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1 room, 2 adults

Once in Joburg

2-star2 stars
90 De Korte Street, Braamfontein, Johannesburg, Gauteng, 2001, South Africa

Hostel with restaurant, near University of Witwatersrand
  • Free WiFi and free parking
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  • Service is excellent. Centrally located. Something different and refreshing. Try itFeb. 17, 2020
  • Everything was great. Friendly staff clean placeFeb. 14, 2020

Once in Joburg

  • Triple Room
  • Double Room, Balcony
  • Shared Dormitory, Women only
  • Shared Dormitory, Mixed Dorm
  • Twin Room
  • Double Room
  • Twin Room, Balcony
  • Basic Shared Dormitory, Mixed Dorm
  • Basic Quadruple Room

What’s around Once in Joburg


  • In Downtown Johannesburg
  • University of Witwatersrand - 5 min walk
  • Carlton Centre - 27 min walk
  • Neighbourgoods Market - 3 min walk
  • CO-OP Studio - 4 min walk
  • Wits Art Museum - 5 min walk
  • Joburg Theatre - 6 min walk
  • Constitution Hill - 11 min walk

Getting around

  • O.R. Tambo Intl. Airport (JNB) - 18 min drive
  • Johannesburg (HLA-Lanseria) - 55 min drive
  • Johannesburg Park Station - 11 min walk
  • Johannesburg Sandton Station - 18 min drive
  • Airport shuttle (surcharge)

At a glance

Key facts


  • 60 rooms
  • Arranged over 6 floors


  • Check-in time 2 PM-midnight
  • Check-out time is 10 AM
This property doesn't offer after-hours check-in. Front desk staff will greet guests on arrival.
24-hour airport shuttle service is available on request. Fees may apply. Contact the property in advance to make arrangements.

Required at check-in

  • Credit card, debit card, or cash deposit required for incidental charges

  • Government-issued photo ID may be required

  • Minimum check-in age is 18

Travelling with others


  • No cribs (infant beds)


  • No pets or service animals allowed


  • Free WiFi in public areas

  • Free WiFi in rooms



  • Airport shuttle (available 24 hours) *


  • Free self parking on site

Payment types at the property

  • Cash
* See small print for additional details or extra charges

At the hostel

Food and drink
  • Restaurant
  • Bar/lounge
  • Coffee shop/café
  • Coffee/tea in a common area
  • Barbecue grills
Things to do
  • Arcade/game room
  • Billiards or pool table
Working away
  • Business centre
  • One meeting room
  • 24-hour front desk
  • Concierge services
  • Tours/ticket assistance
  • Dry cleaning/laundry service
  • Laundry facilities
  • Luggage storage
  • Lift
  • ATM/banking
  • Safe-deposit box at front desk
  • Designated smoking areas (fines apply)
  • Terrace
  • Television in common areas
  • Accessible bathroom
  • In-room accessibility
  • Roll-in shower
  • Wheelchair-accessible parking
Languages Spoken
  • English

In the room

Home comforts
  • Air conditioning
Things to enjoy
  • Separate sitting area
Freshen up
  • Private bathroom
  • Rainfall showerhead
  • Shower only
Stay connected
  • Free WiFi
  • Daily housekeeping
  • In-room safe

Special features


And Then - This restaurant specializes in international cuisine and serves breakfast, lunch, and dinner.

Once in Joburg’s small print

Also known as

  • Once Joburg Hostel Johannesburg
  • Once Joburg Hostel
  • Once Joburg Johannesburg
  • Once Joburg
  • Once in Joburg Johannesburg
  • Once in Joburg Hostel/Backpacker accommodation
  • Once in Joburg Hostel/Backpacker accommodation Johannesburg


This property advises that enhanced cleaning and guest safety measures are currently in place.

Disinfectant is used to clean the property, and commonly-touched surfaces are cleaned with disinfectant between stays.

