One of the things I love most about visiting Cape Town is the ability to hop into a car and take a scenic day trip through the wine farms of South Africa’s wine and food capital – Franschhoek. However, if your wine farm adventures happen to stretch over a day or two (as they should) you always have the option of checking into a beautiful hotel and a few weeks ago I did just that. I stepped through the warm, inviting doors of the Franschhoek Boutique hotel and stepped into two days of mouth-watering breakfasts, chilled champagne, blissful bubble baths, a better than home king-size bed and easy access to all the amenities Franschhoek exhibits. In fact, I’m not going to carry on until I’ve told you all about the convenience that this boutique hotel offers locals and tourists alike. The eclectic hotel is smack-bang in the middle of this picturesque, tree and flower-lined town. A short walk outside the Franschhoek Boutique hotel opens you up to the main road – a world of culture, excellent restaurants, bars and plenty of other forms of entertainment and relaxation.
If you’re planning on celebrating the Franschhoek Bastille Festival in July this year, this hotel is the perfect spot for you. In the mood to sip on red wine, but not in the mood to drive? You can quite easily jump onto the Franschhoek Wine Tram. It conveniently stops right outside the hotel.
The room I was booked into (one of six), The Blanc room, can best be described as light, clean and ethereal – a little haven of repose and what I called ‘home’ for two days. On the first day as I walked into the room, I took in all my surroundings and immediately noticed the well-stocked mini-bar, the wine cooler, a closet safe, the substantial shower and of course the king-size bed, which after a good night’s sleep, I can happily say felt like a giant marshmallow enveloping you in a hug. Another sight for sore eyes was the contemporary fireplace that had me longing for chilly nights, an excellent book, fluffy socks and a steaming cup of hot chocolate. I wasn’t able to summon up fireplace-weather, but I certainly could indulge in a cup or two of hot chocolate thanks to the complimentary beverage station.
While we’re on the topic of comfort and all things delectable, I need to feed into the stereotype about bloggers. Yes, we do care about free Wi-fi. I spent my last night in the Blanc room, abandoning myself to a bath filled to the top with bubbles. There I go perpetuating those blogger stereotypes again. I then proceeded to spend the next 40 minutes browsing the Internet and playing Candy Crush. What can I say? Bloggers are a wild bunch. We don’t trash hotel rooms, we just ‘abuse’ the freebies.
What were some of my highlights? The friendly and accommodating staff who greeted me and my sister with a smile each morning and the incredible, Instagram-worthy breakfasts, we were lucky enough to feast on two days in a row. A scrumptious delight for the eyes as well as the stomach. I must add that I was equally enamored by the hotel’s avant-garde decor – from the stylish and relaxed lobby to the unique theme, each room so beautifully portrays. If you’re young, hip and trendy, like most Capetonians are, then you’ll feel right at home at the Franschhoek Boutique hotel. Whereas if you’re looking for a quaint, country-garden style hotel go further up the road and check- in somewhere else. All I know is that I’ve only stayed in one of their six rooms, and that sounds like a challenge I can’t pass up. I’m sure I’ll see you soon, Franschhoek.
If you’re interested in visiting the Franschhoek Boutique hotel you can pop on over to their website and take a peek at stunning photos of the other rooms as well as contact information, prices, and a nifty availability checker. Enjoy your stay. I certainly did.