I stayed here last June for one night whilst waiting for my connecting flight, travelling on my own. I had paid to sleep in a dorm as I had been misinformed on a travel site that there were same sex dorms available. That was fine. When I emailed, they told me that this was not the case but that there would be noone staying in the dorm with me anyway.
However when I arrived at 10pm, there was a creepy guy that had wandered in and paid to stay in the dorm with me so I paid to be upgraded to get my own room. When I paid (apparently, I couldnt pay the outstanding balance with my debit card - lies!), the guy that works there (Steve?) ripped me off claiming that the exchange rate was completely different to what it was... I knew he was ripping me off but felt threatened as he was standing in my room. There was no internet, he'd switched it off. He then went to get me a receipt and I closed my door to get changed... when he returned, he went to open my door without knocking (I'd luckily locked it from the inside!) I would not recommend this hostel.
Ive travelled a lot and stayed in a lot of hostels but this one was creepy and the staff were unsettling.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Terrylin for Travellers is a mere 10 minutes drive from O R Tambo (Johannesburg) airport, and within walking distance to the Gautrain station. A supermarket is nearby, and two upmarket hotels are in the next street.Located in a quiet and peaceful neighbourhood, Terrylin offers dorm, twin, double and family room accommodation.The dorm and twin rooms have communal bathrooms and showers. The twin rooms have electric blankets and heaters and the dorm room has night lights above each bed. All linen, including towels is provided.The double room has a double bed, TV and en-suite shower. The family room has a queen-size bed and a bunk bed, with a TV and en-suite bathroom.There is a communal lounge, kitchen, laundry and dining area.A sparkling swimming pool is in the large, well-established garden. Spanish bars and security gates offer added protection, although the area is very safe.Visa and Master Cards are accepted, and wi-fi is free for an hour. Tours of Johannesburg, Soweto and Pretoria can be arranged.Terrylin does not offer meals, although tea, coffee, rusks and biscuits are provided in the morning.Steven and Joy will do all they can to make your stay memorable in a homely environment. ... more less
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