Guests are provided with hand sanitizer.

For transfers, guests must contact the property before arrival at the number on the booking confirmation.

The name on the credit card used at check-in to pay for incidentals must be the primary name on the guestroom reservation.

Optional extras

Airport shuttle service is offered for an extra charge of ZAR 395 per vehicle (one way)

We have included all charges provided to us by this property. However, charges can vary, for example, based on length of stay or the unit you book.

FAQs for Once in Joburg

  • Does Once in Joburg offer free cancellation for a full refund?
    Yes, Once in Joburg does have fully refundable rooms available to book on our site, which can be cancelled up to a few days before check-in. Just make sure to check this property's cancellation policy for the exact terms and conditions.
  • What are the cleanliness and hygiene measures currently in place at Once in Joburg?
    This property confirms that disinfectant is used to clean the property and guests are provided with hand sanitizer. Please note that this information has been provided by our partners.
  • Is parking offered on site at Once in Joburg?
    Yes, there's free self parking.
  • Are pets allowed at Once in Joburg?
    Sorry, pets and service animals aren't allowed.
  • What are the check-in and check-out times at Once in Joburg?
    You can check in from 2 PM to midnight. Check-out time is 10 AM.
  • Are there restaurants at or near Once in Joburg?
    Yes, there's an onsite restaurant that serves international cuisine.
  • Is airport shuttle service offered by Once in Joburg?
    Yes, an airport shuttle is available. The charge is ZAR 395 per vehicle one way.

Recent reviews

Good 7.6 From 35 reviews

Exceptional 10.0
Great Stay! I loved this place!
Melanie, gb3 night trip with friends
Poor 2.0
Don't waste your time and money
Don't waste your time and money I didn't even check in after driving pass
K, za1 night business trip
Exceptional 10.0
Awesome hostel. Very friendly and helpful staff. Interesting area in Joberg to stay.
ca1 night trip with friends
Very good 8.0
Watch the girls working in the restaurant
Two girls working at the restaurant lied to me about the costs of something. I paid extra for an egg and then was advised they didn't have the cheese for. When I changed my order I asked for the extra back which annoyed her. She reached in her pocket to get the 8 rand which was very odd as I thought that the money would or should have been in the cash register. Outside of that it's a decent place to stay with a lively nightlight.
Amber, us3 night trip
Exceptional 10.0
They are great everyone helps so much
stephen, us2 night trip
Exceptional 10.0
Great staff
Once in joburg was fun, super nice staff and great environment inside the hostel. We had a wonderful experience and definitely will choose it if we are in joburg next time.
Zhonghuan, us1 night trip with friends
Very good 8.0
worth a look up..
nice place and decent rooms even though the TV and Aircon wasn't working.. the weather saved the day for me!! Otherwise it is a good hotel.. felt unsafe at night but that maybe a Joburg thing.. Must mention Nandisa (Nands).. at the reception. Very warm person and doubles as the karaoke artist in the evening, what a voice!! The break fast is nice.. just right!!
Ajit, inBusiness trip
Poor 2.0
I did not even make it there and when I tried calling yourll to cancel my booking pre hand, it would go through Cape Town instead. I feel wronged in so many ways.Wow!
Nosisa, za1 night trip
Very good 8.0
Uncomfortable Bed But Good Otherwise
The bed was completely uncomfortable and made my back hurt so badly. Despite this everything else was lovely.
Amber, us3 night business trip
Very good 8.0
Nice location, comfortable stay
We were only there for one night. It was a perfect location. The only downside was the company which ran the airport shuttle. They charged us extra upon our return to the airport because it was an early ride. This is fine, but they already knew the time when I paid the initial fee and it was not stated anywhere in the contract given to us. It felt like a side hussle and was not appreciated. So I recommend customers book their own independent travel rather than using this shady company. The bar attached to the hotel was awesome. Very friendly.
us1 night romance trip

Once in Joburg

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