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Melvin Residence Guest House
Ranked #12 of 372 Pretoria B&B and Inns
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Reviewed 13 February 2012

My two weeks business trip in Pretoria where very nice at the Malvin Residence. Piet got a lot of recomendations for dinner and more. If I would come back to Pretoria I would allways take a room here. The rooms are always clear, the breakfast was very good and all of the staff were very obliging.
Cheers, Arne

Room Tip: Book fast, there are only 6 rooms. All of them are nice!
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  • Stayed: January 2012, travelled on business
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PietvanBiljon, Owner at Melvin Residence Guest House, responded to this reviewResponded 29 February 2012

Good afternoon

It was a pleasure having you here.
All you need to do is arrange for another visi to South Africa.

Regards

Piet

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Reviewed 2 February 2012

Piet is an extremely friendly, welcoming host. The period house has been lovingly restored along with the guest rooms which are in the old workers quarters. The rooms all have a veranda that is perfect for sun-downer drinks, and the rooms all have dish TV and internet access (for a small extra fee). The breakfasts are great. The location is safe and quiet with walkable streets – in fact there are joggers each morning and evening running up to the Union Building terraces for exercise. It also has easy access to downtown and to the Hatfield Gautrain and restaurants.
This guest house is perfect for business workers and for tourists – especially for first time visitors who are nervous about feeling safe and welcome in South Africa.

Room Tip: Rooms 1 and 2 have the best veranda views
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  • Stayed: January 2012, travelled on business
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PietvanBiljon, Owner at Melvin Residence Guest House, responded to this reviewResponded 5 February 2012

Thank you for posting a review. It was a pleasure having you here. We are already looking forward to your next trip!

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Reviewed 27 January 2012

I'm a regular guest at the Melvin Residence in Pretoria, at least three times a month. For me, it's a home away from my Cape Town home. Conveniently situated, close to a Hatfield Gautrain bus stop, it's also a short hop into the city, and right on the access routes to get to the east of Pretoria. I particularly like the rooms, all with an outside entrance, so there isn't the sense of intruding into someone's home when you get back from dinner. Yet Piet and Elise's home is open and welcoming when you do venture in. Very comfortable rooms, seriously excellent breakfasts (the omelets are well worth a try), it's difficult to imagine choosing to go elsewhere when staying in Pretoria.

Room Tip: Always turn down Room number 1. That's reserved for me. :-))
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  • Stayed: January 2012, travelled on business
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PietvanBiljon, Owner at Melvin Residence Guest House, responded to this reviewResponded 5 February 2012

Thank you for submitting a review of our facility. I beleive you are right . .room1 is reserved for you!

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Reviewed 1 December 2011

We were welcomed by the congenial owner Piet van Biljon. The atmosphere was homely, warm and friendly. The breakfasts were excellent. The setting is beautiful, and conveniently placed in Pretoria near the Union Buildings and restaurants serving delicious food. The facilities for internet access were fantastic. The rooms were comfortable. Tea and coffee are available in the rooms. Piet is an excellent host and our overall impression was very good. We would have no hesitation in returning to stay at this happy venue.

  • Stayed: November 2011, travelled with family
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Thank Steven A
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PietvanBiljon, Owner at Melvin Residence Guest House, responded to this reviewResponded 27 August 2012

Thank you for your kind review. We appreciate feedback from our guests as it helps us to ensure that we provide a good service. We hope to see you again soon.

Regards

Piet & Elize van Biljon

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Reviewed 30 November 2011

A frienly welcome is your first experience, but then this is continued during your whole stay in the guesthouse, from pleasant chatting with Piet at breakfast until the heartfelt goodbye with his wife at departure. Centrally located in a wonderful central part of Pretoria, surrounded by a lush garden, your every wish is fulfilled before you have finished you question. Excellent suggestions for diner and week end trips makes you stay more than enjoyable. I stayed for more that two months and was happy to come back for another two weeks with no more warm welcome and service that I could wish for.

Room Tip: All rooms are excellent, have a balcony, but room 1 and 2 are somewhat bigger with room 1 having an...
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  • Stayed: November 2011, travelled on business
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PietvanBiljon, Owner at Melvin Residence Guest House, responded to this reviewResponded 31 August 2012

Hi Dirk

Thank you for the review you posted. You became like a member of the family after such a long stay. We hope to see you back in Pretoria real soon!

Regards Piet & Elize

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Reviewed 22 November 2011

Really kind staff - you feel very welcome. Close to the union building where you can run all the layers down. Also close to the city center and especially a very nice view on Pretoria from the balkony. There is a gautrain bus station which brings you safely to the Gautrain station Hatfield which departs every 12 min to Johannesbourg. The rooms are enjoyable and offers all you need.

  • Stayed: November 2011, travelled on business
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PietvanBiljon, Owner at Melvin Residence Guest House, responded to this reviewResponded 30 November 2011

Thank you for the review.
It is alway nice to get positive feedback.
It was a pleasure having you guys here.
We are already looking forward to your next visit.

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Reviewed 19 November 2011

I stay at this lovely geusthouse every time I visit Pretoria.
It is close to the union buidlings, where you can go for a run. In the evenings you can hang-out on the balkony and it is close to some great restaurants (bar 41 and Eastwoods).
You will definitely enjoy chatting with Piet (the owner) in the morning who is always helpful (thanks for the binoculars for our Kruger trip)!

  • Stayed: November 2011, travelled on business
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PietvanBiljon, Owner at Melvin Residence Guest House, responded to this reviewResponded 21 November 2011

It was actually Savanah . . . and biltong! It was a pleasure having you here. We hope to see you again soon!

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Additional Information about Melvin Residence Guest House

Address: 184 Pine Street | Arcadia, Pretoria 0083, South Africa
Region: South Africa > Gauteng > Pretoria
Amenities:
Free Breakfast Free Parking Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
Ranked #12 of 372 B&Bs / Inns in Pretoria
Price Range: £50 - £68 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:4 star — Melvin Residence Guest House 4*
Number of rooms: 6
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Melvin Residence is a 4 star Guest House that ideally located for doing business in Pretoria. We offer:- Four luxury double rooms with en suite showers- One standard room with an en suite bathroom One single rooms with an en suite bathrooms- Private entrances with comfortable relaxation areas - An awesome view over the capital city- All rooms are fully air-conditioned- Easy access to highways leading north and south - Secure, fenced parking- Non-intrusive, but welcoming service. ... more   less 
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