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Doha, Qatar
Reviewed 1 week ago

Very nice place and people, kitchen gets crowded but u just wait for your turn and everything is good. There are lots of rooms and space to chill around. It is in some sort of closed society area which makes it safe. just behind there is horse riding school with nice view of table mountain..a good walk. Ground floor rooms...

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Cape Town Central, South Africa
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

EXCELLENT! The staff is amazing! People are so kind, especially Shameem! I checked out on a friday because I had planned to visit a festival just outside Cape Town, and I was able to store my immense backpack and laptop there for over the weekend. So I did not have to bring it with me to the festival! So Cool!...

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Thank krisnoordenbos
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The hostel rooms, passages, corridors and spaces were so disjointed. We weren't sure where the kitchens or bars were, the staff were not friendly or helpful. We stayed in the camping and were not allowed to reside inside the lounges. We could use the kitchen if we could find it. The bar was not open on a Sunday night at...

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Thank 01CzaMB01
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

This place has nothing to offer but a awfull highsleeper. It is to far out of town, you need to take a cab or the train to go somewhere intresting. The don't have a plug transformer to charge anything and their information about the town sucked. I was planned to stay for 3 nights and left after one.

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Thank Simon G
Reviewed January 10, 2017

Beautiful place to stay in. My kids loved it. Rooms were very clean. Unfortunately lots of flies in the kitchen. Staff members are very sweet and always willing to assist. My kids loved it. It was so easy to go to different places by train, specially to warm beaches and to town.

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Thank natefo K
Reviewed January 9, 2017 via mobile

Ah The River Lodge Backpackers, what can be said? Well, as far as value for money and great staff goes you cannot do better in the Cape Town city area. The benefit of being able to camp is also great, as many inner city Backpackers do not offer thar service. However, it is a little bit of a dump. The...

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Thank Gaylen P
Reviewed January 4, 2017 via mobile

We stayed here for four day. Good arrangements. Guest friendly staff. However they need to have more keys for the dormitories. Once waited for three hours for the other guests to arrive to open the door. Use the train from pinelands station 100 mts from this place. Carry enough food stuff if you love your own delicacies because they provide...

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Sao Paulo, SP
Reviewed December 29, 2016

Choose a better hostel because: 1) The hostel is far from the attractions and beaches (about 1 hour using public transport). There is a train station near that goes until the downtown but the trains are horrible and the timetable is very limited (the trains for Pinelands region stop working about 18 - 19 pm. You can consult the timetable...

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Vitoria, ES
Reviewed December 28, 2016

This HOstel is awsome everybody is helpful and gently. You have everything to close. The rooms so clean and comfort. And this localization is perfect. I recommended to everybody. When I'll come back, I'll stay there....

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Johannesburg, South Africa
Reviewed December 26, 2016

Improve safety, especially on the stand alone Wendy house. The geyser at the Wendy house is not working. Please keep a lighter or matches at accessible points, afterall your facility uses gas.........not everyone is a smoker.

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Petrus W, Owner at Riverlodge Backpackers, responded to this review

Greetings, Thank you for taking the time to leave us this review. I'am sorry to hear that the geyser was not working. It is a gas geyser and I will attend to this immediately. We might have been able to fix this during your stay , If we had known. We do supply lighters for the stoves in the kitchen,...

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Official Description (provided by the hotel)
Riverlodge offers you Cape Town Backpacking at its best. Our backpacking lodge is based in the Oude Molen Eco Village, Pinelands, the closest backpacking hostel to the airport. Cape Town City center is only a 12 min drive away. We offer a convenient on site shuttle service and we are an accredited Baz Bus stop. WIFI, internet, office services and a travel desk are just some of the facilities available. River Lodge offers the best of both city and country living. An fantastic backpackers - self catering, clean & homely, high ceilings, wooden floors - cozy in winter, cool in summer. In our large spacious kitchen you can indulge in your favorite pastimes, chilling at the bar, lazing by the fireplace, prepare your favorite meal while watching DSTV, or enjoy our spacious BBQ facilities. You can relax on the enormous stoep or climb into a quiet hammock on one of our lawns. We boast of having one of the largest in city camp sites in Cape Town, catering for vehicle and tents, safe and secure. The Backpackers dorms are perfect for Volunteer Accommodation (60 pax), sporting groups, school groups, group stays, business and self drives -- we are regularly used by Volunteering Organizations. We offer a range of accommodation: 2 bed, 4 bed, double rooms and family room en-suite and a 10 bed dorm with it's own showers and toilets. Configuration of sleeping facilities can be adapted to specific needs. This is the place to base yourself and explore Cape Town as we are centrally situated, 12km away from both Cape Town International Airport and City Center, as well as a 2min walk from Pinelands railway station. A heartbeat away from the N1 and N2 highways. ... more   less 

Additional Information about Riverlodge Backpackers

Address: Oude Molen Eco Village | Alexandra Road, Pinelands 8000, South Africa
Location: South Africa > Western Cape > Cape Town > Pinelands
Price Range: $17 - $40 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3 star — Riverlodge Backpackers 3*
Number of rooms: 17
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“Windy house is nicer, private and quitter,”
 of 5 bubbles natef0k, Jan 10, 2017 | Read review
“thorough cleaning, there were even spider web on the walls. also please put a door mat on the rooms, those tiles were very cold.”
 of 5 bubbles moliehic, Nov 17, 2015 | Read review
“Rooms on the inside are of the place are quieter.”
 of 5 bubbles neidet2015, Jan 5, 2015 | Read review
“Get a room near the awesome shower! 20 mins on the train and you're in Cape Town. R7 one way. Train station is 5 minute walk from Riverlodge.”
 of 5 bubbles IvorBiggun2013, Sep 11, 2014 | Read review
“Go somewhere else.”
 of 5 bubbles 690lucyb, Apr 16, 2014 | Read review
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