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Akademie Street Boutique Hotel and Guest House
Ranked #1 of 11 Hotels in Franschhoek
Certificate of Excellence
1 review
“Simply Stunning”
Reviewed 16 April 2017

One of the most beautiful places I have ever seen. With a view of the mountains lying beside your practically private swimming pool, it offers a unique, luxurious experience. The room has complimentary mini bar services with free wifi and ensuite bathrooms. The room provides you with a classic feel whilst maintaining the standard and luxury that you would expect. There are a very small number of guests who stay which means that the pool area was completely empty for the whole time as the other guests were staying in their own private villas which have their own private swimming pools. There was a table tennis table, bowls set and 4 bicycles which you could use to go and cycle into town and around the beautiful residential area. There was an issue with one of the bicycles which were fixed within minutes. The surrounding residential area is extremely private and exclusive and it gives the feeling of being in Los Angeles as you ride through. The town is a 5 minute walk where there are a plethora of restaurants, cafes and wine tours available to enjoy. It is one of the most beautiful places on earth and the guest house creates this feeling and more.

  • Stayed December 2016, travelled with family
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AkaFhk, Manager at Akademie Street Boutique Hotel and Guest House, responded to this review, 17 April 2017
Hi Haroldo1902, thank you much for taking the time to write such a kind and generous review. We are so happy that you loved your time with us & look forward to seeing you back again on Akademie Street. Kind Regards, Declan & the Akademie Team.
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Reviewed 13 April 2017

Staying here was a great experience and a real treat for us as we had our own self-contained cottage with kitchen, pool, walled garden and wood fired hot tub/plunge pool. The facilities were so good and the complementary refreshments were so plentiful that we had to tear ourselves away to go into town or do a wine tour.

The hotel is situated in quiet a leafy suburb that is within walking distance of the town and some great restaurants such as La Bon Vivon (try the tasting menu) and Café Des Arts (local style dishes), as well as the wine tram routes or even a short walk to La Lude winery for fizz/MCC. The restaurants in Franschoek seem to close quite early but that gave more time to enjoy the hotel facilities and accept free drinks in the lounge, whilst chatting to other guests.

There were some outdoor games to try and bicycles to borrow should one wish and the owners even provided complementary sun-creams. There was also a large shared swimming pool for guests around which, breakfast was taken. This comprised a huge fresh fruit platter, a wide selection of hot foods to order, breads, pancakes, Danish pastries etc we were fit to burst but had to finish it all as it was lovely.

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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, 14 April 2017
Hi MKTR, Thank you so much for taking the time to review your recent stay on Akademie St. We are delighted that you really enjoyed Franschhoek, as well as staying at Akademie! Hopefully we will see you again soon. Kind Regards, Declan & the Akademie Team.
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Edinburgh, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 10 April 2017

You just have to go and stay! We now understand the term 'Boutique Hotel' and what it should feel and look like. The accommodation - purposely designed to meet every aspect of your stay. Our room had lots of space and was [furnished] in keeping with the history of the original building and site - our tv appeared out of a munitions box [similar to those used in the Boer war] positioned at the bottom of the bed. We had a wood burning fire in case the weather cooled and we did use it one night... cosy, we had a complementary bar and snacks including a nice bottle of bubbly on arrival and the most comfortable kingsize (I mean big bed) with quality wrap around linen resulting in 8 hours of glorious restful sleep! While we shared a large lounge and swimming pool with our neighbouring room [not that we met] we had our own hot tub in the privacy of our own outside area.... and the eye for detail... sun hats and sun cream by your sun bed! The service reflected the quality of accommodation with the most wonderful 5 course breakfast... no need for lunch or snacking after this breakfast... served in the tranquillity and spacious area around the main poolside courtyard. Location 10/10 and before we left early evening to walk to our restaurant in Franschhoek.... we were treated to cocktails and drinks with the grand piano being played [ever so well] in the back ground. And after dinner we walked back to a welcoming end of day glass of port, Bushmills whiskey (Declan's reminder of home) or another glass of local wine.... all on the house. Just Perfect and we would like to thank Declan, Stacey, Meena and all the lovely people who worked at the Akademie for making our stay so special and we hope to return soon! Ken and Maureen

  • 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, 11 April 2017
Hi Ken & Maureen, Thank you so much for your very kind and generous review. We are delighted that you enjoyed your time with us - we really enjoyed having you here and hope to see back again some day. Kind Regards, Declan & the Akademie Team.
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Birmingham, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 6 April 2017

Akademie is a truly outstanding, charmingly beautiful ,quaint guest house. It's effortlessly perfect; every single aspect and final-touch has been considered and completed to an impeccable standard. Each member of staff we encountered were super helpful and couldn't be more friendly. Stacey and Declan were such a delight to talk to and super informative. The rooms and decor throughout are simply stunning. The breakfast was delicious and the happy hour with a live pianist was just the icing on the cake.The service standards really do exceed the finest in the hospitality in the industry. I would go back in a heartbeat.

  • 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, 7 April 2017
Hi folks, thank you so much for taking time to write such a warm & generous review. Trust me, we appreciate it a lot and are delighted to know that you loved your time with us! We enjoyed having you here and hope to see you again here some day. Kind Regards, Declan & the Akademie Team.
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Reviewed 4 April 2017

Everything was great! Because it is not a big hotel, we got the feeling we were very special. The room was excellent and we had a private pool and a hot tub. Breakfast is outstanding! The laundry is back on the same day. Friends of ours recommended the Akademie and we want to recommend the Akademie to you all.

  • 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, 6 April 2017
Hi Jos en Nico v, thanks a mjllion for taking the time to review your recent stay with us. Thanks also for the recommendation and what a lovely comment you made - that we made you feel very special - that has made our day!! See you again! 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 849 - R6 946
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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