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Ashanti Lodge Gardens
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Ezulwini, Swaziland
Level 4 Contributor
39 reviews
15 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
“We felt a bit old”
Reviewed June 22, 2014

Take nothing away from it, this appears to be a very well run backpackers lodge, but it left us feeling a little bit old. We stayed here for two reasons: (1) because we'd splurged a bit on other nights in Cape Town and (2) we we'd heard good things about Ashanti. Location was great, check-in was sweet, the quality of our private room was good - but we arrived tired and needed to sleep. Sleep we didn't get, because the noise from the internal bar went on at full blast until 02h00. This was despite less than a handful of people being at the bar... and the vast majority of guests, like us, having hit the sack. Still, we've rated it highly - it is what it is - a top youth hostel.

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  • Stayed May 2014, traveled as a couple
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Thank swazidarron
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LisaMas0n, Owner at Ashanti Lodge Gardens, responded to this review, June 24, 2014
Hi guys
Sorry about the noise - we have been addressing this problem so I will definitely investigate.
Regards
Lisa
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Warsaw, Poland
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Reviewed June 20, 2014

Ashant Lodge is in a great location with a beautiful view of Table Mountain (you have really nice view of Table Mountain also frm the toilet :)) The hostel is secure with a code to enter the compound, another code to enter the dorm, personal safes and a locker under the bed. We had a really nice stay. The staff was very friendly, especially the – bartender Mark Barr. He made the stay even better. The only disadvantage was a bad smell in the kitchen.

  • Stayed May 2014, traveled with friends
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Thank scaryeve
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LisaMas0n, Owner at Ashanti Lodge Gardens, responded to this review, June 24, 2014
Hi there!
I am glad that you discovered the "loo with a view" - a lot of our guests don't find it :-)
I wonder why there was a bad smell in the kitchen,.... maybe someone was cooking something strange?
Regards
Lisa
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Munich, Germany
1 review
Reviewed June 19, 2014

I made a backpacker tour throuh southern africa and I started my trip in cape town and stayed in ashanti at the beginning and at the end of my tour! it was the cheapest accomodation i could find and it was the best compared to all other places. I want to thank dan from malawi and the guy from ireland( kevin or mike ) i'm not sure what his name was, but they were very helpful and did a really good job! thanks again and one day i will come back to cape town and of course ashanti lodge!
Mahir from Germany

  • Stayed June 2014, traveled solo
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Thank 3mahirkaya
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LisaMas0n, Owner at Ashanti Lodge Gardens, responded to this review, June 24, 2014
Hello Mahir
Thank you for your review. I am happy to hear that my staff looked after you well!
Regards
Lisa
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Johannesburg, Gauteng, South Africa
2 reviews
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Reviewed June 18, 2014

I stayed in Ashanti for almost two weeks. Is was a pleasant experience and I met really cool people. Mr Mark Barr made the stay even better with super service and a warm attitude. I shall visit again.

  • Stayed May 2014
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1 Thank JeanPearShaped
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LisaMas0n, Owner at Ashanti Lodge Gardens, responded to this review, June 24, 2014
Thanks so much for your review. That is the beauty of staying in a backpackers lodge - that you get to meet lots of other travellers.
Regards
Lisa
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Cape Town
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Reviewed June 17, 2014

Lovely to stay in an old house that has been restored so well. We walked to the shop, at the Engen garage, they have everything, and had a Braai by the pool. The gas stove looks new and the oven worked. We made sweet potatoes in it. The mattresses were the best and the duvets wonderful. There are lots of clean bathrooms. It might not be that quite with the wooden floors, but you feel that the house is alive around you.

  • Stayed June 2014, traveled with friends
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Thank Stephan T
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LisaMas0n, Owner at Ashanti Lodge Gardens, responded to this review, June 24, 2014
Hello Stephan
Thank you so much for your email. It is so nice when guests notice those extra things that we have provided. The wooden floors do make a bit of noise, but as you say there is not much we can do about it.
Thanks
Lisa
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Cape Town Central, South Africa
1 review
Reviewed June 9, 2014

I have stayed in several backpacker hostels around Cape Town but none of them come close to Ashanti. While talking to a few people, many call the lodge their 2nd home. The rooms, doorms and privates are in great condition and are very comfty.

I have stayed at Ashanti for about 2 weeks, made some friends and connected to the staff who are all very enjoyable people. Mark the barman has supplied me with the right amount of Heineken every day and the barlady Caroline makes the best Hot Chocolate in the world!

All in all, i had a great time and will definitely return for a stay at Ashanti! :)

all the best
Michael

  • Stayed May 2014, traveled solo
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Thank MichaelRupp
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LisaMas0n, Owner at Ashanti Lodge Gardens, responded to this review, June 9, 2014
Hello Michael
Thank you very much for your great review - I am so glad you enjoyed your stay with us :-)
Regards
Lisa
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Chelmsford, United Kingdom
2 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed June 8, 2014

Having stayed here a couple of times now in 2013 and 2014, I can honestly say there is no other hostel to stay at in the centre of Cape Town quite like Ashanti. The staff really make this hostel what it is, from the helpful reception staff to the great barman Mark, all who know the best places to go and even make a rainy day stuck inside fun. Aside from the staff, the hostel is in a great location with a beautiful view of Table Mountain and is spotless. It even has a great pool and some ace pool parties in Summer! Definitely one to visit.

  • Stayed May 2014, traveled solo
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1 Thank oliviaoprey
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LisaMas0n, Owner at Ashanti Lodge Gardens, responded to this review, June 9, 2014
Hello Olivia
Thank you so much for your review. Obviously a returning guest is a happy guest and I am so glad that you keep coming back!
Regards,
Lisa
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Property: Ashanti Lodge Gardens
Address: 11 Hof Street | Gardens, Cape Town Central 8001, South Africa
Location: South Africa > Western Cape > Cape Town > Cape Town Central
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free Parking Restaurant Shuttle Bus service Swimming Pool Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
Ranked #11 of 128 Specialty Lodging in Cape Town Central
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:2 star — Ashanti Lodge Gardens 2*
Number of rooms: 20
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Our Victorian mansion boasts clean, comfortable rooms and handy innovations like individual reading lights, personal safes and international plug points. Our sparkling pool, landscaped gardens, spacious balconies and palm-fringed sundecks are great for chilling out - while our legendary Kumasi Bar is the place to party! We serve delicious meals in our bar and also have a well-equipped kitchen for self-catering. We offer all accommodation options, including private, en-suite rooms in our guesthouse around the corner. ... more   less 
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