I will preface this review by saying that if you are wanting to party on Long Street and don't care much for where you lay your head at night, this is a great place to stay.
But if you have even semi-decent standards for your accommodation, this place is not it. I have been travelling in South Africa for 2 weeks now, and this is the most dismal, cheerless place that I have come across. Everything is run down and dirty looking from the entrance, to the reception, to the pathetic excuse for a lounge (complete with ripped couches and dirty carpets). The floor in my room was sticky and the bedding looked about 50 years old and smelled unwashed to boot. The only bright spot was a very decent shared bathroom with great water pressure in the shower.
I arrived quite late and had already paid for one night so I stuck it out, but you can bet I was immediately researching other backpackers in the area and checked out first thing the next day.
The location of this place is brilliant, and the old Victorian it is housed in has a lot of charm, but its obvious that little to no money has been put into its upkeep and while it is very cheap, I am happily paying just a bit more to stay in a place with much better facilities.
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