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Nothando Backpackers Lodge
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London, United Kingdom
1 review
“warmest welcome on the garden route”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 April 2012

have visited nothandos on several occasions over the last ten years and it continues to be the best place to stay in plettenberg bay.beds always comfortable, lovely linen, very 'female friendly' bathrooms/en suites, nice breakfast spread and nice little bar and silly canine companions.what more do you need?for the person who wrote the previous uncomplmentary review, you are a total misery!!
Dominic

  • Stayed March 2012, travelled solo
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank robbycockles
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Deios, Owner at Nothando Backpackers Lodge, responded to this review, 17 July 2013
Hallo Dominic
Thank you for your wonderful review of Nothando. We always try to give our guests only the best. Please come and visit us again.
The Nothando team
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  • Location
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Rooms
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
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    4.5 of 5 bubbles
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    4.5 of 5 bubbles
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Dublin, Ireland
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10 reviews
4 hotel reviews
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 March 2012

This hostel disappointed us somewhat. We stayed there during a stormy night and our room was cold. I stayed there with my friend in a twin room, and when we asked for extra blankets we were given one TO SHARE as we were told this was all they had. The heating wouldn't work in the room, and the bedside lights weren't working either, which the owner tried to fix. The room was located close to the kitchen/breakfast room, so after a cold night of poor sleep,
we were woken very early the next morning by the staff preparing breakfast. Not only this but when I took a shower the next morning after 3 minutes in the shower the water went freezing. I came out with shampoo still in my hair to be told that it would take a while to heat up or else I could cross the yard to try a different shower. I waited ten minutes, freezing cold with wet hair, to eventually have a lukewarm shower. Not only this but the evening we stayed we walked into the town to get food. We were travelling via the Baz bus and therefore didn't have a car. The walk to and from the hostel was incredibly dark with no street lights on the street of the hostel, and we didn't feel safe at all on our walk. Overall incredibly disappointing.

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  • Stayed April 2011, travelled with friends
    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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Thank flynnstone1131
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Deios, Owner at Nothando Backpackers Lodge, responded to this review, 17 July 2013
We are very sorry about your disappointing experience of Nothando. Most of the things you mentioned in your review are alien to Nothando.
All I can say is: please come and visit us again and you will hopefully be happier the second time round.
The Nothando Team
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Melbourne, Australia
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133 reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 March 2012

Overall a great place too stay. Clean & comfortable and lots of communal space - shame a lot of it was not accessible after 10.30pm. Great to have safe parking. Enjoyed the cocktails!

  • Stayed March 2012
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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Thank cimocounselling
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Deios, Owner at Nothando Backpackers Lodge, responded to this review, 17 July 2013
Thank you so much for your wonderful review of Nothando. We really appreciate it. Please come and visit us again.
The Nothando Team
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Reading, United Kingdom
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8 reviews
5 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
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
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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1 Thank Daweses
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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
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Newcastle, Australia
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77 reviews
24 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 37 helpful votes
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
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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Thank Nickmoad
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B 3210 Linden
1 review
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
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank deknop
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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 68 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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