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Akademie Street Boutique Hotel and Guest House
Ranked #1 of 11 Hotels in Franschhoek
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London
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“Luxurious, Friendly, beattiful guest house”
Reviewed June 26, 2009

We stayed at Akademie for 2 nights whilst following the British Lions Rugby tour. This was our first visit to the winelands despite having previously visited Cape Town 4 times so we were excited. The drive from Cape Town is easy and takes you past a couple of really good places to stop. As soon as you arrive in Franschoek you feel more relaxed than the hustle and bustle of Cape Town. Akademie is one block back from the main street and is set in beautifully secluded gardens. We had booked the Utsig accommodation but as they were quiet were upgraded to the Gelatenheid suite which is huge. Larger than our house in London we were spoilt for space. A large terrace wraps around the first floor and there is a lovely outside bath. Inside there is another good bathroom with freestanding bath and the largest bed you have seen. You also have your own large private courtyard with a lovely pool that was too cold to use in the middle of June. Having settled in we went for a stroll one of the many excellent local restaurants and had a high quality meal at Reubens. Arthur, the owner had given us a list of places to try and as he used to Le Quartier Francais we knew he would give a good recommendation. Breakfast was very nice - loads of fresh fruit and whatever cooked items you want. We were sad to leave and will definitely be back.

  • Stayed June 2009, traveled as a couple
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Windsor, UK
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Reviewed June 22, 2009

A fantastic Guest House. We stayed in GELATENHEID for the 3 nights of our stay in Franschhoek and have to say it is one of the nicest places we've stayed in the whole world, let alone South Africa (where to be honest the standards are generally high). Our hosts were extremely hospitable and nothing was too much trouble for either them or their team.
The property is stunning, the gardens beautiful and the location a perfect 10 minute stroll to the excellent restaurants and bars in the village centre. Only slight criticism is that the water in the swimming pool was very cold, but apparently the new pool (which was being dug when we were there) will have some form of solar heating to take the chill off which will be great.
In fact we loved the place so much that we're planning to return this November.

  • Stayed March 2009, traveled as a couple
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Shropshire
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Reviewed May 31, 2009

We spent 3 weeks touring South Africa staying in high quality accommodation and this was the best experience of all. If we'd known how much we were going to enjoy Franschhoek and this guest house, we would have booked to stay longer. The weather wasn't kind to us so we didn't use our pool or spend as much time in our own private garden as we would have liked! Inside Vreugde, we had every comfort, including probably the largest bed we have slept in. Because of the size of the bed, there is no seating in the suite, but there is plenty on the verandah. The minibar is actually a mini kitchen and everything is complimentary.We had a warm and friendly welcome and wonderful breakfast served by the owners, who genuinely wanted us to get the most out of our stay and were a mine of information. We didn't want to leave and will definitely be going back!

  • Stayed May 2009, traveled as a couple
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London, United Kingdom
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Reviewed May 6, 2009

We decided to stay at Akademie due to the highly complimentary reviews on this web site and even our high expectations were easily exceeded. This Guest house is truly one of the best B&Bs we've ever stayed in. The rooms were huge and extremely well decorated, everything from drinks to laundry was complimentary, the gardens and setting were just stunning and the breakfast was one of the best we'd had through out our 2 week honey moon in SA.

It is perfectly situated about 2 blocks from the main drag and the staff were so willing to help, our only complaint was that we'd only booked for 1 night. We'll definitely have to go back, honestly if you don't say here you really are missing out on an incredible experience!!

  • Stayed April 2009, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed May 4, 2009

My fiance and I stayed in the Uitsig room in late March. The name means View in English because of the wonderful winelands scenery to be seen from the balcony.

From the moment we arrived we knew this was a special place - we were greeted with warm smiles, and shown to a beautiful room. Very large, bright and airy, tastefully furnished and with interesting artwork. The bathroom was large and bright, and there was a small kitchenette with microwave, fridge and cutlery and plates. Everything was very clean, we felt like the first people to have stayed there.

Katherine and Arthur, the owners, along with Heidi, were exceptionally friendly and helpful in advising which vineyards to visit and help in choosing and booking local restaurants. In this part of the world personal advice is invaluable given the abundant options available.

The breakfasts were superb - you could request almost anything and it would have been freshly cooked to perfection. In addition to the hot selection, each morning we were given a beautifully presented fruit platter, muesli, smoothie or juice, yoghurt, toast, jams and freshly brewed tea or coffee.

The rooms and surroundings are very private, but very close to the shops and restaurants, with lush gardens and 3 friendly cats. At the time of our stay a small swimming pool was under construction - we look forward to using it in our next stay!

The rooms come with a complimentary laundry service, which was an unexpected and very useful bonus. Clothes collected in the morning were delivered back the same evening, spotless and nicely folded. Worth noting that the contents of the minibar (drinks and snacks) were complimentary also.

All these little features combined to make us feel like we were staying with friends rather than guests at a hotel. We've never been made to feel more welcome anyplace we've stayed - thanks and we'll be back.

  • Stayed March 2009, traveled as a couple
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Bimingham, England
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Reviewed April 20, 2009

What a fantastic place to stay this is - please book it for your holiday now! My new husband and I stayed in Gelatenheid last September (2008) on the first night of our honeymoon. We were astouned by the beauty and originality of the guesthouses. All individually decorated, with beautiful artwork, bedding and fittings. Gelatenheid was such a romantic and luxurious guesthouse, yet also very cosy and comfortable. Katherine and Arthur are wonderfully helpful and generous and very knowledgable about the area. Their breakfasts are superb! I really could rave on about Akademie for hours, but you will just have to go there for yourself!

  • Stayed September 2008, traveled as a couple
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Kiev, Ukraine
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Reviewed April 9, 2009

My family and I spent two wonderful nights at Akademie Guesthouses. We stayed in the Vreugde and Uitsig rooms, both were perfectly charming and very spacious, particularly Uitsig which I highly recommend. Hosts Katherine and Arthur are absolutely fantastic. Wonderful people, extremely helpful and very interested in making your stay a very personable, and certainly unforgettable experience. And we were amazed at the rooms, every possible need and consideration taken care of. Chocolates on the bed, two shower caps not one, note pads, tons of magazines, free mini bar and free 24 hour laundry service, wonderful spa toiletries in large bottles, you name it, Akademie provides it with such a personal style of consideration for their guests. The property is charming with plunge pools, flower gardens, perfect and private peace and beauty. Breakfast is a wonderful affair (attended by 3 house cats if you wish, no less) and everything is freshly prepared and delicious. The location of Akademie is perfect. 5 minute walk from the main street of Franschhoek and super restaurants like The Tasting Room and Reubens. Parking is easy and right in front of the guesthouse and free. We loved Akademie so much we didn't want to leave. Highly recommended!

  • Stayed April 2009, traveled with family
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Property: Akademie Street Boutique Hotel and Guest House
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 (Based on Average Rates): $$$$
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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