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"Luxurious style and charm in the South African wine lands"

Need to know

    • 9 themed suites, set out amongst 6 private buildings
    • 7 wood burning hot tubs, 4 heated pools and a jacuzzi
    • Situated in the centre of Franschhoek, the soul of South African vinoteque
    • Stylish, charming and thoughtful living, with second to none service

We love

  • Akademie’s characterful buildings, including its Boer War cottage and stunning Orangerie
  • The carefully curated original furniture and collectibles by world famous designers
  • The sumptuous breakfast, made using ingredients sourced from local food artisans
  • The vintage bicycles and Akademie’s very own boulodrome
  • The seclusion of a private swimming pool or wood-burning hot tub
  • Evening piano recitals, during cocktail and wine hour

Top Secret

If you’ve forgotten to make a restaurant booking, introduce yourself to Declan, the charming hotel manager and he may just be able get you into one of the famed local restaurants at short notice… but be warned… he may have to tell them you’re a famous celebrity to secure the reservation. Many of them visit Franschhoek, as well as Akademie Street, of course!


Akademie Street has been a landmark boutique hotel for many years, having previously been voted Best Small Hotel in the World. But with personal care, attention and endless detailing this already famous Franschhoek institution has recently been reinvented to become even better! Additional rooms, newly landscaped gardens, a heightened level of luxury and the introduction of new guest services have taken Akademie Street to the highest standard possible.

The Review

If you asked us to describe what our ideal boutique hotel experience would be, it wouldn’t be far away from our experience at Akademie Street – style, charm, service, food, facilities and location.

Firstly, we would want a hotel with individual style. Akademie Street delivers that in spades. It is truly like no other. The hotel is in a traditional Cape Dutch manor house, with connected buildings, including cottages and its very own Orangerie. The carefully curated original furniture and collectibles would remind you of something only otherwise found at Sotheby’s Auction House. But, they have all been introduced so carefully that you would think they had been there forever. This hotel will continue to challenge your perceptions. Depending on which room you stay in, you may experience Cape Dutch design, campaign-style living, mid-century luxury or country-chic charm. It’s up to you….

The next thing on our tick list would be un-apologetic excess. Again, Akademie Street hits the spot. From the complementary mini-bar, to local artisanal chocolates, its own curated wines and bean-to- cup coffee, Akademie Street has thought of everything. But excess doesn’t come at the expense of essentials, each room has hand made linen bedding, organic toiletries, wood burning stoves and even a free smartphone, with local restaurants pre-programmed on speed dial.

A crucial component of our dream hotel would also have to be the facilities. For most, this may simply be a communal pool, but for Akademie Street this means a private pool and wood-burning hot tub for each cottage! In addition, the hotel offers guests classic-style bicycles with shopping baskets, petanque on the boulodrome, an extensive library and vintage board games to enjoy.

Any hotel is only as good as the service it provides. The staff at Akademie Street are genuinely kind and helpful, striking the perfect balance between efficiency and sensitivity. If you don’t have a restaurant booking, they’ll get one for you. Then you’ll be provided with the hotel’s own hand drawn street map (designed by a local artist) with precise directions – it’s these touches that make Akademie Street stand out! Additionally, there is a complementary laundry, and even hats and sun cream at the poolside. Service at Akademie Street also extends to a daily cocktail hour, made even more special by the hotel’s resident pianist. It doesn’t get more romantic!

Another tick box would have to be the food. On this, Akademie Street truly delivers. No buffets here, instead Akademie Street presents guests with a carefully thought out breakfast menu, boasting dishes made from locally sourced ingredients. Options include freshly made vitamin juices, a platter of local seasonal fresh fruits, homemade smoothies, sandwiched with a course of Akademie Street’s own granola, topped with Western Cape eucalyptus honey. Then, finally you can indulge in one of the cooked options, including Akademie’s legendry full breakfast.

Added to all of this is, of course is the hotel location – less than an hour’s drive from the hustle and bustle of Cape Town, but also right in the centre of gorgeous Franschhoek, where the wooden tram leaves to take you wine tasting throughout the numerous nearby vineyards, and within walking distance of the numerous art galleries, boutiques and world-class restaurants.

Akademie Street is merciless in its quest to deliver perfection, and this hotel comes as close as any in achieving this. The hotel’s ethos is a “luxurious home from home for all our guests”, but the reality is that nobody‘s home is really quite this perfect!  When can we go back?


Akademie Street

  • Address: 5 Akademie St, Franschhoek, 7690, South Africa
  • Travel info: Akademie Street is located in the centre of Franschhoek, less than an hour’s drive from Cape Town.

Key Features

  • Pool

  • Stunning Views

  • No Children

  • Weddings

  • Car Parking