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“Abusing the World Cup to fill up their own pockets”

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Brown Sugar Backpackers
Reviewed 13 July 2010

I fully agree with ibejrock: we stayed one night with them in a double room one week before the World Cup, which was alright. However, when we asked them what it would cost us if we would camp 2 nights one week later because we were going to visit a World Cup match, they told us they wanted us to pay 350,- rand (40 euro) per Person per night to sleep in our OWN little tent on their campsite! Obviously we never agreed on this crazy rate and when we came back to Joh'burg one week later we went searching for another place which was owned by HONEST people who did not raise their prices with 400% because of the World Cup...

  • Stayed: June 2010, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 9 February 2010

....but we had no electricity in our room. No electricity in the hallway or in the bathroom. We had no hot water for 2 days either. Our room was fairly nice, quite spacious for a double room and a nice big closet.
The kitchen staff was very nice a prepared us a nice meal eventhough we hadn't ordered it beforehand.
We where picked up at the airport which was nice and taken directly to the hotel.
We took the trip out to Soweto arranged by Brown Sugar. The guide was a Brown Sugar employee which was fine, but he didn't really tell us anything other than what he was supposed to - that seemed a bit strange to me.
Overall Brown Sugar has a lot of rooms and a vibrant atmosphere but they lack in cleaning and location due to no shops, restaurants, cafe's, stores or anything nearby.

  • Stayed: January 2010, travelled with friends
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Reviewed 3 January 2010

Sorry to say that but the rooms were very dirty. One night it was raining and I had to cross a courtyard without light through the mud to reach the toilet.

  • Stayed: December 2007, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 8 December 2009

We liked Brown Sugar. A huge building with many different rooms (single, double, triple, dorm). Staff are helpful if not enthusiastic. The place offer good daytrips (even if sometimes we found them slightly overpriced) and taxi services, and very efficient free pickup from the airport. A cozy place, definitely not for party animals. The internet should be cheaper and working better.

  • Stayed: November 2009, travelled with friends
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Reviewed 7 December 2009

I made a booking at this hostel for the World Cup in 2010 five months ago in July. I was feeling very proud to have nailed down my reservations at a good price. Then, I received an email TODAY saying that rates had gone up and if I wanted to keep my reservation I had to respond immediately. The price had gone from $80 a night to over $200 a night!!! But it is now very late in the booking process at most other hostels so I have little choice but to pay more. If they had let me known months ago of their rates I would have gone elsewhere. The owner, Liezel Roux, needs to get her act together. Don't fall for this! Book elsewhere!!

  • Stayed: July 2009, travelled as a couple
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Additional Information about Brown Sugar Backpackers

Address: 75 Observatory Avenue | Observatory Extension, Johannesburg 2198, South Africa
Region: South Africa > Gauteng > Greater Johannesburg > Johannesburg
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free Breakfast Free Parking Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Shuttle Bus service Suites Swimming Pool Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
Ranked #11 of 123 Speciality Lodging in Johannesburg
Price Range: ₹ 1,536 - ₹ 3,654 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Number of rooms: 15
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
This 'Ex-Mafia Mansion' offers clean, spacious, comfy and secure accommodation from camping, dormitories, family rooms, doubles, twin, triples and singles with shared or privite bathrooms. We are the largest hostel in Johannesburg and offer the following freebies: A Scrumptious breakfast, Free pick up from OR Tambo Airport or Park Station, Wi-Fi and internet, safes in all private rooms and private lockers in dorms, day and long term storage, tea and coffee. Print, scan and postage facilities available. Self service coin operated laundry room and swimming pool with amazing views. We have credit card facilities and our own ATM on site. We have our own drivers and vehicles for cheap shuttles to the shops and other locations. Our in-house tour guide is available daily for the most popular local tours of Joburg. The staff can assist you with a Kruger Park Tour, Victoria Falls or Chobe National Park tours. We are a Baz Bus stop and just waiting to welcome you. ... more   less 

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