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Banana Backpackers

61 Pine Street, Durban 4001, South Africa
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Hefei, China
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7 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

This hostel was the worst of my stay in Africa. The bathrooms were filthy, the rooms filthy, the staff unfriendly, and there were honest to god giant rats in the kitchen. I am easily pleased and enjoy budget backpackers but this place was absolutely awful. Stay away.

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Thank dswills
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed December 11, 2015 via mobile

Not only was there mushrooms growing from my pillow but I just adored the old urine smell. Best part was 2am the building was invaded by a disability center who came late and who was obviously deaf to their own noise. My life flashed before my eyes at a stage.

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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 23, 2015 via mobile

It's very cheap to stay here and is not for everyone, however I found the staff to be very friendly. It's also like three blocks to the beach. I'm a bit of a "wild" traveler so I did not mind the place.

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

As far as reviews go I think you get the jist-- it's a pretty shabby place - old creaky creepy building with load of mosquitoes, cockroaches and rats... But then again - isn't this what we come to expect from backpackers!!! Am always pleasantly surprised when I find a great backpackers - but yeah this place was fun - met... More 

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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2015

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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Thank H.J T
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed May 20, 2015 via mobile

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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Cape Town Central, South Africa
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
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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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
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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1 Thank tlhogiliciuos
2 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed February 12, 2015 via mobile

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 Thank Amber H
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed October 24, 2014 via mobile

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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