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“Fabulous accomodation, disappointing food in the restaurant” 5 of 5 bubbles
Review of Simola Hotel Country Club & Spa

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Simola Hotel Country Club & Spa
Ranked #21 of 30 Hotels in Knysna
Certificate of Excellence
Cape Town, South Africa
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342 reviews
51 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 115 helpful votes
“Fabulous accomodation, disappointing food in the restaurant”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 September 2011

The accomodation at Simola is beautiful...very spacoius with wonderful views over the golf course. We had dinner in the Orchid room. The service was good but the food, for the price they charge, was only average. Again the view over the Heads in Knysna from the restaurant is spectacular. If only they would improve the menu and the prices.

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  • Stayed September 2011, travelled on business
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Sleep Quality
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    4.5 of 5 bubbles
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    4 of 5 bubbles
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    4 of 5 bubbles
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george
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4 hotel reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 July 2011

Spacious is the word that comes to mind, with your own fully equipt kitchen with state of the art decor. A winter welcomer with gas fireplace and underfloor heating in the bedroom and bathroom. You name it - you can see it, from the picturous Heads to the renown golfcoarse all the way up the valley.

  • Stayed July 2011, travelled with friends
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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1 Thank DianeJonker
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England
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52 reviews
12 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 January 2011

Without doubt the best place we stayed at in South Africa. Fantastic accommodation in a stunning location. We stayed for 4 nights in a very spacious two-bedroomed suite with private patio and garden. We wished we had stayed for a fortnight. There are the most stunning views of Kynsna bay, from so many places - the garden, the swimming pool, the restaurant and even from the sauna! The gym was top quality. Breakfasts are very good although the service was very slow and needs to improve.. . Staff were were friendly and competent and there is a nightly turn down service if desired. We did not play golf and you certainly don't need to to enjoy this hotel. It made our holiday.

  • Stayed January 2011, travelled with family
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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2 Thank Millie211
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san diego, ca
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7 reviews
7 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 December 2010

We stayed 2 nights as part of a Garden Route tour, with this being the first stop after leaving Cape Town. The property is beautiful, up on top of a hill overlooking the lagoon into the ocean. The golf course is beautiful as well. Our lagoon facing room was enormous; more like an apartment. Stove, even a grill on the patio, large bathroom and smallish bedroom. The bedroom and living room opened up to a patio and stunning view. Service was courteous. We hit balls at the driving range and putting green, and that was top notch. The spa looked lovely, although we didn't use it. What I didn't love-Gym was smaller than it seemed from the site and crowded to use even with only 3-4 people at a time. Restaurant was decent but service was beyond slow. Internet did not work well, intermittent and with weak connection, and each location around the hotel had a different password, given incorrectly to us by the staff. Mini bar was not stocked and we had to ask for everything, even ice. There were spiders all over the hallways leading to our room, which gives me the heebeejeebees. Room service menu was very limited compared to restaurant menu.
The most disappointing thing was realizing how far we were from town. It was a 5-10 minute drive up a long hill, and at the bottom of that hill still 5-10 minutes from town. Not convenient to just popping out of the hotel and exploring the local town, so it felt isolating. I'd have rather been closer to the city center. The hotel also did not have any literature about the area attractions so we didn't even know where town was. They directed us to the wharf, which is not the same thing. If you're looking for a peaceful beautiful escape, this is great. If you want to be closer to the action just know that it is a drive away. I'd say it's more for a bit of an older crowd and we are 30-ish.

Stayed December 2010, travelled as a couple
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Johannesburg
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87 reviews
28 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 57 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 September 2010

I stayed at Simola for one night on a motorbike roadtrip from Cape Town to Johannesburg. The hotel had only opened a few weeks ago and I picked up a really good rate for an ensuite bedroom, which can also be booked as part of a much larger 2-bedroom-suite.

Despite arriving in my dusty motorbike clothes, not like their usual golf-guests, I received a warm welcomed and was shown to my room in the suite-building which is separate to the main building, which also houses the golf course reception and facilities.

I could park my bike on a dedicated parking space right outside the building. The room was good sized, with small ensuite bathroom and a comfortable bed. Breakfast on the terrace in the main house was very good - but aside from the good food (and sometimes not very attentive service) the view across the Knysna Lagoon was simply spectacular!

Unfortunately I couldn't stay for a round of golf, which must be similiarly great.

  • Stayed December 2009, travelled solo
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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1 Thank doc_dance
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Derbyshire
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58 reviews
17 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 56 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 April 2010

We did not stay at the hotel but only ate in the Orchid Room on the recommendation of a golfing acquaintance, what a mistake, the food was very disappointing. The staff were fabulous and the setting is stunning but the food was no where near as good as anything on offer on Knysna Waterfront and a it was alot more expensive! I have been fortunate enough to eat in some very good five star hotel restaurants across the world and the Orchid Room lets the side down badly, if Denmark don't progress very far in the up coming World Cup we will know why............................... the quality of the food they have been eating will not have enhanced their performance on the pitch!!!

  • Stayed April 2010, travelled as a couple
    • 1 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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1 Thank DerbyshireGee
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Hertfordshire
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57 reviews
27 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 46 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 April 2010

This was our second stay at Simola. Last year there were a few short-comings and I did mention them to Toitjie Muller the General Manager. This year everything has been put right. We had a brilliant stay and we will be coming back again next year. This year they were truly 5 star in every respect and it is no wonder they have been selected by the Danish national football team as their base for the world cup.
Thank you Toitjie!

  • Stayed March 2010, travelled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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2 Thank JohnHHertfprdshire
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Property: Simola Hotel Country Club & Spa
Address: 1 Old Cape Road | Simola, Knysna 6571, South Africa
Region: South Africa > Western Cape > Knysna
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Centre with Internet Access Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Kitchenette Restaurant Room Service Spa Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
#6 Spa Hotel in Knysna
#12 Family Hotel in Knysna
#18 Luxury Hotel in Knysna
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £££
Hotel Class:5 star — Simola Hotel Country Club & Spa 5*
Number of rooms: 40
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