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Review of Gemini Backpackers Lodge

Gemini Backpackers Lodge
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Gemini Backpackers Lodge
Johannesburg, Zuid-afrika
2 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
“Turned around and left”
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 15, 2013 via mobile

Didnt even bother to stay. With empty booze bottles on the grass, an on site litter dump next to the decomposing tent I wasnt particularly attracted. But having to tell the drunken staffmember that changing a bed ( we argued wether the room was clean on arrival) also includes the pillowcase nailed it for me. And with two neighbourhood youngsters smoking more than dagga outside my uncloseable groundfloor window I decided not to stay. Staff had disappeared so I couldn't leave direct feedback.

Stayed November 2013, traveled with friends
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  • Sleep Quality
    2 of 5 bubbles
  • Location
    1.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Rooms
    1.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Service
    3 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    2.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Cleanliness
    2 of 5 bubbles
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Detroit, Michigan
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8 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 22, 2013

Located right on the outskirts of Alex township, this is a very shady place to begin with. But it gets worse, there is a constant stream of strangers visiting this place for no purpose and who definitely pose a security threat to the lodgers. Drunk people will randomly walk into the "wrong" room in the middle of the night.

On my first day there, the staff members took 3 hours to get my room ready and left me to freeze. And while this was going on, the police was also called onsite (no explanation was provided to me by the staff).

If you have a bad experience like we did and have to leave 3 weeks earlier than expected, don't expect to get your money back. They will come up with excuses to keep the money.

Room Tip: There's no such thing as a good room in this place!
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  • Stayed July 2013, traveled with friends
    • 1 of 5 bubbles
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    • 1 of 5 bubbles
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    • 1 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 1 of 5 bubbles
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    • 1 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 1 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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Thank Kilza12
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Vancouver, Canada
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40 reviews
20 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 36 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 10, 2013

With a little bit of effort and small infusion of cash this could be a really amazing backpackers, but as it is the rooms are a little bit dark and dumpy. Make sure you get one with windows. The Internet is good though.

  • Stayed April 2013, traveled with family
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 2 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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1 Thank MKL W
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Johannesburg, South Africa
1 review
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 25, 2013

Got there allright and went to reception, from here on everything goes downhill... The guy didnt show up at first and when he did he left for another 5 min, we later guessed that he left to get the room <ready>. We get in the room and its absolutely freezing not mentioning the terrible smell in the room. We then go to the kitchen starved from our travels and think of doing an omelet. Impossible there were leftovers everywhere dirty dishes and no cutlery or pots and pans to cook whatever. Disgusted we ate in our room. We check the bed and it doesnt look clean so much that we slept in our sleeping bags and put a blanket over the pillows. Then for a shower before going to bed we had to hurry up because the water kept going from boiling to freezing... I have slept in cheap hostels in india and nepal and china and i have never slept in anything this dirty.

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  • Stayed April 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 1 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 1 of 5 bubbles
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    • 2 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 1 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 1 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 1 of 5 bubbles
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1 Thank Chris B
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Johannesburg, South Africa
2 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 4, 2012

We really enjoyed our stay at Gemini with my students , Gemini will be home of home we will come back and recommend to other schools and university, Thanks Aaron for great tours and hospitality .

Room Tip: outside rooms and dorms are very quite .
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  • Stayed May 2012, traveled on business
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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2 Thank BushM312578
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Johannesburg, South Africa
2 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 22, 2012

This is a real backpackers bit old but they have friendly an helpful staff ,it is a quite place at nice location , like their free wireless internet i really enjoy my stay at gemini backers i will recommend this place Thanks for everything Aaron .

  • Stayed January 2012, traveled solo
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Service
Helpful?
Thank BushM312578
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Madrid, Spain
Level Contributor
28 reviews
19 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 16, 2012

You need your own transport if you stay here, or as I did, just stayed for one night on my last night in South Africa.
You can order food pizza as there are no restaurants around.
They have a very convinient free pick up from the airport, and only charge another R150 to take you there the next day. Rooms are cheap and you get what you pay for. The beds are uncomfortable, the door didn't close properly and the ceilings aren't very well insulated. The toilet and bathroom were clean though. But no hot water in the morning, had to use the shower in a different dorm.
Also felt a little unsafe, with people walking around that don't appear to be staying there but just hanging out.
Great thing is there is free internet!
A good cheap place to spend one night and move on.

  • Stayed February 2012, traveled solo
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 2 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 2 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 2 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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2 Thank Amixtika
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Property: Gemini Backpackers Lodge
Address: 1 Van Gelder Road, Johannesburg 2090, South Africa
Location: South Africa > Gauteng > Greater Johannesburg > Johannesburg
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Ranked #60 of 96 Specialty Lodging in Johannesburg
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Number of rooms: 14

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