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Akademie Street Boutique Hotel and Guest House
Ranked #1 of 11 Hotels in Franschhoek
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed 5 March 2009

We stayed for 5 days and wished it could have been longer. We stayed in Uitsig, which is a lovely spacious room overlooking the street. The hosts are charming, and make the stay special. nothing is too much trouble. Breakfasts are great taken outdoors in the garden, and every little attention is taken care of, you could not wish for more. Only complaint is with all the amenities in the room like free mini bar, i-pod docking, and Wifi throughout the property, it is very dissapointing to find that although you have a plasma screen tv, it only has local television. It should a least have DSTV, and SKy News for the Brits or alternatives for other countries as Franschhoek attracts international visitors.

  • Stayed: January 2009, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 19 February 2009

Stayed 3 nights and wish it had been longer! What else can I add to the already glowing comments?! Best quality and value for money I have encountered anywhere in world and that's comparing with 5 star hotels!!
Arthur and Catherine really have thought or everything! Free laundry and drinks. Fresh fruit everyday in rooms. Free use of mobile phone. Amazing breakfasts and wonderful advice and local knowledge.
Problem with doing such a review is that too many people will want to stay and we may not get in next visit to SA!!

  • Stayed: February 2009, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 15 February 2009

Our three nights at Akademie Street Guesthouse was, quite simply, outstanding. The guesthouse was warm and comfortable. This isn't a cliché that I use often, but it indeed did feel like home. Breakfasts were equally wonderful, like dining with old friends. The location is beautiful and central to the restaurants on Franschoek. We sampled wines during the day, ate at stellar restaurants in the evening, and settled down at night with a DVD. I could not recommend Akademie Street Guesthouse enough. It alone is worth a trip to South Africa (which is not to diminish the wonders that one finds in that beautiful country).

  • Stayed: August 2007, travelled with family
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Reviewed 2 February 2009

They'd thought of everything! High quality accommodation, high quality service. Our hosts were there when we needed them and not when we didn't! The free wifi and welcoming fizz in the fridge were the cherries on the cake.

We agree with all the other positive things that have already been said by other reviewers.

We hope to return.

  • Stayed: December 2008
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Reviewed 18 January 2009

The welcome we received on arriving was wonderful - even from 'Woof' the family dog. Room was huge, with lovely original artwork on the walls, balcony overlooking the mountains, crisp white linen on the extra king size bed. As said by other reviewers, the owners have thought of everything - chocolates, champagne, stocked fridge, lovely south african toiletries. It was just perfect.

Breakfast was delicious - Katherine and Arthur are excellent hosts and made some great recommendations of things see and do during our stay. If you like cars, the nearby motor museum was really interesting. Would love to stay here again.

  • Stayed: November 2008, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 17 January 2009

Great people, fantastic room, idyllic location, breakfasts to die for, atention to detail is second to none. Arthur and Katharine are also a fountain of knowledge in all things Franschhoek. A restaurant? they know the best ones. A winery? they know the owners! Read the other reviews, they say it all. This place is "paradise in heaven". We didn't have long enough to enjoy the guesthouse or Franschhoek. We'll be back!

  • Stayed: December 2008, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 7 January 2009

My wife and I had a number of stays at Akademie in both Vreugde and Uitsig (Uitsig being our favourite). Arthur and Katherine are extremely good hosts and EVERYTHING is catered for up to the smallest detail including luxuries. We travel often and I still need to find any place like Akademie - it is truly the best B&B in South Africa and rates amongst the best in the world. Thank you Arthur and Katherine for sharing this special place with everyone!
(I can vouch for all the detailed reviews - all true)

  • Stayed: December 2008, 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:
Free Breakfast Free Parking Swimming Pool
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Ranked #1 of 11 Hotels in Franschhoek
Price Range: £268 - £492 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:5 star — Akademie Street Boutique Hotel and Guest House 5*
Number of rooms: 8
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Number of rooms: 8 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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