I was booked at the guest house for five nights but left after one. It rates itself as a four star establishment, but I feel that it barely qualifies for three stars. I stayed in the Bougainvillea suite - one of their expensive rooms. The room is very spacious with lots of windows/doors so quite light during the day. The bed was comfortable. They provided a bathrobe and slippers as well as tea making facilities. The staff are friendly.
However, at night the room is very dark - partly due to the furnishings but also the lighting and light bulbs that do not work. It all feels somewhat like decaying elegance - not well maintained and not quite clean and consequently quite oppressive and unpleasant.
The bathroom is small, dark and dingy. They advertise a shower, but in fact this is not a separate shower but one over the bath which means a slippery entrance and exit from the shower and also a shower rose that is too low for anyone remotely tall - you have to bend over to fit under the spray. Again one of the lights was out in the bathroom making it very dark, and all slightly mouldy and tatty. The kitchen is very close to this particular room and after I had checked in the staff were conversing loudly right next door until about 10h00 pm. The wooden floors in the house further add to noise. They advertise "a safe" which turns out to be a general safe for everyone and not an individual one in the room making it difficult to access at any time you wish to.
In the morning there was no hairdryer in the room - the staff said "someone must have taken it" when I went out to find them (in my bathrobe) and produced a small one from somewhere.
Although the staff were pleasant, the final straw for me was when the person cooking my breakfast was coughing over my food.
I cut my stay short at great cost to myself due to the cancellation policy and unfortunately - although the manager had offered to try and resell the room - this did not materialise.
Sadly although the location is convenient - I will not be staying there again.
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- The Village Green Guest House offers spacious and luxurious accommodation in Johannesburg, South Africa. With free WiFi, breakfast and satellite television. With a four star rating, our en-suite rooms provide comfort and relaxation in a peaceful and secure environment. Conveniently situated in a leafy suburb at the edge of Parkview village we are close to major business centres, shopping malls, Gautrain, sports facilities and more. ... more less
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