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iKhaya Stellenbosch Backpackers
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Reviewed 20 November 2011

Ikhaya is a workmanlike spot to crash in Stellenbosch. Not great. But decent.
The front of the house is basically a small bar / internet cafe, complete with chain smokers, alcoholics, and hangers on, 24/7. The back of the house is very secure, with two wrought iron gates that lock between the street and the rooms.
The rooms themselves have seen better days... shabby, used and abused, but clean and spacious.
I watched a local woman attack a man with a knife right out in front of this place in November 2011. She stabbed him several times and was bleeding herself--yet no one in Ikhaya seemed particularly interested or concerned--leading me to believe that this type of chicanery is commonplace in this part of town.
Walking distance to the old quarter, with tons of great shops and restaurants. It felt a bit overpriced @ R490/night for two people but, hey, this is Stellenbosh...

  • Stayed: November 2011, travelled with friends
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IkhayaBackpackers, Manager at iKhaya Stellenbosch Backpackers, responded to this reviewResponded 24 May 2012

Hi Jared,

Thank very much for taking the time to review our property.
We take all reviews in a fairly serious manner, weather positive or negative, so we can work on our weaknesses and work to our strengths.
We are fairly concerned about the stabbing incident you mentioned. This is not commonplace here in the centre of Stellenbosch, and should have been reported to the police. None of my staff who worked in November can recall the incident, so I'm not sure they witnessed it happening.
Anyway, that's neither here nor there.
Security is one of our strenghts here, we have also installed a high tech CCTV camera system to better moniter all entrances and corridors. So thank you for mentioning this.
We will also soon be embarking on a refurbishments in the rooms, this will rid the rooms of the "experienced" feel you mentioned. We have already done so in our bathrooms. :).

With regards to pricing. I can understand at R490 you may feel it is a bit steep. It is however a en-suite triple room with full kitchen and bathrooms facilities, so the normal per person price is a bit less then what you experienced. We have however learned from this and will look at a plan to implement a better pricing structure concerning couples and our self-catering units.

Regards

Matt

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Reviewed 21 April 2011

I stayed there with my dad, we had such a nice time. Lovely balcony with a view on Stellenbosch. Tasty and cheap breakfast downstairs in the lounge area. Perfectly clean room. But my highlight would be the staff which made a perfect experience!

  • Stayed: February 2011, travelled with family
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IkhayaBackpackers, Manager at iKhaya Stellenbosch Backpackers, responded to this reviewResponded 24 May 2012

Thank you for this review.

We are glad you and your father enjoyed your stay with us, we hope to welcome you back again one day :)

Kind Regards

Matt

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Reviewed 21 April 2011

Having stayed in more than a few backpacker lodges in the Cape Town area, I found Ikhaya to be unique in more than a few different ways. The first would be in the lobby, which also has a small but stocked bar, TV's which are constantly showing the latest soccer, rugby, cricket or Formula One event, and a useful internet cafe with Wi-Fi connection. The lobby is small, however very friendly, as both locals of Stellenbosch as well as travelers from around the world frequent this area. They also have a kitchen with a very well priced menu. I spent much of my time in the bar, sitting at one of the few comfortable couches talking with other travelers, or taking in the Stellenbosch evening, as the bar is wide open to Bird Street and across from the town lawn (Die Braak.) Now that I have decided to live in Stellenbosch, I find myself continuing to visit the bar at Ikhaya to meet new people, as well as keep in touch with those, who like myself now call Stellenbosch home, but find the atmosphere at the bar in Ikhaya to be quite inviting. One other part of my stay here which I quite enjoyed was the rooms, one in which had a second story patio which you could look out to Bird Street. It was quite nice to wind the evening down watching the people of Stellenbosch go about their evening, and taking in the vibe of the city.

Room Tip: Try to get one with a patio to the outside
  • Stayed: February 2011, travelled solo
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IkhayaBackpackers, Manager at iKhaya Stellenbosch Backpackers, responded to this reviewResponded 24 May 2012

Hi Ryan,

Although posted a while ago, we thank you for taking the time to review our property.

We hope your travels are going well, hopefully one day we will welcome you back to Stellenbosch.

Regards

Matt

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Stayed: December 2017, travelled with family
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Reviewed 26 August 2017
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  • Stayed: August 2017, travelled with friends
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