FernIvy Guest House

FernIvy Guest House

793 Merton Avenue Eastwood, Pretoria 0083 South Africa
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#69 of 208 guest houses in Pretoria
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4.8 of 5 bubbles
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Set in a quiet street in the leafy suburb of Eastwood, between the Union Buildings and the Presidents official residence, this guesthouse caters for the discerning traveller or businessperson. Though in the very heart of the capital city, accommodation is quite and comfortable. En suite bathrooms, pool, tan deck, business centre, panorama patio and pub, jacuzzi and airport transfers. Near universities, hospitals, government departments and sports venues, cinemas, theatres and malls.
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Property amenities
Free parking
Free High Speed Internet (WiFi)
Pool
Free breakfast
Airport transportation
Non-smoking hotel
Dry cleaning
Laundry service
Wifi
Hot bath
Bar / lounge
Room features
Air conditioning
Kitchenette
Microwave
Refrigerator
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Non-smoking rooms
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HOTEL CLASS
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4.0 of 5 stars
HOTEL STYLE
Classic
Luxury

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793 Merton Avenue Eastwood, Pretoria 0083 South Africa
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Car recommended
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susieBirmingham wrote a review Mar 2020
The Royal Town of Sutton Coldfield, United Kingdom
5.0 of 5 bubbles
My 1st visit here although my brother has been staying here for many years. Excellent room with everything you could possibly want, fridge, in a kitchen area, fresh water, a drink and chocolate, iron, clothes steamer etc etc. The outdoor pool that my room opened onto looked very inviting. Lovely soft towels and wonderful shower. Restaurants within walking distance so no real need to drive. WiFi code for room and breakfast room. Marguerite is so nice as are all the staff. Very tasty breakfast. In an area of Pretoria that has lots of Embassies so feels very safe.
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Date of stay: March 2020
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5.0 of 5 bubblesService
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Channing A wrote a review Aug 2014
Helsinki, Finland
5.0 of 5 bubbles
The guesthouse is a short ride to the downtown center. Location is near the Presidency, which is good for running/walking. The rooms are very comfortable and well appointed with a small kitchen. The atmosphere is great, including an "on your honor" bar on a rooftop terrace. Breakfast is good, typically served at a large dining room table with all guests eating at the same table (though frequently at different times).

