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“Best Backpackers in Harare!” 5 of 5 bubbles
Review of Small World Backpackers Lodge

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Small World Backpackers Lodge
Ranked #10 of 57 Speciality Lodging in Harare
Taganga, Colombia
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15 reviews
7 hotel reviews
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“Best Backpackers in Harare!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 February 2014

Pleasant gardens surround a nice pool for cooling down in the mid day heat. Small World backpackers is situated in a nice quiet and secure suburban area of Harare. Secure parking is provided and reasonable WiFi is available for $5 for 4.5 hrs. The staff are friendly too!

  • Stayed February 2014, travelled solo
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1 Thank TechnomadicJim
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  • Location
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Sleep Quality
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Rooms
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
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    3.5 of 5 bubbles
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    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Cleanliness
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
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Stockholm, Sweden
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25 hotel reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 February 2014

This was a peaceful place with kind and helpful staff (who offer homemade meals if pre-arranged!). The staff also invited us out to a musical event, which was really nice, though we couldn't make it.

The room was basic but clean and decent enough, though the communal showers weren't as clean and had windows facing a courtyard with no curtains or frosting on the glass... It's several blocks from the main downtown, on a peaceful, shady, suburban-like neighborhood, though note that you shouldn't walk anywhere after dark.

Airport transfers were a pricey $25 each way, but we tried to negotiate a lower price directly with a few drivers and couldn't get them to lower the price at all either.

  • Stayed February 2014, travelled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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1 Thank TravelingJacqueline
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Portsmouth, United Kingdom
1 review
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 January 2014

We spent a few in nights here, we had a family room and stayed with our two kids. The kids enjoyed the garden, we all enjoyed the environment! Staff were great and very accommodating and helpful with requests. Great location for being close, (as you can get in a big city like harare) to shops. We used the lodges car/taxi to go on a trip, the rates were reasonable and to get to and from the airport! In summary an enjoyable trip! Would totally recommend and visit again!!!

  • Stayed December 2013, travelled with family
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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1 Thank kelly C
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 January 2014

I stayed there for the duration of my stay 10 days and enjoyed every minute of it. Staff very friendly, location u can't ask for more. I recommend anyone thinking of visiting Harare to go and enjoy the whole package. U not gonna be disappointed. I'm going back again in April to stay at small world.

  • Stayed December 2013
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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1 Thank Sirchino
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Suffolk UK
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95 reviews
35 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 73 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 January 2014

This review is for the Small World's Fife Avenue/Ninth Street lodge, not their Avondale location.

Due to the fact that we were visiting our daughter who lived nearby, we only really had two options, The Bronte at $160 per night or the Small World at less than $50. As we were staying for a total of 9 nights, this made a significant difference. You can't compare the two for facilities but we only wanted to sleep there, not live there all day. If we were booking again we would still go back to Small World. We had the en-suite room, which was a good size, clean and pretty much bug free except for the occasional ant. The shower was quite spacious but the hot water was closer to mildly warm. At a saving of around $115 per night, we could live with that. We brought our own towels as they are not provided. If you are a light sleeper and have the en-suite room, bring an eye shade as some light spills in the room from an adjoining part of the building.

The grounds are small but nicely laid out. The swimming pool at the back is tiny and was out of action when we were there. The lounge is comfortable and there are cooking facilities, although we never tried them. The reception keeps a stock of cold drinks including beers ($2).

We went traveling for some days, on two occasions, and needed to leave luggage behind. The staff were happy to look after it for us and couldn't have been more helpful. Overall a really enjoyable stay.

  • Stayed December 2013, travelled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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2 Thank WilliamPayer
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Amsterdam, The Netherlands
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16 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 December 2013

Small World is one of the cheapest places to stay in Harare, with shared dorms and private rooms. There's a nice communal area (including bar). The only drawn back is the kitchen/equipment is a bit limited (although you can make do, and there is also the possibility to order food). It's well located - just down the road from Avondale, where there are supermarkets, internet cafes, restaurants, a decent DVD/clothing/souvenir market and combis to the city centre. The best thing about Small World is the resident cat - oh, and the lovely staff!

  • Stayed January 2013, travelled on business
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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1 Thank Saskia D
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Malaysia
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83 reviews
40 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 59 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 November 2013

Stayed at Windhoek ensuite room. Clean, spacious but mattress is overdue for replacement. Bath towels are for higher. Bring your own water and mug for drinking. Otherwise there's a bar in-house. The airport transfers went well - US$25/trip.

  • Stayed October 2013, travelled solo
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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1 Thank jade55ta
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Property: Small World Backpackers Lodge
Address: 25 Ridge Rd | Avondale, Harare, Zimbabwe
Region: Zimbabwe > Harare Province > Harare
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Restaurant Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
Ranked #10 of 57 Speciality Lodging in Harare
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £
Number of rooms: 14
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
It's a Small World Lodge", in Harare, offers everything from camping, for backpackers, to family suites, for larger groups. Skype: smallworld251 ... more   less 
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