A few weeks ago we set off to Franschhoek to celebrate my 27th birthday. I could not remember the last time that I actually did anything for my birthday, so I wanted it to be special. We wanted to go wine tasting without having to drive anywhere (safety first!), and we wanted to stay somewhere central so that we could walk to the local restaurants and other attractions.
We were invited to stay at The Franschhoek Boutique Hotel for the weekend, and it honestly exceeded my expectations. The hotel is about as central as it gets, situated in the main street of the food and wine capital of South Africa and lined with high-end boutiques, fine dining restaurants and amazing art galleries.
We arrived a bit later than expected due to heavy traffic on the Friday evening. We were treated to coffee (a beer for Cole) in the reception area next to a roaring fire to shelter us from the chill outside while we waited to be taken to our room. The decor in the reception and dining area is definitely unique – like a whole bunch of different personalties decorated the room at once, and somehow it worked. Not even this exquisitely decorated area of the hotel could prepare me for our room – and none of the photo’s online did it justice.
We stayed in The Palm room – lucky me, because it was the one I was hoping for! Cole was leaning more towards the Hennessy, but The Palm is without a doubt my favorite. Franschhoek Boutique hotel has six, elegant 25sqm boutique boudoirs, each with it’s own unique theme and a view of the picturesque mountains. You will have a choice of Sapphire, Blanc, Hestia, Aztec, Hennessy and Palm – something for everyone! The Palm room stood out for me as it honestly makes you feel like you are royalty in the middle of an oasis. The attention to detail is incredible – from the lamp shades and stands, to the mother of pearl bedside tables ad heavy copper scatter pillows.
The bathroom boasts a large shower, which together with the palm leaf wall paper, makes you feel like you are standing under a waterfall. Beautiful, modern lights hang from the ceiling, and a deep clawed bath waits to take all your troubles away with the perfect bubble bath. The towel rack and floor is heated, and the white towels provided are large and soft. The amenities provided are from Beautiful Earth – cruelty-free and good for the environment. This truly is one of the most beautiful bathrooms I have ever set foot in.
The room also has a mini bar fridge, a wine cooler as well as a hot beverage and bar station. There is a wooden desk should you need to get some work done during your stay, complementary Wifi, DSTV and a flat screen television for lazy mornings or evenings spent in bed. Best part – you can see the television from the bath tub if you open the glass sliding partition separating the bathroom from the bedroom! A Morso contemporary fireplace in the corner of the bedroom is perfect for those cold winter nights, and the bed and covers are heated.The bed is incredibly comfortable – and I really need to find out where they get their pillows from – for the first time in years I woke up without a sore neck and I have tried almost every pillow available.
Instead of going out for dinner we decided to order food from the restaurant opposite the hotel instead which they offered to have sent up to our bedroom. After a busy day and the heavy traffic trying to get there, Cole and I actually had quite a blast eating our delicious traditional Italian food from the comfort of our massive bed while watching television. The best part – it was quite chilly out so we made a log fire and turned on the heated mattress. It was so nice and cosy!
The next morning we had breakfast in the dining area of the hotel – and it was absolutely divine! They went through so much trouble to ensure that we would have the most amazing Vegan breakfast. They prepared a creamy chive and tofu scramble, served with fresh avocado, baked beans and whole grilled cherry tomatoes and mushrooms. They are also quite famous for their Eggs Onassis for the non-vegans out there. We finished up and headed to the Wine tram, the ticket office being just on the other side of Allora, a few steps away from the hotel entrance. I had the most incredible birthday weekend in Franschhoek, and the Franschhoek Boutique Hotel was also the perfect place to nurse a wine-tasting birthday hangover.
I would definitely visit Franschhoek boutique hotel again, and would recommend it to anyone looking for luxury accommodation in the cape winelands. Compared to other luxury hotels in the area, their prices are very competitive so you should really consider booking a room!
C/O Daniel Hugo & Van Wijk Street
Tel: +27 21 876 2453
Fax: +27 (0)86 461 9488