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“Wonderful Hotel - Just don't stay in Room 2” 4 of 5 stars
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The Peech Hotel
4.0 of 5 Hotel   |   61 North Street | Melrose, Johannesburg 2196, South Africa   |  
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Ranked #3 of 71 Hotels in Johannesburg
Johannesburg, South Africa
2 reviews
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“Wonderful Hotel - Just don't stay in Room 2”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 8, 2008

Following our wedding in Johannesburg, I booked to stay at The Peech for 2 nights prior to us leaving to go on honeymoon. We therefore stayed for a Saturday and a Sunday night.

The hotel itself is amazing and is a welcome change from the large hotel groups around Johannesburg.

The staff are friendly and the rooms are certainly larger and more comfortable than those of other hotel chains.

My only complaint is that even after speaking to the staff when making the booking and specifically requesting a quiet room, away from the dining room, etc, we were given the noisiest room in the hotel, directly above the reception area and dining room. This mean that we were woken up at 05H30 on the Sunday morning by staff preparing breakfast and by guests wanting an early start to their days. Had we been given another room for the duration of our stay, this would not have been a problem, however my advice is do not stay in rooms 1 or 2.

  • Liked — It wasn't a large, impersonal hotel chain
  • Disliked — Noisy
  • Stayed November 2008, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Check in / front desk
    • 2 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Business service (e.g., internet access)
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  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    5 of 5 stars
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Chicago
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13 reviews 13 reviews
13 hotel reviews
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8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 28, 2008

The Peech is a really fantastic choice in Johannesburg. It has the feel of a large house with the rooms around a centeral courtyard and pool area. The entire premises is protected by barbed wire, security cameras - I guess it makes you feel safe but also a little fenced in.
The rooms are modern with really high quality furnishings. The bathroom has a huge bath and separate shower. Id try request an upper floor room. The balcony is nicer than the small enclosed garden that the rooms on the first floor have.
Because of security you may want to eat in the hotel after dark. The restaurant is pretty good for a hotel restaurant - though I imagine there are better eats in Johannesburg if you dare to try.
There is also a huge gym literally next door. The hotel has its own entrance. There is a fee for using the gym.
It takes about 20 minutes from the airport and the hotel can arrange collection and drop off. It is a much more pleasant choice than the large chain hotels at the airport.

  • Stayed September 2008, traveled on business
    • 2 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Check in / front desk
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Business service (e.g., internet access)
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Delft, Netherlands
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38 helpful votes 38 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 17, 2008

After a terrible and too long stay at a large chain hotel in Sandton, I decided to change hotel. Following the great reviews on TripAdvisor, I selected The Peech. In the end I spent most of the period between July and early November 2009 at this lovely hotel. I was staffed on a project in Johannesburg.

This funky hotel has only 16 rooms. The rooms are spread across four houses surrounded by a lush garden with a swimming pool. This awesome hotel is an oasis of tranquility.

The rooms are spacious and have a lot of light (there are many windows). The interior design is modern (it is not easy to find a design hotel in South Africa) with a an African twist. Try to get one of the rooms on the upper floors as these have higher ceilings and have even more light. The rooms even include an audio system for your iPod. Unfortunately, there is no fridge (the hotel does provide a bottle of water every day) and the choice of TV channels is very limited.

The restaurant of the hotel is known for its outstanding kitchen. I especially liked the choice for breakfast (everything is freshly made).

The hotel is well located. It is close to Melrose Arch (with an excellent choice of restaurants, such as The MeatCo, Orient and Moya). Rosebank Mall is also nearby.

During the 4 months I stayed at this hotel I really felt at home. The staff was very friendly and made me feel part of the 'family'. Gosh, I already miss it!

After having spent almost 10 months in Johannesburg, I am sure this is the very best hotel in town.

  • Liked — The tranquility of a design hotel
  • Disliked — The limited choice of TV channels
  • Stayed November 2008, 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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Camas, Washington
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34 reviews 34 reviews
12 hotel reviews
Reviews in 15 cities Reviews in 15 cities
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 24, 2008

Comfortable, well-equipped rooms that feel like the lap of design-forward luxury. I loved the iPod dock and daily in-room French-press, gourmet breakfasts and attentive staff. We had two stays separated by a week-long tour and everyone remembered our names. Warm, friendly smiled made us literally feel at home.

The one downside is that it is really a taxi ride from any commercial center in town except Melrose Arch itself.

BY the way there is a nice park and bird sanctuary across the street for those who would venture on foot.

  • Liked — The rooms and their design
  • Disliked — Too quiet residential area, not so close to activities
  • Stayed September 2008, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 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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Oxfordshire, UK
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Reviews in 8 cities Reviews in 8 cities
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 8, 2008

Forget chain hotels, however luxurious, when you are in South Africa and stay at places like this. We stayed in boutique hotels during our trip to SA in June 2008 and found them all superb and actually cheaper than some of the chains.
The Peech Hotel is in a quiet location in Melrose, not far from the Wanderers Cricket stadium and guests have the use of the health club next door.
Rooms are large and very comfortable and the food is absolutely first class. It was the middle of winter but the pool area looked very inviting and must be lovely in summer.
All in all a great hotel experience - thoroughly recommended!!

