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Marben Manor Guest House
Ranked #8 of 62 Kempton Park B&B and Inns
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12 reviews
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“Thank goodness for Marben!”
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
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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
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 89 helpful votes
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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  • Disliked — Nothing
  • Stayed October 2008, traveled as a couple
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McLean, VA
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Reviewed June 29, 2008

We had not planned on staying at Marben Manor, but our travel agent mistakenly booked us into Africasky for only one night instead of two, and they were full. They graciously called Marben Manor which was nearby and they took us immediately. I loved it. The owners, Yvonne and Wllem, treated us like family. Since it was late and dark, they fed us a lovely dinner (totally unexpected) and sat and chatted with us during dinner and breakfast the next day. The house is very comfortable. They put us up in the wing of the house where they live, as opposed to the wing they added on for the B&B. The only drawback was the bathrooms were across the hall instead of in our rooms. (there were four of us) But they did everything they could to make us feel welcome and comfortable. They have five friendly dogs, which we loved.

The house is convenient to the Johannesburg airport. What a lovely find!

  • Liked — The hosts welcomed us into their home and treated us like family.
  • Disliked — we were in their part of the house with the bathrooms across the hall.
  • Stayed June 2008, traveled with family
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Reviewed April 13, 2008

We stayed 2 nights in March, 2008 with our 3 kids ages, 6, 15, &17, in 2 lovely spotlessly, clean rooms, with nice added touches. It is affordable luxury (great linens). Guest house owners met us at the airport in 2 nice cars; they had lovely sandwiches and tea ready for us, since it was 11 pm and we had been flying for 20 plus hours from Toronto. We felt so comfortable and safe. The pool area is very pretty and relaxing. They have a tennis court and racquets avail for use. They will provide dinner if you let them know in the morning. The breakfasts were delicious, with eggs made to order. The service and warmth you feel from Willem and Yvonne the owners, is very genuine and welcoming. It was our first time to Africa, and our 6 yr old son just felt so at home the minute we arrived. Yvonne had made sure they had his favourite cereal on hand. After the kids were in bed my husband and I enjoyed some nice wine by the pool. IT was just so pleasant all around. Would highly recommend this guest house. Property is perfect for needing to be close to airport and also great for day tours from Johberg, since it's easy to get to. Grounds are well manicured and large.

  • Liked — immediate comfort, genuine hosts, pretty gardens, great room
  • Stayed March 2008, traveled with family
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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 62 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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