Top 10 Airbnb Vacation Rentals In Melville, Johannesburg, South Africa - Updated 2021

airbnb Melville, Johannesburg, South Africa
Maria Cristina
Maria Cristina

The bohemian suburb of Melville in Johannesburg, South Africa, is a mecca for students attending the universities of Johannesburg and Witwatersrand. Once part of the original Braamfontein farmlands, before the 1886 discovery of gold in Witwatersrand, its picturesque woodland scenery offers magnificent mountain views and is the location of the Melville Koppies, a protected archeological site. It’s among the northern suburbs of the city, with shops, restaurants, and cafes lining the streets and lovely Victorian-style guest houses, surrounded by blooming jacarandas.

The vibrant atmosphere and laidback, hippie lifestyle attracts poets, writers, artists, and tourists, so stay a few days and book one of these top Airbnb vacation rentals in Melville to fully enjoy the lovely town’s scenery. We’ve listed them all below, so check them out!

1. Modern charm for gourmets (from USD 33)

This cozy guesthouse is a concrete structure separate from the main house in a corner of a property, two minutes away from the bars, restaurants, and shops on 7th Street. The beige-colored walls, tiled flooring, and wide windows make the space bright and breezy. The open plan is shared by the rustic, fully-stocked kitchen and dining area that doubles as a desk. There’s also a king-sized bed, ideal for two adults and large cabinets.

The private bathroom has a sink, toilet, and spa tub with hot water and free essentials. Enjoy high-speed Wi-Fi, cable TV, an indoor fireplace, free parking, luggage dropoff, long-term stays, and a BBQ in the yard. Do note that the owner’s pets roam freely on the property and are off-limits inside the unit.

Modern Charm for Gourmets - Melville Smart Home
Johannesburg, Gauteng, South Africa
436 reviews Superhost  Wifi Available
Entire guesthouse 1 Bed 2 Guests 1 Bedroom 1 Bathroom

Accommodates: 2

Top guest reviews
Amenities & Room:
the bed sleeps comfortably hot tub/jet bath was relaxing wifi was supreme
great little place with very functional kitchen and comfortable mattress
the open plan kitchen and bedroom have a nice cottagy feel to it complete with separate entrance
the home is comfortable with great amenities and is in a really good location
recommend pablo's for breakfast and lucky bean for wine and dinner
very clean and modern space
very clean and great entertainment too
very clean organized etc
the place is beatiful very clean and charming
clean and well equipped with a super comfortable bed
steven certainly deserves his super host rating
steven and gogo are wonderful hosts who made me feel very much at home
steven communicated well and he was a great host
steven is a fantastic host and readily available to ask for advice or help
great neighboorhood and very welcoming host always available
close to a great strip of restaurants in melville
very well located and secure
excellent location and value for money
this spot was perfectly located close to great spots in melville
great place great value for money central to everything and just a 2min walk from the heart of melville
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2. Well-furnished private unit (from USD 29)

This apartment is near restaurants, shops, markets, art galleries, pubs, hospitals, universities, the Melville Koppies Nature Reserve, and across from an elementary school and public transportation. The well-appointed flat has a lovely flower garden in the backyard and street parking in front. The ample space hosts four guests and is decorated with pastel-colored interiors and modern wooden furniture. The lounge has a double-sized sofa bed, perfect for relaxing while watching DVDs or cable TV and can sleep two extra guests.

The fully-equipped kitchen has a dining table set for four guests and French doors that open to a furnished patio. The bedroom is equipped with a queen-sized bed that sleeps two guests, a wardrobe, heater, desk space, and free Wi-Fi. The private bathroom has a tub, sink, toilet, and free toiletries.

Well furnished private unit. Separate entrance.
Johannesburg, Gauteng, South Africa
178 reviews Superhost  Wifi Available
Entire rental unit 2 Beds 4 Guests 1 Bedroom 1 Bathroom

Accommodates: 4

Top guest reviews
Amenities & Room:
nice bath soaps and a powerful iron
the lounge area works well as a second bedroom and the sofa bed was surprisingly comfortable :)
the space is lovely comfortable and very relaxing
a lovely apartment where you can feel safe and secure with amenities close by
the cottage is perfect centrally located well-equipped and very cozy
raath b&b was very clean and stylish
really clean great facilities secure location
very affordable very secure very clean and very cozy
excellent communication helpful hosts and a very comfortable and clean unit
comfortable clean accomdation at a great price
the hosts were very welcoming and their home is lovely
great host and lovely place
friendly helpful hosts
great hosts who are very helpful and friendly
the hosts were friendly and very accommodating
cute little place at a great location
great quiet location within a 10 minute walk to the cool side in melville
perfect location in the very trendy melville
close to great restaurants and shops
gideon's place was amazing the location was convenient and walking distance to everything
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3. Avond guest unit (from USD 25)

The luxurious self-catering studio is next to the terrace of the main house, at the back of the property. It has an exclusive entryway, accessible by wooden stairs and a tiny furnished balcony, overlooking the lush landscape. The spacious interiors, decorated with light yellow walls, tiled flooring, and big windows, exudes a warm, breezy ambiance. The open layout features a cozy queen-sized bed, large wardrobe, carpeting, a dining table set for two, a tiny seating area in the corner, and a cable TV with DVD player.

