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This excellent, five-star budget option, YHA-affiliated and award-winning, is owner-run and it shows. There’s a great bar area with satellite TV, yet you can still find peace and quiet in the large grounds.
Knysna Log Inn Hotel
The Knysna Log Inn is said to be the largest log structure in the southern hemisphere. The rooms are comfortable and there’s a pool, but the wood theme is a bit overwhelming.
Protea Hotel Knysna Quays
Rooms are tastefully decorated at this stylish hotel. It has an inviting, heated pool and is moments away from shopping and eating options at the Waterfront. You’ll want a lagoon-facing room.
The Plettenberg Hotel
Built on a rocky headland with breathtaking vistas, this five-star place is pure decadence, with fantastic rooms, a spa and a top-class restaurant.
The Graywood Hotel
Still with its locomotive theme, this hotel has been refurbished and is much improved. It now has decent-sized rooms, set around a leafy pool area. There’s disabled access.
An impressive collection of luxury guest cottages, some with lagoon views, in a garden setting. There is also a restaurant serving regional and international dishes.
Point Village Hotel
This modern hotel boasts a spectacular location, right above the wave-pounded rocks at the Point. There’s a decent restaurant and the spacious rooms have balconies with ocean views.
Protea Hotel Mossel Bay
Part of the Protea chain, this is a classy hotel set in the old post-office building. Its restaurant, Café Gannet, has a large seafood, meat and pizza menu.
This is the area’s most luxurious place, about 10km from the town centre, and has three 18-hole golf courses (two designed by Gary Player). The hotel and country club has a range of top-notch accommodation options, a health spa and five restaurants.
Albergo For Backpackers
Well-run and friendly, Albergo can organise just about any activity in the area. The upstairs dorm has huge windows and stellar ocean views from the balcony.
Island Vibe Knysna
This funky backpackers has excellent communal areas, cheery staff and nicely decorated rooms. There’s a bar, free internet and a great view from the deck.
Amakaya Backpacker Hostel
A total overhaul has turned this into a great backpacker hostel whose focal point is the bar and deck with views of the Tsitsikamma Mountains. One of the dorms is en suite and has its own kitchen.
Fairy Knowe Backpackers
Set in spacious, leafy grounds overlooking the Touws River, this 1874 farmhouse was the first in the area. The bar and cafe are in another building some distance away, so boozers won’t keep you awake. The Baz Bus comes to the door...
St. James Of Knysna
Located on a 3 acre estate, this property offers luxury rooms with lagoon views, 2 swimming pools and a landscaped garden. It is a 15 minute drive from Pezula Golf Club. St...
Three Cities Plettenberg Park Hotel
Boasting a stunning cliff-side location, this exclusive hotel is tucked away on a private nature reserve near Plettenberg Bay and combines excellent service and food...
Protea Hotel Outeniqua
Protea Hotel Outeniqua offers elegant rooms with free Wi-Fi and a restaurant serving South African and European cuisines. Located in historic George, it is 2 km from Kingswood golf course...
Knysna Log Inn Hotel
Hosted in one of the largest timber-log structures in the Southern Hemisphere, Log-Inn is a 5-minute walk from the Knysnas waterfront and lagoon ferries, 2 blocks from the village shopping center...
Protea Hotel King George
Located on the 11th fairway of the George Golf Course, this upscale hotel is just a 10-minute drive from the George airport, 3 minutes from the central business district, and a short drive from the beach...
Turbine Hotel & Spa
This former power station is located in Knysna and offers sunny suites with an iPod docking station and views of the Knysna Lagoon. The spacious sun deck comes with an outdoor pool...
Knysna Hollow Country Estate
Located right outside Knysna and surrounded by lush vegetation, Knysna Hollow Country Estate features elegant accommodation with private patios. It offers 3 pools and 2 restaurants, and also has a souvenir shop...
Hyatt Regency Oubaai Golf Resort & Spa
This 5-star resort in Herolds Bay has an 18-hole golf course designed by Ernie Els. Its rooms have balconies with panoramic views of the Indian Ocean or the Outeniqua Mountains...
Conrad Pezula Resort & Spa
Built to reflect the natural beauty surrounding it, this luxurious hotel is located in the town of Knysna and promises a relaxed stay...