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A luxury oasis in Hyde Park

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An  unassuming facade off a busy road hides one of Hyde Park's hidden boutique gems - 33 Melville Street. Originally a private home it is now a beautifully appointed boutique hotel/home from home which attracts regular guests who need a charming oasis deep in the busy metropolis of Johannesburg.

Built in the 1950s by acclaimed architect Stephan Arendz the house boasts spacious grounds. a solid wooden framework including highly polished kiaat floors, roaring fireplaces and a curved staircase leading to three uniquely themed luxury suites (the Rose Room, the Black and Yellow Room and Victoria's Room), each decorated in its own whimsical and eclectic style.

Staying at 33 Melville Street is an unparalleled experience in luxury. The mantra of management is: "We want you to feel at home and that everything is possible to make your stay more comfortable than you could ever imagine."

Five-star hotels which boast all the refinements always lay claim to the above mantra - but somehow lack the personal touch. Here, however, the personal touch is very special and to be found everywhere. The linen is crisper than crisp, there are flowers from the garden charmingly placed in the rooms (a big thumbs up), an enticing bowl of Lindt chocolates, a water jug filled with mint sprigs, and a bouquet of lavender to place under your pillow, a la Maid in Manhattan, not to mention the two underfloor warm spots next to your bed on either side, put there purposefully to see that your exit into slumberland is warm and inviting in the icy Gauteng winter. With further underfloor heating in the big mirrored bathroom and a gas fire downstairs no winter chill enters to disturb your peace of mind!

The huge en-suite bathroom in my Black and Yellow Room is divine ... black and white tree printed blinds, endless piping hot water, an array of rubber ducks (including Elvis), big white thirsty towels, a positive battery of Africology products and a basket of aspirins, plasters and other in case of emergency goodies and in a vase the world's most perfect camellia, that has certainly never seen the inside of a florist shop. 

The service-oriented, discreet staff are dedicated to making your every moment enjoyable. General manager Nicole has a cruise liner background and her instincts are to create perfection wherever she goes, from unobtrusively whisking away your plate or glass to making sure that she personally bids farewell to every guest. Marketing manager and former Boss model Henri is not only beautiful but attentive and funny and executiuve chef Danny is on hand to cater to individual tastes and dietary requirements. A chauffeur is also on hand for guests exclusive convenience.

There is even a boisterous golden retriever called George for guests who miss their pets. And for those poor souls who are allergic to animal fur there are stuffed green felt elephants, a charming yellow hippo, wooden duck door stoppers and a stuffed teddybears galore in the rooms filled with eyepopping colour, artwork and wonderful light fittings. There is even a quirky arrangements of garden gnomes lining the wall outside on the patio!

Guests are invited to have a snack and a drink in the bar/lounge while George presses his nose to the glass and begs to come in.

I eat my shepherd's pie with cauliflower mash in the dining room over looked by a crowned mosaic zebra head before cheekily heading to the kitchen to beg recipes from the chef, who is whipping up a homemade chocolate sauce to go with my icecream, and inspect the rows of spices and cold storage facilities.

The dining room is set to be the scene for a happy chattering group who come for a corporate breakfast in the morning while I sit after my breakfast of delectable scrambled eggs, bacon and toast with marmalade and have a business meeting in the little feminine sitting room, accompanied by tea and shortbread. The room is full of light and gorgeous coffee table books, which guests sometimes leave behind - and sometimes take with them!

The hotel has all the mod cons naturally, such as wifi, a boardroom seating 12 people, swimming pool, gym,personal trainers on hand, nearby golfing facilities, and top of the line security. It is also a 10 minute drive to the Gautrain and the Rosebank Mall.

Being a tourist in your own city is a delight when you find a wonderful spot like this to stay in. 33 Melville Street fulfils every expectation for a private luxury getaway that is under the radar.


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