Lakeview Backpackers

Lakeview Backpackers

39 Porto Amelia Road Bonaero Park 1622, Kempton Park, Johannesburg 2091 South Africa
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#8 of 27 hostels in Johannesburg
4.2 of 5 bubbles
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4.2 of 5 bubbles
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Lakeview Backpackers is situated in a peaceful neighbourhood under 10 minutes from OR Tambo International Airport in Johannesburg South Africa. Perfect stopover for travellers on they're way to explore our beautiful country, or for guests that just need a rest. Close to shops and a bit of nature. The staff will assist with whatever needed to make your journey a good one. We offer Free Wifi, and can arrange half and full day tours of the surrounding areas as well as Safaris. Comfy couches, Netflix and a save environment. Dorms and private rooms available, fully equipped kitchen, pool and braai facilities. We've been assisting guests from all over the globe for 10 years and will welcome you any time of day or night.
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Free parking
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srini091 wrote a review Aug 2013
Yangon (Rangoon), Myanmar
5.0 of 5 bubbles
This was my first trip to South Africa and I arrived late at night (23:30) and I had emailed them about my arrival at lakeview@iburst.co.za but the email bounced and I was worried. I could not call the number as well. But, when my cab dropped me in front of Lakeview, I called Ronelle and she was very helpful and thoughtful. After I got in, they got my room ready and made me feel comfortable.

The facilities are minimal, simple yet good - it almost felt like I was staying at a friend's place. On day two, I panicked because I thought I lost my phone and wallet and told Ronelle about it. She handled the situation very calmly and was so helpful. But later when I found it misplaced in the room (it had fallen behind a curtain) she made coffee for me and even dropped me at the Gauteng station to help me go for shopping.

A few things to remember:
There is no wi fi internet here. So, please make your own internet arrangement
There are no shops nearby - take your own toiletries or food if you need.
No public transport nearby though they can arrange a cab for you.
There is a beautiful lake behind Lakeview.
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Date of stay: July 2013
5.0 of 5 bubblesValue
4.0 of 5 bubblesRooms
4.0 of 5 bubblesLocation
3.0 of 5 bubblesCleanliness
4.0 of 5 bubblesService
5.0 of 5 bubblesSleep Quality
Trip type: Travelled solo
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C'est Pipo wrote a review Apr 2019
Zurich, Switzerland
5.0 of 5 bubbles
First of all big thanks to Ronel and Francois the two hosts were absolutely fantastic. We enjoyed every second of our stay. It was also a reason to come back twice during our trip. Arrived as strangers and left as friends what more can you wish for on your holidays.

Keep up all the good work and stay as you are.

