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Review of Marben Manor Guest House

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Marben Manor Guest House
Ranked #8 of 65 Kempton Park B&B and Inns
sydney. australia
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11 reviews
8 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
“very relaxed comfortable atmosphere”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 12, 2011

i stayed here for one night before flying back home to australia. the airport transfers were included. the rooms were very large with a lovely bathroom large comfortable bed tv, lounge chairs, very clean and looked out onto the pool. the dinner and breakfast were both lovely and i felt very comfortable and relaxed while there. i will deffinately use them again, thanks to wild wings safari's for recommending and booking me in.

  • Stayed May 2011, traveled solo
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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  • Sleep Quality
    5 of 5 bubbles
  • Location
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Rooms
    5 of 5 bubbles
  • Service
    5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    5 of 5 bubbles
  • Cleanliness
    5 of 5 bubbles
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Maryland
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41 reviews
32 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 55 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 25, 2011

This is a wonderful guesthouse nearby the airport, and an excellent place to stay for anyone travelling on a tighter budget or not wanting to stay at the “higher-end” guesthouses. This is truly great value for the money, with the added bonus of free airport transfers. The grounds are large and well manicured, with a tennis court & swimming pool, and the hosts let us wander about on our own. It was a gated property and we felt very safe. I believe they have nine rooms, most of which are doubles.
While it does not have all the amenities of a 5-star rated accommodation – fancy soaps/lotions/shampoo/conditioner, thick mattresses & multiple pillows, fancy showers, under-floor heating, A/C – our room was spacious, clean and very comfortable. It doesn’t appear that they have a liquor license and beer/wine/soft drinks were not available to purchase. They do have a tea/coffee station and fridge in the room. All rooms have a non-smoking policy.
While not fancy, it fits into the “home-away-from-home” category, complete with pets. Perhaps as testament to the great deal this guesthouse offers, it appears that mid-level South African businessmen use the guesthouse regularly– during our stay we interacted with a number of locals.
If I had to find something to improve on, there would be two things: one was that the pillows were flat and not very supportive, and two, the water pressure in the shower would come & go if someone else was using water; but with some folding of the pillow and timing of the shower, these weren’t a problem.
The hosts were absolutely wonderful and helped us with any request we had. They truly bent over backwards to help us and make our stay more enjoyable – more so than any of the many guesthouse or B&B owners we’ve interacted with. I would happily stay there again.

  • Stayed March 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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1 Thank mjabdy
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Barcelona
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31 reviews
21 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 25, 2010

One night stay between flights. It really couldn't have been better. Were picked up from the airport and taken back the next morning. Fantastic evening meal and breakfast the next morning. The hospitality of the owners is outstanding. The children loved playing with their dogs!

  • Stayed August 2010, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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3 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 15, 2010

This was a lovely overnight stay in Johannesburg. With alot of JetLag and only needing a place for the night, this was perfect. Met at the airport by the owner (and driven back in the morning).. his wife cooked a fabulous dinner and breakfast (dinner was only $7 AUD per person - breakfast included) . Group dining in the formal dining room was great to get to know other guests. The accomodation is above average and very comfortable. The grounds are secured and beautiful..

  • Stayed November 2009, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank JennThorley
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new york city
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12 reviews
11 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 20, 2010

When you have a major hiccup during your honeymoon(getting kicked off a flight due to lack of empty pages in your passport for visa stamps), it is great to have someone who you could call last minute, pick you up from the airport at 12am and accommodate you with their hospitality. Yvonne and Willem of the Marben Manor Guest House were a blessing when my wife and I needed housing for the night on January 11. Yes, the guest room was amazing, as was the breakfast, however, their hospitality is number 1 in my book and when I return to Johannesburg, I will be sure to stay with them again. Thank you so much Yvonne & Willem! - Gemma & Patrick

  • Stayed January 2010, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank pebo1080
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Seattle
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5 reviews
5 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 23, 2009

Willem runs a fantastically clean, warm and hospitable guest house in the Jo'burg suburb of Kempton Park, right near the airport. Besides being a delightful and erudite conversationalist, Willem's hospitality makes you feel like you are staying in a private home (which, ultimately, this is) rather than a lodging business. After a whirlwind trip of five southern African countries, arriving at Marben Manor was just what the doctor ordered -- a clean, comfortable room; a home-cooked beef stew dinner; and stimulating, relaxing conversation over dinner with other farflung guests.

  • Stayed April 2009, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank vulcantrader
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Northern Ireland, United Kingdom
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101 reviews
60 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 90 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 15, 2008

Marben Manor is just wonderful.
Yvonne picked us up from the airport (we had arrived on an earlier flight than planned but that was no problem to her).
The location is so convenient to the airport and the accommodation is just perfect - lovely rooms, gardens and the dining room is so beautiful.
Williem drove us to a nearby restaurant in the evening where we enjoyed a lovely meal and drove us home again.
The breakfast was first class.
Nothing is too much trouble for either Yvonne or Williem
They were able to give us advice on taking a tour of Johannesburg and Soweto and we booked that with Guardian Travel (whom Williem recommended) and we were not disappointed.
The only regret we had was we were only there for the one night.
If returning to Johannesburg we will certainly return to Marben Manor.

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  • Stayed October 2008, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Service
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Business service (e.g., internet access)
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Thank rivercross
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Additional Information about Marben Manor Guest House

Property: Marben Manor Guest House
Address: 163 Bon Cretion Street | Pomona, Kempton Park 1619, South Africa
Location: South Africa > Gauteng > Greater Johannesburg > Kempton Park
Amenities:
Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
Ranked #8 of 65 B&Bs / Inns in Kempton Park
Number of rooms: 7
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Affordable luxury accommodation in a rural setting offering free English breakfast. Away from the city noises, but conveniently close to Johannesburg Airport and all other major routes to Johannesburg, Pretoria and Mpumalanga. Home cooked dinners availabe upon request. ... more   less 

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