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Backpackers Ritz

1A North Road, Johannesburg 2004, South Africa
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  • Location
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    3 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    2.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    3 of 5 stars
  • Value
    2.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    2.5 of 5 stars
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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 16, 2015

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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1 of 5 stars Reviewed April 23, 2014

The area is safe, but without any nightlife. We had booked the double room and found a room next to the bathroom in a rugged shag at the lot. The sheets and pillows were riddled with short black hair and crumbs, the walls had large cracks and the floor was filthy, too. There was no locker at toilette door, so... More 

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2 of 5 stars Reviewed April 13, 2014

To be honest the backpackers Ritz is like much more backpackers and a lot less Ritz. I paid extra for a private room but wish I had opted for the cleaner looking share rooms. My room was out the back of the property and it was musty and dank. The communal bathroom wasn't great and the door for the loo... More 

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1 of 5 stars Reviewed March 31, 2014

Last weekend a few of my friends came up to Johannesburg ( as they are not locals they didn't know to much about the city). As I had previously heard that the Ritz backpackers was a great place to stay I thought it would be appropriate to book my friends into the backpackers. As we all knew it was a... More 

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1 of 5 stars Reviewed March 31, 2014 via mobile

Unfriendly staff, horrible rooms, disgusting bathrooms. My boyfriend and I were looking forward to a good weekend with friends in Johannesburg. After a long drive we were looking forward to relaxing in a nice comfortable backpackers. According to the pictures on their website we expected a to have a good value for money. However, it was the complete opposite. The... More 

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Cape Town Central, South Africa
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 5, 2014

Myself and my cousin did the 4 Day Kruger Safari and needed to sleep in JHB the night before our trip and also on our return. We got the prettiest room perfect for just the 2 of us and close to the pool which was fantastic!!! The staff could not be more friendly and helpful. I will definitely be going... More 

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