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“Good for the night” 4 of 5 stars
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118 McCabe St, Ficksburg 9730, South Africa   |  
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“Good for the night”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 15, 2013 via mobile

We stopped here as a place to stay on route to Lesotho. Maria and the team here are running a tight ship and may have taken over recently but is a great place to stay. Rooms are tidy and bathrooms are brand new . Bar is also new in layout with great chat offered from locals. Good place to stay if on the way through to Lesotho.

  • Stayed July 2013
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Rating summary
  • Location
    3 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    3 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    1 of 5 stars
  • Service
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    3.5 of 5 stars
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 8, 2012 via mobile

I crashed at Buzz because of a massive thunderstorm that stopped me from making it to Maseru from Durban in one day. Maria (the owner) and Nick (the barman) were both incredibly friendly. The pizza is great; dorms are clean but dark, and showers/bathrooms nice with some hot water. Location is a bit difficult without your own transport (none of the taxi drivers in town know it so use a map/GPS to direct them). All of this said cautiously because I stayed on a Tuesday when the only folks at the bar were a super nice family and a single older guy peacefully drinking. Still, I review the place highly and recommend it for people passing through.

  • Stayed December 2012
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed September 27, 2011

A fun weekend away turned into one of the worse experiences I have ever had in my life. Wanting to get out of the city for the weekend, we decided to go see the Ficksburg / Clarens area. Buzz was affordable and according to their website it seemed like a decent place to take your family, they even advertised "braai" facilities. The "braai" facilities turned out to be an old rusted thing in the middle of the unkept garden. Decent bar with a huge screen, except, that is it, nowhere you can relax with your kids, unless you are ok with them sitting with drunk swearing chain smoking men. Of course you can go sit in your room, with it's rats in the roof and spider-webbed corners. Very charming. Sleeping is not an option at Buzz Backpackers, because the rooms are next to the bar and loud music are being played until the last barfly pass out. Going to the bathroom was fun at 2 am, because nothing makes you feel as sexy as a few drunk men staring at you while walking through the bar to get to the toilet. After that I felt I needed a shower, but needless to say... no hot water + doors that won't close (unless you move a chair in front) = unhappy, unshowered me. I am all for rustic country-life experiences, but this was just too much. Worse experience ever!!

  • Stayed September 2011, traveled with family
    • 1 of 5 stars Value
    • 1 of 5 stars Location
    • 1 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 1 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 1 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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Mariya T, Owner at Buzz Backpackers, responded to this review, September 9, 2012
Correct, this was not a family orientated business, we are a backpackers and not a lodge or guesthouse, we are orientated for younger party people who are enjoying good music all night through and taking it easy. We were still renovating and upgrading, Rome was not built in a day...


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Additional Information about Buzz Backpackers

Address: 118 McCabe St, Ficksburg 9730, South Africa
Location: South Africa > Free State > Ficksburg
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free Parking Kitchenette Restaurant Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #4 of 5 Specialty Lodging in Ficksburg
Number of rooms: 8
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Rustic Sandstone hostel with friendly ambiance and well-trained helpful staff . Pizza and Take Away restaurant .Braai ,Sports BAR, pool tables entertainment area with a big screen TV Buzz Backpackers located on the border of Free state & “The Kingdom of the Sky” (Lesotho)Your Base-jump towards the Katsie Dam, AFRI Ski and to other many amazing attractions and adventures in Lesotho mountains… ... more   less 

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