I just got back from a great trip to Africa. I actually went to Botswana & Zimbabwe but flew in and out of Jo'burg and needed a place to stay before and after the safari. Found the Orchard on 2nd on the internet and took a chance. It was beautiful and such a pleasure to stay there. Melanie (the owner) is very nice and helpful and even made phone calls on my behalf which was so helpful since I didn't have a phone. I was a little worried about security in Jo'burg and chose Melville because of that. The Orchard is behind locked gates and only a block from the main street (7th ave I think) which has restaurants, bars and an atm (try the Lucky Bean restaurant or Picco Bella for a great dinner). Mina cooks a delicious breakfast in the morning which won't disappoint. All in all, it was a great place to stay- immaculately clean, beautiful, pool and deck and feels very homey. If you want excursions around town, ask for Paula. She can also pick you up and drop you off at the airport for the same price as a cab.
All in all, I loved staying here and would definitely go back if I ever go to Jo'burg again.
- Also Known As:
- The Orchard On 2nd Guesthouse Melville, Greater Johannesburg, South Africa
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- We are a guesthouse with 6 well appointed and stylishly decorated rooms with en-suite bathrooms. A scrumptious breakfast is included. We have gleaming wooden floors, original high pressed ceilings, beautiful chandeliers and fireplaces in some rooms. Most of our bathrooms have big claw-foot tubs. The showers are tiled with natural stone and have quality fittings. All our rooms have soft, white bath sheets and our crisp white linen is of a high quality. The duvets are Duck down for cold winters. ... more less