Myself and my partner stayed here at the end of 2011 for about a week and we were quite disappointed. I had booked the accommodation from the UK online and unfortunately didn't think to read any reviews on the place before booking. When I did read them before we went there I was sorry to find that there were quite a few bad ones regarding the manager drinking and uncleanliness of the place.
I was sorry again to find that this was much the same when we stayed. Upon arrival we were greeted well enough, given any information needed and chatted to the manager/owner for a bit which was nice. The room however was not great, we had booked a double room but were given a twin of which the bedding did not seem very clean at all. We were then moved into a double room on the second or third night where we should have been initially which was much the same. The bed was not comfortable and the room not very clean at all. Bathroom was not great either.
One night when we got home later on in the evening there was a huge party going on at the bar on the premises. The management staff were all very drunk which was disgraceful, and the music so loud that we couldn't get to sleep and went on into the early hours in the morning.
When we decided to extend our stay in Joburg we chose to book to stay at another local backpackers down the road as we couldn't bear the thought of staying here any longer.
I would not recommend this place to anyone to stay at and certainly would not stay here again.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Zoo Lodge is the safest, friendliest backpacker in Jo'burg. We offer clean, comfortable accommodation for the budget traveler. We are located in the lush Northern Suburbs, 7km from the city centre and one of the safest suburbs in Jo'burg. The bus and train stations are only ten minutes away by car for those wishing to travel on. Jan Smuts Avenue is the main transport route running north-south through Jo'burg with buses that stop on our doorstep. ... more less
- Also Known As:
- Africa`s Zoo Lodge Backpackers & Guesthouse Hotel Johannesburg
- Africa`s Zoo Lodge Backpackers And Guesthouse