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Albatross Guest House
Ranked #17 of 43 Benoni B&B and Inns
Reviewed July 6, 2010

We booked this guest house through travel butlers who have written the earlier review on this site for 4 nights during our trip to the World Cup 2010. The service was friendly and efficient and our room was large and had a large ensuite bathroom with bath and shower. Breakfast was good. Beware if you're going in winter as our room was not well insulated. Although the aircon could heat up the room in the evening you'll wake up at 3am with a very cold nose! The location is not good if you're not hiring a car (although to be fair Johannesburg is not good if you're not hiring a car) and there is only KFC within walking distance. Owner and staff were keen to be helpful and offer tips of what to do. Our only negative experience was that as we were leaving we were charged for £120 of extras but when we asked for a receipt they couldn't provide one and when it was later emailed it didn't add up (we'd been overcharged by at least £24).

  • Stayed: June 2010, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed March 31, 2010

We visited this guest house, situated in the quiet suburb of Benoni and just a short, convenient drive from Johannesburg Airport, on 22nd February for a flying visit.

I don’t believe it has been ‘officially’ graded by the TGSCA, but I would say it is definately a 3* standard.

The rooms are clean and comfortable, and are fairly basic in terms of their furnishings, but they are all en-suite - some have just a shower, some have a bath with a shower over - and they all have their own entrance which opens out onto the pleasant garden. If you are on a budget, then they are absolutely ideal - the current published rate until the end of July 2010 (excluding the World Cup period) are just R650 per room per night, including breakfast.

The breakfasts have the choice of cereals, juice and a small fry-up if you want more, served in a large dining area just off the garden, whose only downside is the slightly dated tables / chairs if I must be totally honest.

The owner, Vees, is very friendly, and he would bend over backwards to help anyone out … in fact, I know this for sure as my colleague was ’stuck’ in Jo’burg in early January as her flight home was grounded due to bad weather here in the UK, and he came out to pick her up, spent time online finding out about the next available flight for her, and also took her back to the airport the next day.

Overall, Albatross Guest House does exactly what it says on the can, so to speak !

  • Stayed: February 2010, traveled on business
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Thank TravelButlers
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Address: 15-A Agate Street | Farrarmere, Benoni 1501, South Africa
Location: South Africa > Gauteng > Greater Johannesburg > Benoni
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Ranked #17 of 43 B&Bs / Inns in Benoni
Price Range: $46 - $75 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Number of rooms: 6
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