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Akademie Street Boutique Hotel
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Reviewed 24 February 2013

We have just returned from our third annual stay at this lovely boutique hotel which always lives up to expectation. Not sure what we can add to all the previous reviews except to confirm that it lives up to its excellent rating. It is the attention to detail and the warm welcome which feels as if you are returning home that makes this such a special place. Not sure we have ever been to a place where they remember from year to year how strong you like your coffee in the morning! Breakfast is probably the best we ever have in all our travels. We have stayed in the pool room (Twyfeling.A) each year as we liked being able to walk straight out onto the pool and also liked the bathroom in a conservatory - however we have already booked up for next year and will try a different room as Twyfeling.A can get a bit hot with the glass conservatory at the end.

  • Stayed: February 2013, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 19 February 2013

The outside of the property gives only a hint of the enchanted gardens, wonderful amenities, fabulous breakfasts and very warm welcome beyond. We spent 5 nights with Arthur, Katherine, Jessie, Hazel and the delightful staff at Akademie Street, and our biggest problem was motivating ourselves to leave the tranquility and comfort of our room, the pool and gardens, to visit all on offer in the area. When we did, Katherine and Hazel always had wonderful suggestions for visits, near or far - that came with clear, printed directions of how to get there! Likewise, they were spot on with recommendations for eating out - depending on one's mood, needs and whims of the moment! This is a very special place and one we certainly hope to visit again - there cannot be anywhere better in the Franschoek valley!

Room Tip: Over our stay, we had 2 rooms, Uitsig and Twyfeling B - both beautiful and individual. I do not think any room would disappoint
Stayed: February 2013, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 18 February 2013

We spent a wonderful few days at the Akademie street boutique hotel in franschhoek. Katherine, Arthur and hazel could not have been more welcoming. A tranquil retreat which we will go back to again and again.

Jonelle Daniels and David Lindop

  • Stayed: January 2013, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 13 February 2013

We stayed in Vreugde, a good-sized room, with a comfortable, large double bed, small kitchenette & reasonable sized bathroom. There was a porch outside with a leather settee one side & table & chairs the other. The small courtyard had a plunge pool and room for 2 loungers, however, we did find at the time we tended to return late afternoon, this area was in the shade from the huge oak trees alongside the property. There is also a main pool area, though, with loungers, so I would swim & dry off there.
Hazel met us & showed us round & the next morning at breakfast, she discussed what we intended doing for the day, gave us a map of the surrounding areas & suggested which wine estates to visit etc. They have a lovely black labrador, Anna, who took it on herself to wander from cottage to cottage, checking on everyone - she's no trouble & enjoyed the attention we lavished on her, as we miss our dog while we're away!
The breakfasts were fabulous - a huge plate of freshly prepared fruit, a bowl of stewed fruit, a jug of fruit smoothy, yoghurt, homemade muesli, then a choice of cooked breakfast (my husband loved the south African sausages), croissants, tea, coffee.
I had pre-booked a day with a wine expert, Pietmann Retief, who is a 7th generation French Huguenot & a historian - we had a fabulous day, he was so interesting & informative, we could have listened to him all day.
Restaurants - we had the surprise menu at Le Bon Vivant - very good, although our server was a bit supercilious! We had the Chef's choice at Ryan's Kitchen and had one of the best meals ever - dishes we had glanced at & dismissed on the menu were actually fantastic. It was a privilege to eat there - do make sure & book ahead, though. these were in easy walking distance from Akademie. Our last evening we went to Kalfi's - was ok - wouldn't recommend though.
Franschhoek is a fabulous little town, very quaint, interesting shops, lots of restaurants, coffee shops - more condensed than Stellenbosch, which is quite sprawling and, of course, a university town, complete with students!

  • Stayed: January 2013, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 12 February 2013

If you are looking to feel genuinely welcomed and taken care of, this place is it. It is absolutely charming, comfortable and close to everything in Franschhoek. The attention to detail is astounding, breakfast was lovely and staff amazing. We stayed for two nights and would have stayed at least two more if we could. I could not recommend this guesthouse enough!

  • Stayed: January 2013, travelled with friends
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