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Durban, South Africa
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6 reviews
5 hotel reviews
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Reviewed 13 August 2016 via mobile

Seeking shelter from the mud, mist and rain of the Wild Coast of South Africa, we came upon this cheerful little timber structure perched on a hillside with beautiful ocean and forest views. A very friendly vibe with delicious healthy food made fresh right there. If you are looking for luxury then don't bother, this is non- pretentious, laid back,... More 

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1 Thank Julie M
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14 reviews
6 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
Reviewed 18 August 2015

bomvu was a nice place few year ago but its lost his magic! no electric no water no management. no bar, no food, terrible place... and its dangerous, nail looking out the wood, the rooms are dirty and the vibe is absolutely "world is dead"....

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10 Thank Lunatique C
friendsbackpackers, Owner at Friends Cafe & Guest House, responded to this review

Dear all - please help us spread the word that Bomvu Paradise Backpackers is no longer. We are working with Trip Advisor to get everything sorted, but could really use everyone's help in spreading the word. Friends Wild Coast Backpackers took over and began renovations 20 November 2015. Our team has worked very hard to bring the magic back to... More 

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8 hotel reviews
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Reviewed 24 June 2015

Bomvu was really 'just ok'. Food was average. Our campsite location was quite nice but we were woken at 530am everyday by the animals, so moved into a private dorm which was fine. It wasn't particularly clean but the staff were friendly, helpful and we had a relaxing few days on the coast.

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1 Thank Tahlia T
Cape Town, South Africa
2 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
Reviewed 7 May 2015

We were really disappointed with the accommodation and this is mostly due to poor management, or no management at all. When we booked we weren't informed that there wasn't going to be any electricity which meant no hot water either and this had been the situation for the past few months. Surprisingly so as the rest of Coffee Bay had... More 

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8 Thank donnaedistin
The Netherlands
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6 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
Reviewed 26 April 2015

I recently visited with friends after having seen their latest video advertising this amazing place and after the flight from the Netherlands and then the drive from Ballito in KZN, we finally arrived late afternoon only to discover that their 'Nothing Beats Bomvu' logo, it was very evident that 'Anything Beats Bomvu'. There was no sign of management and the... More 

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10 Thank Anne C
East London, South Africa
1 review
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
Reviewed 23 March 2015

This was our experience: We arrived fairly late on Friday evening from East London, we were amazed that this place was the only place in Coffee bay that had absolutely no power and the staff were walking around with headlamps to show us to our room. There were many dodgy looking power cables snaking through the place to power various... More 

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19 Thank LawrenceHaw
Driebergen-Rijsenburg
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107 reviews
18 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 72 helpful votes
Reviewed 15 March 2015 via mobile

Due to mismanagement this great venue has gone to the dogs. They 'lost' my reservation after mailing, phoning & messaging and getting confirmation. The poor pizza lady was left in charge and was lost to what she should do. My previous visit there was drumming for hours and it was packed. Unfortunately now the drummers were asked to stop after... More 

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16 Thank Kevinoost
Sydney, Australia
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16 reviews
14 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 29 helpful votes
Reviewed 8 March 2015 via mobile

I stayed here for 4 nights in November. I booked it because after traveling in a dorm for so long I really wanted some quiet and a double room was very cheap! I could not get in contact with them all day about a transfer with the baz bus. The shuttle was delayed (separate company) and they did not even... More 

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14 Thank rtravel1993
East London, South Africa
1 review
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
Reviewed 24 February 2015

I'm not fussy, I've stayed in some bad places, but this has got to be the worst. We had 1 light that worked, the place with filthy and smelt of dog. The bathroom sink emptied ot on to the bathroom floor. Terrible!!!!!

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14 Thank jaunsquarepants
Utrecht, The Netherlands
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7 reviews
6 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
Reviewed 19 February 2015 via mobile

Three years ago I visited this place when it was blooming. Now we left after one night to look for another place to camp. I'm quite an easy going guy but I just didn't want to stay in this place any longer. It feels like some things have gone terribly wrong here in recent months. We were told that the... More 

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Amenities

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  • Bar/Lounge
  • Beachfront
  • Room Service
  • Free Parking
  • Restaurant
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  • Beachfront
  • Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly )
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  • Non-Smoking Rooms
  • Kitchenette
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Official Description (provided by the hotel)
Friends Wild Coast Backpackers is situated on the picturesque Bomvu River Mouth. Mingle with locals around the fire, enjoy good conversation and a wood-fired pizza and a drink in Paradise Bar. Grab a dorm room, treat yourself to a lovely en suite or camp in their magical garden. Fill your days with fun, sun, yoga, table tennis, darts and great board games. When hunger strikes, hit Friends Wild Coast Café for homemade meals, freshly baked breads and cakes, fresh veg juices, shakes and smoothies - all served with an epic ocean view. ... more   less 

Additional Information about Friends Cafe & Guest House

Address: 1 Main Road | Intersection to Hole in the Wall, Coffee Bay 5080, South Africa (Formerly Bomvu Backpackers)
Region: South Africa > Eastern Cape > Coffee Bay
Number of rooms: 13
Also Known As:
Bomvu Backpackers Hotel Coffee Bay
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“Rooms are all pretty similar. Try for far from the bar to avoid noise.”
 of 5 bubbles 959tahliat, 24 Jun 2015 | Read review
“Stay away but if you must stay, see the room before-hand and then choose. Select one that is well away from the bar to reduce the noise level.”
 of 5 bubbles Gerry049, 15 Jan 2015 | Read review
“Don't!”
 of 5 bubbles RolandFS, 3 Jan 2015 | Read review
“For a little bit more a double room is worth booking over the dorm. We stayed in the dorm for the first night, but for a mere R60 extra you can book a double room for more privacy....”
 of 5 bubbles MsHarris01, 1 Jan 2015 | Read review
“Check out where your room is situated, so your nightrest will not be disturbed...”
 of 5 bubbles NL-viajero, 15 Sep 2014 | Read review
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