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Mariu Guest House
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Mariu Guest House
Ranked #17 of 73 Nelspruit B&B and Inns
Sao Paulo, SP
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21 reviews
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“What a pleasant little place...”
Reviewed July 30, 2011

Great atmosphere, every room feels private and homely. My room had a nice balcony and was nicely decorated and warm, without even turning the heating on. The general design is quite interesting, both house and landscaping. Ralph, one half of the owners, was beyond friendly, attentive and a real pleasure to deal with, like an old friend.
Breakfast was quite good and offered on my balcony but I chose to go downstairs where you can have it in a cozy breakfast room or a sunlit outdoor deck. I also needed internet access briefly, which was promptly provided. I stayed only one night, but wished it was a week. I'll go back again for sure.

  • Stayed July 2011, traveled solo
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New York City, New York
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Reviewed July 15, 2011

We had a wonderful stay at Mariu Guest House! The owners, Ricky and Ralph, are knowledgable, friendly and very helpful. Rooms have air-con and heat and are spotlessly clean. Beds are comfortable and the bathrooms are very spacious. Towels are changed daily.

We planned on staying 3 nights at Mariu, but stayed 5 because we liked it so much. Breakfast was delicious, and Ricky even packed us a breakfast on the mornings we left very early for Kruger National Park (one hour drive to nearest park gate). The location was perfect, but you definitely need to rent a car to get around the surrounding area. What a lovely guesthouse and an amazing value. I will definitely stay here again next time I am in Nelspruit.

Megan & Mark (New York)

  • Stayed July 2011, traveled as a couple
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Tonbridge, United Kingdom
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Reviewed May 28, 2011

We spent a fantastic few days here .The guest house is impeccably clean and totally secure, with lovely rooms, it has everything you could possably need and if you can think of anything else Ralph and Ricky would be only to happy to find it for you.
They are perfect hosts increadibly friendly and helpful. On our first night we were without our hire car until the next morning, Ralph offered to drive us out to the reastraunt and then came back to pick us up, while Ricky spent the evening researching maps and directions for us for the next day.
They really couldn't have done any more to make our stay better.
By the time we left they felt like family and we were very sad to leave.
Ricky's breakfasts are to die for.

Room Tip: Connecting rooms great if with kids.
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  • Stayed April 2011, traveled with family
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Reviewed April 11, 2011

This is the most wonderful and calming atmosphere and the people are so friendly ! Top service !! We felt 100% safe and enjoyed the stunning view... Thanks so much Mariu Guest House.

  • Stayed April 2011
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Maputo, Mozambique
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Reviewed April 9, 2011

What a great place. The location is amazing, just off the main road, but far enough away from the highway noise. In the hills of Nelspruit - the view from some of the rooms are stunning. Amazing, very personal service from Ralph and Ricky, which was much appreciated because we had a small child and needed to do a lot of shopping. The room was beautiful and the breakfast was so nice, they even served our 4-year old's on a cute little tray and small table for her. Very well laid out rooms, and ours had a giant bathtub, comfortable bed and cute little balcony. Highly recommend, the extra few bucks you would spend on this place, versus others, is very well worth it.

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  • Stayed April 2011, traveled with family
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Johannesburg, South Africa
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Reviewed April 5, 2011

A comfortable, pleasant place to overnight on the way to the Kruger Park, or even to spend a few days if visiting Nelspruit. Ricky and Ralph are friendly and helpful and laid back. Reasonable rates, and rooms with universal appeal. We did not have breakfast so cannot comment on that.

  • Stayed March 2011, traveled with family
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Maputo, Mozambique
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Reviewed March 28, 2011

We were treated wonderfully. Ralph and Ricky, the owners, were most welcoming and flexible when it came to our needs. Traveling with a 1 year old baby can be quite stressful, but the Mariu Guest House provided us with two wonderful rooms, extra bedding for the baby and were continuously helpful.
The rooms offer a tranquil ambiance, inspired by Eastern interiors, with small terraces where we would have our wine whilst watching the sunset and the rain pour down from above. Ralph would always bring enough wine glasses, and plates and cutlery for the cheeses we bought.
The location is quiet and we were surrounded by a lot of green.
The breakfast is served at your doorstep, where we sat and ate on the terrace. The second day, the weather was miserable and it would not stop raining. Ralph and Ricky offered us their own home, where a table was beautifully set up and as we ate, the baby was entertained by the cute yorkshire terriers walking around.

Overall, a wonderful experience and relaxing home away from home!

  • Stayed March 2011, traveled with family
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Additional Information about Mariu Guest House

Property: Mariu Guest House
Address: 8 Augusta St | Sonheuwel, Nelspruit 1200, South Africa
Location: South Africa > Mpumalanga > Nelspruit
Amenities:
Free Parking Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
Ranked #17 of 73 B&Bs / Inns in Nelspruit
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Number of rooms: 9
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Mariu Guesthouse is situated in Mpumalanga Nelspruit. The guesthouse is nestled on a hill surrounded by indigenous flora with stunning views of breathtaking countryside. The lodge is only minutes away from the excitement that Nelspruit has to offer and center to the many Lowveld attractions, ie the Kruger National Park and scenery routes. We offer 9 luxurious double en-suite rooms with private entrance/balconies and or patios. We invite you to come and relax in your luxurious room, or cool down in our pool while enjoying the splendid garden. Meals if selected will be served to your room so no time is wasted on your stay. ... more   less 
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