Le Quartier Francais
Cnr Berg and Willeminha Streets, Franschhoek, South Africa, 7690
- Recommended for:
- Couples, Foodies, Honeymooners, Mature travellers, Relaxation, Romance, Sightseeing, Special occasions
Best for Food - Expert review of Le Quartier Francais
Twenty years ago when Le Quartier Français first opened its doors, Franschhoek was thought of as being 'in the sticks'. Now it's one of the Cape Winelands' most chi chi villages, peppered with Francophile eateries and auberges. This hotel, however, is in a league all of its own thanks to its combination of luxe offerings. There's the multi-award-winning The Tasting Room for foodies, the oversized suites with their splashes of Afro-tinged colour so loved by owner Susan Huxter and details such as a private cinema or cooking classes where guests can help bake nutritious offerings for a local school in need. I love the Four Quarters, the intimate four-suite strong 'boutique hotel' on the property where a butler takes care of your every need from your DVD selection - should you be lazing about for the day - to platters of snacks at sundown. That said, the suites in the hotel proper have been upgraded and dressed to thrill with luxurious finishes and fabrics and I'm looking forward to overnighting there soon.
Set on Franschhoek's main drag Huguenot Street, an hour or so from Cape Town and twenty minutes from Stellenbosch.
Big and bigger are the best ways to describe the spacious suites at Le Quartier. Owner Susan Huxter has a penchant for intense colours and luxurious fabrics and finishes, which adds to the sense of contemporary opulence. The bathrooms in the main section of the hotel have been upgraded recently and all the bells and whistles (plasma screens, underfloor heating, in-room fireplaces and the like) complete the five-star picture.
The hotel's pretty garden is a welcome resting spot. The hotel veranda is right on the main street and offers ideal people-watching opportunities.
The Tasting Room, lair of award-winning chef Margot Janse and her tireless brigade, is currently ranked number 34 in the San Pellegrino listings, The World's 50 Best Restaurants. Her current focus is to "close all borders" and offer a truly Southern African experience and the results are both informative and utterly delicious - a multi-course tasting menu with wine is a memorable experience. The Common Room is the newly opened, no bookings, easygoing (without skimping on taste and quality) eatery favoured by locals and guests alike. The hotel's Culinary Concierge can arrange food tours, a cooking lesson with Margot and the team, or an opportunity to bake in the hotel kitchen - specially nutritionally developed muffins are delivered regularly to local community schools.
There is a small in-house spa, a central pool for both the main part of the hotel and the Four Quarters and there's also a delightful private cinema with art house films.
The hotel prides itself on its service reputation and rightfully so - nothing is ever too much trouble. Staff are friendly, helpful and efficient and part of what makes a stay here special.
Celebs, foodies, honeymooners and those who've saved for a very special treat.
Out of season specials are friendly on the pocket.
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- Cnr Berg and Willeminha Streets, Franschhoek, South Africa, 7690
- Room Service, Restaurant, Parking, Swimming Pool, Business Centre