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“Thoroughly enjoyable” 5 of 5 stars
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Melvin Residence Guest House
4.0 of 5 Guest house   |   184 Pine Street | Arcadia, Pretoria 0083, South Africa   |  
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Ranked #12 of 302 Pretoria B&B and Inns
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“Thoroughly enjoyable”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 8, 2013

Stayed here for 2 nights and thoroughly enjoyed it. The house is quite lovely, but the bedrooms are in a detached building separated by the most beautiful little garden, and breakfast (full, with eggs and bacon) is served on a terrace in that garden. The host Piet is helpful with every need. The location seems miles away from the city's bustle, is very quiet and restful. Rooms open out onto a veranda and there are comfy chairs where you can sit and relax, enjoy the sounds of the birds while you write postcards or fill in your travel diary. The rooms (I had room #1) are spacious, comfortable (great big comforter and lots of cushy pillows), everything was clean and immaculate, and really one could ask for nothing more. There is one very good restaurant nearby, within walking distance, while the Union buildings are just up the hill and very convenient. Good sized parking area inside the secured perimeter wall. Highly recommended.

  • Stayed February 2013, traveled on business
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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PietvanBiljon, Owner at Melvin Residence Guest House, responded to this review, April 6, 2014
Thank you for your kind review. We are glad that you enjoyed your stay with us. We always enjoy getting feedback from our guests. Hope to welcome you back again soon! Regards Piet & Elize van Biljon
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  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Location
    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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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 3, 2013

My family stayed one week, according 1st booking, but they asked me tio extent the staying for 6 days more in the same guest house. Foriegners look for safe, clean, good dealing and facilities. Beside all of these, Melvine provides the guidness and actual help if need to whom not familier with the SA life. Thanks for Mr. Piet for all his suppoting to my small family. I recommend this guest house for whom need the nice location and good pricing.

  • Stayed January 2013, 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
    • 4 of 5 stars Service

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PietvanBiljon, Owner at Melvin Residence Guest House, responded to this review, April 6, 2014
Thank you for your kind review. We are glad that your family enjoyed their stay with us. We always enjoy getting feedback from our guests. Hope to welcome you back again soon! Regards Piet & Elize van Biljon
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London, United Kingdom
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1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 26, 2013

I had to stay in Pretoria for a week for a course at the university and looked at several B&Bs before settling on Melvin. Good location by Union Buildings, lovely rooms with personal touches. Recommend.

  • Stayed January 2013, traveled solo
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service

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PietvanBiljon, Owner at Melvin Residence Guest House, responded to this review, April 6, 2014
Thank you for your kind review. We are glad that you enjoyed your stay with us. We always enjoy getting feedback from our guests. Hope to welcome you back again soon! Regards Piet & Elize van Biljon
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Wemmel, Belgium
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 14, 2013

The Melvin Guest House is a great place, just one street away from the Union Buildings and Kerkstraat / Church street
Great breakfast and hospitality; your host will take the time to inform you about Pretoria. This Victorian Guest House that dates from 1890 will take you back to the early days of Pretoria. A must!

  • Stayed January 2013, traveled solo
    • 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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PietvanBiljon, Owner at Melvin Residence Guest House, responded to this review, April 6, 2014
Thank you for your kind review. We are glad that you enjoyed your stay with us. We always enjoy getting feedback from our guests. Hope to welcome you back again soon! Regards Piet & Elize van Biljon
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Arcadia
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 16, 2012

The location was lovely -- near the beautiful botanical gardens and near many of the embassies. The accommodations and gardens on site were were also lovely. In addition, I had to depart before the designated breakfast time so they were kind enough to pack a snack for me.
I would stay there again. It was a peaceful residential area with access to restaurants and shops.

  • Stayed December 2012, traveled solo
    • 5 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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PietvanBiljon, Owner at Melvin Residence Guest House, responded to this review, April 6, 2014
Thank you for your kind review. We are glad that you enjoyed your stay with us. We always enjoy getting feedback from our guests. Hope to welcome you back again soon! Regards Piet & Elize van Biljon
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Kisumu
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 13, 2012

It was a pleasant opportunity staying at Melvin Residence from 16th No to 2nd Dec 2012. I enjoyed the quietness and the hospitality during my stay at the residence. I am looking forward to staying agian when I come to Pretoria in the comming days. I will notify you when I am about to come.

Room Tip: Didn't use swimming pool and fitness centre.
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  • Stayed November 2012, traveled on business
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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PietvanBiljon, Owner at Melvin Residence Guest House, responded to this review, April 6, 2014
Thank you for your kind review. We are glad that you enjoyed your stay with us. After such a long stay it feels like you become part of the family! We always enjoy getting feedback from our guests. Hope to welcome you back again soon! Regards Piet & Elize van Biljon
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Basle
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8 reviews 8 reviews
8 hotel reviews
Reviews in 8 cities Reviews in 8 cities
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 3, 2012

Very near Union Buildings (to find very easy), friendly Landlady/-Lord. Very Good Breakfast. No Alcohol available due to lack of license. Very calm during the night. Lots of very nice different flowers around in the garden.

  • Stayed November 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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PietvanBiljon, Owner at Melvin Residence Guest House, responded to this review, April 6, 2014
Thank you for your kind review. We are glad that you enjoyed your stay with us. We always enjoy getting feedback from our guests. Hope to welcome you back again soon! Regards Piet & Elize van Biljon
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Address: 184 Pine Street | Arcadia, Pretoria 0083, South Africa
Location: South Africa > Gauteng > Pretoria
Amenities:
Free Breakfast Free Parking
Hotel Style:
Ranked #12 of 302 B&Bs / Inns in Pretoria
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:4 star — Melvin Residence Guest House 4*
Number of rooms: 6
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- One standard room with an en suite bathroom One single rooms with an 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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