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Akademie Street Boutique Hotel and Guest House
Ranked #1 of 11 Hotels in Franschhoek
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“Lovely Guest House”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 March 2010

When we arrived we were welcomed by hazel who was new to the guest house but she knew a lot about them which makes me think she loves her job. Our room on the top floor with a balcony was fantastic! the bed was so comfy. The Guest houses are very quiet and realxing and we had the pool to ourselves which was great when it was'nt too hot to lay by the pool! The staff are friendly and the location is perfect. Breakfast was served by the pool on the terrace and had plenty of choice. Would recommend this place to anyone staying in Franscchoek.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 March 2010

This was our third trip to South Africa and we chose Franschheok as the place to celebrate our friend's 60th birthday. We were not dissapointed - the welcome at Akademie was friendly and very welcoming. We had made some restaurant reservations in advance and Hazel helped us to "fine tune" our choices which all turned out to be superb and witin walking distance. The accommodation is first class (enourmous comfortable bed) and the complimentary drinks were a welcome surprise. Breakfast by the pool was superbly presented and served in a nice relaxed atmosphere and our hosts Katherine and Arthur gave us great advice on visiting the local wineries.
If you like relaxed, quality, clean and friendly accommodation you need look no further than this superbely located guest house.

  • Stayed February 2010, travelled with friends
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 March 2010

We stayed in one of the villas with our own garden and pool.
There we everything that we needed available. We were impressed with the mobile phone provided with all the numbers loaded that we needed - which we used to amend our restaurant booking. Arthur was helpful and keen to make sure everything was provided for us though we couldn't work our way through all the complimentary drinks available! The breakfast was excellent especially the cooked tomatoes.

  • Stayed March 2010, travelled as a couple
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 March 2010

Akademie Street’s website ‘home’ page sums it up very nicely: “Do you want luxury Franschhoek accommodation in a guest house and very small boutique hotel, rather than stay at a sterile, large hotel no matter how luxurious the latter is? Then this luxury … guest house and very small boutique hotel offers 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 Winelands.”

You don’t need to have an interest in wine or indeed good food to fall in love with Franschhoek – arguably the food and wine capital of SA. We stayed at Akademie Street for 3 nights towards the end of our 3 week holiday and thought it was a lovely place – we could easily have spent a few more days there. Very attentive staff but with owners Arthur and Katherine ‘hands-on’ hosts you would expect no less. They were always available to offer advice and make restaurant bookings (although the more popular venues in town eg La Petite Ferme need to be booked weeks in advance). This is not the cheapest place you could stay but there are the little extras such as the well stocked mini bar and daily laundry included in the rate. Would we return – definitely yes!

  • Stayed February 2010, travelled as a couple
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 February 2010

Historic location and the character of the buildings have been maintained, fantastic people , great room. with lots of space for all our luggage. Nice touch with a big fridge in the room Our only small complaint would be the quality of cooked breakfast relative to the cost, otherwise highly recommend the Hotel and its staff, and would be keen to stay again

  • Stayed February 2010, travelled as a couple
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 February 2010

We were recommended to stay here by friends, we were not dissapointed. The whole delightful complex of individually designed appartments oozes quality and attention to detail. The Hosts and staff are warm and friendly, with plenty of local knowledge which they are keen to share.
This is a place to relax and linger.

  • Stayed February 2010, travelled as a couple
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 February 2010

Fantastic service and attention to detail throughout the main house and the guest cottages. Breakfast and mini bar included which was a bonus . Breakfast was well thought out with local and organic produce.

As a 6ft 6in person the shower head in the bathroom is a little low to get under but the bathroom itself was well furnished and decorated ten out of ten.

  • Stayed February 2010, travelled as a couple
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Property: Akademie Street Boutique Hotel and Guest House
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 (Based on Average Rates): £££
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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