Friends Accommodation Services

Friends Accommodation Services

130 Mackenzie Street, Pretoria 0181 South Africa
Single room which includes the following services:
Water and electricity 
Uncapped Wifi
Room is fully furnised
Secure and safe neighbourhood 

Close to the University of Pretoria and Embassies. Walking distance from the Brooklyn Mall.
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Dinner dates.  Guests becomes our friends. You are not just a guest that end up in our rooms but a friend that we invest and spend a great amount of time with.
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#4 of 11 hostels in Pretoria
4.6 of 5 bubbles
Location
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Cleanliness
3.6 of 5 bubbles
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3.8 of 5 bubbles
Value
Friends Accommodation Services is situated in the heart of Pretoria, Brooklyn and focuses on offering guests affordable accommodation with a difference. Friends Accommodation is within walking distance from the University of Pretoria, the shopping centre of Brooklyn Mall, Brooklyn Square, Hillcrest Boulevard and Hatfield. We are conveniently situated to various Hospitals, Embassies, other Guesthouses and Loftus Stadium and our location is perfect for those guests without cars or own transport.This is a place where the old becomes new again; the house is an artwork on its own. With old, new and interesting stuff that forms part of the interior of the house.If you want to experience South- African Hospitality and culture, Friends Accommodation will make you feel right at home."Where Guests becomes Friends, and Friends become Family" Take off ramp from the N1- turn left in Attebury. turn left into Charles street continue for 5 km to Duncan street in Duncan turn right - second street left into Mackenzie Street.Close to Duncan and Charles street crossing, and also Duncan and Lynwoor crossing.
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Property amenities
Free parking
Free High Speed Internet (WiFi)
Wifi
Pool
Breakfast available
Non-smoking hotel
Dry cleaning
Laundry service
Room types
Non-smoking rooms
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HOTEL STYLE
Budget
Charming

Location

130 Mackenzie Street, Pretoria 0181 South Africa
Getting there
Car recommended
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danielle911 wrote a review Mar 2011
Cape Town Central, South Africa1 contribution4 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
I have stayed with Friends Accommodation on and off since 2009, and have never left unhappy. The staff were very helpful and even helped me arranged my next trip. The dinners and social gatherings were so special and planned really well. The place is very interesting and even though it is an arty place it is very clean, even the cleaning staff is friendly.
It is alway a pleasure to stay at Friends Accommodation, thank you guys I feel like part of the family.
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Date of stay: December 2010
5.0 of 5 bubblesValue
4.0 of 5 bubblesRooms
5.0 of 5 bubblesLocation
5.0 of 5 bubblesCleanliness
4.0 of 5 bubblesService
5.0 of 5 bubblesSleep Quality
Trip type: Travelled solo
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Lisa-MJ123 wrote a review Jan 2013
Bruges, Belgium6 contributions11 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
I did an internship in Pretoria where I first stayed at Pretoria Backpackers. I felt so alone there and I did not enjoy South Africa at all. However, everything changed when I booked a room at Friends Accommodaton for the remaining 1.5 months.
It truly is a wonderful place to stay where you meet a lot of interesting new people. It really felt like home and since then I started loving South Africa. People are really friendly and the social manager Mikael always made sure there was something fun to do : party, braai, movie, games...
The house is also beautiful and really cosy, the owner really friendly... I would love to go back there some day, what a great experience.
It's quite pricy but so is everywhere else in Pretoria. And here I really got my money's worth.
Highly recommendable for interns and other longtermers !
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Date of stay: October 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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Aloe23 wrote a review Sept 2014
1 contribution1 helpful vote
5.0 of 5 bubbles
I am a re-search botanist, currently working with students at The University of Pretoria. I work mainly in East Africa and Thailand, but whenever I am in Pretoria I stay at Friends Accommodation.
I have been staying there on a part-time basis since August 2013. The staff are very helpful and prepared to assist at all hours, most of the guests are interns from Europe and are much better behaved than the residents of other back-packers in Pretoria.
The cleaning staff are well organised and all communal areas are kept neat on a daily basis. I would recommend the lodge to those passing through Pretoria and for those wishing to stay longer.
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Date of stay: September 2014
4.0 of 5 bubblesValue
5.0 of 5 bubblesLocation
5.0 of 5 bubblesService
Trip type: Travelled solo
Room Tip: book early as the lodge is full most of the time.
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Gary wrote a review Jan 2021
Durban, South Africa1 contribution2 helpful votes
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Tertius, the owner of Friends is extremely rude and unethical. As per similar reviews on this page, my key deposit has not been refunded even though all conditions in the contract were upheld. He has not responded to any calls or written communication since the refund was due. A warning to anybody else who may want to stay there.
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Date of stay: November 2020
3.0 of 5 bubblesCleanliness
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remeberthis1 wrote a review Feb 2011
London, United Kingdom12 contributions24 helpful votes
1.0 of 5 bubbles
I stayed at this accommodation for Christmas and New Year 2010-2011..
When I arrived at the accommodation there was no staff to greet me, and the gate was locked, I had to wait outside for 30 minutes as one of the kind guests ran around trying to find a key to let me in.
Once inside, I waited another couple of hours for a staff to arrive. When staff finally came I was given a room, but told I could only have the room for a day, then I would have to move the next day.
All of this after a 16 hour flight.
The room they put me in was without internet when I had booked a room with internet. - Once in my room, the internet did not work very well, and many evenings I just gave up trying to connect.

