The Turbine Boutique Hotel and Spa

Knysna, Garden Route

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The hotel

Historic, quirky, and luxurious. That’s how we’d describe the Turbine Boutique Hotel and Spa in three words. An old power station has been transformed into an idyllic hotel on the canal rivers of Knysna, complete with exceptional cuisine, a top of the range spa, and stunning views. All of the old machinery in the power station now forms part of the funky décor, painted brightly in vivid colours that stand out against the bare bricks and white walls. You’ll forever be spotting unusual contraptions, massive turbines, and steel pipes – it’s a fascinating place to stay. So much so, that the rooms vary in size and shape due to the architecture, but you can be sure that it’ll be spacious and airy. Now enough about the décor and more about how you’re going to enjoy yourself staying here. The Turbine Spa is one of the finest on the Garden Route, so book yourself in for a treatment and enjoy the steam room whilst you’re at it. Whether you’re staying for business or pleasure, the Gastro Pub is a great way to end the day – enjoy a craft beer or a local wine and catch the latest sporting events whilst indulging in upmarket pub grub. When you want to get a bit more active, the Turbine Waterclub is on hand with kayak rentals, sunset cruises, and forest tours just the tip of the activities on offer. This is the perfect stop on your travels through the magic of the Garden Route. 

Amenities

  • Bicycle Rental
  • Kayaking
  • Bar
  • Free Parking
  • Internet Access
  • Laundry Service
  • Restaurant
  • Room Service
  • Spa
  • Swimming Pool

Where is it

Located on Thesen Island, which is a secure marina estate within the Knysna canals, on the Garden Route. Less than a mile from Knysna town centre, and 38 miles from George Airport.

Hotel information

24 rooms and suites, each designed with an individual shape and personality. All feature air conditioning, complimentary WiFi access, flat-screen TV, mini bar*, coffee/tea making facilities, bathroom amenities, hairdyer, bathrobe, slippers, and iron and ironing board. 

Standard rooms have 1 king-size bed or twin beds, sleeping maximum 2 adults. 

Please note: Some rooms feature a private balcony but these cannot be guaranteed.

Luxury Rooms are larger in size, featuring an additional lounge and bar area with microwave, and either 1 king-size bed or twin beds, and some have an additional sleeper sofa, sleeping maximum 2 adults.

Suites feature a fully equipped kitchen, private balcony, and 1 king-size bed, sleeping maximum 2 adults. 

Island Café (a la carte restaurant with diverse menu and outdoor seating, open for breakfast lunch and dinner). Gastro Pub (serving gourmet pub fare, a range of craft beers, and South African wines, with outdoor seating). 

Outdoor swimming pool. Turbine Spa*. Turbine Water Club* with a range of water sports and activities including cruises, hikes, bicycle hire, and kayaking/canoeing. 

Complimentary WiFi access. 24-hour front desk. Complimentary parking. Laundry service*. Room service*. 

*Denotes local charge.

Please note: This hotel is on sale to guests age 16 years and above only. 

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May 21, 2024 Jennettel2015 Vancouver

I was looking for a place to stay for our Garden Route trip and found the Turbine on Hotels.com but I also searched the hotel on Google to check the reviews, location, and find what special events they had. To our delight, we found their Pamper Me Package on their website which was absolutely perfect. We were having trouble booking a couples… Read more
I was looking for a place to stay for our Garden Route trip and found the Turbine on Hotels.com but I also searched the hotel on Google to check the reviews, location, and find what special events they had. To our delight, we found their Pamper Me Package on their website which was absolutely perfect. We were having trouble booking a couples massage and this 3-night stay (2-night option was also available) included a 45min couples massage and dinner voucher. And to our surprise at check in, we were given the honeymoon suite and were wowed by the suite and turned down service. We arrived quite late into the evening but the hotel restaurant stayed open late just so we could have a little dinner. It was very much appreciated as we were exhausted from the long drive. The massage was divine and they were kind to allow us to arrange their steam room for us. It was everything we were looking for. We had a few meals at the hotel because the food and service were excellent and a great value. The breakfast was absolutely fantastic. We raved about our stay at the hotel to friends who plan to visit South Africa and would prioritize staying at the Turbine at the next opportunity we find ourselves in the country. It's a unique hotel with a beautiful industrial charm. The service is exception. Location was very convenient. Read less
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May 16, 2024 willostear Auckland, New Zealand

