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The St. James of Knysna
Ranked #7 of 30 Hotels in Knysna
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed August 24, 2013

Maybe because of what I had read abiut this property I expected more but to be honest I don't think it's 5 star hotel at all.
The reception area smells food all day long. The sheets had holes!!! In a 5 star hotel?.??? Can't believe it !
The common areas are good but the furniture and the style are a bit old fashioned and if you have a lovely lake in front of the hotel why would you put the furniture not facing the lake? Don't get it...
The lake and the outdoors area is wonderful specially in summer.
Would come back for the lovely landscape around it but some things should improve...
Hope it helps,

Room Tip: The ones with lake view definetly. When I went there were closed. The one I was in... Needs to be re...
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  • Stayed: August 2013, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed July 16, 2013

A 5 star hotel and fantastic. The food was excellent and thoroughly enjoyed the buffet breakfast looking out onto the lagoon. The suite was beautifully furnished and loved the gowns. Very friendly and helpful staff.

  • Stayed: July 2013, traveled with friends
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Reviewed July 15, 2013

Reviews of this hotel undersell it to some extent, we found it better than expected. It could not be beaten for location if you are driving. Just minutes out of Knysa, the rooms overlook the lake and are vary spacious and well furnished and fresh flowers in the room added a nice touch. We stayed for dinner both nights and were not disappointed, interesting options and great presentation and choice. It was winter so we did get better rates but compared with other hotels along the Garden Route it stood up very well. Breakfast was a surprise, omelets, eggs benedict, full English, lots of choice and all included. This place was great value for money and the restaurant a nice surprise. Staff were helpful and friendly. We definitely recommend to those not wanting a 5 star expensive hotel, this one is a solid choice.

  • Stayed: June 2013, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed July 13, 2013

Location, service, accommodation were excellent. Price for the accommodation was exceptionally reasonable. Only gripe: as vegetarians, restaurant menu options were limited but food prices were very high. Restaurant was more than willing to accommodate our meal needs but prices stayed as for non-vegetarian dishes. Being right on the lagoon was stunning!

  • Stayed: July 2013, traveled with family
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Reviewed July 12, 2013

We unfortunately only stayed a night. The hotel has a lovely setting on the Knysna lake with a magnificent view. The food was delicious although the staff at the dinner required some more training. If we travel to Knysna again, we would stay there again!

  • Stayed: July 2013, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed June 24, 2013

We came here by car and should only stay one night. We had a very beautiful room only meters from the edge of the water. It was a suite (they upgrated us). Our bathroom was hudge with the biggest shower ever seen. The staff was very kind and was helping us. One of the staff found out in the morning that we had a flat tire and was changing it with a big smile. It's a very good place to relax if you stay for several days. We had a plan where we rented a car for a week and in some places only stayed one night. We really liked it here.

  • Stayed: December 2012, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed June 11, 2013

St James on Knsyna is a beautiful hotel on the Knsyna Lagoon. We had a great stay with excellent service. Breakfast was good and Dinner was good(mixed review, starters and dessert were great, mains were average)

Room Tip: Go for a Lagoon facing room, View is amazing
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  • Stayed: June 2013, 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: $158 - $345 (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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