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Brown Sugar Backpackers

75 Observatory Avenue | Observatory, Johannesburg 2198, South Africa
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    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Location
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  • Rooms
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    3.5 of 5 stars
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    3.5 of 5 stars
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Menlo Park, California
14 reviews 14 reviews
6 hotel reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Brown Sugar Backpackers is a safe oasis in the big, sprawling metropolis of Jo'berg which is not always nice. Brown Sugar offers real advise and precautions to their guests and a security which no price can be attached to. We stayed here after a previous backpackers facility proved to be quite seedy. Brown Sugar offers picks up from the airport... More 

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Perth, Australia
11 reviews 11 reviews
9 hotel reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Brown Sugar was pretty awesome, food was good, bar area was awesome, views were lovely! good communal area to meet people, rooms were reasonable and clean, staff were lovely. Super easy going for a good price!

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Helsinki, Finland
2 reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Stayed here couple of times during my trip. The atmosphere was friendly and the staff very helpful. My room was called "Glass" and had a glass ceiling and it was relaxing to watch the sky before falling into sleep. Very nice :) Only thing to note was that the noice (one night there was a party) from the common room... More 

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3 reviews 3 reviews
3 hotel reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
2 of 5 stars Reviewed January 18, 2015

A lovely layout for a hostel but wasting its potential. First impression as I stepped in the door after a long days travelling was the front desk lady shouting down the phone to a potential customer.id hoped this was warranted but her attitude carried on every time I'd to deal with her,Very poor customer service and just had to stop... More 

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Nelson Bay, Australia
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38 reviews 38 reviews
13 hotel reviews
25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 3, 2015

✅Staff and service excellent ✅Pick up and drop off from airport ✅clean room and amenities Very basic but comfortable if you want a short stay only. I stayed in a one bed cottage was very comfortable with heater and fan. Atm and wireless internet available

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12 reviews 12 reviews
3 hotel reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 20, 2014

We had a twin room with shared bathroom. Both quite basic and with squeeky beds. But nonetheless very clean. The communal room was cozy and all food and drinks were easily available. Somewhat basic breakfast, but enough to start the day. Small parking lot though, as with many hostels in S-A. We also arrived late (11pm) (and mentioned that with... More 

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Leeds, United Kingdom
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9 reviews 9 reviews
6 hotel reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 30, 2014

Our bedroom was off the car park and had it's own bath/shower room. There was a heater and blankets if we needed them. Free Wi-Fi was available upstairs in the computer area next to the bar and the bar area was comfy with sofa's and a fire and a very International feel. The drinks in the bar area were very... More 

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LiezelRoux, Owner at Brown Sugar Backpackers, responded to this review

I am sorry that you had a bad experience in Soweto but we clearly mention in our tour package description brochures, the following: We will stop at an informal settlement where you will have the opportunity to walk and talk with the poor local people and their children in the streets. See a traditional “Shebeen” (drinking place) and enter one... More 

Brighton, United Kingdom
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57 reviews 57 reviews
18 hotel reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 16, 2014

Wonderful converted mafia mansion with pool and pool table! outdoor terrace, wifi, friendly bar and staff who cook for you. free inward airport transfer was a mice touch and the return was cheap and easy to organise. Friendly staff served up a great traditional dinner and buffet breakfast only downside is as its a beautiful mansion, its not too central...they... More 

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LiezelRoux, Owner at Brown Sugar Backpackers, responded to this review

Thank you for the review and staying with us. The public transport in Joburg is not the greatest and meter taxi's is expensive. We have cheap public transport 200 meters from the gate for about R10 per trip to the CBD. We offer the same rates to the local shops on our small local map for all our guests. We... More 

Hellendoorn, The Netherlands
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62 reviews 62 reviews
19 hotel reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 15, 2014 via mobile

I stayed here for 4 days. I ate here every evening for 70R, good food. The room was a single room, kind of bungelow in the garden. Clean! A shared bathroom, also good! Breakfast was nice, room was nice...especially the wall with statements! WiFi was good, only not in own room. They do have laptops for use! They have also... More 

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LiezelRoux, Owner at Brown Sugar Backpackers, responded to this review

Thank you for staying with us. We have a hotspot at the back of the property that covers the whole area up to the swimming pool. Maybe you just did not see it and we use the same login code as the main Wi-Fi. More 

Friesland, Netherlands
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58 reviews 58 reviews
9 hotel reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 15, 2014

The hostel is a good place if you just need a place to sleep. The place feels safe and the common room is cosy. The bar is ok. The beds are ok but the rooms are a bit narrow. The view of Joburg by night from the balcony is amazing. By the way, the swimming pool is cool!

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Address: 75 Observatory Avenue | Observatory, Johannesburg 2198, South Africa
Location: South Africa > Gauteng > Greater Johannesburg > Johannesburg
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Number of rooms: 15
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