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“Outstanding Franschhoek Guesthouse” 5 of 5 stars
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Akademie Street Boutique Hotel and Guesthouse
5.0 of 5 Hotel   |   5 Akademie Street | PO Box 275, Franschhoek 7690, South Africa   |  
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Ranked #1 of 9 Hotels in Franschhoek
Cincinnati, Ohio
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“Outstanding Franschhoek Guesthouse”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 26, 2014

My wife and I stayed in the Vreugde House at Akademie St last October. It was basically a charming, small cottage with a private plunge pool and garden often visited by Anna, the friendly and sweet Akademie St dog. On the first morning there, our hot water wasn't working. We told Katharine and Arthur, and they were extremely apologetic. By the time we got back from our day of wine tasting, the hot water had been fixed and they offered to pay for our dinner to make up for the issue. That says everything about the kind of people they are and the place this is. Thank you both for such a great stay.

  • Stayed October 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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  • Sleep Quality
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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 24, 2014

Our 3 night stay was pure bliss. Every member of the Akademie team contributed to the polite, personal, genuinely hospitable atmosphere .
The location is excellent being just a few minutes walk from the wide variety of excellent restaurants in the town.
Our room, Twyfeling A, was exceptionally comfortable together with a large, light and secluded conservatory for our bath/shower room which led to our private patio. We had the pool and garden to ourselves! Every conceivable extra is provided free of charge - from efficient Wi-Fi, satellite TV and local mobile phone to daily restocked mini-bar, fruit, chocolate, biscuits and laundry.
Breakfast was taken outside in the garden with a wide choice of continental or cooked food, all of the highest quality and served with a smile.
As others have observed, it was a pity we had to leave.

  • Stayed January 2014, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 23, 2014

We arrived in Franschhoek after a grueling drive in heavy rain through the mountain pass from Hermanus en route to Cape Town.

We were stopping over for a few days to break our journey and be able to explore the wine district.

On arrival we had the warmest and most friendly greeting ever experienced. First impressions always count and this was a Wow. We had help with our bags.

Where does one start we had rooms in the main house which was a beautiful Dutch colonial style property. The rooms were enormous and each had its own private exit as the owners informed us that guest privacy is of paramount importance.

Another surprise was the high quality goodies left out for us and the fact that the in room drinks fridge and all snacks were complimentary.

We had been traveling for some weeks and another unexpected surprise was that they asked if we had any laundry and that to was dealt with on a complimentary basis.

then as if that was not enough we were each provided with a mobile phone so we could phone each other in our rooms, the staff if we needed anything and they had also very thoughtfully programmed in telephone numbers for the main restaurants etc making life very easy.

In fact I actually used up the phone credit and they topped this up free of charge.

The rooms were very luxurious as were the en suite facilities with top notch toiletries to match.

Then we have the breakfast, well each guest has their own private dining area so you do not mix with other gusts again ensuring privacy and the food was superb.

The owners and staff were all 100%+ for attention and service.

On one evening we arrived late and the night watchman was also extremely friendly and a font of local knowledge.

We were given lots of help and recommendations to make our visit more than memorable.

The shops and eateries in the main street have everything you could want from leather to boutique items.

We would give at least 7 stars if it was possible.

Whilst this guest house in in a road behind the main street this actually adds to its attraction as it is free from noise.

The grounds and backdrop are also superb.

One final point do not be put of by the appearance when pulling up outside as this is one of those amazing gems one finds when traveling and should not be missed.

Room Tip: Try to get rooms in the main house but if not any of the three cottages hidden away in the lush gard...
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  • Stayed August 2013, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 22, 2014

So often people consider a luxury hotel as a grand, opulent, mass market palace of great scale; losing touch with what it means to be truly luxurious.

We were fortunate enough to stumble upon Akademie Street Boutique Hotel and Guesthouse while we were in Franschhoek, having not organised anything in advance. By chance, Twyfeling B was available for two nights.

I am ashamed to say that this was in September 2012, and only now have I taken to Tripadvisor to add my voice to the chorus of compliments. Perhaps I was trying to keep Akademie our secret so that one day in the future, should we spontaneously venture to Franschhoek once more, that we may again knock on their door. However, I think the word is now out, and greater planning will be required next time, espeicially during Franschhoek Uncorked.

Arthur and Katharine - Congratulations on being named Tripadvisor's Best Luxury Hotel in the World! On a personal level, we are thrilled that the effort that you and your staff go to has been recognised in this way, and wish you all the success that this publicity should bring.

  • Stayed February 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 21, 2014

We stayed at Akadamie over Christmas in Twyfeling B.
Before we arrived we had an email from Arthur asking whether we wanted to hire bikes as the Shop would be closed when we arrived on Christmas Eve. This attention to detail summed up our experience. Their wasn't an honesty bar in the room as everything in the bar was free. The amazing point is, that when you are offered this, you find it is not abused.
We could itemise all the personal aspects but would prefer guests to be thrilled in the same way as we were. We hope to be back next Christmas.
The surroundings are so peaceful and beautiful and the pool perfect for cooling off in the hot weather.

Room Tip: We loved Twyfeling B, as it was tucked away with its own conservatory, having said that , all the gu...
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  • Stayed December 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 21, 2014

Of all the places we stayed in South African, we would rate Akademie as the highest. We stayed in Gelatenheid with a six month old baby and it was perfect. The accommodation was tastefully done and felt like a home rather than hotel. There was plenty of space and shade with the verandas for a baby in 36 degree heat. A microwave for sterilising etc.

Katharine, Arthur, Hazel were the right combination of knowledgeable, welcoming but not intrusive. The service from their whole team was excellent. We were impressed that we could do a mountain of washing at no extra cost and the mini bar was stocked and included.

The location is also perfect. An oak lined street only 2 minutes walk from the main street. If you are travelling with a baby (or not!) I can recommend this venue. We would put our baby in her buggy and by the time we walked to the restaurant at night she was asleep.

The breakfast was excellent.

You can tell this place is someone's home and one feels privileged to be let in. Yet Arthur and Katharine's obvious aptitude for business ensures it is well run, efficient, clean and everything works. They clearly pride themselves on being Number 1 and, in my opinion, quite rightly so.

Book it - you'll love it.

  • Stayed January 2014, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 18, 2014

I stayed here with my partner and another friend and it was the most perfect place we stayed in all of South Africa. The cottage was beautiful and the private garden and pool was just divine. Beautiful mountain backdrop didn't hurt either. And the owner and staff were all incredibly warm and friendly, organising winery transport and providing suggestions for us as required. Thanks you for making our stay with you so special. We would recommend to anyone who asks!

  • Stayed January 2014
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Address: 5 Akademie Street | PO Box 275, Franschhoek 7690, South Africa
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Location: South Africa > Western Cape > Franschhoek
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities ( Kid / Family Friendly ) Room Service Suites Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 9 Hotels in Franschhoek
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$$
Hotel Class:5 star — Akademie Street Boutique Hotel and Guesthouse 5*
Number of rooms: 6
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Number of rooms: 6 suites. Akademie Street Boutique Hotel and Guest House in Franschhoek offers luxury five star accommodation in five unique buildings all situated on the same beautiful property in a quiet area of the village in the heart of the Cape wine lands. There are four swimming pools and four gardens. This hotel and guest house is in a quiet area within easy walking distance to the restaurants. - Owner Managed ... more   less 
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