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de Alchemist Guesthouse

28 Van Wijk Street, Franschhoek 7690, South Africa (Formerly Auberge Bligny)
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  • Location
    5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 stars
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Johannesburg, South Africa
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24 hotel reviews
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

We booked 3 rooms for a family stay. All the rooms were well decorated and comfortable. The beds were comfortable. Breakfast was very nice. The garden in summer will be a wonderful place to enjoy sun-downers and relax. As we were there in winter with our grandchildren it would have been very nice to have a in-door lounge area to... More 

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Cape Town
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 weeks ago

A group of us have stayed here for the last 5 years for the Franschoek Literary Festival. It's a great place, very convenient (no need to drive), close to good restaurants, and Yves did everything he could to make us feel at home. We'll be back next year - already booked !

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Cape Town Central, South Africa
2 reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 28, 2015

All well except size of room. This is a lovely house with a warm welcome from helpful staff and great breakfast. However the Pom was tiny. Not possible to poem two suitcases and no storage space for clothes. Only a rack with hangers in bathroom. Managed for one night but wouldn't stay longer.

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Cape Town, South Africa
2 reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 27, 2015

de Alchemist is an ideal venue in Franschoek, very near to the cafes and other places of interest, and quiet enough to be restful at night. The hosts are friendly, the parking arrangements are convenient, and the facilities and breakfast are good.

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San Antonio, Texas
2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 15, 2015

My friend and I stayed at the guesthouse after hearing the high praise from fellow travelers who told us that the place was amazing. We made our reservation for 2 nights, figuring we would change locations to be closer to the Cape Town airport for a morning flight after the third night. We couldn't bring ourselves to leave. We changed... More 

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London, United Kingdom
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9 reviews 9 reviews
4 hotel reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 6, 2015

This guesthouse is fantastic. The setting of the guesthouse is beautiful, the views from the courtyard is amazing and the rooms are very comfortable. The staff and owners are very friendly and couldn't be more helpful. Best place we stayed in South Africa and excellent value for money.

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Johannesburg, South Africa
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 4, 2015

What a wonderful experience I had at your premises. The personnal attention to me and my 16 month old baby, was very appreciated. Our rooms were clean and so beautiful. Whenever I needed anything for my child your service was so warm and professional. I will return again and was very impressed with the service and location. Very central and... More 

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Cape Town, South Africa
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 4, 2015

The breakfast is first class with a great variety of healthy options - delicious breads and even salads! Location excellent - within easy walking distance to the main road. A comfortable stay - thank you.

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Greater Johannesburg, South Africa
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7 reviews 7 reviews
3 hotel reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 4, 2015

The Guest House is very nice and conveneinetly positioned in the town centre just off the main street. Walking distance to shops and restaurants. Friendly staff. Rooms are clean though on a small side.

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San Antonio, Texas
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74 reviews 74 reviews
28 hotel reviews
43 helpful votes 43 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 28, 2015

The Pluses: Location- just five minutes walk from the best restaurants in town (there are several). Caring owners and staff- A proper greeting on reception, and helpful information regarding every question we could think to ask. Comfort- The double house, open courtyard interior, gives you a world to escape to if you just want a time out. The mornings are... More 

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