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“Like a family sojourn” 5 of 5 stars
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5th Avenue Gooseberry
4.0 of 5 Guest house   |   44 - 5th Avenue | Linden, Johannesburg 2195, South Africa   |  
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Ranked #20 of 234 Johannesburg B&B and Inns
Johannesburg, South Africa
1 review
“Like a family sojourn”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 4, 2012

The owner and staff could not do enough to ensure my comfort. All my extra requirements were treated as "standard" and any little comment grabbed as useful input and actioned immediately (a slow working bathroom light). The staff did the owner proud. If B&B is your preference, this is excellent value for money and the best escape from hotel boredom. There was none of the often forced interlocutory with owners or management typical of the B&B setting, and the owner's art orientation, evident around the premises, is refreshingly different and an added character. The location is within easy reach of eating places and well positioned for a quick trip in any direction, including into the city. Cleanliness was impeccable. A pleasant surprise to find high speed and gratis internet in what is a home-like setting. Marriott, Hyatt, intercontinental take note. When I am not quartered in a hotel for access to meetings, this will be my choice for future stays in Jhb.

  • Stayed March 2012, traveled on business
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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bluecatGauteng, Owner at 5th Avenue Gooseberry, responded to this review, May 4, 2012
Many thanks for this review which is very special to us because we know you travel all over the world regularly, and has stayed in many hotels.We appreciate your mentioning of our staff- it will mean a lot to them, as we show them all the reviews and they do get incentives on positive comments. For us they mean a lot- they are our angels. Susan
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    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 stars
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    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    5 of 5 stars
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    4.5 of 5 stars
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    5 of 5 stars
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 21, 2012

We enjoyed two nights at Gooseberry at the recommendation of a friend in Jo'burg. The accomodations were great and the breakfasts hearty. The one drawback was low water pressure in the bathroom during morning "rush hour". But don't let that turn you away from considering a stay at this fine guest house.

  • Stayed March 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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bluecatGauteng, Owner at 5th Avenue Gooseberry, responded to this review, April 3, 2012
Many thanks for writing a review. We always appreciate any feedback regarding to anything concerning the guest house.We called out our plumber to investigate if there is perhaps a filter that was blocked. According to him the filter is fine, but if the whole neighbourhood uses water at the same time, the water pressure will be lower in the whole neighbourhood. Just one of those things. All of the best and see you and your wife soon. Susan Berry
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SA cape town
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 19, 2012

It is the kind of place you always feel welcome and it has a create relaxing feeling to it. All the staff is willing to help and sort out whatever the problem is. If you staying for business or pleasure, it’s a great place to stay. It has nice and secure parking and the freedom to come and go as you please. I used the internet and it was quick and easy to use.

  • Stayed February 2012, traveled on business
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Durban, South Africa
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 14, 2012

Gooseberry has such warmth and character..friendly staff and Susan is so hands on. Always chatting to the guests and making sure they comfortable. Breakfasts are delicious and so much food...dinners are made for a king. I felt so at home. My room always clean and tidy and fresh...real value for money.

I would highly recommend ths B & B...and will defiintely always stay over when in JHB.

  • Stayed March 2012, traveled on business
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 26, 2012

I spent a night at this B&B on a business trip and was pleasantly surprised by the friendly and personal reception. It's not your usual B&B as it feels more like a quaint art gallery filled with paintings and books. But the tranquil feel is nice when you're on the road. Foreign travelers would surely also appreciate the historic feel of this place and should make sure to spend some time to absorb the atmosphere.

  • Stayed February 2012, traveled on business
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Arusha, Tanzania
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 21, 2012

We came to the Gooseberry on a business trip and vowed to make it a regular stop. Unfortunately we didn't have time to enjoy all the extras like the pool and spa, but we did very much enjoy the fantastic staff and breakfast. They were so accommodating to our odd hours and needs that we couldn't have asked for more. Definitely coming back. Thanks!

  • Stayed February 2012, traveled on business
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Arusha
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4 hotel reviews
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4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 17, 2012

My business partners and I stayed two nights at the Gooseberry, having found it on trip advisor.
The staff was exceptionally kind and attentive, the breakfast was delicious (they even waited to shut breakfast down so we could get some exercise first.
Many nice little touches, and not the tacky ones, but little things like the staff offering to bring me full coffee service just because I was sitting outside working on my computer.
The rooms are a bit smaller, but it is an inn so that is to be expected. Sherry and chocolates in the room, and the owners art on the walls. Not a place I would bring kids, mostly because of the dainty glassware and calm quiet atmosphere.
I would recommend this to anyone looking for a quiet place to stay, for business or a getaway to Joberg.

  • Stayed February 2012, traveled on business
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Additional Information about 5th Avenue Gooseberry

Address: 44 - 5th Avenue | Linden, Johannesburg 2195, South Africa
Location: South Africa > Gauteng > Greater Johannesburg > Johannesburg
Amenities:
Business Center with Internet Access Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
Ranked #20 of 234 B&Bs / Inns in Johannesburg
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:4 star — 5th Avenue Gooseberry 4*
Number of rooms: 11
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Elegant, 4-star Guest House, with an artistic touch, in a quiet, charming neighbourhood of Johannesburg. The 11 en-suite rooms each have their own character. Centrally situated, close to major attractions. Transfers to and from OR Tambo Airport. Easy accessible from main roads, 33 km from airport. Unforgettable day tours can be arranged to Apartheids Museum, Soweto, Rhino and Lion Park and many more. Free Wi-Fi access and secure parking on premises. ... more   less 
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