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Brown Sugar Backpackers Reviews

75 Observatory Avenue, Observatory Extension, Johannesburg, South Africa

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401 Total Reviews
  • 80%Value For Money
  • 89%Security
  • 69%Location
  • 81%Staff
  • 73%Atmosphere
  • 79%Cleanliness
  • 82%Facilities

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it was a good hostel to stay. people are really friendly and the place also location was cool


Staff was very nice. However these advertisement of this place is incredibly misleading. It is not walking distance from anything, also if you are walking back after dark the street has large sections with no lights, including a lengthy part next to a park with numerous homeless people. By far the wort part is the hostel apparently regularly rents out to jr school groups. So if you want a bar filled 30 ten year olds, and to be woken up by kids at 7 am, sign up.

  • 18th Aug 2015
  • Novice Nomad
  • Anonymous
  • USA
  • Male, 31-40
  • (1 review)

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Dear Mark. We are 1.4km-3km from the first shops. most guests enjoy the walk after a long flight BUT we also offer a cheap shuttle service from R10pp to shops on the local map. We advise guests not to walk after dark because of poor street lights that I have reported. During the low season we accommodate many school groups from the rural areas and apologize for any inconvenience experienced. Most of the guests enjoy the interaction with these kids and we try to male it pleasant for all guests.

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