This is a popular venue which is well managed and provides a quality stay for business and family guests.
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May 14, 2024 Robin G

Loved it here - why go anywhere else. On the stunning Thesen Island where you feel you are in a different secure world. Surrounded by restaurants, bars and boutiques. Only a short drive to Wilderness National Park and Storms River for hiking and kayaking. The Hotel has been transformed from a powerplant in such an imaginative way . The… Read more
Loved it here - why go anywhere else. On the stunning Thesen Island where you feel you are in a different secure world. Surrounded by restaurants, bars and boutiques. Only a short drive to Wilderness National Park and Storms River for hiking and kayaking. The Hotel has been transformed from a powerplant in such an imaginative way . The installations look lie art pieces. The place is so airy and looks so vast with the heigh ceilings. The view room our room was just stunning with our little balcony, perfect for a nice glass of wine or Amarula as the sun goes down. The hotel bar is well run and has a great choice of snacks, cocktails and wines. All at sensible prices. We noted other cheaper than at surrounding restaurants. The cocktails were high class and worth popping in each night before you head off to eat. We didn't get a chance to eat in but from the bar food I am sure the restaurant is excellent. There is Spa but was booked up for times we were available so if you want to use it definitely book early and don't leave for the day or day after. Staff were all super friendly and felt well looked after. The perfect first stop if you are doing the Garden Route after leaving Cape Town +/- wine country +/- Hermanus (if whale watching) The bar staff member Duwayne deserves mention - so friendly, attentive and fun - loved his service. Read less
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Apr 24, 2024 clare_writes_copy George, South Africa

We had a fantastic stay at the Turbine Boutique Hotel last weekend. After our relaxing afternoon lagoon cruise on the Ocean Sailing Charter, Lara Bella, we checked into our hotel room (two minutes walk from Sirroco Harbour). We were delighted to discover that our room was on the top floor with lofty views of the canals and the hotel swimming… Read more
We had a fantastic stay at the Turbine Boutique Hotel last weekend. After our relaxing afternoon lagoon cruise on the Ocean Sailing Charter, Lara Bella, we checked into our hotel room (two minutes walk from Sirroco Harbour). We were delighted to discover that our room was on the top floor with lofty views of the canals and the hotel swimming pool. The balcony offered a great vantage point from with to view the passing canoes and paddlers. We savored a long rest in the king size bed before our evening meal. We had a quick cocktail at the Gastro Pub, the Mojito was perfect! The art work and interesting architecture make for a spectacular backdrop. The manager treated us a tour and showed us the old furnace, the turbines and steam tubes which were used in the original power plant. The rich history of Thessen Island is celebrated in every facet of the building, we particularly loved seeing the cross section of the 800 year old Yellowwood and seeing the photographs of the Knysna foresters and carpenters. Our evening meal at the Island Café was spot on. The server was polite, well spoken and knowledgeable. I had fresh pan seared hake with confit tomatoes, tender steamed vegetables and a vanilla and lime velouté. My husband had the flame grilled chicken with ancient grains and roast butternut. The standard of the food was superb. The desserts followed on the same high standard - sticky toffee pudding with locally made cassata ice-cream, almond crunch and date purée and syrupy, crisp baklava with luscious orange mousse, Turkish Delight, macadamia nut butter and vanilla ice-cream. We slept soundly and had perfectly cooked eggs Benedict for breakfast. My only regret is not booking a spa treatment. Ill have to come back for that! Read less
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Apr 22, 2024 CobusL16

We loved everything, from the room to the spa but the food was the best, we will for sure come back in the future.