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“A nice place” 4 of 5 stars
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The Melville Turret Guest House
118 Second Ave | Johannesburg, Johannesburg 2092, South Africa   |  
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Ranked #65 of 260 Johannesburg B&B and Inns
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“A nice place”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 20, 2008

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.

  • Stayed September 2008, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Check in / front desk
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4 of 5 stars
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 18, 2008

I LOVED my stay at the Turret. The place is such a sanctuary in the midst of the colourful activity of Melville, and the rooms are centered around a small, peaceful courtyard that has a fountain running during the night and decorative lights in the treas. The atmosphere is one of serenity, of tranquility.

The rooms are lovely, quite rich in color and textures. The high ceilings and walls painted in earth colors, complement the deep red and otherwise designed cushions. The beds are to die for. Each room has a small fridge, and there is coffee and tea always on hand, with biscotti, of course. Free wireless in all the rooms as well.

There is a wonderful sitting room where a grandfather clock chimes on the hour, and there are interesting souvenirs all over the room. There is a computer in the room for internet browsing. There is also a large verandah outside where you can lull yourself in the sun (or under the large umbrella) on soft cushioned armchairs.

Prisca and Patricia are wonderful, and make lovely breakfasts. Miranda cleans the rooms, and is a bubbly woman with an infectious laugh. John is very helpful with any queries (he's the manager).

There is locked parking, and a security guard who stays overnight. The bright lights of Melville are only 2 blocks away, but the B&B is far enough to seem almost secluded and private.

All in all, this is a one-of-a-kind place to stay when you're in Johannesburg. On my second visit, I stayed here again, and it was like coming back to family. I can't say enough good things about Melville Turret.

  • Liked — The atmosphere and the people.
  • Disliked — No electric gate.
  • Stayed August 2007, traveled on business
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Check in / front desk
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Business service (e.g., internet access)
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 8, 2007

You'll feel like you've arrive home once you're settled in the Melville Turret. Prisca's wonderful breakfasts especially. The guest house is a lovely sanctuary in Melville, just a short walk away from restaurants and bars close-by and a good jumping off point for exploring the greater Johannesburg area by car.

With free wi-fi in all of the rooms, you can get work done and the free morning breakfast is a social occasion to get to know all of the other interesting guests staying there.

The rooms are comfortable, if not opulent and despite my initial reservations, air conditioning really is not needed in the evenings and I slept like a baby.

If you go, make sure to tell John, Prisca and Patrick hello from the guys in New York! We love you and can't wait to come back.

  • Liked — Prisca's breakfast, free wi-fi, always-interesting other guests
  • Disliked — Rooms were a tad sparse, could you a slight update, maybe some cool african art.
  • Stayed February 2007, traveled with friends
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Check in / front desk
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Business service (e.g., internet access)
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Address: 118 Second Ave | Johannesburg, Johannesburg 2092, South Africa
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Location: South Africa > Gauteng > Greater Johannesburg > Johannesburg
Amenities:
Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Kitchenette Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
Ranked #65 of 260 B&Bs / Inns in Johannesburg
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Number of rooms: 9
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
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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