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.
Eating and drinking
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.
Who stays there
Celebs, foodies, honeymooners and those who've saved for a very special treat.
Out of season specials are friendly on the pocket.
- Mature travellers
- Special occasions
Pros & Cons
- Outstanding service
- A foodie's must do
- Small public areas
- This kind of quality comes at a price