We booked to stay at Hermanus Backpackers purely due to the fact that they offered a shark cage diving offer. If you booked the trip through them, they gave you R100 discount each per night, making the stay pretty cheap.
When we arrived, we were asked to pay a lot more than we were expecting to. After questioning why, we were told: 'oh, the shark diving has been cancelled, weren't you informed? That means you have to pay the full price'. After much debate, we agreed to pay the full amount, even though it was no way our fault that the shark diving had been cancelled after we had booked it. The guy on reception was so rude and unapologetic that I considered leaving there and then, but then decided to stay otherwise seeing as we'd be charged for the room regardless.
Let me just state that if we weren't getting the discount, I would NEVER have booked to stay here. Out of our two week tour of South Africa, this was by far the dirtiest, run down, overcrowded place (we stayed in 12 different hotels, guesthouses and hostels) and it wasn't even the cheapest! Do yourself a favour and use your money to book a much nicer place for the same price.
The taps in the bathroom span around, the toilet was filthy, the curtains fell down etc etc. I will post photos soon.
To rub salt into our wounds, upon check out the guy at the desk tried to charge us for the room, even though we had already paid the full amount on arrival. He hadn't even bothered to make a note of this. We placed the key on the desk and walked out, happy to get out of that place and on to the next clean hostel!
- 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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