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African Pride Melrose Arch Hotel

5.0 out of 5.0

Recent guest reviews

3 days pre-check in time, i called hotel twice to confirm adjoining 2 rooms, i received one room around 1 PM, the other one i received it around 7 PM. Rooms were somewhat dirty. Break fast was in average.

This is a unique hotel, evident in its name 'African Pride' It has quirky, bold decor, fabulous funky bar and one of the best breakfast offerings of any hotel I've stayed in. Truly sumptuous and excellent value for money. That's the breakfast. The rooms have hard floors and a word of warning about this. It's noisy and means you hear the guests above you, below you and next to you clip clopping up and down, in and out at all hours of the night and day. The walls are not very well insulated (surprising for a modern, fairly new-build structure) so conversations and TV noise carries easily. As does the music in the outside bar area which is turned on even when NO ONE is in the bar?!? Now this is Africa; locals like music, loud conversations and general 'buzz' all the time which is great when you are relaxed, on holidays and can afford to sleep late and get in the groove. For business travellers who need precious sleep and have to get up early and function- no good. Very bad in fact. Room service is leisurely at best, absolutely shocking in truth. Slow slow slow. The mini bar is good, beds are very high and comfortable and GREAT rose head showers. BUT, the tissues on offer are a small traveller pack style which, for such an expensive hotel, is cheap and nasty. Seriously guys, give guests a decent pack of tissues. Once again, staff do that 'service-rooms-at-night-while-guests-are-sleeping' thing which is infuriating and totally not on. When they yell down the hall to each other, shrieking with laughter and general chit chat at 2am I wonder if they understand that they work in a place where revenue is raised from guests wanting to sleep. It is thoughtless, foolish and after it happened during two separate stays, I haven't been back. As a frequent business traveller to Johannesburg, I now stay at a less salubrious hotel with carpet in the rooms and slightly less noise. Slightly. Reasons to stay: it is in a gated community area with lots of cafes, restaurants and shops- big plus. It also has a Virgin Active gym in this complex which is helpful as the hotel DOES NOT have a gym and charges you full price to use the Virgin Active gym (opens 4:30am, great for jet lag days). That a hotel this expensive does not cover the cost of the gym when it doesn't offer one is naughty. Very. And another reason why I don't stay there anymore. If you are not price sensitive, stay here. Is lovely. But be prepared for little sleep, constant costs and cheap tissues.

Usually we stay in a different hotel with my company when we're in Johannesburg and first I was concerned if I would feel comfortable in a different hotel. But as soon as I arrived at the African Pride Hotel all of my concerns were blown away. The Lobby as well as the rooms are wonderful. They're modern, clean and new. Nothing is missing. There were even two cupcakes waiting for me in the room and a welcome letter! The staff is very friendly and helpful. I enjoyed smalltalk with them. The location of the hotel is just perfect. Melrose Arch has a lot to offer. Nice restaurants are within walking distance as well as shops and beauty spas. The hotel doesn't have a gym but there's one at the mall close to the hotel. The area is very safe and you can move around freely at night. I'd definitely choose this hotel again!

Everything about the hotel was first rate. The rooms were beautiful and the service was just perfect. We felt that the staf did everything possible to be helpful but not intrusive. Our only disappointment was that it was too cool to use the veautiful pool. We also were a bit disappointed that there was no on-site gym.

Because we arrived very late, it was difficult to find an entrance to the street the African Pride Hotel is located on. After a certain time, security becomes tighter and only one entrance to the hotel area is open and it is guarded. That being said, we never felt that there was any reason to be afraid to wander in the area around the hotel. Check-in was easy and our room was very clean and contemporary, with a view into the courtyard. The king size bed was nice and comfortable without being too firm. Lots of pillows. There is a restaurant in the hotel, but we only visited it for breakfast which offered plenty of choices in the buffet. The staff was very accommodating, especially the doormen who went out of their way to call for our driver and then to welcome us back when we returned. Overall, this is an excellent choice for a stay in Johannesburg

It's a beautiful hotel, I loved the decor because it is very quirky and fun. They have rubber ducks on the tub! The check In process was fine, the hotel room lovely the guests on our floor where a bit rowdy but that's not something the hotel can control. Our wifi didn't work and I was too tired to check why, on checking in I requested they make sure they have my Marriott reward number and on check out again but it's still not showing up as a stay on my side so I'm guessing they didn't other than that it was a lovely stay and service was good.

