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Akademie Street Boutique Hotel and Guest House
Ranked #1 of 11 Hotels in Franschhoek
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Hong Kong, China
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204 reviews
157 hotel reviews
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“Unique offering but falls a little bit short”
Reviewed October 11, 2009

We were only able to stay at akademie for one night, which is a shame. We stayed in Gelatenheid which was beautiful. We won't touch on the little extras because all the reviews have got it right in terms of the phone, minibar, international plugs, internet, chocolates, etc.

Our main complaint concern the breakfast (which we note that others have complained about as well). We had to be on our way as of 8.15 in order to make it to Stellenbosch in time for a tour. Perhaps we've got it wrong because we've only been to about 65 countries and stayed at a number of guesthouses spanning numerous price points but the owners need to be more flexible about the time and place that one can have breakfast. I don't care if my fruitplate comes in the shape of a star if I can't have it at 7.45am when I want it. The hosts seemed reluctant to serve us breakfast at 8am (which was later than we wanted it to begin with) and said that we could only have a cold breakfast. We found that highly irritating. We also would have preferred to have breakfast in our house and/or on our patio but that certainly not an option.

Additionally, we would have preferred a little bit more of choice in the minibar. There was no wine and there were no diet or light soda drinks. There was also no vodka. Our view was that the bar looked like it had been stocked for two men rather than a couple. The snacks were appreciated but it would have been nice if there was something more interesting then normal potato chips and some salted peanuts.

In short, it was very nice and we would recommend it to others however we have stayed at better (perhaps we've been spoiled) both from a service and a value for money point of view.

  • Stayed October 2009, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed September 23, 2009

If your going to visit the Winelands Franschhoek is the place to stay, its quaint with some great restaurants and has a number of great wineries within a short driving distance.

We stayed in Vreugde for 2 nights as part of our honeymoon. The room was lovely with a private outdoor seating area and plunge pool. The free mini bar is a nice touch and is replenished daily. The free laundry service is also very useful.

Katherine and Arthur are very knowledgeable and will give you invaluable advice on the best places to go (from personal experience) and how to maximise your stay. They are both extremely welcoming and friendly.

The guesthouse is a 2 minute walk from the main street and it is very safe to walk down to the restaurants in the day and evening.

Overall Akademie street has an amazing attention to detail and strikes the perfect balance between being a homely guesthouse but giving you enough space to do your own thing. Will definitely be returning next year!

  • Stayed September 2009, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed September 16, 2009

We stayed in the Gelatenheid cottage at the Akademie Street guest house. Was lovely to have a whole house to yourself and the outside bath is a fantastic touch! Upstairs is beautifully decorated and comfortable. Downstairs is a little bit basic and has some unusual and personal design features. The owners have truly gone the extra mile with little touches such as a complimentary bar and snacks, a mobile phone programmed with key numbers to use and a laundry service. The breakfast is wonderful. The whole guest complex is very homely and has the owners tastes firmly stamped on each touch. It is certainly colourful, comfortable and typically South African.

  • Stayed September 2009, traveled as a couple
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Geneva
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Reviewed September 15, 2009

My wife and I stayed at the Akademie Street Guesthouse 11-12-13 September. It is rare that anywhere one is re-visiting manages to match initial experiences, but the ASG more than exceeded them. Katherine and Arthur are delightful hosts, the rooms are splendid (we stayed in Uitsig this time, after a first stay in Vreugde), the service impecable, and the setting just marvellous - both the gardens and broader vistas. All I can say is go and visit, you won't be disappointed - we are already planning a return visit!

  • Stayed September 2009, traveled as a couple
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micmicl
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Reviewed September 13, 2009

My wife and I stayed the nights of 8 and 9 September with Arthur and Catherine at Akademie Street. We stayed 1 night in Twyfeling and the next Gelatenheid. It was an unbelievable great experience. The rooms are luxurious and comfortable and fitted with only the best fittings and consumables.

  • Stayed September 2009, traveled as a couple
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Belfast
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Reviewed September 3, 2009

Stayed in Gelatenheid for a week - wonderful time, much assisted by the charming Arthur and Kathrine- actually they were billiant in resisting what I suspect is their natural urge to cover you with their hospitality by leaving us alone for most of the week. This understanding of a customer is a sign of highly experienced and successful guesthouse owners. Gelatenheid, in particular, is very private with its own front door and carport. The bed was huge and extremely comfortable. The service from all the staff was ultra-efficient, friendly yet discreet. South Africa is fortunate to have many wonderfully run and beautiful places to stay in and Akademie is deservedly at the top of many "best of" lists. The last poster asked whether it was the best b&b in the world, I am not sure if Akademie is simply a b&b, but I understand why the question was posed. Simply wonderful is the best description I can manage - highly recommended might be more practical perhaps - we will certainly return.

  • Stayed August 2009, traveled as a couple
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Geneva, Switzerland
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 42 helpful votes
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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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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