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Whethu Backpackers

6 George Street, Grahamstown 6140, South Africa (Formerly Old Gaol Backpackers)
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  • Location
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    3.5 of 5 stars
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 7, 2014

We stayed for two Nights during the national Arts Festival in a dorm. There was no wifi and no Secure parking as said on the Homepage. The Kitchen was not useable, too dirty and no good equipment. Staff was not helpful at all. The bathroom was way too small for all the people and the campers.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 27, 2014

I stayed for two weeks when I first arrived in Grahamstown and although it was quiet it was nice and relaxed and staff were friendly. Good outside balcony area and good kitchen to use as well as clean rooms.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 4, 2013

staying here out of season is not recommended, the place is earily quiet and the staff have very little to do but look at you as if you are in their space. the camping area is cool and the ablutions are good... awesome kitchen. the place is well situated close to grocery stores tho own transport is probably essential :)

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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 46 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed April 6, 2013

We found this place to be very poor quality. The stuff is friendly but seemed to be stoned all day long. The place seemed a little run down and the very simple and small double room was totally overpriced considering SA average. Unless you wanna get stoned with the owner I would not recommend to stay there...

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 1, 2013

The friendly staff will give you great advices and will be able to organise almost any trip ! The dorms are really nice with a fancy decoration. You can book a double room in the tree house... really good fun. They have a private parking.

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Den Bosch, The Netherlands
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 13, 2012

Great place to stay overnight...! From the moment the gate opened we felt as at home. The very relaxed staff, clean rooms, good beds and the colourfull decorated house, nothing bad to say. Thanks to some tips we did some nice trips on our way to the Wild Coast and even a secret recipe agains the pain in my back.... More 

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Cleveland, Ohio
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 5, 2012

We wanted to break up our trip from Bulungula to Tsitsikamma and staying here was a nice change of pace. Beautiful old converted home just out of town, we felt like we were staying in our own home. We had a 6 person dorm that was spotless. The bathrooms are clean with super-hot showers. The staff is nice and makes... More 

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Eindhoven, The Netherlands
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2012 via mobile

The hostel has a good atmosphere, but the beds are the worst ever. I prefer sleeping in chinese beds then this one, finally you pay for a bed and that was terrible. Atmosphere and the free wifi were ok.

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Vancouver, Canada
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 1, 2012

No longer in the old jail, Whethu is a bit out of downtown Grahamstown. The facilities are pretty basic, but this is a developing country. Rooms are tidy and decent, Paul is a great cook and has plenty of stories to share. Actually, all of the "lost boys" are characters, and that's probably what makes this place interesting and worth... More 

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Nelspruit, South Africa
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 17, 2009

Unique experience of spending a night in a 182 year old refurbished prison cell, complete with graffiti scratched into the cell walls--great fun. 3 bed room was small, but surprisingly warm and comfortable, even in winter. Also communal toilets and kitchen. The old gaol boasts a pub and is a watering-hole for students. Very good prices and central location in... More 

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