We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.
Map
Satellite
Map updates are paused. Zoom in to see updated info.
Reset zoom
Updating Map...
09/07/2017 10/07/2017
    There are no pins in your viewport. Try moving the map or changing your filters.
    • {providername} {price}
    {providername} {price}
      {listitems}
    {sold_out_text}
    We can't find prices for this accommodation
    From {rate_price} {rate_periodicity}

    Brown Sugar Backpackers

    75 Observatory Avenue | Observatory Extension, Johannesburg 2198, South Africa
    Save
    Best prices for your stay
    09/07/2017 10/07/2017
    1 room
    • 1 room
      2 adults
      • 2 adults
        0 children
        • 0 children
          Traveller (33)
          Room & Suite (6)
          Dining (3)
          Monarch Hotel
          393 reviews
          #2 of 68 hotels in Johannesburg
           
          Crowne Plaza Johannesburg - The Rosebank
          655 reviews
          #12 of 68 hotels in Johannesburg
           
          Genesis All-Suite Hotel
          315 reviews
          #11 of 68 hotels in Johannesburg
           
          The Residence Boutique Hotel
          717 reviews
          #1 of 68 hotels in Johannesburg
           
          Overview
          • Excellent19%
          • Very good37%
          • Average23%
          • Poor11%
          • Terrible10%
          Travellers talk about
          Free Internet
          Free Parking
          Breakfast included
          Pool
          Non-Smoking Hotel
          Airport Transportation
          Suites
          Bar/Lounge
          Pets Allowed
          Self-Serve Laundry
          Shuttle Bus Service
          All hotel details
          {"widget":{"name":"ibex_photo_carousel","template":"ibex_photo_carousel__widget","dust":{"nav_controls":"ibex_photo_carousel__nav_controls"},"moduleList":["handlers"],"divClasses":"prw_rup prw_ibex_photo_carousel","js":{"handlers":"(ta.prwidgets.getjs(this,'handlers'))"}},"containerClass":null,"scriptFlags":null}
          Monarch Hotel
          393 reviews
          #2 of 68 hotels in Johannesburg
           
          Crowne Plaza Johannesburg - The Rosebank
          655 reviews
          #12 of 68 hotels in Johannesburg
           
          Genesis All-Suite Hotel
          315 reviews
          #11 of 68 hotels in Johannesburg
           
          The Residence Boutique Hotel
          717 reviews
          #1 of 68 hotels in Johannesburg
           
          Write a Review
          Reviews (132)
          Traveller rating
          Traveller type
          Time of year
          Language
          There are newer reviews for Brown Sugar Backpackers See the most recent reviews

          21 - 25 of 101 reviews

          Reviewed 15 March 2016 via mobile

          Stayed here two night in Jan 2016. Staff were friendly and informative - great as it was our first time in Johannesburg. The room was clean, as was the shower. Very cool lounge and bar area, and a decent breakfast spread. Venturing out in the...More

          Thank Hacb86
          Reviewed 4 February 2016 via mobile

          We stayed here two nights, and the place itself is quite nice, but I must say after traveling a month from CT up to Joburg, this was definitely the place with really unfriendly staff that also rips you off. Examples; they have shuttle service, we...More

          Thank Iselin W
          Response from LiezelRoux, Owner at Brown Sugar BackpackersResponded 17 October 2016

          I am sorry that you feel "ripped off" because we have the rates of transfers and all other services advertised on large boards in reception and the information books in the rooms and charge about R15 per km. The Unfriendly staff issue will be addressed...More

          Reviewed 18 January 2016 via mobile

          We stayed here in the 18 bed dorm twice, first when arriving in South Africa and second when we was leaving. I would say that this backpackers is a good stop over as we found there's not really much going on in Jo'burg. The dorm...More

          Thank 24jb9
          Reviewed 11 January 2016

          Location was quite remote. Nearest restaurants were in "Chinatown." Chinatown was very small, unkept area. Hostel had limited seating in common areas which did not help with the atmosphere. Room was fine. Staff was not very accommodating with packed breakfast which is advertised at the...More

