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Blue Sky Mining Backpackers & Lodge Reviews

5 Nelson Palmer Rd, Warner Beach, South Coast, Durban, South Africa

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84%

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64 Total Reviews
  • 87%Value For Money
  • 93%Security
  • 73%Location
  • 87%Staff
  • 83%Atmosphere
  • 80%Cleanliness
  • 87%Facilities

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100%

We stayed here in the middle of Jan and enjoyed it so much that we had to go back again- It's not the very cheapest of backpackers, but definitely worth every penny. We loved our room on the first stay - lovely double with own shower etc, and view of sea, and the second time we stayed in their new log cabin - it was heaven- great view, privacy, sea breaze..... But as well as all this, they have a lovely restaurant, and Reena, the cook, makes the best curries and the garden is just lushous.


94%

excellent view, nice staff and good facilities.

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Hello Gabriel, Thanks a million for your lovely feedback! We are glad to hear that you enjoyed your stay! It was nice having you and we hope to seeing you again in future! All the best, Romy and the team of Blue Sky Mining!

86%

Very friendly staff, clean facilities and secure grounds. Little difficult to access the beach from there (approx. 10 minute walk, across a busy street and under a tunnel). Do recommend it if you're in the area.

  • 25th Oct 2012
  • Novice Nomad
  • Anonymous
  • Canada
  • Male, 25-30
  • (1 review)


97%

Perfect place to chill, enjoy the sunrise, the beach and life. The staff is great and very helpful. The owners make you feel like at home and are very friendly. A great and honest place with a lot to offer.

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Hi Michael, Thank you very much for your lovely feedback. Once again, we are very happy to hear that you enjoyed your stay at Blue Sky Mining. All the best in future! The Team of the Blue Sky Mining Backpackers & Lodge

94%

I was very sad because we spent here just one night... Amazing place, wonderful design and very friendly and positive hosts. Nice food at the cafe, two pools, security parking scenic ocean view, and possibility to sit and drink couple of beer at the viewing point on top of the house. And you can buy nice plant for your garden here as well) We enjoнув our stay here!

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Hello Ivan, Thank you very much for your lovely comment! We are glad to hear that you enjoyed your stay at Blue Sky Mining. We hope to seeing you again in future! All the best=) The Team of the Blue Sky Mining!

97%

This place is lovely, clean, spacious and overall wonderful. Would highly recommend it over the other lodges/hostels in the Warner Beach area having stayed at Blue Sky Mining and others during our short stay.

  • 7th Aug 2012
  • Novice Nomad
  • Anonymous
  • USA
  • Female, 25-30
  • (1 review)

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Hello Esther, Thank you very much for your lovely comment. We are glad to hear that you enjoyed your stay at Blue Sky Mining=) All the best, Romy

100%

Very nice place .

  • 29th Jul 2012
  • Novice Nomad
  • Anonymous
  • Zimbabwe
  • Male, 25-30
  • (1 review)

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Hello Kevin, Thanks a million for your lovely comment and rating! We are glad to hear that you enjoyed your stay at Blue Sky Mining=) All the best, Romy

100%

A perfect stay

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Hello Juergen, Thank you very much for your comment. We are glad to hear that you enjoyed your stay to the fullest! Have a safe journey. The Team of the Blue Sky Mining Backpackers & Lodge

97%

Excellent hostal. One of the best I've ever stayed at. Very good service and value for money.


97%

Very nice place, well equipped kitchen, lovely ocean view deck, nice pools, beautifull garden


86%

I loved this place - nice atmosphere and friendly, professional staff. The only drawbacks were that I wasn't aware of all the things (kayaking, etc) available till my last day - I would have stayed longer if I could! - and that the choice of food for a non-meat/non-curry eater who wants to eat healthy according to their menu, but the food I did eat was good. Also the beach is a bit further than 5 mins away, on foot at least!

  • 31st Jan 2012
  • Novice Nomad
  • Anonymous
  • England
  • Female, 31-40
  • (1 review)


51%

The place itself is Not that bad (at the Beach but far away from City). But you get the Feeling they wanna make Money Out of everything! (e.g.Internet is expensive) Staff is Not Customer friendly. The transport to the City is very expensive.

