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Obviouzly Armchair Backpackers and Pub
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Obviouzly Armchair Backpackers and Pub
Reviewed 20 January 2014

Stayed here for 2 nights last year, don't think I will be coming back in a hurry. Don't get me wrong it's in a good location (obs) wise and the lady on reception was nice to us. If your after a quiet night, look somewhere else, this place is above a pub.

The rooms are fairly cramped, the whole building is somewhat dirty, old and worn out. We wanted to use the kitchen to cook, but the facilities are not particularly great nor clean. Looking back I'm not too sure its 100% safe either, as anyone can enter the hostel once inside the pub.

Just not very pleasant inside! We paid 135 Ran a night p/p and after checking out we realised there were cheaper places which were a lot more pleasant

  • Stayed: March 2013, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 21 February 2013

This hostel is over a pub which is great if you're only staying in obz to party but not so great if you want to sleep at all.

The pub itself is a good place for a few drinks and is quite cheap.

I was very unlucky to be staying in a dorm where 2 different girls on 2 different nights vomited on the floor.

The staff were cool but I think they ate my food!

The kitchen is gross!

  • Stayed: January 2013, travelled with friends
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Reviewed 29 January 2013

One of the safest and backpacker friendliest places in Cape Town!
The combination of a very safe place to sleep, the very helpful, friendly staff + a great location are making this place recommendable.

Entertainment, like public viewing, live music, comedy night, restaurant, braai or or or... are within spitting distance of the backpackers.

  • Stayed: January 2013, travelled solo
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Thank Carolina W
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Reviewed 28 February 2012

I filled out the online booking form and called to confirm my reservation a week ahead. the night before I leave they send me an email saying I need to make a deposit and one of the rooms which I had requested is now full!!

So at midnight the day before I leave I am trying to pack and book a new room in a different - and MORE RELIABLE place. Don't recommend it, organization is obviouzly lacking.

  • Stayed: February 2012, travelled on business
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Thank Walker184
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Reviewed 18 October 2011

Amazing place to stay. Faith and Mike are amazing, as are the rest of the staff. They'll give you great recommendations of places to eat, visit, shop, etc. AND there's a bar downstairs w/ equally friendly staff (hard to find at bars!!) who'll gladly tell you when it's happy hour and the drafts are only 14 Rand. In the heart of Obz, close to shopping centers, close to minibuses that will take you downtown!! Can't wait til I return to SA and get to stay here again.

Room Tip: Rooms on the left are right above the bar, so...ask if you can get one towards the back. But don'...
  • Stayed: July 2011, travelled solo
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Thank Alina D
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Reviewed 2 February 2011

I spent 2 week on this place and I definetly loved it! The Staff is very very helpful and friendly, Michele is always smiling, Faith is very kind and all the guys attencious and helpful. It is located on the best spot of Obvservatory and surrounded by restaurants, pubs( there is one on the entrance of the hostel, and you recive a free drink on the arrival :D), theater, and a supermarket. It is also close to the Groote Schuur Hospital, the UCT and the train station is a 2 minutes walking distance. The rooms are always clean and the place is very secure.

When I left the place they were making a reform, so I imagine that they are even better now!

You are going to love this place!

  • Stayed: July 2010, travelled solo
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Reviewed 2 July 2010

everyone at this place are sooooooooooooo friendly ,with special thanks to michelle ,mike and faith ,,,the place is spotless and the bar is great ,i will defo stay here again!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Stayed: June 2010, travelled with friends
Thank bullywolves
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Address: 135 Lower Main Road, Observatory 7925, South Africa
Region: South Africa > Western Cape > Cape Town > Observatory
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free Parking Kitchenette Restaurant Room Service
Hotel Style:
Ranked #8 of 11 Speciality Lodging in Observatory
Number of rooms: 5
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Located in the heart of OBZ. Ahoy partygoers. The Red Giant Obviouzly Armchair Backpackers and Pub is a Funky,Vibey, Cool Place-To-Be! The doorstep to Obz’s buzzing night life with a variety of restaurants, pubs, shops and coffee bars on the same strip. Dorm rooms, single or double. Get a drink Special on arrival to enjoy in our fabulous pub or at our beer garden under the Southern sky. We offer comfortable beds, friendly service,transport, tours, 24 hour security, Internet access, international calls, big screen live sports , South African flavoured meals and many more great offers. Centrally located, we are 10 minutes from the airport, close to the mother city, beautiful beaches and majestic table mountain.What will you take home with you? An unforgettable African travel experience to add to your memoirs - OBVIOUZLY!! ... more   less 
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