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Linz, Austria
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61 reviews
25 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

To get to the guesthouse, you can use a taxi or uber. The guesthouse itself is very nice, the entrance is secured with a garden gate. In the room, there was a fan (no air condition), towels and the bath is separate. We also get some hints, how to best get to the airport.

Thank Michael M
Terrylin, Owner at Terrylin Backpacker's Hostel, responded to this review

Thank you, Michael M, for your review. More 

Pietermaritzburg, South Africa
1 review
Reviewed 25 September 2016

It is so convenient for OR Tambo being only about 5 or 10 minutes from airport. It is clean, comfortable and very friendly and the whole ambience being part of normal residence is far nicer than classification as 'Backpackers' might indicate.

Thank tftallen
Terrylin, Owner at Terrylin Backpacker's Hostel, responded to this review

Tftallen, Steven and Joy really appreciate your kind review. It was lovely hosting you at Terrylin and we are happy that you enjoyed your stay. More 

London, United Kingdom
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59 reviews
12 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
Reviewed 11 September 2016 via mobile

A small place very close to the airport and therefore conveniently located for transit through Johannesburg airport or to safari. It is simple but just right. And at very reasonable a price. The owner is quite hospitable and helped us contact the relevant people we needed to. The beds are comfortable and firm. Cons: the shower doesn't drain easily and... More 

Thank Dev J
Terrylin, Owner at Terrylin Backpacker's Hostel, responded to this review

Thank you, Dev J, for your review. I appreciate it when guests let me know of any hiccups. I have unblocked the shower which is now working as it should. The reason for there being no water that morning was because of a burst pipe in the area. This is very frustrating but I contacted the Council immediately and it... More 

New York
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9 reviews
7 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 4 September 2016 via mobile

I had an overnight stay at terrylin after having arrived from NYC late evening and needing to catch a flight early the next morning. As a woman traveling alone, i had been alerted a lot regarding safety. My entire experience was excellent - from getting a taxi at JNB airport to being greeted by Stephen at Terrylin. A very clean... More 

Thank F B
Terrylin, Owner at Terrylin Backpacker's Hostel, responded to this review

Thank you, FB, for your excellent rating and lovely review. Steven and Joy really appreciate this. We wish you all the best. More 

south africa
1 review
Reviewed 20 August 2016

Its a very clean, friendly, quiet and accomadating Establishment 5 min drive from OR TAMBO airport. The owners where really helpful in organizing taxi transfers and even organized a taxi to fetch me at 5.15am. This is not a noisy backpackers but a lovley Clean quite guesthouse. Absolutley value for money. I'll definatley stay there again when next in JHB.

Thank yabberdoo
Terrylin, Owner at Terrylin Backpacker's Hostel, responded to this review

Thank you, yabberdoo, for your excellent review and rating. Steven and Joy really appreciate this and we look forward to hosting you again when you are in Johannesburg again. All the best... More 

Cape Town Central, South Africa
2 reviews
Reviewed 13 August 2016 via mobile

The owners were very accommodating, the rooms were nice and tidy, while all of that at a really good price. We only wanted a place to stay for a couple of hours and this was perfect. After our flight only arriving late that evening, the owner phoned me to find out whether we need directions and tried to help where... More 

Thank TVZ89
Terrylin, Owner at Terrylin Backpacker's Hostel, responded to this review

Thank you, TVZ89, for your excellent rating and lovely review. Steven and Joy really appreciate this and hope you enjoy your stay at the Kruger Park. More 

1 review
Reviewed 8 August 2016 via mobile

A calm place to relax. I felt very welcome and newborn after a amazing bath in a very comfortable place! The rooms are nice and warm. The owner, joy, was really kind and cared a lot about me being comfortable at the hostel. Its not a party backpacker place but a hotel to relax from travelling. Thanks for that

Thank Ja O
Terrylin, Owner at Terrylin Backpacker's Hostel, responded to this review

I really appreciate your lovely review and rating, Ja O, and wish you all the best on your further travels. More 

1 review
Reviewed 15 June 2016 via mobile

It was a nice and cosy guesthouse. We had a warm welcome from the owner and felt at home ! It was close to the airport by taxi. It was a quiet place, ideal for resting and relaxing after a long flight. We would come back if we are in Johannesburg again !

