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“Better than expected”
Review of Park House Lodge

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Park House Lodge
Ranked #40 of 52 Mossel Bay B&B and Inns
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49 reviews
44 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 31 helpful votes
“Better than expected”
Reviewed 23 March 2014

We stayed in a double room with shared bathroom for two nights. We weren't expecting much based on some pretty scathing Tripadviser reviews and so were pleasantly surprised to discover that the hostel was actually pretty decent. The staff were friendly, the wifi was free and fast, and there were loads of communal areas to relax in. The dorms, kitchen and some of the communal areas did look a little scummy but that is the case in many backpacker hostels. Our room was pleasant and clean. Noise from reception could be heard very clearly but it was surprisingly quiet during the night. The shared bathroom was a little odd - a small bathroom in between two double rooms which each had a door accessing the bathroom. You could lock your neighbour's door from the inside when you were using the bathroom but you need to remember to unlock it again at the end or else they are shut out (this happened to us once). A little strange hearing your neighbour using the shower and toilet so clearly... Overall, a decent option but definitely a backpackers', not a guesthouse/lodge.

  • Stayed March 2014, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 28 November 2013 via mobile

The hostel is visually nice, that's about it. The staff were unwilling to help us with booking activities and they did not offer to make a call for us to get a shuttle. When we asked if she could call for us she hesitated and said that she would see if she could find a phone for us to use in the morning, which she did not do. She had a phone there but did not let us use it. The bathroom was filled with ants and the room smelled musky. The window did not seal well and so cigarette smoke from people smoking outside seeped into our room and made it difficult to sleep. They do not take visa or MasterCard.

Stayed November 2013, travelled as a couple
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Worcester, United Kingdom
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 April 2013

Good location, Friendly staff and good place to meet other people travelling. Not a massive fan of mossel bay on the whole but a good place for a stop over and this is a nice stop over with a very laid back feel. stayed in a double room with en-suite nesstled in the trees room was basic but have everything you needed for a good nights sleep.

  • Stayed March 2013, travelled as a couple
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Bury St Edmunds
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16 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
Reviewed 6 April 2012

Park House Lodge was the nicest Backpackers we found - a Victorian house of slightly faded character, surrounded by beautiful gardens full of little gems - chameleons, friendly cats, huge koi carp and a beautiful little fountain in the courtyard. The staff, especially Lelani, were charming and helpful. There were a few ants but they were to be found in every other place we stayed in SA during our three weeks there - travellers should expect some local fauna!
Our entire Mossel Bay experience was the tops. Do go to the Kingfisher at the point rather than the expensive midtown alternative. The art co-operative workshop (near the TIC) is fantastic, affordable and fun too.

Room Tip: My room looked over the street and was quiet and comfortable. The shower is a little tired but perfe...
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  • Stayed March 2012, travelled with friends
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Fareham, United Kingdom
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 69 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 April 2012

A Victorian house being used for backpackers. The rooms are clean but very tired. so dont go if you would like lots of comford. Ideal for the younger traveller. Take your own food and cook it yourself. theres beer in the fridge help your self and pay later. if the weathers nice there a nice garden to eat in

Room Tip: Having read one of the reviews. My wife and I must have been Flashpackers. we found the people help...
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  • Stayed April 2012, travelled as a couple
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Larnaka City, Cyprus
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 64 helpful votes
Reviewed 12 January 2012

We booked this place thinking it would be a pleasant stay to rest on our way to Cape Town. Little did we know that we would be given basic box size very tired looking rooms, nothing like the nice rooms shown on the website. It was late and we had no choice as we arrived late and prepaid.The icing on the cake was when we came back after just 2 hours and found that the basin and toilet was infested by ants. I wanted to walk out but I was travelling with 4 elders and could not chance us not finding other accommodation. I can say that the guy who worked there Michael was very helpful and cleaned up the ants. The sleep was not restful, the beds lumpy and the room was as we were on top of the laundry room. The best thing i can say about this place was Michael, the gardens and definitely the breakfast. If i was to ever be a backpacker and 18 years old, i would find this place ideal, at 40...NOT!

Room Tip: Maybe a garden room?
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Stayed January 2012, travelled with family
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Ann Arbor, Michigan
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31 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 January 2012

Don't go on holiday here if you want to avoid binge-drinking twenty-somethings.

Don't go on holiday here if you want affordable comfort.

Do go, however, if you've an interest in Victorian homes, braaing and walking. Oh and if you're a heavy sleeper!!! The doors slam, the stairs creek and the 'kids' party all night...

  • Stayed December 2011
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Additional Information about Park House Lodge

Property: Park House Lodge
Address: 121 High Street, Mossel Bay 6506, South Africa
Region: South Africa > Western Cape > Mossel Bay
Hotel Style:
Ranked #40 of 52 B&Bs / Inns in Mossel Bay
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £
Hotel Class:3 star — Park House Lodge 3*
Number of rooms: 7
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
This lodge, with its lush garden setting, is home away from home to travellers, tourists and holiday makers. It is situated at the historical pulse of central Mossel Bay; near picturesque beaches, harbour, restaurants and vibrant entertainment activities. Mossel Bay is the front door to the spellbinding beauty of the Garden Route. The magnificent scenery of indigenous forests hemmed by sunbleached beaches makes a journey of this region an unforgettable experience. The sight of the brilliantly blue Indian Ocean juxtaposed to luxurious expanses of regal greens strikes amazement and admiration from around the world ... more   less 

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