We spent one night before and one night after our Kruger visit at the Turret. It is about 15 minutes from downtown and the taxi ride from the airport cost us R340, which is higher than "normal" because we ran into a bad accident on the road. Shops and restaurants are a short walk through residential neighborhood from the guest house. We stayed in two different rooms. One room has softer bed but shower only. The other has very very hard mattress but a large bathroom. Overall, the rooms are clean and comfortable. Free internet is available in the common room. Nice staff and nice complementary breakfast. We would recommend this place but if we had to do it again, we might spend one night in downtown, which is being revamped in preparation for the 2010 World Cup. We drove through downtown a few times and it looked quite OK.
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- The Melville Turret is a landmark building in Melville, Johannesburg and was built in 1906 by Erik van den Berg who owned a bicycle shop in downtown Johannesburg. The house is a mix of the old and new, traditional and contemporary. The guest house is very conveniently situated for visitors to Milpark Hospital, Media 24, SABC,Wits University and University of Johannesburg and within walking distance from the famous 7th Street and Bamboo Centre. We pride ourselves in our friendly service and relaxed atmosphere, whilst striving to provide the best service. ... more less
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