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Ansteys Beach Backpackers
Huntington Beach, California
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3 reviews
“One of the best backpackers in Durban”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 June 2014

This place is a gem. Perfect place to have a relaxed time, take it easy, enjoy the beach any time of day, it's literally right across from a big sandy beach with a lush green bluff that stretches all along the right side coast. You can go for long beach walks or rent a bike for a little beach ride. It is a little farther away from town but it is pretty easy and affordable to call a taxi to go into town. Especially if you're backpacking or traveling solo without a car, the owners are incredibly friendly and will help you out with getting to and from the shops. The whole set up of the hostel is really neat too, there's grass and pretty plants, banana trees all throughout the property and it extends back up against the bluff for an ocean view depending on which room you have. Affordable rates, happy smiling staff. Anstey's backpackers is such a sweet place and the vibe is very friendly. Plus, Heidi's cafe is a super cute little cafe with a local vibe and homemade breakfast for such a good deal. It's the after surf spot to grub. The pool with a waterfall is a plus too! I stayed here for a whole month!

  • Stayed April 2014, travelled solo
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Johannesburg, South Africa
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 February 2014

I really enjoyed my stay at Ansteys Beach Backpackers. I travel extensively as part of my work, and find most hotels very bland and impersonal. Not only is Ansteys great value, does it have great access to the beach, but the service and facilities are also really good. I have already booked for my next trip to Durbs. Thanks.

Room Tip: Having a shower early morning with the sun rising over the sea is awesome.
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  • Stayed February 2014, travelled on business
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Bristol, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 February 2014

we loved staying right on the beach for very reasonable rates, the place was comfortable and supplied all our needs. the staff are friendly and ever willing to help and go a long way to make the stay enjoyable. many thanks to shadryn and michelle who went the extra mile!!
look forward to our next visit!
big shout out to Rudy for making us feel so at home!

  • Stayed February 2014, travelled as a couple
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Richards Bay, South Africa
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 January 2014

Great for the perfect weekend getaway. Friendly staff and walking distance to the beach, what more can one ask for :) I'd most definitely recommend staying at Ansteys any day. The facilities make you feel right at home. Xxx

  • Stayed September 2013, travelled with friends
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Gold Coast, Australia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 January 2014

I first stayed at Ansteys Beach in 2003....and have been coming back ever since, despite living on the other side of the world! From the moment I first stayed at Ansteys, I was made to feel like part of the Palmboom family, and a local in the surrounding community. I have seen the backpackers grow over the years, always being upgraded and improved! The latest and greatest edition is Heidi cafe...If only that was around in my younger years at Ansteys when I was suffering a hangover! The accommodation is clean and comfortable with lovely, friendly staff. The community is still the same after so many years and the surf continues to pump.
I'll always continue to visit Ansteys, and always recommend Ansteys to fellow travelers.My South African family - The Palmbooms, will continue to receive visits from me over the years.

Stayed December 2013, travelled solo
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 January 2014

I stayed here for 2 weeks in July 2013. I was alone n had an cottage. Everything was lovely n clean. (until I unpacked!) the staff were so friendly I had no issues asking anything or getting to know anyone! They organised the Lesotho trip for me and I highly recommend that too!!! Ansteys made my holiday :) xx

  • Stayed July 2013
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Johannesburg, South Africa
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 January 2014

Perfectly situated for beach days. Taxi's are easy to organize for trips to uShaka Marine World or to town.
Staff members are absolutely lovely! Ablutions are clean and easily accessible. Double bed cabin was also in very good condition.
It was my first trip to Durban, thank you Ansteys for making it a good one!

  • Stayed December 2013, travelled as a couple
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Additional Information about Ansteys Beach Backpackers

Property: Ansteys Beach Backpackers
Address: 477 Marine Drive, Bluff | Entrance from the beach on Foreshore Drive, Durban 4052, South Africa
Region: South Africa > KwaZulu-Natal > Durban
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Free Parking Kitchenette Restaurant Shuttle Bus service Suites Swimming Pool Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
Ranked #9 of 80 Speciality Lodging in Durban
Number of rooms: 15
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Anstey Beach Self Catering Apartments and Backpackers, owned and run by Rudy and Tash Palmboom and managed by Michelle, is situated on the beautiful unspoilt beaches of the Bluff. Come and enjoy some friendly, laid back coastal hospitality while you soak up the sights and sun. Fall under the Ansteys spell and embrace the warm, happy family atmosphere - whether you spend your day at the beach, or relax by the poolside in our tropical garden - you are sure to enjoy yourself! We offer different types of accommodation to suit all budgets - from backpacker type dorms, to more upmarket self catering apartments. Ansteys is not your conventional backpacker hostel or holiday apartment resort, but it has it's own kind of magic, which is why so many guests return time and time again. Heidi's Cafe is situated on the premises and is a cosy and popular little cafe/coffee shop which serves good filter coffee, cappuccinos, delicious, hearty or healthy breakfasts, as well as home baked treats. The beaches on the Bluff are beautiful and great to explore, especially at low tide when you can explore all the rock pools along the way. Ansteys has consistent good surf and is a quick stroll away from the world famous surf break Cave Rock. It is also one of the most popular kitesurfing beaches. For those wanting to learn how to surf, book our very popular "get-up-and-go" surf lessons. The Bluff boasts beautiful protected and unspoilt beaches (lovely warm seawater!) with excellent lifeguards and shopping centres all within walking distance. We are a quick 15 kilometre drive from Durban City Centre, the ICC, the sport stadiums and Ushaka Marine World. We offer many facilities - among them a swimming pool area set in a tropical garden, pool table, internet and wi-fi and a small beach and surf shop. We pride ourselves on ensuring there is a real happy and relaxed village atmosphere here, so come on over & share in our unique lifestyle...we look forward to welcoming you! ... more   less 

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