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Once in Joburg
Once in Joburg
Once in Joburg
Once in Joburg
Once in Joburg
Once in Joburg
Once in Joburg

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8.6

Excellent

93 reviews

93 reviews

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8.3

Excellent

Location rating score

Excellent location - Inside city center
Popular neighborhood
Parking
FREE
Popular landmarks
Constitution Hill Human Rights Precinct 780 m
SAB World of Beer 1.3 km
Maboneng Precinct 2.6 km
South Western Townships 5.2 km
Gold Reef City 5.3 km
Apartheid Museum 5.7 km
Johannesburg Zoo 7.8 km
Sandton City Shopping Centre 9.6 km
Nelson Mandela Square 9.8 km
Mandela House 13.7 km
Nearby landmarks
The Orbit 80 m
Arbour Square 130 m
Edmed Medical Practice 160 m
Neighbourgoods Market 170 m
myclinic 230 m
Swaziland Consulate 260 m
Consulate of Botswana 280 m
Sappi 310 m
Johannesburg Civic Centre 310 m
Gold Mining Statue 370 m

Once in Joburg

90 De Korte Street, Johannesburg City Centre, Johannesburg, South Africa, 2001 - See map

The car parking and the Wi-Fi are always free, so you can stay in touch and come and go as you please. Strategically situated in Johannesburg City Centre, allowing you access and proximity to local attractions and sights. Don't leave before paying a visit to the famous Apartheid Museum. This 4-star property features restaurant to make your stay more indulgent and memorable.

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Highlights

Located in heart of Johannesburg

Front desk [24-hour]

Airport transfer

590 meters to public transportation

Inside city center

Facilities

Airport transfer

Car park

Free Wi-Fi in all rooms!

Front desk [24-hour]

Luggage storage

Game room

Shared kitchen

Kitchen

Your dates are popular among travelersUsers are booking a place in Johannesburg every 6 minutes on Agoda.com
Value for money8.7
Location rating8.3
Nearest airportO. R. Tambo International Airport (JNB)
Distance to airport21.4 km

Rooms available at Once in Joburg

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1 Person in 4-Bed Dormitory - Mixed
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        Frequently asked questions

        What time is check-in and check-out at Once in Joburg?

        Check-in is from 02:00 PM, and check-out is until 10:00 AM. You may request early check-in or late check-out during booking, subject to availability. Guests checking in or out before or after the designated periods may be charged an additional fee. The hostel offers luggage storage to guests for before check-in and after check-out. The front desk is always open, day or night.

        How do I get to Once in Joburg?

        Once in Joburg is easy to access from the airport. In fact, you can even book your airport transfer in advance for greater peace of mind with the additional charge of 395 ZAR. Just use the "Let us know what you need" section of the booking page to let the hostel know you want a ride, and they will contact you via the Agoda messaging service. For those who wish to drive their own cars, Once in Joburg has a car park available for guests. Parking is free for guests.

        What are my dining options at Once in Joburg?

        Once in Joburg features an on-site restaurant for your dining convenience.

        What is the smoking policy at Once in Joburg?

        Once in Joburg does permit smoking in some areas and is not 100% smoke-free.

        What is the closest train, metro, or bus station to Once in Joburg?

        Park Station is the closest train, metro, or bus station, about 580 m away from Once in Joburg.

        What restaurants are nearby Once in Joburg?

        Once in Joburg is located in Johannesburg City Centre, famous for good restaurants such as Hei Cafe, Velo and Nando's Braamfontein.

        What popular shopping places are close to Once in Joburg?

        Located in the Johannesburg City Centre area, Once in Joburg is close to great shopping choices like Neighbourgoods Market, 44 Stanley and Market on Main.

        What are popular attractions near Once in Joburg?

        Guests at Once in Joburg can easily visit Constitution Hill Human Rights Precinct, South Western Townships and Maboneng Precinct located in the Johannesburg City Centre area.

        What popular natural sightseeing spots are close to Once in Joburg?

        Once in Joburg is located in the Johannesburg City Centre area, which is famous for natural sightseeing destinations such as The Wilds and Harvey Nature Reserve.

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        What people love about Once in Joburg

        • 10

          Exceptional

          "The place is good I love it actually it has a young hip vibe to it and it's a lovely place to be without breaking yo pocket"

          Sibusiso

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          January 5, 2020

        • 9.6

          Exceptional

          "Great place to stay if you're a solo traveler."

