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Tekweni Backpackers Hostel

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

The best part of Tekweni Backpackers is their location, in Morningside area of Durban. A block away from Florida Rd, it is conveniently placed for cafés, bars, grocery stores and is a safe area to wander in. Dorms and doubles available. The facilities were likely good once but suffer from neglect and/or lack of replacements such sagging mattresses with holes... More 

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Lausanne, Switzerland
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

At booking time I asked to arrange for a transfer to Sodwana Bay for a PADI course as I was short on time. They assured me it is doable and that they have alternatives for that and that i should arrange it upon arrival. I got there at night, the reception/ bar was busy but finally got checked in my... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

This is the second time I have stayed at Tekweni, and I can honestly say that it is the only place I want to stay at when in Durban! Not only is it walking-distance to Florida Road, but something fun is always happening at the hostel. Whether it is a braai, or playing pool, or meeting interesting people from all... More 

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Johannesburg, South Africa
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

The staff was not really professional and careless when we arrived. Regarding the premices, the pool was dirty and the bathroom close to our room was really old and had missing tiles. The room had dead insects squashed on the walls. The bed sheets were dirty, really thin and one had holes. One bed did not have a ladder. There... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 14, 2016

I read the same thing that this is a big party hostel, which it wasn't. It's okay because I come here to sleep and relax, I can party out on the streets. My brother and I booked an apartment room which had bunk beds. The room was so small we could barely move around, the regular shared rooms are much... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 3, 2016

we went there December time it was very nice. friendly staff kitchen fully equipped we were a group of 10 its vibe place for December next to shopping its distance to the beach but we had fun improvements on some rooms must be done

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Thank leratoOOOOO
Patrick M, Owner at Tekweni Backpackers Hostel, responded to this review

Thanks for your review. I can see you enjoyed us. We have been steadily working on our rooms and beds since then. Some of them needed attention. Thanks for the advice. We do hope to see you back. More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 20, 2016 via mobile

What a great experience. Great staff and great ambiance. Dont want to leave!!!! Was such a great vibe with music playing in the background and lights creating the awesome atmosphere. Its just shy off one of the best streets in Durban called Florida Rd. Filled with great restaurants and nightlife. Best location

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Patrick M, Owner at Tekweni Backpackers Hostel, responded to this review

Thanks for the awesome review. Something tells me you will be back :) More 

Swakopmund, Namibia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 13, 2016

My wife and I recently passed through Durban and stayed a few nights at Tekweni. It is one of the longest running backpackers in Durban and is still a fantastic and fun place to stay. The staff was extremely helpful, the room was clean and their braai nights are still rolling with a great local atmosphere. The location, just off... More 

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Patrick M, Owner at Tekweni Backpackers Hostel, responded to this review

A regular customer. We got lots of them but you are certainly one of our favorites. Thanks for the super review. I know you will be back. Until then. More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 25, 2016 via mobile

I only stayed for one night with a friend but we had a great night! We were welcomed and taken to our spacious dorm. The beds were clean and comfortable. The shower was the best I'd had in SA! Really hot and good pressure. The atmosphere was great, everyone was very friendly and the drinks were cheap, happy days! If... More 

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Patrick M, Owner at Tekweni Backpackers Hostel, responded to this review

Fantastic review. Glad you enjoyed your stay. Hope to see you back soon! More 

Robbinsdale, Minnesota
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 20, 2016

Before going to Durban everyone we knew told us we had to stay at Tekwenis, and that it was the best party backpackers in the area. However, on our trip we didn't agree. Both of the times me and my friends have stayed there is was very much not a party. One time there was even 30 school kids staying... More 

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Patrick M, Owner at Tekweni Backpackers Hostel, responded to this review

Thanks for reviewing us. Sounds like you had bad timing to come twice and we were quiet. We don't often take school kid groups and if we do they are always older kids that do enjoy us. With todays economy we are forced to diversify a bit. We do always try and manage the situation though assuring that we still... More 

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  • Bar/Lounge
  • Free Parking
  • Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi )
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  • Wheelchair access
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Official Description (provided by the hotel)
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. ... more   less 

Additional Information about Tekweni Backpackers Hostel

Address: 169 Ninth Avenue, Durban 4001, South Africa
Location: South Africa > KwaZulu-Natal > Durban
Price Range: $21 - $39 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Number of rooms: 18
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