Akademie Street Boutique Hotel

5 Akademie Street, Franschhoek, Franschhoek, South Africa, 7690 - See map
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9.7
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Akademie Street Boutique Hotel

"This is a wonderful small hotel where every detail appears to have been taken care of."

Judith - February 27, 2019

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9.8

Exceptional

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Exceptional location
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Exceptional service
9.9 rating for service
Exceptional cleanliness
9.8 rating for cleanliness
Exceptional facilities on premise
9.8 facilities on premise
Exceptional comfort
9.7 room quality and comfort

Rooms are beautiful- think Soho House transported to South Africa - full of original and thoughtful design features, and all have living spaces as wel...

Judith | February 27, 2019

Legendary breakfasts, lavish drinks reception and first class personal attention from the team ensure the standard never drops below perfection.

Judith | February 27, 2019

Declan is the host with the most and ensures that guests have everything they could possible want and not a single detail is out of place.

Ben | January 29, 2019

From the personal welcome, the amazing space we stayed to the curated breakfast, this place left us amazed that we’d found it.

Lynda | August 13, 2019

ASBH is undoubtedly the most fabulous accommodation we have ever been lucky enough to treat ourselves to.

hannah | February 21, 2019

You step through the door into an all enveloping embrace of warmth, tranquility and comfort.

Judith | February 27, 2019

  • Free Wi-Fi in all rooms!

  • Hot tub

  • Breakfast [free]

  • Air conditioning

  • Daily housekeeping

Cheaper than 96% of all properties in Franschhoek in the last 24 hoursCompared to 205 Franschhoek properties at Agoda for various dates
Value for money9.2
Distance to city center3.2 Km
Location rating9.8

Rooms available at Akademie Street Boutique Hotel

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Room comfort & quality
9.7
Oortuiging Room B
Oortuiging Room B
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  • Room size: 47 m²/506 ft²
  • Garden view
  • 1 super king bed
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Gelatenheid Room B
Gelatenheid Room B
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  • Room size: 90 m²/969 ft²
  • Pool view
  • 1 super king bed
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Oortuiging Room A
Oortuiging Room A
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  • Room size: 52 m²/560 ft²
  • Garden view
  • 1 super king bed
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Double Suite - Oortuiging B
Double Suite - Oortuiging B
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  • Room size: 80 m²/861 ft²
  • Balcony/terrace
  • 1 king bed
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Vreugde Room
Vreugde Room
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  • Room size: 48 m²/517 ft²
  • Garden view
  • 1 king bed
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Deluxe King Suite
Deluxe King Suite
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  • Room size: 80 m²/861 ft²
  • Balcony/terrace
  • 1 king bed
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Gelatenheid Room A
Gelatenheid Room A
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  • Room size: 74 m²/797 ft²
  • Mountain view
  • 1 super king bed
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Uitsig Room
Uitsig Room
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  • Room size: 55 m²/592 ft²
  • Mountain view
  • 1 king bed
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Deluxe Suite
Deluxe Suite
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  • Room size: 90 m²/969 ft²
  • Balcony/terrace
  • 1 king bed
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Studio with Balcony
Studio with Balcony
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  • Room size: 90 m²/969 ft²
  • Balcony/terrace
  • 1 king bed or 2 single beds
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Frequently asked questions

What time is check-in and check-out at Akademie Street Boutique Hotel?

Check-in is from 03:00 PM, and check-out is until 11:00 AM. You may request early check-in or late check-out during booking, subject to availability. Guests checking in or out before or after the designated periods may be charged an additional fee. The hotel offers luggage storage to guests for before check-in and after check-out. The hotel also offers 24-hour check-in.

How do I get to Akademie Street Boutique Hotel?

For those who wish to drive their own cars, Akademie Street Boutique Hotel has a car park right on site for maximum convenience. Parking is free for guests.

What is the smoking policy at Akademie Street Boutique Hotel?

