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“OK for those attending a course at GIBS” 3 of 5 stars
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Illovo Lodge
3.0 of 5 Specialty Hotel   |   22 Melville Road | Illovo, Johannesburg 2146, South Africa   |  
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Buckinghamshire, United Kingdom
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33 hotel reviews
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“OK for those attending a course at GIBS”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 26, 2013

Pleasant enough if you're on a course. Food in GIBs + free WiFi make it a reasonable deal. That said the rooms are very hot and you make choice between not sleeping because it's too hot and not sleeping because the cooling fan (air con is too grand a word) is too noisy. The bar in GIBS closes at 9.00pm

  • Stayed February 2013, traveled on business
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 1 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Rating summary
  • Location
    4 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    3 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    3 of 5 stars
  • Service
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4 of 5 stars
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed January 9, 2013

The Illovo is on the GIBS campus. It's a small, green, clean campus - safe, secure and reasonably charming (if small)

The problem is that it's the ONLY thing on the GIBS campus. The cafeteria is housed in a temporary space, serving an 'under construction' menu to staff who will tell you that it's been a year so far and that there are only so many pizzas you can wait to come out one at a time.

The rooms are tiny. So small my cat looked at me and shook his head ruefully. They're air-conditioned, but the small unit is so noisy that you'll awake looking as tired as the decor itself.

Everything you might want is located in a mall 10 minutes drive away. Food, drink, cool air, company, interest... but it's always a drive.

The staff are doing all that they can to make the best of a bad job, but it is a bad job. Perfect perhaps for an agoraphobic anorexic professor in town for a day to give a lecture, sadly lacking for everyone else.

  • Stayed January 2013, traveled with family
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 2 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 2 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 5, 2010

We like to say that it is all about the people you meet. Well the Ilovo Lodge is merely a fair facility with outstanding staff. If you are new to Johannesburg and are a little timid then this spotlessly clean little hotel in a nice neighborhood (part of a college campus) iis for you. Thank you Jane and thank you Yolonda.

  • Stayed June 2010, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Address: 22 Melville Road | Illovo, Johannesburg 2146, South Africa
Location: South Africa > Gauteng > Greater Johannesburg > Johannesburg
Hotel Style:
Ranked #33 of 70 Specialty Lodging in Johannesburg
Hotel Class:3 star — Illovo Lodge 3*
Number of rooms: 49
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