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Melrose Place Guest Lodge
Ranked #25 of 298 Johannesburg B&B and Inns
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed March 25, 2013

Melrose beat my expectations by a yard! We stayed there only for two days at the tail end of our honeymoon, and given that we had already spent over a week travelling around SA, this hotel was just what we needed to relax and unwind before travelling back home. The reception was warm and our room very comfortable. They accorded us an extremely late check out (we really should have been charged for an extra day!) and also helped us with lots of information about conveniences around the Melrose area. I would return and recommend it to everyone, especially if large impersonal hotels are not your cup of tea. Didn't see a gym or fitness centre but the pool is lovely!

  • Stayed: January 2013, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed March 22, 2013

We had a lovely and very comfortable stay at Melrose Place. It is a great location...easy to get pretty much everywhere. The beds were SO comfortable. The size of the place was perfect also, its not tiny (so you don't feel like you are being watched all the time) but small enough to feel comfortable and enjoy the surroundings. It was such a lovely place to return to after being in the hustle and bustle (and traffic) of Jo'Burg. The best part of this guest house was the staff!!! They were all warm and inviting...

We will stay here again!

  • Stayed: March 2013, traveled on business
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Thank meg043
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Reviewed March 21, 2013

Melrose Place Guest Lodge is this wonderful, tranquil surprise in Johannesburg. You couldn't get a more welcoming reception on arrival from Sue (owner) and her friendly staff. Our room was beautifully furnished and the bed was so, so comfy. The garden and pool were attractive and lovely to look out on from the large friendly breakfast room. Although a little apprehensive when we first arrived, we felt very safe walking locally in the Melrose area and found a wonderful bistro cafe, Voodoo Lily, at the Birdhaven shops about 5 minutes walk away. Sue organised a day tour of Johannesburg & Soweto for us using a private taxi, which included a visit to the Apartheid museum, a not to be missed experience. We much preferred staying here than to a hotel and will be back very soon! If you have the same misfortune as I did and require emergency dental treatment, Sue can point you in the direction of her superb dentist in Birdhaven!!

  • Stayed: March 2013, traveled with family
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Reviewed March 15, 2013

What a pleasant suprise! not a Hotel, not a guest house, but a warm welcoming place in a concrete jungle.
Melrose place has 30 rooms/suites and a large friendly breakfast room next to the the pool.
almost every kind of tree can be found in the the grounds and the stall are friendly and keen to help. this oasis is run by Sue who will organise everything during your stay from a private taxi to collect you from the airport and run you around during your stay, to tours of places of interest, to organising drinks and snacks when you find yourslf suddenly back at the lodge early. An evening meal is available, book before 3pm.
Johannesburg has a fearsome reputation for crime and so a trip there was a little worring but we walked down to Rosebank, where there are many restaurants and shops and on sunday a fascinating rooftop African market. We walked back and fore to work daily and eat out locally each evening and did not see anything untoward or disturbing, but a purchase of the local paper on the fourth day really did open our eyes and made us a little more cautious.
Johannesburg has a bad reputation and it would be foolish to ignore it but we travelled safely and eat well.
A lodge like Melrose Place makes a lot of difference and I think is probally more secure than most mainstream hotels, it certainly makes you feel a lot more comfortable.

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  • Stayed: March 2013, traveled on business
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426sue, Owner at Melrose Place Guest Lodge, responded to this reviewResponded March 16, 2013

Thank you so much for your review, we are so pleased that you enjoyed your stay at Melrose Place and that you felt well looked after and comfortable. We strive to make a home for every guest and always look forward to your return on another trip. As you saw during your stay there are so many visitors from all over the world doing business or vacationing here in Johannesburg and there is no need to be fearful at all as long as you are sensible. We are very pleased that nothing was as daunting as you were led to believe and that you felt secure at all times.
best wishes sue and staff

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Reviewed January 24, 2013

Sue and the staff at Melrose Place Guest Lodge are fantastic! They went out of their way to ensure we were comfortable when visitng Jo'burg and when our baby was sick and made us feel at home. The accommodation is comfortable, clean and the grounds are beautiful and relaxing. We will definitely stay again when we return to SA!

  • Stayed: January 2013, traveled with family
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Reviewed November 9, 2012

I've just come back from a week in Johannesburgh for work. Melrose guest house felt like home from home! Sue (the owner) and her staff were extremely welcoming and friendly. The whole place had a relaxed, warm, cosy feel.

So much nicer than staying in yet another hotel chain!

My room was large, elegantly furnished and spotless. Breakfast and dinner you eat with the other guests and it was lovely opportunity to meet new people, do some networking and swap travel tips! I was travelling with a colleague, but it would be an ideal place to stay as a single traveller. The food was proper home cooking, delicious - again so much nicer than most large hotels (I've stayed in a few).

A couple of things to mention - the wifi was a little up and down and you don't get an iron and ironing board in your room (one was available in the laundry room but as i was out all day it would have been really help to have one in my room). They also don't serve food on a Sunday (apart from breakfast) but there are some lovely restaurants within walking distance (quite safe to walk too). I can recommend the Greek restaurant - sorry can't remember the name.

None of these things should put you off - the pros completely outway the cons, those points just stopped me giving it 5 stars! I highly recommend it!

  • Stayed: November 2012, traveled on business
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Reviewed November 9, 2012

Stayed here last week for a few days. Excellent accommodation and service and very well located if you have business across town. Also handy for Melrose arch restaurants. Also found very interesting range of guests from around the world. Also one of best breakfasts had in an SA guest house.

  • Stayed: November 2012, traveled on business
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Address: 12A North Street | Melrose, Johannesburg 2196, South Africa
Location: South Africa > Gauteng > Greater Johannesburg > Johannesburg
Amenities:
Free Parking Restaurant Swimming Pool Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
Ranked #25 of 298 B&Bs / Inns in Johannesburg
Price Range: $81 - $119 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3.5 star — Melrose Place Guest Lodge 3.5*
Number of rooms: 30
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The Country Home in the heart of Johannesburg. Centrally situated between Rosebank and Sandton. Melrose Place offers luxurious en-suite accommodation and has earned its reputation by providing warm hospitality and excellent service, making it a true home from home for the discerning guest. The wonderful garden shaded by many trees sets off the swimming pool where guests can take time out to relax from the pace of their travels. Secure parking. Complimentary gym access, complimentary Wi-Fi. Perfect base for the business and leisure traveler. ... more   less 
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