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Reviewed 30 March 2013

This was the nicest hostel we stayed so far. We stayed in a double en suite room which was new and very nice. The rooms were a bit noisy but the environment and the place made up for it. We wished we could have stayed one more night.

  • Stayed: March 2013, travelled as a couple
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1  Thank BastiaanWest
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Reviewed 10 March 2013

I felt very welcome right from the beginning. The staff is great and I had 3 very relaxed days there. They are building at the moment but only during the day so u don´t really have to bother with it since u don´t want to spent your whole day at the Backpackers. Swellendam is a nice place to go for a hike, do a horse ride and suck in the landscape. I liked staying there and would go again. Keep it up cheers!!!

  • Stayed: February 2013, travelled solo
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1  Thank packal
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Reviewed 10 January 2013

We booked a double en suite room ahead telephonically, on arrival there was no staff to meet us, only the cleaning lady. On inspection of our room, we noticed that construction was being undertaken right next to our room. It was very distracting and noisy. No mention of this was made when we had made our booking. Although we wished to relax in the room before going out in the evening it was too unpleasant and we rather took a drive. The next morning, shortly after 7h00 we were awoken by the construction yet again. Although we had planned to sleep in we had to get up and pack our things. When we returned the key we mentioned to the hostess that we had a concern regarding the noisy construction. She was very rude and unprofessional, telling us that if it is not the construction that we complain about we would complain about something else like traffic. She then said that we had to pay the full price. We had not even mentioned that we were not prepared to do so. We then said to her that to compare this noise and discomfort with traffic was ridiculous and that they should at least have informed us thereof when we had made the booking. She merely shrugged and said nothing else. We have never before experienced such poor hospitality. Overall the staff was not helpful.

Stayed: January 2013, travelled as a couple
4  Thank Francois S
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Reviewed 25 December 2012

From the moment we slept in until the moment we check out host didn't pay any attention to us, she just was constantly on the phone all the time. One thing we head from her that we need pay for accommodating and if we brake glass on light candle we must pay 20 Eur. For Internet need pay. And when I asked about towels she was really surprised by the fact I want to get a shower in the evening after long trip and replayed that all towels are dirty and I will get one only in the morning. Such a lazy [--]! She was just too busy talking with her girlfriend.
I glad we stayed there only one night. It took me awhile to recover from a such hospitality. Btw bathroom was dirty.

  • Stayed: December 2012, travelled as a couple
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5  Thank Malinka K
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Reviewed 22 November 2012

Travelling as a young couple we stopped here for two night so that we could enjoy some of the local hikes. Having backpacked and stayed in hostels for the last 5 weeks around South Africa, we have stayed in quite a few hostels to see what is good value and what is not. Unfortunately this hostel has the potential to be a great place if only they invested a little money on the decor and general maintenance. The main communal area (kitchen and lounge area) was very dirty, poorly maintained and the furniture was very worn and in some parts mouldy and falling to pieces. We stayed in a double en-suite in the bedroom which is attached to the main house which cost 410. The bed was damp and unfortunately the pillows had mould seeping through the pillow cases so we had to lay our clothes on top so we could lie on them. The door didnt really close properly to the outside so we had problems with spiders and bugs and mosquitos coming into the room. ( we know were in the bush but there are things you can do to minimise the bugs) I think if they spent a minimal amount of money on skimming the walls, painting and general repair, update the bedding and linens, this place could be an amazing hostel. Unfortunately because felt that there wasn't much effort or thought put into the hygiene and comfort of their paying guests, I'm afraid i wouldn't rate this highly at all. Sorry buts is a 2.

Room Tip: check out the prices of local b&b's, you might get more for your money
  • Stayed: November 2012, travelled as a couple
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2  Thank XJJC
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