          Marta

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          November 21, 2019

        • 9.6

          Exceptional
          Staff 

          "Pro : Super friendly staffs, Clean and morndern room, Good breakfast, Good location, Nice common kitchen and lobby, great occasional free walking tour."

          SUNGTAE

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          November 13, 2019

        Property ranking|Compared to 1,613 Johannesburg properties
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        Value for money score
        8.7/10
        Service score
        9/10
        Cleanliness score
        8.7/10
        Location score
        8.3/10
        Better than
        97
        %
        of Johannesburg properties
        Better than
        97
        %
        of Johannesburg properties
        Better than
        95
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        Better than
        92
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        of Johannesburg properties
        Overall rating:

        8.6

        Excellent
        93 reviews
        Cleanliness
        8.7
        Facilities
        8.5
        Location
        8.3
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        More about Once in Joburg

        More about Once in Joburg

        Once in Joburg

        Get the most from an urban escape in Johannesburg when you book a room at Once in Joburg. Located right in the city center, Once in Joburg saves you time and travel by letting you wake up right in the heart of the best neighborhood.
        Every effort is made to make guests feel comfortable by providing the best in services and amenities. Keep up with all your communications easily with the hostel's free Wi-Fi. Getting from and back to the airport can be easily arranged with the hostel's airport transfer services. Guests can enjoy free parking right at the hostel.
        Front desk services including concierge service and luggage storage can assist with your needs. Getting tickets for the city's best entertainment is easy through the hostel's ticket service and tours. Packing light is possible at Once in Joburg thanks to the hostel's laundry service keeping your clothes clean. Feeling lazy? In-room conveniences like daily housekeeping let you get the most out of your room time.
        Smoking is allowed only in the designated smoking areas provided by hostel.


        Dining and things to do

        Enjoy the morning bliss with a sip of good coffee at the cafe located in the hostel. A variety of convenient and tasty dining options are waiting for you at the hostel, for whenever you get hungry. A memorable night with your travel companions can be had without going far, at the hostel's bar. Do you prefer to cook your own meals? Then you'll love the in-house shared kitchen.
        Hostel's host of recreational offerings ensures you have plenty to do during your stay. Get social at the hostel's library, games room and shared lounge and TV area, where you can meet other guests.


        Reasons to stay here

        Get more than you bargain for here, which scores value for money higher than 97% of the city's accommodation.
        Facilities at this hostel are rated higher than 96% of other accommodations in the city.
        Staff and service here are considered high quality by past guests whose ratings put it above 96% of the city's options.

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        Amenities and facilities
        Excellent
        Facilities

        8.5

        Most talked about facilities

        Breakfast

        9 mentions

        Housekeeping

        2 mentions

        Beach

        1 mention

        Internet

        1 mention

        Languages spoken

        • English

        Accessibility

        • Wheelchair accessible

        Internet access

        • Free Wi-Fi in all rooms!
        • Wi-Fi in public areas

        Things to do, ways to relax

        • Game room
        • Ticket services
        • Tours

        Dining, drinking, and snacking

        • Bar
        • Coffee shop
        • Kitchen
        • Restaurants
        • Shared kitchen

        Services and conveniences

        • Concierge
        • Daily housekeeping
        • Elevator
        • Laundry service
        • Library
        • Luggage storage
        • Smoking area

        Access

        • Front desk [24-hour]
        • Pets allowed
        • Security [24-hour]

        Getting around

        • Airport transfer
        • Car park [free of charge]
        Location
        90 De Korte Street, Johannesburg City Centre, Johannesburg, South Africa, 2001
        Excellent
        Location

        8.3

        Airports

        • O. R. Tambo International Airport (JNB)
          21.4 km
        • Lanseria International Airport (HLA)
          30.8 km

        Public transportation

        • Park Station
          590 m
        • Johannesburg Train Station
          750 m

        Hospital or clinic

        • Edmed Medical Practice
          160 m

        Shopping

        • Sandton City Shopping Centre
          9.6 km

        Convenience store

        • BP Express
          480 m

        Cash withdrawal

        • ATM
          40 m
        What's nearby

        Popular landmarks

        • Constitution Hill Human Rights Precinct
          780 m
        • SAB World of Beer
          1.3 km
        • Maboneng Precinct
          2.6 km
        • South Western Townships
          5.2 km
        • Gold Reef City
          5.3 km
        • Apartheid Museum
          5.7 km
        • Johannesburg Zoo
          7.8 km
        • Sandton City Shopping Centre
          9.6 km
        • Nelson Mandela Square
          9.8 km
        • Mandela House
          13.7 km

