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“Simply the Best!!!”
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La Residence
Ranked #5 of 11 Hotels in Franschhoek
Certificate of Excellence
London, United Kingdom
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180 reviews
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“Simply the Best!!!”
Reviewed 17 March 2013

My husband booked a holiday to celebrate my birthday. We were traveling with our good friends who have two children. There were in total 3 kids and 5 adults in our party and we stayed in a villa at La Residence for 4 days 3 nights.

We would never imagine there is such beautiful place in South Africa. The villa was amazingly beautiful. The decorations are very tasteful. The best is their service. All the staffs were so friendly and helpful to us. Their attention for detail is something you don't see very often in any other places. One night we were watching rugby game at the big lounge. The staffs were so kind to lit the fireplace for us, prepared all the drinks and snacks for us even when it was past 11pm already.

The kids had a GREAT time staying and the grown ups got to relax and enjoy our holiday. The food at the hotel was good too and the atmosphere was lovely. La Residence really knows how to pamper the guests and to show their hospitality.

It has been a wonderful stay and we would highly recommend this place to everyone who are going to visit Frankschhoek.

  • Stayed March 2013, travelled with family
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Reviewed 16 January 2013

stayed her in November for a portion of our honeymoon. The reviews are right - this place is simply amazing. The scenary is spectaculor, the rooms are lovely, the food, wine, atmosphere are great, and last but not least, the staff and service are superb. Simply top notch compared to anywhere we've been, anywhere in the world.

Room Tip: each one we saw looked great - we stayed in the Huguenot suite, which was incredible.
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  • Stayed November 2012, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 11 December 2012

One the best experiences ever. The villa are beautifully designed. Each artefact and artwork are tastefully selected. Design , hospitality, service and food- all made us feel like royalty.
Especially The staff at the villas , they were exceptionally attentive to our needs and took very good care of us.
The wines from the vineyards are also special.
One best stays ever :)))

  • Stayed October 2012
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Reviewed 3 December 2012

This may have been the loveliest place my husband and I have ever stayed. Thank you to Evan and Lee for welcoming us each night. A bouquet of flowers, a bottle of bubbly, and local wine presented to me upon arrival, was truly special!

This place is truly elegant and amazing for a special occasion. I really appreciated the level of service we received here- everyone was really warm, friendly and helpful. We sent our laundry out and it got returned in a lovely wooden box with a silk tie around it! Bathrooms are huge, have heated floors, luxurious bath products (I love the Charlotte Rhys products so much, I had to find the store in Cape Town to go buy the products!), candles lit prior to our return to our room each night, fresh milk delivered in the morning for our french press coffee, fresh snacks and cheese in the fridge, yummy chocolates by the bed each night....

This place is pricey - but worth every penny for a splurge stay. They pay such amazing detail to everything, and not only was it noticed, but greatly appreciated.

  • Stayed November 2012, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 5 November 2012

This hotel is an absolute hidden treasure. My husband and I stayed there on our honeymoon and we only wish we could have been there longer. From the cackling fire places, to the warm rugs, elegant furnishings, and breathtaking setting - everywhere you look is beauty. One night, we were the only guests having dinner at the hotel. The chef created an entire menu for us, complete with wine pairings and multiple courses. One morning at breakfast, I asked if there was any apple juice. A minute later, I notice a member of the staff carrying a tray of apples into the kitchen...there is simply nothing that is too much to ask. We felt like honored guests in a private chateau. The room was the nicest room we ever stayed in, bar none. This is the perfect place to relax and enjoy South Africa's beautiful wine country. We can't wait to return!

  • Stayed August 2012, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 23 October 2012

We stayed there about 5 years ago on our honeymoon, before internet reviews became the standard. Just went through our pictures again + I just had to give this a review even if a bit dated. We were upgraded to the suite, and while we stayed in a lot of great hotels all over the world (and South Africa in particular has so many great ones), this was simply the most impressive. The couple that was running the hotel then (perhaps still?) made the stay even more perfect. They arranged everything for us from a personal wine tasting tour to our restaurant bookings for the evening. I don't think you can go wrong with this place, at least not if you look for a romantic break for two.

Room Tip: Don't know that the honeymoon suite would cost (we were upgraded), but this was simply stunning.
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  • Stayed November 2011, travelled as a couple
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New York, NY
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 55 helpful votes
Reviewed 13 October 2012

La Residence is a gem of a boutique luxury hotel. It is located a short drive from Franschooek's main street, where all the shops, restaurants, and art galleries are located. You can look at the website to see how incredible the property and rooms are -- no sneaky photography there, as everything is even more amazing in person. We stayed in a first floor room with a private garden area overlooking vineyards, mountains, gardens, and a beautiful lake. Our first night here, we had a tasting menu dinner/wine pairing with so many dishes that I can't remember how many there were. Impressive execution by the chef and you can really taste how fresh the ingredients are. Overall, the service is over the top. Staff is so warm and friendly and attentive to anything you need. For a special stay in the winelands area, I don't see how it can get any better than this...

  • Stayed September 2012, travelled as a couple
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Property: La Residence
Address: Elandskloof Private Road | Elandskloof Farm, Franschhoek 7690, South Africa
Region: South Africa > Western Cape > Franschhoek
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Centre with Internet Access Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Spa Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#2 Family Hotel in Franschhoek
#2 Spa Hotel in Franschhoek
#3 Romantic Hotel in Franschhoek
#4 Business Hotel in Franschhoek
#5 Luxury Hotel in Franschhoek
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): ££££
Hotel Class:5 star — La Residence 5*
Number of rooms: 11
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
La Residence is in a class of its own. Located in the beautiful Franschhoek valley, where the exquisite vineyards and mountains form a picture perfect backdrop, La Residence provides a haven of luxurious accommodation, fine dining and an all-round sensory indulgence. ... more   less 
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