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Urban Backpackers

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Overview of Urban Backpackers

Urban Backpackers

1.0 star property
Hostel with restaurant, near Carlton Centre

8,2/10 Very good

11 verified guest reviews

Property highlights

  • Free WiFi
  • Airport transfer
  • Non-smoking
  • Shared kitchen
  • Restaurant
  • Bar
100 Anderson St, Johannesburg, Gauteng, 2107

Room options

About this area

What's nearby

  • In Downtown Johannesburg
  • Gold Reef City - 16 min drive

Getting around

  • O.R. Tambo Intl. Airport (JNB) - 25 min drive
  • Lanseria Intl. Airport (HLA) - 60 min drive
  • Johannesburg Park Station - 18 min walk
  • Johannesburg Sandton Station - 23 min drive
  • Ellis Park Station - 29 min walk
  • Airport shuttle (surcharge)


  • The Marshall Inn - 4 min walk
  • Nando's - 5 min walk
  • Urbanologi - 13 min walk
  • Sophiatown Bar and Lounge - 20 min walk

About this property

Urban Backpackers

A great choice for a stay in Johannesburg, Urban Backpackers features an airport shuttle. Guests looking for a bite to eat can check out the restaurant, and the bar/lounge is the perfect spot to grab a drink at the end of the day. Also, this hostel is 3.5 mi (5.7 km) from Gold Reef City.


English, French, Portuguese, Xhosa, Zulu

At a glance

Hotel size

  • 17 rooms


  • Check-in time from 2 PM - midnight
  • Late check-in subject to availability
  • Minimum check-in age - 18
  • Check-out time is 10 AM

Restrictions related to your trip

  • Check COVID-19 restrictions

Special check-in instructions

  • The front desk is open daily from 6 AM - 11 PM
  • There is no front desk at this property
  • Front desk staff will greet guests on arrival

Required at check-in

  • Credit card, debit card, or cash deposit required for incidental charges
  • Government-issued photo ID may be required
  • Minimum check-in age is 18


  • Children (17 years old and younger) not allowed
  • No cribs (infant beds)


  • Pets not allowed


  • Free WiFi in public areas
  • Free WiFi in rooms


  • No onsite parking


  • Airport shuttle*

Other information

  • Smoke-free property

Property amenities

Food and drink

  • Local cuisine breakfast (surcharge) each morning 9 AM–noon
  • Restaurant
  • Bar/lounge
  • Barbecue grills
  • Shared microwave
  • Shared refrigerator
  • Room service

Working away

  • Meeting rooms


  • Front desk (limited hours)
  • Tour/ticket assistance
  • Dry cleaning/laundry services
  • Free newspapers in lobby


  • Terrace


  • English
  • French
  • Portuguese
  • Xhosa
  • Zulu

Room amenities

Home comfort

  • Iron/ironing board (on request)

Sleep well

  • Premium bedding

Freshen up

  • Shower only
  • Free toiletries
  • Hair dryer (on request)
  • Towels

Stay connected

  • Free WiFi

Food and drink

  • Shared kitchen access


  • Daily housekeeping

Fees & policies

Optional extras

  • Local cuisine breakfast is offered for an extra charge of ZAR 55.00 per person (approximately)
  • Airport shuttle service is offered for an extra charge


This property accepts credit cards, debit cards and cash.

Also known as

Urban Backpackers Hostel Johannesburg
Urban Backpackers Hostel
Urban Backpackers Johannesburg
Urban Backpackers Johannesburg
Urban Backpackers Hostel/Backpacker accommodation
Urban Backpackers Hostel/Backpacker accommodation Johannesburg

Frequently asked questions

Are pets allowed at Urban Backpackers?
Sorry, pets aren't allowed.
Is parking offered on site at Urban Backpackers?
Sorry, there's no onsite parking at Urban Backpackers.
Is airport shuttle service offered by Urban Backpackers?
Yes, an airport shuttle is available.
What are the check-in and check-out times at Urban Backpackers?
You can check in from 2 PM - midnight. Check-out time is 10 AM.
Is there an onsite casino at Urban Backpackers?
No, this hostel doesn't have a casino, but Gold Reef City (16-min drive) and Emperors Palace Casino (30-min drive) are both nearby.
What is there to do at Urban Backpackers and nearby?
Recommended spots to visit include Carlton Centre (9-min walk) and SAB World of Beer (13-min walk), along with Market Theatre (0.9 mi) and Johannesburg Art Gallery (1.1 mi).
Are there restaurants at or near Urban Backpackers?
Yes, there's an onsite restaurant. Nearby restaurants include The Marshall Inn (4-min walk), Nando's (5-min walk), and Urbanologi (13-min walk).
What's the area around Urban Backpackers like?
Urban Backpackers is a short 4-minute walk from Johannesburg City Hall and 9 minutes' walk from Carlton Centre.

Overall score and ratings


Very good




Staff & service




Property conditions & facilities

8/10 Very good

Itumeleng, 1-night business trip
Verified guest review

10/10 Exceptional

Phuti Joseph, 1-night business trip
Verified guest review

10/10 Exceptional

1-night trip
Verified Expedia guest review

8/10 Very good

Well ot wasnt really as the picture i had seen made it to look like but it was nice. Clean rooms amd beds, overall a satifactory enviroment
2-night romance trip
Verified Expedia guest review

6/10 Good

Unsatisactory service
I made an online booking and confirmed a week later regarding my booking. To my surprise when I came to check in I had to pay an additional R165. We got key to the rooms they had allocated for us and when out for a few minutes when we came back with my sister and friend, my sister who was allocated in a ladies room found that they put in males with her in the same room - in a guys room we were mixed with smoking and drinking guys. This was indeed a bad experience. My sister was given another room it had extra beds we then decided to sleep there. When we checked out we were told we have to pay an extra R195 because the room is expensive. They didn't even apologize for the inconvenience caused. What I know is that we'll never use the place again and don't recommend it to anyone. The blankets were old on smelly, though the sheets were clean and showers not bad. But still.
Emmanuel, 1-night trip with friends
Verified guest review

10/10 Exceptional

Perfect for a low budget
Super kind staff. Of course the neibougrhood is creepy and dangerous but it’s the same everywhere is joburg. Door basics but enought for a low budget. Kitchen could have a little bit more accessorie
valerie, 3-night trip
Verified guest review

10/10 Exceptional

4-night trip
Verified Expedia guest review

4/10 Fair

I didn't sleep in this hotel because, they could not open for me on arrival.
Abdul-Rashid, 3-night trip
Verified Expedia guest review

8/10 Very good

Buhle, 1-night family trip
Verified guest review

6/10 Good

Lidia, 1-night family trip
Verified guest review