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Hermanus Backpackers
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Reviewed September 28, 2013

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!

  • Stayed: September 2013, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed September 8, 2013

The staff were super friendly, enthusiastic and welcoming. I stayed in a dorm which was nice with comfortable beds. The hostel was pretty clean but they do have a dog thats often around so consider that if you're allergic. I think the kitchens and dining area got pretty crowded in the evening but that happens at most hostels. I had a great stay and I really liked Hermanus town.

  • Stayed: August 2013, traveled solo
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1  Thank JasminaSara
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Reviewed September 1, 2013

Hermanus is a lovely town and this hostel has safe, free parking only two blocks from the beach. The staff were very friendly and helpful, stayed in a double room with ensuite which was lovely. They also have some great discounts on local activities.

  • Stayed: August 2013, traveled as a couple
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Thank Travelbloggeruk
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Reviewed August 23, 2013

We've staid here in a double room.
On arrival we noticed something special; it felt like a student mansion... Young and enthousiast staff, combined 'braai' with about 10 people and a more dan average number of students. Therefore no complains about the atmosphere.....
Location and facilities in the surrounding are fine to.

A thing we didn't like was the hygiene; cats walking on the kitchen countertop, kichen was dirty too, seem with the bathroom and bedlinnen.... It wasn't as clean as you would hope...
Last but not least; it's quite a noisy building......

Stayed: August 2013, traveled as a couple
Thank Rene H
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Reviewed August 21, 2013

We stayed here for 2 nights in a dorm. The hostel is really bright and colourful with loads of chill out space both inside and out. The staff were really friendly and helpful and it was spotlessly clean- there seemed to be at least 3 women constantly on the go- washing up, hoovering and plumping up cushions and the standard was far higher than I'd expect at a hostel. There's great kitchen/cooking facilities and a nice bar. Also a cool dog!

Room Tip: I wouldn't bother paying extra for a double room as the dorms are so nice!
  • Stayed: August 2013, traveled as a couple
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Thank Kelly H
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Reviewed August 5, 2013

Stayed here for 2 nights, one night in the nearby cottage and one in a double room. Both rooms were hotel standard and were excellent value for money. All of the staff went out of their way to help us and friendly throughout. Good little bar, clean pool, great dog, superb hostel.

  • Stayed: August 2013
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Thank l s
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Reviewed July 29, 2013

I loved my stay here! I ended up extending my stay here as it was such a nice place to chill out and the people were so friendly. Trips out (I did cage diving and kayaking) were organised by the owners so all we had to do was tell reception what we wanted to do and when, and they organised it all for us. The rooms were spacious and clean, and there were plenty of showers. Lots of kitchen space, and a braai area/bar/swimming pool out the back. There is parking space, and the hostel is a short walk from the beach. I would highly recommend staying here,

  • Stayed: July 2013, traveled with friends
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Thank RLivs
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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: $27 - $65 (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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