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“...an excellent Backpacker - just dont forget - its not a "trendy" hotel!”

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Brown Sugar Backpackers
Kapstadt, Südafrika
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69 reviews
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“...an excellent Backpacker - just dont forget - its not a "trendy" hotel!”
Reviewed April 24, 2014

We stayed for one night in Johannesburg - Brown Sugar offers to fetch you from the airport / station for free - a great service, especially if you consider their already quite cheap rates!

You can also book their driver for a return or other activities, they offer dinner (book before) - all prices very reasonable.

Several "cosy" areas and a bar where you can sit and relax. The house is really huge and still charming, but nevertheless its old - you can see that - but the rooms and bathrooms were clean and everything I ask for at a backpackers.

  • Stayed March 2014, traveled with friends
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Karlskrona, Sweden
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Reviewed April 19, 2014

Helpful and friendly staff. When the bar closed they asked us if we wanted to buy some alcohol and continue the party outside instead. Very much appreciated! Nice breakfirst! Good WIFI. They don't serve lunch and dinner if too few people stay there, but 15 minute walk and you have lots of restaurants to choose from. Possibility to order pizza with free delivery. Will definitly stay here again if I visit Joburg again.

  • Stayed March 2014, traveled solo
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Basel, Switzerland
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34 reviews
12 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
Reviewed April 17, 2014 via mobile

At this hostel you'll find a lot of nice people, most are staying just for a few nights but that makes the lounge and balcony a very socializing area!! You won't regret your stay there, rooms are clean and it is close to the airport!
The breakfast is ok, if you have more than standard needs there is a mall not far away!!!

Stayed January 2014, traveled with friends
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Singapore, Singapore
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Reviewed April 1, 2014

Stayed in a single room. Reasonable size and comfort for the price. Common bathroom is clean the whole time I was there.

Free breakfast and pretty good spread for a free one! Cereals, eggs, toasts, hams and cheese. They prepare very delicious dinners too and they are not too expensive. Have to book in advance.

It is 15 mins fast paced walk to China Town. A short cab ride to a nearby mall. They have in house drivers. But not necessarily available all the time as they may be out. Book in advance. Personally, location is the only downside for me. Cab fares can add up to quite a bit if you are intending to travel around.

Airport shuttles can be arranged and I think they are cheaper than getting a cab. Airport is approx 30mins away.

  • Stayed March 2014, traveled solo
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Reviewed March 7, 2014

My boyfriend and I stayed here for 2 nights after we flew into Joburg. The staff are friendly and helpful, always willing to go that extra mile. The hostel was clean and relaxing and being picked up from the airport after a long flight was helpful too. Great views overlooking Joburg. I'd definitely stay here again.

  • Stayed February 2014, traveled as a couple
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Ashford, United Kingdom
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Reviewed March 4, 2014 via mobile

I stayed 4 nights in a dorm and really liked Brown Sugar. Hassle free pickup from the airport 30 mins after I arrived, very friendly & chatty staff, good food and nice and clean.
I booked several tours with them, met some great people here and enjoyed the spacious outdoor BBQ area and pool.
I also met the owners and they even did my laundry for me, thanks ladies.

Stayed February 2014, traveled solo
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Norwich, United Kingdom
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Reviewed February 14, 2014

Spent 2 nights here & really enjoyed the atmosphere - friendly & relaxed with all the facilities you need.
The free airport pick up is a great touch as is the free breakfast.
The accommodation is great & then to have the kitchen , bar , laundry , swimming pool & the chance to book great excursions or shuttles to local attractions.
Lots of information available about local attractions & computers to use to search out anything else you may need.
Jo'burg is a city that's changing for the better & Brown Sugar Backpackers is a great base to explore it from

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Property: Brown Sugar Backpackers
Address: 75 Observatory Avenue | Observatory Extension, Johannesburg 2198, South Africa
Location: South Africa > Gauteng > Greater Johannesburg > Johannesburg
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free Breakfast Free Parking Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Shuttle Bus service Suites Swimming Pool Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
Ranked #11 of 107 Specialty Lodging in Johannesburg
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Number of rooms: 15
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
This 'Ex-Mafia Mansion' offers clean, spacious, comfy and secure accommodation from camping, dormitories, family rooms, doubles, twin, triples and singles with shared or privite bathrooms. We are the largest hostel in Johannesburg and offer the following freebies: A Scrumptious breakfast, Free pick up from OR Tambo Airport or Park Station, Wi-Fi and internet, safes in all private rooms and private lockers in dorms, day and long term storage, tea and coffee. Print, scan and postage facilities available. Self service coin operated laundry room and swimming pool with amazing views. We have credit card facilities and our own ATM on site. We have our own drivers and vehicles for cheap shuttles to the shops and other locations. Our in-house tour guide is available daily for the most popular local tours of Joburg. The staff can assist you with a Kruger Park Tour, Victoria Falls or Chobe National Park tours. We are a Baz Bus stop and just waiting to welcome you. ... more   less 
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