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Turbine Hotel & Spa

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London, United Kingdom
Reviewed 10 February 2017

We stayed for two nights on a motorbike trip on the Garden Route. This hotel was recommended and booked by the motorbike hire company. Knysna was just a convenient stop. We had no particular interest in being there and, from a brief look around the town centre, it does not seem to be an attractive place. The hotel is outside...

Thank mlx11
Cheadle, United Kingdom
Reviewed 8 February 2017

A wonderful Hotel with a superb Restaurant. The staff were attentive knowleable re menu and wines and when we asked to share a main course(due to size of portions) there was no problem. Quality of food was perfect presentation spot on and wines good. Difficult to expect more. Well worth a visit.

Thank djbeecroft
Birmingham, United Kingdom
Reviewed 29 January 2017

An old wood processing factory which had been lovingly restored and retained many original artefacts including kiln, overhead crane and generators etc. Nice pool area except for music. Lovely common rooms and restaurant serving excellent meals. Local shops etc were good especially on waterfront but a car is needed. Room was incredible and even a cake for my wife's birthday....

Thank Richard P
Hong Kong, China
Reviewed 25 January 2017 via mobile

This is such an unusual Hotel full of History in EVERY WAY. The Conversion from Power Station to Hotel is Amazingly Well Done. Public Areas are awesome and rooms are lovely. Staff Service and location are All Super.

Thank NicholasMarlow
Pretoria, South Africa
Reviewed 23 January 2017

This hotel is in a great location, has great views, with great food (dinner specifically, breakfast was a bit of a letdown). We simply loved the very unique architecture as the hotel used to be a old power station and most historical elements have been restored. As it is located on Thesen Island, it sort of feels like an Island...

Thank Karin_O909
Leeds, United Kingdom
Reviewed 22 January 2017 via mobile

What a great place to stay, so sympathetically restored from an old power station but with many of the old turbines and gizmos saved and lovingly built into the new, very smart design. Great location on the marina with lots of shops bars and restaurants. The hotel restaurant is lovely too and the breakfasts very filling. The spa is gorgeous...

Thank v0dkalady
Reviewed 17 January 2017 via mobile

The Turbine is simply a great hotel , the room was very comfortable and decorated with elegance, staff was very nice ! No doubt, this hotel is the place to be in Knysna !!! During my trip in SA, the Turbine had been my favorite hotel, thx for this unique moment !

Oxford, United Kingdom
Reviewed 15 January 2017

This shot into the Top 5 Best Hotels I have stayed in to date … prompting me to make the time to write up a review for TripAdvisor … which I have put on hold for the last 18 months as I have been so busy that I’ve simply not had time! Whoever came up with the idea of building...

Thank Anne Louise S
Kimberley, South Africa
Reviewed 8 January 2017

The Turbine Hotel is our go-to hotel in Knysna. We have now stayed there a number of times and have enjoyed each visit to this special hotel. I can go on and on about the staff, the rooms, the food, the service, the location, but the best way I can promote this hotel is to urge you to give it...

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Thank IlseSmalberger
Cape Town Central, South Africa
Reviewed 3 January 2017 via mobile

This was our third stay at The Turbine hotel. We love the decor and the location on Thesen Island. Close to many eateries on the island and Knysna waterfront area. Staff is very friendly and helpfull. Great breakfast served. Great 5 Star experience!!

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  • Breakfast included
  • Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi )
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  • Air Conditioning
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  • Breakfast included
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  • Business Centre with Internet Access
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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 & Tapas Bar, as well as twenty five individually themed suites of the highest standard. The Amani Spa offers the ultimate escape for pure self-indulgence. The Turbine Water Club offers al fresco dining from our deli, oysters from our champagne bar and a wide variety of activities on both land and the Knysna lagoon. ... more   less 

Additional Information about Turbine Hotel & Spa

Address: 36 Sawtooth Lane | Thesen Islands, Knysna 6571, South Africa
Region: South Africa > Western Cape > Knysna
Price Range: €167 - €275 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:5 star — Turbine Hotel & Spa 5*
Number of rooms: 24
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#3 Business Hotel in Knysna
#7 Luxury Hotel in Knysna
#8 Family Hotel in Knysna
#9 Romantic Hotel in Knysna
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“Room 201 (2nd floor) - great view of the pool + canal + furnished balcony. Also the bath-tub was positioned to catch the sunset!”
 of 5 bubbles lindadM3044WU, 22 Mar 2017 | Read review
“If you can ask for room 201”
 of 5 bubbles Rosselli2016, 9 Mar 2017 | Read review
“The apartment was stunning!”
 of 5 bubbles jackiM738, 25 Feb 2017 | Read review
“Take a upper-class-room! They are much larger and more comfortable”
 of 5 bubbles 514wernerh, 24 Feb 2017 | Read review
“Ask for a room with a view of the lagoon or the canals”
 of 5 bubbles Ionam, 23 Feb 2017 | Read review
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