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I am a journalist based in Johannesburg who has covered stories from Darfur to Baghdad, a father of two boys and an avid salsa dancer.
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The reservation was canceled 5 days before arrival. This is an automated posting.
The reservation was canceled 6 days before arrival. This is an automated posting.
Unfortunately Samson cancelled our reservation 2 days before arrival "due to a situation he could not control". At the same time he offered us an apt that was almost 150 dollar more expensive than the one we booked. I asked him if could offer us the apt for the same price we´ve already paid for the first apt, but he didn´t answer.
Due to the very spontaneous cancellation we couldn´t find another apt so far on airbnb, so we had to book hotels for the double price comparing to the booked apt by Samson.
Never expected the flat to be like this from how it looks outside the entrance! Commissioner Street can be a bit intimidating at night, so arriving by taxi is probably best. The entrance is directly opposite a Ria Vaya bus stop. When you put in the code for the entrance door, be sure to pull the door straight away - took us ages to work this out!
When we stayed, the lifts weren't working, which was frustrating given the flat is on the 8th floor. Another serious problem is the fact that on the 4th floor is a locked gate which we didn't hold the key to ... raises a few questions about fire exit safety when the staircase is locked and lifts are out of order!
The flat is beautifully furnished and the facilities are excellent. We didn't have a key to lock our room, but the other 2 people living in this 3 room flat were really lovely and there were no trust issues. The shared pool was always empty but is well worth a try - great views across Jo'burg. Same for the roof terrace - a huge space perfect for drinking and smoking while watching Jo'burg go about its business.
The internet wasn't great - Samson pays for a kind of pay as you go internet which is shared with all the guests, so frequently 'ran out'. He's a great host, however, with an impressive background and an even more impressive collection of books!
A great stay perfect for those who like their luxuries and want to be in the heart of the city.
Samsons Loft Apartment is beautiful and inspiring! Although we didn't meet him, he arranged parking, key handover, Towels and provided information on the city. The two other girl living in the big appartment were very nice and could help out with any question. The only little difficulty was to get the lift, because one lift key was missing and the internet didn't work constantly, but there is worse! Overall we enjoyed our short stay in Joburg.
It was really a amazing Loft, we only stayed for one night, but it was also great. Thnk You Samson!!!
Thanks, the apartment was really great! Fantastic central downtown location, very modern apartment and great view. WiFi is only mobile-based so it's not breathtakingly fast.
Samson's place is truly the best value in the city. Gorgeous apartment, perfect location, and a extremely friendly host! I wouldn't look anywhere else when travelling back to joburg.
Samson is a great person and host. His apartment has a nice view over Joburg's inner city, a nice rooftop, and in the same building a really cool pub (the oldest in town).
From his apartment it is not far to walk to hipster areas like Maboteng or Bramfontein. I walked both distances once, but didn't feel comfortable while walking the bridge. Seems like many people prefer to drive those short distances.
My stay at Samsons place was nice. I can't comment on the area because I didn't spend much time there. However the apartment was really comfortable, spacious, and nicely decorated. I didn't meet Samson but he did arrange for someone to meet me which was nice since I arrived quite early. There was some noise from the street during the day but if you're out and about this won't be a major issue; I was superbly jet-lagged and in need of a nap which I found a little difficult.
Hi Samson!...It was our great pleasure to have Teddy and you as our guests and we hope youre going to come again and stay longer next time!...Kami,Keith,Jessen and Honey xxxx