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Akademie Street Boutique Hotel and Guest House
Ranked #1 of 11 Hotels in Franschhoek
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed 18 August 2014

After a lengthy holiday to South Africa we ended our trip in the Cape wine lands. After some consideration we decided to stay in Franschhoek at Akademie. Upon arrival we were given information covering anything you may need to know about the guesthouse, the local village and surrounding wine lands. Our room 'Uitsig' was generous in size with a balcony overlooking the mountains and a bathroom that has heated flooring (pleasant surprise in the colder months). The rooms are designed in such a way that you could spend a very relaxing day in house without having to move, the rooms are stocked with tea and coffee (mini coffee machine with Illy coffee), snacks, wine & beer - not to mention the use of a mobile phone (free of charge) incase you might need to. The breakfast, which is prepared daily by the friendly staff, is made from local seasonal ingredients which consists of a fresh fruit platter, yoghurt and muesli followed by a hot breakfast (any way you like) - most flexible and delicious breakfast we've had in a long time. The hosts and all the staff we met were friendly and super interesting to talk to. Thank you for making our last days in South Africa so pleasant, you have managed to put an extra special touch on your service and accommodation which is unlike anywhere else we've ever stayed. We will return and will certainly recommend Akademie to our family and friends.

  • Stayed: July 2014
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Reviewed 6 August 2014

We went there for the weekend, beautiful experience. Service was exceptional
and the best breakfast ever. You just feel most welcome from the minute you arrive until you leave. I would highly recommend the hotel.
Thank you very much.

  • Stayed: July 2014, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 5 August 2014

Super weekend stay. Even with rainy weather, plenty of very close restaurants. Very much enjoyed the Gelatenheid guesthouse. Lots of privacy, but with discreet service, including laundry.
Only regret not being able to use the private pool due to cold weather.

  • Stayed: July 2014, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 4 August 2014

Hello hazel: Thank you for your cooperation and assistance during our stay at the cottage. It was a beautiful experience and it was better than a hotel stay. Staff was very pleasant and helpful. I have rated your facility as excellent. It is a very beautiful place and I have provided a very positive feed back to JACADA travel, Head of Africa Operations- Samantha Kelly. I will be coming back and recommending your hotel to others.

Thank you.

Chandra, Roopa and Neha.

Room Tip: our cottage was very clean and beautiful.
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  • Stayed: July 2014, travelled with family
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Reviewed 4 August 2014

I can write as many compliments as I can since everything was superb at Akademie Street. From the arrival to the departure it was one big feeling of being the most wanted guest. We stayed in the nice house oortuiging which was even larger than we thought it would be seeing it on several websites. The privacy in this house is fantastic, you have your home away from home and in the morning a fantastic breakfast is served in the main house. Katerine and Arthur are great hosts but every single staff member contributes to the fantastic feeling our stay leaves behind. I highly recommend staying here. It is more than worth the price you pay for it. You will not be disappointed.

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  • Stayed: July 2014, travelled with family
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Reviewed 31 July 2014

My wife and I stayed at Akademie for three nights. The hotel/guesthouse was chosen do to its high praises and it managed to surpass our expectations. We stayed in one of two rooms in the main house. Each room has a private garden area, our enormous, bright bathroom with heated-floors led to our garden which contained a soothing fountain. Our room also had a lovely sitting area, complimentary mini-bar and snacks, king size bed with heated blankets. After a day out on the town we came home and snuggled up to a movie we took out of the small communal, but well curated DVD collection.
Every morning the breakfast service was impeccable. In fact the entire staff was extremely accommodating and helpful in planning a self-driven wine route. Arthur helped us one night get a reservation at Ryan's Kitchen, which was our best meal in Franschhoek.
We would certainly come back, perhaps in the summer to see the plants in full bloom and use the well designed pools. You can't go wrong with this place if you are looking for a relaxing, luxurious, yet unassuming place to stay in Franschhoek and I would recommend it as a destination if you are in the Cape Town area in fact.

  • Stayed: July 2014, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 30 July 2014

My wife & I stayed at Akademie for three nights as part of our honeymoon in South Africa. We'd read some excellent reviews prior to booking (recommended by our travel agent) but nothing prepared us for just how accommodating and hospitable Katherine, Hazel & Arthur made our stay.
Nothing was too much trouble and all members of staff went to great lengths to ensure that we were completely satisfied. This included booking a horse riding trip, two sets of taxis, confirming dinner reservations and even helping us organise the collection of several cases of wine that we purchased during our stay.
All this and I haven't even mentioned the food yet! Make sure you're hungry as the breakfast is excellent and involves several courses! On our last day we had to leave at 5am to make a connection, but the kitchen sent up a dry breakfast the night before which we thought was a very nice touch.
A few other highlights:
- Super comfy (and large) bed
- Heated floors were divine and kept the room nice and warm
- Simple and effective wifi login and password, none of the web login rubbish you get in most hotels, internet speed was good
- Excellent in-room illy coffee and snacks included in the price
- Local mobile phone provided to us with lots of useful local numbers and saved us roaming costs

We really enjoyed our honeymoon in South Africa and have vowed to return. We will definitely stay at Akademie again for our next trip.
Highly recommended.

  • Stayed: July 2014, travelled as a couple
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Address: 5 Akademie Street, Franschhoek 7690, South Africa
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Region: South Africa > Western Cape > Franschhoek
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Swimming Pool
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Ranked #1 of 11 Hotels in Franschhoek
Price Range: £247 - £397 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
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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