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.
- 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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- Also Known As:
- Le Quartier Francais Franschhoek
- Le Quartier Francais Hotel Franschhoek