Checking in: The Rex Hotel, Knysna

Last weekend, Ang and I headed up the Garden Route for a few days away from the city.

We used to go to Knysna quite regularly, but because of other commitments and overseas trips, we hadn’t been for 3 years.

The Rex Outside area

I found The Rex on and decided it looked like a great base for our sojourn in Knysna.


Situated a block up from the Knysna Waterfront Quays, the hotel really in in the middle of town. Woodmill Lane and Knysna Mall shopping centres are just few blocks up the hill.

 Checking in


We arrived late on a Friday night (this was due to a 45km trek down a dirt road to visit Sijnn wines). The very friendly night guard found us a park bay and helped us with our luggage.

Raised corridor

The check-in staff, however, were not as pleased to see us, and were decidedly irritated that they had to do check-ins at that time of night (there was another couple who arrived a few minutes after us). Thankfully, this was an isolated incident, and the rest of the staff we encountered were nothing but helpful.

The room




The room was gorgeous. Modern, light and well appointed. The décor was simple and understated without feeling sterile. Our room was more like a self-catering apartment than a room, as it came with a fully equipped kitchenette.



Shower Products

The bed and pillows were incredibly comfortable. The shower was a good size and the water pressure good. Charlotte Rhys body products add a comforting touch.


There were a few snags in the room (like the bathroom door not actually closing completely, the aircon remote needed new batteries and the one cupboard door in the kitchen scraped against its neighbour when you tried to open it), but we informed reception when we left, and they said they’d rectify them all.


There is free wi-fi in all areas of the hotel, but it is limited and you have to register to use it.

There is free parking onsite and 24hr reception and security.


Breakfast was included in our room rate and was served in The Rose Café, next to reception. This café is open to the public as well as guests.
Rose Cafe

The options for breakfast were the usual suspects; pastries, toast, scrambled egg, mushrooms, bacon, cured meats and cheese, etc. Tea and coffee are also on offer, but cappuccinos, lattes and hot chocolate are for you own account. (I was a little disappointed that I couldn’t order poached eggs and a cappuccino.)

What else

Although breakfast is served in the Rose Café, the hotel has no offerings for dinner. But there are great options within walking distance, and Thesen Island is nearby too. (You can walk there in the warmer months, but the lagoon’s edge is pretty nippy in winter). All of the restaurants at the Waterfront have their own specialties, but you absolutely can’t leave Knysna without having pasta at Café Mario. This little Italian is set on the lock and offers the best pasta I’ve had outside of Italy. Make sure your book, as this place fills up quickly.

Get hold of The Rex

Address: 8 Gray Street, Knysna, Western Cape, South Africa


Telephone: +27 44 302 5900 / 0800 600 889