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The St. James of Knysna
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Reviewed 12 December 2012

We spent a few days here and even though most of our activities were out in Plettenberg Bay, the place was so nice it was worth all the driving. If you're in the area I would definitely recommend it!

We had two suites which were both huge with separate living rooms (one even had a kitchen) and gigantic luxury bathrooms. The restaurant is actually pretty good and the bar, while extremely quiet, is quite nicely stocked. The service was fantastic - everyone was friendly and helpful and the rooms were meticulously maintained.

  • Stayed: November 2012, travelled with friends
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Reviewed 30 November 2012

We did not stay at the St James but went there for a meal on the recommendation of someone who had gone there the previous evening. We had the steak and it was like cutting butter. The Service was first class and the food was wonderful I understand that the Chef has recently changed and has lifted the standard of restaurant I would recommend the food at the The St James. Fine Dinner without the pretense.

  • Stayed: November 2012, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 21 November 2012

All the accommodation was immaculately furnished, spotlessly clean and with beautiful views over the lagoon. The grounds were delightful and well tended. We received a warm welcome for our three-day stay in unseasonably cold weather. Fires were lit, the electric blanket put on each evening, underfloor heating switched on in our bathroom, and everything made cosy and cheerful. Excellent food each evening and the chef was friendly and hospitable. On our last evening when we were the only guests eating, a table was carried into the bar in front of a blazing log fire just for us. We felt very special and very cared for and the staff could not have been more helpful. Would thoroughly recommend and it would be our privilege to return one day.

  • Stayed: October 2012, travelled as a couple
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Thank Gunnerjanet
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Reviewed 22 October 2012

We had a large suite with a lagoon view from the bedroom, and a door opening onto one of the pool areas. The bathroom had a patio door next to the shower opening onto an enclosed tropical mini garden, so you could pretend you were showering outdoors. Large comfortable bed with electric blanket.

The main hotel building had a bar and restaurant with a good (and good value) wine list. Food was nicely done and well presented, although the evening menu was a little limited. Breakfasts were excellent. During our stay there were only a handful of guests in the hotel so we got excellent service, but I worried for the viability of the business - to the extent whe we decided to eat in the hotel on a second night in order to give them some business, and found ourselves having a private dining experience on a table especially set up in the bar.

We liked the hotel and hope it finds more customers as the season develops. The various suites all looked different. Grounds and garden were lovely.

Room Tip: Ask for a lagoon view
  • Stayed: October 2012, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 19 October 2012

A really friendly welcome awaits you at this hotel - the setting is amazing with beautiful grounds that you want to spend time enjoying while the sun sets. Would strongly recommend a room with a view over the lagoon - we stayed in room 7. We had dinner in the hotel and the attention to detail and food was fantastic. Relaxing in the hotel bar is a ' must do' . Will certainly return as it is a great stop off point on the Garden Route.

Room Tip: View of the lagoon is a must
  • Stayed: October 2012, travelled as a couple
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Thank JillHague
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