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Akademie Street Boutique Hotel and Guest House
Ranked #1 of 11 Hotels in Franschhoek
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Reviewed February 23, 2014

This was our third visit to Akademie Street in three years. Why is it so popular?
Personal service, attention to detail, kindness. The very antithesis of a huge impersonal hotel.
I have stayed in several other establishments in Franschhoek (and many other in South Africa) and none of them comes close.
Book early, book VERY early to avoid disappointment!

Stayed: February 2014, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed February 21, 2014

We just had the good fortune to spend 3 nights here with friends and all I can say is SUPERB. From the moment we arrived Hazel made us feel totally welcome, showing us around the property. Katherine and Arthur were also great hosts and Aunty Margie and the ladies from the kitchen pull together the most incredible breakfast ever. we stayed in Twyfeling A which had a door which opened on to the pool area which was lovely. The room has the most incredible bathroom which is built in to a conservatory attached to the room. The room was super comfy with fully stocked, free, mini bar, a coffee machine and a microwave. Another nice touch was the inclusion of a local mobile phone pre-programmed with a range of numbers that you might need. You will also fall in love with Anna, the house dog, a lovely black Labrador.

The guys were also very helpful in suggesting where to eat and we tried a few. Our favourite was Cafe des Arts which is just off the main road close to the guest house. Hard to notice as they are set off the road down a small lane. You'll spot the white arch that they have up on the main road with Cafe des Arts across the top. The food and service were incredible and the range of wine was excellent to. We also ate at Reubens which was also nice but can get very busy so I'd suggest that you book. Hazel or Katherine are only to happy to do this for you.

We also visited a number of Winery's but by far the best was a small one called Lynx.....give it a try. All in all Franschhoek was a beautiful, layed back place which I will definately be making a return trip to.

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Reviewed February 21, 2014

we had high expectations and we were not disappointed. The owners and staff could not have been more helpful. It was a peaceful haven. Good location for exploring the wine route. We really enjoyed our breakfast out in the garden. Every room very different.

  • Stayed: January 2014, traveled with friends
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Reviewed February 19, 2014

We had the most wonderful stay at the Akademie St guesthouse, as part of our driving tour of the western cape. The owners and staff couldn't have been friendlier or more helpful, and we echo other comments about the quality of the breakfasts! And it couldn't be more convenient for walking into the centre of Franschhoek. We will definitely be going back.
Bill & Clare Fox

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Reviewed February 19, 2014

We, with friends, had the pleasure of spending 3 nights here in early February and thoroughly enjoyed the experience. We were welcomed by Hazel who showed as around the property and, as we were early, gave us a recommendation for lunch whilst our rooms were prepared. On our return we were shown to our rooms which were Uitsig - a large first floor room and Twyfeling A - on the ground floor.

Uitsig is a large room with a balcony with a view of the mountains, it is comfortable, well furnished and equipped with a (well stocked) fridge and microwave and some very interesting original artwork on the walls (we never did find out who was the subject in the nude painting hanging above the bed). The bathroom was large with a separate shower and bath. Twyfeling A is also a nice room and features a bathroom within an attached conservatory.

Elsewhere around this diverse property were small swimming pools and sunbeds in an enclosed courtyard and inside a lounge and library with many interesting books to borrow (but not keep) and lots of interesting paintings all around.

Breakfast was taken outdoors in the courtyard and was truly excellent with a wide variety of hot and cold fare all served at table and all freshly prepared. Around the property you will also meet Anna - a friendly black labrador - very cute she is too.

Katherine and Hazel very helpfully gave us restaurant reservations (and made the bookings on our behalf) - we ate at the very popular Reuben's which was good, but far and away our favourite was the Cafe des Artes set back from the main street - delicious unpretentious fare and very reasonably priced with excellent service.

The hotel is very well sited, only a few minutes walk from the town centre in a quiet side street with ample on-street parking and feels very safe and secure.

All in all an excellent stay and when (not if) we return to Franschhoek we will have no hesitation in returning to the Akademie Street Boutique Hotel.

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Reviewed February 17, 2014

My wife and I stayed for 3 days in Feb 2014. We stayed in Gelatenheid. We really valued the spacious accommodation, private pool, and garden area. It isn't cheap, but for the same price you are getting a far better deal than in 5 star hotels.

The staff go out of their way to help you and they are not obtrusive. For people who value their comfort and privacy this is as good as you will get in the winelands. Breakfast is excellent with delicious fruit and yoghourt and a great cooked meal if you want it. We did!

We ate out at restaurants each night, but next time we stay, will consider our waistlines more, and eat in some nights.The kitchen is quite adequate to prepare a light meal.

The top floor bedroom and verandah have good views and splendid baths ,both inside and out.

The only downsides we can think of is that the stairs are a bit narrow and steep ( but still OK for an unfit 65 year old).

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Reviewed February 17, 2014

Really a very nice place to stay with a very warm welcome by the staff and the owners.
Magnificent Breakfast. Stayed in the Vreugte room in reality a small house which was once a shed was transformed to very nice room with private terrace, garden and even small private pool.
Would like to return anytime!

  • Stayed: January 2014, traveled on business
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Address: 5 Akademie Street, Franschhoek 7690, South Africa
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Location: South Africa > Western Cape > Franschhoek
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Bar / Lounge Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Swimming Pool
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Ranked #1 of 11 Hotels in Franschhoek
Price Range: $354 - $542 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:5 star — Akademie Street Boutique Hotel and Guest House 5*
Number of rooms: 7
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Number of rooms: 7 suites. Akademie Street Boutique Hotel and Guest House in Franschhoek offers luxury five star accommodation in five unique buildings all situated on the same beautiful property in a quiet area of the village in the heart of the Cape wine lands. There are four swimming pools and four gardens. This hotel and guest house is in a quiet area within easy walking distance to the restaurants. - Owner Managed ... more   less 
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