Toddlers are busy little things making traveling with them that much more tricky. When we were first invited to spend two nights at the Franschhoek Boutique Hotel, I was so excited… and then the worry started to creep in: was this gorgeous luxury hotel going to be toddler friendly or were we going to be running after Aria like crazy people, praying that she didn’t break anything.
We arrived mid morning, and even though I hadn’t requested an early check in, Llewellyn and his staff made a plan and we were shown our room within ten minutes. There are six gorgeous rooms, all a generous 25sqm with incredible views of the Franschoek mountain range. We were allocated the room called Sapphire and oh my, it is absolutely gorgeous! It has been decorated with beautiful pieces of furniture and luxurious colours. Now in case you were wondering, no, Aria did not share that incredible king size bed with us. She had her own little camp cot that the hotel provided complete with some lovely linen of her own. There was also more than enough room in our suite to move the camp cot out of our way so that we didn’t feel cramped at all.
We had a wedding to attend that very same day and by the time that we got back to the hotel that evening, we were in no mood to go out and find food. And that’s the beauty of The Franschhoek Boutique Hotel being on the square; we could order pizza from one of the restaurants downstairs as room service, what an absolute pleasure.
One of my favourite things about staying in a hotel is the breakfast. On any normal day, it’s my least favourite meal but when we are traveling, it’s my best, probably has something to do with the pastries. The Franschhoek Boutique Hotel has a lovely dining area where they serve breakfast. The have a yummy spread of fruits, pastries and cereals laid out for you to help yourself to as you arrive, and they also have a set menu that you can order from if you would like to. Let me tell you, their oats are the best oats I have eaten in my life, I would go back just for that! I also tried the eggs benedict which was also super yum. Dan went for french toast with bacon both mornings which really is a good sign that it was a delicious meal. For Aria, we gave her some fruit and then then asked if she could have a slice of toast and a sausage which the kitchen was more than happy to make for her. Something that really impressed me was that the hotel had a highchair for Aria, it seems bizarre but so many restaurants don’t have high chairs (I’m talking family restaurants) and so the fact that this little boutique hotel did just made me so happy. Oh, before I forget, The Franschhoek Boutique Hotel uses Terbodore Coffee which is one of our favourites and so if you need that caffeine injection in the morning, this will certainly do the trick.
It’s so lovely that The Franschhoek Boutique Hotel is in the middle of the action in Franschoek; everything is within walking distance and so after breakfast on our second day, we went for a little stroll down the main street. A little bit later that day we took a drive past the wine farms and stopped past a few, in fact we ended up in Stellenbosch and spent a lovely afternoon there.
We arrived back at the hotel too tired to go out for dinner again so we fed Aria some finger food we had picked up that afternoon and then when she had gone to sleep, we cracked open a bottle of wine and had a dinner of french loaf and some local cheese while watching some telly. It was exactly what we needed, to just stay in and chill.
I’m sure you saw a little peek of the bathroom on my Instagram stories when I did the room tour, but if you missed it, it really is gorgeous. The big blue tub was my absolute favourite (even though we couldn’t use it) and the shower is a really decent size, much bigger than you usually find in hotels. It’s light, bright and airy and has more than enough amenities should you need them.
Traveling with a toddler is never easy but staying somewhere that is toddler friendly makes it so much easier! A few things that made The Franschoek Boutique Hotel great in that regard are:
- They have clean and well looked after camp cots.
- The rooms are big enough to set up the camp cot without it feeling too cramped.
- They have high chairs.
- There is a huge variety of foods at breakfast making it easy to give your child something to eat.
- It’s in the middle of Franschhoek so you can simply step out of your room and go walk around so that your little one doesn’t get cabin fever.
- The winelands are literally on your doorstep and are always a good option for kids as they can run around in the gardens as you sip on your wine.
- The channel selection on their televisions include kids channels so if you need to just plonk them in front of the square baby sitter for a while, you can.
If you are planning a trip down to the winelands, I highly suggest that you consider staying at The Franschhoek Boutique Hotel, Llewellen and his team are so accomodation and you will feel right at home, we certainly did!