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15 Johann Albrecht St, Windhoek West, Windhoek, Namibia

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74 Total Reviews
  • 47%Value For Money
  • 53%Security
  • 67%Location
  • 47%Staff
  • 60%Atmosphere
  • 40%Cleanliness
  • 40%Facilities

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There is no service at the restaurant. It took me 2 hours to get a simple sandwich. Every time I asked for a lunch menu, they just told me “later” “later” come on………. Not fair. The shower rooms are filthy and in way too bad of a shape. During the day at the restaurant/bar the noise of the TV and the music is way too loud. Is not fair. I was approached 3 times from sales people inside the hostel. I mean not staff from the hostel. What is that…………..

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Not the place to go if you want somewhere quiet! But it was fun.


Located within walking distance to Independence Ave (main shops and restaurants), and a great atmosphere! However, I took the Intercape in and had to wait outside in the cold for an hour before someone was there to open the gate -- confirm with them that someone will be there early in the morning! Also, not the cleanest hostel in Namibia. Bathrooms/kitchen space gets sparse when the hostel is at capacity, and the internet/wifi had issues while I was there. But if you're backpacking, it's great!


I very much enjoyed my stay at Cardboard Box, so much so that I stayed there 4 times for a total of 10 nights whilst in Namibia. Great vibe, very helpful staff, pancakes included, and a very shirt walk to the main part of the city. Highly reccomended.


I liked this place. When I wanted to do safari and they couldn't get enough people to it, they arranged it with another company. The WIFI is good. Walking distance to the city center, or take a taxi for 10 namibian dollar. I got my own key to the dorm and there was also lockers in the dorm. Some of the toilets and shovers could have been a bit cleaner, but I don't mind. The free breakfirst is nice. 2 pancakes and a cup of coffe.


The common are is good atmosphere but security is very poor, many thieves at this hostel.


Just stayed 1 night so I cant say much but the staff was really friendly and helpful. The free breakfast (pancakes) is very good. The hostel is just 5 minutes walk from a big shoppingmall where you can find both ATM and a supermarket. Its a good place to meet other travelers.


Just stayed there for a weekend, but it was really good. We asked for a Taxi to a place outside the City, they wanted to charge us 50N$ each, but with a Taxi from the street it was just 18N$ each... So that was expensive, but the Rest was quite nice :)


CB is a great place to stay. Quit cheap and you got evrth. you need. Clean Toilets and showers, a nice Bar and Pool. I can only recommend it.

  • 27th Sep 2013
  • Novice Nomad
  • Anonymous
  • Germany
  • Male, 25-30
  • (1 review)


Hostel good and staff very friendly and helpful, but the bathroom can be a problem. There are only two of them, non-blocking and cleaning is not good enough. Brackfast is simple and good, but it must be said somewhere that is limited in order to avoid the constraints.

  • 10th Jun 2013
  • Novice Nomad
  • Anonymous
  • Brazil
  • Female, 25-30
  • (1 review)


Nicely located and fun bar to hang out at


Handy spot


Did not like how the locals could walk in and out of the hostel. The water never workedm beds did not seem cleanm I believe my friend had bed bugs in her bed. The staff was not friendly and very unhelpful.


We had a great time, thank you!


Very nice and friendly girl working reception. Great hang out area with bar / swimming pool. Facilities might benefit from a refresh. Excellent choice for having fun and meeting other travelers. Thanks!


Staff is very positive and helpful. Enjoyed the breakfast and the swimming pool is quite CLEAN.


Wonderful hostel with pool and bar. Good vibes and amazing people.


We booked a 6 bed-dorm, but there were 10 beds in the room and just lookers for 4 persons. the room was very small and know space for the luggage. the kitchen is the worst kitchen I have ever seen in a hostel. everything is very dirty and the frigde is very disgusting and smells bad. the pool doesnt seem very clean, maybe that's why nobody wanted to swim in there. i would not recomment this place to anyone! the stuff actually was very nice, but for my this place is to dirty!


Great for meeting other travellers. Free breakfast of pancakes and coffee was very welcome. Excellent bar area where groups can get together and organise stuff.


Cardboard box is the best place to be when you want tips of travelling (in southern Africa or in Namibia) and hints about how things work at the city. The reception staff is very friendly and eager to help with whatever problems you have. That's probably why it is a base for many backpackers to start or end their journey. The box bar is also a nice place to hang out at nights. Cardboard bow is definitely on of the best backpackers ever. (July 2012)

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