Internet is reasonably fast (accommodates skype). Good for a business trip.
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Date of stay: June 2014
5.0 of 5 bubblesValue
5.0 of 5 bubblesRooms
5.0 of 5 bubblesService
Trip type: Travelled on business
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Response from Fernguest, Owner at FernIvy Guest House
Responded 22 Aug 2014
Thank you for the positive feedback Channing. It is always a pleasure hosting you!
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carolinedassonville wrote a review Apr 2016
Noordhoek, South Africa
5.0 of 5 bubbles
I have stayed at Fern Ivy for over three years now after being referred by friends. Each and every stay has been a warm and homely experience with attentive Staff and excellent breakfasts. My daughter attended Tuks University during this time and we would often stay together at Fern Ivy during her exams as she felt like she was at home and relaxed. Needless to say, she has now graduated and the next time I am fortunate enough to stay at Fern Ivy will be for my next business trip. A huge thank you to Marguerite and her wonderful Staff for their warm hospitality.
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Date of stay: April 2016
5.0 of 5 bubblesRooms
5.0 of 5 bubblesLocation
5.0 of 5 bubblesService
Trip type: Travelled on business
Room Tip: Our favourite is room 6 - it has a lovely leather couch and kitchenette and is large enough to...
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Response from Fernguest, Owner at FernIvy Guest House
Responded 11 Apr 2016
Dear Caroline,thank you for the positive review. It was a privilige to host you! Fernivy will miss you and Jess. Warmest regards Marguerite&staff
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Callum W wrote a review Aug 2014
Geneva, Switzerland
4.0 of 5 bubbles
We spent two weeks here as part of a business trip. All the staff were very friendly and went out of their way to accommodate our needs (e.g. early breakfast) - remembering our meal preferences for example. The well-equipped kitchenette in the room gave us the option of buying from the supermarket (10 minute walk around the corner) and making salads so we didn't have to rely on take-out/eating out every day and meant that we could work easily in the room or on the roof. The area is safe with many embassies nearby. It's a stone's throw from the Union Buildings a 5-minute drive (or 20 minute walk) from Hatfield Gau Train station. The city centre is also walkable. It was like a home-from-home; I would strongly recommend it over a larger more informal business hotel.
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Date of stay: May 2014
4.0 of 5 bubblesValue
4.0 of 5 bubblesLocation
5.0 of 5 bubblesService
Trip type: Travelled on business
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Response from Fernguest, Owner at FernIvy Guest House
Responded 22 Aug 2014
Thanks for the positive response! The priority of the FernIvy team is to ensure your comfort and satisfaction .
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vicdupreez wrote a review Jun 2012
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Very handy guest house. Location is perfect. Rooms are very well appointed. Breakfast service is fantastic. Well worth it of you need to stay in Pretoria.
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Date of stay: June 2012
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
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Response from fernivy, Owner at FernIvy Guest House
Responded 12 Sept 2012
We are glad you enjoyed our home. We hope to see you again soon.
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Gmercier311 wrote a review Mar 2012
Boston, Massachusetts
5.0 of 5 bubbles
There are no words to describe Fern Ivy. It is unsurpassed. Marguerite and her husband are extremely welcoming and energetic and easy to relate to. They picked us up from the train station and gave us a little driving tour of Pretoria on the way back to the guesthouse. Marguerite then took us on a tour of the house, which was architecturally modern with classic decor and cool features - two roof decks with great views! We had our choice of rooms - and it was a tough decision!They were both exquisite, but we chose the one that was closer to the pool and hot tub. We were tired from traveling and thought we would enjoy dinner in by the pool. Marguerite even helped us order sushi from a local restaurant. The rooms are large, well furnished, and equipped with kitchenettes. We really enjoyed the complimentary decanter of sherry. And of course, there was plenty of Amarula at the bar!

We weren't there long enough to use the fitness room, but Marguerite is quite the runner and knows of a lot of good routes in the area. If you're fast enough, she'll even run with you! In the morning my husband and I (sans Marguerite, b/c we were hurting from all the travel and the major elevation differential) went for a short jog to the Union buildings, and then returned to the guesthouse for a delicious breakfast prepared by the staff - who were also wonderful.

The ambiance and hospitality of Fern Ivy were inspiring - stay here and you will seriously consider converting your own home into a guesthouse.
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Date of stay: February 2012
5.0 of 5 bubblesValue
5.0 of 5 bubblesRooms
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5.0 of 5 bubblesCleanliness
5.0 of 5 bubblesService
5.0 of 5 bubblesSleep Quality
Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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Response from fernivy, Owner at FernIvy Guest House
Responded 12 Sept 2012
It was really nice seeing you again in Boston. And thank you again for the breakfast. Also, thank you for your kind review.
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yootje73 wrote a review Apr 2011
Breda, The Netherlands
5.0 of 5 bubbles
We stayed at the Fernivy a lot this year. Two years ago we were also there and had some good memories of it. This year we decided to come with our parents, both well into their seventies. Fernivy comes with fluffy towels, a whole lot of pillows in crispy clean white beddings, your own kitchenette, and some old brown sherry with chocolate to begin your stay there. You can bring snacks, order food, use their bar stacked with beers and wine, the staff is always willing to help you, whether you like to order biltong or find a restaurant, it does not matter. We love it there and will come back again and again.
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Date of stay: March 2011
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
Trip type: Travelled with family
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Response from fernivy, Owner at FernIvy Guest House
Responded 23 Nov 2011
Thanks. It is always nice to get compliments - especially from overseas visitors. It indicates that we meet international standards.
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lionelHadera wrote a review Dec 2007
Hadera
5.0 of 5 bubbles
I stayed at the FernIvy Guest House for two weeks recently, while working in Pretoria. I've stayed at lots of B&B's before, but very, very few as pleasant as this! The beautiful house has been renovated from basement to roof-patio. My room was large, elegantly furnished, impeccably kept, and with all the comforts one could ask for (I usually take my own pillow with me when I travel -- this time, it never left my suitcase). Marguerite, my hostess, met me herself at Jo'burg airport. She and her husband Eitel --- a friendly and cultivated couple --- and their staff, went to great lengths to make me feel comfortable and at home (even Oscar, the parrot -- "a Rottweiler with feathers" -- muttered an occasional "hello"). On Saturday night, Marguerite and Eitel invited me and my colleagues to a "braai" (hope I spelt that right!) --- a South African BBQ where all thoughts of "sensible" eating and drinking fly out the window. Thank you, Marguerite and Eitel, for looking after me so well. Next time I'm in Pretoria I know where I'll be staying ---if I'm lucky!

