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Located in a leafy and tranquil corner of the vibrant suburb of Melville, in Johannesburg South Africa, Life on 3rd guesthouse is a memorable place to stay for the discerning business or leisure traveler.

Expect clean lines, earthy tones and a contemporary chic ambiance when staying at Life on 3rd. It is a sophisticated getaway from the bustle of the city, yet within walking distance of Melvilles trendy street life.

With fourteen comfortable rooms on offer, Life on 3rd can accommodate almost any need, whether it be an individual traveler, a couple or a group.

Accommodation includes a continental breakfast (served daily from 7.00 am to 9.00 am in our communal dining room) and the guesthouse boasts an outside deck to soak up the African sun.

Airport transfers, taxi services, restaurant reservations, day tours and other activities can be booked on request.

Accommodation at Life on 3rd:
We have a selection of five different room types comfortably decorated in white and earth tones with splashes of red. A fresh understated approach to creating a relaxed environment.

All rooms are equipped with the following:
- Colour television
- Dressing table / desk
- Ceiling fans/ Oil heaters
- High quality mattresses and pillows
- White linen and towels

The Single Budget Room: A small but comfortable room located upstairs with a 3/4 bed and small in-room bathroom. Perfect for the overnight business traveler or tourist on a tight budget. Facilities include free WiFi and satellite television. Full English breakfast is included. Room size 3.5m x 3m.

The Double Budget Room: A compact room with a good sized bathroom. Perfect for the single travller, it comes with a comfortable double bed. Free WiFi and television Satellite is included as well as the Full English breakfast. Room size: 3m x 3m.

The Europa Compact Room: The Europa Compact Room is a compact room with a double bed and en-suite bathroom. The room is upstairs with a lovely view. Room size: 4m x 3m . Facilities include free WiFi and satellite television, Full English breakfast is included.

The Europa Room: The Europa rooms are situated facing the courtyard with large sliding doors. They are medium sized rooms, each with a queen size bed and one with a small working desk. These rooms are very popular and also have free WiFi and satellite television. Both of our Europa Rooms have small bathrooms with showers. Room size: 4m x 3.5m. Our famous Full English breakfast is included.

The Standard Room: Our two Standard Rooms are spacious and quite lovely. Queen size beds, desks, large bathrooms (one with a bath and one with shower) and steel pressed ceilings. Room size: 4m x 3.5m and 4m x 4.5m. These rooms have WiFi and satellite television. One of our standard rooms is situated on the courtyard. Full Breakfast is included.

The standard twin room has two twin beds suitable for couple or singles sharing. The beds can be converted to one king size bed upon request. They have In room bathrooms with showers. We have two Standard twin rooms on the courtyard and two in the old house both with wood floors and steel pressed ceilings. They are good sized rooms. All these rooms have WiFi, satellite television and breakfast is included.
Room size: 4m x 4m.

The Standard Family Room: Perfect for small families, with two double beds and an en suite bathroom. The room is based in the old house, offering more privacy and comfort. The room comes with Wifi, Satellite television, a bar fridge and microwave. Room size: 6m x 5m. Breakfast is included.

The Family Room: This room is larger than the others. It has two queen beds as well as a single bed and a suitably large bathroom. The Family room is in the Main house (the smell of breakfast cooking and coffee brewing will lure you downstairs). The room has WiFi, Satellite television, a bar fridge and microwave. Room size: 7.5m x 5m.

The Loft Room: These two rooms are regarded as a suite. They are situated at the top of our cool industrial wrought iron staircase overlooking the courtyard and are suitable for family or friends sharing a bathroom . These rooms have a view of the trees. Both rooms have queen size beds and a sleeper couch . Rooms are equipped with a bar fridge and microwave. Room size: Each room is 3.5m x 3.5m, Bathroom size 3m x 3.5m. WiFi, Satellite television and Full English breakfast included. These rooms have good views.


Nature Reserve, Botanical gardens

Rooms and Units Available:

Budget Room
Small budget room with double bed and ensuite bathroom for non-business short stays. ( no desk)
Sleeps 2 Adults

Europa Compact Rooms
In house bedroom upstairs with a Double bed, colour television with Satelite TV, Wi-Fi internet access, in-room bathroom with a shower.
Sleeps 2 Adults

Europa Rooms
Small private room with queen bed, colour TV, Wi-Fi internet access, ensuite bathroom with shower.
Amount of similar units: 2
Sleeps 2 Adults

Family room
Large room with sleeping facility for three persons, Wi- Fi internet access, ensuite bathroom, colour TV.- One room is smaller than the other, so please contact us if you need a larger room
Sleeps 4 Adults

Luxury Twin Room
Two double beds and ensuite bathroom. Wifi is included. Perfect for small families. The room is situated on the ground floor.
Sleeps 4 Adults

Single Budget Room
Small 3x4 room with one 3/4 size bed and in room shower and toilet. TV; Wi-Fi. No desk.
Sleeps 1 Adult

Standard Rooms
Private room with queen bed, colour TV, Wi-Fi internet access, ensuite bathroom with shower.
Amount of similar units: 2
Sleeps 2 Adults

Standard Twin rooms
Rooms with 2 single beds, colour TV, Wi- Fi internet access, ensuite bathroom with shower.
Amount of similar units: 4
Sleeps 2 Adults

The Loft Family room
The loft, spacious with two queen size beds, consisting of a total occupation of four.
Sleeps 4 Adults

Facilities & Services available:

Honeymoon Couples
Airport Shuttle Service
Laundry Service
Ironing Service
Special Meals on Request
Conference facilities
Dining room
Fax & Photocopy Machine
Internet Access
Parking (off-street - covered)
Xhosa / Zulu
DVD and/or VCR
No Pets Allowed

Cancellation Policy:

- Failure of the guests to arrive, or cancellations made 0 to 14 days prior to the agreed arrival date forfeit 100% of the pre-payment.
- Cancellations made 15 to 28 days prior to the agreed arrival date forfeit 75% of the deposit or 25% of the booking quote value, whichever the greater.
- Cancellations made 29 days or more prior to the agreed arrival date forfeit 50% of the deposit or 25% of the booking total, whichever is the greater.
- On receipt of a written instruction to cancel the reservation, including bank details, Life on 3rd will refund the applicable amount, within 3 working days.
- Life on 3rd levies a 7% administration fee on any refunds processed. Should refunds to a SWIFT bank account be required, an additional R185 charge will be levied.


From the top of Melville on Main Road down towards Beyers Naude, turn right into 8th Avenue at the antique shop on the corner. As you go up 8th Avenue, 3rd street is the first road to cross 8th Avenue. We are on the right hand corner with the red door.

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  • Accommodation Type: Bed & Breakfast
  • Sleeps: 33
  • Check-in: 2:00 PM
    Check-out: 10:00 AM