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Terrylin Backpacker's Hostel Reviews

2 Halifax Street, Kempton Park, Johannesburg, South Africa

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19 Total Reviews
  • 80%Value For Money
  • 80%Security
  • 90%Location
  • 80%Staff
  • 70%Atmosphere
  • 90%Cleanliness
  • 80%Facilities

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I didn't like the 22h00 curfew, not ideal for holiday makers.

  • 7th Dec 2014
  • Novice Nomad
  • Anonymous
  • Namibia
  • Male, 25-30
  • (1 review)

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We have a midnight curfew and not 10pm, as we need to consider all our guests who need to sleep after travelling for many hours. We appreciate your very favourable rating for the location, cleanliness, value for money and facilities. Thank you.

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Perfect place to stay if you need to be close to airport.. Directions to get there were excellent and easy to follow. We had a lovely big room with a comfortable bed and good bathroom. Kitchen is adequate to get own breakfast. Wifi free for one hour and works well, but if internet is important, best to check first as this may be changing.

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Thank you, Jane, for your lovely review. It was really nice meeting you.


WiFi was relatively expensive, 80 rand per day. We had to leave after check-out at 10 am. Our plane left at 7 pm but there was no possibility to enjoy the pool or store luggage the rest of the day.

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Thank you Jordi for your comments.


The hostel is located very close to the airport in a nice residential neighborhood. Everything was very clean and the owner was extremely friendly. We had internet access and a small breakfast. We recommend the Terrylin to all.

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Thank you, for your wonderful review. It was really a pleasure having you and Joan here and I wish you all the best.


It's a great place to stay if you need to be near the airport.

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Thank you for your rating and kind review. It was great having you here and we wish you all the best.


We got nearly mugged in Jo´burg and were quite scared- but arriving at Terrylin´s Backpacker Hostel felt like home. The host is an absolutely adorable woman, the nicest host I´ve ever met in a hostel. The room was clean, also the ensuite bathroom. You were able to see everywhere that the hostel is being run with joy- a bottle of water in the room; showergel, lotion and bathrobes in the bathroom. Not far from the hostel is a hotel with a great buffet dinner. So, stay at Terrylin´s if you can!

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Your review has given me so much inspiration. Thank you so much. It was wonderful having you here.


Loved our staying!

  • 13th Oct 2013
  • Novice Nomad
  • Anonymous
  • Netherlands
  • Mixed Group, 25-30
  • (1 review)

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Hi Juda, Thank you for your comments and rating. We appreciate this and were really happy to have you here.


Lovely place to start our journey in SA, very helpful owners! Definitely recommendable, we will come back here the night before heading back to Europe!

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Thank you Simon, for this wonderful review. We appreciate this. Enjoy your holiday in Cape Town and we look forward to seeing you soon.


i am greatly impressed with the friendly environment and cleanliness.staff is v.helpful,decent and soft spoken.

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Thank you, Talat, for your kind review. It was really a pleasure having you here. All the best...


A very nice place to stay.3 weeks ago i stayed here and it was my 3rd time. Very clean,nice staff,in 10 minutes you are at the international airport of Johannesburg. For the next time i will come back.


good address to for an overnight stay near the airport.

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The above guest gave a rating of 40% in the Fun Category. On her arrival, she informed me that "she just wanted to sleep, as she had been on the road all day." We had a group of 6 backpackers, who were wanting to party, and I asked them to keep the noise down, for the benefit of this guest. In retrospect, I should have woken her up, to join in the Fun! Just Kidding... Kind Regards Joy


the hostel is very much as described; clean, quiet and secure. Located outside Joburg it is much safer than the majority of areas within the city,and it is very much like a B&B or guesthouse in terms of the personal attention that you receive from staff. May be a bit quiet for some people as it is definitely not a party hostel, but it will appeal to someone wanting a quiet, clean base from which to explore Joburg and the surrounding area.

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