Reviews: Anonymous

The Birches Backpackers Lodge

Johannesburg, South Africa
74%

It's in a safe neighbourhood, but relatively far from all the sights. The hostel is also a home (of the owners) so at times we felt like we were infringing on their privacy and overstaying our welcome. Also they have a beautiful kitchen, but you're not allowed to use it since it's theirs (this is the first hostel I've ever encountered where you can't cook). The owners also weren't very outgoing or helpful, though they were nice. Clean place & awesome decor/artwork, 2 adorable dalmations. Quiet.

  • 25th Nov 2012
  • Novice Nomad
  • Canada
  • Mixed Group, 25-30
  • (3 reviews)


Amber Tree Lodge Backpackers

Cape Town, South Africa
100%

This is objectively the best hostel in Cape Town. The staff (Wayne and Stephen) were incredibly helpful, accommodating and friendly. They were glad to answer any questions we had, set us up with tours, offer us suggestions, and arrange cabs whenever we needed. The location is also perfect. It is walking distance to Long St. (restaurants/bars) and you can see Table Mountain from the balcony. The place itself is spacious, clean and has an awesome atmosphere (& not too loud). Breakfast is included!

  • 18th Nov 2012
  • Novice Nomad
  • Canada
  • Female, 25-30
  • (3 reviews)


73%

The rooms were very spacious, however it was really inconvenient that there were no public bathrooms and only ensuites. Since we stayed in a dorm with several people, we didn't have access to the bathroom in the morning. Our room was facing the Quays (the bar), and the windows weren't properly insulated so even with ear plugs it was very difficult to sleep because of the noise. Other than that, the location was convenient and the staff were very helpful.

  • 18th May 2011
  • Novice Nomad
  • Canada
  • Female, 18-24
  • (3 reviews)