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Melville International Backpackers Reviews

37 - 1st Avenue, Melville, Johannesburg, South Africa

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107 Total Reviews
  • 80%Value For Money
  • 81%Security
  • 89%Location
  • 71%Staff
  • 80%Atmosphere
  • 81%Cleanliness
  • 76%Facilities

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We booked a room for two people and as we arrived they told us that our room wasn't available anymore. Luckily out friends switched the reservation with us so that they stayed in the dorm and we could have the room. Unfortunately the room was a really small cabin with one bed for one person that we had to share even though we paid for two people.


Get robbed in Front of the Hostel (20m away)

  • 23rd May 2014
  • Novice Nomad
  • Anonymous
  • Germany
  • Female, 25-30
  • (1 review)


The hostel is in a beautiful villa, and you feel very comfortable, like in your home. The location is great, close to pubs, restaurants and a supermarket. It is also easy to reach the center of Johannesburg, just taking minibus and spending only 9 rands. The kitchen is very well equipped and dorms are comfortable. Just the bathrooms are a bit small, but this is the only downside


Safe neighborhood near 7th av with bars and restaurants. The hot tap in the shower burns you when you touch it. No wifi in the rooms. Good place to overnight.


I felt easily at home in this hostel. It was a home from home for me. The staff are great most especially Geoffrey he should get a raise! He was extremely helpful with any queries anyone had, be it booking buses, directions or tours he could sort it all for you with a smile. I stupidly left my laptop behind me in the hostel and Geoffrey rang me to let me know, I hadn't realised at all. This honesty is said to be rare in Jo'burg so feel safe in the knowledge your in good hands in this place.

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