2012 via mobile

This hotel was just excellent. A personal welcome, beautiful position looking down to the Heads, immaculate bedroom, wonderful lounge, dining room, and first class food at dinner and breakfast. Amazing value for money. We have stayed in Kysna before but would definitely stay here again. Thoroughly recommend.

  • Stayed October 2012
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Earth
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 1, 2012

Located on the lagoon a short distance from downtown, The St James Hotel is a wonderful place to stay in Knysna. The property consists of a main building located right on the lagoon which contains the reception area, bar, lounge areas, restaurant and some lagoon front rooms. The lawn in front of the main house is a wonderful place to lounge around and take in the view.
Right next to the main house is an annex which houses a number of large comfortable rooms. Our room in the annex was a suite with a separate bedroom and living space which I thought was very large. However, the next morning, I peeked into the empty room next door and I was shocked to see an even bigger room -- I can honestly say I have never seen such a gigantic room at any hotel.

We were warmly greeted on arrival and throughout our stay the staff was extremely friendly and accommodating. The chef made himself available at the reception area for a nice chat and we found the bar to be a great place to relax, very reminiscent of an English country home. The pool area looked lovely though we did not swim since the weather was a bit chilly.

Will definitely stay here again when passing through the area.

  • Stayed July 2012, traveled as a couple
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Norwich, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 29, 2012

The location on the lagoon is perfect.As we were there at the very beginning of the holiday season the rooms felt a bit unused,but after opening the windows and doors for a morning that feeling went away.The apartment was comfortable and not over furnished.We had an electric blanket on the bed which was a great surprise,and very pleasing .The best asset to this hotel was the food.The chef was first class,and he came out to talk to the tables and ask if all was ok.He didn,t leave it to the waitress or waiter.All together an extremely enjoyable few days.

Room Tip: We had a down stairs apartment with direct access to the lagoon,but the upstairs apartment were a li...
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  • Stayed September 2012, traveled as a couple
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 24, 2012

Overlooking the Lagoon with outstanding views from your room. The staff were excellent looking after every need. As we were the only guests on one evening meal they set up a table overlooking the logoon - how romantic.

  • Stayed September 2012, traveled as a couple
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Calgary, Canada
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 23, 2012

Beautifully and classically appointed. For example, Gabrielle DeJongh artwork in the lounge. Roaring fire place as we sat and dined during a charming and delicious dinner. Turn down service with chocolates! Bottled water and turning on the electric blankets.

I do not want to leave. Great view of the Heads.

Room Tip: Water facing
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  • Stayed September 2012, traveled as a couple
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Property: 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
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Restaurant Room Service
Hotel Style:
#5 Romantic Hotel in Knysna
#7 Family Hotel in Knysna
#8 Luxury Hotel in Knysna
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:5 star — The St. James of Knysna 5*
Number of rooms: 15
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