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Akademie Street Boutique Hotel and Guesthouse

5 Akademie Street, PO Box 275, Franschhoek, 7690, South Africa
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One Of The Best Places I Have EVER Stayed In

Best (5.0 of 5.0 stars)
by written on March 21, 2010

I have spent thousands of nights at hundreds of hotels, some have been very bad, most have been “ok”, some have been very good and the very few have had a “wow factor”. Within a few minutes of stepping into Akademie I said “wow”. The property is very nice and furnished to a high standard, but it is the attention to detail from the owners, Arthur and Katherine, that gives this place the wow factor. Laundry is included in the price for the room, as is wifi access for your laptop and the drinks in the mini-bar (including, beer, scotch and gin which was good for me). There are very few hotels where that is the case. What actually induced the “wow” from me was the fact that the phone in the room was a mobile, complete with charger and fully charged up, which had been programmed with all the numbers you are likely to need during your stay! I cannot be sure but I don’t think you were even charged for the calls! Any questions about the local restaurants or tourist attractions, if they have not already been answered by the material provided by Arthur then ask and you can be sure you will get a straight and useful answer.

The breakfast was an event in itself. Usually served around the swimming pool, weather permitting, you are presented, at your table, not with a menu, but a tray containing the cold options (freah fruit, stewed fruit, muesli, cereals, smoothies etc) the cooked options are then explained as well. During our stay they took pains to apologise that the orange juice was not their usual freshly squeezed option but one bought from the supermarket. This was due to a lack of suitable oranges. They take pride in serving locally produced items and only those of the best quality are used. Don’t even ask about the jams, suffice to say we had to go to the fruit farm that produced them to buy some to take back to England.

I really hope to return as soon as possible.

I have just completed my fourth stay and I am pleased to say that despite a change of ownership the level of service has not changed at all. the new manager Declan knows that there is no point in changing a winning formula.

Unique Quality: The attention to detail and desire on behalf of all the staff to be as helpful as possible.

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