  • 15th Jan 2012
  • Novice Nomad
  • Anonymous
  • Germany
  • Mixed Group, 25-30
  • (1 review)

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Dear Vera, We regret that you did not enjoy your stay with us. Unfortunately we have guidelines in place that we must follow, and we cannot break them for one client, while upholding them for another. While the staff always does their best to assist the client, they cannot go beyond the guidelines set for them as was requested. As you know, we are a business, so we aim to satisfy our customers for a reasonable rate while still being able to maintain and improve the business. We believe our internet costing is in keeping with the general internet rate, and that our restaurant prices are competitive with restaurants nearby. The transport cost is unfortunately outside of our control - regrettably the public transport system is generally under-developed in South Africa (when compared with Europe). The price for the personal transport service that we liaise with is very reasonable when compared to other taxi services that take you from one location to the doorstep of another. There are other public services such as train and bus which transport at a fraction of the cost, but only to preset destinations, of course.

100%

I am happy to be or to went in this paradise ! Thank you to the owner, to Rena and to Thanteka for your friendly and warme hospitality !! It was a pleasure for me! Dagmar aus Leipzig, Germany www.photoart-leipzig.de

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Dear Petra, We are very glad that you enjoyed your stay, and thanks for the excellent review! I will pass on your thanks to all involved, and we hope to have you visit again sometime in the future. Best regards, Blue Sky Mining Backpackers & Lodge.

80%

helpfull staff, nice garden and pool(s),


90%

A really nice view from our room straight to the beach: We enjoyed the sunrise and the dolphins swim in the early morning.


60%

It has a great potential to become a great backpacker. It's well located, well mentained, very clean and nice BUT .... there are TOO MANY RULES . You are treated almost like a child, . The bar is closed at 10pm, and you are constantly being reminded to close the door, switch off the light, don't be loud, eat only at certain tables and not others, dont touch this, ... do this, dont do that. Saying that I thing I would still go back because I like the way it located and how clean it is.

  • 27th Oct 2011
  • Novice Nomad
  • Anonymous
  • Poland
  • Female, 25-30
  • (1 review)

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Hello Agnieszka, Thank you very much for choosing to stay at the Blue Sky Mining Backpackers & Lodge in Warner Beach. Furthermore, we do appreciate your honesty with regards to your comment on Hostelworld.com. We do regret that you disliked all the rules that have been implemented over the past few years in order to ensure a smooth running of the business. Other customers do appreciate it a lot though! In fact, the backpacking industry has changed tremendously over the past few years! It's not just about drinking until late, partying, etc. anymore. We do not advertise as " being a Party-Backpackers" as we want to ensure that all guests get to enjoy a "good night's sleep" after 10pm. Others who wish to enjoy having a good time are welcome to use close by amenities (local pubs and bars). Thanking you for your understanding. All the best, Blue Sky Mining Manager All in

71%

The doors are electronic and locked to the main building at night. Although this is good for safety it posses a huge fire safety and there was no indication of an exit route. This should be addressed!


83%

Very nice location with sea view! Clean rooms, great breakfast (for extra money) and a well maintained pool table for just R2 per game :)


83%

I stayed here during the winter months so there wasn't much of a party going on. They do have two pools, a bar and a pool room so I bet it is fun during summer months. The staff is very helpful and I enjoyed my 3 nights. Blue Sky is great and highly recommend it.

Owner Comment (Hide)
Hi Shawn, Thank you very much for placing a comment on Hostelworld. We're glad to hear that you've enjoyed your stay at Blue Sky Mining. Best Regards, Romy

100%

wonderful time. great atmosphere. missing you and the dreamful sub tropical garden.

Owner Comment (Hide)
Hi Uwe, Thank you very, very much for such a great comment!!! We're glad to hear that you've really enjoyed your stay at Blue Sky Mining. Hope to seeing you again. Best Regards, Romy

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