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African Pride Melrose Arch Hotel
Ranked #6 of 68 Hotels in Johannesburg
Certificate of Excellence
Rainham, Kent, United Kingdom
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63 reviews
29 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
“Good, safe, secure, quirky!”
Reviewed July 31, 2012

A good hotel for business and perfectly placed for the excellent meat feast of a restaurant opposite - The Meat Co.

My room was generally clean and a little quirky in their design (gloss red cupboards and open bathroom where you can watch TV while relaxing in a deep and interestingly shaped bath.

Breakfast was good - not brilliant. And the bar area was quite inviting and contemporary.

Service was good and obliging although wifi just didn't work for my entire stay,

  • Stayed October 2011, traveled on business
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APMelroseArch, General Manager at African Pride Melrose Arch Hotel, responded to this review, August 16, 2012
Dear RSL72

Thank you for staying with us and your excellent feedback!
We have made it our mission to offer the best breakfast in JHB, I am sure on your return you will enjoy our new selection! 
We are in the process of upgrading our Internet service which will ensure speed and reliability.
I am very pleased to hear that you enjoyed your room, and our facilities!
Travel well - see you soon!
Best regards
Jean-Claude & TEAM
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Reviewed July 29, 2012

The hotel is in a safe area with shops and restaurants to hand, meaning that unlike many other places, as a female staying here alone I feel comfortable going for a walk around to get some air. Have stayed here a few times and the staff are always helpful, the rooms and bathrooms are large and comfortable and the pool area is very nice.
Its a sort of boutique style decor but true to Africa.
You can use the nearby Virgin Active gym, which is a huge, really nice one. Try nearby Tasha's for breakfast or lunch - its Ottolenghi at a quarter of the price !

  • Stayed July 2012, traveled on business
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APMelroseArch, General Manager at African Pride Melrose Arch Hotel, responded to this review, August 16, 2012
Dear Holsandbus

For single lady travellers - there is no better place to stay in JHB!
Luxurious accommodation, safety, amazing food, service, and loads of shopping!
Thank you for staying with us, and for your great feedback!
The TEAM look forward to hosting you again - safe travels!
Jean-Claude & TEAM
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Portland, Oregon
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 48 helpful votes
Reviewed July 8, 2012

Great hotel, fantastic service and perfect bathrooms.
Location is safe with great restaurants just across the street. Spend some time here 6 years ago and the experience is still the same.

  • Stayed July 2012, traveled on business
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, General Manager at African Pride Melrose Arch Hotel, responded to this review, July 11, 2012
Dear Reeijm
It is a great pity we haven’t seen you in 6 years, however it is excellent to host you again!!!
Thank you for coming back, and for your feedback!
Our location is ideal for all travelers, the Hotel and Melrose Arch precinct has a myriad of retail, and dining options available.
Next time try our March Restaurant - Chef’s Deconstructed Venison Pie is amazing.
We look forward to having you back again!
Jean-Claude & TEAM
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Reviewed June 24, 2012

We stayed for 4 days at this wonderful spot. We reside in Australia but are south Africans . Service was excellent as was the room and breakfast dining area. Buffet and quality/quantity of portions excellent. Coffee in front of the fire in the coffee library wonderful. Location fantastic as its in a quaint area with all shops restaurants and cafes in minues walk from hotel. Breakfast room staff, reception staff and doorman could not do enough to assist. Pure luxury in very safe/secure environment. We have stayed here twice in two years and prefer it to previous stays in hotels nearer sandtone city. Lovely to eat in vibey environment at night without having to travel by car. If you want a good rest and eateries and shops at your door, in a safe location its a great spot. would definitely stay here again. In particular staff hospitality and staff helpful/friendly and couldn't do enough for us

  • Stayed June 2012, traveled as a couple
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, General Manager at African Pride Melrose Arch Hotel, responded to this review, June 29, 2012
Dear Bushk
It is a privilege and pleasure to host you!
The TEAM really appreciate your feedback – a special thanks for your mention regarding our service culture and delivery!
We look forward to being your “home” every time you travel back to SA!
See you soon!
Best regards
Jean-Claude & TEAM
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Reviewed June 15, 2012 via mobile

In a trendy section of Johannesburg one would expect a trendy, upscale hotel and this is it. Staff are well trained and attentive. The Library bar is nicely designed. Too bad their outdoor seating doesn't have a smoking area for cigar fans. The rooms are spacious and airy. One criticism: the dresser is adjacent to the bed on one side. Although a space for the phone is built in it seems awkward. Overall it is a strong alternative to the W, Four Seasons or Ritz Carlton.

