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African Pride Melrose Arch Hotel
Ranked #6 of 66 Hotels in Johannesburg
Certificate of Excellence
Essex, England
Level 2 Contributor
5 reviews
4 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
“Overnight airport stay?”
Reviewed 13 April 2008

We only stayed here for one night as we were flying onto our next destination early the next morning. In hindsight, maybe it was too far away from the airport (45 minutes).

The hotel itself is modern and funky. It is located in a business district, with a few restaurants and shops nearby.

The experience of afternoon cocktails and snacks with our feet in the paddling pool was fun and different.

We ate in Moyo's, very cheap by Uk standards, but excellent quality. we would say it was very busy with lots of 'extra' people trying to sell their wares.

We couldn't comment too much on the breakfast as we had to leave so early and it was limited availability, ie they hadn't started cooking yet!

The room was fantastic, the staff had made an effort for us being on honeymoon, even though we were only there one night.

  • Liked — Modern and funky
  • Disliked — Distance from airport
  • Stayed March 2008, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 27 March 2008

We were anxious about spending time in Johannesburg after reading numerous newspaper reports of the violence there. The Melrose Arch area felt far removed from that. A swanky new development of stores, restaurants and the Melrose Arch hotel, it would fit anywhere in the world.

the hotel is ultra-modent, but in a tasteful way. One wall of the room was wood panelled, and included a flat-panel TV, DVR and a selection of CD's and surround sound. The bed was ultra-comfortable. There was free internet access and an international adaptor in the room. The bath and sink are part of the bedroom (seperated by a curtain), but the toilet and shower are seperate.
It was raining while we were there, but the pool looked lovely.

Breakfast was included in our rate, and it was quite amazing, including fresh oysters, salmon, and a hot breakfast. Service at breakfast was grudgingly slow,however. We valet parked our car, and found this worked well. We experienced an electrical blackout (common these days), but the hotel has a generator which covered most lights but not wall switches.

Melrose Arch is near to Rosebank, but you will need a car to get most places. we tried Moyo,an african themed restaurant accross the road. The food was good, but the noise of a live band plus a large crown was deafening. We could not wait to leave, and would not reccomend this restaurant to anyone over 20!

  • Liked — cool design, great pool, safe location
  • Disliked — offhand service
  • Stayed March 2008, travelled as a couple
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Sydney
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15 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
Reviewed 19 October 2007

The Melrose Arch is really funky!

I stayed here for four days for a business meeting and really liked it.

Positives
- In a secure complex with good restaurants
- Beautiful pool & gardens
- Large variety for breakfast
- Room service dinner (salmon) was really nice
- Very cool/funky room (blue/green lighting bathroom, entainment system, shower, bath)
- DVDs in the room
- Magazines in the room
- A bowl of M&Ms in the room (although I was disappointed these weren't topped up every day!)
- Staff were really friendly

Negatives
- Conference lunches seemed as though they'd been sitting out for an hour before we got to them.
- No gym (although you can use the Virgin Active gym within the Melrose complex for an additional charge)

  • Liked — The atmosphere/vibe
  • Disliked — That it didn't have a gym
  • Stayed September 2007, travelled on business
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Toowoomba
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
Reviewed 31 August 2007

I am a travel agent from Australia and stayed at Melrose Arch for 2 nights in June. I loved this hotel, it was really modern and had a great atmosphere.

The rooms were exactly as they look in the pictures which was a nice suprise and the entertainment systems were great with your own dvd's to watch if you just want to chill out.

Staff were really friendly and helpful, I had dinner at Moyos which is straight across the road from the hotel. It was the best meal I've had in a while and very african (if you want something a bit more authentic).

I felt really safe in this area of the Joburg and will definetley go back there when i return.

  • Stayed June 2007, travelled on business
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Dubai, United Arab Emirates
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5 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
Reviewed 16 August 2007

Arriving on a winter's afternoon, the doormen remain behind closed doors, as do the porters. The whole minimalist reception area has a frost, with the staff busily answering those all important phones, while you attempt to check in. The elevators have been given the cooool treatment too, one is a night theme, so dark you can't see, the other is a multicoloured ice theme, brrr.
The room was great, large and airy, though the winter wind whistling through the windows was cold. There was a large desk with a cool glass inlay, that made for a wobbly work service for the laptop, plenty of light and a real office style chair made for a good work area. The TV is embedded in the wall with a DVD/CD player underneath. It looks cool, but can not be viewed from the desk, lounge, bathroom, only the bed. Bit annoying if you are eating a meal at the coffee table or working. The safe is hidden behind a large painting and works well, takes the laptop and all other travelling riches. Do not get excited about the DVD player the movies are either from the 90's or B grade, some won't work. But the internet is free, hurrah.
The bath is open to the room, with the toliet and shower behind closed doors. The bed is great, with a good selection of pillows. Noise, the doors a thin, on the 4th floor you can here the conversations from the ground floor event area, whilst the neighbours hall discussions are quite clear from the bedroom at 2am, 4am and 6am.
The room service menu, is difficult, lots of cool food, that really doesn't do it, no warming goodies. But tea/coffee in room, with complimentary cookies and chocolates. My room service breakfast was lost. My early morning wakeup call did not happen, I made the flight!
The cool restaurant on entry was empty in the evenings, very cold looking place, but the lounge bar opposite was always full, morning, noon and night. Open fire, lounges, great staff, nothing was a trouble. Finding a seat is a challenge, but worth it.
I would stay again in summer as winter leaves you cold.

