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The Backpack

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11/06/2017 12/06/2017
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London, United Kingdom
Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

I wish that I had had more time to get to now the other residents more -- it seemed like a great community and great way find travel friends. The [free] breakfast views of Table Mountain are unforgettable. As a note, I was a single female traveler and felt extremely safe here (and throughout Cape Town).

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Lee H, Owner at The Backpack, responded to this review

Thanks so much for taking the time to review us. We are amped you love our spot and it's definitely a great way to make friends. Our views are awesome we are so lucky and we never get tired of them. The best for us is that you felt safe as that was always our intention right from the very...

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Reviewed 20 February 2017

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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JadeCPT, Manager at The Backpack, responded to this review

Hi there and thank you so much for this great review! We are smiling from ear to ear and of course, we love you too! See you soon. Kind Regards, The Backpack Team.

Egham, United Kingdom
Reviewed 1 week ago

Great stay, plenty of room in dorm, nice large locker, the pool is lovely with the view of table mountain, just a shame the hostel was a little quiet on atmosphere when i stayed. Staff are really helpful for booking anything you need and security is top notch.

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Lee H, Owner at The Backpack, responded to this review

Thanks for taking the time to review us. One can never tell how busy or quiet we will be each night so its a shame you were not here on the nights we were rocking. So happy you appreciated our big spacious dorms maybe next time try one of our private rooms. Kind regards The Backpack Team

Portland, Oregon
Reviewed 1 week ago

This place is GREAT! Stay there! Pros: Easy walking distance to food, nightlife and downtown w/o all the noise of being downtown. The whole place is adorable, clean, and well done. Pool, lounge area, garden. It's beautiful! Amazing breakfast included in price. Private rooms are super comfy! Lots of bathrooms and showers. They are very eco-friendly and save water due...

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Lee H, Owner at The Backpack, responded to this review

Thank you so much for your glowing review we are so happy you loved our place and will continue to do more so come back. Thanks for pointing out our lack of utensils in the kitchen I will see that they get updated. Hope to see you back here again. Kind regards The Backpack Team

Merignac, France
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Nice people, bedroom are very comfortable, the decoration is nice and colorfull, you have lot of choice for your breakfast, the view on the mountain specially table moutain is amazing. So I will go back without any doubt ! :)

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JadeBackpack, Manager at The Backpack, responded to this review

Thank you for the compliments and we look forward to seeing you again soon! Kind Regards, The Backpack Team.

Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

My favourite backpackers by far. Slightly more expensive than some of the other places but worth every penny. My fiance and I stayed in the tent the first night which was really cool and then a double room the next and it was so much fun. The people were really nice and helpful and the overall atmosphere and aesthetics were...

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JadeBackpack, Manager at The Backpack, responded to this review

Wow! Thanks for an awesome review. While we can't offer you a permanent room, we hope this means you will be back soon to visit us :) Kind Regards, The Backpac Team.

Somerset West, South Africa
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

I attended World Travel Market in Cape Town last week, and needed a place in the city to stay for the week. The Backpack was very conveniently located in the center of the city, making it possible for me to go back to freshen up between meetings and evening events. Breakfast is included and is AMAZING. Seriously. It feels like...

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JadeBackpack, Manager at The Backpack, responded to this review

Hey Cindy! Thank you so much for coming to stay with us at our hostel and we are so pleased that you had a fun time with us and also a great WTM 2017! We hope to see you again. Kind Regards, The Backpack Team.

Grapevine, Texas
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

My wife and I stayed for two nights. We had a private room with an en suite bathroom. The room is tidy but the bathroom smelled awful. The staff was great, the location was good. We are in our mid 30s and felt old here!!! Best suited for 20's backpackers.

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JadeBackpack, Manager at The Backpack, responded to this review

Hi there, we would like to think we are suited to all ages; we have had young children with parents, student groups, young adults and even elderly grandparents stay with us! We do apologise for the smell; we sometimes experience drain or damp smells or which can be resolved if we are notified of them. Kind Regards, The Backpack Team.

Sydney, Australia
Reviewed 22 April 2017

We love this place, my husband and son having also stayed at The Backpack 2 years earlier. The staff are friendly and relaxed, and the location couldn't be better, with terrific eateries just around the corner and spectacular views of Table Mountain.

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JadeBackpack, Manager at The Backpack, responded to this review

Hi there, thank you for coming to visit us so you can see what your husband and son enjoyed so much two years ago! Hope to see you all again soon. Kind Regards, The Backpack Team.

Oslo, Norway
Reviewed 21 April 2017

The Backpack has only one fault: The locks on the small closets in the rooms (for your belongings) don't work. However, I could leave my laptop behind at reception and they watched it for me (they keep it in a room behind them). They also have safes that lock for your belongings (I was lucky enough to get one big...

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JadeBackpack, Manager at The Backpack, responded to this review

Hi there! Wow, thanks for all the praises and we are glad that you were able to get a safe in the end. The lockers in the dorm rooms only work with a specific sized lock, which we sell at the hostel. Kind Regards, The Backpack Team.

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  • Bar/Lounge
  • Breakfast included
  • Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi )
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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: R349 - R1 420 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Number of rooms: 38
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“4 bed dorm room is close to entry, could be loud but not sure. Most of the privates are near the back and super quiet!”
  • View of Table Mountain from the garden/pool area
  • Bathroom and Shower area
andreatJ6895QF, 16 May 2017 | Read review
“Rooms along the back hallway are smoky.”
Mary859, 18 Apr 2017 | Read review
“Book early, it fills up fast.”
U78YGmichaell, 10 Apr 2017 | Read review
“Rooms on the S/E side have views of Table Mountain.”
christopherdM8262TI, 1 Apr 2017 | Read review
“bigger capacity rooms save you money and don't lack anything for it!”
tomgarble, 26 Mar 2017 | Read review
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