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“Less than good value for money” 3 of 5 stars
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Emerald Guest House
3.0 of 5 Bed and Breakfast   |   19 Halifax Street | Rhodesfield, Kempton Park 1619, South Africa   |  
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Ranked #17 of 56 Kempton Park B&B and Inns
Calgary, Canada
Top Contributor
77 reviews 77 reviews
41 hotel reviews
Reviews in 49 cities Reviews in 49 cities
31 helpful votes 31 helpful votes
“Less than good value for money”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 2, 2012

In a residential neighbourhood near the JNB Airport, this guest house seems mostly suited to back packers. Room had bare fluorescent strips on ceiling for lkighting in was infested with ants. Bed was less than comfortable. Staff indifferent. We ended up having dinner at the airport, as the dining area and menu choices weren't very appealing

  • Stayed January 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 2 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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Rating summary
  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4 of 5 stars
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Cape Town Central, South Africa
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51 reviews 51 reviews
7 hotel reviews
Reviews in 17 cities Reviews in 17 cities
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed January 30, 2012

This is definately a budget stay. Transport from the airport was an inconvenience. My plane landed at 22:00 and I had to wait for other guests to land before we left for the guest house. I only got there after 23:00 despite only being 5 minutes from the airport. Rooms are adequit and clean but nothing fancy. Bed was hard and bathroom tiles broken. The benefit of being close to the airport is negated by the planes taking off and landing all night next door and does not allow any sleep. Breakfast was minimal and asking for more than 1 egg was frowned upon. For the price I guess this place is acceptable but with so many establishments available in the area, next time I will go elsewhere.

  • Stayed January 2012, traveled on business
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 2 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 2 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 2 of 5 stars Service
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wales
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27 hotel reviews
Reviews in 22 cities Reviews in 22 cities
29 helpful votes 29 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 17, 2011

A gorgeous hose In Kempton Park with a small pool and lovely garden - the best bed I have ever slept in and such lovely people running it.Well situated to bars and good Thai/Korean restaurants.This guest house is surely the gm it professes to be

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  • Stayed October 2011, 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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London, United Kingdom
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4 hotel reviews
Reviews in 6 cities Reviews in 6 cities
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 12, 2011

If you’ve been up since 0245 GMT and reach arrivals in Johannesburg at 2300 you’d be hard pushed to find a better place to spend the night than the Emerald Inn. Friendly staff, from the guy who picks you up at the airport to the lady on reception and the cook at breakfast in the morning; clean and perfectly adequate rooms; a very short drive to and from the airport; and very reasonable rates.

This was my second stay, the previous one being in June when my onward flight was too early in the morning to want breakfast or to take in the surroundings properly. This time the breakfast was fine and the gardens, pool etc all seemed well cared for and maintained.

I’m not sure it’s somewhere to stay long term but I have no real experience of Johannesburg – there seem to be a number of tour options which the hotel can arrange for you. However for a short stay, on your way to or from the airport, it is ideal and has a far more personal feel than the usual international concrete box chain hotels.

  • Stayed November 2011, traveled solo
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Johannesburg, South Africa
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 8, 2011

We stayed here for two nights and had a brilliand experience. The staff was help full and the Breakfast was excellent. Their is also Two swimming pools and a large garden to relax and enjoy, with a abundance of bird life

Room Tip: The deluxe rooms are far better value for money
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  • Stayed September 2011, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 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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9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2010

First impressions were good, arrival into the secure compound via free shuttle from OR Tambo airport, can't really fault it. Reception staff polite, accomodating, and helpful.

It's a B&B guesthouse, no thrills, the basics, but everything you need. Internet, breakfast, bar, clean sheets. Don't raise any expectations for this stop-over joint, you get what you pay for but it's all above board and they look after you even though they were busy with the World Cup influx. Cheap beer, good biltong, clean bed.

If you want to go to the Sandton area of Jo'burg, get them to shuttle you free to the airport and get the new GauTrain in, saves money on taxi's.

We were there for the World Cup and there were lots of different groups/nations staying there, all seemed totally satisfied.

  • Stayed June 2010, traveled with friends
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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2 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 22, 2010

We visited the Emerald for the World Cup and compared to similarly priced accommodation in South Africa this was excellent. The beds were comfortable and the transportation to and from the airport and Gautrain was useful in a city that is notoriously difficult to travel in.
The bar stayed open late and the company was warm.
Believe me, we experienced much worse in South Africa

  • Stayed June 2010, traveled with friends
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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Additional Information about Emerald Guest House

Address: 19 Halifax Street | Rhodesfield, Kempton Park 1619, South Africa
Location: South Africa > Gauteng > Greater Johannesburg > Kempton Park
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beverage Selection Business Center with Internet Access Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities ( Kid / Family Friendly ) Kitchenette Restaurant Shuttle Bus service Swimming Pool Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
Ranked #17 of 56 B&Bs / Inns in Kempton Park
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:3 star — Emerald Guest House 3*
Number of rooms: 50
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