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Cape Town Central, South Africa
Reviewed yesterday NEW

The Otter's Bend Lodge is truly a gem of a backpacker's nestled in the heart of the Franschhoek wine valley. The rooms walk out onto a beautiful leafy porch and just around the corner is a lovely communal area with everything you can think of: splash pool/paella pans/ fireplace/enormous bar counter...

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Surrey, United Kingdom
Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

It could be a fabulous backpackers lodge, it is in a good location and has charm and character but overall it felt neglected and run down. The mattress on our bed was in desperate need of replacing, the bathroom had a hole in the floor and the shower bowl was broken. In the communal space there is a great fire...

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Cape Town Central, South Africa
Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

no one present at entrance to hand keys or even to welcome us and other overseas guests were waiting too. This place has a lot of potential as it is very central and surrounded by beautiful estates. but unfortunately it is so neglected and so dirty and garden overgrown in front of living area that it is a shame. The...

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Thank Odile K
Orangeville, Canada
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

clean, comfortable bed...it is a work in progress so a few things need to be finished but we knew that. great to be able to use the kitchen.. the main room with the fireplace was lovely .and a wonderful location.

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Thank D4436FWbarbaram
Preston, United Kingdom
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Oct-Nov 2016, I was one of 8 injured British ex servicemen who travelled to Otters bend from the UK for 8 days of rehabilitation with Blesma (British limbless ex servicemen's association), the accommodation is what i would call rustic, each room has its own toilet, sink and shower, wifi is available at the main house. meals are taken in the...

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2Thank andyfuller1964
Darling, South Africa
Reviewed 18 September 2016

I really found the atmosphere excellent..loved the main space where we all hanged out. The area was always kept clean and help not far away. Will defs be back with friends. All the staff were always friendly. I definitely felt at home.

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Cape Town Central, South Africa
Reviewed 12 September 2016

Thanks for a great weekend, we were only 4 girls and we felt so safe! Everything was well organised and a place not to forget, we will definitely visit again. Thanks Mark/Mary for well spend weekend at Ottesbend

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1Thank heiliana
Medellin, Colombia
Reviewed 5 September 2016

We loved our time here :) My boyfriend and I spent the weekend camping next to the river. It is a beautiful spot with all the amenities one would need and more; toilets, showers, fully equipped kitchen, fireplace, swimming pool and an abundance of braai areas. It is about a 2 minute walk to Mont Rochelle wine farm and ten...

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2Thank Sarah L
Reviewed 24 August 2016

We stayed here for a night whilst wine tasting in Franschhoek. We stayed in a dorm but were the only two there. The accommodation was clean and really affordable. You could pay an extra R150 (between 2) and stay in cute little lodges with a terrace. The staff were kind and helpful and came to pick us up at 10pm...

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Cape Town Central, South Africa
Reviewed 18 July 2016

We were in Franschhoek for a birthday and didn't want to sleep into an expensive place. Otter's Bend was suggested to us by some local people. When we arrived there were no indication as to where to go we ended up in someone else's house. The room looked ok but was, however, dirty and falling apart slightly. The worst was...

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norkse, Owner at Otter's Bend Lodge, responded to this review

Dear Simon, Our sincere apologies for the fact that you did not enjoy your time with us. I will definitely look at the signage and improve it, and we have already looked at any improvements we can do to the room. I was made aware of the noise in the morning and approached the people concerned, who then behaved the...

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Address: Dassenberg Rd, Franschhoek 7690, South Africa
Region: South Africa > Western Cape > Franschhoek
Price Range: $18 - $57 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Number of rooms: 5
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“Pick one of the rooms on the streams edge facing away from the communal area. Less noisy.”
 of 5 bubbles Gelybean, 10 Jul 2015 | Read review
“No good rooms. Find another place”
 of 5 bubbles Mattyredvers, 1 Mar 2015 | Read review
“Just don't :-(”
 of 5 bubbles Jangles_11, 20 Oct 2014 | Read review
“If you want a budget place to stay and rather spend your money on the good food and wine the region has to offer this is a very good option.”
 of 5 bubbles PaulChanguion, 30 May 2014 | Read review
“Just choose an other backpackers”
 of 5 bubbles 824thierrys, 4 Mar 2014 | Read review
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