The perfect stay: Choose The Russel Hotel for your next getaway in Knysna


Studying for my recent exams has meant that I have been without a life over the past few months as I practically lived in my books. Thankfully, I’m done studying – hallelujah! So, to get my life back on track, I decided to take a holiday with a good friend.

We set off for the Western Cape - Knysna to be precise, in search of a fun-filled weekend. We chose to stay at The Russel Hotel, a 3-Star establishment, on the corner of Long and Graham Streets.

The Russel Hotel is very centrally situated. The bottom end of Long Street leads Thesen Island and the waterfront. Knysna’s main street and the N2 is one block away. Whichever tourist attraction or restaurants you plan to visit, you find it easy to access from The Russel Hotel.

Even though we arrived late on the Friday evening, the receptionist was very helpful and friendly. She showed us to our room and informed us of the secure, off-street parking.

One of the things that I noticed during our stay is that The Russel Hotel caters for both leisure travellers and businessmen alike. The hotel offers 18 spacious rooms all with marbled en-suites bathrooms in a single, double, twin and family room configuration which suites all manner of travellers.

Our beds were beautifully made with crisp white linen and aquamarine cushions and throws. Being ladies, we had a large amount of luggage and we were delighted to see that there was more than enough cupboard space in our suite! The room also had TV with select DSTV channels, air-conditioning/heating and, thankfully, a coffee/tea station, which we put to immediate use to ward off the cold. We were also provided with extra warm blankets for the chilly winter night.

We slept deeply and, thanks to the comfort of the beds, spent time lying in bed chatting and planning our day. By the time we entered the dining room for we were famished. Thankfully what awaited us was a delicious homemade breakfast – just the perfect start to a day of exploring. We started with orange juice and coffee, cereal, fruit and yoghurt, and then dived into our large portion of French toast with bacon and honey.

The Russel Hotel was a perfect base from which to enjoy our memorable weekend of fun and I would definitely recommend this hotel to anyone visiting Knysna for business or for pleasure. With friendly staff, excellent service and comfortable rooms, you can’t go wrong!

To book your stay at The Russel Hotel, call 044 382 1052, [email protected] or visit Rates: Single R490.00; Double R720.00; Triple R890.00; Quad R1100.00.