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“Nice and central”
3 of 5 bubbles Review of Le Ballon Rouge

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Le Ballon Rouge
Ranked #19 of 63 Franschhoek B&B and Inns
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 92 helpful votes
“Nice and central”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 12, 2010

This place feels more like a hotel than a guesthouse. Although it has a four star rating, we were surprised that there was no fridge or safe in the room, nor any honesty bar system available. Reception will provide an ice bucket, but only before 18.00, as the staff lock up and go home, leaving a night guard on site. There is plenty of off-street parking, which seemed perfectly safe.
If you stay here, it’s worth booking the superior rooms, which have air con and a bath. When we stayed in January, it was really hot and a room without air con would have been unbearable. The breakfasts are very nice with a wide selection of items. There is also a small pool area.

  • Stayed January 2010, traveled as a couple
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  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Rooms
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
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    4.5 of 5 bubbles
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    4.5 of 5 bubbles
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 4, 2009

Inexpensive and nicely located in the heart of Franschhoek, still quiet location. We stayed for 8 nights.
Room was nice and clean (we stayed in room # 5, a standard room with fan) and slightly bigger than expected.
Common area was nice as well, both reception area and breakfast room.
Breakfast was good (included in rate) - including a small buffet of cold cuts, cheese, cereals and fruits. In addition you can order (at no additional cost) cooked breakfast, such as omelette or english breakfast.
Pool area was OK, a bit tucked away maybe - and a few high trees surrounding it, meaning that the pool itself was somewhat struggling to get direct sunlight.
Service was very good! Both during our stay, as well as before we arrived. They were very helpful with booking restaurants etc (which is important in Fr'hoek) in advance.

Price/value; Ballon Rouge is slightly lower priced than it's competitors, and is a bargain in my book.

  • Liked — location, service
  • Disliked — pool area (is good, but the trees surround it should be cut)
  • Stayed December 2008, traveled as a couple
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 18, 2008

We stayed 2 nights in this lovely little inn, right in the middle of Franschhoek. It is walking distance to all restaurants and shops in the area. For such a small price, the room was gorgeous- tiny, but filled with antiques and downy comforters. Breakfast is included in the lovely dining room, and there's even a teeny pool. The service is very friendly.

  • Stayed March 2008, traveled as a couple
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Property: Le Ballon Rouge
Address: 7 Reservoir East Street, Franschhoek 7690, South Africa
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Location: South Africa > Western Cape > Franschhoek
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Shuttle Bus service Swimming Pool
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Ranked #19 of 63 B&Bs / Inns in Franschhoek
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Hotel Class:4 star — Le Ballon Rouge 4*
Number of rooms: 10
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