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Clarens Inn & Backpackers

93 Van Reenen Street, Clarens 9702, South Africa
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Johannesburg, South Africa
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed December 22, 2015

You don't usually expect too much from a place that has backpackers in their name, but this place was disappointing. We had booked a specific cabin, but when we arrived someone else was in it. Instead of making the other person move, we were forced to spend the night in a worse cabin. The manager tried to make up for... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 26, 2015

One of the most eccentric places I've ever stayed at, you can see a lot of effort has been put into really turning it into a 'backpackers'. A mate and I stayed in one of the dorms for a night when passing through Clarens, actual rooms were pretty small though and when compared to other backpackers it isn't that cheap... More 

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Thank Dan L
Durban, South Africa
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 23, 2015

The Clarens Inn/backpackers is very charming and cute and situated right at the base of a mountain. There are stunning hikes available right from the inn which is great. However, I found the manager and staff to be unfriendly and disinterested. We saw the manager, Nicole, for about 5 minutes when we first checked in and didn't see her again.... More 

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Denver, Colorado
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 1, 2015 via mobile

This place is fine. Sure, it's a bit ramshackle and disorganised. You get the feeling the owners were very engaged at one point but have lost interest or become busy with something else. It's certainly not at its peak, the bar sits empty, no fire in the pit, etc, but it does not deserve the harsh reviews here. The location... More 

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Wellington, New Zealand
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed August 22, 2015

We were planning on staying here some more time, but the room given us was dusty, the mattress' springs were broken and overall cold - and it wasn't that much cheaper from other places around town. That night a group of bikers were also staying the place and sang until late at night. There's a nice walk behind the Inn... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 18, 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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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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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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