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Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

We had the pleasure of staying at The Backpack for two weeks and felt at home in friendly and comfortable spaces! Environmental sustainability is embraced and awareness raised in all common areas of the hostel, which makes it stand out and setting an example. Traditional patterns on the wall paper and couches and rooms add a beautiful touch to the...

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Miami, Florida
Reviewed 4 days ago NEWvia mobile

I was traveling solo and it is a great place to meet people. It is centrally located and the staff is very friendly and helpful. Accommodations are simple but you have everything you need. I booked a room with a private bathroom so it was great and very convenient. You can book all your tours at the front desk and...

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Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Reviewed 1 week ago

The hostel is very well located and the room was very nice. The breakfast was amazing! At least during my stay it didn't seem much of a party hostel and more of a relaxed hotel! The only problem is that the water in the shower takes forever to get warm enough... I ended up taking cold shower so I wouldn't...

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Lucerne, Switzerland
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We stayed here for 2 nights and had a double room with shared bath room. The room was very spacious and clean. The breakfast offers a variety of bread, fruit, jam, cheese etc really great! The location itself in Gardens is close to bars and restaurants but still chilled and not overrun by party people. It has nice relaxing areas....

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Manchester
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This hostel is really pretty good. The location is in a cool area close to Bo Kaap, Kloof St and Bree St (all walking distance). The facilities, rooms and breakfast area also spot on. I opted for the 4 bed dorm with en-suite however, unfortunately this room (called Sylvia) is right next to the bar / breakfast area and the...

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JadeCPT, Manager at The Backpack, responded to this review

Hi there, thank you for writing us this review. We are glad that you had a pleasant stay with us and we do apologise for the noisy room. That room is situated right by the entrance of the hostel and entertainment area and unfortunately is more noisy than other rooms. The security guards on duty throughout the evenings try their...

Perth, United Kingdom
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

The hostel is conveniently located in central Cape Town. Camps Bay and the waterfront are only a 10 minute taxi ride and Long Street a 10 minute walk. There is a bus stop for the sightseeing bus a 5 minute walk away. The view from our room looked onto table mountain which was amazing! Breakfast is provided until 10am and...

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JadeCPT, Manager at The Backpack, responded to this review

Hi there, thank you so much for choosing to stay with us and we hope you will return again in the future for another visit! Kind Regards, The Backpack Team

Leicester, United Kingdom
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

I stayed here recently for a week and came with a friend from back home. From the very moment we arrived we were greeted in a friendly and helpful manner by the staff here and by the people who were staying here. The rooms were very clean as were the bathroom and shower facilities. This hostel is a little pricier...

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JadeCPT, Manager at The Backpack, responded to this review

Hey there! Thank you so much for all your praises and we are so glad you got to participate in our Tuesday Braai night! We also have Thursday Burger and Quiz nights so we hope you will come visit us again soon and join in for that! Kind Regards, The Backpack Team.

Hull
Reviewed 5 weeks ago

This is by far the best hostel I have ever stayed. Very clean and decorated brilliantly. The room we was in was like my bedroom at home. Really big with a comfortable bed. Location is central not far from long street. Breaksfast is good to. Staff are really helpfull and friendly.

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JadeCPT, Manager at The Backpack, responded to this review

WOW! The best! Thank you so much, please come back and visit us in the future :) Kind Regards, The Backpack Team.

Colombo, Sri Lanka
Reviewed 18 January 2017

Stayed for about six days over New Years 2017 with 12 people and had an amazing time here! Really friendly staff, decorated beautifully, comfy and clean - they even made our beds every morning! One of the better backpacker hostels I've stayed in! Super super location for getting around Cape Town and we felt very safe here. Pool was good...

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JadeCPT, Manager at The Backpack, responded to this review

Hi there, thank you so much for the positive feedback on your stay at our hostel. We hope we will see you again soon! Kind Regards, The Backpack Team.

Reviewed 16 January 2017

The Backpack is a large, spacious and modern hostel. The staff are friendly and helpful, and there's loads on offer. Great for meeting other travellers too. Unfortunately I was located in a room very close to the central courtyard which tends to be a bit noisy some evenings, and sharing with two bad snorers, some not the greatest sleep. But...

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JadeCPT, Manager at The Backpack, responded to this review

Hi there, thank you so much for coming to stay with us; we are glad that you had a good time! Sorry about the noise and the snorers, get yourself some handy travel ear plugs for your next trip... so worth it! Kind Regards, The Backpack Team.

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  • Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi )
  • Pool
  • Free Parking
  • Bar/Lounge
  • Breakfast included
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  • Pool
  • Bar/Lounge
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  • Non-Smoking Rooms
  • Family Rooms
  • Smoking rooms available
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  • Free Internet
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Official Description (provided by the hotel)
Selected as best value stay in the world 2014 by Lonely Planet and Best Hostel in Africa 2014 by Hostelworld customers. Making a difference is more than just an initiative of The Backpack, it is the way we are, the way we work and the way we live. South Africa's original award-winning backpacker hostel and travel agency is simply the best place to make your travel arrangements, with all the facilities you can expect from a hip, urban hostel, such as stylishly decorated Afro-chic rooms offering superior comfort and quality, with shared or en-suite bathrooms, private electronic safes and in-house ATM. Stay in touch in our internet cafe or use WiFi throughout the hostel; swim in the pool with a stunning view of Table Mountain, or meet like-minded international travellers in our buzzing Cafe or Bar. We offer a variety of rooms, ranging from 8- and 4-bed dorms, to singles, twins, doubles and family rooms. We have recently built a loft apartment with amazing views of Table Mountain featuring its own kitchen. The hostel has communal kitchen and dining facilities; lots of sociable and chill-out spots to relax in. A night on the town in Long Street, gorgeous Clifton and Camps Bay beaches, Table Mountain, V&A Waterfront and the city centre is just a stone's throw away. Awards: Awarded Best Hostel in South Africa 2014, 2013, 2010, 2009 & 2008, Awarded Best Hostel in Africa 2014, Lonely Planet Top 10 Best Value Stays 2014. Independent winner for Best Practice Economic Impact - Imvelo Awards 2011, Independent winner for Best Single Resource Management Program in Waste Management - Imvelo Awards 2011, "One of the world's 10 coolest hostels" Guardian UK - 2010, Winner of 2011 AA Quality Assured Accommodation ... more   less 

Additional Information about The Backpack

Address: 74 New Church Street | Tamboerskloof, Cape Town Central 8001, South Africa
Region: South Africa > Western Cape > Cape Town > Cape Town Central > City Bowl , Tamboerskloof
Price Range: R354 - R1 639 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Number of rooms: 38
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“4 bed dorms are a good mid-way sharing option”
 of 5 bubbles 186beatricet, 20 Feb 2017 | Read review
“Not Sylvia”
 of 5 bubbles JustSo13, 1 Feb 2017 | Read review
“Rooms away from the main social area will be quieter. More private rooms are available at greater expense.”
 of 5 bubbles shanetravel86, 26 Jan 2017 | Read review
“Breakfast is amazing!”
 of 5 bubbles 422leandrar, 7 Jan 2017 | Read review
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