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“Well kept Secret in the City” 5 of 5 bubbles
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Journey's Inn Africa
Ranked #4 of 65 Kempton Park B&B and Inns
Certificate of Excellence
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10 reviews
4 hotel reviews
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“Well kept Secret in the City”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 May 2014 via mobile

Lawrence and his wife were very gracious hosts! Their genuine personalities made them an excellent and trustworthy representative of their Inn and country. It makes sense since they are also serious tour guides. You know its good when other tour operators stay there!
We enjoyed their sincerity in making every effort to accommodate us and our friends who arrived a day after us. Making a Gluten free meal for one of our team. Very cool.
Rooms were spacious and very clean, coffee, tea, kettle and chocolate bars were a 'sweet' touch. The beds were comfy but the frames creek a bit when you move. The TV was good but quiet even on max. Volume but sufficient (a pro for the neighbours...lol) . The bathrooms were great! Lots of room and the showers were excellent especially if your a taller person!
The honor bar has 3 couches and a big screen TV as well.
The food was good and Jane was a good cook! After a month previous in India... mmm BACON!!!
The Inn is close to a park (5 min walk), convienience store and burger place (10min walk), and a good mall (20 min walk), and a Great evangelical church (Maranatha - 25 min walk).
The review would not be complete unless I mentioned Trixy...their little Ambassador a dashound ( aka. Wiener Dog). If you like animals, you'll love her. Gentle and loving any attention, she is the perfect quiet friend to all. Oh and the little campfire by the pool is excellent.
My wife and I travel the world for work and ministry and we both agreed that this was one of the best B&B's we have ever stayed at especially for the $.
It is all located in an Up Scale Residential neighbourhood 10 - 15 min from the Airport by vehicle. Pick up is available from the airport as well.
We are going back for 1 night before we leave for Frankfurt, Holland, Finland then home to Canada...try it!

Stayed April 2014, travelled as a couple
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    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Rooms
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
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Durban, South Africa
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5 hotel reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 April 2014 via mobile

The staff are very helpful and the hospitality is outstanding.
The chalets are very comfortable and homely, not mention they are extremely clean and tidy
Definitely home, away from home!
Well done guys!

Stayed April 2014, travelled on business
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Port Elizabeth, South Africa
2 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 March 2014

Always greeted with a smile and they make you feel welcome. Good rooms, bar facilities and relaxing atmosphere.Very good service and excellent dining Close to most business centers and entertainment areas.

Room Tip: All the rooms are equally good
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  • Stayed March 2014, travelled on business
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Kennesaw, Georgia
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5 reviews
5 hotel reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 January 2014

My wife & I have stayed here on several occasions, a couple of times with her parents and another with our 2 grandsons.

The accommodations are basic but comfortable. Great bathroom, limited TV channel selections. The grounds are very nice and there is a pool. Breakfast is included and is very good.

The owner at the time (Liezel) picked us up & returned us to O.R.Tambo Airport as well as to some local restaurants. As our flights back to the US typically don't leave until late in the day, she would drop us at a nearby mall for the day so that we could do a little shopping, see a movie, have a meal, etc. That way she could also prepare our rooms for the next guests. She would then pick us up & drop us a the airport. You simply could not ask for better service or value!
Our 2 stays were actually in 2007 & 2010, but TripAdvisors date range is limited to the last 12 months. I should have written this long ago!

  • Stayed January 2014, travelled with family
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Cape Town Central, South Africa
1 review
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 December 2013

You will be welcomed into this most pleasant, clean and comfortable home-from-home by the delightful owners and you will enjoy an excellent value overnight stay - or even longer if you're not in transit. An added bonus was to be met at the airport on arrival and transferred back the next day after spending the morning relaxing next to the sparkling pool.

Joining the owners for dinner is an option as is dining at one of the nearby restaurants a few km down the road. A delicious breakfast is served in the bright dining room adjoining the pool and well maintained garden.

