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Minimum Requirements for Backpacker and Hostel Classification
1. General

1.1 Safety and Security
All reasonable precaution must be taken to secure the personal safety of guests and prevent damage to or theft of their possessions. A high degree of general safety and security should be maintained. Safe keeping facilities must be made available for guest use. These safe keeping facilities can be administered by management. Guests should be informed about these safe keeping facilities. Information on procedures in the event of an emergency should be clearly displayed. This information should be in English and if possible multilingual (depending on the establishment's market). Procedures for summoning assistance, in particular after hours, should also be available. Insofar as possible proprietors or their representatives should be available during guests' arrival and departure periods and all other reasonable times. Alternatively adequate provision should be made for these periods should the proprietors or their representatives not be able to be present in person. There should be a responsible person on call 24-hours a day. Where applicable there should be adequate levels of lighting (electrical or other) for guest safety and comfort in all public areas, including stairwells and car parks where appropriate. All single and double guest room entry doors to a common area or the exterior should be equipped with a locking device that permits a guest to lock the door when leaving the room as well as a device to lock the door from the inside when the guest is occupying the room. Surface mounted slide-bolts may be considered to be appropriate locking devices in certain properties. This does not necessarily apply to dormitories. Once registered, guests should have access to the establishment at all times - unless restrictions are previously notified. It is acceptable for a key or security code to be issued.

1.2 Cleanliness and Comfort
Cleanliness should be maintained throughout the Backpacker or Hostel. The Backpacker/Hostel should be comfortable and fit for the purpose intended.

1.3 Statutory Obligations
All premises are expected to comply with all relevant statutory and local government regulations. The onus is on the proprietor to ensure that the Backpacker or Hostel complies with all relevant regulations and laws and has the relevant documentation to prove as such. Assessors may request that relevant documentation, certificates, etc be presented at the time of the assessment. This could include, inter alia:
" Proof of provincial registration (if applicable);
" Business registration which entitles the establishment to legally operate (if applicable);
" Public liability insurance;
" Compliance with local authority regulations including;
o Fire safety certificate;
o Compliance with building regulations - in particular with regard to accessibility;
o Hygiene regulations.

1.4 Access
There should be no discrimination to accepting guests based on their race, citizenship or nationality, gender, ethnicity, physical or mental condition, etc. However, notwithstanding the above, management has the right to refuse access in the interest of other users of the hostel or backpackers. Establishments should be open every day of the year, unless closed for refurbishment or offers only seasonal accommodation. Appropriate service and facilities should be available on all days that the establishment is open (unless advertised otherwise).

1.5 Courtesy
Courtesy should be shown to guests at all times. Staff should be clean, appropriately dressed, helpful and attending to guests as their highest priority. Guest complaints should be dealt with courteously and promptly. There should be reasonable levels of local tourist information available, particularly with regard to local places of interest and activities available.

1.6 Marketing, Reservations and Pricing
There should be friendly and efficient service appropriate to the style of the establishment. All enquiries, requests, reservations, correspondence and complaints should be handled promptly and courteously. It should be made clear to all visitors what is included in the prices quoted for accommodation, meals and refreshments, including service charge, surcharges, levies, etc. The property's pricing structure should be available on request. All prices must include VAT. Guests must be notified if the price agreed at the time of booking has changed. Full details of the establishment's cancellation policy should be made clear to guests at the time of booking. Details of any unique in-house policies e.g. no children under 12-years of age should be communicated at the time of booking. The amenities, facilities and services provided by the establishment should be described fairly to all visitors and prospective visitors, whether by advertisement, brochure, website, verbal communication or other means.

1.7 Information for Hirers
Full details of the accommodation including the maximum number of beds in each dormitory, as well as the type of beds available i.e. singles, bunk beds etc should be provided on request.

2. Buildings

2.1 Exterior
All grounds and gardens under the control of the operator should be neat and appropriate. The exterior of the property must be well maintained in a sound and clean condition.

2.2 Maintenance

The interior and exterior of the building/s including all fittings, fixtures and furnishings must be maintained in a sound and clean condition and must be fit for the purpose intended.

3. Bedrooms

3.1 Housekeeping
All bedrooms should be kept clean. All linen provided to guests, including duvet covers, should be changed for each new guest. All bed linen, including duvet covers, should be changed at least every 7 days. This period may be extended for environmental purposes AND with the guest's consent. Soiled linen should be changed as soon as possible.

3.2 Bedroom / Dormitory Size
All bedrooms and dormitories should have sufficient space to allow freedom of movement for guests and access to all furniture in the room. It should be possible to open all used relevant doors and drawers fully.

