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“Very comfortable and homely” 5 of 5 stars
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Ginnegaap Guesthouse
Ranked #6 of 278 Johannesburg B&B and Inns
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llandudno
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“Very comfortable and homely”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 26, 2012

A very good find the room was large and comfortable staff very friendly. Tomas and Corileen were great . We enjoyed a brilliant day out with Jacob On a tour of Soweto and the inner city very informative highly recommended. Breakfasts were to die for .Melville 7th street 5mins walk good selection of bars and restaurants. Will definitely return a great start to a great holiday . Thankyou.

  • Stayed October 2012, traveled as a couple
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Thank ritaLlandudno
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Corlien P, Owner at Ginnegaap Guesthouse, responded to this review, January 6, 2013
We are so glad that you had a good experience at Ginnegaap and that you enjoyed our rooms, service and breakfast. Nothing is as important to us as a happy guest!
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 1, 2012

We only spent one night at this nice guesthouse in Jo`burg and really enjoyed it as fantastic start in our south africa holidays with the warm and welcoming greeting from one of the staff, called patience:)
The guesthouse has nice and charming rooms and everything is very clean.
We also enjoyed the extensive breakfast with the lovely viev of the nice garden with all its nice flowers and please also try the omelet, only recommended:) The district melville in Jo´burg is safe and pretty nice and also suitable for nice restaurants.

  • Stayed September 2012, traveled as a couple
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Bilbao, Spain
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 16, 2012

The Ginnegaap is a lovely guesthouse in Melville. The staff was very helpful and the morning breakfast was excellent.

  • Stayed July 2012, traveled on business
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Tokyo
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 12, 2012

I liked the spacious, well-appointed rooms and the cooked breakfasts. The staff was very helpful and gave me lots of good suggestions on what to see and do. I was a bit surprised by the number of keys I had to carry around (four) but this is probably a necessary evil in Johannesburg!

Room Tip: The rooms in the building at the back of the section are larger and more luxurious.
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  • Stayed July 2012, traveled solo
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Thank TobiasTokyo
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Granville, Illinois
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 2, 2012

The Ginnegaap is a lovely guesthouse in the Melville section of Joburg. We enjoyed strolling near the guesthouse and sampling the excellent resaurants nearby. The family who owns the guesthouse made our stay special by providing us with transportation, tours, and much good information. Patience greeted us warmly and was there to answer our questions. The room was comfortable and large. The whole guesthouse was artistically decorated. The Ginnegaap is a great find.

  • Stayed June 2012, traveled with family
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, Owner at Ginnegaap Guesthouse, responded to this review, July 4, 2012
I am so glad that you and your family enjoyed your stay at Ginnegaap. Me and my staff also want to thank you for telling others about our great place. It is much appreciated! Corlien and staff.
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 19, 2011

We just had one night and we came with a 1-year-old and a 3-year-old. We brought our own crib and used the sofa and a bed for our older child.

The second-floor, private entrance, self-catering apartment where we stayed was spacious, with a separate bedroom, small kitchenette with bar seating, and small living room area with tv and very small table. The sofa pulls out into a bed, but there were no sheets for the sofa as best I could tell and it was too late at night to bother asking the staff (though, to be fair, we were told we could bother them at any time). We just used the extra blanket in the bedroom as a sheet and it was fine.

Perhaps as a result of being on the second floor and also closer to the street than the main building rooms, traffic noise was a minor nuisance. The road is not a major one nor particularly busy, but with all the windows open, we could hear every car that drove by. No trouble sleeping, though, even the baby.

It was warm, though not scorching, in Jo-burg, and air con would have been nice. But as this place is just a 3-star, I suppose it is fine to make do with the one large fan, which we used all night long. Unfortunately, the windows have no screens, so the bugs were free to fly in all day and night. Our baby got very badly bitten up by the mosquitos. Since this is not in a malaria zone, this is not a matter of life and death, but it is still a problem I think.

Two other minor things: the bathtub had a bit of detectable mildew, but nothing too bad, and for anyone that is tall (I'm 6'4"), there is a bulkhead in the hallway that is a hazard. I had to duck, and it's kind of lucky that I never actually hit my head on it. If you are 6'2" or shorter you're probably in the clear.

Now the pros:

The grounds were beautiful and serene. Lots of great restaurants walking distance away. Included breakfast was high quality and served with a smile.

Wifi was free and not too slow. We were not charged extra for the kids, despite the booking site's warnings. Parking was free. Security seemed very solid, even over the top (though I know people are always worried in jozi).

We would potentially stay here again, despite the negatives, but I would probably try to get a room In the main house (if we could fit)!

  • Stayed December 2011
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1 Thank ridiculogic
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 3, 2011

We spent two nights here recently, before and after a trip to Durban. Ginnegaap creates a great first impression: it's a lovely place and we got a great welcome. Both rooms were very attractive, comfortable, and equipped with thoughtful extras, such as a really good range of current magazines, wine glasses (and cork screw!). Restful colour schemes and plenty of natural light help to create a really pleasant feel to the bedrooms and also the breakfast room. There are also plenty of spaces to sit outside and appreciate the garden. Breakfast was delicious: some imaginative choices alongside the usual breakfast staples. The location in Melville is ideal - just a quick walk to some great bars and cafes. (We particularly liked Melon, Lucky Bean, and De La Creme.) The owner took the time to introduce herself and ensure that we were comfortable and happy. We both instantly loved the place, and will definitely stay there again when we visit Johannesburg in future.

  • Stayed September 2011, traveled as a couple
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Property: Ginnegaap Guesthouse
Address: 54 4th AVE | Melville, Johannesburg 2092, South Africa
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Location: South Africa > Gauteng > Greater Johannesburg > Johannesburg
Amenities:
Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Kitchenette Suites Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
Ranked #6 of 278 B&Bs / Inns in Johannesburg
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:3 star — Ginnegaap Guesthouse 3*
Number of rooms: 12
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Ginnegaap Guest House in Melville is a charming cottage-style house in one of the oldest and most vibrant suburbs in Johannesburg. This highly recommended and trendy establishment with its 12 tastefully decorated en-suite bedrooms offer business and holiday makers a warm, friendly and comfortable home from home.Within walking distance from quaint coffee shops, restaurants, art galleries, book stores and antique shops, Ginnegaap is your perfect escape in the buzzing city of Johannesburg. Stylish rooms, great breakfasts, friendly and caring staff, affordable and spotlessly clean! ... more   less 
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