Akademie Street Boutique Hotel does permit smoking in some areas and is not 100% smoke-free.

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What people love about Akademie Street Boutique Hotel

  • 10.0
    Exceptional
    "Exquisitely decorated, the comfortable opulence a delight to the eye."

    hannah | February 21, 2019

  • 10.0
    Exceptional
    Bathroom
    "Immaculate vintage style bathrooms have every modern amenity."

    Judith | February 27, 2019

  • 10.0
    Exceptional
    "Our stay here alone was a definite highlight of the holiday!"

    Shaun | January 31, 2019

Property ranking|Compared to 205 Franschhoek properties
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Service score
9.9/10
Location score
9.8/10
Cleanliness score
9.8/10
Room comfort score
9.7/10
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Overall rating:
9.7
Exceptional
87 reviews
Cleanliness
9.8
Facilities
9.8
Location
9.8
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The private garden was an oasis of tranquility, with its own...
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More about Akademie Street Boutique Hotel

More about Akademie Street Boutique Hotel

Designed for both business and leisure travel, Akademie Street Boutique Hotel and Guest House is ideally situated in Franschhoek; one of the city's most popular locales. With its location just 3.2 Km from the city center and 72.2 Km from the airport, this 5-star hotel attracts numerous travelers each year. With its convenient location, the hotel offers easy access to the city's must-see destinations.

Akademie Street Boutique Hotel and Guest House offers impeccable service and all the essential amenities to invigorate travelers. To name a few of the hotel's facilities, there are free Wi-Fi in all rooms, 24-hour security, daily housekeeping, fireplace, taxi service.

6 rooms spread over 2 floors provide a warm and pleasant home away from home. Modern comforts such as television LCD/plasma screen, mirror, internet access – wireless, private pool, internet access – wireless (complimentary) can be found in selected rooms. Throughout the day you can enjoy the relaxing atmosphere of the outdoor pool, garden. Superb facilities and an excellent location make the Akademie Street Boutique Hotel and Guest House the perfect base from which to enjoy your stay in Franschhoek.

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Breakfast
5 mentions
Food & Dining
2 mentions
Swimming Pool
2 mentions

What they offer

10.0
Exceptional
"We stayed in Gelatenheid and were lucky enough to have it to..."

Judith | January 11, 2019

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Food and dining

Breakfast options

Continental
Vegetarian
Full English/Irish

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Reviews of Akademie Street Boutique Hotel from real guests

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9.7
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Exceptional
Cleanliness9.8
Facilities9.8
Location9.8
Room comfort and quality9.7
Service9.9
Value for money9.2
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9.6
Exceptional
DEREK from South Africa
Couple
Twyfeling Room A
Stayed 1 night in May 2016

Boutique luxury in Franschhoek”

My wife and I were passing through Franschhoek for a night (Sat 21 May 2016) and decided to spend it at Akademie Street. We arrived late in the afternoon and were met by the very charming, efficient and business-like Declan with the Irish accent to match! Lovely to stay at a place where the little extras are included in the deal i.e. wine, whiskey, port etc in the lounge, a half bottle of SA Sparkling wine (MCC) in the mini bar plus shorts of whiskey, gin, amarula as well as snacks and an Illy pod coffee machine. We had a king-size bed with crisp, clean linen which was firm and comfy. Breakfast on Sunday morning was served in our private Solarium. We opted for the "cold" breakfast only which included fresh fruits, yoghurt, home made muesli, stewed fruit plus fresh toast and jam. A strong bodum of fresh coffee also hit the mark. In summary, it's a great place to stay if you are visiting the wine farms and other gastronomic delights in the area and we will certainly be back...but we would prefer to stay for 2 nights at least next time.

