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Backpackers Ritz

1A North Road, Johannesburg 2004, South Africa
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Melbourne, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

I stayed a few weeks ago with my children. The place was basic but clean, the staff were friendly and helpful and the kids loved the pool and the garden (it was very hot!). Steven made us a fantastic evening meal - thank you! And the bakery a few minutes walk away is lovely.

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 28, 2015 via mobile

Average hostel far from everything with a tinny downstairs bar. However its located in a posh área near a posh shopping mall. Staff is friendly most of the time but most south africans are like that. By the way joburg is such a hipster city nowadays, its worth visiting so Dont skip the city.

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1 of 5 stars Reviewed October 8, 2015 via mobile

I have been to many backpackers in SA and around the world. This is not a backpackers..its more like you staying at a random persons house. No bar, no vibe, terrible beds, no toilet paper. Doors with holes in them. The place has potential but they need to jack it up.

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Chicago, Illinois
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 7, 2015

Backpackers Ritz is walking distance to a luxury shopping mall and a few other shops... it is a ways from downtown which is actually nice -- it feels much safer in a suburban type location. Short taxi ride (15-20 minutes) from the airport. Spacious, inviting common rooms, nice pool and garden area, nice staff. Not the cleanest hostel I've ever... More 

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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2015

I love a place where you are made to feel like one of the family... and this is definitely one of those. As a single traveller in JoBerg for a couple of days I didn't want to be in a hotel on my own so I chose to be in a hostel instead and was so pleased that I did.... More 

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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 16, 2015 via mobile

As a single female traveller stopping in Joburg for just a few days I could not have made a better choice. You made me feel like part of the Ritz family. Thank you to Stephen, Peter, Gavin & especially to your lovely girls for making me so welcome. I can't wait to return. X

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1 of 5 stars Reviewed September 27, 2014

After a beautiful trip through SA we arrived in Jo'burg and were extremely disappointed about this hostel. It was the most expensive one on our trip but also the worst. Our room was small, had just a really small window and smelled like you are allowed to smoke in there. We got a different room the next day but it... More 

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Zizers, Switzerland
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed June 28, 2014

I would never go there again! The room was nice, the location and the garden are beautiful. But at least one of the receptionists was incredibly unfriendly, rude and not helpful at all. The reception is open 24/7. However, when my friend called to ask for directions because he couldn't find the place at 3 am the guy didn't help... More 

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Geneva, Switzerland
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed June 14, 2014

this place is a trap! they tried to rob me selling tour from their own agency, lyin to me and tell me they are the only place in joburg where i can book the lion park tour. they lied to me. room was dirty and sheets very old, i used to travel in backpackers places in South africa but this... More 

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Cape Town Central, South Africa
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed June 6, 2014

Someone from Joburg recommended this backpackers because it was in a good area. The backpackers itself is pretty bad; really gross/sketchy bathrooms in dorm area, cramped dorms, pervasive smell of piss, crusty vibe. It's about a 25 minute walk to the Rosebank zone, a high-class mall with shopping, food, a movie theatre, and most important, the Rosebank Gautrain stop. The... More 

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