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Hermanus Backpackers Reviews

26 Flower Street, Westcliff, Hermanus, South Africa

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180 Total Reviews
  • 86%Value For Money
  • 81%Security
  • 84%Location
  • 87%Staff
  • 86%Atmosphere
  • 80%Cleanliness
  • 82%Facilities

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Great hostel only minutes from the ocean (on foot). The staff was wonderful and did a great job suggesting where to walk along the cliffs to enjoy the views. Also, they organized a wonderful braai (south african BBQ) at night, which was a fantastic way to meet people and enjoy delicious food.


Such a friendly place to stay! You're welcomed by one of the staff members, and showed around the hostel. There are three lovely pets there as well. A big kitchen and living area with tv, then a reading room with computer. We stayed in the double room, a little 'poolhouse', which had everything we needed. The quality feels like a B&B but then with the added bonuses of being in a hostel with other likeminded people. The braai was excellent as well!

Owner Comment (Hide)
Hi Maria, that is such an awesome review, thank you so much, we really appreciate it. Hope to see you again some time. Hayley @ Hermanus Backpackers


It was ok there but nothing Special for us.


This hostel was great.I booked a 6 bed female dorm. This was fine it was clean warm and had comfortable beds. Bunks could do with ladders to assist particularly night time bathroom visits and not getting stood on in the night by the person in the bunk above. The facilities were excellent having a Braai area, pool, Garden, TV lounge and quiet lounge. Staff were even helping people to find accommodation when full and even slept some on couches and staff areas.


Rooms were clean and general atmosphere was good. However the communal bathroom sinks and showers were slow to drain whilst I was there and dirty.


Good: BBQ offer Bad: If you want a party hostel with no sleep, than go to this place. I woke up at 1:30 am and had to send the party people to bed, because the staff was not able to do it. and this every night!!! Breakfast included, but don't expect a breakfast. It was only toast and 1 type of jam.


Our experience at the hostel was terrible. I'll list why 1. Noisiest place I have ever stayed in. Trying to get an 8 hour sleep we got three hours. People smashing doors, laid music, people laughing and screaming until around 4am. No respect for sleeping whatsoever. 2. Smelly dirty sheets. We found hairs. 3. No respect for people's food. Someone eat out that was in the shared fridge. Just terrible...

  • 8th Aug 2015
  • Novice Nomad
  • Anonymous
  • Colombia
  • All Female Group, 25-30
  • (1 review)

Owner Comment (Hide)
Hi , so sorry about your experience on Saturday night - we had a huge group staying as it was the annual Food & Wine Fair and also the Kalfiefees (Calf Festival), which ran at the same time, also an annual event - the group behaved badly and were very noisy and disrespectful to people. We wash the linen every day, so I'm worried that you found them smelly, I hope this was just a one off experience (I've chatted to the cleaning girls, perhaps there was a mix up with the cleaning detail). H x


Great staff at check in, gave us maps, ideas of where to eat, great tour, etc. Had a double ensuite - huge room and huge bathroom. There is a pool, bbq area, lovely garden, bar area, etc. However, there is no alcohol sold on site.

Owner Comment (Hide)
Hi Aisling, thanks for your lovely review, we appreciate it. We're going to try and get a liqueur licence, but in the meantime, we're really happy for guests to bring their own wine and beer into the bar and enjoy the facilities (and it's cheaper!), pool table, fridges etc. Hope to see you again some time. Hermanus Backpackers xx

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