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Brown Sugar Backpackers

75 Observatory Avenue | Observatory, Johannesburg 2198, South Africa
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Savigny-Sur-Orge, France
12 reviews 12 reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

Didn't plan to stay a night in joburg but my luggage was lost and I need to find a place in a hurry. Everyone here was very nice. The place is cool, many backpackers to talk with, nice diner, cheap price, safe surrounding and a smile in everyface. Thanks

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Barcelona, Spain
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7 reviews 7 reviews
5 hotel reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Huge hostel but homey. We were supposed to be in a dorm but as a group of students were to come in later in the day, upon arrival they moved us to a family room. Well, a room with a double and a bunk bed + bathroom ensuite. Can't complain. The only reason I rated them as average was that... More

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7 reviews 7 reviews
5 hotel reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Came here expecting a cool, laid back hostel as it's in an ex-mafia mansion, however we were massively disappointed. We paid R170 for an 18 bed dorm which felt like a sardine tin - there was literally no room to move. This was pretty ridiculous considering we'd been paying R130 for private rooms in other hostels. We don't have high... More

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Boston, Massachusetts
12 reviews 12 reviews
10 hotel reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

The staff was a bit brusque the two times I stayed there. The beds seemed a little dirty but there was always hot water, so it was pretty good. Definitely secure and safe inside but it's not very close to anything besides the East Gate Mall. When I initially arrived I was stranded at the airport for an extra 3... More

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22 reviews 22 reviews
15 hotel reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 weeks ago

This place is really cool! A bit expensive, but the value for your money is great!! Fast wifi, free computers, cool TV area and a pool table! The food in the bar&restaurant is expansive, but good. That also have laundry& drying machines for 2$!! Only one problem- the dorms' showers are really not private.. And the water aren't really warm..

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 3, 2014

I have mix feelings writing a review from this place as there was good moments and really bad ones. The staff was overall friendly and the room OK for the price, but the deal breaker was the lack of control over a group of 23 hormone loaded teenagers that scream, laugh, slam doors until 1:30 AM in the morning and... More

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 6, 2014

I was sleeping at the dorms for one night, it was very nice. The pickup service is awesome. The dinner was really good. The women at the reception was lovely and she was helped me a lot. Good music at the bar. I met there cool people.

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Sao Paulo, Brazil
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6 hotel reviews
25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 29, 2014

I really liked the hostel! The pick up service is amazing, and they´ll give you good tips around joburg. It's a bit far from some stuff, and the mall it's quite a walk from the hostel. I ended up renting a car, and I could park inside. My room was very good! And the shower as well. The diner for... More

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uvira DRC
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2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed May 15, 2014

It's a heads up for the owner. Plz u need to rehash ur crew working st brown sugar especially the front manager the African lady or otherwise I am afraid you have to shut it down soon. From my point of understanding back packers r the places where mostly budget travellers stays. Few observations for the betterment. . Free shuttle... More

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Perth, Western Australia, Australia
13 reviews 13 reviews
8 hotel reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed May 12, 2014

Staff were not very helpful or accommodating, beds were cramped (24 bed dorm). The worst part of it was the shared bathroom!!! The showers had completely see-through curtains and the whole room smelt dirty. At least there was hot water!

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Address: 75 Observatory Avenue | Observatory, Johannesburg 2198, South Africa
Location: South Africa > Gauteng > Greater Johannesburg > Johannesburg
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