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Knysna Backpackers

42 Queen Street, Knysna 6571 , South Africa
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Knysna Backpackers
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Ranked #35 of 82 Specialty Lodging in Knysna
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 16, 2015
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  • Sleep Quality
    4 of 5 stars
  • Location
    4 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 stars
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 16, 2015 via mobile

I enjoyed my stay here, the staff were very friendly, and the facilities were great - nice kitchen, comfy lounge and stoep. My one gripe would be that the two showers are in the same room as the toilets so you can sometimes have a bit of a wait. Other than that... Good location in the centre of town but... More 

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2 of 5 stars Reviewed February 4, 2015

We found a lot of bed bugs in our beds. After telling the staff they were really friendly and gave us another room, but the bugs were also in those beds. We got another room again, but at the same time the staff insinuated that we brought the bed bugs into their hostel with our 'infected bags' after visiting other... More 

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KnysnaQueen, Manager at Knysna Backpackers, responded to this review

Thank you very much for this review. We always appreciate constructive criticism. Firstly we would like to point out that, the reason why we continuously fumigate the hostel is simply because bedbugs travel through airplanes, trains, buses and luggage and as we get many international travelers traveling through these means we have to keep our hands on the problem (Travelers... More 

Cape Town Central, South Africa
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26 reviews 26 reviews
8 hotel reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 3, 2015

Friendly and helpful staff with comfortable, neat and clean dorms. Loads of dvds available to chill and watch in the communal lounge. Free coffee and tea in the kitchen- however no milk / creamer provided. Decent bathroom and facilities, but bunk beds in the dorms do not have proper ladders so it's a bit difficult to get up and down.

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Pisa, Italy
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 15, 2014

We love coming back to Knysna Backpacker. The double room with on suit is looking great, with big bed. The new mattress is very comfortable. Tea and coffee making facility in room, nice bedding, towels, and a TV. As every were in SA when parking outside, you empty the car, the staff and signs tell you to do this for... More 

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San Francisco, California
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20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2014

The hostel was very quaint and clean and about a 15 minute walk from the waterfront. Good hostel if you're looking for a quiet night to yourself, for it seemed like hostel guests didn't really interact much.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 1, 2014

Knysna BPs gives off a cozy cottage feel. It is great for families and people looking for a quiet night (no bar or lounge area). There's a good DVD collection to choose from and you can watch them in the main living room.  The staff are very friendly and keep the place very clean. There is a nice kitchen for... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2014

This was the 3rd time we have stayed here in the last 9 years and we always plan on coming back. The house is not fancy by any means but it is convenient, clean and the staff are always very friendly and helpful. Beds are comfortable, towels aren't scratchy, nice windows for air flow and with 3 bathrooms you never... More 

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KnysnaQueen, Front Office Manager at Knysna Backpackers, responded to this review

Hi Barbara, Thank you very much to hear from you that you had a nice stay at Knysna Backpackers Lodge. I do hope also that you had a nice adventure in South Africa. We do appreciate for your compliments. We hope you will visit us again in future. Stay blessed! Kind regards, Fischer. More 

Utrecht, The Netherlands
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 7, 2014

We stayed in backpackers a few days in June and had a great time! Our host, Muriel, was the best, thank you so much for everything Muriel! Location is great, near the city, but not in the busy city centre. Very nice, comfy, and friendly atmosphere. If you're looking for a homy stay away from home, the backpackers is the... More 

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16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 5, 2014

Service:The woman working at the reception was a little impatient with us. She did show us around but was not very friendly, we had to figure the activities on our own. Maybe it was a bad day~ Value: Good~ Environment: The kitchen is well-equipped. The old Victorian house is absolutely beautiful, has a "vintage" charm to it, and they have... More 

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Denver, Colorado
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 15, 2014

This backpackers has seen better days, methinks. We only found out that they're no longer serving breakfast and that the laundry is not working after we paid to stay. The folks here are reasonably nice, but its a big haggard. I would look for a nice B&B in town for a similar priice.

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KnysnaQueen, Owner at Knysna Backpackers, responded to this review

Dear Jen I regret that your experience here with us was a disappointment. This time of year we( owner and staff ) really do need to take a break as we had a hectic busy season and with me ( Muriel -owner ) not being there for a short while there was nobody to shop for the fantastic breakfast we... More 

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