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“Tranquil Location on the Garden Route”

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The Lofts Boutique Hotel
Ranked #13 of 30 Hotels in Knysna
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College Station, Texas
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39 reviews
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“Tranquil Location on the Garden Route”
Reviewed 31 October 2012

I have stayed at the Lofts several times and plan to do so many more times in the future. It is an experience you could never have in America or Europe. Not to be missed. Great location on the water with perfect breezes. Good anytime of the year. Thesen Harbour Town has several great seafood restaurants (and several breakfast cafes) and downtown Knysna is just a few minutes walk away. Staying on Thesen Island is a tranquil experience. Calm, clean, well organized. The headquarters of Garden Route National Park is just a few steps away where you can learn about the Knysna Seahorse and the revitalization of the lagoon. The Lofts itself is certainly a unique hotel experience. The design of the building and the rooms is like nothing you have ever seen. The hotel was designed inside the original Thesen boat building workshop. You can still see evidence of this in the rails extending into the water and the timbers overhead. The rooms are very spacious and comfortable. The suites have great kitchenettes and plenty of room for a family to spread out. The staff of the Lofts is always courteous and helpful. You can tell they take great pride in their work. If you are looking for something different and VERY comfortable... head to the Lofts in Knysna. You will not be sorry!

Room Tip: All rooms are good. Suites perfect for families or two couples. Singles are just as comfortable an...
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  • Stayed September 2012, travelled on business
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Reviewed 31 October 2012

If you're looking for a perfect hideaway, this is your place! I loved absolutely everything about The Lofts! Their attention to detail in every aspect and customer service are impeccable! I will definitely be back.

  • Stayed July 2012
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Cape Town
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Reviewed 31 October 2012

I often go on business trips and prefer to stay at the Lofts Boutique Hotel. Absolutely stunning. I love the design and the rooms are very stylishly decorated. Although I go for business, I also feel relaxed when I'm met with the calmness of the surroundings. The people are friendly and the amazing restaurant at the bottom have the best breakfast and "kom-weer" bread!!!!! I like this hotel so much that I even visit it on my holidays or when passing through Knysna. A real gem on the island!

  • Stayed November 2011, travelled on business
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Ahmedabad, India
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Reviewed 11 September 2012

We stayed at this trendy place for 2 days and loved every moment of it and Knysna what a place to be. there is no restaurant or breakfast in the hotel but they hand over vouchers instead where we can chose from nearby restaurant or coffee shops. And in a way it was good. Loved the food at the places we went. will write a separate review for it. The room we had was a lagoon intrigue suite loved it. Although the bathroom and the bedroom had no walls or curtains. it was open. Since we had a 3 year old with us we had to be careful to use the tub. Shower was in a cubical so that was fine. Rest all the room was great, staff friendly and the bar area was quite nice. they have a spa too but we never used the services. And overall a nice experience. Loved Knysna. the best place ever.

Room Tip: Lagoon suite rooms are quite good for couples.
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  • Stayed August 2012, travelled with family
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Benoni, Gauteng, South Africa
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Reviewed 31 August 2012

We stayed 3 nights at the Lofts in August. The luxury suite was very comfortable and we had a lovely view of the lagoon. We liked the fact that you got a choice of different restaurants for breakfast, every morning was something different. Eventhough we had very little to do with the staff, they were always friendly and welcoming. We would return to the hotel.

  • Stayed August 2012, travelled as a couple
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Tucson, Arizona
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Reviewed 25 August 2012

We stayed two nights at the Lofts in Knysna in August. The staff while friendly was not especially helpful for local area information as they seemed unfamiliar and were quick to jump to a brochure for more info. Fortunately, their positive attitude and willingness to help made up for the lack of info.
The rooms and common areas are awesome. The lofts are two stories with a full kitchen, two bathrooms and bedrooms, and a balcony. The entrances open into catwalks that cross over a wildly designed common area, spa facilities sprawled beneath, giving you an almost tree-house feeling. The rooms would be perfect fitting two couples traveling together or a family.
We recommend against any sort of breakfast options that the hotel offers as they provide only a voucher ($ for $) for a choice of a couple local restaurants. Instead just go to the restaurant yourself (Il de Pan is an incredible bakery/cafe located less than a 1 minute away). Location wise, Thesen Island boasts a safe area where visitors/residents have a handful of restaurants within a short walk of anywhere on the island.
Overall, 4-stars for this hotel and we would return.

  • Stayed August 2012, travelled as a couple
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Mossel Bay, South Africa
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Reviewed 6 August 2012

We stayed for 1 night during the past weekend. It was a nice big room and I like the rustic styling in the bathroom area. My biggest gripe is the fact that the shower was in the bath (one of my pet hates!) and no mirror at the washbasin, which made shaving difficult for my husband, and I had to carry my make up to the bedroom to do in front of a mirror.
The bathroom had 2 framed mirrors against the wall over the bath. In the top one you could see your forehead and the bottom one, your navel!

We paid for a luxury suite and just expected more. Small things like these pointed out, can make a difference.

  • Stayed August 2012, travelled as a couple
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Additional Information about The Lofts Boutique Hotel

Property: The Lofts Boutique Hotel
Address: The Boatshed | Long Street, Thesen Harbour Town, Knysna 6570, South Africa
Region: South Africa > Western Cape > Knysna
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Spa Suites Swimming Pool Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
#4 Spa Hotel in Knysna
#5 Family Hotel in Knysna
#7 Business Hotel in Knysna
#11 Luxury Hotel in Knysna
#13 Romantic Hotel in Knysna
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £
Hotel Class:4 star — The Lofts Boutique Hotel 4*
Number of rooms: 15
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The Lofts Boutique Hotel is housed in the old Boatshed on Thesen Islands, Knysna. The refurbished building with its architectural design gives The Lofts Boutique Hotel an individuality which is also reflected in the difference in the Luxury Loft Rooms & Self catering apartments’ decor. Our accommodation consists of 3 lagoon suites with uninterrupted and breathtaking views of the lagoon, 7 luxury loft rooms and 5 luxury 2-bedroom suites all overlooking the beautiful architecture of Thesen Harbour Town. We also offer our guests a beautiful splash pool to laze around on sunny days & a martini bar lounge area where you can relax with a cup of coffee in the morning or enjoy a drink while watching the sun set in the afternoon.Our friendly service will spoil you and will make your stay memorable. Visit the privately owned spa and pamper yourself with luxurious treatments or stroll through The Boatshed and enjoy the unique shops open for you to experience or enjoy a superb meal at famous île de païn bread café, one of South Africa’s top ten restaurants.The location on the waters’ edge provides our guests with a tranquil relaxing experience. Here you will enjoy the serenity of an island, the magnificent views of the surrounding green hills and the power of nature expressed by the changing moods of the lagoon.The Lofts Boutique Hotel will be your most memorable escape to date! ... more   less 
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