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“Very friendly, relaxed hostel”
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Whethu Backpackers
Birmingham
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3 reviews
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“Very friendly, relaxed hostel”
Reviewed January 27, 2014

I stayed for two weeks when I first arrived in Grahamstown and although it was quiet it was nice and relaxed and staff were friendly. Good outside balcony area and good kitchen to use as well as clean rooms.

Stayed January 2014, traveled solo
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Reviewed December 4, 2013 via mobile

staying here out of season is not recommended, the place is earily quiet and the staff have very little to do but look at you as if you are in their space. the camping area is cool and the ablutions are good... awesome kitchen. the place is well situated close to grocery stores tho own transport is probably essential :)

Stayed November 2013, traveled as a couple
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Liechtenstein
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 51 helpful votes
Reviewed April 6, 2013

We found this place to be very poor quality. The stuff is friendly but seemed to be stoned all day long. The place seemed a little run down and the very simple and small double room was totally overpriced considering SA average. Unless you wanna get stoned with the owner I would not recommend to stay there...

Room Tip: Double Room was poor and expensive. Maybe the dorms are a better bet....
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  • Stayed January 2013, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed February 1, 2013

The friendly staff will give you great advices and will be able to organise almost any trip ! The dorms are really nice with a fancy decoration. You can book a double room in the tree house... really good fun. They have a private parking.

  • Stayed January 2013, traveled as a couple
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Den Bosch, The Netherlands
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Reviewed December 12, 2012

Great place to stay overnight...! From the moment the gate opened we felt as at home. The very relaxed staff, clean rooms, good beds and the colourfull decorated house, nothing bad to say. Thanks to some tips we did some nice trips on our way to the Wild Coast and even a secret recipe agains the pain in my back. (haven't tried it yet, maybe talking about 'sardines' was enough;)!

Cheers guys... keep it up and thanks again!

  • Stayed December 2012, traveled with friends
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Cleveland, Ohio
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Reviewed December 5, 2012

We wanted to break up our trip from Bulungula to Tsitsikamma and staying here was a nice change of pace. Beautiful old converted home just out of town, we felt like we were staying in our own home. We had a 6 person dorm that was spotless. The bathrooms are clean with super-hot showers. The staff is nice and makes you feel comfortable. The kitchen is clean and well stocked. There is a lovely back elevated porch for relaxing and a small common area near the kitchen for hanging out. The town itself was quiet since the college kids were off on break. It was nice to see a colonial town with tree lined streets. We would stay here again.

  • Stayed November 2012, traveled with family
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Eindhoven, The Netherlands
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32 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 29 helpful votes
Reviewed July 20, 2012 via mobile

The hostel has a good atmosphere, but the beds are the worst ever. I prefer sleeping in chinese beds then this one, finally you pay for a bed and that was terrible. Atmosphere and the free wifi were ok.

Stayed July 2012, traveled as a couple
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Additional Information about Whethu Backpackers

Property: Whethu Backpackers
Address: 6 George Street, Grahamstown 6139, South Africa (Formerly Old Gaol Backpackers)
Location: South Africa > Eastern Cape > Grahamstown
Hotel Style:
Ranked #19 of 32 Specialty Lodging in Grahamstown
Number of rooms: 6
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
A cosy backpackers in historic Grahamstown. We also organize trips to Addo Elephant Park and excursions to find the endangered Black Rhino. ... more   less 

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