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“Bring earplugs if you are a light sleeper”
3 of 5 bubbles Review of Island Vibe Knysna

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Island Vibe Knysna
Ranked #32 of 100 Specialty Lodging in Knysna
2 reviews
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“Bring earplugs if you are a light sleeper”
Reviewed November 14, 2013

Stayed here with some friends during our short trip to Knysna and I suppose it was descent enough for the price. The staff was very friendly and helpful but the rooms needed a bit of improvements. The bathrooms were smelly and the beds were very hard and uncomfortable. The biggest problem was definitely with the noise from the traffic on the main road. It almost felt like we were sleeping in the middle of the road! Overall though, the location was good and we were able to walk to most of the popular destinations. However will probably look elsewhere next time.

  • Stayed November 2013
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Katie B, Marketing at Island Vibe Knysna, responded to this review, November 26, 2013
Good day!

We apologize for the noise you experienced during your stay - being located in the heart of town does mean that 2 of our rooms catch the street noise. We have just bought another property which is 2 doors away, but off the main road, and makes for a quieter stay.
We hope you will come and visit us again soon!

Kind regards,
Island Vibe
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Reviewed October 23, 2013

amazing service, great friendly staff. the trips are an absolute bargain at 3 hour excursions at such a low price. loved our time here, so had to stay longer! couldn't recommend highly enough. on the baz bus route also, very near to the mall and waterfront too.

  • Stayed October 2013
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Thank edostler
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Katie B, Marketing at Island Vibe Knysna, responded to this review, November 26, 2013
Good day!

We are so happy you enjoyed your stay and went on some of our great trips!
Please come back soon!

Kind regards,
Island Vibe
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Reviewed October 19, 2013

Island Vibe is a perfectly located backpackers, right next to shops, restaurants, the garage and a short walk to the beautiful waterfront. The staff are amazing and friendly and willing to help out with anything! They make mean braais (the best braai I've had in SA) and keep the place organised, and in tip top condition. Rooms are comfy, spacious and very very clean. Free and fast wifi, cool bar area and vibey music to keep the night flowing. If you get a chance challenge Freddie (aka Anele) to a game of pool... Actually don't, go on his team then you'll be sure to win! Will definitely be back at this place in the near future, can't wait to see all the renovations finished!
Oh and only thing I would say is watch out for their super clean glass doors, they hurt!!

  • Stayed October 2013
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Thank Hollyrichardson
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Katie B, Marketing at Island Vibe Knysna, responded to this review, November 26, 2013
Good day!

We are so happy that you love Island Vibe! Please come back soon to see our improvements and enjoy another great braai with us!

Kind regards
Island Vibe
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Reviewed October 16, 2013

Stayed here for 2 nights in the dorm. Would go again.

Pros
- staff are very friendly and social
- self serve kitchen is very clean
- dorms are clean and spacious
- great location - can walk anywhere
- secure parking available
- do the Township/Rasta tour - well worth it's money! Great guide - Oren!
- close to shops
- wifi is free

Cons
- can't think of any :)

  • Stayed October 2013, traveled solo
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Thank Michelle S
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Katie B, Marketing at Island Vibe Knysna, responded to this review, November 26, 2013
Good day!

Thank you for your positive review! We are glad you had a good time with us, and hope you return soon!

Kind regards,
Island Vibe
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Frankfurt, Germany
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Reviewed October 14, 2013

The Island Vibe is located in central Knysna, the private rooms are big and nicly decorated. The staff is very helpful. The hostal is not to big and has nice common areas (incl. billard and kicker), so it is easy to come in contact with other travellers. Every eve (depending on the weather) there is the possibility to make barbeque ("braai"). The place undergoes currently some renovations of the public areas, afterwards it will be even nicer.

  • Stayed October 2013, traveled solo
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Katie B, Marketing at Island Vibe Knysna, responded to this review, November 26, 2013
Good day!

We are glad you enjoyed your stay with us. We apologise for any inconvenience while the renovations were taking place. Please come and visit us again to enjoy the improvements!

Kind regards,
Island Vibe
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Reviewed September 30, 2013

While this may not be the biggest backpackers in the "Island Vibe" group, it is by far the BEST! Located right on Main Street, it's right around the corner from the supermarket and about a 5-10 minute walk to the main shops and restaurants at the Quay. The staff is super friendly and the in-house tour guide Oren is knowledgeable and willing to arrange any excursions you might be interested in (when you first arrive, he invites you on a FREE tour up to the Knysna Heads-- just make sure you tip him!!) After Bev, Island Vibe Knysna's cool front desk clerk, checks you in, you get a quick tour of the place then hit the bar for some good cheap drinks. Come night time, Adiel (I'm pretty sure that's his name) gets the fire going for a great braai and he'll probably challenge you to do a cannonball into the pool-- DO IT!! All the rooms are clean, and I watched them strip the beds after each guest checked out (I can't say the same for some of the other backpackers I stayed in on this trip). The kitchen is small, but big enough for a backpackers of this size, and you can sit outside with your coffee if the weather is nice or enjoy your breakfast on a large family-style dining room table (just don't try and move it because it took six of us to get it down the stairs!!) Overall, I stayed at backpackers from Cape Town to Jeffrey's Bay and this was easily my favorite one. Hope to see you guys again some day!!

  • Stayed September 2013, traveled solo
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Thank Terpsfan22
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Katie B, Marketing at Island Vibe Knysna, responded to this review, November 25, 2013
Good day!

Thank you for your review! We are so glad you had a wonderful stay with us. We hope you come and stay again soon!

Kind regards,
Island Vibe
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Reviewed September 29, 2013

The staff is nice ..good location near the waterfront...you can meet a lot of others person from the rest of the world around a barbecue or in the pool but better on december :-P ..a lot of activities and tours.

  • Stayed September 2013
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Thank missybouille
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Katie B, Marketing at Island Vibe Knysna, responded to this review, November 25, 2013
Good day!

We are glad that your enjoyed your stay and barbecue! Please come and visit us again soon!

Kind regards,
Island Vibe
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Property: Island Vibe Knysna
Address: 67 Main Street, Knysna 6750, South Africa
Location: South Africa > Western Cape > Knysna
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Ranked #32 of 100 Specialty Lodging in Knysna
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Hotel Class:4 star — Island Vibe Knysna 4*
Number of rooms: 38
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