We were lucky enough to stay at the Franschhoek for 3 nights in July. Our trip coincided with the bastille day celebrations - a bit surreal, but a real hoot watching people stagger about wearing red beaming faces and french berets! The atmosphere was brilliant and very good-natured.
The hotel is small and fantastically situated in the town itself - moments from the many good bars and restaurants. Our room was fabulous. It was really well decorated in an elegant country style, very spacious with one of the comfiest beds I've ever crashed out in, a big bath in the room and an adjoining private conservatory which lead to the pool.
What really stood out was the hospitality of the Franschhoek hotel. Staff were super friendly, but not in a forced or scripted way, and offered very helpful, unbiased information about local wineries and attractions. The concierge/ manager was exceptional and made us feel very welcome and as if nothing would have been too much trouble. We definitely got more out of our stay thanks to his generous input.
Drinks were complimentary, from the very well stocked mini bar in our room and the resident's self-service bar. The bar was a really great idea and nice way to meet other guests.
There was a little building work underway during our stay (I think another pool area is being constructed), but it was out of sight and didn't interfere with a our relaxed and enjoyable visit.
I must confess that we didn't arrive with high expectations of the wine lands, although we thought it would be pleasant enough for a few days on our month-long trip. However, we were blown away by the beauty of the scenery, diversity of vineyards (from traditional and gorgeous Boschendal, to the modern sophistication and no-expense spared design of Graham Beck) and warm welcome.
I can't recommend the Franschhoek - and this area - highly enough.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Last Word Franschhoek is an exclusive five star historic residence in the heart of Franschhoek village, the gourmet capital of South Africa. It’s only a minute’s walk from the many excellent award-winning restaurants and numerous character-filled boutique style shops and galleries. Beautifully restored in the Cape Huguenot tradition, this 5 star boutique hotel has been designed with sumptuous home comforts creating an elegant, sophisticated interior with a handsome mixture of classic and contemporary furnishings. ... more less
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