        Nearby landmarks

        • The Orbit
          80 m
        • Arbour Square
          130 m
        • Edmed Medical Practice
          160 m
        • Neighbourgoods Market
          170 m
        • myclinic
          230 m
        • Swaziland Consulate
          260 m
        • Consulate of Botswana
          280 m
        • Sappi
          310 m
        • Johannesburg Civic Centre
          310 m
        • Gold Mining Statue
          370 m
        Distances shown are straight-line distances on the map. Actual travel distances may vary.
        Property policies
        Children and extra beds

        Extra beds are dependent on the room you choose. Please check the individual room capacity for more details.

        All children are welcome.

        Infant 0-2 year(s)
        Stay for free if using existing bedding.
        Baby cot/crib may be requested directly from the property.
        Children 3-12 year(s)
        Stay for free if using existing bedding.
        If you need an extra bed, it will incur an additional charge.
        Guests 13 years and older are considered as adults
        Must use an extra bed which will incur an additional charge.
        Others
        • The property offers a light breakfast that includes a bagel with a spread of your choice, fruit juice, tea or coffee, and fruits.
        • When booking more than 5 rooms, different policies and additional supplements may apply.
        Some helpful facts

        Check-in/Check-out

        • Check-in from14:00
        • Check-in until00:00
        • Check-out until10:00

        Getting around

        • Airport transfer fee395 ZAR
        • Travel time to airport (minutes)23

        The property

        • Number of bars/lounges1
        • Number of floors6
        • Number of restaurants1
        • Number of rooms 60

        Parking

        • Daily parking fee80 ZAR

        Reviews of Once in Joburg from real guests

        Provided by verified guests of Agoda
        8.6
        /
        10
        Cleanliness8.7
        Facilities8.5
        Location8.3
        Service9.0
        Value for money8.7
        High score for Johannesburg
        Rating
        9+ Exceptional (19)
        8-9 Excellent (10)
        7-8 Very Good (2)
        6-7 Good (2)
        <6 Below Expectation (3)
        Time of the year
        Mar - May (7)
        Jun - Aug (6)
        Sep - Nov (5)
        Dec - Feb (18)
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        12
        10.0
        Exceptional
        Brian from Canada
        Solo traveler
        Stayed 3 nights in January 2019

        Once is a Must!”

        The Once is an amazing “ploshtel” which has something for every type of traveller. The building is a former hotel so some of the rooms are just what you would expect for a regular hotel. And for “older” travellers like myself who do not want to do the complete hostel experience anymore, the Once is perfect. The double room is lovely with a comfortable bed, excellent bathroom and shower and a room safe to store your valuables. But if you want to go the hostel route, the first floor provides communal cooking facilities which are set up for storing your own food, a comfy hangout area, a movie room and a veranda for smokers. The "phoshtel" also provides recommendations for tours, things to do etc. although they could not help me with using the local bus system. And a real bonus is that the first floor also has an ATM which provides a much more secure setting for getting your cash. But with that said, it is the awesome staff that really makes the Once so unique!

        Reviewed January 27, 2019

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        10.0
        Exceptional
        Maria from Philippines
        Couple
        Stayed 3 nights in February 2018

        Febuary 17 - 19, 2018”

        Stayed in this property for our last part of our South Africa Trip. I truly recommend this property. Spacious Room and Clean. Good Location too. Part of my itinerary is to visit the Famous Neighbourgoods Market. This is just walking distance from the hotel. Also, this is walking distance too from THE SMOKEHOUSE AND GRILL - go grab some good steak ang ribs!

