We just spent a weekend at the Ivy apartments during the Franschoek Literary Festival (which was absolutely brilliant by the way). Anyway our apartment, no 4, was beautifully bright and decorated really nicely in a contemporary bright style.
They didn't have the cot which we'd ordered and there isn't much personal support around, so we just put the little one in the bed and I slept on the couch. Not ideal.
The apartment is really well equipped and even though the weather was great, you could see the re were more than enough heaters to warm the place up if the temperatures dropped. It's well located on the main street through the village and feels very secure.
My main gripe is that there is no obvious reception and rarely anyone there to handle queries. You have to hunt around the complex to find anyone. Checking out was a mission as there was no one around to leave the key with, so we drove back later which was inconvenient. (We needed the key to open the gate, but were a bit stuck on how to leave the key and close the gate at the same time, in case you thought we were completely brainless)
When we did return, we saw a sign on the big gate for cars saying it was broken and stick. Potentially tough for those inside wanting to leave.
Despite all this, I'd recommend it - but think they need to improve their reception availability for the short term guests.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Ivy Apartments are a collection of 9 luxury self catering one- and two- bedroom apartments, (breakfast by prior arrangement) situated uniquely on the main strip of Franschhoek Village. The apartments are fitted with bamboo flooring, air conditioning, modern integrated appliances and every convenience you could require. ... more less
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