Ginnegaap Guest House is the perfect base to explore the hidden gems of Melville

Ginnegaap Guest House Melville accommodation

Ginnegaap Guest House, Melville, Johannesburg

One of the best accommodation offerings to stay at in the Melville area of Johannesburg is the Ginnegaap Guest House. Here you will find tranquillity, relaxation and luxury wrapped together in a wonderful package that both business and leisure travellers will enjoy.

After opening their doors in 2008, the owners of Ginnegaap Guest House have welcomed hundreds of local and international guests from around the world.

You can take off your shoes, kick back and relax in your comfortable room or take a chance to explore the wonderful hidden gems in Melville.

The bohemian suburb of Melville is the hotspot for many restaurants, coffee shops and bars in Johannesburg and is very popular with the students of the University of Johannesburg.

Landmarks in the area include the Melville Koppies Nature Reserve and taking on the mountain biking and hiking trails in the area.

The Guest House was constructed in the 1940s and has typical Melville designs with high pressed ceilings, wooden floors, and oodles of charm. The house is filled with tasteful interior décor and has beautiful gardens and modern facilities to help make your stay as relaxing and comfortable as possible.

Accommodation at Ginnegaap Guest House

Ginnegaap Guest House, accommodation, Johannesburg, Melville, bed & breakfast

There are 12 different rooms to choose from at Ginnegaap Guest House; seven Standard Rooms, two Basic Rooms and three fully furnished Apartments. All rooms are uniquely and beautifully decorated and spacious so that you can experience total comfort.

All rooms come with a TV with DStv, safe, hairdryer, ceiling fans and heaters or air-conditioning, ironing facilities, a desk area, fridge and tea and coffee-making facilities.

The Standard Rooms come with either a double bed or a King-sized bed that can be converted into two single beds, a bathroom with a shower or with a shower and small bath.

Three of the standard rooms are semi self-catering and come with a microwave, kettle, cutlery and crockery.

The Basic Rooms come with either a double bed or a King-sized bed that can be converted into two single beds and a bathroom with a shower only. One of the basic rooms is semi self-catering and comes with a bar fridge, microwave and cutlery and crockery.

The three fully-furnished Apartments are spacious and perfect for families. They have open-plan lounges, kitchens and dining areas and one or two bedrooms with King-sized beds or two single beds and a bathroom with a shower or shower and bath. The kitchens are fully equipped for all your self-catering needs.

Facilities & dining at Ginnegaap Guest House

Ginnegaap Guest House, accommodation, Johannesburg, Melville, bed & breakfast

Breakfast at Ginnegaap Guest House is a very popular treat for their guests. You can start your day off with a selection of fruits, juices, cereals and a selection of teas and coffees from the buffet.

You can also order from their breakfast menu which has a wide variety and caters to any dietary requirement be it vegetarian, vegan or halal. Dinner is available upon request for groups or business clients.

The guest swimming pool offers you the chance to cool down during the hot summer days and soak up some African sun in their pool chairs, towels for the pool are provided.

Free and secure parking is available for your vehicle and free Wi-Fi can be accessed from anywhere in the house. A laundry service is also available.

The dining area can also be converted into a small meeting room for business travellers, while leisure travellers can trust the staff at Ginnegaap to arrange private tours in and around Johannesburg with a trusted guide.

What do people say about Ginnegaap Guest House

“I had an amazing 2 days at this guest house with my family. The Guest house is located in the middle of a residential area, yet very close to a lot of nice restaurants and a shopping area. Room was very spacious with a well-equipped kitchenette. But you wouldn’t think of using it the kitchenette as you are spoilt with a choice of restaurants short-walk away. Breakfast is really mouth-watering, being veggies we had no problems in selecting breakfast for 2 days which we stayed with good hot breakfast options. Friendly and helpful host and staff who are there to help you out anytime. With parking facility and few pets around, you’ll just feel at home here.” – Madhurapras TripAdvisor.

“They have an amazing breakfast which is freshly made for you. It is close to the lots of restaurants and in an area of Joburg where you could walk alone. They really made sure you are safe in the property. Parking space available. Cute room/decorations and lovely owners.” – Nomad TripAdvisor.

“Lovely bed and breakfast with friendly and helpful staff. Rooms are very comfortable and there is a wonderful selection of tea and coffee in the room. The breakfasts are very good but make sure you leave room for pastries from Cafe de la Creme!” – Elaine TripAdvisor.

Top reasons for staying at Ginnegaap Guest House:

  1. The owners and staff at Ginnegaap are friendly and welcoming, making you feel right at home.
  2. The rooms are beautifully decorated and spacious.
  3. Breakfast is a treat for everyone no matter what your dietary requirements are.
  4. The facilities are wonderful, from the pool to the gardens.
  5. The ideal location means that exploring Melville and the various restaurants in town are easy.

To make a booking at Ginnegaap Guest House give them a call on 011 482 3507 or email Visit their website at Find them at 54 4th Ave, Melville, Johannesburg, 0000.

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