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Of the backpacker hostel choices in St. Lucia, Bib's International Backpackers offers the cheapest beds, so if economy is your priority, this might be for you.
Located on McKenzie Road, the main street through St. Lucia, Bib's is just five minutes' walk from all the restaurants and the Spar supermarket in the center of town, and only two hundred fifty meters from the other two hostels in town.
Rooms and Bathrooms
This place caters to large school and youth groups, there is a large selection of mostly dorm rooms of from three to twelve beds. There are also twin and doubles (some en suite) and safari tents. As this place is mostly for large young groups, international backpackers will likely be shown to one of the smaller dorms. All the dorms in this place are very basic with minimal, if any, furniture and slightly grubby bed linen. Most of the rooms do have a fan and power points.
We were shown to a three-bed dorm and found one of the mattresses to be so lumpy we wondered how anyone could sleep on it. The other two in the room were ok, but all the pillows are lumpy, too and the blankets are very thin and not too warm. The communal bathrooms are clean enough, but there is no toilet paper in any of the stalls.
There is a games-and-BBQ area where a pool table and table tennis sit alongside the braai facilities. The dining room has no working lights and the kitchen has hardly any cutlery and neither of the kettles work. The toaster does work, as does the microwave, but neither of the large fridges were working during our stay.
This is a pretty decrepit place, to be honest. The cleaning staff seem to be doing their best, but the grubby walls, peeling paint, and cracked tiling need some serious attention. The gardens look like a builders' yard, complete with a discarded toilet thrown out of one of the rooms and just lying on the grass. Wi-Fi is not free, neither is the internet station in the reception area. If what you're looking for are the cheapest digs in town, they are at Bib's. The sacrifice is an old, unloved, and grubby place, which -- if you've come from the more basic lodgings of Mozambique -- is possibly what you're used to. In South Africa, standards are normally much higher and there are far better choices in St. Lucia for a few rand more.
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Published on Jul 8, 2017
Bib's is an excellent hostel and fully serviced until 10pm daily so you don?t have to do any humdrum domestics or wash dirty dishes!
Situated in St Lucia with its shops, restaurants and bars, Bibs caters for every aspect of the backpacker market with self-catering chalets and excellent dorms.
It is situated in the heart of the St Lucia World Heritage Site and is surrounded by national parks so you can walk out of the door and into a hippo. At night look out for bushbabys and colourful chameleons, and if you?re lucky, a leopard.
Situated in the heart of the Isimangaliso Wetland Park, in the small village of St Lucia lies the newly renovated Bibs Backpackers Holiday Accommodation. Your host Mariska is there to greet you with a warm smile and there to tend to your every need. Dont missthe oppertunity to book tours and excursions with us. We have a variety of unbelievable, unforgettable excursions and adventures awaiting you.
The great St Lucia Wetlands Park and its 5 eco systems offers over 60km of self-guided trails, 4 of the Big 5, hippos, crocs and sharks. The Umfolozi/Hluhluwe Game Reserve is on the doorstep and the local beaches are unspoilt.
Our backpacker restaurant serves light meals and offers an opportunity to catch up with letters or watch telly. Nights can be spent alongside the lovely rockpool sharing a few of the guide?s crazy escapades, or on the beach beneath a million stars. Free morning walks and mud baths, Beach fires and shuttle to and from the beach are available. There is also Zulu dancing on Saturday nights.
Location and Contact
From Mtubatuba (28 km to St Lucia). Entering town turn right at the circle. Drive down the main street (Mc Kenzie Str.) and we are at number 310.