Although I didn't read the other reviews here before staying at Sammy's, I wonder if they stayed in the same place that I was in. Although it's true that the building was in need of some repairs, I saw the owner was in the process of making repairs to some of the rooms and bathrooms. This in addition to finding time to cook breakfasts (splendid pancakes!) and the baking the occasional batch of choc chip cookies. The living room had this huge TV with more movies than I've ever seen in a hostel, a computer room with good working computers and fast internet, and (in my opinion) a very helpful staff. The only real downside was the location of the hostel but this wasn't enough to deter me from coming back. It was in a nice area and safe (they are next to the police station). I'll definitely be coming back on my way out of SA!