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“Friendly staff - fine location”
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Jikeleza Lodge
Ranked #166 of 225 Port Elizabeth B&B and Inns
Copenhagen
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5 reviews
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“Friendly staff - fine location”
Reviewed 30 March 2013

We got a very last minute booking for one night, and even with our very late arrival we were welcomed by a very firendly guy, who was glad to show us around. We got a 4 person room for two, which suited us just fine. Although it did not feel like the most clean place, we got a night's good sleep, located just where we needed. I would recommend to bring your own bed sheets or a sleeping bag.

  • Stayed March 2013, travelled as a couple
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SMartins370, Manager at Jikeleza Lodge, responded to this review, 11 October 2014
Dear Robert

Thank you for your positive feedback, we are thrilled that you enjoyed your stay with us.

We look forward to welcoming you back to Jikeleza Backpacker Lodge.

Kindest Regards
Jikeleza Team
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Cape Town
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Reviewed 24 January 2013

We stopped over for a night at Jikuleza as PE is a compulsory stop on the Baz Bus. Having read some bad reviews we weren't expecting much so were pleasantly surprised by the quick service on check in and one of the comfiest mattresses I have ever slept in; just what you want when you've been travelling on a bus for 5 hours and have to be up early for more travelling. The bathrooms were clean and the kitchen looked good although we didn't use it as we were only there to sleep.

  • Stayed January 2013, travelled with friends
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jikolodge, Manager at Jikeleza Lodge, responded to this review, 20 September 2014
Dear Traveller

Thank you for your positive feedback, we are thrilled that you enjoyed your stay with us.

We look forward to welcoming you back at Jikeleza backpacker Lodge.

Kindest Regards
The Jikeleza Team
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Cape Town Central, South Africa
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Reviewed 24 January 2013

I think the reviews which the place gets on here are not very fair. Granted, we only spent about 6 hours there changing over from the BazBuses, but we found the room to be quiet and the mattresses to be comfortable. I had a really good sleep. It isn't in the best part of town, but for the night that we needed, it was fine.

  • Stayed January 2013, travelled with friends
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Reviewed 18 January 2013 via mobile

Booked a double then arrived late on the baz bus and were told that we were in a twin, and when we asked if there was a discount for changing our booking without telling us, we were aggressively told that the rooms were the same price by the creepy man at reception. Wifi not free, access to the bathrooms is via outside, the walls are paper thin and there isn't a lot going on. Kitchen is fine and security seems fine. Would honestly pay 10R more a night and just stay somewhere that was nicer.

  • Stayed January 2013
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Cape Town Central, South Africa
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Reviewed 19 December 2012

A convenient location but the guy on duty was very unfriendly. They double booked us and we had to find somewhere else for the second night, which they helped us to do. The room was ok, be careful not to hit your head on the low beam in the bathroom. If you can find somewhere else, I recommend you do

  • Stayed December 2012
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Brisbane, Australia
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Reviewed 22 October 2012

we arrived late with baz bus on a very cold rainy night into a run down reception area with the main door wide opened allowing the wet cold wind in and TV blaring from the lounge next door. the male staff member on duty would not turn the TV down so we could actually hear what he was attempting to say and then demanded cash payment immediately. when we asked for a receipt he became very rude toward us and then walked away! we didn't know what was going on until he grunted at us and gestured impatiently - we worked out we were meant to follow him.

we had asked and paid for a twin room with a private en-suite. what we got on an extremely cold windy rainy night was taken outside and shown a bathroom (that was flithly and shared with 4 other rooms) and then taken to a dorm room of 2 bunk beds and 2 single beds. it was freezing in the room and the wind and rain were blowing under the door.

so we figured things would look better in the morning once we got some sleep - NO they were worse as the daylight highlighted everything WRONG with this place. We had to get out of there so we decided to book one of their advertised Addo Park tours. The male staff member had limited English skills but was savvy enough to demand up front payment for the tour. The tour guide duly arrived and then demanded payment from us. when we told him it had already been paid to the reception and we showed him the receipt he was not pleased. anyway he was a disenfranchised Englishman who had emigrated to SA a number of years previously and he spent most the tour telling us how bad SA is bombarding us with his political views. He was a lousy guide and when we asked questions about Addo Park, it's vegetation and other features HE COULDN'T ANSWER BECAUSE HE DIDN'T KNOW

there are much better backpackers in PE and I recommend you don't bother with this one. It is not near anything, the area feels very unsafe and the safe can hardly communicate with the guests. plus it's DIRTY

  • Stayed September 2012, travelled with friends
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Reviewed 3 October 2012 via mobile

We arrived. Guy on desk was unhelpful. Our private room was a shed outside! Cold in spring time! The next day when asking what there is to do. They didn't tell us anything. We had to find out for ourselves getting lost and through some dodgey areas! Never again!

  • Stayed September 2012
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Thank Fully7
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Property: Jikeleza Lodge
Address: 44 Cuyler Street | Central, Port Elizabeth 6001, South Africa
Region: South Africa > Eastern Cape > Port Elizabeth
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free Parking Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
Ranked #166 of 225 B&Bs / Inns in Port Elizabeth
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £
Number of rooms: 11
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Come and explore the revamped young heart of Port Elizabeth. Jikeleza is just a few streets away from the buzzing nightlife that will swallow you in and take you on a true local ride. The clubs in the area range from hip hop to African house to classic mainstream radio funk. Parliament & Stanley Streets have become the local hang outs, so who really needs a club anyway! Let's party in the street! Have a lazy cocktail at one of the cafes while you lounge in their on street couches or chow down on huge chip rolls. Visit live music and theatre shows, banks, post office, pubs and 24 hour shops. Whatever you fancy, it is only a brisk walk away and our door is open all day and all night, so come home when you want to. Or relax with the other guests around the evening fire and enjoy a local Braai. There is always something to do. ... more   less 
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