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Review of Old Vic Traveller's Inn

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Old Vic Traveller's Inn
Johannesburg, South Africa
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8 reviews
5 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
“GREEDY OWNERS”
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 31 July 2013

I booked for sixteen people at Old Vic. They were then inundated for booking requests for that weekend (marathon runners). They then cancelled our bookings with a story that the credit card was declined (impossible). I called immediately and sent an email saying that I would do an EFT payment - please hold the accommodation (OWNER CONFIRMED THE ACCOMMODATION WAS STILL AVAILABLE AND IT WAS STILL ON BOOKING.COM AT THAT STAGE). To cut long story short, they still booked it to others and my feeling is that they realised that it was a busy weekend and that by cancelling us, they could HIKE THEIR PRICE UP (as witnessed by new price on Booking.com)and make more money out of others. GREED. There goes our marathon plans down the tube.

  • Stayed July 2013, travelled with friends
    • 1 of 5 bubbles
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    • 1 of 5 bubbles
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Thank r0se123456
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krugerandmore, Owner at Old Vic Traveller's Inn, responded to this review, 7 August 2013
Well this is a first .People that write reviews who have not even stayed here with us.Thanks for taking time to write to us,and also point out you would go out of your way to write a negative review.
Your card was declined fact,your booking was cancelled by Booking.com when you could not provide new details,not by us!!Everyone may check our price to see that there is no encrease for that week end it is same all days of the month!!we are still not fully booked,in fact only a few rooms taken,check hostelworld etc.You have already booked somewhere else,fact so your week end is not ruined.I am a runner so I hope you have great race see you on the road.Thanks for writing a review and maybe one day you will stay at a place before you write your second review.Regards Dave
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  • Location
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Sleep Quality
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Rooms
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Service
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Cleanliness
    4 of 5 bubbles
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56 reviews
54 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 35 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 July 2013

Old vic is a very nice and well maintained backpackers within striking distance of kruger national park. The rooms are good value and the bar is also good. The self serve kitchen was well stocked. The local staff (especially "mama") were delightful and seemed to work very hard - we weren't sure how well they were treated if we are honest (the only downfall of this place). Beautiful gardens and swimming pool, secure parking and good local advice from crazy dave and bella, particularly regarding our trip to kruger. We would stay here again for sure.

  • Stayed May 2013, travelled as a couple
    • 4 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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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Helpful?
Thank Joe-p-01
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krugerandmore, Owner at Old Vic Traveller's Inn, responded to this review, 30 July 2013
Thanks Joe for taking time to write a review.We glad you enjoyed your stay.Thanks Dave
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Washington
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61 reviews
26 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 32 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 April 2013

The best part about this place is the gardens! The value was really good, we stayed in the dorm beds here and shared with one other group in a small dorm-style cabin (that coul have been good for one family group) we had a small kitchen, bathroom and braii area and a lovely deck. The location of Nelspruit is close to Kruger and Blyde Canyon. The backpackers was a bit tricky to get to even with our own car because it is in a neighborhood away from the town center, we felt secure though and there was secure parking. Overall a nice place.

  • Stayed March 2013
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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1 Thank SharolinLesotho
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krugerandmore, Owner at Old Vic Traveller's Inn, responded to this review, 10 April 2013
Thanks for staying with us.We are very happy to hear you had a good time here and felt safe.Thanks for taking time to write this review and enjoy the rest of your travels.
Thank you Dave
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Lexington, Kentucky, United States
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53 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 March 2013

The Old Vic is the perfect place for a budget conscious traveler. I stayed for 8 nights in a private room (thanks for the free upgrade to include a bathroom). The grounds are gorgeous with a pool and wonderful views of the surrounding nature reserve. Dave and Bella do their best to make you feel at home and have tons of great advice about places to visit. Be sure to sign up for at least one evening meal - they are incredible.

  • Stayed February 2013, travelled solo
    • 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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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank FionaYB
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krugerandmore, Owner at Old Vic Traveller's Inn, responded to this review, 20 March 2013
Thanks for taking time to write this review.I am glad you are home safely.It was a great pleasure to look after you while you were here.I am glad you enjoyed the braai.Thanks Dave
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Gland, Switzerland
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93 reviews
29 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 34 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 February 2013

Nelspruit's Old Vic Travellers Inn is located at the very limit of the town. Behind the backpackers there's a rugged hill and a stream. The quietness of the place offers to relax and spend some time sipping one of South Africa's beers. Dave and Bella are very cheerful, friendly and helpful hosts. If I ever come back to Nelspruit, I will definitely stay here again.

  • Stayed February 2013, travelled solo
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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1 Thank Marcel G
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krugerandmore, Owner at Old Vic Traveller's Inn, responded to this review, 24 February 2013
Thanks for staying with us.Thanks for all the great photos you took of our place.Hope you have a great time in the bush and enjoy the rest of our country.We hope to see you again.Thanks for taking time to review us.Chow Crazy Dave
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Global
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3 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 February 2013

I'm leaving Old Vic today after a 7 days stay here. I must say that Old Vic is the best hostel that I have ever stayed at in my life. Dave who runs the show here is the best and hospitable host around. He took us all over the town and bent over backwards to show our group a good time while we were here including getting us set up with tickets for the African Cup semi finals. We love you dave, thanks for everything man! Highly recommended to any and all!

  • Stayed January 2013, travelled with friends
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 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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Thank AndyF54
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krugerandmore, Owner at Old Vic Traveller's Inn, responded to this review, 18 February 2013
Thanks for staying with us and reviewing us.It was great to have you here and we enjoyed showing Nelspruit to you .Thanks Crazy Dave
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3 reviews
3 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 February 2013

The Old Vic is a travelers dream. Dave (the owner) has an honest gift of showing hospitality to others. I've travelled heavily for the past 8 years and I have never had a more gracious host at a hostel. He bent over backwards to get everyone I stayed with tickets to the African Cup game in town and arranged travel for us.

The property itself is absolutely gorgeous. Nestled on the side of a hill in a beautiful suburban Nelspruit neighborhood, the place is spotless. The bar staff is so nice and Beatrice is a breath of fresh air to everyone she speaks with. Don't think about staying here. Just do it. You will be comfortable, refreshed, and blessed beyond belief.

  • Stayed February 2013
    • 5 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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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank Jjwilli322
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krugerandmore, Owner at Old Vic Traveller's Inn, responded to this review, 18 February 2013
Thanks for taking time to write this review,and it was a pleasure to have you stay with us.Thanks Crazy Dave
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Property: Old Vic Traveller's Inn
Address: 12 Impala Street, Nelspruit 1200, South Africa
Region: South Africa > Mpumalanga > Nelspruit
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Kitchenette Restaurant Shuttle Bus service Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #10 of 61 Speciality Lodging in Nelspruit
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £
Hotel Class:2 star — Old Vic Traveller's Inn 2*
Number of rooms: 25
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Experience the South African Lowveld like never before ……Kruger and More caters for the international traveller visiting Southern Africa. Our accommodation is suitable for South African sport groups, families, couples and single travellers. We are situated in Nelspruit, the capital of Mpumalanga, and will accommodate you with real South African hospitality. Crazy Dave (who did the travel thing himself for 4 years) and Bella believe in comfort and value for money. We Offer: Accommodation Travel Desk Tours in and around the Big 5 countryside. Car Rentals Adventure Trips . ... more   less 
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