Life on 3rd

Life on 3rd

28 a Third Street Melville, Johannesburg 2092 South Africa
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4.5
#13 of 147 guest houses in Johannesburg
4.5 of 5 bubbles
Location
4.6 of 5 bubbles
Cleanliness
4.7 of 5 bubbles
Service
4.4 of 5 bubbles
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Life on 3rd is a 14 roomed establishment in the heart of Melville, a quirky and bohemian village in Johannesburg. We will provide you with comfortable accommodation, efficient and kind service as well as a delicious breakfast! We offer free wifi and are more than willing to help arrange tours, taxis and airport shuttles.
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Property amenities
Free parking
Free High Speed Internet (WiFi)
Free breakfast
Golf course
Airport transportation
Conference facilities
Meeting rooms
24-hour security
Parking
Wifi
Paid internet
Taxi service
Baggage storage
Newspaper
Non-smoking hotel
Outdoor furniture
Laundry service
Room features
Microwave
Refrigerator
Flatscreen TV
Room types
Non-smoking rooms
Family rooms
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HOTEL CLASS
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3.0 of 5 stars
HOTEL STYLE
Residential Neighbourhood
Trendy
Languages Spoken
English

Location

28 a Third Street Melville, Johannesburg 2092 South Africa
Getting there
Somewhat walkable
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Grade: 59 out of 100
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Johannesburg Intl Airport
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Lanseria Airport
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jredek646344 wrote a review Mar 2023
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Lydia makes you feel at home. The little guesthouse is located in a very safe neighborhood, has good breakfast and nice rooms with comfortable beds and own bathroom attached. Staff is very helpful every time.
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Review collected in partnership with this hotel
Date of stay: February 2023
5.0 of 5 bubblesValue
5.0 of 5 bubblesRooms
5.0 of 5 bubblesLocation
5.0 of 5 bubblesCleanliness
5.0 of 5 bubblesService
5.0 of 5 bubblesSleep Quality
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jfurta325635 wrote a review Sept 2022
Manzini, Eswatini (Swaziland)
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Life on 3rd stood out with excellent hospitality. A 30 minute drive away from JNB proved strenuous for a late flight , 21-22:00 . Outsourced transport caused complications. Shuttle Driver not at Arrivals pick up area to collect us inspite of flight details sent with hotel reservation. Thanks to the kindness of an airport porter we eventually tracked down our transportation which turned out to be double what an Uber costs.
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Review collected in partnership with this hotel
Date of stay: August 2022
4.0 of 5 bubblesValue
4.0 of 5 bubblesRooms
4.0 of 5 bubblesLocation
4.0 of 5 bubblesCleanliness
5.0 of 5 bubblesService
5.0 of 5 bubblesSleep Quality
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Nica2012 wrote a review Nov 2023
Boston, Massachusetts
5.0 of 5 bubbles
We enjoyed 2 nights in November at Life on 3rd. We arranged an airport transfer through Lydia which worked very smoothly and arrival at the GuestHouse was warm and welcoming. The room was comfortable and Lydia was available and helpful every step of the way. She is a gem!
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Review collected in partnership with this hotel
Date of stay: November 2023
5.0 of 5 bubblesValue
4.0 of 5 bubblesRooms
4.0 of 5 bubblesLocation
5.0 of 5 bubblesCleanliness
5.0 of 5 bubblesService
5.0 of 5 bubblesSleep Quality
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KateH wrote a review Aug 2022
Lephalale, South Africa
3.0 of 5 bubbles
We stayed 3 nights at Life on 3rd. We really had no complaints. Room was clean and simply decorated. Breakfast was good - maybe a bit more options?
We requested secure parking and that was easily arranged.
I would have only good things to say if it wasn’t for the phone call we received after checkout stating that we had messed around with the Dstv cables and used tape to fix it. Upon explaining to Lydia that that was the way we received the room she put the phone down in my ear.
I was planning on staying another night or 2 on the way back to Limpopo but will now find somewhere else purely by the way i was treated.
Being in this industry myself, I know it is little things like this that make or break return guests - and unfortunately you lost us.
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Date of stay: August 2022Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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Judysim wrote a review Aug 2023
Brisbane, Australia
5.0 of 5 bubbles
We had a very short stay, arriving in the evening and departing at 6am. We requested some breakfast prepared the night before. Appreciated the simple bacon and egg sandwiches prepared for us. Happy with our stay. Quaint, cosy, clean and welcoming.
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Date of stay: August 2023Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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yhardi903072 wrote a review Jan 2024
Cape Town, South Africa
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Life on Third is a great spot for an easy stay in a quiet area. The fantastic staff are eager to assist and make for a comfortable time. The place is well situated for easy access to both central Joburg and Sandton areas. Will come again.
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Review collected in partnership with this hotel
Date of stay: January 2024
5.0 of 5 bubblesValue
4.0 of 5 bubblesRooms
5.0 of 5 bubblesLocation
5.0 of 5 bubblesCleanliness
5.0 of 5 bubblesService
5.0 of 5 bubblesSleep Quality
Trip type: Travelled on business
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hhemsl723090 wrote a review Aug 2022
Copenhagen, Denmark
5.0 of 5 bubbles
We felt very welcome and the atmosphere was friendly and warm.
The staff was very helpful and made us feel at home. The beds and bedding were super comfortable and I slept better than usual. The location was also perfect for our purposes too.
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Review collected in partnership with this hotel
Date of stay: August 2022
5.0 of 5 bubblesValue
3.0 of 5 bubblesRooms
5.0 of 5 bubblesLocation
5.0 of 5 bubblesCleanliness
5.0 of 5 bubblesService
5.0 of 5 bubblesSleep Quality
Trip type: Travelled on business
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tlebop454367 wrote a review May 2022
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Friendly and caring owners. First of its kind. Prepared my own breakfast. No redtape in this place. Enjoyed our stay with ma wife and will definitely go back there. I was so comfortable that I left my car keys on the dining table. I guess the feeling was I was home in my own house. Love Tlelekufuma.
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Review collected in partnership with this hotel
Date of stay: April 2022
5.0 of 5 bubblesValue
5.0 of 5 bubblesRooms
5.0 of 5 bubblesLocation
5.0 of 5 bubblesCleanliness
5.0 of 5 bubblesService
5.0 of 5 bubblesSleep Quality
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mkatle229157 wrote a review Apr 2022
Johannesburg South, South Africa
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Amazing experience and the place felt like home away from home.

