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Santos Express
Ranked #11 of 52 Mossel Bay B&B and Inns
Rotterdam, The Netherlands
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43 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
“A truly amazing experience”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 18, 2013

Looking for an awesome experience, and don't want to break the bank? Than stop looking. The Santos Express is one of my favorite places I've every spend the night. The rooms are tiny, (it's a train, remember) but the view and the experience more than make up for it!

  • Stayed November 2012, traveled with friends
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    3.5 of 5 bubbles
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    4 of 5 bubbles
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    3.5 of 5 bubbles
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Atlanta, Georgia, United States
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 1, 2013

First of all, the view.... amazing. If you're backpacking or just like to save money by staying in a hostel - this one is the one you want! Of course, you're sleeping in a train so, it is exactly what you'd expect...a TINY room with a small bed (at 5'7, I fit fine, but my buddy is over 6' and he had to sleep with his legs bent). I wasn't there to stay in the room all day, so it suited my needs fine. The bathroom and shower were shared between all the rooms on a single car. They definitely need to be updated, but again, were exactly what you'd expect for a train car. The bar and deck areas were where we spent most of our time, right on the beach - perfect! The food was fine and they offer a complementary breakfast if you're staying on the train (consisting of toast or cereal with coffee and orange juice).

Room Tip: We stayed in the 3rd car in a room with 2 (smaller than) twin beds... but I noticed that one of the...
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  • Stayed September 2013, traveled with friends
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Cape Town, Western Cape, South Africa
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 30, 2013

The idea of staying on a train appealed to me and I am glad we did it. It was only for one night and I think that was perhaps enough but I still can't say anything too bad about it. Yes there was a lot of sand in the train but what can you expect if the place is RIGHT on the beach and people are in and out all the time. You sleep in a train compartment so it is very cramped and you literally just go there to sleep, you can't do anything else. We had some gorgeous walks on Santos beach and Mossel Bay itself is lovely with plenty to do.

Room Tip: A compartment a little further from the bathoom is a good idea so you don't have people up and d...
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  • Stayed April 2013, traveled as a couple
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Tulbagh, Western Cape, South Africa
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 16, 2013

Santos Express is the perfect place to stay! Best service and accommodation! What a unique experience it was to sleep in a train and to hear the trains go by. The beach is in walking distance so no need to drive anywhere. I would definitely make use of them again.

  • Stayed September 2013, traveled solo
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Mossel Bay, South Africa
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 30, 2013

If you are looking for a uniquely different experience a one night stop over at the Santos Express is definatlely worth your while. Sleeping on a train what a exciting experience for children of today who are not used to train travel at all. The beautiful beach is only a couple of meters from your window and I doubt if you will find a spot closer to a beach on such a budget beating price. Please keep in mind that it is a restored train and that you are not going to find 5 star luxuries. The compartments are genuine train size and thus not big at all.

Room Tip: If you would like to sleep on a double bed please request that upon making your reservation as most...
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  • Stayed May 2013, traveled with family
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Stellenbosch, South Africa
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 21, 2013

the blue train greeted us parked along the tracks at santos beach, it has been painted as it is quite old already. R50 deposit for the key upon arrival, the train is parked permanently along the beach and right next to it runs the actual tracks. when you climb the built stairs, to make it easier, you can imagine that the train will be pulling out of the station, the toilet is where is is suppose to be at the end of each carrage but has been changed to a normal updated toilet, next to it you will a shower, big enought to put down you toiletry bag, towels, change of clothes and the compartments and coupe's start, some look like the actual compartment with 2 single beds and the top bunks hooked up, some compartments have been changed into a double beds. Blue duvets, white linen and pillows welcomes you. the lights, bed lights have been disconnected it is suppose to work with the a diesel or elctric engin pulled the train, there is now a single main light. The windows slide up and down to be open or closed for how long, one cannot say. no noise of the moving train to soften the opening and closing of doors during the night or people/passengers walking in the passage,all in all you get what you paid for, acompartment on a train?!

  • Stayed August 2013, traveled as a couple
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 9, 2013

A quirky place to stay. It's an old converted train carriage which is literally right on the beach with superb sea views, especially at sunrise. There is a good restaurant and bar but no communal kitchen, although the owner did kindly store our fridge goods overnight for us with no hassle. Good value and well worth a stop just for the novelty. We found it difficult to find in the dark but that may be our own fault. We arrived without a booking and secured a private room no problems. Recommended

Stayed May 2013, traveled as a couple
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Additional Information about Santos Express

Property: Santos Express
Address: Munro Road | Santos Beach, Mossel Bay 6500, South Africa
Location: South Africa > Western Cape > Mossel Bay
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant Suites
Hotel Style:
Ranked #11 of 52 B&Bs / Inns in Mossel Bay
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:2.5 star — Santos Express 2.5*
Number of rooms: 28
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Accommodation is in a train parked just 30m from the beach.We have an onsite restaurant and fully licensed bar. Function/Conference venue is available, perfect for a beach wedding. We can accommodate large groups comfortably. ... more   less 
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