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Turbine Hotel & Spa
Ranked #6 of 30 Hotels in Knysna
Certificate of Excellence
Jasper, Georgia
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54 reviews
10 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
“Outstanding and Interesting !”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 June 2014

I found this unique property to be a real gem. From the incredibly helpful staff (they opened the restaurant early so my business group could have breakfast) to the interesting incorporation of the original power equipment this hotel delighted at every turn. Further, the Thessen Island location was in the middle of a new tourist and holiday development featuring high end shops and a variety of do I g opportunities. I would strongly recommend the Turbine Hotel for anyone wishing to have a quality experience in a beautiful destination.

  • Stayed April 2014, travelled on business
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank Trent B
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Peter D, General Manager at Turbine Hotel & Spa, responded to this review, 4 August 2014
Dear Trent B
Thank you for taking the time to write such a good review the Turbine Hotel on Tripadvisor. We really appreciate the compliments and feedback that I can give back to the staff. Where possible we do try and accommodate requests, like opening earlier for our guests. Thesen Islands is a fantastic location with such good shopping and restaurant offerings. Being just a few meters away from the Knysna Lagoon makes The Turbine Hotel a top location in Knysna.
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    4.5 of 5 bubbles
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Nyon, Switzerland
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14 reviews
6 hotel reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 June 2014

Booked very last minute and were not disappointed at all - the hotels very unique built around the old turbine building - it looks fab and is one of the best developments like this I've seen. Fantastic looking round all the old equipment and the way the hotels been built around it!

Rooms were lovely, very quiet and nicely decorated. Only slight niggle was the shower was pretty useless - but bathroom looked great keeping with the industrial theme.

Breakfast great - menu options and buffet really fresh and delicious.

Location is absolutely fab on Thessen island right alongside some great restaurants like Sirocco and the tapas bar.

Hired bikes through the hotel which was a great way to see Knysna and really reasonable for an afternoons ride. The spa is small but the staff fantastic - one of the best facials I've had.

would definitely stay here again.

  • Stayed May 2014, 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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Thank Mulledandstayed
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Peter D, General Manager at Turbine Hotel & Spa, responded to this review, 5 June 2014
Dear Mulledandstayed
Thank you for taking time to review The Turbine Hotel. Your comments and compliments are most appreciated. We are privileged to have our magnificent lagoon side location, as well as a historically significant building to offer accommodation from.
I am so happy that you got to experience our Amani Spa. It may not be the biggest, but the personal and professional service that our therapists deliver is earning them many fans in Knysna.
If you, or your family should visit Knysna again in the future, please be sure to give us a call. It would be great to have you back.
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 May 2014

This place is exceptionally hip in a modern yet old fashioned way. Converted from a decommissioned turbine hall (obviously!), the hotel still contains much of the old machinery which gives it loads of character. We were given room 203 overlooking the waterway heading out to the lagoon, which was absolutely stunning. Bedroom was well equipped and comfortable, food very good quality and varied (although we only had breakfast), service efficient and friendly and facilities/amenities (pool etc) excellent. Situated in the quaint and peaceful setting of Thesen Island, the hotel is also within walking distance of numerous decent restaurants at Knysna waterfront.

It may be a bit more expensive than some other options in Knysna but possibly one of the nicest hotels we’ve stayed at and definitely recommended.

  • Stayed May 2014, travelled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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Thank Simon L
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Peter D, General Manager at Turbine Hotel & Spa, responded to this review, 5 June 2014
Dear Simon L
Thank you for your kind compliments and comments on Tripadvisor. We have the most amazing site for a Hotel that is so unique in it's concept. The old Turbine Power station has so much Knysna History to tell and now we can showcase that to our guests and visitors.
We are very proud of our hardworking staff that so enjoy making someones day special. Thesen Island has got so much going for the discerning visitors. Turbine can offer Spa treatments, boat cruises, bicycle hire, as well as our two amazing restaurants Island café and Col'cacchio Pizzeria.
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Stourbridge, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 May 2014

This place is exceptionally hip in a modern yet old fashioned way. Converted from a decommissioned turbine hall (obviously!), the hotel still contains much of the old machinery which gives it loads of character. We were given room 203 overlooking the waterway heading out to the lagoon, which was absolutely stunning. Bedroom was well equipped and comfortable, food very good quality and varied (although we only had breakfast), service friendly and efficient and facilities/amenities (pool etc) excellent. Situated in the quaint and peaceful setting of Thesen Island, the hotel is also within walking distance of numerous decent restaurants at Knysna waterfront.

