I didn’t know what to expect from the ‘backpacker’ hostel-slash-hotel but knew I’d be in good hands judging from the online reviews I had read prior to checking in
The hostel is located in the heart of Green Point with restaurants and shops at your door step and the beach just down the road. The accommodation is also not far from the night life of Green Point, which is perfect if you plan on having a night out.
On arrival, I was presented with my room key card and a warm welcome from the manager on duty as well as the staff. As I walked up the stairs to the room I’d be sharing with my friend Angelo, I was amazed by the orange door that brought a sense of fun in the sun and put me in that pleasant vacation vibe. I simply love that never@home has incorporated colour schemes around their hotel – it just brightens up everything. The private twin bedroom in which we stayed was equipped with a flat screen TV, which was connected to DStv, and an air conditioner. Coffee amenities, fresh linen and clean towels, which are replaced every day upon request (who doesn’t love fresh, clean towels every day?).
My Room: Private Twin room
The twin room was spacious – I did not feel cramped at all, exceptionally clean and definitely comfy.
After settling in , we relaxed and then went for dinner. Our first night definitely began in the right atmosphere provided by a private birthday party held at the Randy Warthog Restaurant and Bar where guests, including ourselves, enjoyed some good food and music. We sat alongside some guests and joined in some delightful conversations about culture and South Africa. It’s wonderful being able to simply strike up a conversation with complete strangers and get a great sense of their culture.
I had steak for dinner, which was cooked to perfection, and we enjoyed some mouth-watering cocktails. We were recommended the Sea Point cocktail. Absolutely divine. On our second night, I had the penne alfredo and Angelo had the calamari basket, which was highly recommended by staff and guests we were sitting with. Angelo enjoyed it, and I of course had some of his calamari. I must say it was really delicious.
Breakfast was definitely my favourite of all the meals. We both had the full English breakfast (fullhouse) each morning which consists of bacon, sausage, mushrooms, tomato, eggs, baked beans, a hash brown, toast (white or brown), freshly cut fruit and a selection of beverages like coffee, water and fresh orange juice. After breakfast, you could relax at the pool – which we did – or rent bicycles at reception to explore the neighbourhood. Another option to take advantage of is the offers on selected tours and excursions, which reception is very willing to assist you with. To get out of the city, you could take a trip to Gugulethu township and enjoy a lekker braai amongst great company and good music at Mzoli’s Place.
My overall experience was fantastic. I definitely enjoyed myself and loved mingling with the other guests, which is a plus for people travelling alone. The best part about staying at a hostel, and of course never@home, would have to be the atmosphere created by the different cultures. The hostel experience allows for the opportunity to meet people. Everyone is there to have a good time and relax.
I highly recommend booking into never@home whether you are a local or foreigner. This is a bonus for Cape Townians who want a safe and care-free night out in the city or a weekend away with friends.
Mr Lee Fraser