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It's a Small World Backpackers Lodge Avondale Reviews

25 Ridge Road in Avondale, Harare, Zimbabwe

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27 Total Reviews
  • 86%Value For Money
  • 86%Security
  • 88%Location
  • 78%Staff
  • 84%Atmosphere
  • 86%Cleanliness
  • 78%Facilities

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We stayed in a 12-bed dorm and the beds were clean and comfortable. The hostel is a couple of minutes by taxi from the main town center (4-5 minutes & $ 3-5 based on taxi drivers). Nearest supermarket is just 10 minutes away.The kitehcn and bathrooms were also clean, however, there aren't enough showers. Reception staff was not fully cooperative, as we had some difficulty in confirming our booking. All in all, it's a very nice hostel in quite neighbourhood and is a great value for money.

  • 1st May 2015
  • Novice Nomad
  • Anonymous
  • Nepal
  • Mixed Group, 25-30
  • (1 review)


The booking system of the hostel did not work at all. Although I reserved more than two month in advance, the room we reserved does not even exist at the hostel. They blamed hostelworld. They also did not understand the hostelworld booking terms. They told us that the 15% downpayment we already made before we arrived was only commission to hostelworld and that we still have to pay the full price.The hostel had some nice rooms. Unforunatly we were placed in a caravan with broken walls and windows


We enjoyed our second visit as we had rooms in the main house where the bathroom was better. However the rooms were noisy until all guests had retired for the night.

  • 10th Apr 2015
  • Novice Nomad
  • Anonymous
  • Wales
  • Female, 41+
  • (1 review)


Very well run, very clean comfortable hostel with excellent staff who really go out of their way.

  • 25th Feb 2015
  • Novice Nomad
  • Anonymous
  • Zimbabwe
  • Female, 25-30
  • (1 review)


Had a lovely stay and the Lodge was well located a few miles outside the city. The staff were brilliant and had a minor issue about my booked room on arrival as it appeared occupied but the manager instead offered me a better bigger room than the one I had paid for earlier and did not need to pay extra for the better room which shows how they valued me as a customer.

  • 6th Jan 2015
  • Novice Nomad
  • Anonymous
  • Zimbabwe
  • Male, 31-40
  • (1 review)


This hostel is more for people just stopping over which is exactly what I was doing. It's a very basic facility that some might not be used to, all basic cement with no finish. The staff were very helpful and the hostel had very affordable food for Harare. The price for a private room is very good for Harare and it is not far from Harare city center, but if you are going to Harare, you should contact the hostel about airport transfer Bc taxis from the airport are very expensive.

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