        Reviewed January 24, 2019

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        9.6
        Exceptional
        Marta from Spain
        Solo traveler
        Stayed 2 nights in November 2019

        Fantastic”

        Great place to stay if you're a solo traveler. The rooms are clean, the beds are comfortable and the vibe around the main and the first floor are fantastic. The staff is super helpful, and if you don't trust me wait until you meet Milicia. My angel in Jo'burg! You can leave the hostel without meeting her. She is the highlight of the place ;)

        Reviewed November 22, 2019

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        10.0
        Exceptional
        Sibusiso from South Africa
        Solo traveler
        Stayed 2 nights in December 2019

        Exceptional”

        The place is good I love it actually it has a young hip vibe to it and it's a lovely place to be without breaking yo pocket

        Reviewed January 05, 2020

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        9.6
        Exceptional
        SUNGTAE from South Korea
        Solo traveler
        Shared Dormitory
        Stayed 1 night in November 2019

        Highly Recommanded”

        Pro : Super friendly staffs, Clean and morndern room, Good breakfast, Good location, Nice common kitchen and lobby, great occasional free walking tour. Con : Someone took continueously my stuffs in common refrigerator. 8 eggs, 1 english cucumber, some vienna sossage disappeared during my 8 nights staying.

        Reviewed November 13, 2019

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        8.8
        Excellent
        Robert from United States
        Group
        Stayed 2 nights in February 2019

        A Nice Place to Stay with Convenience”

        This is a good place to stay when organizing a stay-over or short stay in Jo-burg. It is safe. The neighborhood is fine during the day but at night you should be a little careful. The facilities are good and they have activities arranged for people. The tours are quite good and the free breakfast is adequate.

        Reviewed March 25, 2019

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        8.8
        Excellent
        Gugulethu from South Africa
        Couple
        Stayed 1 night in August 2019

        Excellent”

        My stay was great apart from the fact that I can't watch movies from my USB stick on their tv's. Other than that, everything was Amazing.

        Reviewed August 05, 2019

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        8.4
        Excellent
        Robert from United States
        Group
        Stayed 2 nights in February 2019

        Great Place for the Price”

        This place is decent for the price and has lots of activities. The area at night is rough.

        Reviewed March 25, 2019

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        10.0
        Exceptional
        Sara from Namibia
        Family with teens
        Stayed 3 nights in February 2018

        Vivacious place!”

        There is a positive vibe in Once in Joburg with a lot of young tourists. Friendly staff, good breakfast included, modern & comfortable rooms, cafés, bars and restaurants at a very short walking distance, lots of options for activities within the hotel and trips outside, the opportunity to meet other people very easy. Note that if you are looking for a quiet place, this is not it! Neighbouring music goes on till midnight and beyond and it is truly load.

        Reviewed February 12, 2018

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        10.0
        Exceptional
        Lucky from South Africa
        Couple
        Stayed 3 nights in June 2018

        A fun, welcoming and warm place to stay”

        Once in Joburg hosts the most friendly and welcoming staff one could ask for - always there with a smile to help you wether you have a simple question or you need suggestions for what to do. A very clean and needy place with nice and spacy rooms. The hotel also offers a lot of social events as movie night, charokee or meals. This is definitely the place to stay while visiting Jozi! :-)

        Reviewed July 06, 2018

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        9.6
        Exceptional
        Mahendra from United States
        Solo traveler
        Stayed 4 nights in January 2018

        Nice location and property, great staff”

        My second stay here after a hiatus of one year. Things are still good and well-maintained. Staff is excellent and complimentary breakfast at Immigrant is great too. Will call Uber taxis for you, help you with itinerary planning, and locating places of interest in general. Walkable from Johannesburg Park Station. Lots of eating and partying places around and much energy in the air!! I would stay here again when in the area. One suggestion to management: do check-ins as rooms get done, rather than at exactly 14:00.

        Reviewed January 21, 2018

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        Dear Mahendra, Thank you so much for taking the time to rate the services you found at the hotel during your stay with us. We note the comments regarding check-ins, we have a standard check-in time to allow our housekeepers to spend as much time as necessary in cleaning our rooms so our guests receive value for money. It is sometimes difficult to allow guests to check-in prior 14h00 if the hotel was running full occupancy the previous night, we will endeavour to continually improve our services and appreciate positive feedback from guests like you. Kind Regards Dylan & the Once in Joburg Team

        Responded January 26, 2018
        Once in Joburg
        8.8
        Excellent
        Caitlin from United States
        Solo traveler
        Stayed 2 nights in August 2018

        Weekend in Joburg”

        Staff at the location were great and super helpful! The only slightly negative thing was the noise coming from a restaurant/bar next door in the same plaza. It may be better during the week, but it was quite loud on Friday and Saturday nights, even from the requested quiet room. Otherwise, location was perfect and very accessible for getting around Joburg. Would definitely recommend!

