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Melville International Backpackers

2.0 of 5 Hostel   |   37 First Avenue, Melville, South Africa
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 18, 2014
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  • Location
    4 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    3 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4 of 5 stars
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Tel Aviv, Israel
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6 reviews 6 reviews
3 hotel reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 18, 2014

I challenge you to find another safe, clean bed in Johannesburg for $15. I arrived at the airport at 10pm and the transfer I had ordered was on time waiting for me, a great comfort for my first visit to a city known for violent crime. Inside, my single bed in the girls' dorm was large and comfortable, with clean... More

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Bergen, Norway
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9 reviews 9 reviews
6 hotel reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 1, 2014

Good for the price. The owner was very helpful with advice for what to see and do and how to do it. The wifi was not very good though. The area seemed pretty safe but you still have to be careful. I took a cab there for 480 rand, so arrange a shuttle from the airport.

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Mombasa, Kenya
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7 reviews 7 reviews
6 hotel reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 25, 2014

We only stayed for one night but found this hostel to be very clean and well located. The room was nice and had everything we needed. We only met the owner very breifly but everyone seemed friendly and helpful.

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Sydney, Australia
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21 reviews 21 reviews
21 hotel reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed January 28, 2014

This hostel is in a nice location in Melville. We stayed in a double room out the back which was ok if you like cubby houses. It is very small but at least clean. The owner is probably in the wrong industry as he is really rude and seems to be in a bad mood at times. Don't ask to... More

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Sydney, Australia
4 reviews 4 reviews
3 hotel reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 19, 2014

I stayed in one of the timber cabanas around the pool for 3 nights. I found the backpackers friendly, with great fellow travellers, but I could actually get enough sleep :-) because there was no loud, drunken party scene. It's a really safe area, in easy walking distance to the 7th Street restaurants and cafés, ATM, and supermarket. The self-catering... More

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20 hotel reviews
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 9, 2014

While we had a good stay at Melville international Backpackers, we couldn't help but notice how commercial and impersonal the atmosphere was. The backpackers itself is well-maintained and the staff is responsive, but there is a very limited common space (focused around the TV) and it is most of the time used by staff too. The kitchen was dated, with... More

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Poole, United Kingdom
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38 hotel reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 23, 2013

I had a great time here. Bibby, Peter and Ben(I think that was his name!) were very friendly and helpful, the rooms were spacious and clean and it was great having a pool to relax beside and cool off in after a day walking around Jo’burg! The kitchen area is fairly big as is the socializing area in front of... More

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22 reviews 22 reviews
9 hotel reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed September 21, 2013 via mobile

The hostel is in a good located area and therefore picked by us. The staff was friendly but not really helpfull, all questions eere answered with very basic answers, not details, no additional information. The pool is too small and not worth the visit, the rooms are okay but old and fainted. The bathroom and kitchen, which are for communal... More

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Nashville, Tennessee
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4 hotel reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 7, 2013

I found Melville International Backpackers a great place to stay. It's in a really safe neighborhood and close to everything in Melville. A 5 minute walk to Campus square, the bars on 7th Street, a grocery store, and other misc stores. I came for some much needed R & R and was able to feel very relaxed here. However, other... More

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Gary, Indiana, United States
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed February 17, 2013

The place had the feel of a rehabilitation facility( not that I have ever been). I stayed at the backpacker for 3 days. We paid our fees on time, and cleaned up after ourselves. As an African American I have had to ignore ignorance, but never on this level. Upon departure, my father asked if he could stay another night.... More

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Address: 37 First Avenue, Melville, South Africa
Location: South Africa > Gauteng > Greater Johannesburg > Melville
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:2 star — Melville International Backpackers 2*
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