Reviewed May 23, 2016
10.0
Exceptional
hannah from Australia
Couple
Standard Room Double
Stayed 2 nights in February 2019

Look no Further...Didn't Want to Leave”

After extensive research into accommodation in the area I "settled" on Akademie Street Boutique Hotel (ASBH). Travelling to S.A. on our honeymoon, having spent 10 days in the Kruger we wanted relaxation and romance!!! I made 2 mistakes: 1. I was not "settling". ASBH is undoubtedly the most fabulous accommodation we have ever been lucky enough to treat ourselves to. I wouldn't change a single detail (which is very unlike me) and my goodness what detail. Exquisitely decorated, the comfortable opulence a delight to the eye. The team at ASBH were a beautiful mix of generous , fun, respectful and informed, welcoming each guest with open arms and a warm smile, cleverly moulding their attuned hosting skills to the requirements of each guest. 2. We didn't stay long enough. I made the mistake of thinking 2 nights sufficient - incorrect. There is so much to enjoy here, 4 nights the minimum. I cannot recommend this venue highly enough - essentially look no further. It is a must!!

Reviewed February 21, 2019
10.0
Exceptional
Lesley from United Kingdom
Couple
Oortuiging Room A
Stayed 3 nights in February 2018

Fabulous Boutique hotel in great location”

This is a stunning hotel, so many things to love about it. Rooms are beautiful, spacious and the outdoor space of each room is lovely. The breakfasts are great, and the complimentary pre dinner drinks go down a treat. Several different areas around the hotel where you can sit and relax, from the gorgeous sitting room to the outdoor fireplace or of course by the main pool area (that’s if you get bored of your own pool!) . But the best thing about the Akademie is the wonderful personal touch that Declan brings to the hotel. He knows every guest by name and always takes the time to chat. We also happened to meet the owner Paul who was very friendly and happy to sit and chat and tell us the background of the hotel and how he came to own it. Gutted to leave after 3 nights stay, will definitely stay again if we return to Franschhoek.

Reviewed March 07, 2018
9.6
Exceptional
Peter from United Kingdom
Couple
Twyfeling Room A
Stayed 1 night in March 2018

Franschhoek delight”

Sadly had only one night stay in this fabulous boutique hotel. The owner Paul and his head Honcho Declan greeted us warmly and all the staff were attentive and went out of their way to help. Even to the extent of arranging some urgent laundry and running us down to the restaurant we had booked as it was looking to rain. The pre dinner drinks accompanied by Nicole on piano and a roaring fire in Orangery was very special. Will definitely return to allow us more time to soak up the whole indulgent experience provided at Akademie street. Deserves all it’s plaudits. One v minor issue brighter lighting in downstairs room in main house would be preferred. P & S H

Reviewed March 30, 2018
10.0
Exceptional
john from United Kingdom
Couple
Gelatenheid Room A
Stayed 1 night in September 2018

Better than excellent ”

This was our first visit to Franschhoek & what made the journey from the UK worthwhile was staying at the Akedemie Street Boutique Hotel. Declan & his team didn’t need a second chance to make a first impression it was obvious from the moment we arrived that the service facilities and everything else were second to none. Our only issue was self inflicted, we had only booked for two nights! Highly recommended John & Christine

Reviewed September 13, 2018
10.0
Exceptional
Angela from United Kingdom
Couple
Vreugde Room
Stayed 1 night in May 2015

Akademie Street Boutique Hotel will blow you away!”

Privacy, attention to detail, food

I travel a lot with work and have been lucky enough to stay in some pretty amazing hotels but Akademie Street is in a league of it's own. Not only is the location perfect for fine dining and wine tasting but the hotel itself is perfection. You are given total privacy and every little detail has been taken care of including some you wouldn't even think of yourself! The staff are incredibly welcoming and friendly and know the balance of being chatty without being over bearing. We had a tour of the different rooms and each one is fantastic. We stayed in Vreugde and were delighted with the cosy cottage to the point we didn't really want to go anywhere but our own plunge pool/garden! Cannot recommend this place enough - it is the best small hotel in the world for very, very good reasons! Thakn you to the whole team for making our honeymoon so memorable.