A cosy African-themed bar, with payment based on an honesty system, has a large flat-screen TV and full DStv bouquet.

Being only 10 min from the airport is most convenient although this proximity brings with it the noise of overflying aircraft. However, you will probably only retire after the last plane at night and be up before flights are resumed the next morning. This would be the only reason for me not giving it an "excellent" rating.

Don Martin
Managing Director
SA Cruises

Room Tip: Room No. 1 has a wonderful large shower with excellent water pressure and piping hot water.
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  • Stayed December 2013, travelled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Barcelona, Spain
2 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 December 2013

As a freelance Tour Manager, I often need an overnight stop near Johannesburg airport which is not as expensive nor as impersonal as one of the chain hotels at/near the airport. Most decent hotels are the other side of the city so those near the airport are mostly standard chain hotels.

Journeys Inn's lodge is the perfect antidote. It is only 10 minutes from the airport and having only 9 rooms is very personal. The rooms are individually and charmingly decorated with much attention paid to the small details like lodge-branded toiletries, beautifully embroidered towels and very attractive local art work on the walls. Lady of the lodge Alida is herself a very talented artist and has painted some of the pictures that decorate the rooms and public areas.

The garden and pool area is very well maintained and is a peaceful oasis in which to sit and relax before or after a long flight or even to work in while waiting to go to the airport.

The bar is very cosy with a wonderful informal 'honesty ' system whereby guests can help themselves and just record their drinks in the honesty book.

When I stayed at Journeys Inn, a braai by owner Laurence Marks was the order of the day and both this dinner and the breakfast the next day was very tasty.

If you are looking for reasonable, personalised accommodation close to the airport, this charming lodge is definitely for you.

Karen Holladay, Tour Manager, UK.

  • Stayed December 2013, travelled with friends
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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McCalla, Alabama, United States
1 review
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 August 2013

I've stayed here several times now when traveling to South Africa. The staff are the friendliest folks you'll find anywhere. It is so close and convenient to the airport and takes a few minutes to get here. When you arrive there is always a warm welcome and a fire going on the patio. Accomodations are excellent and the food is awesome. You won't be dissapointed with this cozy little stay.

Roger P

  • Stayed August 2013, travelled on business
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Additional Information about Journey's Inn Africa

Property: Journey's Inn Africa
Address: 20 Gwarrie Road | Glen Marais, Kempton Park 1619, South Africa
Region: South Africa > Gauteng > Greater Johannesburg > Kempton Park
Amenities:
Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Swimming Pool Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
Ranked #4 of 65 B&Bs / Inns in Kempton Park
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £
Hotel Class:3.5 star — Journey's Inn Africa 3.5*
Number of rooms: 9
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Journey's Inn Africa is a charming *** Guest Lodge situated in the well located, up market and safe suburb of Glen Marais, Kempton Park - Johannesburg, which is only 10 minutes from O R Tambo International Airport, the main port of entry to South Africa and most southern African countries. We offer great value for money with a high standard of clean, comfortable accommodation and a scrumptious breakfast included in our rates. We have 9 spacious en-suite rooms, each room with its own private entrance. We offer quality "3 Star" accommodation. A traditional welcome drink and charming South African hospitality awaits you on your arrival, where you will then be cared for by our friendly and efficient staff. Our Inn provides a warm inviting atmosphere with a classic African ambiance. Other services available: "Meet & Greet" and transfers to and from all airports in Gauteng Local - full day & half day excursions / tours Short - tours & safaris Day rooms exclusive to guests Mini conference facilities Wireless Internet (Wi-Fi) Laundry service Dinner - set menus Bar Personal amenities in each room Hair dryers & international plugs available from reception DSTV Swimming pool Plenty of secure / undercover parking Situated close to: Numerous restaurants Various SPA facilities Shopping Malls Casino Golf Driving Range Golf courses (Serengeti, etc) Sport stadiums (Ellis Park, etc) BMX Track ... more   less 
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