This was, without question, the most disgusting accommodation I have seen in years. First, the rooms themselves are basic - nothing wrong with that. But they cram too many beds into very small rooms. We stayed in a family room that had a small (very small) double bed and bunks for the kids. The common areas, however, are just filthy. The kitchen is coated in grime and one of the two ovens does not work. The other looked like it had never been cleaned. There are signs all over saying "no smoking" but the staff themselves regularly smoke throughout the common areas. Likewise, there are signs everywhere saying "do your own dishes" but the staff themselves just dump their dinner dishes in the sink for the cleaners to look after in the morning. So visitors can't do their own dishes because the sink is full of the owner's dirty dishes. Each night the owners occupied the common room, smoking and drinking and watching TV. This common room was just below our own room so the cigarette smoke wafted upstairs in the evening. The 'breakfast' was two slices of white bread and a slice of processed cheese. This place also insists that you pay for your stay in full, up front. Even though we'd paid, we considered leaving after one night. But we stayed and used the place only to sleep. Overall, this is one place where 'cheap accommodation' means disgusting accommodation.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Stellenbosch Traveller's Lodge is a clean and service orientated Hostel. Twelve bedrooms, all linen included, meals can be ordered free wifi, free coffee and tea. Six shared bathrooms, billiard/TV room with DSTV, Dining area for 24 seated at a time, court yard garden, laundry facility, Friday nights are braai nights, safe off street parking, close to everything in town. 24 hour reception and very friendly staff. ... more less
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