Pablo House
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Pablo House

3 4th Avenue Melville, Johannesburg 2092 South Africa
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Room & Suite (33)
Dining (19)

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#2 of 146 guest houses in Johannesburg
4.9 of 5 bubbles
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We are a botique tree-top guest house in Johannesburg situated on the highest point in Melville with views across the Koppies towards Sandton. Pablo House has 8 rooms some with views, others with terraces all en-suite with rain showers, netflix TV’s and super comfy king beds. Our newly added restaurant “Pablo Dos Manos” is open for our guests - serving pizza and other delicious items cooked in our wood burning oven. They newly installed pool is also a treat to cool off on a hot day with a cold beverage which can be brought down to you. Pablo House have 24hour staff on duty to make sure you always have someone to help with whatever you need. Come stay at Pablo House and see what you think!
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Property amenities
Free parking
Free High Speed Internet (WiFi)
Pool
Free breakfast
Airport transportation
Baggage storage
Outdoor furniture
Private check-in / check-out
Wifi
Bar / lounge
Restaurant
Snack bar
Shared kitchen
Sun terrace
Dry cleaning
Laundry service
Ironing service
Room features
Housekeeping
Bottled water
Clothes rack
Minibar
Refrigerator
Room types
Non-smoking rooms
Suites
Family rooms
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HOTEL CLASS
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4.0 of 5 stars
HOTEL STYLE
Romantic
Charming
Languages Spoken
English

Location

3 4th Avenue Melville, Johannesburg 2092 South Africa
Getting there
Car recommended
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Grade: 46 out of 100
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Johannesburg Intl Airport
Lanseria Airport
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Fran S wrote a review May 2020
Wilmington, North Carolina65 contributions21 helpful votes
+1
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Pablo House is the absolute warm and welcoming. Gorgeous art, stylish furniture, beautiful views. I felt taken care of. I chose the loft apartment because I need AC and it has a lovely claw foot tub and a full kitchen. Didn’t use it because I ate at the restaurant every night. Delicious food!
The staff was beyond accommodating. During load shedding (SA for rolling blackout) the staff provided lanterns and candles and set them up in the room. There were torches throughout the property so it was quite a romantic setting. They still had dinner because they use a stone oven for cooking/grilling. If a guest house can make you me feel so comfortable during a blackout, imagine when everything is filling functioning.
Pablo House arranged all my airport transport and tours. Neo was my driver and he was an incredible guide. Again, I always felt taken care of. I also had a in-house massage- wonderful. Pablo House does hospitality right!
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Date of stay: March 2020Trip type: Travelled solo
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Response from Leigh Roux, Owner at Pablo House
Responded 25 Jan 2021
Frans! Thank you so much for this amazing review. So sorry for only replying now. We just loved hosting you and really hope to see you back again some time in the future.
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Apple66 wrote a review Jan 2020
Boston, Massachusetts90 contributions94 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
I stayed here for 3 nights and had a great time. Pablo House is in the pleasant old Melville neighborhood, and an easy 15 or 20 minute walk down to a lively strip of restaurants. Easy to get an Uber for the trip back up, or at night.

I had the suite, which is enormous. The best features of the B&B are beautiful views out to the surrounding hills, very friendly atmosphere, very well furnished rooms, and a nice cozy restaurant and bar for drinks or dinner if you don't want to go out at night. Breakfast, as others have mentioned, is a little unusual. They arrange a tuk-tuk down the hill to their sister restaurant. But they'll bring breakfast to you in the B&B if you like. Highly recommended!
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Date of stay: January 2020
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James M wrote a review Sept 2022
26 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
We stayed for one night on our way from Jo'burg to safari and the room was great with amazing views across the valley, a private patio area and an electric blanket for the chillier weather.

We ate at the hotel and the food was ok. There was a regional blackout during dinner but service continued (and remained at a high standard) and added to the romantic setting with views across the valley.

The location meant we relied upon (very cheap) Ubers to get around the city.

The staff were very attentive and always wanted to help, also organising a transfer to/from the airport.
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Date of stay: September 2022
4.0 of 5 bubblesValue
5.0 of 5 bubblesService
5.0 of 5 bubblesSleep Quality
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Response from Leigh Roux, Owner at Pablo House
Responded 9 Oct 2022
Thank you so much for taking the time to review us, we really appreciate it and hope to see you again!
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mdflanigan wrote a review Mar 2020
Dublin, Ireland9 contributions1 helpful vote
5.0 of 5 bubbles
A friend and I stayed at Pablo House the first day we arrived in Joburg and we could not have been given a more inviting welcome. The staff and owners are very considerate and helpful to first-time visitors to the city. Additionally, the establishment is designed to allow guests to mingle through the lounge/bar/restaurant and we found ourselves making friends within an hour. I could not recommend Pablo House more and next time I’m in Joburg I will be coming back!
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Date of stay: March 2020Trip type: Travelled with friends
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Response from Leigh Roux, Owner at Pablo House
Responded 8 Mar 2020
This review made my day! Thank you so so much, we really appreciate it and can’t wait to have you back soon!
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Christian wrote a review Dec 2022
Berlin, Germany20 contributions11 helpful votes
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Room #01 shouldn't be rented out to paying customers:

Due to proximity to the restaurant area, the noise level in the room is unbearably high.