The equipped kitchenette and private bathroom are in separate rooms, decorated with classy black tiles. The bathroom has a tub with hot water and free toiletries. Enjoy luxuries, like free Wi-Fi, heating, laundry facilities, free parking, and luggage dropoff. It’s ideal for singles or couples looking for long-term stays in this quiet, artisan community and near cafes, restaurants, and shops.

Avond Guest Unit in MELVILLE, Johannesburg.
Johannesburg, Gauteng, South Africa
158 reviews Superhost  Wifi Available
Entire guest suite 1 Bed 2 Guests 1 Bedroom 1 Bathroom

Accommodates: 2

Top guest reviews
Amenities & Room:
great features: big screen tv with internet and netflix
lovely apartment feels like a tree house up in the canopy great amenities and clean
the bed is huge and comfortable and above all the wifi is fast
i definitely recommend this stylish warm comfortable and convenient cottage for anybody spending time in jozi
a fully furnished and awesome place to relax and unwind almost a five star hotel room in a garden
it was warm clean and cozy
everything is very clean
to expensive for what it it is clean up the garage
second stay at hanlie's and it was just clean and accomodating as the first stay
the studio was immaculate at my arrival and the communication with hanlie super easy
the host was very welcoming
friendly host and great accommodation
kind and welcoming man and wife
great place and great host
the hosts are very warm and friendly
situated in a pleasant neighbourhood
hanlie's place is located in a nice neighborhood
this was the perfect location for me
very close to restaurants and entertainment
the location is great and within waking distance of the bustling 7th street
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4. Magical Sunbeam Cottage (from USD 26)

Up for rent is a guest suite, detached from a single level cottage with its own entrance through the garage. It’s near the Millpark Hospital, UJ and Wits Universities, Gautrain Station, Rosebank CBD, and the city center. The huge room has cozy interiors of warm, olive-green walls, white ceilings, and marble flooring. The open plan features a huge, thick-cushioned bed that sleeps two guests and is cozy for lounging while watching cable TV. There’s also a dining table set for two, large cabinets, a mini-fridge, microwave, kettle, toaster, and complimentary goodies.

The ensuite bathroom has floor-to-ceiling tiles with an enclosed shower and free toiletries. The room has access to a furnished patio overlooking the garden and swimming pool. Conveniences, like Wi-Fi, heating, hot water, free parking, use of the pool, and luggage dropoff, are all provided with long and short-term stays.

Magical Sunbeam Cottage in private garden.
Johannesburg, Gauteng, South Africa
170 reviews Superhost  Wifi Available
Private room in guest suite 0 Beds 2 Guests 1 Bedroom 1 Bathroom

Accommodates: 2

Top guest reviews
Amenities & Room:
the yard is gorgeous and the cottage is cozy and beautiful
didnt have worry about breakfast in the mornings found muesli and rusk in the room
the apartment is as described and was perfect for us
the pool is great and there's a roof-level deck with views of joburg above the guest house
we were very happy to enjoy the space including the beautiful backyard and rooftop table
the place was very clean and relaxing
very nicely decorated clean and convenient
the place is peaceful quite and very clean and safe
the room is spotless comfortable and very private as well
rod and muffy's place is great value spotlessly clean and very comfortable
wonderful place run by wonderful hosts
the hosts are incredibly helpful
very lovely and hospitable hosts
they're lovely and very helpful
great hosts that make our stay great
we only wish we could’ve spent more time at their place chilling in the garden
it was walking distance from the shops and restaurants and a lovely evening walk
the place is located in a very nice suburb where you are close to many interesting things
private cute little place to spend some time in jo’burg/melville
melville is a wonderful neighbourhood
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5. Lovely room in a chalet (from USD 25)

This chalet is walking distance to 7th Street and five minutes away from sidewalk cafes, shops, and restaurants. Up for rent is a self-contained guest suite, which is a separate structure from the main house. It has its own entrance and is fully equipped with a kitchenette, dining area, tall cabinets, a classic wooden day bed, and a double-sized bed that sleeps two guests comfortably. The private bathroom contains a shower with free toiletry essentials. Basic luxuries, like Wi-Fi, a desk space, laundry facilities, and free on-site parking, are available.

