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Pension Idube

11 Walton Ave. | Auckland Park, Melville 2092, South Africa
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Ranked #8 of 19 Melville B&B and Inns
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4 of 5 stars reviewed 1 week ago
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    4.5 of 5 stars
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    4.5 of 5 stars
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    4.5 of 5 stars
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    4.5 of 5 stars
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    4.5 of 5 stars
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    4.5 of 5 stars
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Hoi An
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26 reviews 26 reviews
20 hotel reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Everything is very clean but the room was too small and the bathroom in the corridor to be shared. It must to be improoved, the door not even closes correctly. Breakfast is very good in a cosy kitchen-dining room that you can also use to prepare your own food. Karen is very helpful when asking her for information but they... More

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Aubrey W, Owner at Pension Idube, responded to this review

Hello Maria! Thanks so much for taking the time to write a review for us! We do appreciate all feedback about our facilities and service. From your review, I am assuming that you stayed in one of our budget rooms (with a shared bathroom facility). These are fairly large size rooms, with either double beds or twin beds in them,... More

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

After a 16 our long journey from the netherlands to south africa we got a warm welcome in the idube lodge located in melville a bit outside from the center of joburg. We found a nice B&B with a good service. I had a wonderfull sleep because the nights were very cold and luckely the beds have bedheating so I... More

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Aubrey W, Owner at Pension Idube, responded to this review

Hello Felix! We really appreciate the time our guests take to give us constructive feedback on our little budget B&B. I am so glad you enjoyed our hospitality and that you found our rooms up to standard, especially in the cold Joburg winters. You made mention of a boring breakfast. I'm surprised at this because every morning we offer a... More

West Babylon, New York
1 review
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 9, 2014

There were a few bumps in the road, but beautiful place and wonderful staff. They were helpful and even ran out and got us dinner! Highly recommend.food was good tried some things I don't think I would have.

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Aubrey W, Owner at Pension Idube, responded to this review

Hello Theresa Thanks so much for the great review, and I'm so glad my staff looked after you so well! We are such a popular stop-over in Johannesburg and often get very busy, so I'm chuffed that we could help you. We do so appreciate it that our guests take the time out to write reviews... I will share your... More

Chicago, Illinois
5 reviews 5 reviews
1 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2014

The staff has no regards for personal limits, they decided to move our clothing and throw it in another room (mixing everybody's belongings). Without even a heads up, stuff is missing and they are non responding. They couldn't even give us a phone call /email to allow us to move our stuff to the other room. We have stayed at... More

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Aubrey W, Owner at Pension Idube, responded to this review

Hello Jose Thank you so much for the review which we really do appreciate, and we take every review seriously. I am absolutely horrified by the service you received from my staff, and I would sincerely like to apologise for the way everything was handled. I have investigated the matter, and there seemed to be a bit of a breakdown... More

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47 hotel reviews
29 helpful votes 29 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 17, 2014

As first-time visitors to South Africa from the US, we were apprehensive about the security situation in Johannesburg after reading our guidebooks and hearing from friends who'd traveled there. We were glad to find Pension Idube as a home base for three nights and some day tours around Gauteng. The website was cheery and informative, and it seemed like Melville... More

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Aubrey W, Owner at Pension Idube, responded to this review

Dear Vidiot42 Thank you for taking the time to write a review on your stay with us at Pension Idube. I'm so glad that you found almost everything was great. I must apologise for the computer not being working - it was hit by lightning (which we're famous for here in Joburg), and the poor PC got fried. What is... More

Sao Paulo, SP
14 reviews 14 reviews
8 hotel reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 25, 2014

Pension Idube is a good option to stay but a little bit far from everywhere. Karen, the owner, is so nice and helpful and arranged us all the tours. The room and bathroom were clean and the kicthen is complete If you want to prepare your own food. Breakfast is free and Wi-fi is not expensive.

