Pension Idube Budget B&B

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Pension Idube is a charming early 1900s home in the leafy suburb of Auckland Park, Johannesburg. We are situated only four blocks from Melville's trendy 7th Avenue with its cosmopolitan restaurants, bars, coffee shops, antique stores and craft shops.

The Pension was one of the first backpacker hostels in Johannesburg and has been around for over 14 years. Our fantastic guest reviews attest to legendary service at very affordable rates.

We are currently undergoing a massive renovation. The 'grande dame' of backpacking is on her way to becoming hip-hop-and-happening, ready to welcome new and returning guests. All of our sun-filled rooms are being revamped, offering both the business and leisure traveller comfortable and clean accommodation.

We are in the ideal position for academic visitors to the University of Johannesburg and Wits. We are a five-minute drive from the SABC, Johannesburg CBD and Braamfontein. The shopping meccas, Sandton and Rosebank, are an easy 15-minute drive away and Soweto is about 20 minutes away.

Our backpacker friends have said that the Pension is a great base from which to explore vibey Johannesburg and its surrounds. We can arrange tours, transfers and restaurant bookings; let us know what you need and we will do our best to please.

You may ask what is our name all about, a 'pension' is a French word for a small hotel offering personalized service with a breakfast to weary travellers; 'idube' is the Zulu word for zebra.


  • Accessible
  • Airport Shuttle
  • Balcony/Terrace
  • bathrobes
  • Business Center
  • car park
  • Coffee/tea maker
  • desk
  • Family room
  • fan
  • fitness center
  • Free Internet Available
  • Garden
  • golf course (within 3 km)
  • Hair dryer
  • in room safe
  • internet access – wireless
  • internet access – wireless (charges apply)
  • ironing facilities
  • Kitchenette
  • Laundry
  • Meeting/Banquet Facilities
  • Microwave
  • mini bar
  • Newspapers
  • No Smoking Rooms/Facilities
  • Outdoor pool
  • Refrigerator
  • Safety Deposit Box
  • seating area
  • separate shower and tub
  • shared bathroom
  • Shower
  • shuttle service
  • Smoking area
  • Swimming Pool
  • television
  • Tennis Court
  • Terrace
  • Tour Desk
  • Wi-Fi In Public Areas
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Important Information

Guests are requested to check in after 14:00 and before 20:00. Guests wishing to arrive outside of this time are requested to make arrangements so that keys can be left if there is no-one available to greet them.
If guests have not arrived by 21:00 and have not phoned ahead to warn of their late arrival, it will be assumed that they are not...
Guests are requested to check in after 14:00 and before 20:00. Guests wishing to arrive outside of this time are requested to make arrangements so that keys can be left if there is no-one available to greet them.
If guests have not arrived by 21:00 and have not phoned ahead to warn of their late arrival, it will be assumed that they are not coming and it may not be possible to gain access to the guest house.
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                                      Reviews for Pension Idube Budget B&B

                                      21 guest reviews Reviews of
                                      23 December 2013

                                      Comfortable and pleasant. Plumbing needed attention - toilet ran and shower pipes leaked. But this was a minor.

                                      06 September 2013

                                      Myself and 3 friends stayed at Idube for 2 nights in mid August. We were given a friendly welcome on our arrival, (friendly service throughout the weekend), and taken to our well appointed room. It had everything that one needed, though the bathroom could do with a shelf so that you can pack out your bits and pieces. Rather than take the risk of drinking and driving, we took the under 10 minute walk to Melville's fantastic bars and restaurants. In the mornings a quality varied breakfast is offered. Now that I have discovered Pension Idube, it will be my stay of choice in Johannesburg. Judging by the large number of overseas tourists sitting around the breakfast table each morning, Idube already has a good name for itself Internationally. I have no hesitation in recommending the place to anyone.

                                      25 January 2013

                                      I highly recommend the Pension Idube. The breakfast is very good. My room (number 5) was lovely, quiet and very clean. For dinner you can go walking to nice restaurants. Melville is very safe, it is green and nice. I advise you to do the tour to the township of Alexandra that Aubrey advises. It is the best "organised tour" I did in South Africa after 3 weeks in the country. Aubrey was very helpful, follow his advises, you won't be disappointed !

                                      07 January 2013

                                      Nice place to stay at Melville. The owner Aubrey is very friendly and will make everything to make your stay awesome! The place consist in a well decorated house with a communal kitchen, a dinning room, a tv room and a small number of bedrooms, some with ensuited baths (our case). Wireless Internet was working fine and they provided adaptors for eletronics. Breakfast was at the dinning room and has only the basic (bread, tea, coffe, juice, a toaster, and many different jams). The room was spacious and had a fan. In front of the house, but still inside the property gate, there is space for parking car, but we havent asked about it. The location is 3-4 blocks from the pub/restaurant street at Melville and we walked during day and night without any trouble. Would stay there again!

                                      04 January 2013

                                      Pension Idube was our first stop in SA and we found it a fantastic experience. Manager Aubrey is so accommodating and helpful, the rooms are clean and comfortable, the breakfast provided is delicious and the backpackers itself is ideally located walking distance to restaurants/bars and a shopping mall. Highly recommended!

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                                      Pension Idube Budget B&B Map

                                      Pension Idube Budget B&B is 0.5km from the centre of Melville , the nearest airport 25.1km (Johannesburg International Airport).

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