It may be a bit more expensive than some other options in Knysna but possibly one of the nicest hotels we’ve stayed at and definitely recommended.

  • Stayed May 2014, travelled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank Silord
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Peter D, General Manager at Turbine Hotel & Spa, responded to this review, 5 June 2014
Dear Silord
Thank you for a great review of The Turbine Hotel. We have so much fun as staff here, showcasing our amazing hip, but industrial building that used to be the old Power Station. It is a heritage building, so all the machinery and old Turbines have been restored to museum quality. Throw into that 24 individually decorated rooms that have luxury appointments and you have a stayover that get guests talking.
The biggest bonus, is our lagoon edge position that is within easy walking or cycling distance from most of Knysna's major atttractions
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Cape Town Central, South Africa
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4 reviews
3 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 May 2014

My partner and I had a wonderful experience in this super modern hotel with old world charm. We loved the spacious bathroom with twin basins, big tub, cubicle shower, bidet and heated towel rails. The raw brick walls in the room is a lovely to show off the local artworks. The clever use of space for kitchen / work /dressing area works very well.
The breakfast / function area was brilliant - hard to believe how the place could be transformed between 4 am when our function ended and 7 am when breakfast started!!
Great and central to walk to shops and restaurants and for those who wanted to attempt canal sports. We rather focused on oysters and champagne!

  • Stayed May 2014, travelled on business
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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Thank Liezl1971
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Peter D, General Manager at Turbine Hotel & Spa, responded to this review, 5 June 2014
Dear Liezl1971
Thank you for a wonderful review. We as staff had such fun with the new Jaguar launch. It's so good to hear that we also ticked all the service and style boxes.
We are very proud of our rooms, that are luxurious, but at the same time, portray the industrial theme of the old Power station that is now the Turbine Hotel.
Please feel free to come and visit us any time you are in the Knysna area. You will be most welcome.
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Modimolle (Nylstroom), South Africa
2 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 May 2014

We only attended the restaurant and spa, but it was an experience we will always remember. The food was excellent and very tasty with the spa small and intimate will well trained therapists.The bar is very unique with tasty food and a limited cocktail menu.There is a lot of history in this place with a funky and trendy make-over

  • Stayed May 2014, travelled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank johanandanne
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Peter D, General Manager at Turbine Hotel & Spa, responded to this review, 5 June 2014
Dear Johanandanne
Thank you for the most wonderful review. We are so pleased that your visit to our Amani Spa will be a very memorable experience. The staff so enjoy providing that above expectation experience that comes through genuine friendly but professional service.
We are trying to emulate those same experiences in our restaurant where Chef Andrew is cooking with real passion and eagerness to delight the taste buds.
Please be sure to call on us again soon when you get back to the Garden Route.
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Sydney, Australia
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7 reviews
4 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 May 2014

Just spent two wonderful nights at this hotel on an APT tour of South Africa. The charming innovative way they have included all the novel things from the old power station into the decor is amazing. Very friendly reception rooms modern with some surprising features from the old and new blended together . Ate in the dining room for a superb 3 course meal with vey attentive service. The surrounds are all so very clean and inviting.

  • Stayed May 2014, travelled with friends
    • 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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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank Rosieanna
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Peter D, General Manager at Turbine Hotel & Spa, responded to this review, 5 June 2014
Dear Rosieanne
Your group of Australian travelling friends were such a pleasure to have at The Turbine Hotel.
We are so happy the you enjoyed the unique concept of the hotel, as well as the meal that the group had in our Island café. Everyone seemed to have enjoyed our amazing position we have, just meters away from the Knysna Lagoon.
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Property: Turbine Hotel & Spa
Address: 36 Sawtooth Lane | Thesen Islands, Knysna 6571, South Africa
Region: South Africa > Western Cape > Knysna
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Kitchenette Restaurant Room Service Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #6 of 30 Hotels in Knysna
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): ££
Hotel Class:5 star — Turbine Hotel & Spa 5*
Number of rooms: 24
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The Turbine Hotel and Spa was an ambitious project which transformed the old power station into a unique 5 star boutique hotel with a massive wow factor. The Turbine Hotel is surrounded by water on three sides. The Hotel comprises of the Island Café & Tapas Bar, as well as twenty five individually themed suites of the highest standard. The Amani Spa offers the ultimate escape for pure self-indulgence. The Turbine Water Club offers al fresco dining from our deli, oysters from our champagne bar and a wide variety of activities on both land and the Knysna lagoon. ... more   less 
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