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“Brilliant location to unwind”

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The Lofts Boutique Hotel
Ranked #12 of 30 Hotels in Knysna
Certificate of Excellence
cape town
2 reviews
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“Brilliant location to unwind”
Reviewed 21 September 2009

Reception "LuLu" was very welcoming and showed me around. The room was quiet and ideally suited for one with a huge balcony. The hotel is centrally located on Theusen Island in walking distance of resturants and little shops. Sunday there is a local craft market.

  • Stayed September 2009, travelled solo
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Reviewed 31 May 2009

The Lofts were a really nice place to stay. The rooms were clean and roomy with private balconies that have a albeit obstructed view of the lagoon. The architecture of the boatshed is really unique, you can easily walk to everything on Thesen Island and parking is very easy. The only drawback is the lack of reception after 7:30pm, which if you are late checking in, you will need an international cell phone to call them. Good luck with any dinner recommendations either. They did however give us a late check-out at noon.

  • Stayed May 2009, travelled as a couple
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London, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 25 May 2009

The hotel itself is lovely, well maintained and serviced, We stayed in the Tower Suite #1 which has a great view over the lagoon. The room has a large shower with two heads, a toilet in a separate room, but the bath was extremely small. The hotel is located on the very upmarket Thesen Island, which has lovely restaurants, shops and even apartments on the opposite side of the hotel.

We had breakfast (the Lofts provided a breakfast voucher) at Jamie Blue - Boere Bistro, which is excellent and provides a very personal service (Try the Croissant with fried banana & bacon!). The attached Le Spa Tranquille was great, we had a hot stone massage, and foot scrub.

The photos you can find on trip advisor portray the hotel perfectly, everything we asked for was provided, and everything went smoothly. I would definately stay here again, although probably in the Summer months or during the Knysna oyster festival, the island was very quiet during our stay.

  • Stayed May 2009, travelled as a couple
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East London
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Reviewed 11 May 2009

The place for me was really good, comfortable and warm, I love to bring my loved one on the next visit. up to today I still tell my friends and colleagues about that place, and Knysna at large (mind you it was my first time in Knysna). The only problem I've notice is the signs that clearly gives a direction to a place, starting from Town main road at least the turn on the traffic lights can 1st show the direction, then on the traffic lights before fire station can give clear direction, that's my suggestion. when think about it make it easy to find when you know you cross the lovely small bridge, Nice place in all.

  • Stayed May 2009, travelled solo
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Reviewed 18 April 2009

We tried this place out after doing some googling, and found that it exceeded our expectations. For the amount of money they charge, the rooms are huge (we got a double storey apartment, with 2 x bathrooms + lounge + kitchen etc).

They don't have a lot of rooms, so you don't have to contend with hordes of people. The place is small enough, and the staff friendly enough for it to be "comfortable" and feel like a home away from home.

There's not much in the sense of facilities in the hotel itself, but there's no need as Knysna has tons of things to do, and you do after all go on holiday to places like Knysna to see the area, and not spend all day in the hotel.

They don't have cartoon network or Disney on their TV entertainment system which to me is a big plus, as the kids don't want to spend the whole day in front of the tv.

  • Stayed April 2009, travelled with family
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London, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 6 April 2009

this hotel is in a great location on Thessen Island - nicely away from the noise of Knysna, short walk away from the waterfront - possibly the best location in Knysna.

Hotel is beautiful - rooms well appointed and large terrace area with day beds - perfect for drinks before an evening meal. And for that, we would recommend Scirocco or Lush (just 2 mins away) - both part of the same company (although give 34 South at the waterfront a miss - service was awful and the food not a patch on Scirocco).

Breakfast is served in one of a number of restaurants. Although Il de Pain (joined to the hotel) is the nearest and also very good, we would recommend trying the others too - you get a voucher each morning from reception, but if you're not going to Il de Pain make sure you get a voucher specific for one of the other restaurants as they're specific. If you dont want breakfast, use the Il de Pain voucher for a good lunch - the sandwiches are great!

the only slight downside of the hotel is the walls - they are very thin between the rooms and we were able to converse with our friends in the next room!! but this isnt really a problem - dont let it put you off staying at an otherwise excellent hotel with really good customer service and very friendly housekeeping.

We also recommend a horseriding safari at the Plettenberg Bay Game Reserve - and we've never ridden before!

  • Stayed April 2009, travelled as a couple
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Midlands
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Reviewed 20 March 2009

Wonderful location and breakfasts at Ile de Pain delicious.

  • Stayed February 2009, travelled with family
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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
#10 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: 18
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
What better way to enjoy Knysna than a stay on an island, located not only in the heart of the Knysna Lagoon, but also in a Blue Flag Marina in the very centre of Knysna? Set within the remodelled timber frame of the old Knysna boatbuilding shed, the hotel rooms take one's breath away with their industrial refurbishment and design. This fresh, smart-casual approach is far from the ordinary, and caters well to every desire. Multiple room options are presented in various styles: Exclusive Lagoon Suites Luxury Loft Suites Luxury Units with Self-catering Facilities ... more   less 
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