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The St. James of Knysna
Ranked #8 of 30 Hotels in Knysna
Certificate of Excellence
Holmfirth, United Kingdom
Level 6 Contributor
169 reviews
114 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 176 helpful votes
“Attractive, upmarket property in good location”
Reviewed 8 November 2009

This is a well-appointed property, nicely located at the edge of the lagoon with views to Knysna and The Heads.
There is a range of rooms/ suites available, many very large. We had an extremely comfortable 3-day stay.
The restaurant is very good, with interesting dishes, well prepared and presented, and reasonably priced. Service is friendly but can occasionally be a bit slow - the bottleneck would appear to be the kitchen, even at breakfast time. There is a good bar.

  • Stayed October 2009, travelled with friends
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 66 helpful votes
Reviewed 5 November 2009

We are a couple of early UK retirees liking to travel and stay in unostentatious interesting luxury and when we arrived at St James the television in the bar was blaring out a football match which seemed rather at odds with its luxury image. However, we were upgraded to their best suite which was indeed huge, marvellous and with wonderful views over the lagoon. Reception staff were very helpful and although the restaurant and lounge lacked any sort of atmosphere the food was good and, depending on the waiter, service could be excellent. There is a nice garden and a good sized, albeit unheated, pool as seems to be the norm in this part of the world. As far as we could see, only UK holidaymakers go here which, depending on your perspective, will either be a good or bad thing.

  • Stayed October 2009, travelled as a couple
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Telford, United Kingdom
Level 6 Contributor
104 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 113 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 October 2009

Very friendly but professional staff who all seemed to know your name.
Our (basic) suite was very spacious and comfortable. The gardens are beautiful and we are only sorry that the weather was very wet when we stayed there and we unable to enjoy sitting out by the lagoon. We had a relaxing day reading in the comfortable lounge and made use of the computer provided for guests.
We had a meal in the restaurant which was very good and excellent value for money. The breakfasts are wonderful, don't miss out on the Eggs Benedict.
All in a great place to stay.

  • Stayed September 2009, travelled as a couple
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Marco Island, Florida
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367 reviews
89 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 207 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 October 2009

My sister and I stayed here and they upgraded us to the unbelievable Presidential Suite. We didn't know why and we didn't ask! The room had beautiful views of the lagoon and the property and was exceptionally well appointed and comfortable with a large, gorgeous white marble bathroom. The staff was exceedingly helpful with our every request and helped us plan our few days in the area to make the best use of our time. Their follow-up was impeccable. The restaurant produces truly amazing dinners! Breakfast is excellent too with hot and cold selections but dinner was drool-worthy! Oddly our favorite was their spinach pasta dish. Try it and you'll know why! It's a little hard to find this place from the road and when we went it was behind some road construction but that didn't matter as you didn't see or hear it while at the property. If you go in to Knysna you went too far and need to ask directions or call.

Stayed September 2009
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Surrey
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3 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
Reviewed 25 September 2009

My parents, wife and I stayed in St James in late June of 2009. It was a wonderful couple of nights. The weather let us down a bit and the town was very quiet but we didn't mind as we spent the evenings playing board games and sipping drinks in front of the lovely open fire. The staff were flexible and extremely friendly and even helped us out with some tricky Trivial Pursuits answers!
In the morning, my wife and I went for a canoe on the lagoon from the jetty. It was stunning if a little chilly! Later we visited the elephant sanctuary and saw an 8 day old baby ellie! We all said it'd be the perfect place for a southern hemisphere family christmas away.

Stayed June 2009, travelled as a couple
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London, United Kingdom
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17 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
Reviewed 28 August 2009

Our family had an excellent stay in this hotel. At first the location concerned us as there are major road works outside of the hotel but we heard nothing from our rooms and we can see that future guests will benefit from the improvements to the road system, not least in getting into the town.

The entire staff at this hotel were welcoming – they were confident and relaxed in ways we didn’t experience in all hotels on our South Africa trip. The suites were excellent, very spacious, lovely views over the lake and as with other guests we were upgraded. All the family – teenagers included – enjoyed the rooms and previous comments about them being out-dated really didn’t resonate with any of us. The welcome tray was enjoyed, the laptop in reception much used as were the canoes, which are freely available. The views really are great and much appreciated by our party.

The food was absolutely fine. Breakfasts were more than adequate, the service impeccable and the one night we had dinner in the hotel was fine for us all, vegetarian and non-vegetarian included.

Thoroughly recommend for all ages groups and congratulations to the management for running such a welcoming and happy hotel.

  • Stayed August 2009, travelled with family
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Dublin
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5 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
Reviewed 23 August 2009

Having read the rave reviews before our holiday we decided to stay here. We were disappointed that intially we were shown to the musty mausoleum in the garden-a no no for any one with respiratory problems. Having objected to this accommodation we were shown 2 rooms in the house [why we were not offered one of these rooms initially I do not know] The evening meal was also poor I would describe it as ready to go shop food,but at least there is a great fish restaurant in Knysna called The Anchorage.Breakfast was also average with blandy tasting fruit. My advice to this establishment is employ an efficent manager and employ a top chef and then I will return.

  • Stayed April 2009, travelled as a couple
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Property: The St. James of Knysna
Address: The Point, Eastford, Knysna, 6570 | P.O. Box 1242, Knysna 6570, South Africa
Region: South Africa > Western Cape > Knysna
Amenities:
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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