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Tripadvisor Certificate of Excellence 2014

Friday, July 11th, 2014

We’ve been awarded a Certificate of Excellence from Tripadvisor! Thank you to all our guests who reviewed us, the whole team at Le Quartier Français appreciates your feedback – and we hope to see you all again soon!

Want to drop us a review? Find us here on Tripadvisor.

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Elite Traveler – 14 days in South Africa

Monday, October 7th, 2013

We’ve been featured in the September/October edition of Elite Traveler! The ‘private jet lifestyle magazine’ enjoys worldwide distribution in more than 100 countries aboard private jets and mega-yachts.

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In this issue’s, 14 days in South Africa, written by Larry Olmsted, we make an appearance in day two. Here’s the excerpt:

“Return to Franschhoek in the afternoon with some time to relax before tonight’s main event, the nine-course, three-and-a-half-hour dinner at The Tasting Room in Le Quartier Français. Widely considered South Africa’s finest restaurant, The Tasting Room perennially makes the vaunted San Pellegrino “World’s 50 Best Restaurants” list,and is the highest ranked eatery on the entire African continent. Chef Margot Janse was named South Africa’s Top Chef 2012 (again), and her African inspired Surprise Menu features gourmet takes on local specialities, such as kingklip, a delicious fish rarely seen outside southern Africa, all paired with local wines. Many of the herbs and vegetables are grown in the inn’s extensive gardens, and this is truly one of the world’s great meals.”

Thank you very much for the wonderful mention!

Read the digital version of the magazine here.

Silestone

Monday, July 1st, 2013
Silestone
During our beauty sleep, our entire kitchen is being redone, from the tiles on the walls to the floors. We’ll be talking about the various additions on this blog so stay tuned:
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First up though, we’d like to introduce you to Silestone. Our new countertops will be created out of the revolutionary product.
The world’s first quartz surfaces designed by Cosentino:  “Silestone’s sleek surfaces are manufactured from the finest natural quartz and according to the most stringent techniques. Not only are Silestone’s surfaces nonporous, shock, scratch and stain resistant, but unique in that the quartz surface contains an active antibacteriostatic properties that suppress the growth and development of harmful bacteria and micro-organisms throughout the life of the material.”
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During our beauty sleep, our entire kitchen is being redone, from the walls to the floors. We’ll be talking about the various additions on this blog so stay tuned:

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First up though, we’d like to introduce you to Silestone; our new counter tops will be created out of the revolutionary product.

“Silestone’s sleek surfaces are manufactured from the finest natural quartz and according to the most stringent techniques,” says the marketing manager. “Not only are Silestone’s surfaces nonporous, shock, scratch and stain resistant, but unique in that the quartz surface contains an active antibacteriostatic properties that suppress the growth and development of harmful bacteria and micro-organisms throughout the life of the material.”

Plus, the resulting counters are stylish and beautiful. See some examples below. We can’t wait to show you ours!

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Would you bunk up with a stranger?

Friday, June 28th, 2013
Would you bunk up with a stranger?
You’ve heard of couch surfing right? Easynest, a new website, is taking this concept to a whole new level, where you can share a hotel suite with a stranger to save on costs.
How it works:
You’re going on a trip, alone, so you log onto the website, create a profile, and offer to split your hotel room down the middle. Purely platonic of course. Of course.
Then, someone looking for a place to crash, can check your profile, and make you an offer.
The big question is – would you ever do this?

You’ve heard of couch surfing right? Easynest, a new website, is taking this concept to a whole new level, where you can share a hotel suite with a stranger to save on costs.

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How it works:
You’re going on a trip, alone, so you log onto the website, create a profile, and offer to split your hotel room down the middle. Purely platonic of course. Of course.

Then, someone looking for a place to crash, can check your profile, and make you an offer. Is it a clever way for you to enjoy a more premium hotel experience, or a great way to make your holiday awkward?

The big question is – would you ever do this?

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Ding, ding!

Friday, June 21st, 2013

And we’re off! Renovations have begun at Le Quartier Français, and we’re going at a flying speed. Check out our works in progress below. We can’t wait to see our vision come to life.

