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The St. James of Knysna
Ranked #8 of 30 Hotels in Knysna
Certificate of Excellence
Birmingham, United Kingdom
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391 reviews
86 hotel reviews
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“Very plush colonial atmosphere”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 August 2014

Stayed here 2 nights arrived after a long drive. A welcome bar drink and restaurant allowed us to have a relaxing first evening by a log fire. Placed on the estuary with superb view from our balcony. 1 mile from centre of Knysna and 2 miles from waterfront. Room was enormous, two TVs with own lounge, double sink bathroom, coffee tea etc. Staff excellent. breakfast excellent. Nice walk or run from the residence although it is on a brick pavement which is hard on older knees as less forgiving. Each morning our car was washed by the staff. Have two pools, sun loungers etc etc. Plenty to do in the area. We did 9 km elephant walk but saw no elephants. Lots of parks and game to see. Very good for bird watching from the residence garden asyouoverlook the lagoon. Free wifi. We also used the laundry service. They will provide picnic basket and blanket.

  • Stayed August 2014, travelled as a couple
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    4.5 of 5 bubbles
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    5 of 5 bubbles
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 August 2014

Fantastic suites at this hotel which is located just outside Kynsna. Approx a 15 min walk into centre of Knysna or 60 rand in taxi. The room we had had fantastic views over Knysna lagoon, and had separate living area, bathroom and wardrobes beside door. 2 TV's 1 in bedroom and 1 in living room, balcony overlooking lagoon. Breakfast was excellent and had a vast choice. Staff very helpful and all in all a great place to relax and enjoy in a great suite.

  • Stayed August 2014, travelled as a couple
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Accra, Ghana
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 August 2014

We have been meaning to stay at Knysna on our frequent trips on the garden route, and are so glad we found this wonderful place. It is one of those boutique hotels that make you feel happy you found them. We chose room 17 which we loved, but noticed as we checked out were equally as beautifully decorated. Any that we saw would be a pleasure in which to stay. We ate dinner at the restaurant, had an enjoyable dinner and breakfast, where the service was excellent, and in fact all the staff members were kind, thoughtful and very attentive. Even to the point that as we were leaving to load the car, someone was wiping the overnight due off the windows.......We absolutely loved it and wished we'd had more time.
Really - a beautiful place to stay.
So next time we will definitely allocate more time to stay longer.

  • Stayed July 2014, travelled as a couple
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Johannesburg, South Africa
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 July 2014

Far exceeded my expectations, St James was a perfect place to stay, dining was excellent and overall the service was superb and gracious. I was pleasantly surprised to find our car had been cleaned before our departure. Thanks so much for all the attention to detail!

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Johannesburg
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 July 2014

Well appointed rooms with lakeside views. Really beautiful setting - just off the main road, yet quiet. Breakfast was good and this venue is excellent for a short stay or to explore the attractions in the area.

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  • Stayed July 2014, travelled as a couple
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Cape Town, South Africa
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 July 2014

I recommend that you inform guests not to drink the tap water!!!
Rooms need an upgrade.
Super friendly staff and great service.
Will definitely be back, next with a lagoon view.
All in all a super weekend!

  • Stayed July 2014, travelled as a couple
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George, South Africa
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 July 2014

Stayed for two nights. Was good. Beautiful grounds. Del was very helpful and friendly. The electric blankets were a nice touch. Only a couple of points I want to raise - After the first night's breakfast- there was a beautiful continental buffet display with cold meats etc. second morning there was almost none. I asked the waitress and she said its because we are only a few people at the establishment and does not qualify for the continental display. I found this strange!? I understand that food goes to waste in this case - but what about a small quantity selection? The DSTV bouquet is unacceptable. There was not one station I was interested in - hence no watching TV.

  • Stayed June 2014, travelled with family
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Property: The St. James of Knysna
Address: The Point, Eastford, Knysna, 6570 | P.O. Box 1242, Knysna 6570, South Africa
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Region: South Africa > Western Cape > Knysna
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Bar / Lounge Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Restaurant Room Service
Hotel Style:
#5 Romantic Hotel in Knysna
#7 Family Hotel in Knysna
#8 Luxury Hotel in Knysna
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): ££
Hotel Class:5 star — The St. James of Knysna 5*
Number of rooms: 15
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