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Villa Viva Cape Town

74 New Church Street, Cape Town Central 8001 South Africa
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#4 of 34 hostels in Cape Town Central
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Villa Viva is a Guest House, a fresh, innovative social business, meeting and networking platform to share and express creative work, social projects and celebrating life. Villa Viva Cape town spreads over 4 Victorian houses with high ceilings, wooden floors and tin pressed ceilings in one of the houses. Villa Viva is located in the heart and hustle of the “Mother City” – Cape Town. The multifaceted compilation of courtyards, community spaces, our bar and the ceremony-tent convey the look and feel of a small village - table mountain view, our colorful garden and refreshing poolside make you feel connected with nature while you are just a stone’s throw away from the buzz of town. A big variety of spaces create a unique experience for guests, colleagues, partners, visitors and everybody else who drops in. We are all about people! Our team will welcome you and make you feel like part of the family. Feel free to make friends and share the vibe because we are all connected in our space.
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Property amenities
Free parking
Free High Speed Internet (WiFi)
Pool
Free breakfast
Billiards
Board games / puzzles
Airport transportation
24-hour security
Street parking
Wifi
Outdoor pool
Saltwater pool
Bar / lounge
Coffee shop
Breakfast available
Breakfast buffet
Snack bar
Vending machine
Shuttle bus service
Car hire
Taxi service
BBQ facilities
Baggage storage
Currency exchange
Gift shop
Outdoor furniture
Shared kitchen
Shared lounge / TV area
Shops
Sun terrace
ATM on site
Laundry service
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Non-smoking rooms
Family rooms
Smoking rooms available
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HOTEL CLASS
2.0 of 5 stars
HOTEL STYLE
Mountain View
Languages Spoken
English, French, Afrikaans, Greek and 1 more
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Shawn Nicole wrote a review Aug 2022
Milwaukee, Wisconsin72 contributions25 helpful votes
This hostel is in a great location, it was clean, safe and had a nice view. It wasn’t overly warm and inviting. Check in process could have been a bit better (although we were coming in at a late time). It would be nice if water for guests was a bit easier to access or coffee in the morning etc. We enjoyed talking to other guests at the bar.
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Date of stay: August 2022Trip type: Travelled with family
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Abby J wrote a review Jul 2022
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Stayed at Villa Viva for about two weeks total during my study abroad program. Super clean and spacious rooms and the staff is absolutely amazing! They also have events at the hostel throughout the week to meet and mingle with the staff and other people staying there. Couldn’t recommend Villa Viva enough!! Definitely stay here if you get the chance.
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Date of stay: June 2022Trip type: Travelled on business
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DeeGIreland wrote a review Mar 2022
Bangor, United Kingdom26 contributions27 helpful votes
This accommodation was a fantastic few in the beautiful city of Cape Town. Very eclectic mix of visitors from young backpackers, families and couples. We stayed in an en-suite double room which was perfect for our needs. There are so many beautiful communal areas to relax in and the bar was always relaxing and comfortable. They have organised activities that you can join or you can simply use it as a base to stay in. Would thoroughly recommend and it’s great to know that some of the revenue goes to a worthy cause.
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Date of stay: March 2022Trip type: Travelled as a couple
Room Tip: Parking is free which is a huge bonus. Some rooms are quieter than others so mention your...
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Benjamin A wrote a review Oct 2021
Hamburg, Germany1 contribution
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I love the vibe of Villa Viva! Nice Team, beautiful renovated rooms and social cause. Profits go in water projects. Nice social business. Good place to connect with interesting people. I can recommend it!
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Date of stay: October 2021
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Sheckenstein wrote a review Oct 2021
Basel, Switzerland124 contributions67 helpful votes
New ownership. New management. It’s a new place. And it is fabulous. Location is still as perfect as before. Staff is full of good vibes. Experience the lifestyle of Viva con Agua in the newly renovated Villa Viva and support the mission of Viva con Agua.
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Date of stay: October 2021Trip type: Travelled with family
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Response from moritz wrubel, Owner at Villa Viva Cape Town
Responded 17 Oct 2021
Dear Gabriel, Many thanks for your positive feedback. Much appreciated. Lovely having you at Villa Viva with family and looking forward to see you soon again in the Mother City. Best Regards, Villa Viva Team
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Karim Badr wrote a review Jun 2020
Cairo, Egypt48 contributions6 helpful votes
It is a quite nice backpackers place, it was not very convenient to me, but I enjoyed my stay for 2 nights, the place is clean and good. The Staff is very kind and decent. The mood of the place is very lovely, it is a place where people have fun and enjoy warm hospitality.
