FIRST LOOK

Com­mand­ing some of the best views in Joburg, this af­ford­able B&B is trendy and a good-food stay, says ME­LANIE VAN ZYL

Getaway (South Africa) - - Contents - Pablo House MELVILLE, GAUTENG

Latino flair and views to die for at this Melville guest house

Which came first, the chicken or the egg? In this case, it was the hip­ster joint Pablo Eg­gsGo-Bar and then Pablo House fol­lowed, be­cause what goes bet­ter with an all-day break­fast bar than a cou­ple of great beds? Both Joburg es­tab­lish­ments are owned by Louis and Leigh Roux and ooze the Latino swank in­spired by their no­to­ri­ous name­sake, Pablo Es­co­bar – think trop­i­cal palms and prints, air plants, ar­eas of vin­tage decor and gilded em­bel­lish­ments. Claim­ing the high­est point in Melville, Pablo House is no or­di­nary B&B. Each room has fast WiFi, com­pact Ne­spresso ma­chines, UHD Smart TVs with Net­flix (you sim­ply must watch the se­ries Nar­cos while here), Mar­shall speak­ers to play your own tunes and lux­u­ri­ous rain­show­ers with Char­lotte Rhys toi­letries. Suites one, two and three are in the main house over­look­ing the Melville Kop­pies and Sand­ton be­yond (num­ber three was my favourite), while rooms four and five are set a level lower, with more pri­vacy but still blessed with breath­tak­ing views. The sixth room, on the ground floor, is the most se­cluded op­tion with a small, pri­vate gar­den pa­tio. Clev­erly cu­rated fur­ni­ture adds colour to the com­mu­nal liv­ing area, which in­cludes a sun­downer pa­tio and well­stocked bar, and walls are plas­tered with huge works of art, cre­at­ing a fun space. Melville has al­ways been fa­mous for its buzzing nightlife and in­no­va­tive restau­rant scene (Hell’s Kitchen is a reg­u­larly vibey spot, and the newer Mootee Bar is a must-do for ex­pert cock­tails). For my evening out, I chose the rel­a­tively new din­ing spot, Love Me So, for fresh Asian tapas and ex­cel­lent ra­men. Later, when I re­tired to my queen-sized bed, tucked in with a cosy, faux-fur blan­ket, I even used the eye mask and earplugs thought­fully left on the bed­side ta­ble. BEST FEATURES Out­stand­ing views of the leafy city, but it’s the value for money – in terms of lo­ca­tion, de­sign de­tail and ameni­ties – that will bring guests back again and again. Also, catch­ing a tuk-tuk to break­fast at Pablo Eggs-Go-Bar, down the road on Fourth Av­enue, was un­usual and the fare was a wel­come change from the con­ti­nen­tal spreads found at most guest houses. COST From R1 250 for two, which in­cludes break­fast for R100 pp at Pablo Eggs-Go-Bar. Avoid food FOMO and or­der the shak­shuka. CONTACT pablo­house.co.za

CLOCKWISE, FROM LEFT Or­der a stiff G&T with squashed lime wedges to go with sun­set on the nearby deck; the out­side area is shel­tered from draughts but con­ser­va­tory-style win­dows still re­veal the epic view; owner Louis Roux is a mem­ber of the band Shad­ow­club, and you’ll find rock-star mem­o­ra­bilia in Room 6.

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