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.
- 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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