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The Turbine Hotel

  • Boutique hotel in Knysna's beautiful lagoon
  • 25 luxurious suites, swimming pool and spa
  • Smart and modern, with industrial elements!
  • Excellent base for exploring the area
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"The Turbine is located on Knysna’s sought-after Thesen Island and within easy reach of local dining and markets. Be sure to try the Knysna oysters that the town is famous for!"


The hotel is a boutique hotel with a difference as it has been built around Knysna's old power station. The machinery has been restored and has been skilfully incorporated into the ground floor reception area.


The Turbine Hotel sits on Thesen Island in Knysna Lagoon. It is just a short walk across a causeway from the Knysna Waterfront and town centre where there are some lovely shops and restaurants. It is approximately a 50 min drive from George Airport.


Although there is an industrial element to the architecture, it blends seamlessly with luxury. The 25 suites are all extremely comfortable. Food is also good; there is a tapas bar for light meals and a very good restaurant for fine dining.

**For families with children under the age of 6 years, we always request a ground floor room or a room without a balcony for safety reasons. If you stay here with us, please ensure this is what you are given.**


  • The Turbine is an interesting place to stay due to its industrial connection. However, it has been built on quite a small plot, so although it has a very nice swimming pool and deck, it does not have a garden. 
  • This area is one of the most attractive stretches of the Garden Route, with a spectacular coastline, sandy beaches, beautiful lagoons, miles of forest and the picturesque backdrop of the Outeníqua Mountains - definitely worth exploring during a visit. 

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