Graywood Hotel is a stunning 3-star facility in the centre of the charming seaside village of Knysna. With only 49 rooms, Graywood is small enough to lend visitors that sense of exclusivity and personal attention and large enough to cater to the increasing number of visitors to this town. Knysna is situated along South Africa's famous Garden Route, which stretches from Storms River in the Eastern Cape to Mossel Bay in the Western Cape. This route is known for its breath-taking scenery and the diversity of the fauna and flora along its meanderings.
Being nestled within the heart of Knysna, guests of the Graywood Hotel will be delighted at its proximity to other must-sees, such as the Waterfront, ferries and Outeniqua Choo-Tjoe Steam Train station (all within walking distance) as well as Plettenberg Bay and George, which are both within a short drive's distance. The natural beauty of Knysna, the Knysna Heads and the Knysna Lagoon alone are major draw cards for visitors from all over the world. The Outeniqua Mountain Range and the dense forests around this village only add to its exquisite natural abundance.
Being a popular hotspot for tourists, Knysna hosts many events, festivals and markets. In addition, a variety of shops, restaurants, bars and novelty stores add to its ambience as a trendy destination.
The timberlog Graywood Hotel was established in 2004 and bears testimony to the timber industry for which Knysna is famous. The lush forests surrounding it are the primary source of this wood and promise ample good quality material.
Each of the rooms enjoys the facility of an en-suite bathroom, air-conditioning, electronic safe, TV (with remote control and satellite), direct-dial telephones, hair dryers, tea- and coffee-making facilities and tastefully decorated interiors. The hotel is also equipped with a refreshing swimming pool, a licensed bar, internet facilities, laundry service, sundeck, secure parking and shuttle service (for collection or drop-off at George Airport). A full breakfast buffet will get travellers ready for a busy day spent sightseeing and is served in the Blue Goose Restaurant, overlooking the gardens. The hotel is designed to enjoy the beauty and relaxation of a courtyard, which acts as the perfect oasis of peace and quiet. The suites are arranged as follows:
Being situated within Knysna, guests of the Graywood are guaranteed of many nearby sights and sounds. The staff members at the hotel, or those at the Tourist Information Centre, will be happy to advise and help whenever possible.
One of the most popular activities for visitors to the area is to embark on a ferry cruise that will take travellers on the Knysna Lagoon right to the Knysna Heads, where the calm waters become a turbulent ocean. Exploring the natural surrounds is paramount in this destination as they are so abundant and rewarding. Hike, cycle, walk or climb in and around the trees, mountains and pathways of the Western Cape.
The town centre boasts many first-class restaurants, most of which display stunning views of the lagoon, mountains and sea. Sports enthusiasts will enjoy the many professional golf courses in the area, designed by the likes of Ernie Elk, Jack Nicklaus and Gary Player. Alternatively, spend a leisurely day relaxing, swimming, snorkelling, diving, sailing or surfing on one of the many stunning beaches.
The animals in the area surrounding Graywood and Knysna are even more diverse and plentiful than the vegetation they occupy. Dolphins, whales, elephants and a plethora of avian species are just some of the fauna that attract thousands of local and international visitors to explore this area just a little bit closer.
The more energetic guests of Graywood will no doubt enjoy the many opportunities to explore the area on a canoe, or to pump their adrenalin by abseiling, paragliding, paintballing and quad biking.
Graywood promises travellers a fun, hospitable and convenient base from which to experience the Garden Route and Knysna, tasting a morsel of what South Africa has to offer.