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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

What an amazing place! The host is friendly, beds and rooms are good and clean. Bathrooms are always clean, the relaxing are at the pool is the best, oh and they have NetFlix here. Will definately come back next time. And very well priced! It all just feels so warm and welcoming. Like a home away from home.

Thank Ricky J
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Beautiful pool and garden, communal space where you can play your own music on the speaker system, a peaceful tea garden, clean and tidy rooms and bathroom, a chill space with netflix and a great breakfast provided every morning.

Thank Chad G
Reviewed 28 February 2017 via mobile

It was wonderfull! Ian is the best host you can wish for.. Only good words for him, his family, the beds, the food, the place itself, everything. It feels like home so we went back and cant wait to come again! Laura and Danny

Thank Lerkoede
Brasilia, DF
Reviewed 13 January 2017 via mobile

We were in a group of 15 people. Were stayed on this place for 2 nights. Really nice crew, good rooms, clean, not very big but comfortable. It is very near from a shopping center and a street with some restaurants and pubs. From the pubs street to the hostel we paid like ZAR20 by UBER.

Thank Walmy S
Sao Paulo, SP
Reviewed 11 January 2017

The Birches Backpackers atmosphere is very good! It's located in a green area of Johannesburg and it feels like home. Ian was always very helpful and polite. The room and bathroom are comfortable and clean just like the commom areas. Besides he provided a great breakfast (including a delicious bread) with many vegan options. I had a good time there!

1Thank Danielle K
BirchesBackpackers, Owner at The Birches Backpackers, responded to this review

Thank you so much Danielle!

Reviewed 25 August 2016 via mobile

A host can make or break any stay and Ian definitely makes it. Not only does he make your stay as comfortable and simple as possible you leave wanting to call the place home. Ian is a fab cook and you can participate in communal life as much ss you please.

Thank Hollie B
Montpellier, France
Reviewed 20 August 2016

Really friendly and helpful family! Not only did they organise Ubers for us, they also gave us tips for our trip and local info. The hostel has a lovely garden, good food (you can cook for yourself or pay a bit more to eat what they prepare), fast wifi and Netflix all for a great price! Highly recommend!

Thank Natasha W
Reviewed 1 August 2016 via mobile

Me and my girlfriend spended 3 nights at the birches backpackers. The rooms and the toilets are very clean and nice. There r alot of beautiful sitting areas inside and outside the house so u can choose if u want to sit with other travlers or just take some quiet time in a lonely spot. Ian, the owner is very...

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Dyserth, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 12 June 2016 via mobile

We stayed at the birches backpackers in June and were very happy throughout our stay. We stayed in a double room with communal bathroom which was clean and spacious. The hostel was easy to find and had secure parking. Breakfast was good- homemade bread each morning, jam, spreads, yogurts, filter coffee and fruit. 5 very friendly and cute cats! An...

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Toronto, Canada
Reviewed 27 May 2016

With one exception, this is without a doubt the single best backpacker's hostel in South Africa (and indeed, one of the best I've stayed in worldwide). Ian, the owner, is terrific. He goes way above and beyond to ensure his guests have a wonderful stay (he even cooked me a perfect medium rare steak that I bought from the supermarket)....

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  • Pool
  • Free Parking
  • Breakfast included
  • Bar/Lounge
  • Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi )
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  • Pool
  • Bar/Lounge
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  • Non-Smoking Rooms
  • Family Rooms
  • Kitchenette
  • Free Internet
  • Public Wifi
  • Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi )
  • Free Parking
  • Breakfast included
  • Laundry Service
Official Description (provided by the hotel)
Nestled in the largest man-made forest, the Birches offers backpackers a tranquil place to unwind, or an entertainment area next to the pool to catch up socializing. The pool is sparkling blue with a cocktail step and waterfall. Very high speed WIFI available free right through the property with a computer station available. ... more   less 

Additional Information about The Birches Backpackers

Address: 39 Anton von Wouw Street | Franklin Roosevelt Park, Johannesburg 2195, South Africa
Region: South Africa > Gauteng > Greater Johannesburg > Johannesburg
Price Range: ₹ 1,349 - ₹ 2,441 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Number of rooms: 5
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“The ones to the sides are quieter than those out the front”
  • Double guestroom
AresQui, 1 Apr 2015 | Read review
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