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“Friendly, Vibrant Place (if a bit run-down)” 4 of 5 stars
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Tekweni Backpackers Hostel
169 Ninth Avenue, Durban 4001, South Africa   |  
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Ranked #17 of 60 Specialty Lodging in Durban
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“Friendly, Vibrant Place (if a bit run-down)”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 14, 2009

Great location right off of Florida Road in the heart of The Berea. You’re within walking distance of the best shopping, restaurants and nightlife that Durban has to offer. Tekweni has a great travel desk with tons of activities for Durban and greater KwaZulu Natal. Staff are extremely friendly, and this is a very social place!

That said, I think the décor has passed its prime. When I was there, they appeared to be in the throws of a cockroach infestation, which bothered some travelers. Also, there is a house cat that sleeps in one of the dorms which presented allergy problems for me (they were very quick to change my room, however).

  • Stayed November 2008, traveled solo
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 2 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    3 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    3.5 of 5 stars
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 7, 2009

This hostel was nice - It was in a great part of Durban right off Florida Rd. The staff was friendly. Felt safe and comfortable in the area. Were options for transport which seemed somewhat expensive but was convenient. It was definately a little rowdy but that is too be expected as we were there over New Years. Also, most of the partying was out in the bar and outside so you could retreat to your room and actually fall asleep if you wanted a little rest. One complaint - I was on the deck talking to someone and left my room key in the bedroom. My roommates left to go party and locked the room - the staff didn't keep spare or extra keys - I was basically locked out of my room completely until about 3 am, so couldn't access my stuff to go out myself, change or anything else. Aside from that, it was definately a decent hostel. When I go back to Durban, I'll stay here again.

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  • Stayed January 2008, traveled solo
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Check in / front desk
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 3 of 5 stars Business service (e.g., internet access)
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Address: 169 Ninth Avenue, Durban 4001, South Africa
Location: South Africa > KwaZulu-Natal > Durban
Business Center with Internet Access Free Parking Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #17 of 60 Specialty Lodging in Durban
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Number of rooms: 18
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Tekweni is located in the centre of Durban's hippest entertainment area : pubs, clubs, restaurants and markets are on the doorstep. It is comprised of 3 neighbouring houses, the oldest and main house built in 1896. The hostel was established in 1992 making, it one of the first five hostels in the country and the longest established in Durban. We are close to everything, only two km to the beach and town. The various types of accommodation ramble across the 3 properties. You have the choice of staying right in the middle of the action or in one of our quieter more remote rooms away from the hustle and bustle. The rooms are comfortable and tastefully decorated all with ceiling fans. ... more   less 
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