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“Not special, but fine” 4 of 5 stars
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Ghandi Backpackers Lodge
15 Doris Street, Johannesburg 2094, South Africa   |  
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Berlin
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12 reviews 12 reviews
5 hotel reviews
Reviews in 5 cities Reviews in 5 cities
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
“Not special, but fine”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 12, 2013

The backpackers is clean, safe, and quiet...the showers are a little odd, also annoying is that one light switch controls the lights for the 14 bed mixed dorm, bathrooms, and showers for the room, so if you are getting up early for a flight or something, or need to pee in the night, you either do so in the dark (bring a flashlight!) or wake everyone up by turning on the lights. Two outlets for the whole room and no night-lights were other small annoyances. The owner isn't overly social but he is around and friendly. No wi-fi and internet is expensive. Nice kitchen for cooking.

  • Stayed July 2013, traveled solo
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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  • Location
    4 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 stars
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oxford
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6 reviews 6 reviews
5 hotel reviews
Reviews in 6 cities Reviews in 6 cities
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 3, 2013

Very chilled and peaceful place. Nice bar and pool area and very well appointed seemingly recently revamped kitchen. Very large room. Within walking distance to small shopping centre with cafes and supermarket. Tours offered from the hostel. Good stay and good value overall.

  • Stayed June 2013, traveled solo
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Uppsala, Uppsala Län, Sweden
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11 reviews 11 reviews
10 hotel reviews
Reviews in 10 cities Reviews in 10 cities
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 24, 2013

Nice and friendly staffe. The hostels is one of Ghandihs old residents in the area and the rooms are furnitured in a very nice oldtimy way. the staff is very friendly and forthcomming. Definitly good value. Kensington felt like a safe part of town, but to be safe the Hostel has its own driver for standard taxi rates.

  • Stayed June 2013, traveled solo
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Alexandria, Kentucky
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40 hotel reviews
Reviews in 45 cities Reviews in 45 cities
76 helpful votes 76 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed May 23, 2013

We arrived in Joburg super early in the morning from an overnight from Maputo. We had asked for a pickup but were told "if no one was there to meet us, just call" this is much easier to say than do when you're arriving without any local currency and nothing is open before 6 in the morning. It took us an hour to try to call, gave up, then got an overpriced taxi, then had to stand outside buzzing to get in for ten minutes.

During our entire time there, no one was ever around to help out and whenever we were in the kitchen area eating breakfast, or making a snack, it felt like we were in the way.

It just felt weird. The property was very nice, but it felt like you were a guest in someone's home who didn't want you to be there. Not to mention it didn't have any kind of wifi service and the computer charge was super expensive to use! No thanks!

  • Stayed April 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 2 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 2 of 5 stars Service
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Windhoek
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17 hotel reviews
Reviews in 18 cities Reviews in 18 cities
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 16, 2013

This hostel is maybe the best in Joburg. The house is very nice and the area where it is located is very safe and close to town and to East Gate. The rooms are clean and very nice.
The owner Heinz is very friendly as well Chris.
Dont miss this nice place..gateway to Jo'burg

  • Stayed May 2013, traveled solo
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Geneva, Switzerland
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30 reviews 30 reviews
15 hotel reviews
Reviews in 20 cities Reviews in 20 cities
246 helpful votes 246 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed April 10, 2013

We recently stayed there for one night at the end of our trip in Johanesburg and we were very disapointed with this place.
We arrived around 7.00 pm so it was dark, in the entrance there is pratically no light for a start, then we didn't know where was the reception, which is actually at the bar.
The owner who was at reception was not friendly at all and apathic. The bar is very dark and not very appealing.
He then showed us the house, which is quite nice and our room. The room was very bare, nothing on the wall, which was dirty, ugly and worn-out bed linen. The bed was ok, but the pillows were horrible, the foam was in pieces and there were very unconfortable.
The bathroom is nice, quite new, but wasn't properly cleaned and the towels were stained.
For breakfast, you can help yourself to toast and jam, which is ok, but hard to find, as it is not laid out.
The owner or other person at reception are not very helpful if you want info on the city or on what to do.
Also dont trust the taxi company they use, as we ordered one which never showed up.
Would not recommend people to stay there.

  • Stayed April 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 2 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 2 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 2 of 5 stars Service
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Kill Devil Hills, North Carolina
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17 reviews 17 reviews
4 hotel reviews
Reviews in 12 cities Reviews in 12 cities
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 1, 2013

Having never traveled to Africa, I didn't know what to expect. Traveled from the USA with two of my siblings (ages 27-32), got picked up from OR tambo by chris, and immediately felt safe/comfortable. Stayed there for two nights, and had a blast. Heinz and the rest of the staff were super cool, and we met some great people that were also staying there. Place is more than well secured, and really seemed like a very safe location. Would certainly book again!

  • Stayed February 2013, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Address: 15 Doris Street, Johannesburg 2094, South Africa
Location: South Africa > Gauteng > Greater Johannesburg > Johannesburg
Hotel Style:
Ranked #11 of 68 Specialty Lodging in Johannesburg
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Number of rooms: 32
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