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Date of stay: July 2019
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Response from moritz wrubel, Owner at Villa Viva Cape Town
Responded 17 Oct 2021
Thank you so much for your review we are delighted you enjoyed your stay with us.
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Sarah wrote a review Mar 2020
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We stayed for four nights at The Backpack and really enjoyed our stay! Staff are super friendly and you'll quickly feel at home here. Good location for bars and restaurants, love the views of Table Mountain from our bedroom window! Happy to support a place with so much heart that gives back to the community and supports others. Highly recommended!
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Date of stay: March 2020
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Room Tip: We had the Madiba room, a double room with ensuite facilities and views of Table Mountain.
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Response from lee harris, Owner at Villa Viva Cape Town
Responded 30 Mar 2020
Thank you so much for your review we are delighted you enjoyed your stay with us. The Backpack Team
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Jonathan R wrote a review Mar 2020
Bogota, Colombia3 contributions
Great hostel. Has everything you need in a hostel to have a wonderful time in Cape Town. They also have a wide variety of options to carry out all the must do activities in this beautiful city. I would go there again.
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Date of stay: March 2020
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Room Tip: I chose the private double room. It was a very good choice.
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Response from lee harris, Owner at Villa Viva Cape Town
Responded 23 Mar 2020
Oh how lovely thank you so much for your review. Catch you on the rebound! Stay safe The Backpack Team
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marina wrote a review Mar 2020
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The Staff was very welcoming and very helpfull, helped to understand the city, what to do, what not to do, how it works with locals Very ecofrienldly orientated Rooms were clean Nice living room to chill out with other (german :p) travelers I highly recommend this Backpack
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Date of stay: February 2020
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Trip type: Travelled on business
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CarlisleLori wrote a review Mar 2020
Ottawa, Canada74 contributions62 helpful votes
We always stay at the Backpack when staying in Cape Town. This place is the best value for your money and the staff are always so friendly! We always make a point to bing donations for their community work. The double rooms with or without ensuites are lovely. They have new windows in some of the rooms on the road/pool side which make them very quiet.
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Date of stay: March 2020
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Room Tip: All rooms are unique, upper rooms are warmer than main floor rooms.
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Response from lee harris, Owner at Villa Viva Cape Town
Responded 18 Mar 2020
Thank you so much Lori and for all the Pack for a Purpose goodies you brought to South Africa. They have been given to our charities who are forever grateful for these supplies of soccer boots, school backpacks the beautiful knitted goods not to mention the awesome patchwork quilts, wool and stationary. We hope to see you again later in the year. Stay safe! The Backpack Team
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PRICE RANGE
R 500 - R 1,287 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
ALSO KNOWN AS
the backpack hotel cape town central
LOCATION
South AfricaWestern CapeCape TownCape Town CentralTamboerskloof / City Bowl
NUMBER OF ROOMS
33
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Frequently Asked Questions about Villa Viva Cape Town
Which popular attractions are close to Villa Viva Cape Town?
Nearby attractions include The Neighbourgood Experience (0.4 km), Dinner Time Stories SA (0.3 km), and Iziko South African Museum and Planetarium (0.5 km).
What are some of the property amenities at Villa Viva Cape Town?
Some of the more popular amenities offered include free wifi, free breakfast, and a pool.
What food & drink options are available at Villa Viva Cape Town?
Guests can enjoy free breakfast, a lounge, and barbeque facilities during their stay.
Is parking available at Villa Viva Cape Town?
Yes, free parking and street parking are available to guests.
What are some restaurants close to Villa Viva Cape Town?
Conveniently located restaurants include Miller's Thumb, SeaBreeze Fish & Shell, and Thali.
Are there opportunities to exercise at Villa Viva Cape Town?
Yes, guests have access to a pool during their stay.
Does Villa Viva Cape Town have airport transportation?
Yes, Villa Viva Cape Town offers airport transportation for guests. We recommend calling ahead to confirm details.
Which languages are spoken by the staff at Villa Viva Cape Town?
The staff speaks multiple languages, including English, French, Greek, Afrikaans, and Xhosa.
Are there any historical sites close to Villa Viva Cape Town?
Many travellers enjoy visiting Iziko Slave Lodge (0.9 km), City Hall (1.1 km), and Iziko Bo Kaap Museum (0.7 km).
Does Villa Viva Cape Town have any great views?
Yes, guests often enjoy the mountain view available here.