Service here was a joke, in the mornings staff would be cleaning the bathroom and toilet when you need to use it, and I heard some terrible stories of the owner of the hostel beating up an intern who was staying there because the intern called him a liar after he tried to keep his $200 deposit after the intern broke an old chair..

While I was there, they moved me from my room for my last couple of days because someone offered more to stay in the room I was already in. What kind of service is that?!

I can not recommend this hostel to anyone at all. Go there at your risk. Risk of financial abuse, physical abuse, and receiving the worst service I have ever received in any hostel around the world
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Date of stay: December 2010
1.0 of 5 bubblesValue
1.0 of 5 bubblesRooms
4.0 of 5 bubblesLocation
4.0 of 5 bubblesCleanliness
1.0 of 5 bubblesService
1.0 of 5 bubblesSleep Quality
Trip type: Travelled solo
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Response from everytravler, Manager at Friends Accommodation Services
Responded 31 Mar 2011
As the new Manager of this establishment, I would like to apologize for the upsetting time you spent at Friends Accommodation. Christmas time is usually very quiet and I know the owners were on holiday so most probably the staff on call took a break when you arrived; again we apologize for the inconvenience. The internet that was a problem was because of the service provider over the holiday time and usually internet is up and running smoothly. The staff was only cleaning early in the morning for the convince of the guests so that they did not have to use an untidy bathroom before the day begins, and because it was holiday the staff also wanted to leave a bit earlier to enjoy the holiday with their families. The rumors that you heard about the owner, well rumors are rumors and it is unwise to believe everything you hear, if you did not even meet the owner and heard his side of the story. The Intern you refer to was a difficult guest that was sprayed with peperspray by one of the other guests after he assaulted her one evening in her room. The staff on duty explained that you were asked to move because another guest wanted to stay for a long term and booked the room in advance and you as short term guest did not complain about the move, if you did other arrangements would have been made for the long term guest. We are one of the most hospitable and affordable accommodation providers in Pretoria and strive to keep the guests staying with us happy and satisfied. Many guests have become regulars and have become good friends. We regret that you had such a bad experience and hope that this explanation will bring some resolution.
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margadev wrote a review Nov 2017
Ottawa, Ontario, Canada4 contributions9 helpful votes
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Where do I start? Just avoid this place altogether. It's probably alright if you're 18 or 19 years old and you like ruffing it for a day or 2, but anything more than that and you rather need to consider staying elsewhere. I also had a couple of things stolen by the cleaners.
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Date of stay: December 2016
1.0 of 5 bubblesCleanliness
1.0 of 5 bubblesService
1.0 of 5 bubblesSleep Quality
Trip type: Travelled solo
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ashleymotz wrote a review Jan 2019
2 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
I've stayed at Friends for 4 months (Sep 2018 - Dec 2018), because of a foreign internship for school. I had a spacious and clean room. The common areas are nicely decorated and also clean. The laundry was perfectly arranged through the laundry service and I never experienced any problems with this. All staff members are very friendly and very helpful. I have come to know a lot of new people here, with whom I certainly stay in touch. I would highly recommend this accommodation and if I ever come to Pretoria again, I will definitely stay at Friends!
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Date of stay: September 2018
5.0 of 5 bubblesRooms
5.0 of 5 bubblesCleanliness
5.0 of 5 bubblesService
Trip type: Travelled solo