Reviewed May 28, 2015
10.0
Exceptional
Melodi
Couple
Oortuiging Room A
Stayed 3 nights in October 2017

PERFECTION from start to end!”

My husband and I stayed at Akademie for 3 nights for our mini moon after a busy wedding week and we couldn't have asked for a more perfect place, we fell in love with it! On arrival, we were welcomed by Declan who delivered the best arrival we have ever received. He showed us around the beautiful property, explained everything we needed to know in detail and took us to our cottage. It was incredible - the attention to detail is outstanding. We stayed in Oortuiging, the size of the cottage, bed, bathroom, heating, AC, free laundry service, restocked mini bar, quality of linen, towels and robes - it was pure luxury and outstanding! We were so comfortable and couldn't think of anything that wasn't already there. There's a cocktail gathering from 6pm to 8pm which unfortunately we didn't take part in but nice to know it is available. It's really easy to come and go and have your own space but there is always some available if you need anything. The breakfast was outstanding! Smoothies, coffee, fruit, muesli, yoghurt etc of a very high quality and then a broad choice of delicious cooked brekkies. One of the main selling points before booking was the location. We loved that you were remote in a quiet street but two blocks away from the Franschoek main street and all it's culinary delight! If you plan on visiting make sure you book your restaurants beforehand as they do book up very quickly. We had the best stay at Akademie and will without a doubt be back - it was truly a little piece of relaxation heaven!

Reviewed November 06, 2017
10.0
Exceptional
Shaun from United Kingdom
Couple
Oortuiging Room A
Stayed 3 nights in January 2019

Stunning Hotel and Amazing Staff.....”

My partner and I can't rate staying here strongly enough. From it's fabulous location close to all the amenities of Franschhoek, to the beautiful layout and stunning interior details, to the friendly and warmth of the amazing owners Declan and Paul, all the staff, and the fantastic pianist during cocktail hour, Nicole, all made for an incredible stay during our trip to South Africa. Our stay here alone was a definite highlight of the holiday! We can't wait to return!

Reviewed January 31, 2019
10.0
Exceptional
Darren from Ireland
Couple
Oortuiging Room A
Stayed 2 nights in December 2017

Honeymooners”

While on a tour of the winelands, we spend two nights at this hotel. We stayed in a beautiful suite and there was a wonderful bottle of bubbly waiting for us. The staff here were exceptional and the location second to none in Franschhoek! I would recommend here in a heartbeat and will definitely be back.

Reviewed December 12, 2017
9.6
Exceptional
Catherine from United Kingdom
Couple
Gelatenheid Room B
Stayed 2 nights in May 2018

Probably the best hotel we have EVER stayed in!”

We stayed at Akademie for two nights during our honeymoon in South Africa. Wow - where to start? This hotel is absolutely gorgeous, certainly one of the nicest we have ever stayed in. Rooms are actually vast suites which are beautifully decorated down to the finest detail! We were lucky enough to have both the hot tub and swimming pool to ourselves during our stay - though it was certainly more hot tub weather! Our favourite part of our stay was the 'drinks evenings' that were hosted every night with complimentary drinks and a pianist! These took place in the beautiful orangery - one of the most beautiful spaces we have ever seen. The breakfasts were exquisite and we were thoroughly full after them! Our host Declan was welcoming and informative from the start. If you are looking for a luxury stay in Franchshoek we would highly recommend this hotel!

Reviewed June 04, 2018
10.0
Exceptional
Patrick from United Kingdom
Couple
Oortuiging Room A
Stayed 1 night in July 2017

Fantastic short stay”

Really lovely place to stay. Great facilities and beautiful rooms (at least, very much to our taste) Very close to the centre of Franschhoek. Declan is a fantastic host, he could not do enough for us. We look forwards to staying again in the warmer months!

Reviewed July 20, 2017
10.0
Exceptional
Prudence from United States
Couple
Gelatenheid Room A
Stayed 2 nights in November 2018

Amazing!”