  • Liked — General ambience, food, rooms
  • Disliked — Couldn't fault it
  • Stayed June 2008, traveled on business
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 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
    • 4 of 5 stars Business service (e.g., internet access)
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Putney, London, UK
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42 reviews 42 reviews
23 hotel reviews
Reviews in 24 cities Reviews in 24 cities
49 helpful votes 49 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 3, 2008

A wonderful property in a good part of Jo'burg, the Peech meets nearly all boutique hotel criteria, however there are a few key issues:

Having booked a car and driver to pick me up from the aiport, said driver was nowhere to be seen. I had reconfirmed this arrangement just days before - and after a couple of terse phone calls - he arrived 45 mins late. J'Burg airport isn't the most desirable place to be stranded as a visitor. Communications between back office staff are clearly lacking, as mentioned by other reviewers.

That said, the matter was swiftly dealt with the next day by the GM, Nina who was 101% professional and efficient and could not do more to help. She apologised, noted the comms issue (which she was aware of from other issues) and compensated me fairly.

This blip aside, I must say the hotel itself is near perfect. The room I had (room 16) was as big as a suite. Beautifully furnished, spacious with all the things you like - iPod docking, a/c, robes, tea and (real) coffee, terrace and critically for the business traveller free WiFi. I liked the complimentary mineral water supplied and the slightly industrial look to the rooms.

Front staff and other people were helpful, positive and caring.

The bistro served very good breakfast from a well thought out menu (included in the room price). Lunch looked good and they have a small bookable conference room which I would recommend using as it over looks the gardens.

Night staff and security were prevalent and reassuring and the small pool looked inviting even on a Winter summer's day. The location is central, yet quiet. Building works had finished, just some planting in the gardens taking place.

I recommend this hotel highly - a lovely place to stay - just be sure to reconfirm any transport booking on the day you are due to arrive.

  • Liked — Creative rooms and good food
  • Disliked — Booking of transport
  • Stayed July 2008, traveled on business
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Check in / front desk
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Business service (e.g., internet access)
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Cape Town Central, South Africa
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125 reviews 125 reviews
27 hotel reviews
Reviews in 35 cities Reviews in 35 cities
115 helpful votes 115 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 8, 2008

The Peech Hotel is a Fantasic Hotel for Business Travellers and visitors alike. I travel at least once a month around the world and stay in boutique hotels. When I travel to Joburg, it is mainly on business and all I feel like at the end of a hectic day seeing customers is to relax and unwind.

Most of the hotel's rooms are situated away from the main building in an elegant garden . Away from any busy roads, the hotel is quite and noise free. I always like to run in the mornings for work and the hotel is in the adjacent building to a large gym (accessed through a side gate), as well as opposite a public park where you can run.

Across the road from the hotel are some small shops including a pharmacy, a cafe, bakery and a deli. What more could u want in close proximity! In terms of food, the hotel has an excellent in-house bistro with brilliant food. Definately not hotel-style food more in-line with the best fine dining food u could ask for. Try the butternut risota and tuna steaks with mash...brilliant.

The rooms are very comfortable with good quality linen, a good powerful shower, very clean and fitted with all necessary hotel accessories such as safe, tv, phone and free internet wifi. The staff are very friendly and service excellent. On my arrival last week, I ordered my dinner at check-in and had it delivered to my room within the quoted 30 minutes.

All in all you feel like you are staying in a stylish-yet comfortable boutique hotel not a mass-packed hotel like the one in the centre of sandton...where I used to stay before I found the Peech. Well done Mr Peech, I really can't fault your establishment.

  • Liked — Well Priced, The Bistro, Close Proximity to the Gym, Wif Internet, Good Service, Quite Atmosphere
  • Disliked — Dont Really Have any Dislikes....all was good
  • Stayed June 2008, 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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Address: 61 North Street | Melrose, Johannesburg 2196, South Africa
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Location: South Africa > Gauteng > Greater Johannesburg > Johannesburg
Amenities:
Business Center with Internet Access Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant Room Service Suites Swimming Pool Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
#2 Family Hotel in Johannesburg
#2 Romantic Hotel in Johannesburg
#3 Luxury Hotel in Johannesburg
#4 Business Hotel in Johannesburg
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:4 star — The Peech Hotel 4*
Number of rooms: 16
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Set in the suburb of Melrose, a short stroll from the hustle and bustle of the city, The Peech is an eco-chic boutique hotel with sixteen bedrooms spread across a lush garden and a bistro restaurant. The hotel blends an awareness for the environment and the community with chic surroundings, fresh food and smart design. It has been described as "Contemporary, edgy and Afrocentric" by Conde Nast Traveller and nominated as South Africa's Leading Boutique Hotel for the last five consecutive years. ... more   less 
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