Lovely greetings from Zurich.
Philipp and Sabrinsv
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Date of stay: February 2019Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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sam12370 wrote a review Apr 2013
essex
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Stayed for 4 nights in total. They arranged an airport pick up and drop off saving us 100 rand.
You just feel at ease here, anything can be arranged. Its 10 min walk to the supermarket and some food courts.
Thr only thing to make it perfect would have been wifi! You can pay to use the internet though!
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Date of stay: April 2013
4.0 of 5 bubblesValue
5.0 of 5 bubblesRooms
5.0 of 5 bubblesLocation
5.0 of 5 bubblesCleanliness
4.0 of 5 bubblesService
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younggraeme wrote a review Apr 2014
Edinburgh, United Kingdom
1.0 of 5 bubbles
10km from the airport and when we arrived were told that the hostel was closed. The owner had not paid her utility bills so the electricity and water were cut off. She then fled to Capetown and didn't inform anyone with confirmed bookings that the hostel was closed.
Unbelievably bad.
Thankfully still had our airport taxi. Unfortunately got hammered on the fare.
Stay at the shoestring if you want an overnight near the airport. Those guys aren't dicks.
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Date of stay: April 2014
1.0 of 5 bubblesValue
1.0 of 5 bubblesRooms
1.0 of 5 bubblesLocation
1.0 of 5 bubblesCleanliness
1.0 of 5 bubblesService
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RobinSPH wrote a review Mar 2013
Salisbury, North Carolina
5.0 of 5 bubbles
What an awesome group of welcoming, friendly, interesting people running a charming backpackers! They took excellent, personalized care of us. The owners were approachable but not overbearing, easy-going but always available for questions or concerns. We really did feel as if we were staying with good friends! A fun, low-key atmosphere where the staff are often mingling with guests, but not a loud, party-type vibe. The grounds are well set-up to provide quiet places to hang out like the beautiful front and back yards, or places to gather/share some good times around the pool, outside bar, or tv room. Rooms provided enough comfort & quiet for a good night's rest. Beds were comfortable, nice hot showers, coffee/tea available all the time, they will even take care of ordering food or taking you to the store if you want (also, there’s a small shopping center within walking distance that has a great café and grocery store), kitchen and bathrooms were good, and everything is clean. Facilities are all in good repair and adequate, although upgrades are planned. There’s a neat lake and park directly behind the house and also another pond/lake within 2 blocks or so that’s very nice. One thing I would note is that individual rooms don’t have locks (at least ours didn't), but the grounds are gated and the place is situated in a very nice, clean, pretty neighborhood, and the staff and other backpackers we met were all easy-going, good people, so we never had any worries. They took great care to pick us up AND bring us back to airport at a very reasonable rate, and on time. Pricing is about the best around the area, although while some backpackers don’t charge to pick you up, they will charge going-rate to bring you back which is about double what Lakeview charges, so I figure it evens out. A couple super-cute dogs help round out this charismatic place that we would highly recommend and definitely return to in the future.
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Date of stay: February 2013
5.0 of 5 bubblesValue
5.0 of 5 bubblesRooms
5.0 of 5 bubblesLocation
5.0 of 5 bubblesCleanliness
5.0 of 5 bubblesService
5.0 of 5 bubblesSleep Quality
Trip type: Travelled with friends
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El_Duderino411 wrote a review Jan 2013
Liverpool, United Kingdom
5.0 of 5 bubbles
I can't praise this Hostel highly enough. But I can try.. The 'staff' of Rhonel and Cornelius are happy to leave you to your own devices or to help plan, organise and advise on your whole stay. The accom itself is superbly located from the airport (book the pick-up, drop-off the Hostel provides as cabs are way more expensive), has a lovely pool, a relaxed informal vibe, decent kitshcen facilities and what it lacks in water pressure it more than makes up for with charm, laughs and comfy pillows!

In short, it worked for me and next time I visit I will deffinitly be stayiong here. FACT. Enjoy..
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Date of stay: December 2012
5.0 of 5 bubblesValue
5.0 of 5 bubblesRooms
5.0 of 5 bubblesLocation
5.0 of 5 bubblesCleanliness
5.0 of 5 bubblesService
5.0 of 5 bubblesSleep Quality
Trip type: Travelled solo
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Sam4444_12 wrote a review Dec 2012
London, United Kingdom
5.0 of 5 bubbles
I stayed here on my way over to Mozambique as a solo traveller. I met a very welcoming couple who had just taken over the place. They were informative, helpful and friendly. Even ended up enjoying beers and a meal with them and two others who were staying at the hostel in the evening.
It is also possible for them to help you with airport pickups and bus station drop offs.
Finally it is close to the shops if you are self catering.
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Date of stay: September 2012
5.0 of 5 bubblesValue
5.0 of 5 bubblesRooms
4.0 of 5 bubblesLocation
4.0 of 5 bubblesCleanliness
5.0 of 5 bubblesService
5.0 of 5 bubblesSleep Quality
Trip type: Travelled solo
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deluxetrolley wrote a review Dec 2012
Sydney, Australia
3.0 of 5 bubbles
The owner, Romel is a character and there is no doubt that she makes you feel extremely welcomed into her home and to SA.

The property itself is average and a little jaded, though I believe they are in the midst of doing works to the property. The amenities however are good; the kitchen has ample space for people staying to cook and all the basic equipment needed for self caterers. The sitting room area has a large TV, plenty of movies, board games and books and feels very relaxed and the pool is set in a lovely back garden.

