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Melvin Residence Guest House
Ranked #12 of 372 Pretoria B&B and Inns
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed November 22, 2012

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Very good price/performance
Very good breakfast
very nice building
Sympathetic owner with good tips
Directly at the Union buildings, in the safe Arcadia quarter
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We asked on beforehand via email to check in a little bit earlier, as we arrived in Joburg with an overnight flight and wanted to get some sleep before exploring Pretoria. Piet wrote us back that we could not check in earlier as the room had to be serviced first. Although Piet to me seems to be a very nice guy, regarding check-in, he should definitely show a little bit more flexibility. I am quite sure that one of the rooms could have been ready before 2 pm.

In total: 5 stars!

Stayed: October 2012, traveled as a couple
Thank Dirk D
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PietvanBiljon, Owner at Melvin Residence Guest House, responded to this reviewResponded April 6, 2014

Thank you for your kind review. We are glad that you enjoyed your stay with us. We always enjoy getting feedback from our guests. Hope to welcome you back again soon! Regards Piet & Elize van Biljon

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Reviewed November 8, 2012

Located on a quiet and fairly steep side street in a nice part of Pretoria, the guest house is a lovely Victorian style home set in a garden oasis. Gated access ensures good security.

The rooms are separate from the house and are clean and satisfactory, with a nice verandah in front which is a pleasant and peaceful spot to relax and take in the view of the city.

We enjoyed eating the delicious cooked breakfast in the sun trap just outside the breakfast room in amongst the greenery.

Piet the owner was very helpful with restaurant suggestions, a tour guide recommendation, calling taxis and even assisted when I required some dental work by setting me up with an appointment at a convenient time!

Stayed: April 2012, traveled as a couple
Thank Vancana
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PietvanBiljon, Owner at Melvin Residence Guest House, responded to this reviewResponded April 6, 2014

Thank you for your kind review. We are glad that you enjoyed your stay with us. We always enjoy getting feedback from our guests. Hope to welcome you back again soon! Regards Piet & Elize van Biljon

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Reviewed October 28, 2012

Being in Pretoria, I stayed here for a night with my family. The house is really beautiful and rooms are very spacious and comfortable. Breakfast is outstanding in quality and presentation. Let me say that we made a very good election when choosing Melvin Residence. I strongly recommend this place.

  • Stayed: October 2012, traveled with family
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Thank Celestino S
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PietvanBiljon, Owner at Melvin Residence Guest House, responded to this reviewResponded April 6, 2014

Thank you for your kind review. We always enjoy getting feedback from our guests. Hope to welcome you back again soon! Regards Piet & Elize van Biljon

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Reviewed October 25, 2012

This is such a beautiful, tranquil place. I stayed here for for a week and have already booked another couple of visits. It is great being in a place you can safely walked to good restaurants and places of interest.

  • Stayed: October 2012, traveled on business
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Thank Carol W
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PietvanBiljon, Owner at Melvin Residence Guest House, responded to this reviewResponded April 6, 2014

Thank you for your kind review. We always enjoy getting feedback from our guests. Hope to welcome you back again soon! Regards Piet & Elize van Biljon

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Reviewed September 15, 2012

I have stayed at Melvin Guest House while on business in Pretoria on more than 20 occasions so far this year - almost one or two nights a week since March 2012 - and I cannot recommend it highly enough. The historic house is beautiful, the accommodation is very comfortable and the breakfasts are exceptional. Piet and Elize (and their friendly staff) have been so hospitable and have made it home from home for me.

  • Stayed: September 2012, traveled on business
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Thank BobsCapeTown
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PietvanBiljon, Owner at Melvin Residence Guest House, responded to this reviewResponded April 6, 2014

Thank you for your kind review. It is about time you head back this way to keep an eye on the project you were busy with! Hope to welcome you back again soon! Regards Piet & Elize van Biljon

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Reviewed August 28, 2012

An excellent choice in the secure Arcadia area, next to the Union Buildings. We arrived with our rental car in Pretoria and found this lovely place to spend a night in town. The rooms are comfortable, situated in the attached building (not the one on the picture). A truly a family guest house. Good Restaurants around the corner (10 min walk).

  • Stayed: August 2012, traveled as a couple
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Thank hophi
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PietvanBiljon, Owner at Melvin Residence Guest House, responded to this reviewResponded August 30, 2012

Thank you for your kind review. We always enjoy getting feedback from our guests. Hope to welcome you back again soon! Regards Piet & Elize van Biljon

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Reviewed August 13, 2012

We stayed for 4 days to break our journey en route to a safari in Botswana.
Piet, the owner, arranged for a taxi to meet us at the airport, very welcome after a long flight from London.
The accommodation was delightful, just as described on the website. We didn't hire a car, so the location was just right, as it was in a quiet steep road, yet near a main road and walkable ( yes, we did walk and use the buses) to the Union Building and Art Museum.
Piet very helpfully recommended Cafe 41, where we went for all evening meals, as it was only a 10 minute walk away. He arranged for a guide, Ted Stilwell, to take us on a fascinating day tour of Soweto and the Apartheid Museum.
Two minor points: I would have welcomed 2 small easy chairs in the bedroom as we couldn't use the lounge in the lovingly restored main house after 8pm. The breakfast coffee was variable, but the rest of the breakfast was excellent.

  • Stayed: July 2012, traveled as a couple
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Thank Margaret L
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PietvanBiljon, Owner at Melvin Residence Guest House, responded to this reviewResponded August 27, 2012

Thank you for your kind review. We are glad that the weather was a bit better in Botswana. Our winters are very mild in Pretoria, but I would recommend that you come back in October when the Jacaranda trees are in full bloom.

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Piet & Elize van Biljon

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Additional Information about Melvin Residence Guest House

Address: 184 Pine Street | Arcadia, Pretoria 0083, South Africa
Location: South Africa > Gauteng > Pretoria
Amenities:
Free Breakfast Free Parking Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
Ranked #12 of 372 B&Bs / Inns in Pretoria
Price Range: $72 - $96 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:4 star — Melvin Residence Guest House 4*
Number of rooms: 6
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Melvin Residence is a 4 star Guest House that ideally located for doing business in Pretoria. We offer:- Four luxury double rooms with en suite showers- One standard room with an en suite bathroom One single rooms with an en suite bathrooms- Private entrances with comfortable relaxation areas - An awesome view over the capital city- All rooms are fully air-conditioned- Easy access to highways leading north and south - Secure, fenced parking- Non-intrusive, but welcoming service. ... more   less 
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