Group Booking Terms and Conditions

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General Group Booking Terms

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  • In order to make a group reservation on it is necessary to pay a deposit. The balance is due directly to the hostel according to their payment conditions.
  • The booking deposit is non-refundable.
  • Please note that any cancellations must be notified directly to the hostel at least 24 hours in advance of your scheduled arrival date, unless otherwise stated in the hostel's conditions.
  • are not responsible for changes or amendments to your reservation once it has been processed. All correspondence with regard to changes to your booking need to be dealt with directly with the hostel.
  • Cancellations for reservations must be made directly with the hostel and must conform with the individual hostels cancellation policy (see below)
  • It is your responsibility to pay the balance of your accommodation cost to the hostel in accordance with their payment conditions (see below). Failure to do so may result in your reservation being cancelled by the hostel.
  • Individual hostels may have special booking conditions relating to group stays, please read the hostel booking conditions carefully before making your reservation.

Hostel Specific Terms & Conditions

The remainder of the amount due will be charged to your credit card ???? Should numbers or room selection change, the per person deposit times the number of people who actually travelled will be deducted from the total accommodation charge levvied by the hostel.

The following group types are not accepted by this hostel: Holiday with Friends, Junior / Primary School, High / Secondary School, College / University, Business Trip, Stag/Hen/Bachelor Party, Sports Group, Cultural Group If you have misrepresented the type of group you are booking for, your booking may be cancelled by the hostel."

Any cancellations resulting from agreement to these terms and conditions under false pretences will result in loss of deposit.

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  • Wonderful Location
  • Superb Staff
  • Excellent Cleanliness
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Property Description

HomeBase Melville Backpackers is your ideal base in the vibrant heart of gold in Africa's Johannesburg. It is in easy walking distance to the famous 7th Avenue with all its fantastic eateries, clubs, galleries, bookshops, off beat clothing shops and music bars. Melville is unique in its vibe as it reflects the surrounding Media & Arts student communities in this part of Johannesburg.

Close to two leading universities, you can walk around the corner to the Campus Square Shopping Centre, Laundromats, Fast food outlets, clubs and pubs at night and sidewalk cafes by day. Gold Reef City, The Apartheid Museum, Constitution Hill, Civic Theatre, Market Theatre, O.R. Thambo International and Lanseria airports, the Cradle of Mankind historical site, Planetarium, Soccer City, Ellis Park and Wanderers sports grounds, are all a quick taxi ride away from us.

HomeBase Melville Backpackers offers comfortable new beds, showers, swimming pool, and a range of accommodation options, from dorm bunks to single room on suite with a double bed. Free WiFi is available and complimentary basic breakfast to kick start your day.

We also offer airport shuttle to and from the airport upon arrangement. We also have a tour desk that helps organize excursions in and around Johannesburg.

Reception Hours:
07h00 - 23h00 View House Rules

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Reviews & Ratings

  • Value For Money 9.0

  • Security 9.0

  • Location 8.5

  • Staff 9.5

  • Atmosphere 8.5

  • Cleanliness 8.0

  • Facilities 8.5

Latest Reviews

  • 10.0


    15 Jan 2019
    We stayed for 6 nights in Homebase in Melville and we had a great time while we there. The staff were very friendly and gave great advice on what to go and see in Joburg and organise a guide for your trips. Make sure to talk to Peter who knows everything about the city and South Africa in general! A fantastic hostel, and with a bar and swimming pool , the atmosphere couldn't be better!
    Ireland, Male, 18-24
  • 9.1


    11 Aug 2019
    Lovely helpful staff. They helped us getting started for SA. Great atmosphere, near by 7th street. We started our trip at this place and we will come back at the end to take another ‘chill-time’.
    Netherlands, Couple, 25-30
  • 8.9


    23 Jun 2019
    The layout and set up of the hostel is really nice. Very homey, but has plenty of common area, a big kitchen, and a huge outdoor area. However when I stayed here I was alone with one man on a business trip in the dorm during my whole stay. So it wasn’t really possible to meet other travelers and didn’t have that backpackers atmosphere for solo travelers. The staff were nice but not particularly helpful or friendly.
    USA, Female, 25-30
  • 8.0


    18 Jul 2019
    Ok hostel. Security was good. The location was so-so. Probably better than most of Johannesburg though. I walked to a restaurant nearby but was glad it was still daytime. The facilities were ok but not great (clean but not very modern). Breakfast was also ok but not great. The staff were friendly and helpful. They have a lot of info on local tours and attractions.
    USA, Female, 31-40
  • 7.7

    Very Good

    28 Jan 2020
    Melville is a good neighbour hood but its quite far from Joberg centre. There were also a lot of locals staying at the hostel while waiting for their permanent accommodation so there wasn't much of an atmosphere.
    England, Female, 25-30
  • 7.7

    Very Good

    10 Sep 2019
    Stayed in this place for one night, before onward travel to Kruger park. The rooms are pretty small and basic, but they do the job. The hostel is in a pretty sketchy location, but the staff have put together a list of the do’s and don’ts to remain safe.
    England, Male, 25-30
  • 7.7

    Very Good

    07 Sep 2019
    Very noisy we barely got any sleep as the staff was chatting right outside our door and a couple next to us were going at it all night.
    Canada, Female, 25-30
  • 7.4

    Very Good

    28 Mar 2019
    The location is great for the stretch of bars a few streets down, as well as a shopping center nearby. The staff was helpful with reception available at all times. The main issues were the wi-fi and the noise. For the wi-fi, the connection is blocked by a Vuma ad, and you have to retry upwards of 10 times to actually connect to the internet. As for noise, the common area was very loud outside of our lodge, since it's about 3 feet away; not great when you have to wake up early for Pilanesberg.
    USA, Couple, 18-24
  • 7.1

    Very Good

    13 Jul 2019
    Not the best place we've ever stayed. The lady scared us about the city when we asked how we could go to the city center. She told us that there wasn't any map of the city, but we found one in our Backpacker in Soweto!! It was really cold at night when we got there and they always let the door open to the bathroom which was so cold, they had an hairdryer but not the good adaptor to plug it, I was lucky that a guy in the room had one otherwise I would have catched a cold!
    France, Couple, 31-40
  • 6.6


    24 Nov 2018
    First impression was good. They informed us that there was a party, but it would end at 10pm. We usually like social hostels, but this was a private party, as far as we understand with guests coming from outside. Went out for dinner and drinks on the nearby 7 street. When we got back we couldnt fall asleep because people were either having sex or fighting right outside our window. Not well controlled by the staff, so wouldnt recommend it for people that want a quiet place where to rest.
    Italy, Female, 25-30
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  • Free Internet Access
  • Free WiFi
  • Linen Included
  • BBQ
  • Breakfast Not Included
  • Common Room
  • Cooker
  • Fridge/Freezer
  • Hot Showers
  • Microwave
  • Outdoor Swimming Pool
  • Parking
  • Security Lockers
  • Self-Catering Facilities
  • Swimming Pool
  • Towels Not Included
  • Utensils
  • 24 Hour Reception
  • Airport Transfers
  • Internet Access
  • Tours/Travel Desk
  • Towels for hire
Food & Drink
  • Bar
  • Tea & Coffee Making Facilities
  • Wi-Fi