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Aubrey W, Owner at Pension Idube, responded to this review

Hello Adriana Our sincere appreciation for taking time to give us a review on TripAdvisor. We love to hear what our guests have to say about us, both good and bad, so that we know what we're doing well, and where we need to improve. We do hope to see you again if you're ever in Johannesburg! Regards Aubrey Williams More

New Orleans, Louisiana
2 reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 29, 2013

Pension Idube has a fantastic location close to lovely restaurants and bars in Melville, which made it a great home base for a week in Johannesburg. The staff and owner were extremely friendly and helpful, and it was so easy to arrange day outings through them. It had a great homelike atmosphere and it was nice to talk with other... More

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Aubrey W, Owner at Pension Idube, responded to this review

Hello DanaK Its reviews like yours that make our day. We are so glad you enjoyed our humble little budget B&B. We strive to always exceed our guests expectations, and provide total value for money. I'm so glad that Karen (our resident manager) and her team looked after you well. I do hope you enjoyed your stay in Johannesburg. Best... More

Ballitoville, KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa
2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 22, 2013

We had a wonderful stay at Pension Idube. Staff were exceptionally friendly and enthusiastic - thank you Maggie for the laughs! Rooms are beautiful - a home away from home. Definitely great value for money! We will be sure to visit again soon. Thank You for the outstanding service and happy smiles!

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Aubrey W, Owner at Pension Idube, responded to this review

Hey Lara! Thanks for wonderful review on our humble little guesthouse. It really means the world to us that our guests take the time to share their experiences with other travellers about us. I will pass on your comments to our dear Mags - she is an absolute treasure and has been with us for over 10 years and I... More

Perth, Australia
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22 reviews 22 reviews
19 hotel reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 15, 2013

Great location, walking distance to Melville shops and restaurants and a safe walk. Parking and rooms were secure. Internet access was good and rates reasonable. Great value for money and rooms were always clean. Staff incredibly friendly and helpful, nothing was too much trouble. Only suggestion would be a rug on the floor of the room, as during our stay... More

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Aubrey W, Owner at Pension Idube, responded to this review

Hey guys Thank you so much for the review! Its comments like yours that make our job so much easier knowing that the passion we put into our profession is noticed. We have taken note of your suggestion for floor rugs, and I have been out shopping buying rugs for all of our rooms that have tiled floors. We've also... More

Sunshine Coast
3 reviews 3 reviews
3 hotel reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 29, 2013

We stayed here for 3 nights in December 2011 ( apologies for the extremely late review Aubrey). We were recommended by friends who had visited earlier. Absolutely spectacular value for money. Travelled as a family group, eldest > 70 yrs and youngest < 10 years. Beautiful, safe feeling environment, great location and extremely helpful staff. We took day trips in... More

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Aubrey W, Owner at Pension Idube, responded to this review

Hello The Horners!! Thank you so much for taking the time to write a review about Idube! I so enjoyed hosting the family, and I'm glad that you enjoyed your stay with us. There have been a number of improvements at Idube and hopefully if you guys are ever back in Joburg, you can come and stay with us again... More

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Address: 11 Walton Ave. | Auckland Park, Melville 2092, South Africa
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Location: South Africa > Gauteng > Greater Johannesburg > Melville
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Pension Idube is a charming early-1900's home in the leafy suburb of Auckland Park, 4 blocks from Melville's trendy 7th Street with its cosmopolitan restaurants, bars, coffee shops, antique stores and craft shops. Idube was one of the first backpackers hostels in Johannesburg and has been around for many years - we've now morphed to a fabulous budget B&B. Our fantastic guest reviews attest to our fantastic service at the some of the most affordable rates in Johannesburg. All of our sun-filled rooms are being revamped, offering both the business and leisure traveller comfortable and clean accommodation. Our breakfasts are legendary, and are served around the pool during the summer months. We are in the ideal position for academic visitors to the University of Johannesburg and Wits (University of the Witwatersrand). We are a 5 minute drive from the SABC, Johannesburg CBD, Braamfontein, Rosebank and Soweto. Our guests have said that the Pension is a great base from which to explore the vibey Johannesburg and its surrounds! We have our own luxury minibus and can arrange tours, transfers for you - let us know what you need, and we'll do our best to please! ... more   less 
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