My partner and I stayed at Valley View Backpackers for two nights. I had previously been in touch with Melinda via email. Melinda was very helpful and quick in answering all of my questions!
The reason I have given Valley View 3 stars is for a number of reasons. A few staple items were not provided - the bathrooms did not have any hand soap, which is quite off-putting. And in spite of the signs stating "Thou shalt not take toilet paper," someone had pilfered the toilet paper on the evening of our arrival, and we were left with only a few sheets over night. Furthermore, there was no trash can in the bedroom. My partner and were fighting off colds and were forced to throw used tissue into a corner of the bedroom.
The bedroom itself also appeared to have been very recently built, as there was a distinct varathane smell throughout. Lighting in the room was insufficient for reading at night, which required us to use our phones as flashlights, which in turn drained their power. They only had one electrical outlet in the room and this was at the far corner from the room, away from the bed.
The finer points of the accommodation cannot be left unsaid. The cabin we stayed in was very charming and the room and linens were clean (I give 3 stars for cleanliness because of the lack of hand soap in the bathroom). Although it was cold at night, we were given extra blankets and were therefore quite comfortable. The staff were very friendly throughout our stay. Moreover, it is very economical accommodation, so if you are not off-put by a lack of soap, minimal toilet paper, poor reading lamps, and a varathane odour, I would recommend staying here!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Valley View Backpackers offers budget accommodation for national and international travellers. It is situated in the mountains overlooking the Graskop valley and close to town and its amenities. Clean, cosy, friendly and welcoming with plenty of information provided on the many local attractions and activities. Mountain bikes for rent, numerous walking trails and spectacular scenery. Graskop is perfectly located next to the Blyde River Canyon and under an hour away from the Kruger National Park. ... more less
- Also Known As:
- Valley View Backpackers Graskop, Mpumalanga, South Africa