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Reviewed 2 March 2014

well, as said above, PMB Backpackers which apparently used to be sleepy hollow backpackers, has of course changed hands and under new ownership. I have been a constant guest to this backpackers for the last couple of weekends and what i can safely say is that the place is geared for greater potential!.
The new ownership and management are quite warm, friendly and keen to get the place in great shape. i believe it all starts with a positive attitude which is what is very clear with the new ownership.

I would be happy to see the building changes (minor and major) effected soon, so this is a call to the new ownership to keep up the positive attitude and translate that into developing this potential gemstone to its maximum benefits both to the guests and the owners.

I definitely would recommend this place to people visiting PMB.!!

Room Tip: The 2 double rooms seem quite nice, new beds, cooler as their windows are shaded under the porch area on the outside. The dorm room in the main house does get a bit hot due to the unshaded windows.
  • Stayed: February 2014, travelled solo
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1  Thank Pantherz78
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Reviewed 25 January 2014

There was some confusion over where we are staying as Sleepy Hollow used to be located here but it is now called PMB Backpackers. This was the only place we could find in PMB at a reasonable price so gave it a go. The staff were friendly but the building needs a lot of work. The rooms are quite shabby and dated. If they gave it a facelift it would be a much nicer place and they have an opportunity to do this as its the only backpackers we could find in PMB. There is a great indian restuarant nearby which they recommended - Tandoori Clay Oven. One night stay only here was enough!

  • Stayed: January 2014, travelled as a couple
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3  Thank Lucy G
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Reviewed 4 September 2013

I slept in a lot of backpackers in South Africa already, so I know what to expect: backpackers are sometimes very nice places to meet people, with an eye for detail and atmosphere. And sometimes just a quiet, nice and cheap place to sleep.

But Sleepy Hollow Backpackers in Pietermaritzburg is a different type of backpackers: shabby and expensive together. We booked a room because we needed a place to spend the night on our way trought South Africa. We slept there once before and we weren't very impressed back then. But hey. It was only for one night and we didn't know another place in Pietermaritzburg. So we called and tried to book a double room. There was only one more room available, but it was more expensive: 450ZAR. Ok. We really needed a place to sleep and for 450 rand we would for sure get the nicest room in the backpackers. Man, that was a wrong idea.

We got a room allright. It was the room of someone of the staff (don't know were he/she had to spend the night). It was located in a little building away from the other rooms and was very small. It smelled and the sheets were dirty. The person to whom the room belonged did her best to tidy the place up. But still: you were sleeping next to all her cloaths, her cofeemug and television. There was a toilet outside.

I wouldn't have mind the room if I it was given to us for cheap, but no: they charged 450 rand. More than you pay for the normal double rooms.

Sleepy Hollow Backpackers really isn't worth a visit. It looks like the owners wanted to make a B&B but failed and then converted it into a backpackers without a soul, class or planning. Not a nice place to sleep. We stayed there two times (we live here in South Africa for one year), but we surely never will go back to this overpriced, gloomy place.

As a side note: backpackers can be very nice places, so don't let this review get you down to try other backpackers in South Africa!

  • Stayed: April 2013, travelled as a couple
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1  Thank TVRL
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Reviewed 23 July 2013

I suppose for R130 per night you can’t expect much but if we knew what we were getting ourselves into we would have paid a little extra and tried other B&B's in the area!
Apart from dogs everywhere and having to step over their crap...the room was as basic as they get with pillows and linen so old and worn and even looked dirty, that we decided to lie on top of our towels and use our own pillows at night. The bathroom was scary that we showered with bags on our feet as we were scared we may just pick up athletes foot, most of the guys headed off to the local gym for a shower every day. We luckily only stayed for 2 nights and after day one a simple service such as to sweep our floors clean wasn’t even done.
Bottom line is you can afford maybe +/- R100 more then find somewhere else to stay...you have been warned!!!

  • Stayed: July 2013, travelled with friends
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1  Thank SouL_RSA
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Reviewed 18 March 2013

We stayed a group of 20 master students, for some days of sleep over before and after our field trip in the Drakensberg Mountains. The first thing we found in one of the dormitories was a dog poop, which one of us accidentally stepped on. The manager of the place has four dogs from a dog kennel, which were prioritised more than the visitors. One of them bit one of us, one of the first days. The common place was mostly occupied by the staff, so we had to sit at the grass among the dog poops, which was everywhere and not cleaned up. After sunset it was hard to see, and we unfortunately stepped on them.

Breakfast in the morning was a big joke. We were told that it would be put on the table. The first morning the only thing we found on the table was a frozen package of sandwich toast and a jar of peanut butter, after defrosting the bread in the microwave and toasting it ourselves, there was a scarce amount of peanut butter sandwiches. Ironically the manager was preparing breakfast for the dogs, meanwhile. In the afternoon when we came back, they accused us for having eaten their peanut butter and drunken milk for the coffee that was not for us. They also accused us for not cleaning the cups we used, even though we organised to do the dishes in the morning before leaving. Next day there was no breakfast.

Coming back after the field trip, there were breakfast arranged for us. Though, it was a scarce amount of very dry cereals and a half bottle of milk, which was only for the cereals and not for the coffee. There was not breakfast enough for all of us. The same dog tried to bite one of us again. After pushing it away, the manager shouted at us and not the dog. It ended up in an argument, where she also accused us of smashing a cup on purpose in the morning. We didn’t do it on purpose. It happened while taking the dishes.

Fortunately, all other people we met at our three weeks in South Africa were really friendly and hospital and met us with open arms. So we know that Sleepy Hollow is just an exception among South African guesthouses. I think Sleepy Hollow have to choose between to either run a hostel or dog kennel. A third possibility is to take a course in management and customer care.

Room Tip: Avoid staying in the garage. You have to choose between open door and dogs in the room or closed door and lack of oxygen.
  • Stayed: March 2013, travelled with friends
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3  Thank Stoerner
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