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San Francisco, California
Reviewed 25 September 2012

This is definitely a backpacker's scene. We only stayed one night before the start of our overland tour in Southern Africa and what a mistake it was! Lots of partiers stay here and they were drunk and loud all evening. The bathrooms are dirty and not maintained. The hostel seems to be in bed with many of the overland tour...

2Thank TheArcherFamily
New Orleans, Louisiana
Reviewed 4 September 2012

A friend of mine & I stayed one night here in May this year. The owners were easy to communicate with - through them, we organized a pickup from the airport & a dropoff at the bus station, and they were reliable. Pickups and dropoffs were right on time. The backpackers is located in a safe little nook in town....

Thank Colleen T
Reviewed 27 June 2012

I stayed here at the beginning of my South Africa trip and it wasn't the greatest start. After flying almost 24 hours I had to wait a couple of hours for my transfer to pick me up (even though the hostel told me he was already waiting). On getting to the hostel the staff seemed bored and sometimes rude. I...

2Thank Backpacker-b88
Dublin, Ireland
Reviewed 19 May 2012

I stayed here for four nights before beginning my Acacia tour of Africa, from Johannesburg through to Nairobi. The tour only departed from Johannesburg, it didn't visit the city itself, so if you wanted to explore Johannesburg, you had to book extra days there yourself. The Ritz was an easy choice for me, as it was where our tour departed...

Thank ErinAshworth
Basel, Switzerland
Reviewed 14 May 2012

I stayed in this backpackers twice. The backpackers is not outstanding in terms of design and style, but it has almost everything you need. The dorms are very clean and extremely spacious (I've been travelling since 7 months now and I have never had so much space as here). I stayed also in a private room and also this one...

Thank Capunsli
Hong Kong, China
Reviewed 8 May 2012

Its a backpacker place.... .. it serves its purpose and puts a roof over your head and I couldn't complain about our stay at all. The rooms are simple and you will need your insect repellent but it does the job, it has a pretty secure area with the two deadlock gates to get through before you can even enter...

1Thank Adz_n_E
Hamburg, Germany
Reviewed 25 February 2012

Clean Very Safe Couldn't use the pool because it was very dirty Very friendly and helpful staff Cleaning lady quite loud in the morning Close to supermarket and mall (expensive) Nice activities proposed (we did 2 and were happy about them)

Thank A A
Reviewed 9 February 2012

We stayed in a double room for the last four nights of our trip, after a month of camping in Africa. After our trip, the Ritz was a great place to relax. You get what you pay for, and the location is great. The area is pretty safe, and you can walk around with ease. The beds were really comfortable,...

Thank courtney m
Reviewed 17 January 2012

great professional friendly staff, clean bathrooms and bedrooms. Overall great experience, thank you!

Thank Beppekent
Auckland Region, New Zealand
Reviewed 17 November 2011

the place is basic but that is what you pay for - the rooms were clean and the staff were brilliant friendly and very helpful - this is not a 5 star hotel, if what you want is that then pay more and go somewhere else if what you want is a bed and a shower and a good laugh...

Thank MissFloopy123

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Additional Information about Backpackers Ritz

Address: 1A North Road, Johannesburg 2196, South Africa
Region: South Africa > Gauteng > Greater Johannesburg > Johannesburg
Price Range: €14 - €29 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Number of rooms: 15
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Ritz Johannesburg
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“The rooms over looking the pool are very quaint and peaceful.”
 of 5 bubbles traci_jones1979, 10 Feb 2016 | Read review
“Ask to see the room first and sniff for a mould or musty smell”
 of 5 bubbles ChristieM121, 16 Feb 2014 | Read review
“The dorms are located upstairs, without any fans.... I am sure it gets warm at night. I would recommend getting a single or double room.”
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 of 5 bubbles xsnwgirlx, 9 Dec 2013 | Read review
“Stay somewhere else”
 of 5 bubbles NancyP632, 2 Dec 2012 | Read review
“There's not much choice really- there's just a couple of dorms, either male, female, or mixed, but if it's winter when you're there, do NOT sleep by the window, as I did!!”
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 of 5 bubbles ErinAshworth, 19 May 2012 | Read review
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