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Urban Hive Backpackers

208 Long Street, Cape Town Central 8001 South Africa
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#44 of 170 Speciality lodging in Cape Town Central
Urban Hive Backpackers is located in the heart of Cape Town, in the iconic blue and white striped Victorian building which stands proud at the top of vibrant Long Street. Watch life’s passing parade from the two panoramic balconies with our 180° street views whilst enjoying a drink with new friends. Our funky, custom-built dorms sleep 3, 6 and 9 people, with one reserved exclusively for women. We also have a variety of stylishly decorated twin, double and single rooms. Facilities include a fully equipped communal kitchen with free coffee and tea, a cozy back ally with hanging plants and lights and a living room with full DSTV, a pool room and a reception and travel desk that’s open 24/7. At night, join the party or take a quick ride to one of Cape Town’s many attractions. Long Street is packed with bars, ethnic restaurants, antique stores, bookstores and bohemian clothing shops – all of which offer a diversified culture that appeals to travellers from around the globe.
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Property amenities
Paid public parking nearby
Free internet
Game room
Airport transportation
Adults only
BBQ facilities
24-hour front desk
Street parking
Board games / puzzles
Car hire
Baggage storage
Non-smoking hotel
Outdoor furniture
Shared kitchen
Shared lounge / TV area
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Room features
Bottled water
Room types
Non-smoking rooms
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Languages Spoken
English, French, Portuguese
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marckdan wrote a review Oct 2021
Kuwait City, Kuwait9 contributions
I've stayed there a few nights, and return again & again; even contemplating a long stay. The place is clean; the communal kitchen & lounge area is inviting, the in-house pub & adjoining balcony is cosy and gives the feel of a private party, above the bustle of Long Street below. Communal bathrooms are OK, kept clean. I love the many nooks & turns & corners of the old house and the creaking wooden floors. But the guests are what make the place feel like a home away from home -- an eclectic mix of local & foreign visitors passing through the city. There's a feeling & atmosphere of being in a backpackers in a foreign city, somewhere abroad, making one feel as if one is on holiday, somewhere away from home. I love this place! It's become my accommodation of first choice, for a party night or two in the city.
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Date of stay: September 2021
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Room Tip: Double rooms are the best (esp with balcony access).
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Fortunate khangale wrote a review Mar 2020
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Fortunate khangale i stayed there for 2 and left for a tournament but when i was done i went bavk because its amazing services and close to everything and the people so friendly. Love the place. THEMBILE IS THE GUY THAT HELPED ME
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Date of stay: March 2020Trip type: Travelled with friends
Corey G wrote a review Feb 2020
2 contributions2 helpful votes
This is a wonderful hostel with helpful staff and a balcony overlooking Long Street. It has all the amenities I would need and, as of recently, has a lively bar as well. Thank you for a wonderful stay and for making this hostel feel like home.
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Date of stay: February 2020Trip type: Travelled solo
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Alexander Fabricius wrote a review Feb 2020
Kongens Lyngby, Denmark15 contributions1 helpful vote
What a cool place, really good atmosphere and warm hearted people ( especially the staff ) the staff engaged all my trips ( bungee jump, shark cage, garden rute, Wine tour, snorkling with seals, and paragliding ( Amazing ) and there were no problems, I can only recommend it. I am a big fan of the paintings that are made and i can spend hours looking at them. The location could hardly be better, short way to table mountain, waterfront, the mall and alot of restaurants and bars. I love South Africa 🤩
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Date of stay: December 2019Trip type: Travelled with friends
andreacl wrote a review Jan 2020
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We booked this hostel for one night to sleep. Let me just say, we did not sleep. This hostel play LOUD (!!!!) music all night long which you can hear completely. NO Sound isolation. Worst thing i have ever tried.
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Date of stay: January 2020Trip type: Travelled with friends
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South AfricaWestern CapeCape TownCape Town Central
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Frequently Asked Questions about Urban Hive Backpackers
Which popular attractions are close to Urban Hive Backpackers?
Nearby attractions include Local Knowledge (0.2 km), Company's Gardens (0.2 km), and Inverdoorn Private Game Reserve (0.4 km).
What are some of the property amenities at Urban Hive Backpackers?
Some of the more popular amenities offered include airport transportation, free internet access, and baggage storage.
What food & drink options are available at Urban Hive Backpackers?
Guests can enjoy barbeque facilities during their stay.
Is parking available at Urban Hive Backpackers?
Yes, paid public parking nearby and street parking are available to guests.
What are some restaurants close to Urban Hive Backpackers?
Conveniently located restaurants include Iron Steak and Bar, SeaBreeze Fish & Shell, and Lola's.
Does Urban Hive Backpackers have airport transportation?
Yes, Urban Hive Backpackers offers airport transportation for guests. We recommend calling ahead to confirm details.
Which languages are spoken by the staff at Urban Hive Backpackers?
The staff speaks multiple languages, including English, French, and Portuguese.
Are there any historical sites close to Urban Hive Backpackers?
Many travellers enjoy visiting Iziko Slave Lodge (0.4 km), City Hall (1.0 km), and Irma Stern Museum (5.8 km).