3.3 Beds
All beds are to be of sound condition. All mattresses are to be comfortable, of sprung interior, foam or similar. Single beds should comfortably accommodate an average sized adult and double beds 2 average sized adults.

3.4 Bedding
All bedding should be clean. At a minimum all occupied beds should be fitted with a bottom sheet, pillow and pillowcase. The fee for this linen should be included in the bed tariff.

3.5 Bedside Tables
There should be at least one bedside table in each single and double room. No bedside tables are necessary in dormitories. A dressing/writing table may double as a bedside table.

3.6 Windows and Lighting
In each guest room, including dormitories, there should be at least one window to allow natural light and adequate ventilation. If the window cannot be opened, a ventilation system must be provided. All bedrooms should have adequate and appropriate lighting (fit for purpose). There should be at least one bedside or bedhead light in each single or double room. A double bed may have one shared bedhead or bedside light. Bedside lights are not necessary in dormitories. All bulbs should have a shade or cover (unless decorative). Emergency lighting should be provided (i.e. torch, candle, candlestick and matches).

3.7 Curtains
Curtains, blinds or shutters should be provided on all windows including glass panels and doors where required to afford both privacy and/or the exclusion of light.

3.8 Heating/Cooling
Typical climatic conditions experienced in the region of the establishment will be considered when determining the minimum requirements for heating and/or cooling.

3.9 Flooring
Flooring may vary considerably and any fit-for-purpose flooring may be appropriate. Ease of cleaning and hygiene should be considered when evaluating flooring.


3.12 Miscellaneous
Each bedroom and dormitory should have a waste bin. If not provided in an en-suite bathroom all single and double rooms must have a mirror. Smoking should not be permitted in dormitories. The smoking policies of the Backpacker/Hostel should be at minimum governed by the applicable South African laws.

4. Bath/Shower Rooms

4.1 Shared bathrooms

There should be at least one bath or shower to every 12 resident guests and 1 toilet with washbasin to every 10 resident guests. Where appropriate there should be privacy between the sexes for washing / showers and toilet facilities and as far as possible between members of the same sex. All toilet, bath and shower rooms or cubicles should be lockable from the inside. All toilets, sinks, showers and other plumbing must be in good working order and free from trapping surfaces e.g. cracks, chips, broken toilet seats.

4.2 Housekeeping
All bathrooms should be cleaned daily. If provided all guest bathroom linen should be changed at least every 7 days. This period may be extended for environmental purposes AND with the guest's consent. Soiled linen should be changed as soon as possible.

4.3 Bathroom size
All bathrooms should have sufficient space to allow freedom of movement for guests and access to all fittings.

4.4 Fixtures and fittings

Each shower/bath unit should provide privacy for the user and should have:
" Bath OR shower " Clean, running water (available at reasonable times)
" At least one clothes hook Each toilet unit should have:
" Toilet " Toilet roll holder and toilet paper
" Waste bin (covered) " Adequate ventilation (e.g. an extractor fan or opening window)
All bathrooms should have mirrors for guest use. These mirrors should preferably be positioned above a washbasin.

4.5 Lighting and Windows
All bathrooms should be well lit with a light switch near the entrance to the bathroom (if electrical light). If deemed necessary for guest privacy purposes all windows in the bathroom (if present) should either be tinted, opaque or of other glass that ensures guest privacy or alternatively should be covered with an opaque curtain, blind or shutter.

5. Public Areas / General

5.1 Living/Dining Room Areas
If self-catering facilities are provided in the Backpacker or Hostel a guest eating area (dining room) should be available for guest use. The size of this area should be adequate, taking into consideration the total number of guests that can be accommodated at the Backpacker or Hostel. All Backpackers or Hostels should provide a lounge and/or relaxing area for guest use. If an eating/dining area is provided this may suffice as a lounge/relaxing area. In an appropriate climate the living and/or dining area may be substituted with an appropriately furnished outdoor area, however, if it is the only area available for guest relaxation this outdoor area should be covered to protect guests from rain, sunshine, etc.

5.2 Food and Beverage - General
If a food and/or beverage service is provided, staff should demonstrate adequate levels of product knowledge and provide efficient service. All food should be hygienically stored, prepared and presented.

