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“A little Gem in the crown of Franschhoek”

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Le Quartier Francais
Ranked #7 of 12 Hotels in Franschhoek
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed September 17, 2007

Stayed here for 1 night during a mini tour of the Cape Winelands and we absoluetly loved it. We really wanted to stay another night and nearly did but kept to our original plans. Wish we hadn't as our next base in Stellenbosch came no where near.

From the outside it just belnds into the residential properties around it, but once you are inside you start to see the real Le Quartier with its lovely settings. One of the best located hotels in Franschhoek right in the middle of the main street.

The reception area is a seperate building complete with its log burning fire, internet desk and book and DVD libery. We checked in early and our room was ready for us. I wasn't blown away with the check in procedure they seemed shocked to see us, but life does seem a little layed back in Franschhoek.

The main Auberge rooms & suites are all set around a pool and court yard area with pretty gardens. Each room has its own little garden with a seating area. They are not modern rooms but I would disgaree that they are dated or tired. They have a lot of character and come with under floor heating in the bathroom, a log burning fire with plenty of wood to keep you going, complimentary tray containing water, fruit syrup, cheese savoury biscuits, there were no honesty bars in these rooms. Also missing were corkscrew and iron and ironing board. Both of these we requested and they were delivered promptly.

Nice touches such as the hot water bottle in your bed during turn down, hard written card waiting for you from the hotel manager, room diaries, etc. Breakfast was excellent in the hotel bistro iCi.

We ate in The Tasting Room and choose from their 4/6 course menu. I have to say the food was amazing as was the very reasonably priced 12 year bottle of wine we had. The food is a little expensive for South Africa but we would have paid double that in the UK at a restaurant of a similar standing and in the World top 50. I thought the service let them down a little but only because the food sets so high standards.

We took a quick peak at the Foure Quarters suites and they looked amazing. We will definately return to this quint and charming little place.

The only warning I would give is dont book the hotels wine tasting they wanted to charge R1600 to visit 3 vineyards I thought about it and cancelled. We went to 5 on our own and had lunch at Bread and Wine (which is a must) and opnly spent 500!!!!! They also failed to tell us about the complimentry transfers their website states is included.

  • Stayed: September 2007, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed August 8, 2007

Stayed for 1 night and dined in their tasting rooms. Lovely hotel and wished we stayed for at least 2 nights as Franschhoek is lovely town with phenomenal scenery. Hotel arranged a private wine tasting tour for us.

  • Stayed: July 2007, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed July 24, 2007

Great hotel in the heart of the Western Cape wine region. Fantastic rooms and grounds. Berakfast was good. Dinner was ridiculously overrated and overpriced. There are better restaurants to be had in the area.

  • Stayed: January 2007, traveled as a couple
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1  Thank Amsterdammit
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Reviewed July 19, 2007

We stayed at Le Quartier Francais for two nights in late June. We thought that the room and the hotel were extremely cute and charming in that french country bed and breakfast kind of way. Unfortunately, the famous Tasting Room was closed while we were there, but we ate at Ici several times for breakfast and for dinner once. The room were really cute and they put hot water bottles in your bed to keep in warm when you climbed in at night. The floors had radiant heating which was great in the winter.The food was very good, but not world class, (but of course we did not eat at the formal dining room/ Tasting room), but perhaps I expected something more with the close affiliation to the Tasting Room. It was too cold for us to take advantage of the pool. We did light fires at night which was romantic and kept the room cozy. They also had a nice selection of DVD's which was nice. Our most memorable meal was at La Petite Ferme; which was nearby-fabulous french country food with a superb wine selection. We had also booked Reubens which was across the street from LQF, but we were a bit disappointed after all the hype. The portions at Reubens were huge and the food was solid, but definitely not that special. I think LQF is a great getaway if you are going to the winelands and I would defiitely stay there again. It was also right on the main street of the town which made it easy to walk around the town, but come back to the hotel to eat or just for a break. The hotel also was great at offering to pick us up after lunch at La Petite Ferme.

  • Stayed: June 2007, traveled as a couple
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2  Thank gona40
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Reviewed July 19, 2007

We stayed here as part of a 3 week honeymoon in South Africa, and of everywhere we stayed it was probably the only disappointing place we stayed at. We loved: Franschoek, the hotel location, the pretty courtyards and the outside of the hotel, the 'tasting menu' in their restaurant (we were exhausted afterwards!). We weren´t so keen on: the standard of the rooms (looking tired and a bit dated), general organisation (forgot we had booked tours, no drivers around, etc), their wine tour (a complete rip-off), overall service. Franschoek is a must visit on the wine route, and the surroundings are stunning, but if we went again I think we would look for somewhere else to stay.

  • Stayed: May 2007, traveled as a couple
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4  Thank rosilla
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Reviewed May 15, 2007

I have to agree with a previous poster. I expected more of this hotel.
The rooms were nice, but I was very dissapointed by the restaurant - we had the same experience as a previous poster with the tasting menu. I had to order more food as everything was so little and extremely expensive!! . I would rather prefer staying at one of the wine estates which is much better value for money! I really think this hotel is a bit overrated if I look at the overall experience I had.

  • Stayed: January 2007
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2  Thank MediaManagerSA
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Reviewed March 18, 2007

Stayed at Le Quartier Francais for 2 nights in mid-December 2006 in a Four Quarters suite. The whole experience was amazing. The region itself is absolutely stunning with beautiful wineries, flowers and mountains. As for the hotel the suite was quite possibly the best room I have stayed in with two huge rooms, a massive bed, ipod dock, two tvs, free minibar and complimentary snacks in the afternoon, and an amazing bathroom. The decor was modern and stylish.

There are four suites and they all share a pool and all share the breakfast area. I think this was an additional good point about the suites in that you got to meet other people staying there and listen to their experiences - indeed it was talking to one other Dutch couple that we decided to visit a particular winery which we really enjoyed. The hotel also organised a wine tour for us one day that lasted the entire day and gave a really good insight into the area.

As for food we ate at The Tasting Rooms on the second night having the 8 course menu and loved it! As with all these types of menu the portions are small, however, by the end of the meal I was full and enjoyed every course and the different wines that we tried.

The staff at the hotel were great and the owner was very friendly and took time to speak to you personally. All in all and absolutely amazing experience.

  • Stayed: December 2006, traveled as a couple
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1  Thank RobM74
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Address: Cnr Berg & Wilhelmina Streets, Franschhoek 7690, Franschhoek 7690, South Africa
Location: South Africa > Western Cape > Franschhoek
Amenities:
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:
#4 Romantic Hotel in Franschhoek
#7 Luxury Hotel in Franschhoek
Price Range: $460 - $1,120 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
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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