The thing that makes Akademie stand out is how thoroughly it achieves the “Guest House” feel that so many B&Bs strive for. As soon as we walked through the front door we felt as though we had found a long lost family home. The rooms oozed cozy, and we found ourselves longing for more time just to be here. The linens were soft & plush, and the colours, fixtures, paintings, furniture, and other decorations made us want to transport this room back into our house at home. We were there in the rainy doldrums of the Cape winter, and it was so comfortable to just relax with a book or take a hot bath while sipping local wine. The breakfast was an amazing spread of fruit, juices, museli, jams, and toast, and of course all the usual English breakfast fixings of high quality ingredients and fabulous flavour. The friendly hosts and owners Arthur and Katherine seemed to make it their personal mission to ensure we had a great time during our stay, and were able to recommend all sorts of things to do in the area. Of course their task is made a bit easier by the huge array of top SA restaurants within easy (and safe) walking distance in Franschhoek, and winery after beautiful winery just a short drive away.
I have been lurking on TripAdvisor for a couple years now and have used this site many times to find a place to stay. Rarely have I seen a property with such consistently high ratings as Akademie, so I was pleasantly surprised to find it priced cheaper than many “upscale” hotels in the area. We were awarded with a stay that met or and exceeded all expectations, and was so good that I felt compelled to finally create a TripAdvisor account just so I could post this glowing review. Needless to say, I will definitely go along with the other posters here and recommend this property if you’re in the area (and perhaps even if you have to go out of your way to stay here ;).
- 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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