Located in a quiet street in the suburb of Melville, Ginnegaap is an excellent base to stay in Johannesburg. Corlien and her staff go out of their way to help plan your visit, answering E mails very quickly, while the airport pick up and tours with Jaco are ideal. The guest house itself is a bit of a jumble of buildings, set in a lovely garden with a small pool and is only a few minutes walk from a good variety of restaurants, cafes and bars in Melville. The room I had was large and comfortable, although some of the furnishings and décor were faded and rather down-at-heel. Breakfast was good and there was an excellent choice of cooked dishes. It’s definitely not a 5 star hotel, but it works well.
Melville is an interesting area, which appears to have been a trendy, eclectic suburb at some point, now reputed to have gone down in the world, with guidebook rumours of crime and failing businesses. In reality, it appears to be a mixture of the bohemian, the genteel and the edgy, with the feel of a place which is not quite what it was, but is doing its best. It feels perfectly safe even at night and there is a relaxed atmosphere.
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- Ginnegaap Guest House operates from a charming cottage-style house in Melville, one of the oldest and most vibrant suburbs in Johannesburg. This highly recommended and trendy establishment with its 12 tastefully decorated en-suite bedrooms offer business and holiday makers a warm, friendly and comfortable home from home.Within walking distance from quaint coffee shops, restaurants, art galleries, book stores and antique shops, Ginnegaap is your perfect escape in the buzzing city of Johannesburg. Stylish rooms, great breakfasts, friendly and caring staff, affordable and spotlessly clean! ... more less
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