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Whethu Backpackers

11/06/2017 12/06/2017
1 room 2 adults 0 children
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Port Elizabeth, South Africa
Reviewed 4 April 2016

When I arrived the manager had gone out. No one new what was available and when a guy showed me around, most of the beds had been used and not cleaned up, the kitchen was a mess and so was the lounge area, totally disorganized and dirty. I would never stay here. Been too spoilt by the awesome backpackers in...

1Thank Vikki W
Reviewed 7 July 2014 via mobile

We stayed for two Nights during the national Arts Festival in a dorm. There was no wifi and no Secure parking as said on the Homepage. The Kitchen was not useable, too dirty and no good equipment. Staff was not helpful at all. The bathroom was way too small for all the people and the campers.

Thank Meisterdiib
Reviewed 27 January 2014

I stayed for two weeks when I first arrived in Grahamstown and although it was quiet it was nice and relaxed and staff were friendly. Good outside balcony area and good kitchen to use as well as clean rooms.

Thank BirminghamMaria
Reviewed 4 December 2013 via mobile

staying here out of season is not recommended, the place is earily quiet and the staff have very little to do but look at you as if you are in their space. the camping area is cool and the ablutions are good... awesome kitchen. the place is well situated close to grocery stores tho own transport is probably essential :)

1Thank Yolande D
Reviewed 6 April 2013

We found this place to be very poor quality. The stuff is friendly but seemed to be stoned all day long. The place seemed a little run down and the very simple and small double room was totally overpriced considering SA average. Unless you wanna get stoned with the owner I would not recommend to stay there...

1Thank 30andtravelalot
Dublin, Ireland
Reviewed 1 February 2013

The friendly staff will give you great advices and will be able to organise almost any trip ! The dorms are really nice with a fancy decoration. You can book a double room in the tree house... really good fun. They have a private parking.

Thank Myriam L
Den Bosch, The Netherlands
Reviewed 13 December 2012

Great place to stay overnight...! From the moment the gate opened we felt as at home. The very relaxed staff, clean rooms, good beds and the colourfull decorated house, nothing bad to say. Thanks to some tips we did some nice trips on our way to the Wild Coast and even a secret recipe agains the pain in my back....

Thank AndrevW
Cleveland, Ohio
Reviewed 5 December 2012

We wanted to break up our trip from Bulungula to Tsitsikamma and staying here was a nice change of pace. Beautiful old converted home just out of town, we felt like we were staying in our own home. We had a 6 person dorm that was spotless. The bathrooms are clean with super-hot showers. The staff is nice and makes...

Thank bikingmom
Eindhoven, The Netherlands
Reviewed 20 July 2012

The hostel has a good atmosphere, but the beds are the worst ever. I prefer sleeping in chinese beds then this one, finally you pay for a bed and that was terrible. Atmosphere and the free wifi were ok.

Thank Robske
Vancouver, Canada
Reviewed 1 March 2012

No longer in the old jail, Whethu is a bit out of downtown Grahamstown. The facilities are pretty basic, but this is a developing country. Rooms are tidy and decent, Paul is a great cook and has plenty of stories to share. Actually, all of the "lost boys" are characters, and that's probably what makes this place interesting and worth...

Thank Global-Reporter

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Official Description (provided by the hotel)
A cosy backpackers in historic Grahamstown. We also organize trips to Addo Elephant Park and excursions to find the endangered Black Rhino. ... more   less 

Additional Information about Whethu Backpackers

Address: 6 George Street, Grahamstown 6139, South Africa (Formerly Old Gaol Backpackers)
Region: South Africa > Eastern Cape > Grahamstown
Number of rooms: 6
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“Double Room was poor and expensive. Maybe the dorms are a better bet....”
30andtravelalot, 6 Apr 2013 | Read review
“ask if there's space in "the cave". Don't get the 4 bed room right next to the lounge.”
Global-Reporter, 29 Feb 2012 | Read review
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