Very clean and the place looked like what was presented on thr pictures. The lazy that was assisting me, was amazing and made my stay much more enjoyable oh let's not forget the breakfast that is served. Love it and highly recommend the place
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Review collected in partnership with this hotel
Date of stay: April 2022
5.0 of 5 bubblesValue
5.0 of 5 bubblesRooms
5.0 of 5 bubblesLocation
5.0 of 5 bubblesCleanliness
5.0 of 5 bubblesService
5.0 of 5 bubblesSleep Quality
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morne896 wrote a review Oct 2022
Rustenburg, South Africa
5.0 of 5 bubbles
From the get-go, we received excellent costumer service. Friendly staff and lovely place. It's the perfect stay! We thoroughly enjoyed the breakfast as well. You feel safe, as they have security guards outside. Highly recommended.
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Review collected in partnership with this hotel
Date of stay: October 2022
5.0 of 5 bubblesValue
5.0 of 5 bubblesRooms
5.0 of 5 bubblesLocation
5.0 of 5 bubblesCleanliness
5.0 of 5 bubblesService
5.0 of 5 bubblesSleep Quality
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Answer from Amanda F
Henlow, United Kingdom67 contributions34 helpful votes
No this is not an apartment but like a bed and breakfast with a room where you can watch the television and chat in I think .
Answer from Lifeon3rd
Melville , Johannesburg7 contributions
Hi Tia. We are about 30 minutes from airport. Yes we will certainly hold your luggage for you. I have one room that has the conventional door. That is the family room. All other rooms have sliding partition doors with openings below and above. Still private though.
Gail W asked a question Jul 2016
Bulawayo, Zimbabwe5 contributions1 helpful vote
Hello again. Please tell me how far it is to Wits a University on the Empire Road entrance. Thank you
Answer from Lifeon3rd
Melville , Johannesburg7 contributions
It's about 4 km away
Michaela wrote a tip Jun 2018
Bulawayo, Zimbabwe10 contributions4 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
"If you would like a room with a bath and shower, choose the Standard Room option. This room also has more closet space/general room space."
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Donna S wrote a tip May 2018
Cleveland, Ohio3 contributions25 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
"stairs, bath and/or shower, rooms with multiple beds"
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Jack N wrote a tip May 2016
Boston, Massachusetts17 contributions3 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
"Some rooms have queen size beds"
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Susan G wrote a tip May 2016
Rockville, Maryland59 contributions25 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
"I was told that in the rooms upstairs in the main house you could hear folks in the dining area below. My room off the patio was quieter."
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Mannahistory wrote a tip Aug 2015
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania2 contributions1 helpful vote
5.0 of 5 bubbles
"Rooms with glass doors open up into the yard. I believe those are carpeted rooms. Mine was in the main house, and had hardwood floors"
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PRICE RANGE
R 801 - R 947 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
LOCATION
South AfricaGautengGreater JohannesburgJohannesburg
NUMBER OF ROOMS
14
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Frequently Asked Questions about Life on 3rd
Which popular attractions are close to Life on 3rd?
Nearby attractions include Melville Neighborhood (0.7 km), Melville Koppies (0.8 km), and 27Boxes (0.6 km).
What are some of the property amenities at Life on 3rd?
Some of the more popular amenities offered include free wifi, free breakfast, and free parking.
What food & drink options are available at Life on 3rd?
Guests can enjoy free breakfast during their stay.
Is parking available at Life on 3rd?
Yes, free parking is available to guests.
What are some restaurants close to Life on 3rd?
Conveniently located restaurants include Bambanani, The Great Eastern Food Bar, and De la Creme Patisserie.
Does Life on 3rd have airport transportation?
Yes, Life on 3rd offers airport transportation for guests. We recommend calling ahead to confirm details.
Does Life on 3rd offer any business services?
Yes, guests have access to meeting rooms and conference facilities during their stay.
Are there any historical sites close to Life on 3rd?
Many travellers enjoy visiting Constitution Hill Human Rights Precinct (4.4 km), Johannesburg Fort (4.9 km), and Nelson Mandela Foundation (6.2 km).
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