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Durban, South Africa
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Wonderfull experience, adequate service and mostly safety (parking and personal). Made new friends in the process. Well located, at the centre of everything in the Kaap. So far please fix the washing amenities so it can be easier next time when one is visiting again. Well done.

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Petrus W, Receptionist/Admin at Riverlodge Backpackers, responded to this review

Greetings from Cape Town Thank you for taking your time to write us this positive review and we are happy that you had great time during your stay with us. We will look in the matter that you addressed and improve we want to make our guests happy. We look forward having you as our guest again and being your...

Cape Town Central, South Africa
Reviewed November 4, 2016

Had an awesome weekend entertainment, as they hosted a number of bands and fire dancing in their enclosed garden. Food and drinks were on sale and understanding that this was a first event and not their major attraction, the bar service was new and could be improved upon to cater for larger crowds. Will definitely return should they host another...

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Reviewed September 28, 2016

Although i could recommend this spot purely as it is close to the Cape town Airport, it isnt user friendly. the reception is a bit rude and unwilling to help. I was almost treated like a hassle rather than a guest. And although i was able to get what i needed it was as if i was not wanted there....

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

Hi Chris, Thanks for taking the time to write this review about staff being rude and unwilling to be helpful. I'am sorry that you felt this way. I'am also very baffled about this review. unfriendly unhelpful staff!!!! I do not even know where to start with this as I can tell you that my current staff are far from unfriendly...

Cape May Court House, New Jersey
Reviewed September 10, 2016

Was quite surprised to find out that the Riverlodge backpackers is situated in the heart of Cape Town but tucked away on the scenic Oude Molen estate that overlooks Table Mountain and the Mother City. The owner and staff were extremely accommodating and ensured that our every need was catered for, from great in-house facilities (Wifi, fully equipped kitchen,outdoor lounge...

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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 frank and honest review. We were happy to have been of assistance and offer our help with activities as this is what we want. We want to create happy lasting memories. This we can only achieve with your help. Once again thank you for your stay with us and...

Reviewed August 27, 2016 via mobile

We stayed here for some 10 days I think, we hadn't planned it but we were waiting for our car to be fixed and this turned out to be a perfect place. If you are looking for a relaxed place to stay and find yourself staying there for some more days, this is the spot. Friendly staff, very clean, security...

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Petrus W, Reception/Admin at Riverlodge Backpackers, responded to this review

Greetings Lieselot V, Thank you for taking your time to leave us this wonderful review. We really appreciate the positive feedback and we are happy that you enjoyed staying with us even though it was not planned. Looking forward having you as our guest and being your host. Warmest Regards, Busi

Cape Town Central, South Africa
Reviewed August 27, 2016

Its a place where the South African rainbow nation is visible and tangible. all cultures mix and get along and everyone (except troublemakers) are welcome ! I stayed in a tent and got to know some very interesting people each of whom deserves a book written about them. PJ, the owner manager, is a very special man with a book...

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Petrus W, Reception/Admin at Riverlodge Backpackers, responded to this review

Greetings Robs, Thank you for taking your time to leave us this wonderful review. We appreciate the positive feedback and that you enjoyed staying here at Riverlodge Backpackers. We look forward having you as our guest again and being your host. Warmest Regards, Busi

Reviewed August 24, 2016

We visited Riverlodge with a group of 96 primary school children. Although the building looks a little old and run down from the outside, the rooms and bathrooms were very clean and our children enjoyed the hostel style of living for two evenings. The meals were amazing and the staff extremely friendly and helpful. Very basic accommodation but at a...

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

Greetings Mandy, Thank you for taking the time out to leave us a positive friendly review. It is really important to us that our guests are comfortable. Thank you. We enjoyed having your group here as they were one of the best behaved that I have seen in many a year. Hope to see you guys again in the future,...

Reviewed August 19, 2016

Very nice place to stay, maybe the cheapest hostel in cape town, quite far from the city centre, but it's 20mts to the Pinelands Train Station and it tajes 20 min to get there. The place is safe, and if you're looking for a cheap & nice place to be, go there.

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Petrus W, Reeption/ Admin at Riverlodge Backpackers, responded to this review

Greetings Eric, Thank you for taking time out to review your stay. We appreciate the positive feedback and that you enjoyed staying here at Riverlodge Backpackers. Look forward to having you stay with us again. Kindest Regards, Busisiwe

bloemfontein
Reviewed August 13, 2016

A great stay for budget - stretching travellers. Old, but clean, and everything works. Showers hot and enough water pressure, bathroom really clean. (I used the small one near the kitchen.) Anybody complaining about noise, should have stayed at the Mount Nelson. Thanks PJ and your staff. Job being done well.

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Petrus W, Receptionist/Admin at Riverlodge Backpackers, responded to this review

Thank you for your positive response. We do really appreciate your feed back and welcome your review. Thank you for choosing to stay with us here at Riverlodge. Looking forward to see you soon and being your hosts next time around. Warm regards Busi

Provo, Utah, United States
Reviewed August 8, 2016

This place was terrible. To start, they tried to make me pay again when I already paid online. I had to speak to the owner on the phone who lied to me about it and was extremely rude. I booked two private rooms and they tried to make me share a room with another guest. I refused because I paid...

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

Thank you so much for your review. It is always good to be given a opportunity to respond to folk who leave reviews. This bad review as Mr Bradley threatened me with, because i refused to give him more 'free' Wifi has now materialized. Well it takes all kinds to make the world go round. There is an old saying...

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  • Free Parking
  • Bar/Lounge
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  • Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly)
  • Shuttle Bus Service
  • Airport Transportation
  • Business Center with Internet Access
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: $12 - $37 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3 star — Riverlodge Backpackers 3*
Number of rooms: 17
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“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
“Avoid the double beside the reception. It's very noisy.”
 of 5 bubbles 521helenp, Feb 15, 2014 | Read review
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