The wifi wasn't working when I stayed so I was informed I was able to use a laptop, however I wasn't particularly happy that I was charged for this when leaving. I wouldn't have minded so much if I was made aware of this beforehand but to spring it on me via the bill wasn't particularly welcomed. This unfortunately also happened with the pick up from the airport. When arriving I phoned as instructed and was told someone would collect me but no fee was mentioned and when booking it had stated that it was included. I illustrated my frustrations with this and Ronel agreed to only charge a one way fee rather than return but it nonetheless left me with an unpleasant feeling.

All in all a lovely stay, it was just such a shame about the ending as until that point I had thoroughly enjoyed it and had felt extremely well looked after.
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Date of stay: December 2012
4.0 of 5 bubblesValue
3.0 of 5 bubblesRooms
3.0 of 5 bubblesLocation
4.0 of 5 bubblesCleanliness
4.0 of 5 bubblesService
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Beau from the USA wrote a review Apr 2019
5.0 of 5 bubbles
This is by far my favorite hostel in Johannesburg. I stayed here 3 seperate nights over the course of 4 weeks of backpacking. Franscois and Ronel are great hosts and the facilities are top notch. It situated super close to airport in a safe area of town so it perfect for backpacker getting to or exiting from South Africa. We had Braai twice and had a great time over drinks with all the backpackers in the hostel. I definitely recommend this place. It is awesome!!!

- Beau from the USA
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Date of stay: March 2019Trip type: Travelled solo
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Tamarkassabian wrote a review Feb 2019
Egypt, Cairo
2.0 of 5 bubbles
The host was very friendly, but I believe they can help make the place cleaner. There were roaches in the bathtub almost all the time, the pool was dirty and the place just didn’t seem hygienic.
Bring your own towels.
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Date of stay: January 2019Trip type: Travelled with friends
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NBGomes asked a question May 2017
Rio de Janeiro, RJ26 contributions12 helpful votes
Queria saber quanto é o transfer de/para o aeroporto e se funciona a noite. Meu voo chega às 21h.
Camila B wrote a tip May 2018
Sao Paulo, SP112 contributions42 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
"Rocco, the dog, only cares about you if you have food around!"
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Brendan A wrote a tip Aug 2017
4 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
"Go with Uber or their transfer, not an airport taxi! Or rent a car."
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ShazUCLA wrote a tip Apr 2013
Hong Kong216 contributions58 helpful votes
4.0 of 5 bubbles
"The 4-bed room didn't seem to have too many outlets to charge things, but around the other common areas you can use some. Blankets are super comfy, although the mattress I had didn't provide too much support (there was a large depression in the middle)."
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Tee T wrote a tip Jan 2012
London, England, United Kingdom3 contributions1 helpful vote
5.0 of 5 bubbles
"All of the rooms are always clean and the people their are friendly. Just learn how to work the shower from Ronel first. :-)"
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LAKEVIEW BACKPACKERS - Hostel Reviews (Johannesburg, South Africa)

Frequently Asked Questions about Lakeview Backpackers
Which popular attractions are close to Lakeview Backpackers?
Nearby attractions include Lindfield Victorian House Museum (3.3 km), Constitution Hill Human Rights Precinct (6.7 km), and The Playground (6.0 km).
What are some of the property amenities at Lakeview Backpackers?
Some of the more popular amenities offered include free wifi, a pool, and free parking.
Is parking available at Lakeview Backpackers?
Yes, free parking is available to guests.
What are some restaurants close to Lakeview Backpackers?
Conveniently located restaurants include The Grillhouse Rosebank, Tashas Rosebank, and Level Four.
Are there opportunities to exercise at Lakeview Backpackers?
Yes, guests have access to a pool during their stay.
Does Lakeview Backpackers have airport transportation?
Yes, Lakeview Backpackers offers airport transportation for guests. We recommend calling ahead to confirm details.
Are there any historical sites close to Lakeview Backpackers?
Many travellers enjoy visiting Constitution Hill Human Rights Precinct (6.7 km), Johannesburg Fort (7.3 km), and Walter Sisulu Square (7.7 km).
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