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Brown Sugar Backpackers

Hostelworld.comUS$30*
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07/05/2017 08/05/2017
1 room 2 adults 0 children
US$30*
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Reviewed 25 August 2014 via mobile

Came here expecting a cool, laid back hostel as it's in an ex-mafia mansion, however we were massively disappointed. We paid R170 for an 18 bed dorm which felt like a sardine tin - there was literally no room to move. This was pretty ridiculous considering we'd been paying R130 for private rooms in other hostels. We don't have high...

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1Thank Ashleigh G
LiezelRoux, Owner at Brown Sugar Backpackers, responded to this review

I am sorry that you did not enjoy your stay with us. Our room/bed rates and the room description is on the internet and I am sure you received a quote via e-mail on the rates. The R170 includes the following: Free airport pickup (worth R300), breakfast (normally R40-50 at other hostels and that is why you pay R130 as...

Boston, Massachusetts
Reviewed 25 August 2014

The staff was a bit brusque the two times I stayed there. The beds seemed a little dirty but there was always hot water, so it was pretty good. Definitely secure and safe inside but it's not very close to anything besides the East Gate Mall. When I initially arrived I was stranded at the airport for an extra 3...

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Thank Kate V
Israel
Reviewed 16 August 2014 via mobile

This place is really cool! A bit expensive, but the value for your money is great!! Fast wifi, free computers, cool TV area and a pool table! The food in the bar&restaurant is expansive, but good. That also have laundry& drying machines for 2$!! Only one problem- the dorms' showers are really not private.. And the water aren't really warm..

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Thank Elinorush7
Reviewed 3 July 2014

I have mix feelings writing a review from this place as there was good moments and really bad ones. The staff was overall friendly and the room OK for the price, but the deal breaker was the lack of control over a group of 23 hormone loaded teenagers that scream, laugh, slam doors until 1:30 AM in the morning and...

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Reviewed 6 June 2014 via mobile

I was sleeping at the dorms for one night, it was very nice. The pickup service is awesome. The dinner was really good. The women at the reception was lovely and she was helped me a lot. Good music at the bar. I met there cool people.

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Sao Paulo, Brazil
Reviewed 29 May 2014

I really liked the hostel! The pick up service is amazing, and they´ll give you good tips around joburg. It's a bit far from some stuff, and the mall it's quite a walk from the hostel. I ended up renting a car, and I could park inside. My room was very good! And the shower as well. The diner for...

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uvira DRC
Reviewed 15 May 2014 via mobile

It's a heads up for the owner. Plz u need to rehash ur crew working st brown sugar especially the front manager the African lady or otherwise I am afraid you have to shut it down soon. From my point of understanding back packers r the places where mostly budget travellers stays. Few observations for the betterment. . Free shuttle...

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3Thank faishell
LiezelRoux, Owner at Brown Sugar Backpackers, responded to this review

Thank you for the detailed review and points for improvement noted. The lady at the front desk was pregnant at the time and due to the morning sickness spells she was eventually becoming a problem due to poor work performance so I had to put her on reduced and special shifts during less busy times. She is currently on maternity...

Perth, Western Australia, Australia
Reviewed 12 May 2014

Staff were not very helpful or accommodating, beds were cramped (24 bed dorm). The worst part of it was the shared bathroom!!! The showers had completely see-through curtains and the whole room smelt dirty. At least there was hot water!

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3Thank Ada H
Beijing, China
Reviewed 10 May 2014

We stayed here for 2 nights, it was good. We stayed in an ensuite room with 3 beds which could accommodate 4 persons, the room is right in front of parking lot which may not be so comfortable. The place is a little bit high could overlook Bruma. Wifi is good which we were really happy. Breakfast is free and...

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2Thank Shuyao2014
Oxford, United Kingdom
Reviewed 25 April 2014

I really enjoyed this place! Really good atmosphere and very nice people. Breakfast was amazing and a nice Chinese meal was organised with a group of people which was very cool. Beds and rooms are spacious and bathrooms are good. Awesome garden and pool area. In a reasonable part of Johannesburg, but wasn't near a thing. Take a walk down...

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Amenities

Highlights
  • Pool
  • Free Internet
  • Free Parking
  • Bar/Lounge
  • Breakfast included
About the property
  • Non-Smoking Hotel
  • Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly )
Things to do
  • Pool
  • Bar/Lounge
Room types
  • Non-Smoking Rooms
  • Suites
  • Family Rooms
Internet
  • Free Internet
Services
  • Shuttle Bus Service
  • Free Parking
  • Airport Transportation
  • Breakfast included
  • Self-Serve Laundry
Official Description (provided by the hotel)
This 'Ex-Mafia Mansion' offers clean, spacious, comfy and secure accommodation from camping, dormitories, family rooms, doubles, twin, triples and singles with shared or privite bathrooms. We are the largest hostel in Johannesburg and offer the following freebies: A Scrumptious breakfast, Free pick up from OR Tambo Airport or Park Station, Wi-Fi and internet, safes in all private rooms and private lockers in dorms, day and long term storage, tea and coffee. Print, scan and postage facilities available. Self service coin operated laundry room and swimming pool with amazing views. We have credit card facilities and our own ATM on site. We have our own drivers and vehicles for cheap shuttles to the shops and other locations. Our in-house tour guide is available daily for the most popular local tours of Joburg. The staff can assist you with a Kruger Park Tour, Victoria Falls or Chobe National Park tours. We are a Baz Bus stop and just waiting to welcome you. ... more   less 

Additional Information about Brown Sugar Backpackers

Address: 75 Observatory Avenue | Observatory Extension, Johannesburg 2198, South Africa
Region: South Africa > Gauteng > Greater Johannesburg > Johannesburg
Price Range: £11 - £23 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Number of rooms: 15
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“Breakfast is very good,eggs every day,but no bananas.”
ricobee, 25 Jun 2016 | Read review
“I stayed in the dorm, was fine and value for money”
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