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Hermanus Backpackers
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Reviewed October 9, 2011

I am not a typical backpacker traveller, but chose this hostel as I wanted to keep my costs down during my 4 day stay in Hermanus due to the extra daily costs of the various activities in the area (such as whale watching trip, shark cage diving etc). I was surprisingly pleased with my stay at this hostel and would recommend to all types of travellers. The hostel is situated a couple of streets away from the waterfront [5 min walk] and a short walk to the main harbour area (10 min walk).

I stayed in a double en suite room (room M) which was situated on the ground floor adjacent to the back garden/bar/swimming pool area. The room was very spacious. The bathroom was also very spacious though dated and the shower head sent water in all sorts of directions! There was though hot water throughout my stay.

Staff were very friendly and happy to deal with any enquiry.

The hostel has a bar. The music is turned off at 11pm, however visitors are still allowed to continue their drinking. Due to the location of my room, I did get noise from people continuing their drinking sometimes till 1 am.

The hostel also has a small swimming pool.

You can book various activities through the hostel [see their website for more details]. I booked the shark cage diving through the hostel and got a discount off the price of my room [R100 discount per person].

Room Tip: Room M is very spacious and en suite. It is though close to the bar, so may get noise from people us...
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  • Stayed: October 2011, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed October 3, 2011

Great hostel. We stayed there for 1 night and did shark cage diving with them. I would definitely go back there.
It's better to stay in the ensuite in the separate building - it's a bit more expensive, but more comfortable.

  • Stayed: May 2011, traveled with friends
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Reviewed June 10, 2011

We stayed for a few days and wish we could have stayed longer! Totally welcoming fun people. Helped us with loads of good advice. The Bbq's were great (braai's sorry!) all the staff made us so welcome and the pool table and dogs kept my boyfriend entertained. Would highly recommend! Thanks guys! Jo and Ricky.

  • Stayed: February 2011
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Reviewed May 10, 2011

Top backpackers- was therein 2010 and stayed in the main house and was then there again in feb in the side house. Both were awesome, good pools, bars, pool table and the staff put on an epic vibe. Easy to explore hermanus, onrus and vermont. Not the cheapest, although to be fair hermanus is not cheap either. I'll be back again for sure.

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  • Stayed: February 2011, traveled with friends
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Reviewed March 31, 2011

Don't hesitate to book here if you are planning a trip. Clean, friendly and a great atmosphere! Would recommend this to friends and would stay again without a doubt!

  • Stayed: March 2011
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Reviewed February 12, 2011

We stayed at Hermanus Backpackers for one night in a double room just off the courtyard. The room was simple but fine for what we needed. We paid to join in with a braii (BBQ) and the food was excellent. We didn't stay up that late and the room was a little noisy with others out enjoying themselves but it didn't really bother us. The outdoor space was great to sit and have lunch - it was a little cool at the start of summer to use the pool but I can imagine it's great in the height of summer. The location was perfect for us. It's a little out of the centre of town but easily in walking distance; we walked into Hermanus via the coastal path and saw whales in route! Another plus is good parking at the hostel.

  • Stayed: November 2010, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed January 26, 2011

Not wanting to do the backpacker scene too much we stayed in their separate building around the corner. Room was clean and bright and shared bathrooms were also in a good condition. Pretty garden out the back with a pool and a kitchen area. If you want to be more sociable the main building has dorms and braai nights etc and can organise shark diving. Seeing whales from the shore over a glass of wine in hermanus is pretty special.

  • Stayed: November 2010
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Additional Information about Hermanus Backpackers

Address: 26 Flower Street, Hermanus 7200, South Africa
Location: South Africa > Western Cape > Overberg District > Hermanus
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Kitchenette Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
Ranked #2 of 45 Specialty Lodging in Hermanus
Price Range: $25 - $60 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Number of rooms: 12
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Hermanus Backpackers and Budget accommodation offers spacious chill areas, swimming pool, free WI-FI and free Breakfast to all guests. With a variety of room styles incl: Dorm rooms, twin rooms, triple rooms, double, double en-suites & en-suite family rooms, there is a room for every budget traveler.Room Rates start at R130 per person/per night with discounts for guests doing shark cage diving (enquire when booking)The Backpackers Budget accommodation is separate from the backpackers accommodation with it's own kitchen, garden, braai facilities and private bathrooms it offers excellent family and budget accommodation for the more discerning budget traveler.Hermanus Backpackers is a 5 minute walk into town and the famous cliff paths where Whales can be seen in season. ... more   less 
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