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Akademie Street Boutique Hotel and Guest House
Ranked #1 of 11 Hotels in Franschhoek
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“Overflowing Charm”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

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.

Room Tip: Gelatenheid is wonderful. Comfortable and private.
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  • Stayed March 2017, travelled as a couple
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AkaFhk, Manager at Akademie Street Boutique Hotel and Guest House, responded to this review, 4 weeks ago
Hi BAM1113, thank you so much for such a generous review. We are delighted that you enjoyed your time with us and hopefully we'll see you back on Akademie Street again some day! Kind Regards, Declan & the Akademie Team.
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 March 2017

My wife and I stayed in this super boutique hotel for 3 days during our honeymoon. The hotel is very well located (short walking distance to the main street with all the restaurants and cafes) and in a very quiet street. The hotel is beautifully decorated and the attention to detail is impeccable. Our room (Oortuiging A) was lovely ad even had its own fire powered hot tub. The staff were friendly and so helpful. Complimentary cocktails and an incredible breakfast served in the lovely pool area really added to the experience. We did not want to go home - absolutely wonderful!

  • Stayed March 2017, travelled as a couple
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AkaFhk, Manager at Akademie Street Boutique Hotel and Guest House, responded to this review, 22 March 2017
Hi Mathieu L, thank you for such a lovely review and we are delighted that you guys enjoyed your Honeymoon on Akademie Street. Thanks for choosing us!! Who knows, maybe you will celebrate your 1st Anniversary with us!! Congratulations & the very best of luck!! Kind Regards, Declan & the Akademie Team.
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 March 2017 via mobile

A gem of a place. My husband and I enjoyed 3 amazing days here and were very sad to leave. Declan was so welcoming and gregarious, he made our stay a real delight. Thank you to all the staff who were always very considerate and sweet.

Stayed March 2017, travelled as a couple
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AkaFhk, Manager at Akademie Street Boutique Hotel and Guest House, responded to this review, 20 March 2017
Hi Sarah N, thank you so much for such a kind and generous review. We are delighted that you enjoyed your time with us and thank you for choosing Akademie for your honeymoon! Hopefully we will see you again soon on Akademie St. Kind Regards,
Declan & the Akademie Team.
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 March 2017

Our second stay at this superb boutique hotel. Spend 7 wonderful nights at the end of February in the Gelatenheid cottage. A lovely spacious 2 storey cottage with its own swimming pool set in pretty grounds.
On arrival we were welcomed by Declan who can't do enough for you. Anything you want or need to know he's your man. The rest of the staff are amazing and so friendly.
Breakfasts are the best we have had on our holiday. A large and varied menu.
Another lovely touch are the free drinks you can help yourself to in the lounge before going out to dinner or when arriving back. Plus the fridge in your room is also stocked with a good choice of free drinks.
The location couldn't be better. It's only a few minutes walk into Franschhoek with its many restaurants.
So a very big thank you to Declan and all your wonderful staff for making our stay one we we always remember.

  • Stayed February 2017, travelled as a couple
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AkaFhk, Manager at Akademie Street Boutique Hotel and Guest House, responded to this review, 19 March 2017
Hello Sheila278, thank you so much for writing such a wonderful review! We are delighted that you really enjoyed your 7 days with us - it really was a pleasure looking after you! Who knows, maybe we will see you again soon for your 3rd visit!! Kind Regards, Declan.
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 March 2017

We have stayed at some pretty amazing places in the world but this place was just fantastic. Given that it is in a suburban street in a small town with an unimposing facade you walk in and are simply blown away. The design is exceptional, the rooms are just wonderful and the service level is extra ordinary. Book early.
We are going back.

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  • Stayed February 2017, travelled as a couple
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AkaFhk, Manager at Akademie Street Boutique Hotel and Guest House, responded to this review, 17 March 2017
Hi MarkandGillian, thank you for such a kind review. We are delighted that you loved the new improvements to Akademie Street - it's just great to get guests seal of approval!! Hopefully we will see you again soon. Kind Regards, Declan & the Akademie Team.
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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
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 11 Hotels in Franschhoek
Price range (per night): R3 723 - R5 984
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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