LOVE @ 77 - Private Cottage
Johannesburg, Gauteng, South Africa
233 reviews  Wifi Available
Entire rental unit 2 Beds 2 Guests 1 Bedroom 1 Bathroom

Accommodates: 2

Top guest reviews
Amenities & Room:
very comfortable sleep - i loved the linen great amenities - i enjoyed the coffee
save parking free wifi and white linen makes this a perfect choice
we especially enjoyed the shower bed and wifi
a cute little pad that offers the basic amenities to make your stay comfortable
great size room plenty big for x2 with little kitchen area sofa cupboard etc
very clean and neat
the place was spotless clean and smelling great
nonetheless i’m grateful to have had a nice clean place to rest and enjoy johannesburg
very clean and what every couple will like
warm welcome place very clean
courtney is an amazing host
courtney is a great host
great hospitality and great host
thank you for a great host courtney
our host courtney was very friendly and hospitable
perfect location and very comfortable sleeping
great location near some of joburg‘s top spots
the apartment is in an excellent location which is safe secure and centrally located
nice place very nice location
super close to everything melville has to offer
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6. The perfect base in Melville (from USD 32)

Walking distance to shops, pubs, and restaurants is this lovely garden cottage that hosts two guests. It’s near the universities, making it an ideal shelter for parents visiting their kids enrolled in those schools. If you’re too lazy to eat out in the Braamfontein District, you can stay home and eat at the counter in front of the floor-to-ceiling windows, offering relaxing views of the pool and garden. A cozy double-sized bed that sleeps two, a sofa bed that could sleep an extra person, and tall cabinets share the open layout with free Wi-Fi and heating.

Between the bedroom and the private bathroom is a small kitchenette, equipped to cook simple meals. The private bathroom has an enclosed tub with a shower, toilet, sink, and free toiletry essentials. A door from the bedroom opens onto a furnished outdoor patio, where you can enjoy dining al fresco or relaxing between dips in the pool. Enjoy free parking, luggage dropoff, and long-term stays.

Your perfect base to explore Melville and Joburg
Johannesburg, Gauteng, South Africa
311 reviews Superhost  Wifi Available
Entire rental unit 1 Bed 2 Guests 1 Bedroom 1 Bathroom

Accommodates: 2

Top guest reviews
Amenities & Room:
cottage is stocked as described with a small kitcheonette and a comfortable bathroom
the cottage is very beautiful neat and cozy
the room is wonderful and the amnemneties just what you need when you traveling
a safe private room in the most beautiful garden in a quiet street of melville
john's place was as described very cozy and clean beautiful garden and patio
beautiful and very clean place
clean and comfortable hide out
a nice spacious and clean room
very clean and nice garden cottage
a clean quiet place and very close to amenities super clean and john is just a text away
great hosts as well
john and debbie were lovely hosts and made us feel like home
he is a gracious host
john and his wife were also really helpful and lovely hosts
the host was very amazing and responded promptly to our requests during our stay
well located and secure
perfect location for checking out johannesburg in quiet but still central neighborhood
great place location is ideal to explore melville
good quiet neighborhood close to restaurants
really nice place near all the restaurants
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7. Poolside cottage (from USD 54)

This property is a block away from 27 Boxes and two blocks to restaurants and clubs along 7th Street. The rental is a cottage at the back of the house, surrounded by a lush, tree-lined garden with a pool. Its elegant, spacious interiors are decorated with white walls, carpeting, marble flooring, and modern furniture. All on one floor is the king-sized bed that sleeps two guests, the fully-equipped kitchen with a washer, a cozy living room with a couch, cable TV, high-speed internet, and heating.

Enjoy hot showers in the private bathroom with free toiletries. The room has access to the outdoor patio, pool, and garden. The owner allows luggage dropoff and long-term stays with free on-site parking.

Chill Among the Lush Foliage at a Tranquil Poolside Oasis
Johannesburg, Gauteng, South Africa
184 reviews Superhost  Wifi Available
Entire guesthouse 1 Bed 2 Guests 1 Bedroom 1 Bathroom

Accommodates: 2

Top guest reviews
Amenities & Room:
ac and wifi worked great
the patio by the pool gives a perfect view of the amazing succulents in the yard
the cottage is stylish and comfortable with a cushy bed well-equipped kitchen and garden view
the pool side cottage was the perfect size for the two of us
the enclosed garden pool and fountain felt like an escape from busy joburg
it was spotless clean and really stylish
the guest house was neat clean and beautifully decorated
it was very cozy and clean with a comfortable bed
honestly everything was perfect the place is beautiful clean and we felt save all the time
this is a wonderful place it has everything you need very clean and beautiful
the host is extremely welcoming
stylishly appointed and decorated wonderful host with lots of special touches
lisa's a great host to her wonderful guest house
lisa is a wonderful host with a lovely property she was very accommodating and easy to communicate with
lisa is such a wonderful host
the location is also great and in short walking distance to some great restaurants
there are nice restaurants close by the house
walk safely to all local places
really nice place close to the mainstreet of melville
the neighborhood has many cute shops and restaurants and it’s safe to walk around during the day
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8. Private room with a great location (from USD 23)

