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Nothando Backpackers Lodge
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Reading, United Kingdom
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8 reviews
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“Homely feel and great value for money”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 December 2011

We stayed for two nights in an ensuite room and it was like staying in a hotel! definitely better quality than any other backpackers we've ever stayed in. The facilities were excellent and the staff were lovely and friendly. There is an excellent bar on site which is very cheap and well stocked. The barman is very friendly and extremely helpful. There are lots of excellent deals available via the backpackers to local attractions as well. The only negative would be...we paid extra to have breakfast and although it was nice, it was a bit pricey for what it is. excellent place nonetheless which makes you feel like you are staying in someones home!

  • Stayed December 2011, travelled as a couple
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Deios, Owner at Nothando Backpackers Lodge, responded to this review, 17 July 2013
Thank you for your fantastic review of Nothando. We always try our best to give our travellers our utmost best. We hope you will come and stay again.
The Nothando Team
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Warrington, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 April 2011

We had a 2 night stay in the ensuite room. The room quality for a hostel was excellent (a lot nicer than some hotels we stayed in) and excellent value for money. The staff were really friendly with good facilities/bar.

  • Stayed April 2011, travelled as a couple
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Newcastle, Australia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 April 2011

One of the best equipped and run backpackers I have stayed at... Crisp, clean sheets and well maintained buildings. The kitchen was setup perfectly and the bar was good. The only negative about our stay was there weren't many staying at the time but the night before was busy!

  • Stayed April 2011, travelled as a couple
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B 3210 Linden
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 March 2011

A very lovely place to stay. Warm welcome when I arrived. Good service all over the day starting with a extended and healthy breakfast. Possibility to order for a nice meal during the evening or to prepare your own food in a well equiped kitchen.The possibility to share the kitchen, the bar and the garden with other people from all over the world gives the opportunity to have multilateral contacts.. Nothando offers a good service in reservation of trips and other events. My third stay here was as good as my first one.

  • Stayed March 2011, travelled solo
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Thank deknop
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Portland, Oregon
1 review
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 February 2011

Great location within walking distance of good restaurants. They serve hearty breakfasts; good value for money. Their notebook of fun activities to do while in Plett was very helpful, and they gave good advice on scenic routes to take to CapeTown. The owner was very warm and personable -- she reminded me of my aunt.

  • Stayed February 2011, travelled as a couple
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Thank Debi044
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HellsBellsCT, Owner at Nothando Backpackers Lodge, responded to this review, 22 February 2011
Dear debi044,

Thank you so much for your kind words. Here at Nothando, the Team and I are thrilled you enjoyed your stay with us and we hope you do come to visit us again very soon!
Tom, Nothando's Bartender, has a beaming smile on his face and wishes to thank you for his special mention.
Enjoy the rest of your travels!
Lots of love,
The Nothando Team x
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Houston, Texas
1 review
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 February 2011

We stayed in Nothando in September 2010. Great hostel, wonderful staff and the rooms are clean and safe. Centrally located in Plettenberg Bay. Can recommend this hostel to anyone at anytime..

  • Stayed September 2010, travelled as a couple
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Thank ann56003
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London
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 February 2011

We stayed for two nights on 9 and. 10 feb 2011 - the hostel itself was fine although with some quirks - tight parking, expensive (48rand pp) breakfast, no wifi or free internet, and no personal alcohol allowed as they have a bar (60 rand a cocktail!) that only the owners seemed to use as their personal bar and tv area. Anyway the key issue was that our locked room was accessed while we went shopping for two hours with 180 usd and 400 rand stolen - given the property is gated and access controlled either a guest or the staff stole the money. The whole situation was very strange as not all our money was taken and the owner talked about being worried about people having access to his property and needing a police investigation to sort this issue out. More frustrating was that after the incident we hardly saw the owners to comfort us, to take us to the police station etc - everything was left to us to do, in fact the only comment made we found offensive - its unlikely to be the black staff as they cany use usd - to us it could have been anyone black or white. Again on checking out again they were not to be seen just a receptionist sent out to make sure full payment was taken for our stay not even a free 48 rand breakfast offered as a goodwill gesture to appologise for this happening on their property. The police themselves stated they found this theft to be very strange - given this i would suggest going to one of the many othe hostels in Plett while this hostel is sorting out its safety issues.

Stayed February 2011, travelled as a couple
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HellsBellsCT, Owner at Nothando Backpackers Lodge, responded to this review, 13 February 2011
Dear cjb 58

Let me state quite plainly that we are taking this most unfortunate incident as seriously as possible. As you know this case was reported to the South African Police and we leave it in their hands to investigate. It is not appropriate to discuss the details of the investigation here on a public forum. We feel absolutely terrible about what has happened to you and we are committed to stopping any further incidents. We have a proud history as a top rated Backpackers Hostel in South Africa ( SA Tourism Grading Council ) and are passionate about providing a safe, hospitable and comfortable home for travelers. We regret that you experienced our service as unsympathetic and unhelpful, should you ever return to Plettenberg Bay we would love the opportunity to rectify this. Regarding a few of your comments in this review, I feel it right to clarify a few points.

1. Breakfast is R48 per person and reviews on this site have raved about it. It is competitively priced considering it is a full continental breakfast with home made items as well a a full english breakfast choice. There is also no limit to how much one may eat.
2. Tight parking. This is not a comment we have had before. We can park 11 cars comfortably behind electronic acces gates.
3. Guests are most welcome to bring wine and enjoy it in our bar. We do have a minimal corkage charge in accordance with our liquor license. This is a very standard practice in South African hostels.
4. Our cocktails are priced from R40 and R60 and are priced directly in relation to the ingredients. We take pride making these and they are very popular. For guests who choose not to have them we have a full bar selection including beers at R10.00. That’s less than a pound?
5. We are a little concerned that the amounts you mention in this review are inflated from the amounts given to the police in your statement, would you like us to contact the police with this new information?

To end, we would like to again apologize for what happened to you and we guarantee that we are taking it as seriously as we can. We would like to extend an invitation to you to come and try the hostel again.

We hope this finds you well.

Regards

The Nothando Team
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Property: Nothando Backpackers Lodge
Address: 5 Wilder Street, Plettenberg Bay, South Africa
Region: South Africa > Western Cape > Plettenberg Bay
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Ranked #8 of 67 Speciality Lodging in Plettenberg Bay
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Hotel Class:5 star — Nothando Backpackers Lodge 5*
Number of rooms: 9
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