  • Liked — The bed
  • Disliked — The noise/cold
  • Stayed August 2007, travelled on business
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Bozeman, Montana
Level 5 Contributor
89 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 210 helpful votes
Reviewed 15 August 2007

Located in Melrose Arch, a large mixed use development in the Melrose suburb, the Melrose Arch hotel is a solid choice with some drawbacks.

The rooms are generously sized, with some quirky W-ish design touches, such as a safe hidden behind a picture on the wall and rubber ducks for the tub. The bathrooms sport a large soaking tub and separate rainshower. There is only one sink on the ample vanity. The Tv/entertainment system is built into the wall, and there are a selection of free DVDs.

The hotel lacks a gym--however, it has privileges at the Virgin gym located in the Melrose Arch development, though you must pay $15 per person, per day for use, which seems exorbitant given the prices for other things in South Africa. Moreover, the charge for internet in the business center is high--$15 per hour.

Johannesburg is not a walking city by any means, so the advantage of staying in this hotel is that the Melrose Arch development is gated and safe, allowing visitors to walk to/from dinner etc. There are many restaurants near the hotel, located across the courtyard from the hotel. They have managed to create a controlled, somewhat artifical environment. What you get in safety/convenience you give up in local flavor.

In sum, this is a solid choice for tourists in Johannesburg. It also seemed to attract a large business crowd.

  • Stayed August 2007, travelled with family
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Milan
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10 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
Reviewed 24 July 2007

I booked this hotel for 5 nights via their website and had a good rate...since I was planning to come back to Jo'burg one week later I asked to book 2 extra nights just before leaving. The booking was confirmed on paper without mentioning the new rate, so I could come back 5 days later. Same room type, same everything...but at the moment of the check out I had the big surprise......the rate was different from the one that I had the previous week: 2050R instead of 1680R...20% higher! My complaint to the manager did not go through and I had to pay my bill to be able to leave on time for the airport......The hotel is amazing...rooms are extremely confortable, the bar/library is very nice, etc....probably I will go back because the hotel looks really great and never found anything similar in Jo'burg, but...what a shame for a hotel of this rating.........

  • Stayed July 2007
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Property: African Pride Melrose Arch Hotel
Address: 1 Melrose Street, Johannesburg 2196, South Africa
Region: South Africa > Gauteng > Greater Johannesburg > Johannesburg
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Centre with Internet Access Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#4 Romantic Hotel in Johannesburg
#6 Luxury Hotel in Johannesburg
#6 Family Hotel in Johannesburg
#8 Business Hotel in Johannesburg
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): ££
Hotel Class:5 star — African Pride Melrose Arch Hotel 5*
Number of rooms: 118
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
African Pride Melrose Arch Hotel has become an international destination in its own right, attracting discerning GUESTS who take pleasure in modern elegance and sophistication. Sheer style and individuality is what redefines the travel experience when staying at Africa's first truly HIP 5-star Hotel. The luxurious African Pride Melrose Arch Hotel, Johannesburg, South Africa is situated within the exclusive urban Melrose Arch lifestyle development, a "city within a city", that offers an extensive array of shops and restaurants to be explored. So, if shopping is on the cards, you couldn't ask for a better position. The entire Melrose Arch precinct is patrolled by 24 hour Security and monitored by CCTV surveillance for peace-of-mind comfort. If you want to arrive in style, simply book a transfer in one of our luxury vehicles. Engulf yourself in the trendy precinct that is Melrose Arch, which offers GUESTS everything and more at your doorstep. Loosen your tie and make your way outside to the Pool Bar. Make use of our complimentary internet access, take off your shoes and have lunch at our unique tables that sit in shallow water; perfect for that midday cool down. Want to get out and explore? With the vast attractions that Johannesburg has to offer, why not visit the nearby Military Museum or the musical landmark of Sophia Town; both of which have played huge roles in the history of our country. With so much to do within close proximity, a visit to our own March Restaurant is a must and offers a truly sensual dining experience; where decor meets a whimsical fusion of international flavours and cooking techniques.Too early for bed? Make yourself comfortable in the leather couches of the Library Bar. Indulge in a nightcap and be kept company by a selection of great authors. ... more   less 
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