The Big - Luxury Backpackers

The Big - Luxury Backpackers

18 Thornhill Road, Green Point 8005 South Africa
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#1 of 3 hostels in Green Point
4.8 of 5 bubbles
Location
4.9 of 5 bubbles
Cleanliness
4.9 of 5 bubbles
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4.9 of 5 bubbles
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THE BIG is a newly renovated luxury backpackers perfectly situated in the leafy suburb of Green Point in Cape Town. It's walking distance from the V&A Waterfront, Cape Town Stadium, transport systems, gym facilities, restaurants and coffee shops. It's a short drive to Clifton/Camps Bay beaches as well as the Cape Town CBD. Most of Cape Towns greatest attractions are within close proximity: Table Mountain, Ferry to Robben Island, the aquarium, Sea Point Promenade, Lion's Head and Signal Hill. THE BIG has an inverter hence our guests aren't affected by the frequent power cuts called Load Shedding. Everyone who leaves the backpackers is sad to go, the entire team join forces to make sure to give you a home away from home experience. Rooms are serviced daily, free fast wifi & free breakfast are included.
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Property amenities
Free parking
Free High Speed Internet (WiFi)
Pool
Free breakfast
Evening entertainment
Airport transportation
24-hour security
BBQ facilities
Secured parking
Wifi
Pool / beach towels
Outdoor pool
Bar / lounge
Breakfast buffet
Complimentary Instant Coffee
Complimentary tea
Baggage storage
Non-smoking hotel
Outdoor furniture
Shared bathroom
Shared kitchen
Shared lounge / TV area
First aid kit
Umbrella
24-hour check-in
Laundry service
Room features
Air conditioning
Housekeeping
Private bathrooms
Coffee / tea maker
Microwave
Oven
Bath / shower
Complimentary toiletries
Refrigerator
Stovetop
Electric kettle
Kitchenware
Hair dryer
Room types
Non-smoking rooms
Family rooms
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HOTEL CLASS
Star ratings are intended to indicate the general level of features, amenities, and services to expect. This property is classified according to Giata.
2.0 of 5 stars
HOTEL STYLE
Trendy
Languages Spoken
English, French, Afrikaans, Hebrew

Location

18 Thornhill Road, Green Point 8005 South Africa
Getting there
Good for walkers
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Grade: 90 out of 100
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Cape Town Intl Airport
18.8 km
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1 Attraction
within 0.5 kilometers
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Thara wrote a review Feb 2024
Los Angeles, California
5.0 of 5 bubbles
I had an amazing stay at the Big. For me the no.1 thing I always look for is cleanliness. The entire property is spotless. The staff are incredibly friendly and helpful and continue to check how you are throughout your stay. Breakfast is a great way to meet other travelers if you're looking for company on your excursions. The location is quiet and residential but extremely close to anywhere you want to go in the central Cape Town areas. Beach/Pool towels to rent was an added bonus. I would definitely come back.
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Date of stay: February 2024Trip type: Travelled solo
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Laurence M wrote a review Mar 2024
5.0 of 5 bubbles
The staff was exquisite. I loved the vibe of the people staying, the breakfast that was served was delicious. The family room that I had occupied was clean and the bathroom spacious. Next time it will be a balcony room for me so that I can enjoy the rays of sun & heath a bit more 😁
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Date of stay: March 2024Trip type: Travelled with family
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Julie Nelly wrote a review Mar 2020
Aix-en-Provence, France
5.0 of 5 bubbles
We stayed at the family room and everything was perfect for our stay. The kitchen is very useful, air con, bunk beds for the kids and private bathroom. Perfect location in Green Point. Very helpful staff!
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Date of stay: February 2020
4.0 of 5 bubblesRooms
5.0 of 5 bubblesService
4.0 of 5 bubblesSleep Quality
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Response from BIG Backpackers, General Manager at The Big - Luxury Backpackers
Responded 04 Mar 2020
Wow , thank you so much for your amazing review! We are so happy to hear you were so comfortable and at home while staying with us ! We hope you will come back and visit us soon !
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Anna Carolina B wrote a review Oct 2023
5.0 of 5 bubbles
The big is a wonderful backpacker. The double room was amazing. It has personal touches that make us feel at home. There are coffee and tea available in the communal kitchen. Our room had a TV with Netflix, air-conditioning, and good Wi-Fi. All the girls in the reception were incredibly friendly. It seemed like we had been friends for a long time (especially Dommi). They arranged everything for us, like whale watching, a guide for the Table Mountain hike, car rental, and restaurants. They turned our travel into an incredible experience.
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Date of stay: October 2023
5.0 of 5 bubblesValue
5.0 of 5 bubblesLocation
5.0 of 5 bubblesService
Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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karen19020 wrote a review Dec 2023
Bensalem, Pennsylvania
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Wonderful experience from beginning to end. Great location, beautiful room and amenities. The breakfast was perfect. The staff were so friendly and helpful. They arranged tours and helped with anything I needed during my stay. Everything was clean and modern. The WiFi was fast. I would definitely stay here again. Wouldn’t change a single thing !! Thanks for everything !
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Date of stay: December 2023Trip type: Travelled solo
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Louise wrote a review Nov 2023
Brussels, Belgium
5.0 of 5 bubbles
We spend 3 nights in this nice place which is well located in a secure neighborhood.
The staff was very friendly and helped us for some reservations.
The breakfast was really good (fresh fruits, yogurt, etc).
Our room (the room on the top) was clean et spacious.
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Date of stay: November 2023Trip type: Travelled with friends
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Passenger63579588345 wrote a review Nov 2022
5.0 of 5 bubbles
We stayed at The BIG a few years ago, and it was honestly one of the best holidays Ive ever had! To have heard they revamped and reopened is AMAZING NEWS!

