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The Turbine Boutique Hotel and Spa
Ranked #6 of 30 Hotels in Knysna
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed 15 October 2017

We spent 2 nights at this lovely boutique hotel. As engineers, this was the ultimate hotel to go to, to celebrate our honeymoon. We loved the concept of having breakfast amidst machinery. The staff at the hotel were very polite and helpful, and the room we stayed in was beautiful. The breakfast is a la carte, with a continental buffet, which ensures fresh tasty every morning. We had the eggs benedict, which were truly scrumptious. Thank you for such a lovely stay, will defintely recommend.

  • Stayed: September 2017, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 14 October 2017 via mobile

I have to applaud the designer and architect that built this lovely boutique hotel around the shell and workings of an old power station. They have done a fantastic job, with many of the original workings still in situ.

Quirky and industrial it might be it the rooms are spacious, well equipped and spotless.

The staff are very friendly, the breakfast is good with plenty of choice, and the bar is very pleasant.

The whole atmosphere is very good and the hotel is well placed just a short walk / drive from the main Waterfront but with a couple of restaurants just across the road.

Two minor niggles, a room key that had to be re-set every day (think that was just ours) and a TV that had a mind of it's own coming on and scrolling through the channels when it wanted (annoying at Midnight). I suspect the remote in the next room may have been responsible but I left it with the staff to sort out.

That said, we will definitely stay there again next time we are in Knysna.

Stayed: October 2017, travelled as a couple
Thank JohnHLaycock
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Reviewed 12 October 2017 via mobile

Having first passed the doors of the hotel shortly after it opened in 2010 on my first trip from the UK I finally got to stay there.

The room although not big, was exquisitely decorated. Every thoughtful detail you would expect and a little more from a hotel of that calibre. From the telescope to be able to view the stars from our very private balcony, to the fresh lemon to have with your G & T, they've thought of everything. Highly recommended to anyone that likes something a little out of the ordinary.

Stayed: October 2017
Thank Lisa C
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Reviewed 11 October 2017

This hotel was used by APT and we found it to be a complete surprise. As the name suggests it used to be a Turbine station and much of the machinery is still there and used as a feature in all rooms. Just off the reception is a glass floor with pumps and pipes below. In the restaurant are more blasts from the past between which they have tables for breakfast or dinner. In the rooms there are fuses mounted on cupboard doors and stop-start stations on the wall. More importantly they have incredible coffee. The hotel is beside a canal and has a few shops and restaurants outside the door. Cocktail prices are standard for South Africa, cheap, and all the staff are so friendly. If you are in Knysna this quirky hotel is the place to stay.

Room Tip: Have a coffee on the deck, its worth it.
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  • Stayed: September 2017, travelled as a couple
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Thank KarynandCraig
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Reviewed 9 October 2017

Unfortunately we arrived at the hotel in the dark, and were grateful to be shown to our room, the Canal Suite which is across the road above the Col C’acchio pizzeria. The room was fantastic, with a small kitchenette and full size fridge, plus a lounge area and large bathroom, along with a small terrace, meaning that we had plenty of space in which to relax during our 5 night stay. In the reception there were several notices about helping to conserve water, but the housekeeping team insisted on changing the towels each day despite us hanging them on the rail, which I found a bit odd.

Breakfast each day offered a choice from the buffet along with a menu of cooked options. We also ate in the hotel on two nights and found the food good overall. The restaurant is quite casual so it’s more functional dining than for a special occasion. The staff in the restaurant and indeed throughout the hotel were always friendly and courteous. One of the ladies serving breakfast even commented that she had missed us the previous day (we had gone out early) but it’s touches like that which made us feel valued. We had a drink at the bar on one evening and the barman was really friendly, even though he unfortunately didn’t seem to have a clue about how to make some of the cocktails on the list! We should have stuck to the couple of craft beers that we had drunk on a previous evening which were excellent!

We both had a spa treatment on one afternoon and again the staff were really friendly and the therapists obviously trained to a high standard. My only criticism here was that we felt pressurised to buy a couple of products after the treatment.

Overall, the hotel is a great base for exploring the Garden Route. Being on Thesen Island, it’s away from the main town so feels very safe to walk around to the nearby shops and restaurants.

  • Stayed: September 2017, travelled as a couple
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Thank Joanne H
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Address: 36 Sawtooth Lane | Thesen Islands, Knysna 6571, South Africa
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Region: South Africa > Western Cape > Knysna
Bar / Lounge Business Centre with Internet Access Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Kitchenette Restaurant Room Service Spa Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
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Ranked #6 of 30 Hotels in Knysna
Price Range: R 1 994 - R 4 388 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:5 star — The Turbine Boutique Hotel and Spa 5*
Number of rooms: 26
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The Turbine Hotel and Spa was an ambitious project which transformed the old power station into a unique 5 star boutique hotel with a massive wow factor. The Turbine Hotel is surrounded by water on three sides. The Hotel comprises of the Island Café restaurant and Gastro Pub, as well as twenty six individually themed rooms and suites of the highest standard. The Turbine Spa offers pampering treatments to indulge and relax weary souls, while the Turbine Water Club arranges lagoon cruises, whale watching, forest hikes, city tours and mountain biking for adventure seekers and explorers. ... more   less 
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