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“Quiet comfortable hotel” 4 of 5 bubbles
Review of Johannesburg Backpackers

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Johannesburg Backpackers
Brattleboro, Vermont
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11 reviews
5 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
“Quiet comfortable hotel”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 23, 2013

This place isn't really for "tough backpackers." I would consider it more of a hotel. Rooms are very clean with good beds, clean and working showers. It is a 5-minute walk from Greenside which has all sorts of restaurants, bars, etc which is good because this location is isolated and you will need a car or driver to get around so the closeness to Greenside is nice.

note to owners: Beauty(the staff) is excellent, hard-working, and helpful. You should give her a raise. The other staff sit around all day, watch TV and aren't helpful.

  • Stayed January 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 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
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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Helpful?
1 Thank Brodie H
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AndyCTBP, Front Office Manager at Johannesburg Backpackers, responded to this review, January 26, 2014
Hi, Beauty and all the team really appreciate you taking the time to review us. Hope to see you again next time your back in the area. Andy :)
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  • Location
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Sleep Quality
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Rooms
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Service
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Cleanliness
    4 of 5 bubbles
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capital federal
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48 reviews
11 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 8, 2012

i ve stayed 15 days before world cup kick off
the best infraestructure, with pool nice beds
and staff
place for making bbq
and play football, near parks and very safe area
also near the centre full of bars and restaurants

  • Stayed July 2011, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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1 Thank guidocarvajal
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, Guest Relations Manager at Johannesburg Backpackers, responded to this review, July 3, 2012
Hi, Thanks for the feedback, we're really glad you enjoyed your stay with us. We all hope you enjoy the rest of your trip and if your ever back in Sunny Johannesburg please come and say Hi. Thanks, the JBP Crew :)
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Folsom, California, United States
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16 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 6, 2012

We stayed here for 3 or 4 nights in mid December 2011. The low point on our Africa Trip. Read further if you want to know details, otherwise I'll save you some time- DON'T STAY HERE!! The only reason we stayed that long is we were prepaid and the internet, when it worked, was decent for Africa. It looked as if at one time the place had a good vibe and energy. But something has changed and I think it is the ownership. When we got the initial tour the community kitchen was filthy, stacks of unwashed plates and dirty counters greeted us. Placed in our first room you couldn't help feel like it was a minor step up from a Joburg prison cell. The walls were dirty,stark, and bathroom rundown- horror movie stuff. When we found that we had paid double the going rate, we asked to move to a "nicer "room. This along with any other requests were met with some hesitation from staff. Not because the frontline staff was not helpful (very nice), but they could not make any decisions on their own. They had to ask the owners first as not to get in trouble with them later, (The owners live onsite, and hide from guests). After a few days of staying here we got two feelings from this odd place. 1) the owners must want this place to fail/bankrupt 2) Our guess, they inherited the property and it is more of burden than anything for them. No pride in Ownership!! And they can't just use the lame excuse T.I.A!!! because at one time the place looked like it thrived!

Room Tip: If you do stay there, Don't stay in the first room to right when enter the main hallway!!
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  • Stayed December 2011, traveled with friends
    • 1 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 1 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 1 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 1 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Service
Helpful?
3 Thank Chip A
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AndyCTBP, Manager at Johannesburg Backpackers, responded to this review, February 7, 2012
Hi, Thanks for the review ,we pride ourselves on making our place a fun and friendly home away from home for all our guests and to be somewhere that they want to come back to again and again. We fell short of that standard for you and we are sorry. We have taken on board your comments and are making sure that we do meet the standard expected in all those areas. As you mention we do thrive and if you are ever back in Johannesburg please come back and see us and let us show you how good we can be! We hope you enjoy the enjoy the rest of your trip, the Joburg BP team
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Dublin, Ireland
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 4, 2012

A clean place but very basic rooms. Only stayed as a stopover to the airport but found it fairly pricey for what it is.

Stayed November 2011, traveled as a couple
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Thank NevandLaura
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AndyCTBP, Manager at Johannesburg Backpackers, responded to this review, January 26, 2014
Hi,

We constantly review our prices and feel that we offer great value. thanks for taking the time to review us. Hope to see you again next time your back in the area.

Andy :)
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Sao Paulo, SP
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41 reviews
9 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 20, 2011

I had a tight schedule in South Africa but Beauty, who works there, booked a unforgetable 6 day experience for me in Cape Town, Durban and Johannesburg. Be back for sure!!!

  • Stayed December 2011, traveled solo
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank Alex N
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Camberley, United Kingdom
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7 reviews
6 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 4, 2011

We arrive to a vary indifferent staff member and were shown a room full of ants, our concerns were not really taken on aboard and we moved to a different hotel, not staying the night.

  • Stayed August 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 2 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 1 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 1 of 5 bubbles
      Service
Helpful?
1 Thank Rachael_Tomlin
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Property: Johannesburg Backpackers
Address: 14 Umgwezi Road | Emmarentia, Johannesburg 2195, South Africa
Location: South Africa > Gauteng > Greater Johannesburg > Johannesburg
Amenities:
Free Parking Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
Ranked #38 of 92 Specialty Lodging in Johannesburg
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Number of rooms: 13
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
This well established backpackers, will give you the parties and rest that you need on your travels. We are within a safe 5 min walk from top Restaurants, Bar's and night clubs, and for those of you that like to explore, let our trained staff help you with all your tour needs! We have all of the facilities you would expect from a top quality backpackers including WiFi, swimming pool and pool table (where you can challenge our in-house champ, or meet your fellow guests over a game and beer)!! We are a self catering facility, but we can place an order for you if you wish to have a lazy night in, in front of the fire! ... more   less 
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