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Kalulu Backpackers Hostel

20 Broads Road | Fairview, Lusaka, Zambia
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  • Location
    4 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    3.5 of 5 stars
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Swansea, United Kingdom
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16 reviews 16 reviews
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 24, 2015 via mobile

I have stayed at Kalulu many times. There us a mixture of dorms. And smaller rooms which are all fine and suit people on the move. I usually book one of the double rooms which are good, en suite and the swimming pool us outside the door. I have found the management to be helpful and very reliable over the... More 

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chiang rai
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25 hotel reviews
44 helpful votes 44 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed January 1, 2015

What a strange hostel, the dorm I stayed in was right next to the bar and the main thoroughfare for all the foot traffic and drinkers. The bar itself was full of locals, which, I don't have an issue with but the noise! The pool around the back is pretty big and good, the kitchen though is practically useless. I... More 

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Cape Town Central, South Africa
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34 hotel reviews
54 helpful votes 54 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 28, 2014

Kalulu is an inner city stop over between destinations in Zambia. On the plus side the showers are hot, the kitchen has a good fridge, there is a pool and social area out the back. On the downside is the bar out the front and if you're in a dorm which faces on to it you will have trouble sleeping.... More 

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Vienna, Wien, Austria
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25 hotel reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 28, 2014

The hostel is good-situated in Lusaka but for these rates (40-50 USD/double room) I expected better facilities and a better service. A mosquito net over the bed was provided, the linen were clean. We stayed in a double en suite room but our bathroom could have been cleaner. The shower had hot water but so little that getting a stable... More 

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Groningen, The Netherlands
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43 reviews 43 reviews
37 hotel reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 12, 2014

Had a great time here for nearly 2 weeks. Campsite is nice. A local guy is running this place, which is nice after seeing that all other backpackers places are owned by foreigners. Unfortunately the guy seems to be not that keen on paying his staff, but anyway... The location is nice. Northmead mall and Levy mall are close and... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2014

The accommodations were great. The bar was nice. However, the wifi wasn't working and the staff didn't seem interested in helping us find an alternate source of Internet. Hard to find, due to poor marking (use your phone's GPS when going there).

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Edinburgh, United Kingdom
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9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed August 15, 2014

We stayed at this hostel for a night and in the end were very glad we hadn't booked for anymore. We arrived after a long day on the bus from Livingstone and made our way to the hostel. On arrival we checked in and found the girl on reception to be so disinterested in helping us or answering any of... More 

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Santiago, Chile
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18 reviews 18 reviews
14 hotel reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed August 6, 2014

I have been in many cheap hostels around the world and this is undoubtedly the worst. We stayed in the mixed dorms, there are too close to the bar that is open every day, so you feel like in the bar and it is very difficult to sleep. Kitchen does not exist, but really, it is more like a garbage... More 

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Halifax, Canada
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3 hotel reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
2 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2014

I've stayed at cheap hostels all over the world and it takes a lot to gross me out, but this place did it. God knows when the last time the toilets were cleaned was. 1 of the 4 showers has hot water. Don't plan on using the "kitchen". (I'll post a photo of it). The free breakfast advertised on HostelWorld... More 

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Christchurch, New Zealand
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14 hotel reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2014

We stayed only one night here in a double ensuite room ($50US) as Lusaka Backpackers was full. The room was okay - no towels - the showerhead was so fine it took half an hour to get wet and you got cold waiting but the worst was the Receptionist. We really needed wifi as we had been on the road... More 

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