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St Lucia Bibs International Backpackers
Baltimore, Maryland
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59 reviews
48 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 56 helpful votes
“couldn't even check in.....”
Reviewed August 30, 2009

Unfortunately I can't really comment on my stay here, b/c after making a reservation (in the off season no less..) we could not check in to get our room. Arrived around 9P, lots of people around and a few staff members...none of whom had keys (although they knew we were arriving) We waited about 45 min, then ambled down the road and got a room elsewhere. No one seemed too concerned...

Stayed June 2009, traveled with friends
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New York City, New York
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Reviewed February 14, 2009

You can’t beat the location or the selection of activities. This is a very social place, so you’ll meet a lot of people. However, the dorms were filthy, and at R115 per night, some of the most expensive in South Africa. I stayed there four nights and my room wasn’t cleaned once (not even when some travelers left and others were put in the same beds—EEW!). We didn’t have electricity for over half the time and when we complained to staff we were told that it was our fault for trying to use the appliances in the kitchen.

Also, be advised that with a steady stream of traffic travelling through (and many, many, staff members), this is not the place to leave your wallet, iPod, camera, etc unattended!

That said, this is pretty much the only backpackers in town and St. Lucia itself is amazing. Next time, I would splurge on more expensive accommodation to avoid staying at Bib's.

  • Stayed November 2008, traveled solo
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Vancouver, Canada
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Reviewed February 7, 2009

I would recommend this hostel because of the location but with a proviso - unless you're going to stay up all night partying, try to get a room as far away from the pool and bar area - we were kept up several nights all night from extremely rowdy people and when asked them to quiet down a bit were sworn at and insulted. The staff were mostly very nice except for the guy who was "running things" and a few of the other guys who were involved in the parties and basically told us to stop complaining. After three nights, my travelling partner yelled back at them and they moved us to a very nice quiet room, not sure why they didn't do that in the first place? The area is absolutely beautiful with limited options for accomodation, so I would go back here just to be in St Lucia again, but I would request a room away from the bar. We were there on Christmas Day and they brought us out to mud flats to have a mud fight and cooked a breakfast and Christmas dinner for us. It was nice and I also enjoyed when they had the singers and dancers come in. Overall, it was an good experience tarnished by a few bad apples.

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  • Stayed December 2007
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Property: St Lucia Bibs International Backpackers
Address: 310 Mckenzie Street, St Lucia 3936, South Africa
Location: South Africa > KwaZulu-Natal > St Lucia
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Ranked #32 of 32 Specialty Lodging in St Lucia
Number of rooms: 42
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