Charming might be an overused description, but when you stay at Akademie Street Boutique Hotel and Guest House you learn what charm really means. The team is superb, lead by Declan, for whom we're sure the word charm must have been coined. The guests' comfort and needs are first and foremost and you're welcomed and treated with the utmost care and genuine warmth.
My husband and I stayed in Gelatenheid, a 2-story cottage with its own private garden and large pool. We found straw hats and sunscreen on the lounge chairs by the pool, unexpected and delightful amenities. The ground floor included an equipped kitchen, dining table and chairs, a cozy sitting room and a bathroom with toilet, sink and shower. One door lead to our parking bay on the street behind the main entrance and the other to a wraparound porch and the garden. The upper floor contained the comfortable bed and another sitting area, plus plenty of space to unpack clothes and personal items. The bathroom was compact with a small sink and shower, however, there is a convenient vanity just outside and a soaking tub indoors and another secluded one outdoors on the wraparound balcony on this level. The view from the upper balcony was beautiful. The ample towels were soft and fluffy, as were the bathrobes and slippers. Good quality toiletries were provided as well as converter plugs along with enough outlets. Wi-Fi worked well. There are plenty of snacks, wine and soft drinks to enjoy.
The public areas were equally inviting with a piano lounge and a beautiful pool and garden where breakfasts were served. Breakfasts were exceptional! The fruit plate was extraordinary and there was tasty homemade muesli, all kinds of tea, coffee, pastries and an adorable menu listing the various cooked items you can order.
Nights were peaceful and we slept well. Franschhoek is a lovely town and it's easy to walk to good restaurants or drive to vineyards and attractions in Stellenbosch and Paarl.
We would have gladly spent more time here and can highly recommend it when you're visiting the Winelands area.
- 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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