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Akademie Street Boutique Hotel and Guest House
Ranked #1 of 11 Hotels in Franschhoek
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Geneva, Switzerland
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78 reviews
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“The Best B&B in the World?”
Reviewed August 18, 2009

Akademie Street is simply a cut above the rest. The service is excellent and the owners are friendly. The rooms are well appointed and even include a fully stocked (and complementary) mini-bar. The breakfast is also great, but it's simply too much food as they serve both English and South African!

  • Stayed June 2007, traveled as a couple
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Chicago, Illinois
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Reviewed August 1, 2009

We arrived in Franschhoek at the Akademie Street Guesthouse after a rather harried transfer from Cape Town. As soon as we stepped into our beautifully appointed, cozy, luxurious room (Uitsig - which means "view") - every last bit of stress and annoyance melted away. We had read glowing reviews of this place on TripAdvisor - and still, our expectations were more than exceeded --- gorgeous art, windows on three sides, heated floors, a pre-programmed cellphone for your use (loaded up with restaurant numbers, the host's number, etc), welcome split of champagne, free drinks and snacks, excellent wireless, sumptuous bathroom stocked with wonderful products, and a HUGE bed outfitted with a zillion pillows and the most comfortable linens and blankets you can imagine.

It only got better.

The next morning we were treated to a delicious breakfast - fabulous cheeses, flaky croissants, fresh fruit, muesli, and typical English breakfast items. Breakfast became a highlight of each of the 4 days we stayed here - we couldn't wait to get down there, and we lingered over coffee and delightful conversation with the hosts, Arthur and Katherine, who couldn't be more charming.

We kept fantasizing about just staying there forever and having them take care of us for the rest of our lives.

We have rarely felt so welcome, so pampered and taken care of... They gave us great recommendations on things to do (ask about Gudrun for a fantastic wine tour) and made sure we always had everything we could have possibly needed. Superlative service from the entire staff.

This is my first post here. I have used TA many times - but it was Akademie that inspired me to write a review. If you are ever in the Cape Town area - YOU MUST GO to Franschhoek (which is really a lovely little village) and stay at the Akademie.

One last thing - two words - FREE LAUNDRY.

  • Stayed July 2009, traveled as a couple
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London
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Reviewed July 22, 2009

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 ;).

  • Stayed June 2009, traveled as a couple
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travelnow2pa
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Reviewed July 16, 2009

We were delighted to stay at Akademie Street for two nights. My husband and I were very impressed with the charm of our accomodation and the hospitality of Arthur and Katharine.
We will definitely return!

  • Stayed July 2009, traveled as a couple
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Durban, South Africa
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Reviewed July 2, 2009

We recently had our semi-annual visit to Akademie Street for a short "wine vacation". As always Akademie Street delivers to the nth degree. Everything is done with the utmost of personal touch and care, and no request is too great or too small. Katherine and Arthur have both become old dear friends and arriving here is like coming home; albeit with far more luxury! Breakfast is always delicious, and Katherine's "cheese demonstration" is to be savored for the descriptions she provides, the care she takes in choosing the selection, and (not least) for the taste. The grounds continue to be beautifully maintained, and they have added a lovely and tastefully designed swimming pool behind the main house; this in addition to the private splash pools that three of the existing "cottages" have for private use. They are also adding two new suites in the main house. This is the only place we stay in Franschhoek and plan our vacations around availability here. Once you have sampled the best why bother going anywhere else?

  • Stayed July 2009, traveled as a couple
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Houston, Texas
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Reviewed July 1, 2009

We stayed for 2 nights at Akademie. Our three children slept in the 2 bedroom cottage and my husband and I stayed in a smaller cottage. Both cottages are gorgeous with private pools, beautiful gardens, and fountains. Katherine and Arthur gave us fantastic recommendations and advice. The breakfasts were very fresh and delicious. Every morning was a made-to-order breakfast with fresh fruits, local cheeses, breads, hot croissants, and fresh-squeezed juices. During the day, we drove around Franschhoek and Stellanbosch and in the evening we walked down to the village of Franschhoek and had amazing dinners and wines. There are so many great restaurants that we did not get to try. Our last night we had an amazing meal at Rueben's. This is a delightful area of South Africa to visit and Akademie Guest House is a wonderful place to stay.

  • Stayed June 2009, traveled with family
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London
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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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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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