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Swellendam Backpackers Adventure Lodge
Ranked #4 of 4 Hotels in Swellendam
Reviewed 10 March 2013

I felt very welcome right from the beginning. The staff is great and I had 3 very relaxed days there. They are building at the moment but only during the day so u don´t really have to bother with it since u don´t want to spent your whole day at the Backpackers. Swellendam is a nice place to go for a hike, do a horse ride and suck in the landscape. I liked staying there and would go again. Keep it up cheers!!!

  • Stayed: February 2013, travelled solo
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Reviewed 10 January 2013

We booked a double en suite room ahead telephonically, on arrival there was no staff to meet us, only the cleaning lady. On inspection of our room, we noticed that construction was being undertaken right next to our room. It was very distracting and noisy. No mention of this was made when we had made our booking. Although we wished to relax in the room before going out in the evening it was too unpleasant and we rather took a drive. The next morning, shortly after 7h00 we were awoken by the construction yet again. Although we had planned to sleep in we had to get up and pack our things. When we returned the key we mentioned to the hostess that we had a concern regarding the noisy construction. She was very rude and unprofessional, telling us that if it is not the construction that we complain about we would complain about something else like traffic. She then said that we had to pay the full price. We had not even mentioned that we were not prepared to do so. We then said to her that to compare this noise and discomfort with traffic was ridiculous and that they should at least have informed us thereof when we had made the booking. She merely shrugged and said nothing else. We have never before experienced such poor hospitality. Overall the staff was not helpful.

Stayed: January 2013, travelled as a couple
4  Thank Francois S
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Reviewed 25 December 2012

From the moment we slept in until the moment we check out host didn't pay any attention to us, she just was constantly on the phone all the time. One thing we head from her that we need pay for accommodating and if we brake glass on light candle we must pay 20 Eur. For Internet need pay. And when I asked about towels she was really surprised by the fact I want to get a shower in the evening after long trip and replayed that all towels are dirty and I will get one only in the morning. Such a lazy [--]! She was just too busy talking with her girlfriend.
I glad we stayed there only one night. It took me awhile to recover from a such hospitality. Btw bathroom was dirty.

  • Stayed: December 2012, travelled as a couple
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5  Thank Malinka K
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Reviewed 22 November 2012

Travelling as a young couple we stopped here for two night so that we could enjoy some of the local hikes. Having backpacked and stayed in hostels for the last 5 weeks around South Africa, we have stayed in quite a few hostels to see what is good value and what is not. Unfortunately this hostel has the potential to be a great place if only they invested a little money on the decor and general maintenance. The main communal area (kitchen and lounge area) was very dirty, poorly maintained and the furniture was very worn and in some parts mouldy and falling to pieces. We stayed in a double en-suite in the bedroom which is attached to the main house which cost 410. The bed was damp and unfortunately the pillows had mould seeping through the pillow cases so we had to lay our clothes on top so we could lie on them. The door didnt really close properly to the outside so we had problems with spiders and bugs and mosquitos coming into the room. ( we know were in the bush but there are things you can do to minimise the bugs) I think if they spent a minimal amount of money on skimming the walls, painting and general repair, update the bedding and linens, this place could be an amazing hostel. Unfortunately because felt that there wasn't much effort or thought put into the hygiene and comfort of their paying guests, I'm afraid i wouldn't rate this highly at all. Sorry buts is a 2.

Room Tip: check out the prices of local b&b's, you might get more for your money
  • Stayed: November 2012, travelled as a couple
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2  Thank XJJC
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Reviewed 22 November 2012

Very good location for hiking and some nice restaurants nearby. The staff were friendly and helpful but the hostel itself is very tired and in need of maintenance. We had booked the double on suit room and paid 410 Rand which was expensive for the quality of the room. We arrived late evening and had to catch and release at least 5 spiders from our room when we arrived and swat loads of Mosquitos that had gathered in there before we could sleep. It also smelt quite damp and was very dark and gloomy. The kitchen was quite dirty and had a missing window which allowed the insects in at night. Overall we wouldn't re visit as I'm sure there are nicer hostels in town.

  • Stayed: November 2012, travelled as a couple
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2  Thank Brett12
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Reviewed 30 October 2012

The location is pretty, next to the Marloth nature reserve. Also a great bird-filled backyard and a comfortable bed. And that's all the positive things i could think of thinking of my stay.
The place is very worn down, the showers were cold all weekend. Not very clean as well.
The communal kitchen is very small & old and only opens at 8.00 am so if you want to hike out early, make sure you got your own equipment.
The website states there's a Braai every night (not true, at least not the 2 nights i stayed and the weather was lovely), it states you can rent bikes (not true) and you can reserve breakfast (not true). Price for the double room is very steep, i would expect more.
The worst thing was that the female hostess was very cranky.
Swellendam is lovely but i wouldn't stay at this backpackers.

  • Stayed: October 2012, travelled solo
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2  Thank bubz2005
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Reviewed 24 February 2012

We spent 3 nights in a wooden hut at the adventure lodge. The hut was compact, but very comfortable and cosy. Plenty of oil lamps where provided for light and the bedding was warm, so we where not cold at night. The shared bathroom facilites were adequate and clean. It wasn't very busy when we stayed, so we never had to wait for a shower. The staff were friendly and helpful. It was useful to have access to the internet too (on PCs in the bar/reception area - at a reasonable cost). The cooking facilites were good, but we only prepared a cold meal, so we can't really comment on them much. The atmosphere was friendly in the lodge and comfortable.
Swellendam has some nice little cafes and restaurants, so a meal out, at a resonable cost, can definately be had. However, the immadiate area hasn't got a lot to offer and I'm not sure I would recommend Swellendam as a tourist destination.

  • Stayed: April 2011, travelled as a couple
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Additional Information about Swellendam Backpackers Adventure Lodge

Address: 5 Lichtenstein Street, Swellendam 6740, South Africa
Region: South Africa > Western Cape > Overberg District > Swellendam
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Restaurant
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Ranked #4 of 4 Hotels in Swellendam
Price Range: £38 - £43 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Number of rooms: 8
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Cosy wooden cabins and luxury en suite rooms lie in a lush bird filled garden fringed by its own gurgling mountain stream and the Marloth Nature Reserve. Halfway between Cape Town and the Garden Route it is ideally situated to hike or horse ride through indigenous forests or wander through the picturesque village. Beneath the most spectacular peaks of the Langeberg Mountains Swellendam is the 3rd oldest magisterial district in South Africa with plenty of inspiring and peaceful experiences. Sit around our welcome fire under starry skies and enjoy the countryside. ... more   less 

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