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The Rex Hotel

  • Self-catering accommodation a short distance from the waterfront of Knysna
  • Selection of 30 luxurious suites, all beautifully furnished
  • Elegant on-site restaurant, outdoor terrace area, 24-hour front desk, tour desk
  • Brilliant base for exploring Knysna and surrounds
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The Rex Hotel is situated on Gray Street and just under 300 metres from Knysna’s spectacular waterfront. It is run by aha Hotels & Lodges, which won South African Hotel Group of the Year in 2016.


The Rex Hotel is perfect for travellers who are looking for self-catering accommodation at the heart of Knysna! The property is well within walking distance of Knysna’s vibrant shops and eating places, and many of the region’s famous landmarks are only a short drive away. Providing five categories of accommodation, The Rex is suitable for most types of traveller. 


The Hotel is easily accessible via road transfer along the N2 highway, which runs through the town. The Rex is at the crossroads junction of Gray Street and Gordon Street, a short stroll from Waterfront Drive.


It is a contemporary building, featuring wide windows and clean lines. Inside, the front desk is managed 24/7 and there is also a tour desk where staff members can help you to plan your stay. The on-site restaurant is called The Rose Café. Here you can enjoy an exciting fusion of North African, Middle Eastern, and Mediterranean flavours in an elegant setting, flowing through into an outdoor terrace area with a choice of lounge and dining-room seating. It is pleasant to tuck into a light lunch, for example, in this little oasis within the town!

Guest accommodation at The Rex consists of 30 suites in five categories – Standard Room, Twin Luxury Studio, Interleading Luxury Studio, King Luxury Studio, and Two Bedroom Apartment. All have air conditioning, LCD television, Wi-Fi, a tea-and-coffee station, a mini-bar, an electronic safe, a hairdryer, and en-suite facilities. Each Standard Room has a bath and no shower in its en-suite, while the King Luxury Studio option has a shower and no bath! All categories apart from the Standard Room boast a kitchenette and a balcony. With the exception of the King Luxury Studio, beds in all rooms may be configured as twins or a double – the King has a double bed. The accommodation throughout all options is beautifully furnished, featuring bedside tables and lighting, and a separate lounge area. The Interleading category is particularly well suited to families!


The Rex is very well placed for you to visit all of Knysna’s attractions. Closest to the Hotel is the excellent Waterfront, but many landmarks are located within 10 kilometres. These include the two headlands known as ‘The Heads’, Knysna Forest, Lindsay Castle, and the beautiful beach of Noetsiestrand.

  • The Forest is fabulous for walks, hikes, bikes, and horse rides. If you are feeling particularly energetic, you can take a trek all the way up into the Outeniqua Mountains and look out for an exciting assortment of wildlife – leopard, grey rhebuck, klipspringer, a variety of rodents, and birds galore! You might spot elephant too, and there are further opportunities to mingle with the grey giants at Knysna’s own Elephant Park, where you can enjoy walks and rides.
  • Nature fans might also like to consider trips out to the local reserves of Featherbed and Robberg.
  • The rivers around Knysna are great for swimming, kayaking, fishing, and boat trips.
  • And in between activities, you can check out all the shops and restaurants near the Hotel or perhaps pop in to Mitchell’s Brewery for a refreshing beverage or two!


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