Our new front reception

Our new front reception

The new bar!

The new bar!

Margot's new pastry kitchen

Margot's new pastry kitchen

The soon-to-be breakfast patio

The soon-to-be breakfast patio

Follow us on Twitter and Facebook to keep updated on our progress!

Condé Nast Traveller’s Gold List 2013

Friday, May 24th, 2013

Just in case you missed it – we’re the only hotel in Franschhoek to make it onto Condé Nast Traveller’s Gold List 2013, for best hotels in the Middle East and Southern Africa! We’re absolutely thrilled and honoured.

Here’s the write up:

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Accommodation specials!

Monday, May 6th, 2013
We’ve just launched our Companion Fare for the months of May, June and July, where you can join us for dinner in the award-winning Tasting Room on Tuesday, Wednesday or Thursday and have your partner’s dinner on us. Indulge in the 8 course African inspired surprise menu and your partner’s dinner will be complimentary, excluding drinks.
And then we thought, why should you have to drive home afterwards? So we thought we would add accommodation specials to the mix: on our best available rate, rooms at the world–renowned Le Quartier Français will be only R 950, per person sharing, per night, room only. The rooms all have underfloor heating, fireplaces, DVD player, complimentary refreshment trays and much, much more.
In the event that you might be more budget conscious, try our quirky Delicious Hotel. Bite size rooms,
fun, cute and all of that. Price here starts at R 325 per person sharing, per night, room only. Then you can still indulge at the Tasting Room. So the best of both worlds!
Terms and conditions
Full pre-payment is required when booking is made and no refunds will be given.
Any amendment could result in surcharge and acknowledgement that the same rate may not apply.
Any cancellations, no show and early departures will incur 100% cancellation fees. Written cancellation is
mandatory, and will only be accepted should we have confirmed receipt thereof.

We’ve just launched our Companion Fare for the months of May, June and July, where you can join us for dinner in the award-winning Tasting Room on Tuesday, Wednesday or Thursday and have your partner’s dinner on us. Indulge in the 8-course African inspired surprise menu and your partner’s dinner will be complimentary, excluding drinks.

And then we thought, why should you have to drive home afterwards? So we’ve added accommodation specials to the mix: on our best available rate, rooms at the world–renowned Le Quartier Français will be only R 950, per person sharing, per night, room only. The rooms all have underfloor heating, fireplaces, DVD player, complimentary refreshment trays and much, much more.

One of our many private and intimate suites

One of our many private and intimate suites

In the event that you might be more budget conscious, try our quirky Delicious Hotel. Bite size rooms, fun, cute and all of that. Price here starts at R 325 per person sharing, per night, room only. Then you can still indulge at the Tasting Room. So the best of both worlds!

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Terms and conditions
Full pre-payment is required when booking is made and no refunds will be given. Any amendment could result in surcharge and acknowledgement that the same rate may not apply. Any cancellations, no show and early departures will incur 100% cancellation fees. Written cancellation is mandatory, and will only be accepted should we have confirmed receipt thereof.