Up for rent is a private guest room in a home with classic interiors. It’s 8 km (5 miles) away from Johannesburg, 12 km (7.5 miles) to Rosebanks’s shops, 20 km (12.4 miles) to Sandton, and a 40-minute drive to the airport. The spacious room is separate from the main home with its own private entrance. It has classic interiors, including high ceilings, wooden floors, arched doorways, wide windows, and vintage furniture. It’s furnished with a queen-sized bed, cozy for two guests, a large wardrobe, and a desk space with modern conveniences, like wireless internet, heating, and laundry facilities.

The ensuite bathroom has floor-to-ceiling tiles with an enclosed shower and free toiletry essentials. Enjoy free parking, use of the kitchen and swimming pool, and patio access.

Great location! Heart of Melville. - Wifi
Johannesburg, Gauteng, South Africa
76 reviews  Wifi Available
Private room in residential home 1 Bed 2 Guests 1 Bedroom 1 Bathroom

Accommodates: 2

Top guest reviews
Amenities & Room:
the home is filled with beautiful artwork and very tastefully decorated with a comfortable bed
the room was spacious and comfortable with wooden floors and high ceilings
spacious and very clean
bathroom is also large and clean with excellent water pressure
the room was large spacious and clean
the place was fully kitted out clean & the perfect location
lovely room and hosts
very friendly host and lovely family
she is very friendly and kind lady
privacy is good and the hosts are very friendly and welcoming
hildegard was a great and helpful host
the location is great too
perfect location quiet but very close to bars and restaurants
excellent location next to the main lively street
great place close to some nice restaurants
and the location is really near some great restaurants and pubs
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9. The Cottage

This spacious, self-catering cottage is two blocks away from 27 Boxes and the restaurants on 7th Street and three minutes away from SABC, Media 24, and the universities. It’s a well-designed cottage with a single floor, featuring a cozy living room, dining area, and a fully-stocked kitchen sharing the open layout. The private bathroom adjacent to the kitchen contains a luxurious bathtub, supplied with hot water and toiletries.

To sleep five guests, there is a queen-sized bed in the bedroom, two single beds, and a sofa bed in the living room. Guests are provided conveniences like free Wi-Fi, desk space, laundry facilities, heating, free street and on-site parking, access to the swimming pool, luggage dropoff, and long-term stays. For outdoor relaxation, you can lounge by the pool on the furnished, covered patio.

Cottage (Family / Group), Melville, Johannesburg
Johannesburg, Gauteng, South Africa
117 reviews
Entire guest suite 4 Beds 1 Bedroom 1 Bathroom
Top guest reviews
Amenities & Room:
the heater and hot water bottles certainly made a difference
the property has a small splash pool and very cute dogs and had space for our car
what a lovely space comfortable secure and private
i also received an unexpected but welcome upgrade of my room
we had a great and comfortable stay
clean and comfortable beds
her house is beautiful clean and neat in a quiet area of melville
the property was stylish and clean
the place is very clean and well suited to travelers
the apartment was clean and the bed soft and i did not want for anything
marie is a wonderful host
marie is a great host
marie is a great host she makes you feel at home
she is a wonderful host who goes the extra mile
marie is an amazing host
nice place close to melville
great location and easy to walk around melville
it is also close to many cool spots
perfect location close to amenities
great dining spots only 5-10 min walk away
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10. Private poolside room

This private room is detached from the residence and near bookstores, bars, a bakery, café, and restaurants. The owners live on the property, but guests have their own entrance and access to the outdoor pool. This lovely spacious room has a modern minimalist design with wide windows offering refreshing views of the pool and garden. It contains a cozy double bed that sleeps two guests and includes heating, a TV, free Wi-Fi, a desk space, large wardrobe, complimentary coffee, mini fridge, a microwave, and dining utensils.

The ensuite bathroom has a tub and hot shower with free bath essentials. A door opens to the pool and a furnished covered patio. Enjoy long-term stays with free parking and complimentary room cleaning services wherein fresh linen is provided if you stay more than seven days.

Private Poolside Room
205 reviews
Private room 1 Bed

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Close to town and artistic interiors are the best features of the vacation rentals you’ll find in Melville. Not only do they offer the most comfortable stays with their modern amenities, the warm ambiance they exude match the relaxing, laidback atmosphere of this hipster town. These are some of the reasons why you’ll be coming back for more of Melville.

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