          Thank kal818
          Response from LiezelRoux, Owner at Brown Sugar BackpackersResponded 17 October 2016

          We have very good restaurants within a 5km radius from the hostel. We have a notice in the common areas and information books in the rooms about the "Joburg in your Pocket guide" for all the hotspots and popular activities, festivals, shows, bars, clubs, restaurents,...More

          Reviewed 15 December 2015 via mobile

          We stayed here for 2 nights, eventhough we were forced to share bed due to overbooking we enjoyed our stay. The way our room was bild was a little strange but with the glass roofing we stil enjoyed it. The pool and breakfast was not...More

          Thank Malte K
          Monarch Hotel
          393 reviews
          #2 of 68 hotels in Johannesburg
           
          Crowne Plaza Johannesburg - The Rosebank
          655 reviews
          #12 of 68 hotels in Johannesburg
           
          Genesis All-Suite Hotel
          315 reviews
          #11 of 68 hotels in Johannesburg
           
          The Residence Boutique Hotel
          717 reviews
          #1 of 68 hotels in Johannesburg
           
          About
          Amenities
          • Top amenities
          • Pool
          • Free Internet
          • Free Parking
          • Bar/Lounge
          • Breakfast included
          • Hotel Amenities
          • Shuttle Bus Service
          • Free Parking
          • Airport Transportation
          • Breakfast included
          • Self-Serve Laundry
          • Things to do
          • Pool
          • Bar/Lounge
          Details
          • Price range
          • USD 29 - USD 49 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
          • Room types
          • Suites ,
          • Non-Smoking Rooms ,
          • Family Rooms
          • Number of rooms
          • 15
          • Reservation Options
          • TripAdvisor is proud to partner with HostelWorld so you can book your Brown Sugar Backpackers reservations with confidence. We help millions of travellers each month to find the perfect hotel for both holiday and business trips, always with the best discounts and special offers.
          • Location
          • South Africa >
          • Gauteng >
          • Greater Johannesburg >
          • Johannesburg
          Add Photo Photos
          Traveller (33)
          Room & Suite (6)
          Dining (3)
          Hotel & Grounds (35)
          Family and Play Areas (1)
          Nearby
          Crowne Plaza Johannesburg - The Rosebank
          655 reviews
          6.11 km away
           
          Monarch Hotel
          393 reviews
          5.61 km away
           
          The Residence Boutique Hotel
          717 reviews
          3.18 km away
           
          Genesis All-Suite Hotel
          315 reviews
          3.87 km away
           
          Nearby Restaurants
          O Braseiro
          12 reviews
          1.94 km away
          Pizza Del Forno
          8 reviews
          1.77 km away
          Berlin Pub & Restaurant
          17 reviews
          1.97 km away
          The Radium Beerhall
          79 reviews
          1.96 km away
          Nearby Attractions
          Ster-Kinekor Eastgate & IMAX
          21 reviews
          3.12 km away
          Maboneng Precinct
          393 reviews
          3.76 km away
          Satyagraha House
          126 reviews
          2.67 km away
          Ellis Park Stadium
          121 reviews
          3.16 km away
          Questions & AnswersAsk a question
          Ogy_11
          Do you have kitchen facilities for backpackers?
          15 January 2015|
          Answer
          Response from LiezelRoux | Property representative |
          Yes, we have a large communal kitchen with gas stoves, ovens and all the pots, pans and utensils needed to whip up your own meals. Breakfast is included from 07h00 to 10h00. We also have a 10-burner gas grille on the bar... More
          0
          Votes
          Room Tips
          "The upper dorm has a large balcony with great views."
          Read review
          "All rooms were great. I stayed in The Glass Room which has a glass roof."
          Read review
          "love the cabins at the back."
          Read review
          "Breakfast is very good,eggs every day,but no bananas."
          Read review
          Is This Your TripAdvisor Listing?
          Own or manage this property? Claim your listing for free to respond to reviews, update your profile and much more. Claim Your Listing