The hotel is clean and extremely well-located. Safe to walk around to shops and restaurants. Great breakfast each morning. The staff is friendly and pleasant. Concierge, extremely helpful. Our room was very comfortable.

First time my partner and myself have been to South Africa, and we stayed in the African Pride Melrose hotel for few days and we will definitely be going back. Staff all over the hotel are friendly, polite, well groomed and very helpful.I feel very safe in and about this resort,always staff to be seen.

I stayed here for 2 nights after a month of lodges and camping in Africa and what a comfort this hotel was! The hotel is in a safe area and set within the confines of a "precinct". The entire area is closed off with security at each exit. This is a pedestrian only area where cars are not allowed to drive though. There are plenty of restaurants within walking distance, shops, and a shopping center up the street. I liked the personality of the hotel and would stay here again. Some of the pros were: great room service, a pillow menu, the safe hidden behind a painting on the wall, a helpful travel desk, a huge breakfast offering (extra cost), friendly front desk team, huge and comfortable bed, large sunken tub, M&M's in your room and the front desk, and excellent wifi. The main cons would be the price. I know it's a luxury hotel and keep in mind the breakfast is around $20USD but you can easily walk outside and 30 seconds later eat breakfast at JB'S Corner for less than half the price. Also, the company they work with for airport transfers is pricey too. Everything is high quality but you definitely get what you pay for. My airport transfer was almost 200 Rands more than when I arrived in Joburg.

Generous well appointed room, very comfortable bed with a great bathroom featuring sunken bath and rain shower. Plenty of storage & hanging space and room safe hidden behind framed picture, which was an amusing touch. Good size writing desk with wired & wireless internet connections. The room included had coffee & tea making facilities and bottled water available. The restaurant in the hotel had a good menu and wine choice and the food was of a very good quality, served quickly and efficiently.

1 Melrose Square, Melrose Arch Johannesburg Gauteng

Hotel highlights

  • Free WiFi and wired Internet in rooms and public areas
  • Onsite dining
  • Nightclub
  • Outdoor pool

African Pride Melrose Arch Hotel places you within 3 miles (5 km) of popular attractions like Johannesburg Stock Exchange and Sandton City Mall. This 5-star hotel has 118 guestrooms and offers an outdoor pool, free in-room WiFi, and a nightclub. Near the airport, it's also near Sandton Convention Centre and South African Museum of Military History.


This hotel serves as home to a bar, along with a restaurant that specializes in international cuisine. Satisfy your hunger from the comfort of your room with 24-hour room service. Start each morning with full breakfast, available for a fee from 6:30 AM to 11 AM.


The 118 rooms are soundproofed and have an array of amenities, including minibars, coffee makers, and free newspapers. 32-inch LCD TVs come with satellite channels and DVD players, and guests can stay connected with free WiFi and wired Internet. Beds sport Egyptian cotton sheets and pillow menus, and bathrooms offer deep soaking tubs, rainfall showers, hair dryers, and designer toiletries. Other standard amenities include free bottled water, laptop-compatible safes, and phones.

Property features

Guests staying at African Pride Melrose Arch Hotel enjoy a nightclub, an outdoor pool, and free WiFi in public areas. Parking is ZAR 85.00 per day (ZAR 85.00 per day for valet parking)—but if you prefer not to drive, catch a ride in the airport shuttle (available 24 hours) for ZAR 680.00 per vehicle one way. Multilingual staff at the 24-hour front desk can assist with dry cleaning/laundry, concierge services, and luggage storage. Other amenities at this luxury hotel include 6 meeting rooms, a conference center, and a 24-hour business center.

Room options

Executive Room, 1 King Bed

King 1 | Sleeps 2

Standard Room (Guest)

King 1 | Twin 2 | Sleeps 2

Reviews from Trip Advisor

Trip Advisor aggregated rating

84% of guests recommend this hotel

Total of 682 reviews