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Offering a peaceful setting and great service, right in the heart of the popular bohemian Melville, Life on 3rd provides accommodation that includes continental breakfast. There are different room types that are individually decorated and contain high quality bedding, satellite TV, fans and WiFi internet access. Some rooms feature private entrances, electric blankets and desks. A warm, 3-course breakfast is served every morning in the contemporary dining room. Guests can sunbathe and enjoy the welcome retreat of the wooden deck, away from the busy city. The friendly staff gladly assists guests with arrangements to explore Melville’s popular street life, plan day tours, make restaurant reservations, or transfers from and to the airport. Life on 3rd is close to the Johannesburg city business district and Johannesburg Botanical Gardens. It is also within driving distance of various shopping malls and The Apartheid Museum.

Couples particularly like the location — they rated it 8.6 for a two-person trip.

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Property highlights

Top location: Highly rated by recent guests (8.6)

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Room type
Number of guests
1 large double bed
1 single bed
1 sofa bed
2 large double beds
2 single beds
1 large double bed
1 sofa bed
2 large double beds
1 double bed
1 single bed
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Travel Sustainable Level 2
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Guest reviews


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  • Viki
    Amazing guest house in a safe area of Johannesburg! Me and my friends enjoyed staying here. There were 2 large and 1 small comfortable beds. We also had parking for our car and a wonderful breakfast. Our host was friendly and very kind! There are...
  • Goliath
    South AfricaSouth Africa
    I really appreciated that we could leave our bags at the office after we checked out as our flight was only in the evening.
  • Siphiwe
    South AfricaSouth Africa
    The property was clean, closer to other amenities in the city and affordable. Breakfast was good as well.

Hosted by Beaula, Elizebeth and Lydia - your hosts

Host review score

Beaula, Elizebeth and Lydia - your hosts
Our property is a lovely guesthouse with 14 rooms. We offer friendly personal service and are always willing to assist with questions, taxi arrangements, airport shuttle etc. we are your home away from home! Our rooms are comfortable and clean!
We are known for our excellent and friendly service. You will feel right at home when our staff welcomes you.
Melville is hip and fun. There are many bars and great restaurants around Melville. Our streets are tree lined and we have many arty and creative people that make Melville special
Languages spoken: Afrikaans,English

Property surroundings

Facilities of Life on 3rd
Great facilities! Review score, 8

Most popular facilities
  • Free WiFi
  • Airport shuttle
  • Family rooms
  • Non-smoking rooms
  • Garden
  • Laundry
  • Toilet paper
  • Towels
  • Towels/sheets (extra fee)
  • Private bathroom
  • Toilet
  • Linen
  • Outdoor furniture
  • Garden
  • Electric kettle
  • Golf course (within 3 km)
    Additional charge
Media & Technology
  • Flat-screen TV
  • Satellite channels
Food & Drink
  • Fruits
  • Kid-friendly buffet
WiFi is available in all areas and is free of charge.
No parking available.
  • Daily housekeeping
  • Shared lounge/TV area
  • Luggage storage
  • Fax/photocopying
    Additional charge
  • Laundry
    Additional charge
  • Business centre
    Additional charge
  • Airport shuttle
    Additional charge
  • Meeting/banquet facilities
    Additional charge
Reception services
  • Invoice provided
Safety & security
  • Fire extinguishers
  • 24-hour security
  • Designated smoking area
  • Non-smoking throughout
  • Heating
  • Fan
  • Family rooms
  • Non-smoking rooms
Languages spoken
  • Afrikaans
  • English

House rules

Life on 3rd takes special requests - add in the next step!


From 14:00 to 18:00


From 07:00 to 10:00



Cancellation and prepayment policies vary according to accommodation type. Please enter the dates of your stay and check the conditions of your required room.

Children and beds

Child policies

Children of any age are welcome.

To see correct prices and occupancy information, please add the number of children in your group and their ages to your search.

Cot and extra bed policies

Cots and extra beds are not available at this property.

No age restriction

There is no age requirement for check-in

Mastercard Visa UnionPay credit card Cash Life on 3rd accepts these cards and reserves the right to temporarily hold an amount prior to arrival.


Smoking is not allowed.


Pets are not allowed.

The fine print

Guests arriving outside reception opening hours are kindly requested to inform the hotel in advance. Contact details can be found on the booking confirmation.

A 5% service charge applicable for American Express

Please note that parking at the property is limited. Guests are advised to contact the property before arrival to arrange parking. There is also 24 hour guarded street parking available.

FAQs about Life on 3rd

  • Room options at Life on 3rd include:

    • Double
    • Twin
    • Single

  • Life on 3rd offers the following activities / services (charges may apply):

    • Golf course (within 3 km)

  • The prices at Life on 3rd may vary depending on your stay (e.g. dates you select, hotel's policy etc.). See the prices by entering your dates.

  • Check-in at Life on 3rd is from 14:00, and check-out is until 10:00.

  • Life on 3rd is 3.1 miles from the centre of Johannesburg. All distances are measured in straight lines. Actual travel distances may vary.