Ratings based on 7 Verified Reviews

They paid and stayed. We double-checked.
4.6 out of 5
100% of guests recommend
4.9 Room cleanliness
4.4 Service & staff
4.6 Room comfort
4.9 Hotel condition
They paid and stayed.
We double-checked.
4 out of 5
for Getaway With Friends
by A verified traveler

Good location & very interesting decor

Posted Jan 21, 2014 on Hotels.com
Well located boutique hotel in unique surroundings. Standard rooms a little on the small side but well equipped and nice bathroom. Breakfast was good, although service was a bit inconsistent. Very nice infinity pool & deck. Recommended.
5 out of 5
for Couples
by Tracy from Tring

Fabulous, quirky hotel!

Posted Dec 1, 2013
Pros: Everything!
Location: Perfect location to use as a base to explore the area. Plettenberg Bay, Knysna elephant park,the Heads are all within an easy drive.
We stayed in The Tides (room 102) which has glorious views over the pool and down the canal. The hotel is immaculately clean, the staff and managers are friendly and helpful above and beyond their 'duty'. Photos do not do this hotel justice!
5 out of 5
for Everyone
by Sherrie from Napa, CA

Very Impressive!

Posted Nov 21, 2013
Pros: Location Value Restaurants & Bar on property Quality of food Attention to detail History of the hotel
Cons: I can not think of anything-it really is a job well done
Location: Harbor Shopping Bars Restaurants
While traveling in South Africa we came upon this hotel via expedia. We had stayed in Knysna previously and had a bad experience with another hotel and were not excited to give Knysna another try until we found the Turbine Hotel. The Turbine is a newer hotel, very very clean and fashionable. The breakfast in the morning was one of the best we had and we were staying at some very nice accommodations on the rest of our trip. The location of the Turbine is so nice. Right on a harbor, with nice shopping area. You feel like you are in a hotel that would cost 5x the amount the Turbine charges. I would say excellent value for the money and keep up the good work Turbine!
5 out of 5
for Couples
by Dries from Port Elizabeth, South Africa


Posted Nov 5, 2013
Pros: Location
Location: Lots to do
Great stay, with very friendly staff.
4 out of 5
for Everyone
by Kevinathome from New York, NY

Unique Island Experience

Posted Jan 10, 2013
Pros: The rooms
Cons: Food service
Location: Great location on Thesen Islands at Knysna
The hotel offers a unique experience in a converted power station. The space is most memorable and rooms nicely presented. I found service, however, not In keeping with a five star hotel nor the high priced rooms, and never used the hotel cafe, ordered room service, etc as my attempts were met by indifference or lack of understanding by the staff. Beware of room 110, 111, and 112 that overlook the parking lot.
5 out of 5
by A verified traveler from Newark, Nottinghamshire, UK

A very impressive, swanky and diffferent venue!

Posted Feb 11, 2012 on Hotels.com
Great hotel, very professional staff, superb service in all areas (bar, reception, restaurant, pool, cleaning staff) ... just a little too pricey!
4 out of 5
for Everyone
by Maria from Cornwall, UK

Nice hotel with limited outside space

Posted Jan 13, 2012
Pros: Probably the food at the Island Cafe
Cons: Semi-open plan bathroom and limited outside space.
Location: In the heart of Thesen Island on the outskirts of Knysna.
We booked a standard room at the Turbine Hotel. The room was functional, although slightly small. The bed was comfortable and the benefit of free WiFi was very helpful. We didn't like the way the bathroom opened onto the bedroom, however there were shutters to pull across to make it private. The design of the hotel is such that there is not much outside space. The pool area is small, and overlooked. We did consider upgrading to a balcony room, as the hotel does feel slightly claustrophobic, but felt that the price difference was too high for basically the same room, but with a small balcony overlooking the pool. The hotel is really in the heart of Thesen Island and where there is a small selection mainstream of restaurants. However, we felt that the best food was to be found in the hotel's own Island Cafe. Thesen Island is incredibly family friendly and has a relaxed feel. Being a child-free couple in our late 40's, we probably didn't make the best choice, but can see how it is ideal for families. There is a small central play area and it feels very safe with the children happily playing and riding around on their scooters. Thesen Island quite new and very New England style with lots of painted shiplap buildings around a central canal system. It's more upmarket than Knysna, where we felt the waterfront area was very tacky, and is a great base to explore the area.