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Shoestrings Airport Lodge Reviews

85 Gladiator Street, Rhodesfield, Kempton Park 1619, Johannesburg, South Africa

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516 Total Reviews
  • 77%Value For Money
  • 79%Security
  • 84%Location
  • 88%Staff
  • 70%Atmosphere
  • 67%Cleanliness
  • 69%Facilities

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The staff was rude and we didn't feel welcome at all. We felt like we were a nuisance more than guests. The property was very old and worn out, and dirty. The only good thing is that it's located close to airport. WIFI was available four hours a day - 2h in the morning, 2h in the evening.. pathetic! They should have mentioned that in the description! Breakfast consisted of white bread, cereal and milk....


Staff was very nice and helpful. The free airport pickup was great.


This is the perfect place to stay if you are looking for a hostel close to the airport or for a quick stopover. The owner was extremely helpful and understanding given my delayed flight.


Rob, the owner, is extremely helpful and can provide information on almost any activity or excursion you may have planned for Jo'burg. As well free pickups and drop offs to the airport, Rob can also pick you up from the local train stations should you require. Thoroughly recommend.

  • 30th Aug 2014
  • Novice Nomad
  • Anonymous
  • England
  • Male, 18-24
  • (1 review)


Owner is very friendly and helpful. He collects/brings you from/to the airport for free.


Rob was friendly and great in picking me up and dropping me back at the airport. The wendy house/ cabin that I stayed in was clean but in a poor condition, was drafty, and the furniture was as basic and old as one could get. There was mound on the bedroom ceiling and showers. Overall, very little effort was made to giving the guests more than the very basics required.

  • 21st Aug 2014
  • Novice Nomad
  • Anonymous
  • South Africa
  • Male, 41+
  • (1 review)


Good place to be near the airport with free transport from/to there. Rob is a gentile person.


The best thing with the place is the location for a quick and easy stopover in Joburg. Rob is quick and helpful with the pickup and dropoff. The facilities are ok with nice kitchen and tv, dorm bed and mattreses are caving in quite a bit and needs to be renewed. Wifi turned on between 08-10 and 19-22.


Convenient to airport. Rob picks you up from airport. A bit scruffy but ok for a night while waiting for transit.

  • 13th Jul 2014
  • Novice Nomad
  • Anonymous
  • England
  • Male, 41+
  • (1 review)


This place was dirty and gave me a bad vibe. The bunk beds are so unstable, and have no ladder so I was forced to step on the guy beneath me in order to get down. I wouldn't go in the showers, they were so gross. While it was nice to be close to the airport, I didn't sleep very well and didn't enjoy it.


Great place to stay near the airport. Comfortable, well heated and tidy. Free pick up and return to the airport by the lovely owner. Hassle free!


Traveling is making plans from your front doorstep till putting back your key in the door afterwards. The easy thing about the shoestrings airport lodge, you don't have to worry how to get to the hostel after a long flight, it's just a phone call away. They pick you up straight from the airport. Even if you didn't plan your trip in advanced the staff is friendly and will help you find interesting things or places to visit. No matter how you wish to stay (camping/dorm or private) it's great!!!

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