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Rosebank Lodge and Backpacker

219 Jan Smuts Ave | Parktown North, Johannesburg 2193, South Africa
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  • Location
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    2 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    1.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    2 of 5 stars
  • Value
    2.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    2 of 5 stars
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Durban, South Africa
2 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 3, 2014

Staff is incompetent - I arrived on the 31/5/14 only to find a girl who claimed to be working on weekends only and didn't know how to check me is as I booked via SafariNow. She also kept complaining about being tired & cant wait to go home. I requested a room where I wont share a shower she said... More

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Noordhoek, South Africa
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed April 24, 2014

We stayed here for two nights. The rooms were not clean, the sheets wasn't washed. We couldn't close the windows and there was no toilet paper or soap at the bathrooms. Everytime someone showered, there was a flood in the bathroom. the place was very dirty. they made up our beds the day We were leaving and they didn't clean... More

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Johannesburg, South Africa
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 14, 2014

I stayed at Rosebank Backpacker because of the area they are in, even though I read some bad reviews , but I had a great time and never had a bad experience like some other guests , I never met the owner but the New Manager was very nice and helpful and organised some interesting trips for us. It is... More

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Sandton, South Africa
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9 reviews 9 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed February 10, 2014

The only thing this place has going for it is it address otherwise it's horrible. The bed is crap the linen didn't seem clean the bathroom is so so. Quite possibly the worst place I've slept in. Rather make another plan.

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Amsterdam, The Netherlands
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7 reviews 7 reviews
6 hotel reviews
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed January 21, 2014

The only advantage of this place is that is nearby the Gautrain connection to the airport in a safe area with a fully equipped shopping mall. I needed to leave 1 day earlier and it was not possible to get refunded for that night. This has been the first backpackers hostel that showed no service what so ever and cannot... More

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Veghel, Nederland
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed January 13, 2014

Good: - cheap accomodation - communal area has as nice tv Bad: - we saw them make up the beds after a person left. Without washing any sheets they make the bed look like it is not used!!! - kitchen is not good and the even use water in the dish soap so it is cheaper for them... - information... More

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Mousehole, United Kingdom
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44 helpful votes 44 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed December 4, 2013

As others have pointed out, cheap and well located in a safe area. Badly trained staff who are however, willing to try and help, they just don't know how. Owner/manager? screaming at garden boy over a minor issue. If he had spoken to me like that, he would have been carrying his teeth in his hand. Totally unprofessional. Overall, just... More

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Santa Barbara, California
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2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed November 27, 2013

The price is reasonable and the kitchen/living room is decent, and it is located in a safe area. Our problem was that the staff was useless in providing tourism information about Joberg. They could not provide information on how to use public transport (just kept insisting we take cabs) and even gave us misinformation about museums (telling us the Apartheid... More

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 30, 2013 via mobile

Rosebank Lodge & Backpackers is nice and cheap, which is why I chose to stay there. The place is secure from the outside, lots of bars in windows and security cameras and in a nice neighbourhood with a mall nearby. Unfortunately on our first night we found out that another guests room key would unlock our door, which meant we... More

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Chiang Mai, Thailand
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed September 3, 2013

One of the worst hostels I've ever stayed in. Can't understand why it's in the BazBus hostel handbook as it's not suited for travellers. The owners are rude and don't seem to be able to cater well for their guests in terms of booking the Bazbus, fixing broken kitchen things or even to welcome people in. No nothing in the... More

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Additional Information about Rosebank Lodge and Backpacker

Address: 219 Jan Smuts Ave | Parktown North, Johannesburg 2193, South Africa
Location: South Africa > Gauteng > Greater Johannesburg > Johannesburg
Amenities:
Business Center with Internet Access Free Parking Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #42 of 68 Specialty lodging in Johannesburg
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
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