Upon arriving at this castle-like accommodation in Johannesburg, we were shown our room and the breakfast room and then left on our own to explore the hotel. We discovered a pool, caged exotic birds, a balcony/smoking room and that our hotel was attached to a private residence. Needless to say, it would have been much more welcoming to have had a proper introduction to the surroundings. In an effort to get more information about the neighborhood we attempted to call the house manager, who apparently leaves the premises promptly at 5pm--we arrived at 5:01, on her cell phone, which she leaves available to all guests. After leaving 2 messages and not getting a return call, we simply gave up. In addition to the poor service the budget rooms, as they call them, are extremely loud. Although the price is right, it is not worth the noisy location, i.e. the neighboring room's T.V., the squawking birds at sunrise and some sort of hammering noise that lasted for several hours into the night. When I asked the manager about the hammering the next day she informed me she had no idea since she doesn't spend the night at the hotel. During our stay there were three other guests who seemed to be in town for business purposes rather than personal travel. Only if I could splurge for a high-end room (and if I could expense it, all the better) and knew my way around the neighborhood and city, would I stay here again.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The passion, charm, colours, luminosity and timeless quality of this beautiful guest house consistently draws guests from all over the world into invigorating social exchange - yet also allows for gentle non intrusive privacy. Set high above the heart of Melville with splendid views over a forested Johannesburg and 70km on to the Magaliesberg. Each of the fourteen en-suite rooms has a unique sense of style and design, some with their own conservatory, balcony and fireplace. Beautiful bathrooms with large showers and deep baths. Spectacular breakaway lounges and swimming pool. The gentle hearts, softness of smiles, the warmness and memorable breakfast’s, imbues care to all who have found this home from home. Designed to provide memorable accommodation for well- informed international travellers that seek the best that Johannesburg and South Africa can offer, at affordable prices.A Room With A View is beautifully situated in the heart of Johannesburg’s most blessed parklands and also close to every necessary amenity. More than just B&B or guesthouse accommodation, rather like a boutique hotel.The timeless quality of this magnificent guesthouse and bed and breakfast consistently draws visitors from all over the world into invigorating social exchanges – yet allows for gentle, non- intrusive privacy.A spectacular high visitor’s lounge is open to all, with handy catering facilities, making it conducive to socializing while also providing you with a venue to entertain your own Johannesburg guests. A Roman- style swimming pool and surrounds offer outdoor relaxation throughout Johannesburg’s glorious 8 month summer season. Two conference rooms, each accommodating up to 14 delegates are served with wholesome lunches and beverages to order. With free internet and satellite DSTV, why stay in Sandton or Randburg if you can have luxury accommodation nearby in Melville and more. ... more less