Every single detail at Akademie is beautiful! This is probably our favorite hotel that we have ever stayed at from the interior design to the property to the staff and to the food! Top notch in every way possible, including the wonderful location too!

Reviewed January 10, 2019
10.0
Exceptional
Caroline from United Kingdom
Couple
Vreugde Room
Stayed 3 nights in August 2018

Amazing!”

We loved every minute of our time here. Akademie was an oasis of peace and tranquility and possibly the best hotel I have ever stayed in (and I like a good hotel!!). The facilities, the food and the staff left you wanting for nothing.

Reviewed August 31, 2018
9.6
Exceptional
Pia-Mari from Sweden
Couple
Oortuiging Room A
Stayed 5 nights in April 2019

An oasis close to everything”

Look no further, you will be amazed! Everything you need and a little bit more. Our new favorite in Franschhoek for sure.

Reviewed May 05, 2019
10.0
Exceptional
jonathan from United Kingdom
Couple
Twyfeling Room B
Stayed 5 nights in January 2018

Exceptional”

I would have to say this is the best boutique hotel I have had the pleasure of staying at. Each room is individual and equipped with everything you will surely require during your stay even down to the local mobile phone to use. The communal areas are quiet and inviting especially with the free cocktails and wine before you leave for your evening meal and the complementary nightcap on your return. The breakfast is amazing with everything you could wish for from the Fresh fruit platter and homemade granola to all combinations of cooked breakfast and of course champagne. The staff are very friendly and with all the help you need from Declan (what a character by the way)and Meena we had a great stay and would love to return in the near future.

Reviewed January 28, 2018
10.0
Exceptional
Lynda from Australia
Couple
Oortuiging Room B
Stayed 3 nights in August 2019

Wow!”

Couldn’t believe our luck! Fabulous stay at this very special boutique hotel. From the personal welcome, the amazing space we stayed to the curated breakfast, this place left us amazed that we’d found it. Stayed in one of the cottages with our own fireplace, hot tub, kitchen and even private street entrance.

Reviewed August 13, 2019
10.0
Exceptional
Monique
Couple
Standard Room Double
Stayed 4 nights in January 2019

Possibly the nicest place we have ever stayed at”

Superb boutique hotel. Also the fact that everything is included is like magic - no money changing hands and zero paperwork. I mean zero. Rooms are great. We had a room facing the pool area which I just loved. Our friends had the honeymoon suite and it was so private. All great- location is absolutely perfect. Walking distance to the centre of Franchoek.

Reviewed February 02, 2019
9.7
Exceptional
Monica from United States
Solo traveler
Vreugde Room
Stayed 2 nights in September 2015

Great boutique hotel right in the center of the ad”

Vibe. Location. Uniqueness

My sister and I really enjoyed our quite and personal boutique villa. The location was fabulous for the foodie town!and close the many vineyards! The service was exceptional and the food/breakfast was delicious. They did eveything they could to accomadate us and many things were complimentary! I would recommended staying here!

Reviewed October 03, 2015
9.3
Exceptional
Hugh from United Kingdom
Solo traveler
Uitsig Room
Stayed 2 nights in July 2015

Franschoek stay”

Very friendly staff, nothing was too much trouble and helpful advice as to what to do and where to go

Most enjoyable, as it is only bed and breakfast then did not eat other meals, probably just as well as the breakfasts were very large and very good. Just a short stroll from the hotel to the main street of town for evening meals at a wide selection of possible restaurants.

Reviewed July 30, 2015
9.6
Exceptional
Ben from United Kingdom
Couple
Gelatenheid Room A
Stayed 2 nights in December 2018

Incredible hotel and incredible detali”

This hotel has everything. The prices are creeping up a little but I have no doubt that it remains probably the best value for money in Franschoek. Declan is the host with the most and ensures that guests have everything they could possible want and not a single detail is out of place. This is probably our favourite hotel in the world.

Reviewed January 29, 2019
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