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Tekweni Backpackers Hostel

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Tekweni is located in the centre of Durban's hippest entertainment area : pubs, clubs, restaurants and markets are on the doorstep. It is comprised of 3 neighbouring houses, the oldest and main house built in 1896. The hostel was established in 1992 making, it one of the first five hostels in the country and the longest established in Durban. We are close to everything, only two km to the beach and town. The various types of accommodation ramble across the 3 properties. You have the choice of staying right in the middle of the action or in one of our quieter more remote rooms away from the hustle and bustle. The rooms are comfortable and tastefully decorated all with ceiling fans.
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We arrived last night very late to tekwani backpackers. The host welcomed us and was very friendly. He showed us our room and gave us the key. He then told us that he would go to bed because he had to be back at work at 6 am. Someone was already sleeping in the room, so we
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Response from Patrick M, Owner at Tekweni Backpackers Hostel
Responded 2 days ago
Oh no . This is not good and I do recall your booking as I have been trying to get a hold of you to find out more about the situation. Yes you arrived late which can be awkward. Our reception is open until 11 and yes the guy on duty was opening in the morning. If I recall correctly you arrived after 12 as our staff member waited up for you. The timing is unfortunate because we could have sorted you out if you had checked in while we were open. Ok with regards to bugs we checked the beds thoroughly the next day and they were not bed bugs. We are educated as to what they look like and they definitely weren't present. My suspicion is mosquitoes as we did go through a bad patch with them as this Durban summer has been difficult. We are really sorry how this all worked out as I do believe you would have had a great time with us. Arriving late and leaving early like that you never really saw us in all of our glory. You never got to experience the social side and wonderful mix of people enjoying our spot at the time. Im quite certain things would have been much different. Once again sorry how that all worked out. I hope you still managed to enjoy your Durban visit.
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We had n Amazing time with my friends we stayed there for 5 days.great atmosphere very affordable place if you visiting Durban and to top it all just around the busy street of Florida where all the vibe happens and their friendly staff keep it up
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Response from Patrick M, Owner at Tekweni Backpackers Hostel
Responded 2 days ago
A fan. Fantastic. Its is often the longer stays that really feel us and slip into our "Teks vibe". Thanks so much for the very positive review. We hope to see you back again at some point.
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It is unfortunate that we stayed for such a short while , but I would recommend Tekwni Backpackers to all who visit Durban. Thanks for the hospitality and I will be sure the let others know how wonderful my stay was. Cheers Tulani Coffee Shack Backpackers
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Response from Patrick M, Owner at Tekweni Backpackers Hostel
Responded 2 days ago
Hey there Coffee Shack. Your place is awesome also. Thanks for the great review. Its always a pleasure hosting you guys.
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My friends and I booked to stay at Tekweni for a weekend. When we got there we were quite impressed by the overall look of Tekweni. There was a little confusion with our booking as we booked for 5 people and when we arrived they only had 4 beds, however they did rectify this by
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Response from Patrick M, Owner at Tekweni Backpackers Hostel
Responded 2 days ago
Thanks for the amazing review. We have noted all your tips and were actually in the progress of sorting some of them already. Glad you love our vibe. Really look for forward to your return visit.
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If you're looking for an affordable place to stay in Durban, Tekweni might be the best option in town. Its situated just around the corner of Florida Rd (the street with all the bars, restaurants and nightclubs). The atmosphere was amazing and the staff was very friendly. Also:
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Response from Patrick M, Owner at Tekweni Backpackers Hostel
Responded 2 days ago
Love your review. You definitely feel us. Thanks so much. Hope to see you again.
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Album Categories
All photosTravelerPool & BeachRoom & Suite
Small dirty room with a fan that doesn't work
"room 8, very quite corner and good for sleeping"
"Room Number 15 is extremely small"
"Ask for beds in the room on the ground floor to the right as you enter for slightly better beds."
"For a bit more privacy, ask for the flats next to the main building. More like a proper rented apartment rather than your typical hostel."
"Quieter rooms are to the front of the house"
$18 - $32 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
South AfricaKwaZulu-NatalDurban
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