Other customers can look into the room through its glass door. Hence, blinds need to be closed for privacy. Then, however, the advertised view to the valley is blocked.

Advertisement for the room was misleading because there was no description of the actual situation.
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Date of stay: December 2022Trip type: Travelled solo
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Response from Leigh Roux, Owner at Pablo House
Responded 14 Jan 2023
Thank you for your review, we really appreciate the feedback. Room 1 does have the closest proximity to the dining room, but we do try ensure the restaurant area is closed off towards the end of dinner service to hep with the noise level. Thank you for the suggestion on adding to the description that the standard rooms share a communal area in front to the main door which the guests in these three rooms need to walk along to access their rooms. If you are ever in town again and are open to giving us another try i would love to offer you a complimentary upgrade to the loft room (room 8). Once again i am so sorry for your bad experience and we really hope we can make it p to you some day.
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Julie Q wrote a review Feb 2021
Botswana153 contributions35 helpful votes
+1
5.0 of 5 bubbles
We only stayed one night at Pablo House but wish it could have been longer. What an awesome and trendy B&B! We loved the overall look and feel of the place as well as the vibe. The decor is tasteful and modern and the rooms super comfortable. The rooms come with a flat screen TV, nespresso machine, king size bed, rain shower, mini bar fridge etc. There are great views from all the rooms as well as from the restaurant area. The staff are super friendly, helpful and exceptionally well trained. I love the feeling of being up in the trees looking out at the greater JHB area. There is a lovely private pool area at the bottom of the property that is designed like a mini oasis. You really don't want to leave and go explore anywhere else when staying at Pablo House and you don't need to. The restaurant is fantastic serving great pizzas and beautiful wine. We will definitely be back!
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Date of stay: February 2021Trip type: Travelled with family
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Response from Leigh Roux, Owner at Pablo House
Responded 23 Feb 2021
Thank you so so much for this awesome review, we really appreciate it. Hope to see you back again!
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angelique wrote a review May 2021
9 contributions
+1
5.0 of 5 bubbles
The service of Pablo House staff is impeccable. They are extremely friendly and helpful, as well as cater to your every need. Beautiful views and decor from rooms and restaurants. We had pets with us and they were extremely accommodating to our two dogs. Room 6 was on the ground floor right by the Beautiful garden with a pool. Parking at the location isn't ideal, but the kindness of the staff makes up for that. The gentlemen that received us upon arrival were so professional and kind- they helped us with luggage and even opened our car doors for us. The food is very nice, the main menu does not have a lot of vegetarian options, although the meal I had was delicious. We would definitely stay at Pablo house again.
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Date of stay: May 2021Trip type: Travelled with family
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Response from Leigh Roux, Owner at Pablo House
Responded 23 May 2021
Thank you so much for this awesome review it really means the world to us. We look forward to having you back again soon.
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luv2travel19941953 wrote a review Sept 2023
San Diego, California116 contributions127 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
A group of friends and I stayed three nights at the Pablo House in early August 2023 prior to a safari. We occupied 4 of the 9 rooms. The Pablo House is a very special find. The location on a hill means that the rooms, restaurant, and common area have spectacular views. I was in room #4, which had two walls with windows running across both of them. The rooms and common areas are very inviting and nicely decorated. The hotel staff is incredibly welcoming, kind, and helpful. The hotel has a restaurant attached, open for all meals. The food was absolutely delicious. We ate 3 breakfasts and three dinners there. It is also frequented by locals and is a popular place with good reason. It's very convenient to have such a good restaurant in house since the hotel location is not a close walk to restaurants and cafe's although just a five-7 minute drive. The hotel also has a driver on staff who can be hired for the day, which we did. He was wonderful. Everything about the Pablo House makes it the place I will be recommending to friends when they go to Joburg.
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Date of stay: August 2023
5.0 of 5 bubblesValue
5.0 of 5 bubblesLocation
5.0 of 5 bubblesService
Trip type: Travelled with friends
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Response from Leigh Roux, Owner at Pablo House
Responded 9 Sept 2023
Hello! and thank you so much for this awesome review, we truly appreciate it and i am so glad you had a good stay! I hope you come back and stay with us again :)
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wwil2016 wrote a review Nov 2020
Cape Town, South Africa129 contributions51 helpful votes
4.0 of 5 bubbles
We stayed at Pablo House for a week. Their restaurants are open on some evenings and the food was great. People are friendly. Decor is stunning. The parking arrangement is not ideal but the staff assists with the set-up, thus making this a non-issue. Breakfast was not ready at 08:00 which could be a problem for business travellers. Owners attend to patron's needs and really want to make your stay special. Amazing pizzas.
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Date of stay: August 2020
4.0 of 5 bubblesLocation
5.0 of 5 bubblesCleanliness
5.0 of 5 bubblesService
Trip type: Travelled on business