Staff was phenomenal and helpful. Place was clean and beautiful - attention to small details making travelling dream. And of course, central and in the hub of it all

Cannot wait to come stay again!
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Date of stay: November 2022Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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Response from BIG Backpackers, General Manager at The Big - Luxury Backpackers
Responded 14 Nov 2022
Hello lovely guest :) What a heart-warming message to read! Thank you so much for the cheer-up and yes we are busy re-opening... you've heard right! We can NOT wait to welcome new & previous guests through our doors! Much love - The Big Team
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Doann H wrote a review Mar 2024
Nathrop, Colorado
5.0 of 5 bubbles
We're in our 80s and are well traveled. We highly recommend THE BIG for senior travelers too. Don't be put off by It's backpackers label. It's a lovely place to stay for all ages.

It's conveniently located for walking to the Vand A Waterfront. The staff are wonderful, the rooms comfortable and clean, the breakfasts healthy and plentiful.
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Date of stay: March 2024
5.0 of 5 bubblesValue
5.0 of 5 bubblesLocation
5.0 of 5 bubblesService
Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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Annette B wrote a review Mar 2024
Houston, Texas
5.0 of 5 bubbles
What a nice and friendly place. The rooms are really ok. Shower/toilet maybe a little bit small. But that doesn't care. Nice breakfast. Everything was clean, everyday clean towels. Good and safe stay in Cape Town. Friendly people and they can give you some advise.
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Date of stay: March 2024
5.0 of 5 bubblesValue
5.0 of 5 bubblesLocation
5.0 of 5 bubblesService
Trip type: Travelled with family
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Liz A wrote a review May 2024
Salisbury, United Kingdom
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5.0 of 5 bubbles
Simple. The best backpackers on planet earth!
Perfect for a solo traveller. Gorgeous rooms, amazing staff who can’t do enough to help you plan. And delicious breakfasts!
Stayed for 10 nights but could have stayed for ever!
Highly recommend.
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Date of stay: May 2024Trip type: Travelled solo
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Response from BIG Backpackers, General Manager at The Big - Luxury Backpackers
Responded 04 Jun 2024
Helloooooo Liz :) Thank you so much for your wonderful review! Your kind words have truly warmed our hearts. We are delighted to hear that you enjoyed your stay with us. Until we meet again, know that you always have a home with us Melissa and THE BIG Family
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Jonathan L asked a question Aug 2023
London, United Kingdom26 contributions24 helpful votes
What time is breakfast served?
Answer from BIGBackpackers
Cape Town1 contribution1 helpful vote
Thanks for your answer Chikku!
Melvia S asked a question Nov 2016
2 contributions1 helpful vote
Do you have single rooms available for mid January?
Answer from travelwiz13
United States2,207 contributions147 helpful votes
Would be better to email the hostel directly.
Answer from Amelia K
Cape Town, Western Cape, South Africa
Hi UniTsh1 Thanks so much for your inquiry. Unfortunately we are already fully booked for those dates. If you would like to contact me directly through our website or email, I can put you onto our wait-list and should anything become available we will contact you immediately. Kind regards Amy Kropman
