The Turbine Boutique Hotel and Spa

36 Sawtooth Lane, Thesen IslandKnysna6570South Africa
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About The Turbine Boutique Hotel and Spa

Transformed from an old power station into a hotel, The Turbine Boutique Hotel and Spa boasts unique décor, with the former plant’s machinery incorporated into the accommodation’s fittings. Guests are offered rooms with views of the waters.

The hotel boasts a range of lodgings, from self-contained suites to luxury rooms and standard rooms. All of these come with a fully stocked minibar, flat-screen TV, and tea/coffee station.

The on-site spa, Turbine Spa, provides a ton of treatments, including facials and massages. Guests can also unwind in the attached steam room, Rhassoul. The on-site Turbine Adventure Centre helps guests book a range of activities in Knysna.

Island Café, the 90-seat, in-house restaurant, serves many a-la-carte dishes. Gastro Pub & Deck offers a variety of drinks and snacks, and guests can enjoy Italian cuisine in the on-site pizzerria, Col’Cacchio.

The Turbine Boutique Hotel and Spa puts guests just over a kilometre from Knysna Fine Art. Knysna Waterfront Ferries can be reached in a kilometre and a half.


36 Sawtooth Lane, Thesen Island, Knysna, 6570, South Africa
Telephone: +27(0)443025745 | Fax: +27(0)443025747 | Official Homepage

Top amenities

  • Free WiFi in lobby
  • WiFi in rooms
  • Pool
  • Spa
  • Parking
  • Pets
  • A/C
  • Restaurant
  • Hotel bar
  • Gym

All amenities

Hotel facilities

  • 24-hour reception
  • Airport shuttle
  • Computer with internet
  • Concierge
  • Conference rooms
  • Convenience store
  • Elevator
  • Free WiFi in lobby
  • Hotel bar
  • Non-smoking rooms
  • Outdoor swimming pool
  • Parking garage
  • Restaurant
  • Room service
  • Terrace
  • Washing machine
  • Wellness center / Spa
  • WiFi in lobby

Room facilities

  • Air conditioning
  • Bathroom with shower
  • Central heating
  • Desk
  • Electric kettle
  • Internet
  • Kitchen / Kitchenette
  • Room safe
  • Telephone
  • Television

Wellness / Spa

  • Beauty salon
  • Body treatments
  • Hot stone massage
  • Hydrotherapy
  • Massage


  • Wheelchair accessible

Positive Reviews

Excellent location

The property’s location can’t be beat, according to guests. It sits right on the waters on Thesen Island. Consequently, travellers report enjoying scenic views of private boats and jetties right from the hotel’s private balcony. Moreover, the guest house is only a stone’s throw from all the restaurants and shopping, which guests note makes for an easy stay.

A unique design

The incredible architecture of this hotel is the song that guests sing. It is a complete revamp of a former wood-fired power station, with most of the original machinery integrated into the hotel’s furnishings. The old generators have the restaurant tables sitting between them, for instance, and the old lifting gear has the bar built around it – one-of-a-kind design, according to guests.

Staff members are unmatched

According to guests, the staff members are proud of their work. Wearing a cheerful face, always, they are more than willing to share the hotel’s history with guests. They are pretty knowledgeable and informative, too, an asset when it comes to helping book guests’ tours, including the infamous sunset boat trip.

Negative Reviews

Wi-Fi is not stable

Guests report a bad experience using the Wi-Fi at this hotel. The signal keeps dropping in and out, making for a frustrating browsing experience.

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8.9 out of 10 based on 241 reviews