If you're looking for a place to stay in Joburg, regardless of the reason, it would be hard to go wrong with any guest house in Melville. Not only is the area charming and safe, but it is a great central location for exploring all corners of the city.
For the value and service, Life on 3rd is certainly one of the jewels in this neighborhood. Among the positive features:
-Warm, nourishing breakfast, served at a common table that allows for meeting other guests.
-Prompt service, with staff readily available to assist before and during my stay.
-Reliable, friendly and flexible driving service for those who don't hire a car (it's easy to see why the house's main driver, Bigboy, is somewhat of a celebrity)
-Excellent color schemes, with red tones creating a comfortable atmosphere
-Reasonable walking distance to dining and shopping on 7th Street (yes, you can actually walk somewhere in Johannesburg)
-Comfortable beds and common areas