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Response from Leigh Roux, Owner at Pablo House
Responded 25 Jan 2021
Thank you so much for your feedback we really appreciate it. We will certainly look into the breakfast start time and make sure we get it right. We hope to see you again!
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Miriam wrote a review Apr 2024
Melbourne, Australia22 contributions14 helpful votes
3.0 of 5 bubbles
The art and location are nice. Scratch the surface though, and this place completely ignores the details. On arrival we were offered a welcome drink and asked to fill out a form. We were not given details of breakfast, check out, layout of the hotel etc and were otherwise ignored. We were then told to get up and move to the rooms as our bags were being moved. No chance to finish our drinks. We were placed in room 8 which is a huge self-contained apartment. Our bags were placed in the bathroom. There are stains on the couch. The wifi did not work from evening until the next day. The pillows on the bed were as flat as pancakes and terribly uncomfortable- my husband and I are awoke at 4am unable to sleep. There is one enormous window with no curtain for privacy. It rained heavily overnight and by morning there was a flood outside our door. They offered to organise a transfer to the airport that cost more than what I paid in Switzerland. We made a reservation for dinner at 730pm and requested a window seat, which the person at reception confirmed and booked on the computer. When we arrived at 720pm we were informed the kitchen was going to close at 730 and were not given the window seat as it had been ‘booked’ for someone else. We saw no one else arrive. It was too dark to read the menus and the lights came on as we were about to finish our meal. All in all a weird and disappointing stay for the last night of our honeymoon. I would not stay here again, I think they are going for a trendy vibe that might suit a hostel or a backpackers type traveller.
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Date of stay: April 2024Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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Liza M asked a question Jan 2020
15 contributions2 helpful votes
can you get transportation to the lion park and soweto tours from here?
Answer from LeighRoux
Johannesburg, South Africa50 contributions12 helpful votes
Yes absolutely, we can help arrange that for you
CGLM asked a question Aug 2019
Singapore, Singapore1 contribution
Hi do you provide air conditioning in the rooms? If not, is it hot during December?
Answer from LeighRoux
Johannesburg, South Africa50 contributions12 helpful votes
Hi there! It can get hot during December but Joburg typically is not quite as hot as the coastal cities during that time. We have aircon in the loft unit (also known as room 8) Room 1&2 have ceiling fans and the rest have freestanding fans.
ladybirdseahorse asked a question Jan 2019
Henley-on-Thames, United Kingdom251 contributions135 helpful votes
Do you have a spa? If so, what services are availible?
Answer from LeighRoux
Johannesburg, South Africa50 contributions12 helpful votes
Hello We don’t have a stand alone spa, however we have a beautician on call who comes through to do mani’s, pedi’s, massages etc. for a full list of treatments you can email us :)
Lawrence S asked a question Nov 2018
Ipswich, United Kingdom7 contributions3 helpful votes
Hi, any updates on when the pool will be completed?
Answer from LeighRoux
Johannesburg, South Africa50 contributions12 helpful votes
The pool is in and it’s glorious!
Kyle W wrote a tip 21 May
Chapel Hill, North Carolina18 contributions7 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
"I needed quite a bit of extra time around breakfast since the kitchen was slow. However the food was great, so that made it hard to be mad."
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veerleb368 wrote a tip Apr 2024
Gouda, The Netherlands23 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
"They can arrange airport pickup "
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Rich A wrote a tip Aug 2023
16 contributions1 helpful vote
5.0 of 5 bubbles
"Parking is a problem in Johannesburg and driving around s little hazardous. Uber I’d the best and safest way to go."
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Traveler05420850345 wrote a tip Jul 2023
5 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
"Stay here!"
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Tracey M wrote a tip Jan 2023
Seattle, Washington12 contributions1 helpful vote
5.0 of 5 bubbles
"Every room/accommodation has something different for everyone. Be sure to ask what might work best for you"
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PRICE RANGE
£71 - £106 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
LOCATION
South AfricaGautengGreater JohannesburgJohannesburg
NUMBER OF ROOMS
10
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Which popular attractions are close to Pablo House?
Nearby attractions include Melville Neighborhood (0.7 miles), 27Boxes (0.6 miles), and 24 Boxes (0.6 miles).
What are some of the property amenities at Pablo House?
Some of the more popular amenities offered include free wifi, free breakfast, and a pool.
What food & drink options are available at Pablo House?
Guests can enjoy free breakfast, an on-site restaurant, and a lounge during their stay.
Is parking available at Pablo House?
Yes, free parking is available to guests.
What are some restaurants close to Pablo House?
Conveniently located restaurants include Bambanani, De la Creme Patisserie, and Cafe Picobella.
Are there opportunities to exercise at Pablo House?
Yes, guests have access to a pool during their stay.
Does Pablo House have airport transportation?
Yes, Pablo House offers airport transportation for guests. We recommend calling ahead to confirm details.
Are any cleaning services offered at Pablo House?
Yes, dry cleaning and laundry service are offered to guests.
Are there any historical sites close to Pablo House?
Many travellers enjoy visiting Constitution Hill Human Rights Precinct (3.0 miles), Johannesburg Fort (3.3 miles), and Nelson Mandela Foundation (4.3 miles).
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