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Le Quartier Francais
Ranked #7 of 11 Hotels in Franschhoek
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Dinner Plain, Australia
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“Description of my lunch at Le Quartier Latin”
Reviewed January 16, 2010

Description of my lunch at Le Quartier Francais

My lunch consisted of gazpacho with the taste and consistency of vegetable juice (R40). Please see my photo. It was served with good white bread (no choice as to what kind). With a glass of local wine and a single espresso, my bill came to R90, minus tip. My friends ordered a Caesar salad, which was “good” but very small, and a charcuterie platter, likewise “good”, likewise very small and with a meagre selection of meats which can be bought in almost any supermarket. Lunch was served on the veranda, just off the street. A series of street musicians entertained us and came onto the premises to collect money. For that reason I left the table during the meal to ask the restaurant staff to change a R100 note for me. They said they were unable to do so – without checking their till, the bar till, the hotel reception till or even their pockets – and directed me to the “supermarket just down the road”. Reader, decide for yourself whether it’s worth it.

Stayed January 2010, traveled with friends
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susanhux, Owner at Le Quartier Francais, responded to this review, January 24, 2010
We are disappointed that iCi, our bistro, was not everything you had expected.

When we developed the iCi concept we designed the various sections and portion sizes (on our menu) to allow our guests to experience a meal where a starter, main and dessert can all be enjoyed. 

Both the caesar salad and gazpacho mentioned appeared on the iCi menu as starters, while the charcuterie presently appears under the nibbles section (which can be enjoyed either as a starter or a snack with a glass of wine).

Our charcuterie is produced by local charcutier - Neil Jewell – and also appears on other well-known restaurant's menus (including Maze at the One & Only in Cape Town) and is not presently available in any supermarkets.
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Reviewed January 8, 2010

Good hotel stay but not worth the incredible tariff if it weren't for their flagship restaurant Tasting Room at the Quartier Francais. We stayed in the hotel because this was the only way we could get a reservation there (the restaurant is simply sublime and deserves all its accolades). Back to the hotel - it was very nice - rooms are spacious and the staff are very friendly. They have a small treatment room with one therapist. It's right in the center of town so you don't have to drive around to explore it.

Drawbacks - too expensive and not worth it unless you need to stay there. Other hotels in the area offer a lot more in terms of views for the same price.

  • Stayed December 2009, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed December 28, 2009

We were staying in Franschhoek and had wanted to eat here 2 years ago but couldn't get a table, succeeded this time and found awful service, we had booked were shown to a lounge area for drinks three times asked why we were ther and twice asked to order drinks which took 40 mins to arrive. The menu was poor more like a cheap bistro than a good restaurant, my wife couldnt eat the fish and service contined to be poor. There are better and more friendly restaurants in this great town just dont bother to waste money here

  • Stayed December 2009, traveled with friends
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Reviewed November 25, 2009

LQF has a nice setting surrounded by gardens. The rooms are large and comfortable. However, the real treat is the food. We had dinner which was the best in South Africa and one of my best meals during the past year. "Worth a trip" to quote a well known food guide. The setting in the area is beautiful and a tour of the local vineyards is easiy to set up. The staff is great at LQF--they arranged a van to go to another restaurnat one night and their recommendation was outstanding. I highly recommend LQF over other hotels we looked at in the area.

  • Stayed November 2009, traveled with friends
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Munich, Germany
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Reviewed November 15, 2009

fantastic service, delicious food, very welcoming atmosphere, definitely a place to stay in Franschhoek

Stayed November 2009, traveled as a couple
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Bangkok, Thailand
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Reviewed November 12, 2009

My husband and I capped off our African trip with a 3-night stay at Le Quartier Francais in Franschoek. After "roughing it" (not really) at Tanda Tula in the Timbavati (another wonderful place) for 4 nights, arriving in LQF was really a treat. From being brought straight to our room on that cold, rainy afternoon and seeing the handwritten welcome note in our room to getting packed coffee and sticky buns very early before checking out to make it to our 8 am flight- everything was done thoughtfully by the staff at LQF.
Franschoek is BEAUTIFUL with its vineyards, quaint shops and restaurants. The fact that Le Quartier is located there makes the hotel magical already. Add to that the great food and wine both at iCi and The Tasting Room, the little personal touches (post its stuck on your bathroom mirror saying" sweet dreams" or "sleep tight") and the lovely interiors of the room make for a perfect, romantic experience. The fact that it was cold and rainy while we were there was made more bearable by the fact that we had a beautiful and cozy room to stay in the whole day if we wanted to.
Charming, intimate, special, out of this world- Le Quartier Francais is THE place to stay at in Franschoek.

  • Stayed November 2009, traveled as a couple
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Hummelstown, pa
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Reviewed September 29, 2009

We stayed at the hotel for two nights and were very pleasantly surprised. The staff was very helpful and the rooms were large and comfortable. A little issue with lack of electrical outlets and there placement. Well actually more of an issue for my wife trying to use a hair dryer from across the room into a mirror. You ladies are so picky! But other than that we had a great stay. Also the restaurant is a MUST! Tasting room tasting menu to die for. Well Done!!!!!

Stayed September 2009, traveled with friends
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Property: Le Quartier Francais
Address: Cnr Berg & Wilhelmina Streets, Franschhoek 7690, Franschhoek 7690, South Africa
Location: South Africa > Western Cape > Franschhoek
Bar / Lounge Beverage Selection Business Center with Internet Access Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Restaurant Room Service Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#3 Family Hotel in Franschhoek
#4 Romantic Hotel in Franschhoek
#7 Luxury Hotel in Franschhoek
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$$$
Hotel Class:5 star — Le Quartier Francais 5*
Number of rooms: 21
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
83 Km from Cape Town, Le Quartier Francais is in the heart of the vineyards of the famous Franschhoek valley of the French Huguenots. Located in the village centre, this privately owned hotel and restaurant is an exquisite stopping place on the wine trail and the trace of the history of the Huguenot settlers, between Mont Rochelle, Haute Provence, Moreson. Impeccable decoration and service. Eclectic cuisine by Margot Janse and regional wine, of course! ... more   less 
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