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“Cheap, not bad” 3 of 5 stars
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Durban Backpackers on the beach
17 The Promenade | Glenashley, Durban, South Africa   |  
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Ranked #21 of 60 Specialty Lodging in Durban
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“Cheap, not bad”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 7, 2013

we stayed just one night, rooms were a bit used, but i would say standard for B&B. Helpfull staff. Beach is just 400m away, if you have room upstairs, you can see it from windows. There is well stocked kitchen, and some sitting room.

  • Stayed February 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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  • Location
    4 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    3 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    3 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    3.5 of 5 stars
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Chetwynd, Canada
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34 reviews 34 reviews
16 hotel reviews
Reviews in 26 cities Reviews in 26 cities
32 helpful votes 32 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 17, 2013

I had a great two-night stay here in March! The shuttle from the airport (70 rand) delivered me to the door. My reservation over the phone could not be found but no worries as they had ample space in the four-bed dorms. Bedding is fresh, dorms are ensuite, and there's a well-stocked kitchen and small sitting room with TV in the same building.

It is outside Durban proper but this was part of the attraction for me. The beach is literally 30 meters across the street and a two malls are within walking distance. One staff member even escorted four of us single traveler gals (we met over breakfast) into the city on the public mini-buses and arranged for his friend to pick us up later.

Breakfast was included in the price and it's a good spread with muesli, fruits, teas, coffees, yogurt and ample hilarious conversations to join in on.

  • Stayed March 2013, traveled solo
    • 4 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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Somerset West, South Africa
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36 hotel reviews
Reviews in 39 cities Reviews in 39 cities
42 helpful votes 42 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 8, 2012

This B&B is a typical seaside holiday home - tiles floors, laid back attitude and lots of back packers. Facilities are standard for most B&Bs and the atmosphere is restful and laid back. The cats and dog are all friendly which is great when you miss your own animals. The view of the beach from the rooms is great - even downstairs. There are plenty of nearby restaurants for dinner. All in all, most pleasant.

  • Stayed June 2012, traveled on business
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Geochang-gun, South Korea
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36 hotel reviews
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52 helpful votes 52 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 22, 2012

Ive stayed at On the Beach on two occasions - once in thier dorms and most recently in a triple share, sea facing room. The backpacker experience here was great - their dorms are small, but perfect for a group of friends travelling together. The kitchen was well allocated and thier friendly staff made it very easy for us to braai (barbeque). The fact that breakfast was included in thier rate was also a bonus. My most recent experience was rather average. I found the room to be sufficiently appointed - with a very spacious bathroom. Be warned though - if staying in room 6 - that the bathroom window opens directly into a passage way. You might have an audience to your ablutions! I was disappointed that breakfast was only served until 10, especially as it was a weekend. However, I do think that thier value for view, makes On the Beach worth a visit.

  • Stayed May 2012, traveled with friends
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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Moscow
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175 hotel reviews
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127 helpful votes 127 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 25, 2012

The slogan of the hostel is "affordable luxury". Well, it is actually cheap, clean, cosy, but not luxurious at all. 2 small buildings, a pool between them. No wifi (though promised on their web site), no air conditioning. Very close to the beach, there is a mall in 500 meters away (Spar, cafe, bar, wifi available!), Virginia airport is just 1-2 km away so be prepared for the noise of private jets (get up, get up!). Not far from the airport, but pick up service available only by taxi, shuttle bus does not go that hostel (so add some money for getting there and away). However, they have a parking service, and rent a car would be a solution.

Breakfast is ok for the start of the day. Honestly, spending 3 days there and did not know what to do. No entertainment unless you take a taxi to the city centre or to the Lucia mall. Other guests seem to have come there only to drink alcohol and sit in a pool for the whole day.

Well, if you want an escape, it is your choice.

  • Stayed January 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Address: 17 The Promenade | Glenashley, Durban, South Africa
Location: South Africa > KwaZulu-Natal > Durban
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Ranked #21 of 60 Specialty Lodging in Durban
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