5.3 Communal Kitchen/s
A self-catering communal kitchen/s may be provided for guest use. If no restaurant is available at the backpacker or hostel or within the vicinity of the property, it is recommended that a self-catering communal kitchen be provided for guest use. All guest kitchens should be cleaned daily. If a communal kitchen/s is provided all fixtures, furniture, furnishings, crockery and cutlery must be in acceptable condition and be adequate to provide for approximately ¼ of the maximum number of occupants at any one time. In each communal kitchen: " There must be adequate storage/shelving space for crockery, cutlery, kitchen and cleaning equipment. " There should be a hot plate on which to cook meals (overall in the Backpacker or Hostel there should be sufficient hot plates for guest use). An oven/microwave could also be appropriate but not essential (in some circumstances a braai may be an appropriate substitute for an oven). Hot plates/ovens must be clean, in sound condition and functioning properly. " There should be a refrigerator (electric or gas). " There should be a sink equipped with a draining board and (running) water supply. " There should be a facility available for boiling water (kettle, geyser, etc). " There should be at least one hygienic working surface and storage space suitable for food. " There should be an open window or appropriate ventilation system. " A covered waste disposal bin should be provided. " There should be a suitable fire extinguisher readily available. " Minimum kitchen inventory provided in Annexure A.

5.4 Ventilation
All public rooms/areas, passages and staircases must be adequately ventilated. All living rooms/areas must have at least one window opening directly into the open air. If the window cannot be opened, a ventilation system must be provided.

5.5 Power Supply
If appropriate electricity should be provided (not necessarily mains supply). Where electricity it is not available, this must be stated. Where electricity is available, sufficient conveniently located power sockets for the safe use of electrical equipment should be provided.

5.6 Clothes Drying/Hanging Facilities
Facilities for drying/ hanging wet clothing should be provided (this need not be in the dormitories/bedrooms).

5.7 Telephones
Guests should have access to a public or private telephone (if applicable). Where telephones are provided guests should be informed of charges on request.

6. Additional Requirements for 4- and 5-Star Backpackers/Hostels

Ambience
For 5-star Backpackers or Hostels a higher level of general ambience, spaciousness and guest comfort will be required in all areas of the facility. Backpackers and Hostels without electricity may achieve a 4- or 5-star grading - the additional requirements listed below will be reconsidered in areas where there is no electricity or where a specific ambience is preferred. In addition, assessors may be flexible on the additional requirements in special circumstances. All 5-star Backpackers and Hostels should provide guests with hot water for showering purposes. It is possible that hot water is only available only at certain times of the day.

Bathrooms
All communal bathrooms should be equipped with hand soap and hand drying facilities. Hygiene should be considered when determining appropriate soap and drying facilities. There should be at least one bath or shower to every 8 resident guests and 1 toilet with washbasin to every 8 resident guests. All guests occupying private rooms should be provided with individual towel and soap upon arrival at the Backpacker or Hostel. Bedrooms Bunk beds are to be a maximum of 2 sleeping positions high. Dormitories in 5-star backpackers or hostels should be more spacious and have fewer beds/bunks than a typical 4-star dormitory. A ladder or equivalent should be provided for guests to climb to the top bunk. In a 5-star Backpacker or Hostel a full range of linen should be provided for each bed (including dormitory beds) - this would include a duvet and duvet cover or good quality blanket and top sheet. All private rooms in a 4- and 5-star Backpacker or Hostel should have a full range of linen (bottom sheet, pillow, pillowcase, duvet and duvet cover or blanket and top sheet). Private rooms in 5-star Backpackers or Hostels are expected to have 2 pillows per sleeping position.

Kitchens
The following additional appliances should be provided in communal kitchens:
" Freezer or large freezer section in fridges
" Toaster
" Microwave oven
" Lockable food storage facilities
" Hand soap
" Range of herbs and spices
An iron and ironing board should be provided in the communal kitchen or the laundry/drying area.
Washing machines (these may be coin operated) should be available for guest use. Ideally, tumble drying facilities should be available at a 5-star Backpacker/Hostel.
Alternatively guests should have relatively easy access to laundry facilities or service (provided in-house or outsourced).
Internet facilities
500 sqm garden
swimming
pool
self catering kitchen
barbecue-, braai area
safe
parking
laundry
service
double
rooms or dorms
tv
room, billiard
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close
to
University, City
and to Groote Schuur
centrally located
for trips to winelands
or beaches

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We offer accommodation in a pleasant and typically capetonian atmosphere, which includes, attractive communal living areas, large garden with pool, Internet café, self-catering kitchen and laundry. This is your home away from home - a place to meet interesting local and international visitors, many of whom stay for extended periods of time. We offer accommodation in a pleasant and typically capetonian atmosphere, which includes, attractive communal living areas, large garden with pool, Internet café, self-catering kitchen and laundry. This is your home away from home - a place to meet interesting local and international visitors, many of whom stay for extended periods of time. We offer accommodation in a pleasant and typically capetonian atmosphere, which includes, attractive communal living areas, large garden with pool, Internet café, self-catering kitchen and laundry. This is your home away from home - a place to meet interesting local and international visitors, many of whom stay for extended periods of time.