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Clarens Inn & Backpackers

93 Van Reenen Street, Clarens 9702, South Africa
Clarens Inn & Backpackers
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  • Location
    3 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    2 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    2 of 5 stars
  • Service
    2.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    2.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    1.5 of 5 stars
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Mokhotlong District, Lesotho
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11 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2015

We have never had a bad experience here. We stay here every single time we visit Clarens because it has an artistic, laid back ambience and it is close to town. We always stay in the Stream Hut, which is by far and away the nicest hut as it has a huge bathroom, reasonable kitchen, comfortable beds and a gorgeous... More 

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Durban, South Africa
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 5, 2015 via mobile

I booked this without reading the previous traveller reviews, which I stumbled upon a week before we arrived- I was terrified to go there after the negative comments, HOWEVER, we arrived to friendly and welcoming staff, the chalets were clean and fully equipped ( despite a few missing forks) and the environment was perfect for the 10 of us to... More 

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Kimberley, South Africa
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 3, 2015

It was lovely having the opportunity to spend two nights in a backpackers that was not only fully equipped in terms of self catering, warm beds and comfort but also all round friendly smiles, beautiful views and helpful staff. A definite must for anyone traveling through the area. And the rates are really good too! We were fortunate enough to... More 

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Kent, United Kingdom
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10 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed October 20, 2014

When we arrived the domestics would not let us go inside our room until the Missus turned up, and she took a good 20 mins to arrive... from town - I assume. We were the only people in the place and no one else came either so I am not sure what the reasoning of the domestics was... we had... More 

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Lausanne, Vaud, Switzerland
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 29 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed August 30, 2014

The room was basic, cold and expensive. The staff is nonexistent, you have to track them down. In fact, when we paid for our room the lady said she didn't have any change and she's get the rest back to us. We then didn't see her for the rest of our stay. We tried to track her down as we... More 

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Sydney, Australia
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed August 2, 2014

Spent one night at the Clarens Inn & Backpackers and have only one word to describe it: horrific. Maybe - just maybe - it would be decent in the summer, but in the winter it was awful. I struggle at where to begin to describe the experience, but after one night and I my travel companion left - calling it... More 

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Mooi River, South Africa
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed May 24, 2014

We booked into the stream hut which is one of the more expensive accommodation options given that it is situated on the river's edge. We arrived, opened the door to the WORST musty cigarette smoke smell. The ancient curtains hangining off the railings also reaked of dust and smoke, as did the blankets that were in the cupboards. The windows... More 

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Sydney, Australia
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed April 29, 2014

The backpackers is located at the base of the mountains in Clarens in a beautiful location. It is cheap accommodation and the beds were simple ply bunks on top of each other, needs to be cleaned a bit more thoroughly and the bathrooms are interesting to put it mildly with shower curtains a a doors and ability to see into... More 

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Manzini, Swaziland
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13 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed April 25, 2014

Pictures in the coast to Coast very deceptive as it must have been taken years ago. Broken lamp shades, broken Furnichair in and out the cottages. Looks like no one visits or lives there. Dose not seem like anyone cleans very dark and dingy. No professionalism from the one person we did meet. Even after saying we don't want to... More 

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Cape Town Central, South Africa
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27 reviews
8 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 31 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed April 23, 2014

Do not be fooled by the word 'Inn', or 'Backpackers' for that matter, for this place is neither. I have stayed in many backpacker's around Europe, and not once did I have to put up with such abysmal accommodation and facilities. In fact, this accommodation, makes European backackers feel like 5 star in comparison. In short, I can simply say... More 

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