Although small, Franschhoek is a bustling little town where a visitor could be overwhelmed by the opportunities on offer (restaurants, wine-tours, trips etc); Arthur and Catherine of the Akadamie St Boutique Hotel and Guesthouse complex were able to offer solid advice on the neighbourhood as well as other areas which was tailored to the guest's requirement. The food was excellent and benefited from that 'homecooking' touch - fresh herbs and sauces/juices. Our small bungalow was very private, yet not cut off from the others, being linked by a lovely garden. The bedtoom possessed the largest bed we encountered on our trip! The bijou kitchenette was excellent and well stocked as was the minibar. The laundry service was free - a bonus that was welcome after a few days of travel - and this is not always the case. The bathroombathroom, though rustic in design, was roomy and had copious amounts of hot water for the full size bath and a large enclosed shower unit; it was scrupulously maintained. The site of the accommodation was two streets back fro the main town thoroughfare. However it was a five minute stroll to the nearest eatery, bank or 'shopping opportunity'. Our stay at the Akadamie Street Boutique Hotel and Guesthouse was made memorable by the high standard of surroundings; the privacy of our own furnished verandah and garden with plunge pool; the high standard of maintenance throughout the public rooms of the property; last but not least, the high level of personal attention given by Arthur, Catherine and staff and their enthusiasm to spend time from their their busy schedule to answer questions on and give advice about the interesting features of their beautiful town and its surroundings. We had not hesitaion on passing on their details to other travellers that we met later in our holiday; people who wanted somewhere nice to stay during a visit to the wine producing area.
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- 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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