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Arum Place Guest House

nr 15 1st Street Melville, Johannesburg 2109 South Africa
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What you can expect during your stay
  • All linens sanitised in high-temperature wash
  • Face masks required for guests in public areas
  • Face masks required for staff in public areas
  • Floors marked for social distancing
  • Hand sanitiser available to guests & staff
  • Paid stay-at-home policy for staff with symptoms
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Updated 20/09/24 Safety precautions are provided by the property and are not checked by Tripadvisor for accuracy.
Updated 20/09/24 Safety precautions are provided by the property and are not checked by Tripadvisor for accuracy.


#8 of 401 B&Bs / Inns in Johannesburg
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Imagine a guest house in trendy Melville, in Johannesburg South Africa with all the style, luxury and space that you expect from a four star establishment with the warmth and homeliness that you will only find at your own home. Overlooking the Melville Koppies, Arum Place Guest House is a small private retreat, although only a minute’s drive away from the Melville buzz. The spacious rooms with wooden floors and steel pressed ceilings are beautifully restored and individually decorated. Four luxurious rooms with full en-suite bathrooms are situated inside the main house and three self catering units are available for longer stays. Three of the rooms have king-size beds which can be converted into twin beds on request. Each room has been decorated, furnished and equipped according to the Tourism Grading Council of South Africa’s (TGCSA) criteria for four star grading.24 Hour sincere and friendly hospitality by live-in owners.
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Property amenities
Free parking
Free High Speed Internet (WiFi)
Free breakfast
Golf course
Airport transportation
BBQ facilities
Baggage storage
Secured parking
Pool / beach towels
Outdoor pool
Special diet menus
Shuttle bus service
Non-smoking hotel
Outdoor furniture
Shared lounge / TV area
Sun loungers / beach chairs
Sun terrace
Express check-in / check-out
Dry cleaning
Ironing service
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Room features
Air conditioning
Bottled water
Flatscreen TV
Room types
Non-smoking rooms
Family rooms
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Residential Neighbourhood
Languages Spoken
English, Afrikaans, Zulu


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59Somewhat walkable
Grade: 59 out of 100
19Restaurantswithin 1 km
1Attractionwithin 1 km
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LODE548 wrote a review 10 Jun
Wilmington, Delaware2 contributions
My last visit to Arum Place was in October 2019. Ownership changed since the last time I stayed, but I wouldn't have known unless I had asked about the previous owner, The new owners and staff have maintained the quality of the hotel to my expectations. I booked initially for 8 nights (I extended another week) as my flight arrived in Johannesburg at 3:55 in the morning and the staff easily accommodated my 6am check in. The breakfasts are excellent and my request for no pork products was also happily fulfilled. The gardens on the property are beautiful and the property itself is located in a quiet neighborhood in Melville. Rooms are clean and very comfortable, and when I had an electricity issue in my room I was moved to another before I was even able to ask. Keletso was a wonderful guide and help in Melville as well and always a call or a text away for anything I needed. Excellent value for money, and I hope to return later this year.
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Date of stay: May 2021
sblanc483288 wrote a review Jan 2020
1 contribution
We very sincerely had great time in this guest house . Kado (sorry for the way to write it) has been a gorgeous host who took care of us amazingly . No other place to go to except this place in Johannesburg !!!
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Date of stay: January 2020
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nyenyezit wrote a review Jan 2020
Lilongwe, Malawi6 contributions
Arum Place is beautiful, in a very safe neighborhood! They provide the best service with their friendly staff. The rooms were clean and well kept. Breakfast had a variety to choose from, delicious and tasty. Ww were just looking for a place to unwins and relax before ending the Christmas holidays and Arum.was the best choice. Will definitely be returning to Arum any time we are in Joburg.
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Date of stay: January 2020Trip type: Travelled as a couple
Response from arumplace1, General Manager at Arum Place Guest House
Responded 15 Jan 2020
Hello Nyenyezit , Thank you soo much for a lovely message ; it is you who make us great hence we try our level best to make you happy , see you soon .
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bmigon683875 wrote a review Jan 2020
Johannesburg, South Africa1 contribution
The rooms are just amazing and so is the service. Simphiwe made our stay unforgettable, we all kept saying he spoilt us for all other guesthouses in the future! There's honestly nothing to criticise. I wish i could have stayed longer!
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Date of stay: December 2019
Sleep Quality
Trip type: Travelled with family
Response from Gladys van Rooyen, Owner at Arum Place Guest House
Responded 12 Mar 2020
Thank you for staying us .....
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JimneyWisdom wrote a review Dec 2019
Lakeshore, Canada153 contributions30 helpful votes
Spacious clean rooms, heart fully caring management and staff. Arranged late night airport pickup service;pick up and drop off and recommendation to Melville local downtown restaurant; early morning confirmations as per site visit and arranged 5:30 a.m. local transport to Kruger Safari pick up location. More than adequate breakfast...and although out-of-the-way for night life and independent city walk arounds; the management really cared about my safety and all around comfort to and from and stay at their property. Great for solo and couple travellers...
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Date of stay: November 2019
Response from Gladys van Rooyen, Owner at Arum Place Guest House
Responded 12 Mar 2020
Thank you for staying us ..... looking forward to seeing you again ....
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US$35 - US$73 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
South AfricaGautengGreater JohannesburgJohannesburg
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Frequently Asked Questions about Arum Place Guest House
Which popular attractions are close to Arum Place Guest House?
Nearby attractions include Melville Neighborhood (1.2 km), 27Boxes (1.1 km), and Clyde on 4th Antiques (1.1 km).
What are some of the property amenities at Arum Place Guest House?
Some of the more popular amenities offered include free wifi, free breakfast, and a pool.
Which room amenities are available at Arum Place Guest House?
Top room amenities include a kitchenette, air conditioning, and a flat screen TV.
What food & drink options are available at Arum Place Guest House?
Guests can enjoy free breakfast and barbeque facilities during their stay.
Is parking available at Arum Place Guest House?
Yes, free parking and secured parking are available to guests.
What are some restaurants close to Arum Place Guest House?
Conveniently located restaurants include Bambanani, Cafe Picobella, and Poppy's.
Are there opportunities to exercise at Arum Place Guest House?
Yes, guests have access to a pool during their stay.
Does Arum Place Guest House have an airport shuttle?
Yes, Arum Place Guest House offers an airport shuttle for guests. We recommend calling ahead to confirm details.
Which languages are spoken by the staff at Arum Place Guest House?
The staff speaks multiple languages, including English, Afrikaans, and Zulu.
Are there any historical sites close to Arum Place Guest House?
Many travellers enjoy visiting Constitution Hill Human Rights Precinct (4.7 km), Johannesburg Fort (5.2 km), and Nelson Mandela Foundation (6.9 km).