This is an out-of-place place, to be sure.
It is located in Pretoria's northern suburbs, just over the big, undeveloped hill that separates them from Pretoria proper. Set on a back street in a pretty and quiet residential neighborhood is this sort of mini-apartment-like building/house - it's hard to say exactly what it is!
There are 14 guest rooms in the building with glass sliding doors for entrances. If you've been to South Africa before, you know how unusual this in such a security-conscious country. However, you are in a safe neighborhood and behind iron gates which with controlled access.
Almost like an over-sized home, the place has a wonderful 'lobby' which is more like a living room with couches and tv and then there's a fairly large dining room (for a house) where breakfast is served. It's very homey and suburban.
The rooms are good. Satellite tv, coffee maker, the general stuff you'd need are all there.
Parking in free onsite and wifi is free too.
This is not a luxurious place and neither is it a backpacker spot. It seems to attract South Africans from around the country of all races and seems not to be full that often. It ought to be full given the low price and what you get for it.
It's like, I guess, an OK to good guest house/b&b. It's not luxurious but neither is it rundown or worn. I liked it and would stay again.
The downside is that is you don't have a car, you're not going to want to stay here. There are things around within a 20 minute walk but not much. You can catch a minibus taxi a few blocks away but that's not really an effective method of transport.
Other than that, it's a great place. Give it a try - easily half or less than what you'd pay for similar.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Purple Olive Guest House is situated in Pretoria in a tranquil, subtropical neighborhood at the foot of the Magaliesberg mountain, next to the historical Wonderboom nature reserve. Ideally close to the city centre (8km), Wonderboom Airport (6km), Colonade Shopping Mall, Makro, the N4, Zambezi Drive, Onderstepoort, Rosslyn Industrial area, Hospitals, and various other amenities. Thirteen stylish, comfortable single and double en suite rooms with TV, coffee / tea facilities and telephones and other luxuries available at competitive / affordable rates. ... more less
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