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Review of Curiocity Backpackers

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Curiocity Backpackers
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Boston, Massachusetts
1 review
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“Great Experience”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 August 2014

I am from the US and wanted to visit Joburg during my trip. I was a bit skeptical about staying at this backpackers because I though the neighborhood would be unsafe. When I arrived, I was relieved that the neighborhood attracted a lot of tourists and there were security everywhere to safeguard the WHOLE neighborhood! It was great! The hostel was clean and the owner was super nice! All the employees were extremely pleasant and helpful during my trip. I also met awesome people there. They had a music show at the place the second night I was there and it was fantastic!! I will recommend this place to friends and stay there again next time I am in Joburgh.

  • Stayed July 2014, travelled solo
    • 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 Abena A
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Bheki D, Owner at Curiocity Backpackers, responded to this review, 18 August 2014
Good Morning

Thank you for such a positive review.
We are glad that you stayed with us, and and got to engage with Joburg as is. The city has gone through major positive growth and we are happy that you got to witness the new light that illuminates out of Joburg. Looking forward to hosting you and your friends soon.
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    4.5 of 5 bubbles
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Phnom Penh, Cambodia
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10 reviews
10 hotel reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 July 2014

If you're traveling through Joburg and want a more authentic of the city, think about checking out Curiocity. Great location, great people and always something to do. Located in a very safe, happening part of Johannesburg, you will enjoy your time here and don't need to worry about taking long meter taxi rides all over the place to be where you want to be.

  • Stayed July 2014, travelled solo
    • 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 brandonbgomez
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djoekebes
1 review
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 July 2014

I visited Curiocity Backpackers in April this year and had the best time ever! I wasn’t planning on staying in Joburg for a long time, but Curiocity changed my mind. I ended up staying more than four weeks.. Besides being a very clean, funky and modern hostel, it’s also a place where travellers and local people come together. The staff is very helpful and personal. You don’t feel like you’re just passing through.
There is always something to do in or around Curiocity. Maboneng, the area where Curiocity is located is a very lively, creative area with a lot of restaurants, shops and galleries. Curiocity itself organizes many activities like pub crawls, city tours and awesome gigs of poets, musicians, dancers or others artists. There is no time to be bored!
I would recommend everyone to spend at least one night at Curiocity and give Joburg a chance. I bet you will have a pleasant surprise!

  • Stayed April 2014, travelled solo
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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2 Thank djoekebes
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Johannesburgy
1 review
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 July 2014

I would not recommend this hostel to anyone especially women. The hostel is actually a pub that attracts local kids, drunk and weed rolling. There is loud music, talking and partying till 1 am or more and you cannot rest. God forbid if you have a flight next day. More than the noise it is strangers hanging around your rooms that makes it a creepy place. When I was in the hostel there were 3 boarders and over 20 local kids hanging around the rooms. You won't feel comfortable using the bathrooms which are far away from the rooms.
It is very clean though.

But for safety and comforts sake I won't recommend this place to anyone

  • Stayed July 2014
    • 1 of 5 bubbles
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    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 1 of 5 bubbles
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3 Thank Leelawalla
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Bheki D, Owner at Curiocity Backpackers, responded to this review, 8 July 2014
Hey

Thank you for your review. Your points have been noted.
We however believe in a very integrated community than an exclusive community, that is why we allow locals to engage in our backpackers. That way travellers wanting to understand Johannesburg as is, get to engage with community artist, creatives and community game changers. Our bar policy is that it closes, latest at 11pm, i will investigate with our staff why it would have closed at 1am.
Thank you
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 June 2014

I have been to South Africa a bunch of times but this year was my first time leading a group of university students. Looking to give them an authentic Joburg experience, I was happy to come across an online article about Curiocity Backpackers and its proprietor, Bheki Dube. I emailed him straight away and got immediate response. All communications were prompt and Bheki and other staff fully answered all of my questions. Seeing as how CB was begun in 2013, they have really got a cool thing going on in the heart of Joburg. Along with a local developer and other area businesses, CB is part of an exciting arts and residential initiative to rejuvenate an historically rundown and dangerous area of Joburg, lovingly referred to as Maboneng or City of Light. I am so glad I chose CB while in Joburg and the students are too! Equipped with a communal kitchen , comfortable shower/toilet facilities, bar open at night, balcony, bonfire out back, dorms and private rooms, CB has it all. I don't even have to tell you how affordable it is. There are no less than 18 restaurants, bars, etc. in the area, lots of shops and galleries, and when you go, be sure to take advantage of the tours available via Mainstreetwalks and eat at Sharp Braai. Seriously, don't be afraid to experience the real Joburg! Don't throw away thousands on a Western-style hotel or boring canned tours... give CB and Maboneng a try! You won't be sorry!

  • Stayed May 2014, travelled with friends
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 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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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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2 Thank logansrun98
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Bheki D, Owner at Curiocity Backpackers, responded to this review, 7 July 2014
Hey

Thank you for such a lovely review and being able to explore the entire Johannesburg with us.
I am also very happy that the students were able to integrate and engage with the city and activities offered at Curiocity at such grassroot level. Looking forward to having you in Johannesburg soon.
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 May 2014 via mobile

Funky decor, great staff, ideal location. Tours operated from here give genuine Johannesburg life insight. Local stores and restaurants show the upcoming culture of the city being created by the local artists. Great place.

  • Stayed May 2014
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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2 Thank Amy L
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Bheki D, Owner at Curiocity Backpackers, responded to this review, 7 July 2014
Thank you for the positive vibes. The city is changing for the better . Looking forward to having you in the near future, with more developments that would have come to life...
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Property: Curiocity Backpackers
Address: 302 Fox Street | Maboneng, Johannesburg 2094, South Africa
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Region: South Africa > Gauteng > Greater Johannesburg > Johannesburg
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beverage Selection Business Centre with Internet Access Free Parking Kitchenette Restaurant Shuttle Bus service Swimming Pool Wheelchair access Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 96 Speciality Lodging in Johannesburg
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £
Hotel Class:4 star — Curiocity Backpackers 4*
Number of rooms: 11
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Developed for curious urbanites from all over the world looking to experience Johannesburg hidden treasures, Curiocity invites you to explore an undiscovered world in the heart of one of Johannesburg's oldest suburbs. Situated in the vibrant cultural neighbourhood; Maboneng. Curiocity not only offers you a guided experience through Johannesburg's inner city, but also offers you the opportunity to experience Johannesburg like a local with direct access to the people and happenings of the community. Located in walking distance from a number of independent eateries, quirky retail and entertainment hotspots, you'll never be short of things to do during your stay. From underground hangouts to Africa's tallest building, the best of urban Johannesburg lies at our doorstep waiting to be discovered. ... more   less 
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