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Banana Backpackers

61 Pine Street, Durban 4001, South Africa
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  • Location
    3 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    2 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    1.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    2.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    2 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    1.5 of 5 stars
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

We had the 'pleasure' of staying overnight in banana backpackers with a tour guide who was taking us up to mozambique the following day. All things considered it wasnt the worst place ive stayed. Its pretty noisy, dirty and smelly but for one night we were ok to put up with it.

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1 of 5 stars Reviewed May 20, 2015

I stayed here for one night, less than 12 hours as was leaving Durban early, and thank God. It looks like it was modelled on a thai prison, its dirty, smelly, noisy, the wifi doesnt work and the beds are horrible, I managed about 2 hours sleep as was constantly attacked by mosquitoes and woke up covered in small bites,... More 

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1 of 5 stars Reviewed May 10, 2015

DONT STAY HERE (even if it's your only possible choice, you'd be better off finding a nice bench and setting up camp underneath it) From the minute we got here we were immediately uncomfortable. It was dirty and everyone stared at us female tourists. So creepy. Even the area it was located in was bad. Never stay in central Durban.... More 

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Mafikeng, South Africa
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed April 9, 2015

don't go there that place is so dirty, you cant even hold a brothel at that place its not AYOBA. if you have been to marabastad/hill brow, You will know what I'm talking about its a pig stay that backpacker. you have to clean everything first before you use them, sies!

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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed February 13, 2015

Ive stayed in lots of backpackers in many countries and can deal with a bit of grime. I'm not even grossed out by the odd Cockroach, but this place is another level! !!!!! Do not stay here. Rats. Cockroaches. Stained sheets. Filth everywhere. Terrible smell. Didn't even want to cook anything because kitchen was filthy and rats running across the... More 

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1 of 5 stars Reviewed October 24, 2014

We slept here for 1 night, then we decided we just couldnt stay. The linnens were dirty, there was blood on them. And the staff refused to give us new ones. The showers/toilets were also very dirty and it was extremely loud during the night..!!!!!!

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Cairnbaan, United Kingdom
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed October 12, 2014

I"ve stayed at many backpackets the breadth & width of Africa. This the worst - hands down! Do not stay here. I cant begin to describe how bad it is! The cockroaches are treated better than guests. Probably why there are more cockroaches than gursts! you know you've made a big mistake when you see all the "no refund" signs... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 12, 2014

I stayed at Banana Backpackers as it was recommended in the Coast to Coast book. I stayed in the dorm and to my surprise we were unable to shut our door AT ALL without locking the deadbolt. This meant either locking other people in the room or locking them out of the room. The next thing that I disliked was... More 

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Cape Town, South Africa
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed August 11, 2014

I recently attended UIA 2014 in Durban, which is an international architecture event. Majority of the students were to stay here as it was affordable and near the Durban ICC. It is nothing like the photo's and frankly disgusting. The mattress one sleeps on is so hard and thin. We were told we would be booked in rooms with our... More 

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Berlin, Germany
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 3, 2014

In December 2013 I started my Tour with "Baz Bus" in Durban. Since Banana works together with Baz Bus and due to its location in the centre of Durban, I chose to stay there. It was rainy, so the whole Building was cold and wet. The Bathrooms were really not clean and the kitchen hasn't been cleaned for long -... More 

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