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Rosebank Lodge and Backpacker
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Rosebank Lodge and Backpacker
Reviewed August 24, 2012

The Rosebank Lodge and Backpacker is a cheap place to stay and you get what you pay for.

Yes, there are no towels but as a backpackers I brought my own anyway. The place is small and cold during the winter, but there are lots of blankets.
The staff is very friendly and do their best as far as possible.
The kitchen lacks some equipments but luckily I had brought my own cup and utensils based on experiences from travelling around the world.

It is safe to walk to the Rosebak Mall and to the Backpackers Ritz (even at night) for eg. pre-departure meetings.

  • Stayed: July 2012, traveled solo
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Reviewed August 7, 2012

We would never recommend this backpackers even for budget travelers. Bad management that fight in front of guests, the place unsafe and rooms dirty, showers taps missing,no hot water, towels and no heaters in winter was our experience. Avoid!

Room Tip: Permanent residents live in one house where they also put guests. Avoid.
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  • Stayed: August 2012, traveled with friends
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Reviewed July 12, 2012

It looks like they built this lodge for the 2010 World Cup (flags and clipping from newspaper still cover the living room walls), and there it stuck. Personnel is not much friendly or... smart. Cleaning is not good (if you're a biologist like me perhaps you like spider webs all over). No towels, no breakfast, no lights in one of the bathrooms. Even for a cheap accommodation, it could be much better.

  • Stayed: June 2012, traveled with friends
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Reviewed April 10, 2017 via mobile
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Stayed: April 2017, traveled with friends
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Reviewed November 25, 2016
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  • Stayed: November 2016, traveled solo
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Reviewed August 3, 2016 via mobile
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Stayed: July 2016
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Reviewed March 14, 2016
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  • Stayed: February 2016, traveled with friends
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Additional Information about Rosebank Lodge and Backpacker

Address: 219 Jan Smuts Avenue | Parktown North, Johannesburg 2193, South Africa
Location: South Africa > Gauteng > Greater Johannesburg > Johannesburg
Amenities:
Free Parking Kitchenette Shuttle Bus service Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #66 of 126 Specialty Lodging in Johannesburg
Price Range: $13 - $38 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Number of rooms: 55
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
We have had the pleasure of servicing our travellers for more than 11 yrs. Our super friendly staff will support you and make sure you are secure and safe 24 hours a day. The ancient local flora makes you feel welcome and chilled. Spend time on our Patio overlooking our garden with its 100 + year old trees, enjoying laid-back late afternoons where you can join other travellers for a drink, a meal or a braai (BBQ) You will find just about everything you need, from a Tour and Travel desk to an Outdoor Terrace to soak up the rays. Novels can be exchanged, a communal kitchen is open to all, Telephone, fax, WIFI and internet access will allow guests to hook up on line. Our laundry facilities are on hand - for all those who have just come from safari. Rooms/dorms are clean, fresh linen is provided on arrival, all beds have plush duvets for added warmth. The adjacent Boarding house specializes in Short / Long Term Accommodation We offer the Cheapest Group Accommodation in Johannesburg - If you find cheaper rates in the Rosebank area we will beat it ... more   less 
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