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Review of Knysna Backpackers

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Knysna Backpackers
Ranked #29 of 111 Speciality Lodging in Knysna
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Reviewed 15 June 2014

This backpackers has seen better days, methinks.

We only found out that they're no longer serving breakfast and that the laundry is not working after we paid to stay.

The folks here are reasonably nice, but its a big haggard. I would look for a nice B&B in town for a similar priice.

  • Stayed: June 2014, travelled as a couple
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KnysnaQueen, Owner at Knysna Backpackers, responded to this reviewResponded 17 June 2014

Dear Jen
I regret that your experience here with us was a disappointment.
This time of year we( owner and staff ) really do need to take a break as we had a hectic
busy season and with me ( Muriel -owner ) not being there for a short while
there was nobody to shop for the fantastic breakfast we normally do offer.
As for the laundry - we send the laundry to a laundromat around the corner from
us - unfortunately with the "slow season" .....this is not possible as they do washing
in bulk and not just for a single load. By no means is this a free service....
Our rates by the way at the moment is probably the best you will find around....
R300 for a private double room ( 2 people sharing ) ......? good luck finding a B&B to offer that.
We have been in this industry for 16 years already and yes we do need to" charge them
batteries" now and then ......(as i am sure you also have to do from time to time) ., but after
a good rest , we are all set and ready to welcome our much valued guests.
Muriel ( owner )

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Reviewed 1 May 2014

Enjoy the warm welcome by manager Fischer in this backpackers which feels like a home away from home.
The dorms are not too spacious, beds are okay and bathrooms are clean.
There is a well-equipped kitchen and a nice fireplace.

Stayed: April 2014, travelled with friends
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KnysnaQueen, Manager at Knysna Backpackers, responded to this reviewResponded 6 May 2014

Hi Giant J,
Thank you for your compliments.
We are so happy to hear from you that you enjoyed your stay with us.
You are always welcome to Knysna Backpackers.
Wishing you all the best!!
Kind regards,
Fischer.

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Reviewed 25 January 2014

Stayed for one night whilst driving the Garden route, two of us in a private room.

The guy in reception was really friendly upon arrival. Showed us around and made us feel very at home. Beds were comfy, bathrooms were clean. Lots if info about the local area and activities. Good value for money.

Short walk from centre of town, or short drive (3mins) to waterfront.

Stayed: January 2014, travelled with friends
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Reviewed 24 January 2014

Please take care! That Backpackers/Hostel has no fences and no windowscreans/ grilles! We get robbed there! No security man is at night there, also cars often broken up, told us the ownerin (and some other guests ) of that hostel after the incursion! She is only very upset about it, but that doesn't help anyone who get robbed there! The room beyond the wintergarden isn't save, everyone from the street can look into your room and break through the window, like the thief did it, when we slept there! It isn't a good choice to take that backpackers, even not for one night! 

  • Stayed: January 2014, travelled as a couple
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KnysnaQueen, Owner at Knysna Backpackers, responded to this reviewResponded 2 February 2014

Understandably i am very upset and deeply regret this incident.
I would like to respond to some statements made by Meike that is not
true. We do have burglar bars in front of all windows and doors that can open up.
The window in the room they slept in was one that could not open - therefore no burglar bar
was installed - we have done so right after the incident., as we realized that some guests
probably do not know to let curtains and blinds down at night time.
The room has curtains and blinds that should be closed by the guest
when they go to sleep, unfortunately
these girls failed to do so therefore leaving them very vulnerable and a
passer -by saw an "open invitation'" to look through the window and
saw "all their valuable items" lying on a bedside table right in front of this window and took his chance. We do provide a chest of drawers in the room where safety conscious guests put their valuables and it is quite safe in there. As far as the second accusation is concerned : "we do not have a security guard" on duty , - we actually DO have a guard 6 days a week and like luck would have it - he was "off duty" that night . Just for the information of travelers reading this , the incident took place at 6.15 in the morning and not during the night when one would have thought burglaries happen.
As i told these girls - we are in the "process" of putting up a fence but unfortunately
it is a long process and does not happen over night.
Likewise with break-ins into cars - i appeal to all travelers to please not leave ANY ITEMS in a car / vehicle ! It is not safe nor is it just at your stop over accommodation establishment that incidences happen that cars are broken into! Unfortunately if there are items lying in a car "on display'" - your car is at risk of being broken into no matter where you are.
Yes us as accommodation establishments must do everything possible to ensure the safety
of our guests but having said that guests must also take responsibility for their "actions" and sad as it is, when traveling in other countries PLEASE consider ALL ASPECTS of your safety .
Muriel ( owner )

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Reviewed 10 January 2014

We spent 5 great nights in a double room at Knysna backpackers.
From the minute I contacted them online to book, to arriving, to giving us info, etc...the staff and service where awesome.

The place itself is clean and kept, definitely one of the nicest backpackers I've stayed in SA.
The old Victorian house has a beautiful garden, with a kitchen that is super well equipped and organised for self-catering and there's even a great braai in the garden.

Free WI-FI and tons of info on what to do in around the area, its super central and has tons of parking for cars.

Really enjoyed our stay and will definitely be back again and again:)

Room Tip: The double at the back is quiet and private, with lovely window over the garden.
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  • Stayed: January 2014, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 14 November 2013

We just came back from South Africa and we stayed for 2 nights in the Knysna Backpackers. There is only one thing to say: absolutely great. It is a wonderful building and one of the best thing is to have a drink with the amazing view from the veranda over Knysna. The room and the bathroom are very spacious and clean. There is a great garden where you can use the grill for a wonderful braai. A big THANK YOU for your hospitality and if we are in Knysna again, we will definitely come back!!!

  • Stayed: October 2013, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 1 September 2013

Stayed here for one night, found the staff to be very friendly and highly knowledgable on the local area. Stayed in a double room which was nice and very clean. The kitchen was fully functional and well equipped.

  • Stayed: August 2013, travelled as a couple
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Address: 42 Queen Street, Knysna 6571, South Africa
Region: South Africa > Western Cape > Knysna
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Ranked #29 of 111 Speciality Lodging in Knysna
Price Range: £29 - £34 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3 star — Knysna Backpackers 3*
Number of rooms: 6
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