Felli M asked a question Jan 2015
10 contributions
Hi Do you have single rooms?
Answer from Amelia K
Cape Town, Western Cape, South Africa
Hi Felli Thank you for contacting THE B.I.G. We do have single rooms. Our single rooms are en-suite with a king size bed. All our rooms are serviced daily and a delicious breakfast is included in the rate. There is also free wifi in all our rooms as well as the common areas. If you let me know when you would like to join us, I can check our availability and let you know the rate. If you would like more information, please let me know. We looking forward to having you. Kind regards Amy Kropman OWNER The Backpackers in Green Point.
sheenriver wrote a tip Apr 2024
Reykjavik, Iceland39 contributions3 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
"I stayed in the 3dorm bed, really noisy, bring earplugs"
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Carol P wrote a tip Feb 2023
19 contributions22 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
"Some rooms are upstairs so you need to be able to traverse steps. "
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Kikeenz wrote a tip Aug 2019
Egypt18 contributions9 helpful votes
3.0 of 5 bubbles
"Ask for a room with a terrace."
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JItraveler wrote a tip Apr 2018
Virginia Beach, Virginia5 contributions6 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
"Ask for room facing away from parking lot"
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Steven W wrote a tip Dec 2017
23 contributions4 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
"Views aren't the best, but the top floor is probably the most quiet during the day!"
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PRICE RANGE
R 1,244 - R 2,434 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
LOCATION
South AfricaWestern CapeCape TownGreen Point
NUMBER OF ROOMS
19
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Frequently Asked Questions about The Big - Luxury Backpackers
Which popular attractions are close to The Big - Luxury Backpackers?
Nearby attractions include Greenpoint Park and Biodiversity Garden (0.5 km).
What are some of the property amenities at The Big - Luxury Backpackers?
Some of the more popular amenities offered include free wifi, free breakfast, and a pool.
Which room amenities are available at The Big - Luxury Backpackers?
Top room amenities include air conditioning, a refrigerator, and an oven.
What food & drink options are available at The Big - Luxury Backpackers?
Guests can enjoy free breakfast, a lounge, and barbeque facilities during their stay.
Is parking available at The Big - Luxury Backpackers?
Yes, free parking, secured parking, and street parking are available to guests.
What are some restaurants close to The Big - Luxury Backpackers?
Conveniently located restaurants include Giovanni's, El Burro, and The Butcher Man.
Are there opportunities to exercise at The Big - Luxury Backpackers?
Yes, guests have access to a pool during their stay.
Does The Big - Luxury Backpackers have airport transportation?
Yes, The Big - Luxury Backpackers offers airport transportation for guests. We recommend calling ahead to confirm details.
Is The Big - Luxury Backpackers located near the city centre?
Yes, it is 0.7 km away from the centre of Green Point.
Which languages are spoken by the staff at The Big - Luxury Backpackers?
The staff speaks multiple languages, including English, French, Afrikaans, and Hebrew.
Are there any historical sites close to The Big - Luxury Backpackers?
Many travellers enjoy visiting Iziko Slave Lodge (1.9 km), City Hall (2.8 km), and Iziko Bo Kaap Museum (1.3 km).
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