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Reviewed 31 March 2014

Unfriendly staff, horrible rooms, disgusting bathrooms. My boyfriend and I were looking forward to a good weekend with friends in Johannesburg. After a long drive we were looking forward to relaxing in a nice comfortable backpackers. According to the pictures on their website we expected a to have a good value for money. However, it was the complete opposite. The...

2Thank Jaba1213
Cape Town Central, South Africa
Reviewed 5 March 2014

Myself and my cousin did the 4 Day Kruger Safari and needed to sleep in JHB the night before our trip and also on our return. We got the prettiest room perfect for just the 2 of us and close to the pool which was fantastic!!! The staff could not be more friendly and helpful. I will definitely be going...

Thank Yumna2014
Toronto, Canada
Reviewed 17 February 2014

I stayed at this place because it was relatively close to the airport, and convenient for my early flight. There were definitely pros and cons. The staff were lovely and extremely helpful. The house is an old mansion leased from an elderly millionaire of a bygone era, and gives a fascinating insight into the grand lifestyle of the old white...

Thank Christie M
Gaborone, Botswana
Reviewed 9 December 2013

Even though we read all the bad comments about the Ritz and hesitant to stay.....it wasn't THAT bad. We stayed here out of convenience as we were so close to the Wanderers stadium to see a cricket game. The location was great! Safe to walk at night as the game got out so late. I would only stay here if...

Thank xsnwgirlx
London, United Kingdom
Reviewed 13 August 2013

My friend and I stayed here for 2 nights in June and were far from impressed. Having spent the last few weeks travelling through south Africa this hostel was by far our least favourite. Staff were friendly enough but cared more for what they were doing on the computer than serving customers, there is no WiFi and the computers that...

1Thank Kath089
Sydney, Australia
Reviewed 20 May 2013

I had a terrible flight coming into South Africa, was very sick, tired and weak. I was only staying the one night here but it was definitely a good one! As soon as I arrived, the man at reception helped as much as possible. He straight away organised me a taxi for the next morning, worked out the timing for...

1Thank rtravel1993
Chetwynd, Canada
Reviewed 18 April 2013

While it has been months and, likely, years since its Ritzy days this hostel welcomes you into a safe, well located area of Jo'burg. During my stay it was fairly dead yet reception was still open 24 hours a day for the six? guests. We rarely used the kitchen as there's such yummy, cheap restros near by or their resident...

Thank sheri_connolly
London, United Kingdom
Reviewed 24 December 2012

This would have to be the most disgusting place I have stayed. Everything felt humid and filthy. There were giant cockroaches in the showers, and you couldn't close bathroom doors properly. The giant roaches followed you into the bedrooms, and weren't afraid to climb over you or into your bags. As soon as the sun was up I got a...

4Thank kbro3503
Albion Park, Australia
Reviewed 2 December 2012

A little maintenance would have this place at a satisfactory level. eg; broken chairs, tables, power outlets off wall, cracked windows, curtains hanging off rails, smell underneath a sink (couldn't open door as the bed was pushed up against it), GREEN pool, no locks on showers and lock on toilet didn't latch, We were appalled and have recommended the tour...

4Thank Nancy P
Melbourne, Australia
Reviewed 10 October 2012

Stayed one night here before we started an overland tour. Pretty disappointed. Transfer from airport was expensive, was noisy at night time, and kitchen was dirty. Staff were "interesting". But it was a safe part of town and convenient as our overland tour left from here. We stayed elsewhere when we returned to Jo-burg and kinda glad we did.

Thank Luke S

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Additional Information about Backpackers Ritz

Address: 1A North Road, Johannesburg 2196, South Africa
Region: South Africa > Gauteng > Greater Johannesburg > Johannesburg
Price Range: ₹ 907 - ₹ 2,075 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Number of rooms: 15
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Backpackers Ritz Hotel Johannesburg
Ritz Johannesburg
Johannesburg Ritz
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“The rooms over looking the pool are very quaint and peaceful.”
traci_jones1979, 10 Feb 2016 | Read review
“Ask to see the room first and sniff for a mould or musty smell”
ChristieM121, 16 Feb 2014 | Read review
“The dorms are located upstairs, without any fans.... I am sure it gets warm at night. I would recommend getting a single or double room.”
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xsnwgirlx, 9 Dec 2013 | Read review
“Stay somewhere else”
NancyP632, 2 Dec 2012 | Read review
“There's not much choice really- there's just a couple of dorms, either male, female, or mixed, but if it's winter when you're there, do NOT sleep by the window, as I did!!”
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ErinAshworth, 19 May 2012 | Read review
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