It’s A Small World Backpackers Lodge Harare Centre is situated on the corner of Fife Avenue & Ninth Street just 20 minutes walk from the city centre. This hostel is the smaller, central companion to the main lodge in the suburb of Avondale in north-west Harare. The Road Port bus terminal for international buses is also only 20 minutes walk away and there are minibuses into town just 2 minutes walk away.
The selection of twin, double & dorm rooms are fairly plain but clean. The two dorms (male & female) are 6 bunks (12 beds) and are a little on the cramped side. The mattresses are very thin and tend to sag through the wooden slats of the bed base giving a very uncomfortable night’s sleep. Try to pick a bed with a thick mattress – there are one or two. The male dorm also had a door with a broken lock that loudly creaked open and closed all night. There are no lockers, but valuables can be left at reception.
The small garden is a pleasant place to sit, surrounded by some funky sculptures. There are two lounges, one with flat-screen DSTV and comfy sofas. The toilets and showers are clean and functional, though we found the water either boiling hot or too cold, nothing in between. A kitchen for common use is pretty well equipped, though could do with a microwave and kettle. There is an OK supermarket just 5 minutes walk away for self-caterers. There is free WiFi throughout the property via user login codes from reception.
All in all, this is decent value and the staff are friendly and helpful, but a little bit more care and attention from management could make this place so much better.
Fairly central location
Free WiFi & DSTV
Thin mattresses in dorms
Unpredictable hot water in showers
Beds from USD 12.00
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