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Santos Express Train B&B Reviews

Private Bax X5, # 254, Mossel Bay, South Africa

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80%

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95 Total Reviews
  • 87%Value For Money
  • 73%Security
  • 92%Location
  • 83%Staff
  • 80%Atmosphere
  • 72%Cleanliness
  • 71%Facilities

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80%

The location, right at the beach, was perfect. the experience of sleeping in a train as well. the cabins are quite small and bathrooms are well ok; pillows not that comfy, but its too be expected by that price range and when sleeping in a train.staff was nice, there is a nice restaurant allocated to it. you can hear the waves crashing. so, GREAT:

  • 19th Mar 2014
  • Novice Nomad
  • Anonymous
  • Germany
  • Couple, 18-24
  • (1 review)


74%

Great location and great restaurant!


57%

Wlan only working in restaurant!


83%

It was good to stay here because I got my own cabin for only 15$. I don't think dorm will be secure as there is nowhere to store your things. The lock on the cabin doors are flimsy. No electricity until 7pm. The resto-bar is good to order sandwiches, food, beer. But never ever get coffee or cocktail. THE GOOD: The lady in the reception is super helpful. You have amazing view of the beach & sunrise from your cabin. Beach 5 steps away. It is a cool concept hotel. 30min walk to center town.


100%

great place to lodge to eat and to get around. ocean view from the train window. just 10m from the beach. very helpful staff make me satisfied in mossel bay. i'll be back definitely. recommend strongly!


77%

Nice location right to the beach, the room is a real room in a coach. During the day is very hot, dont expect too much space, lights in the room only available in the evening. The shower is powerful and hot. Nice experience for those who are never slept in a train. Dont miss having a bath in the ocean at 2am!!


80%

Did not stay due to white noise. Electrical pollution affecting my brain waves!


83%

A nice stay only for one night unfortunatelly. We will recommend this place to others. nice athmosphere, an experience anda nice town.

  • 23rd Dec 2013
  • Novice Nomad
  • Anonymous
  • Sweden
  • Female, 41+
  • (1 review)


80%

It was very pleasant to stay on the train,however I would suggest that you install some kind of air conditioning as it was very hot.

  • 17th Dec 2013
  • Novice Nomad
  • Anonymous
  • South Africa
  • Female, 41+
  • (1 review)


69%

It's very tight in there and I think there's only two sockets (or maybe I just couldn't find the others). Anyway, the location is amazing right by the beach.


74%

Santos Express offers a very unique opportunity to sleep in a train cabin overlooking the beautiful bay. Friendly staff, decent breakfast and attached cafe/bar are more than adequate for a nights stay. Visitors to this establishment should be prepared for a simple and confined accommodation. However this is more than compensated for the experience. Short drive into town. Free wifi was not working at the time; and no standard power plug to charge things - but we could survive one night without.


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86%

The location is great because of the beach. The restaurant and bar is awesome, good food and drinks for excellent prices and wifi. The hostel itself doesn't provide you much space as the cabins are small. The experience of staying in a train is good, but don't stay for much time.


91%

It is truly the original hotel, clean and well located. Good breakfast


60%

Definitely a novel experience but glad we were only here for one night...we slept in all of our clothes because we were so cold!


60%

novelty factor of "sleeping in a train" wears off quite quickly, and you see how basic the facilities are for the price you are paying. The location for the beach is fantastic and supermarket not to far to walk to. The staff seem relatively unhelpful in comparison to many other hostels in SA.


74%

We enjoyed our visit to Santos Rail. The rooms were small and basic as expected, but the experience of sleeping on a train was a novelty. It was extremely close to the beach.

  • 31st Mar 2013
  • Novice Nomad
  • Anonymous
  • South Africa
  • Mixed Group, 41+
  • (1 review)


86%

Thanks for stay, it was great!


89%

I liked the hostel. The location is nice - just a couple of meters from the beach. But apart from that there is not much around. No common area. More of a budget hotel than a backpackers place. Still, staying in an old train has been a nice experience. Stayed for one night. That was enough. Private room was tiny but clean. Shared showers not so much. Very secure area. Staff ok.


80%

Ideal for people who just need a place to sleep as - long as they're not too tall. The beds are quite short. Awesome view of the ocean and waking up with the breaking surf in the morning. Remember to take your own towels...

  • 12th Oct 2012
  • Novice Nomad
  • Anonymous
  • South Africa
  • Mixed Group, 31-40
  • (1 review)


97%

Greatest view in Mossel Bay! I loved staying at the Santos Express. It offers an amazing deal and unbeatable views of the ocean. The staff was more than accomodating and even helped arrange discount cabs to and from town so we could go out at night. Security guards are on duty all night long so you never feel unsafe. Bathrooms were clean and the water is HOT and STRONG! Food at the restaurant is not the best but the great wait staff makes up for it. Highly recommended!


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