  • Stayed June 2012
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, General Manager at African Pride Melrose Arch Hotel, responded to this review, June 29, 2012
Dear 007…HotelSpy55!
Thank you for staying with us, and for the feedback!
I am pleased to hear you had an excellent stay - the Hotel and Melrose Arch precinct is the best address to visit when in JHB!
We are in the process of looking at enhancing our hotel, with a planned refurbishment on the cards, I will raise your comments with our design TEAM.
Look forward to hosting you again!
Jean-Claude & TEAM
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Johannesburg, South Africa
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Reviewed June 15, 2012

We attended an engagement party in the Melrose Arch Hotel penthouse suite - WOW! such luxury. We were treated to our own 2 barmen, 1 hostess, Executive Chef and assistant Chef. I felt like a princess. Welcome drinks were an array of different alcoholic and non-alcoholic cocktails at the pool area before we proceeded to the 5th floor. The food was superb, the service was fantastic and the decor and ambience was faultless. A fabulous evening all round.

  • Stayed July 2011, traveled as a couple
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, General Manager at African Pride Melrose Arch Hotel, responded to this review, June 29, 2012
Dear Lucrecia1511
I had a look at your pics – coupled with your excellent feedback, and speaking to the TEAM, sounds like you guys had a party to remember!
At the African Pride Melrose Arch our purpose is around creating special memories – we are thrilled to hear that we exceeded your expectations!
We look forward to welcoming you back, possibly for a honeymoon party….enjoy the wedding!!
All the best.
Jean-Claude & TEAM
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Johannesburg, South Africa
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 40 helpful votes
Reviewed June 3, 2012

Loved it, centrally located in Melrose Arch, crawling distance to all restaurants. Arrived at 2pm, check in took a bit long and they gave us a smoking room. They changed it very quickly for us. Went down to the pool for some oysters and champagne, exqusite. Check out was seemeless.

Room Tip: noise off the street can be loud but then it was new years eve!!
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  • Stayed December 2011, traveled as a couple
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APMelroseArch, General Manager at African Pride Melrose Arch Hotel, responded to this review, June 7, 2012
Dear Seanvaderwalker
Champagne and oysters are the call of the day - glad to hear you had a moment to enjoy it all!
Thank you very much for saying with us, and for commenting on your excellent stay. Please accept my apology for the delay on arrival, I will look into this with the Front Office TEAM. The Melrose Arch precinct is great, and has a myriad of activities to complement the hotels services and facilities.
We look forward to having you back!
See you soon.
Jean-Claude & TEAM
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Property: African Pride Melrose Arch Hotel
Address: 1 Melrose Street, Johannesburg 2196, South Africa
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Location: South Africa > Gauteng > Greater Johannesburg > Johannesburg
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Center with Internet Access Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#4 Romantic Hotel in Johannesburg
#6 Luxury Hotel in Johannesburg
#6 Family Hotel in Johannesburg
#8 Business Hotel in Johannesburg
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:5 star — African Pride Melrose Arch Hotel 5*
Number of rooms: 118
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
African Pride Melrose Arch Hotel has become an international destination in its own right, attracting discerning GUESTS who take pleasure in modern elegance and sophistication. Sheer style and individuality is what redefines the travel experience when staying at Africa's first truly HIP 5-star Hotel. The luxurious African Pride Melrose Arch Hotel, Johannesburg, South Africa is situated within the exclusive urban Melrose Arch lifestyle development, a "city within a city", that offers an extensive array of shops and restaurants to be explored. So, if shopping is on the cards, you couldn't ask for a better position. The entire Melrose Arch precinct is patrolled by 24 hour Security and monitored by CCTV surveillance for peace-of-mind comfort. If you want to arrive in style, simply book a transfer in one of our luxury vehicles. Engulf yourself in the trendy precinct that is Melrose Arch, which offers GUESTS everything and more at your doorstep. Loosen your tie and make your way outside to the Pool Bar. Make use of our complimentary internet access, take off your shoes and have lunch at our unique tables that sit in shallow water; perfect for that midday cool down. Want to get out and explore? With the vast attractions that Johannesburg has to offer, why not visit the nearby Military Museum or the musical landmark of Sophia Town; both of which have played huge roles in the history of our country. With so much to do within close proximity, a visit to our own March Restaurant is a must and offers a truly sensual dining experience; where decor meets a whimsical fusion of international flavours and cooking techniques.Too early for bed? Make yourself comfortable in the leather couches of the Library Bar. Indulge in a nightcap and be kept company by a selection of great authors. ... more   less 
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