        Reviewed September 03, 2018

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        10.0
        Exceptional
        Mr.Vanapong from Thailand
        Solo traveler
        Stayed 2 nights in December 2017

        Good to stay in Joburg”

        Hostel near Park Station easy to go with Gautrain to Airport nice Staff good Breakfast and Wifi no.1 Hostel in Joburg

        Reviewed January 04, 2018

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        Dear Mr. Vanapong, Thank you so much for your excellent review, I am delighted to learn that you had a good stay with us and that you found our location to be ideal for your travels. We sure look forward to welcome you back in the near future. Kind Regards Dylan & the Once in Joburg Team

        Responded January 15, 2018
        Once in Joburg
        9.6
        Exceptional
        Claudia-Christin from Germany
        Group
        Stayed 1 night in November 2018

        Super cool place to stay in joburg”

        the room was already ready when we arrived (1h before Check in time). nice room but no door to the bad room. nice breakfast in the cafe next to the hostel included in the price. as well a lot of restaurants in the area.

        Reviewed November 14, 2018

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        8.8
        Excellent
        Craig from Canada
        Solo traveler
        Stayed 1 night in February 2018

        Good spot.”

        Staff helpful, location close to beach and can walk to several interesting spots. I stayed in the single room, very basic, but good. Interesting hostel with open air courtyard.

        Reviewed February 25, 2018

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        8.4
        Excellent
        Robert from United States
        Solo traveler
        Stayed 4 nights in May 2018

        Good value and safe in the heart of Jo-burg”

        The bookstore in the complex is great. It's a short distance from the Gautrain Park Station stop. If first time, recommend a uber due to some rough neighborhoods. There is decent security and the complex has a real vibe to it. Breakfast is free but fairly modest. They provide a free neighborhood tour and activities such as movies for guests. Overall quite clean, but there was a real bad sewage smell in the stairwell however.

        Reviewed September 27, 2018

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        8.0
        Excellent
        Sarawut from South Africa
        Solo traveler
        Stayed 1 night in May 2018

        Some thing wrong. ”

        I’m already paid my money with this hotel booking for my friend , When he check it no any problem the confirmation is ok , and the hotel give him a key card / foog voucher but when he check out the hotel said he should pay more because my cradit card not verify for the hotel. But i’m check with my bank and Agoda company direct it show that i’m done i’m already pay. But the hotel still want me to pay. So i’m mad my money out why i have to pay doulble. When i’m look angry hotel told my sorry for this mistake.

        Reviewed May 29, 2018

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        9.6
        Exceptional
        Lindiwe from Germany
        Solo traveler
        Stayed 3 nights in December 2017

        Everything was great ”

        Super nice and helpful staff, super comfy beds plus it was quiet in the dorm, but if you are looking for some company and fun, you can downstairs and hang out with others.

        Reviewed December 08, 2017

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        Dear Lindiwe, Thank you for taking the time to rate the services you found at the hotel during your most recent stay with us. We appreciate the feedback as it helps us pin point areas of improvement for both you and our future guests. I am delighted to learn that your enjoyed our facilities and found the staff to be courteous to your needs. We certainly look forward to welcoming you back. Kind Regards Dylan & the Once in Joburg Team

        Responded January 26, 2018
        Once in Joburg
        6.4
        Good
        cheryl from Singapore
        Solo traveler
        Stayed 3 nights in December 2017

        value for money”

        no problem to find the place, near to constitution hill, a skip up to hop on city sightseeing bus stop. light breakfast - which was good enough. good value for $$$ as I stayed 3 nights in the female dorm room (with 4 beds). there was locker on the bed with chargers (very good!) and room has own toilet which was a huge plus!

        Reviewed December 27, 2017

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        Dear Cheryl, Thank you for taking the time to rate the services you found at the hotel during your most recent stay with us. We appreciate the feedback as it helps us pin point areas of improvement for both you and our future guests. I am delighted to learn that you received value for your stay with us. We certainly look forward to welcoming you back. Kind Regards Dylan & the Once in Joburg Team

        Responded January 26, 2018
        Once in Joburg
        10.0
        Exceptional
        Yongmoon from Ireland
        Solo traveler
        Stayed 2 nights in March 2017

        It was perect... nothing to complain ”

        Well located, people are kind, breakfast was great, and they clean 2times in a day it was very impressive..

        Reviewed March 12, 2017

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