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Johannes wrote a review Nov 2018
Germany36 contributions13 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Still an awesome place! 4 years ago I stayed at Friends for a few month - Awesome place, made a lot of new friends which I still see from time to time -
Now I have been there again and I was very happy to see that all the good things haven't changed. They even remembered me by name. The rooms, kitchen and the common area are very lovely decorated and good equipped, friendly staff, safe, and the surrounding area is very nice with lots of Jakaranda Trees. Highly recommend this place. It doesn't matter if you stay a couple of month or only a few days, it feels like home very quick.
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Date of stay: November 2018
5.0 of 5 bubblesValue
5.0 of 5 bubblesLocation
5.0 of 5 bubblesService
Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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Eloy wrote a review Jan 2017
Wilrijk, Belgium12 contributions2 helpful votes
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Been there in 2013 for half a year (internship). You meet all kinds of people from all over the world, all with a different reason. Together we did lot of things like cooking with the kitchen and cutlery provided, organising trips, watch movies etc. People are nice and the area is safe. Close to Brooklyn Mall and Hatfield Square (be sure to check it out ;-) ).
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Date of stay: February 2016Trip type: Travelled solo
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Swed93 wrote a review Sept 2015
Visby, Sweden1 contribution
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Great accommodation with lovely and helpful staff. Close to everything. You feel like one in the family while staying here, and there is always alot of fun things to do here and the staff who also feels like part of the family arrange a lot of it.
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Date of stay: June 2015
4.0 of 5 bubblesCleanliness
5.0 of 5 bubblesService
5.0 of 5 bubblesSleep Quality
Trip type: Travelled on business
Room Tip: Cozy accommodation
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Ntsejoa K asked a question Jun 2017
Maseru, Lesotho1 contribution
Whats the price range per night stay?
Brooklyn, South Africa6 contributions
Hi Ntsejoa, We appologise for the late response. Our rooms go for R350 per night for a single room with a sharing bathroom and R450 for a En-suite Room. We also provide much more afrodable rates for longer stay.
Swed93 wrote a tip Sept 2015
Visby, Sweden1 contribution
5.0 of 5 bubbles
"Cozy accommodation"
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Aloe23 wrote a tip Sept 2014
1 contribution1 helpful vote
5.0 of 5 bubbles
"book early as the lodge is full most of the time."
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Frequently Asked Questions about Friends Accommodation Services
Which popular attractions are close to Friends Accommodation Services?
Nearby attractions include Austin Roberts Bird Sanctuary (0.9 km), Brooklyn Mall (0.9 km), and Just Breakout (1.0 km).
What are some of the property amenities at Friends Accommodation Services?
Some of the more popular amenities offered include free wifi, a pool, and free parking.
What food & drink options are available at Friends Accommodation Services?
Guests can enjoy breakfast during their stay.
Is parking available at Friends Accommodation Services?
Yes, free parking is available to guests.
What are some restaurants close to Friends Accommodation Services?
Conveniently located restaurants include Kream, Crawdaddy's, and The Blue Crane Restaurant and Bar.
Are there opportunities to exercise at Friends Accommodation Services?
Yes, guests have access to a pool during their stay.
Are any cleaning services offered at Friends Accommodation Services?
Yes, dry cleaning and laundry service are offered to guests.
Are there any historical sites close to Friends Accommodation Services?
Many travellers enjoy visiting Union Buildings (3.5 km), Sammy Marks House (5.0 km), and Melrose House (4.5 km).
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