LionelHadera, Hadera, Israel
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Date of stay: October 2007
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Response from fernivy, Owner at FernIvy Guest House
Responded 23 Nov 2011
It was lovely having you here. We hope you can come again!
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Popsie Wopsie wrote a review Aug 2018
Waiheke
5.0 of 5 bubbles
My family and I have been staying at Fern Ivy for almost 10 years. The owner, Marguerite goes out of her way to make you feel welcome and nothing is ever too much trouble. The rooms are luxurious and comfortable, fitted with everything you might need. The staff are courteous and friendly. Highly recommended!
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Date of stay: August 2018
5.0 of 5 bubblesValue
5.0 of 5 bubblesLocation
5.0 of 5 bubblesService
Trip type: Travelled with family
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Marco_camar wrote a review Aug 2016
Brighton, United Kingdom
5.0 of 5 bubbles
This lovely guest house is very luxuorious and has all the comforts and it is located in a perfect area. Marguerite is a super nice and available person as all the staff. Well worth it if you have to stay in Pretoria Highly recommended
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Date of stay: August 2016
5.0 of 5 bubblesValue
5.0 of 5 bubblesCleanliness
5.0 of 5 bubblesService
Trip type: Travelled on business
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carolinedassonville wrote a tip Apr 2016
Noordhoek, South Africa29 contributions6 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
"Our favourite is room 6 - it has a lovely leather couch and kitchenette and is large enough to spend a week there without feeling homesick!"
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Steve M wrote a tip Jul 2015
Mutare, Zimbabwe25 contributions3 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
"all the rooms are excellent"
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IngridW_CapeTown wrote a tip Mar 2015
cape town64 contributions39 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
"Room 6 leads straight onto the pool."
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Andy C wrote a tip Jul 2014
Cape Town, South Africa135 contributions38 helpful votes
4.0 of 5 bubbles
"ask for a room on the lower lever- pool and garden"
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Darryl M wrote a tip Feb 2013
Havelock North, New Zealand13 contributions1 helpful vote
5.0 of 5 bubbles
"If you can get room 7... my favorite."
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PRICE RANGE
R 592 - R 700 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
LOCATION
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NUMBER OF ROOMS
8
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Frequently Asked Questions about FernIvy Guest House
Which popular attractions are close to FernIvy Guest House?
Nearby attractions include Statue of Nelson Mandela (0.7 km), Union Buildings (0.7 km), and Loftus Versfeld Stadium (1.2 km).
What are some of the property amenities at FernIvy Guest House?
Some of the more popular amenities offered include free wifi, free breakfast, and a pool.
Which room amenities are available at FernIvy Guest House?
Top room amenities include a kitchenette, air conditioning, and a refrigerator.
What food & drink options are available at FernIvy Guest House?
Guests can enjoy free breakfast and a lounge during their stay.
Is parking available at FernIvy Guest House?
Yes, free parking is available to guests.
What are some restaurants close to FernIvy Guest House?
Conveniently located restaurants include La Pentola, Harries Pancakes, and Cafe 41.
Are there opportunities to exercise at FernIvy Guest House?
Yes, guests have access to a pool during their stay.
Does FernIvy Guest House have airport transportation?
Yes, FernIvy Guest House offers airport transportation for guests. We recommend calling ahead to confirm details.
Are any cleaning services offered at FernIvy Guest House?
Yes, dry cleaning and laundry service are offered to guests.
Are there any historical sites close to FernIvy Guest House?
Many travellers enjoy visiting Union Buildings (0.7 km), Sammy Marks House (2.8 km), and Melrose House (3.0 km).
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