We loved the modern spacious room, large bed and bathroom although the latter was showing a little wear around the edges already. With the sofa, table (making it more of a suite) it was a place to come back to and relax before heading out in the evening again. Bright and airy with a balcony and off street parking.The rooms look into a courtyard and the interior design is original. Whilst could easily have been a modern 'box' there is certainly more interest here.
Location is great, just a few moments walk to the waterfront at Knysna where there are plenty of restaurants to choose from most with a 180 degree view of the lagoon. Alternatively, there are others on Gray Street and and a few 'local' bars and clubs up on the main street.
Breakfast in the Rose Cafe is produced by a very enthusiastic team - just be great if the reception staff were equally enthusiastic. They were helpful but not exactly friendly in the way you might want. Still, they did do their best to arrange a restaurant reservation for us. Still, for one night, the cafe next door was more than enough with what my wife described as "sensible sized portions" and vats of wine. Prices all very reasonable as well.
One of things that did appeal was the very useful guide of things to do / companies in the room. For a slightly unprepared couple it was a good reference and more useful than the generic guides often available in hotels.
Whilst I am tempted to give this four stars I am holding back to give it three. Whilst we liked the place there was something - and may well have been the slightly cold reception from the staff - that on top of a 65RND per hour internet charge and 10am checkout time that keeps it a bit above average.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- One of Knysna’s most elegant and sophisticated accommodation offerings, The Rex Hotel promises its guests superior service and exceptional comfort. Located on the World Famous Garden Route, The Rex Hotel is one of the most exhilarating getaways in its class. Capturing the essence of four-star luxury, the impeccably appointed Rex Hotel offers travelers a gateway to world-class restaurants, blossoming forests and the shores of the serene lagoon. ... more less
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