The next big trends in hotels

Wednesday, April 24th, 2013
The Next Big Trends in Hotels
Condé Nast Traveller has gathered information of the hottest new trends in hotels from influential people in the business that will be setting the tone for interior design, food, architecture and wellness in 2014.
Francis Ford Coppola, hotelier and owner of the Palazzo Margherita in Bernalda, Basilicata, Italy gave insight into:
WHAT’S NEXT IN HOTELS
In with intimacy “Super-high-end travelers (especially those with families) are looking for luxury on a smaller scale now, almost akin to a yacht. When I was in South America, I noticed how some of the guests regarded with disdain all the suitcases and crowds of people who were checking in and out, and I realized how many travelers want more privacy and intimacy. It’s not good for a hotel to be too big. The highest level of the luxury market will even prefer a hotel small enough to be taken over by one or two families.”
Big-league bathrooms “One rule I have for my hotels is the bathrooms have to be better than what you have at home. There needs to be some practicality in design (like having enough space to keep products in the shower, for example, and not tripping over them on the floor). The next wave of bathrooms will be larger. In fact, many guests now want their own private bathrooms when traveling as a couple, so the next trend will be room configurations with two bathrooms for every room.”
While Andrew Tarlow, restaurateur and owner of Wythe Hotel’s Reynard in Brooklyn shared his thoughts on:
WHAT’S NEXT IN HOTEL FOOD
Community building “Hotels and their restaurants will become more seamless with the surrounding area. We’ll see less of a distinction between a hotel restaurant and a neighborhood hangout, with locals—not just hotel guests—spending time there. The hotel itself will become a community.”
Away with formality “We’ll continue to see hotel restaurants that are basically fine dining in terms of the quality of food and service but without the attributes we traditionally consider staples of ‘fine dining,’ like a sommelier, white tablecloths, multiple captains in the dining room, etc. All of this is becoming much less relevant, which is redefining what good service means. Our increasing desire to know where our food and wine come from is putting the focus on the quality and origin of the ingredients rather than on the formality of the room and service.”
For the rest of the trend predictions head on over to Condé Nast Traveller.

Condé Nast Traveller has gathered the hottest new trends in hotels that will be setting the tone for interior design, food, architecture and wellness in 2014 from influential people in the business

Francis Ford Coppola, hotelier and owner of the Palazzo Margherita in Bernalda, Basilicata, Italy gave insight into:

WHAT’S NEXT IN HOTELS
In with intimacy
“Super-high-end travelers (especially those with families) are looking for luxury on a smaller scale now, almost akin to a yacht. When I was in South America, I noticed how some of the guests regarded with disdain all the suitcases and crowds of people who were checking in and out, and I realized how many travelers want more privacy and intimacy. It’s not good for a hotel to be too big. The highest level of the luxury market will even prefer a hotel small enough to be taken over by one or two families.”

Big-league bathrooms “One rule I have for my hotels is the bathrooms have to be better than what you have at home. There needs to be some practicality in design (like having enough space to keep products in the shower, for example, and not tripping over them on the floor). The next wave of bathrooms will be larger. In fact, many guests now want their own private bathrooms when traveling as a couple, so the next trend will be room configurations with two bathrooms for every room.”

One of our many private and intimate suites

One of our many private and intimate suites

While Andrew Tarlow, restaurateur and owner of Wythe Hotel’s Reynard in Brooklyn shared his thoughts on:

WHAT’S NEXT IN HOTEL FOOD
Community building
“Hotels and their restaurants will become more seamless with the surrounding area. We’ll see less of a distinction between a hotel restaurant and a neighborhood hangout, with locals—not just hotel guests—spending time there. The hotel itself will become a community.”

Away with formality “We’ll continue to see hotel restaurants that are basically fine dining in terms of the quality of food and service but without the attributes we traditionally consider staples of ‘fine dining,’ like a sommelier, white tablecloths, multiple captains in the dining room, etc. All of this is becoming much less relevant, which is redefining what good service means. Our increasing desire to know where our food and wine come from is putting the focus on the quality and origin of the ingredients rather than on the formality of the room and service.”

We did away with our tablecloths a long time ago!

We did away with our tablecloths a long time ago!

For the rest of the trend predictions head on over to Condé Nast Traveller.

Condé Nast Traveler Reader’s Choice 2013

Friday, September 28th, 2012

Each year, Condé Nast Traveler rates the world’s most celebrated cities and islands, hotels and resorts, cruise ships and airlines.  If you’ve enjoyed playing with us, we’d love you to vote in the survey. Plus remember to vote for Cape Town as your favourite city! Here’s the 2013 Readers Choice Survey.

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Give us a name!

Friday, September 14th, 2012

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Meet the family living on the walls of Delicious Hotel. Happy looking bunch aren’t they? Except they don’t have a name… Are they the Smiths? Is dad a banker and mom a homemaker?

Head to our Facebook page and give them each a name as well as a  little back story and you could win a night in the hotel followed by breakfast in The Common Room. Entries close 30 September.