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Mossel Bay, South Africa
Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

An amazing hostel with nearly perfect conditions in all aspects - surrounding, staff, rooms, equipment. We had 5 wonderful days in Cape Town and will definitely miss the wonderful breakfast every morning with Table Mountain in sight!

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Maroochydore, Australia
Reviewed 1 week ago

A little more expensive than other backpackers, this establishment is more of a homestay at 500 Rand per night for a 3-bed share, lovely clean room, decorated beautifully. Fantastic transport\pick up\drop off service ... longer-term staff (which provides a nice stability), lovely breakfast included in a very comfortable dining\entertainment\bar area. Lots of other areas for more quiet solo times. Close...

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JadeCPT, Manager at The Backpack, responded to this review

Hi there Janette. We are so happy to hear that you enjoyed your stay with us and found your way around Cape Town easily and conveniently! We hope to see you again! Kind Regards, The Backpack Team.

Minneapolis, Minnesota
Reviewed 1 week ago

We opted to stay in their cool outdoor tent for 3 nights while traveling through Cape Town and it was a neat experience but not what we expected as the locking for the tent was terrible and there was no safe inside, so I wouldn't recommend it. Pros: Good breakfast spread, pool, cleanish bathrooms, friendly cleaning/cooking staff Cons: Loud heavy...

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

Hi Chelsea Firstly I am so sorry about the way you were made to feel by our security guard and front desk staff. The office is supposed to be kept locked at all times after our Reception staff leave at 10 p.m. They do have to come inside for late check ins but it is supposed to be locked after...

Singapore, Singapore
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The Backpack was just a brilliant place to stay. Very safe and well thought out a hostel. I had a fantastic time there. The people working at the hostel were just wonderful and warm. They're really trying to do good things for the community as well which was nice to see. You have to go here.

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JadeCPT, Manager at The Backpack, responded to this review

Hi there and thanks for the awesome feedback! We hope you will come back to visit. Kind Regards, The Backpack Team.

Nelspruit, South Africa
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Thanks we had a wonderful night stay here at this awesome backpackers in heart of CapeTown. The rooms are clean well decorated,comfortable bedding. The staff are helpful . Breakfast is unbelievable for a Backpakers wow.Simple but delicious. The view at pool of the mountain make the early mornings worth while getting up and chilling before the rest of crowd wake...

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JadeCPT, Manager at The Backpack, responded to this review

Hi there, and thank you for choosing to stay with us! We are so pleased that we made it one to remember for you! Kind Regards, The Backpack Team.

Rotterdam, The Netherlands
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Enjoyed my stay here. The rooms were fine, the guests all social and sociable. Close to cafes and restaurants and friendly personnel ready to help you. It helps you feel at home in cape town and is a good point to venture

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JadeCPT, Manager at The Backpack, responded to this review

Hi there! Thanks for the positive review and hope to see you again soon! Kind Regards, The Backpack Team

Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Thanks to all the team, mostly women, who work so hard to make the Backpack a peaceful, clean and enjoyable place! It's well situated and there's a lot of differents space inside so event thought there's about one hundred people there, it feel all homy. See you next time!

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JadeCPT, Manager at The Backpack, responded to this review

Hey there, thanks for the positive words and we look forward to greeting you in the future. Kind Regards, The Backpack Team.

Pittsburgh
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

From someone who usually doesn't stay in hostels, this place was perfect! It was in a good location (close to Long St and all the bars) and had a very friendly staff. The rooms (I stayed in a 4 person co-ed dorm with a bathroom, and then another stay in a 4 person co-ed dorm without a bathroom) were clean,...

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JadeCPT, Manager at The Backpack, responded to this review

Hey! Thanks for the review and for all the compliments. We are glad that you enjoyed staying with us; the cleanliness, friendliness and overall experience. We hope to see you again soon. Kind Regards, The Backpack Team.

Plouguerneau, France
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Very nice place. The staff is very friendly and helpfull. The room are very well decorated as well as the overall hostel. The continental breakfast is nice, with plenty of choice. You will spend a nice time.

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JadeCPT, Manager at The Backpack, responded to this review

Hi there, thank you for the good review. We hope you will be back in the future to visit us and Cape Town again. Kind Regards, The Backpack Team.

Austin, Texas
Reviewed 31 October 2016

I stayed at the backpack this past October for one week. I arrived early as I took a 6 am flight from Durban. I was allowed to check in around 11:30 am. The lady Portia at the reception desk was extremely professional, polite, well spoken and she remained that way thru-out my stay at the Backpackers. She asked what type...

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JadeCPT, Manager at The Backpack, responded to this review

Hi there. On the positive, we are happy to know that Portia was extremely helpful and that you were able to go on some fun tours! The ladies on the front desk are all ladies of colour, such as yourself, so it is odd that you felt discriminated against. This is disappointing to find out as it is never our...

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  • Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi )
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  • Free Parking
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  • Free Breakfast
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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: $30 - $150 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Number of rooms: 38
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“Share rooms at the back have a view of Table Mountain.”
 of 5 bubbles 515janettew, 3 Dec 2016 | Read review
“The rooms at the front of the building get early sun, so its a little harder to sleep in, but otherwise, they were all good!”
 of 5 bubbles amycD7797QP, 8 Nov 2016 | Read review
“Car parking is a schlep, but its a great place to stay ! Private bathroom rooms are the best.”
 of 5 bubbles Mukti_Ki, 24 Oct 2016 | Read review
“pay a little extra and get a private room”
 of 5 bubbles Shona68, 18 Oct 2016 | Read review
“Best location next to table mountain and long street”
 of 5 bubbles 558rafaeli, 4 Oct 2016 | Read review
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