Thank liesbeth p
Terrylin, Owner at Terrylin Backpacker's Hostel, responded to this review

Thank you, Liesbeth, for your review and rating. Steven and Joy really appreciate this and it was lovely hosting you. We wish you all the best and hope to see you again. More 

Level Contributor
3 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 14 June 2016 via mobile

I had to stay in johannesburg for a night before catching a flight the next day and Terrylin seemed the best option for a one night stop over. It was. I was shocked by the freezing johannesburg whether and was so happy to find a really comfy warm (with electric blanket) bed. It probably is one of the most affordable... More 

Thank Elske M
Terrylin, Manager at Terrylin Backpacker's Hostel, responded to this review

Thank you Elske, for your lovely review - Johannesburg may be very cold in winter, and we try to make Terrylin as warm as possible - Steven is also working on sealing the windows before our next winter. More 

Toowoomba, Australia
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5 reviews
Reviewed 9 June 2016 via mobile

From our initial enquiry to our experience staying at Terrylin Backpackers, Joy was extremely helpful and kind, taking care of our needs with wonderful attentiveness. There is a friendly vibe and home away from home feeling throughout the establishment with a genuine sense of care evident in the finer details (eg. hairbrush and extra face cloths in the bathroom). Our... More 

Thank EmmaJG_12
Terrylin, Owner at Terrylin Backpacker's Hostel, responded to this review

Thank you so much, Emma - the best start to my day, reading your review. I am really happy that you and your friend enjoyed your stay at Terrylin - and returned. It was lovely hosting you and I wish you all the best for your further travels through Africa. More 

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Official Description (provided by the hotel)
Terrylin for Travellers has a three star rating and is a mere 10 minutes drive from O R Tambo (Johannesburg) Airport, and within walking distance to the Gautrain station. There is a bus stop around the corner on weekdays. A supermarket is nearby, and two upmarket hotels are in the next street. Located in a quiet and peaceful neighbourhood, Terrylin offers dorm, twin, double and family room accommodation.The dorm and twin rooms have communal bathrooms and showers. The dorm room has 3 bunk beds with night lights above each bed. All linen, including towels, is provided.The double room has a double bed, TV and en-suite shower. The family room has a queen-size bed and a bunk bed, with a TV and en-suite bathroom with a shower over the bath. All the rooms have heaters and fans and the twin, double and main bed in the family room have electric blankets. Children over the ages of 14 years are welcome. There is a communal lounge, kitchen, laundry and dining area. A sparkling swimming pool is in the large, well-established garden. Spanish bars and security gates offer added protection, although the area is very safe and secure. Visa, Master and Amex cards are accepted. Wi-Fi is charged at R50 per room for unlimited usage. A bedroom key deposit of R150 is fully refundable on your departure. Tours of Johannesburg, Soweto and Pretoria can be arranged.Terrylin does not offer meals, although complimentary tea, coffee, rusks, biscuits and fruit are provided in the morning. Please note that Terrylin is open from 14h00 and closes at midnight. The check-out time is 10h00. Steven and Joy will do all they can to make your stay a memorable one in a homely environment. ... more   less 

Additional Information about Terrylin Backpacker's Hostel

Address: 2 Halifax Street | Rhodesfield, Kempton Park 1619, South Africa
Region: South Africa > Gauteng > Greater Johannesburg > Kempton Park
Price Range: $31 - $54 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3 star — Terrylin Backpacker's Hostel 3*
Number of rooms: 5
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“All rooms suited me as they are quiet and sunny!”
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“Quiet, close to the airport”
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“for your own space book the double room,”
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“The double as well as the family rooms are comfortable and quiet.”
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