We stayed at Melvin Residence Guest house over a weekend in late April and overall, we were very pleased with our experience. We were welcomed immediately upon our arrival and shown to a lovely room with included bath. The room was nicely appointed and had an electric kettle with a selection of teas and coffee and a small refrigerator. We had recently returned from a two week safari and just wanted a place to unwind and see a few sights in Pretoria as we had never visited there in the past. The location was good for our purposes. We walked to the Union Buildings and through the surrounding gardens. It was also within walking distance of the Pretoria Art Museum which was a nice small museum perfect for spending an hour or so. The neighborhood felt safe and the guest house is just across from the German embassy. Our host, Piet, was engaging and helpful with suggestions for restaurants, sights and ATM locations. He also arranged our taxi to the airport on Monday morning which was prompt with a courteous driver. The breakfast area was warm and inviting with high tin ceilings and a wall decorated with old saucers and plates. The breakfast itself was very good with fruit, yogurt, breads, muesli and eggs made to order. We took Piet's recommendation for dinner at Cafe 41 and enjoyed it enough to return the following evening as well. The grounds were well kept and even though it was late in the season, the garden still retained some of its beauty. When we experienced a problem with our television box, Piet promptly came to help and then replaced it. The only very minor problem was a swarm of ants in one corner of the room (something we occasionally experience at home as well), but this was taken care of promptly. Overall I would warmly recommend this guest house.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Melvin Residence is a 4 star Guest House that ideally located for doing business in Pretoria. We offer:- Four luxury double rooms with en suite showers- Two single rooms with en suite bathrooms- Private entrances with comfortable relaxation areas - An awesome view over the capital city- All rooms are fully air-conditioned- Easy access to highways leading north and south - Secure, fenced parking- Non-intrusive, but welcoming service. ... more less
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