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Munich, Germany
Reviewed 26 November 2015

I had a great stay in this place for three nights in a 8 bed dorm. Very friendly, committed and organized staff, big rooms and other chillout areas, very good breakfast, enough and very clean bathrooms. Definetely worth the price!

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JadeCPT, Manager at The Backpack, responded to this review

Hey there. Thanks for choosing to stay with us, and it is great that you found our hostel clean and the breakfasts delicious. Kind Regards, Jade Calmeyer

Chester, United Kingdom
Reviewed 25 November 2015

Myself and my partner are currently staying at the Backpack and are incredibly impressed with the hostel. We are staying in the Nelson Mandela Suite (Madiba) which is clean, comfortable and stylish in it's decor. The service we have received was excellent and the staff are very friendly and helpful. The self service breakfast was perfect for what we wanted....

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Hi there. Thank you for reviewing The Backpack. We are so pleased that you had a fun stay with us and enjoyed the breakfast and the pool area, despite it being a little chilly! We hope to see you again soon. Kind Regards, Jade Calmeyer

Lubeck, Germany
Reviewed 23 November 2015

We spend some great days in The Backpack! The history and the current projects are awesome - not a "normal" hostel at all! Place to sleep for people who care! Design of the rooms is inspiring! Thank you @The Backpack Team

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Hey there and thanks for the review of our hostel. We are so glad that you enjoyed your stay and got the chance to hear more about the work we do in the communities. Your stay has made a difference. Hope to see you again in the near future. Kind Regards, Jade Calmeyer

Cape Town Central, South Africa
Reviewed 16 November 2015

The owner and her staff are a lovely and fun bunch who make an effort with each of their guests. The rooms are spacious and well-kept. Everyone is just always ready to assist and the owner is such a lovely lady who made an effort to know everyone's name and is super friendly. I'm definitely going back!

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Hey there. It is so awesome to know that you had a great time with us at the Backpack and hopefully we will be seeing you again in the near future! Kind regards, Jade Calmeyer.

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Reviewed 15 November 2015 via mobile

The highlight of my stay was the breakfast oatmeal. I loved the delicious and tasty healthy options they served (cucumbers, tomatoes, hard boiled eggs, yogurt, muffins, etc...). The staff was very helpful and friendly in recommendations and booking tours.

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Hi there, thank you for taking the time to review us. We are also so excited with our healthy continental breakfast that is served every morning, to give you some energy for the exciting day of tours ahead! Hope to see you again soon. Kind Regards, Jade Calmeyer

Soweto, South Africa
Reviewed 12 November 2015

The service was excellent from the moment i walked in with my one year old baby.I dare any company in South Africa to take their staff here if they want to train them on excellent service delivery.Fantastic friendly staff willing to help at any cost .There was never a moment where i felt i was bothering anyone for anything i...

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JadeCPT, Manager at The Backpack, responded to this review

Hi there! Oh and it was such a pleasure getting to know you and of course, the baba! Thank you for all the inspiration chats and idea sharing sessions; we all thoroughly enjoyed it and most of all... the baby sitting! We hope that you will come and visit us again soon. Kind Regards, Jade Calmeyer

Prague, Czech Republic
Reviewed 10 November 2015

One of the best hostels with awesome vibe that I have stayed in. Right in the central Cape Town with everyting that you could need. Clean, cosy, easy access, breakfest included, free wifi, plenty of common areas, swimming pool with the view of Table mountain, and in case you would get cold, you can cover yourself with extra blanket and...

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Thank yo so much for taking the time to review us. All of us at The Backpack had an unforgettable time during your stay with us. We miss all the Red Bull Amaphiko graduates and mentors' energy! It was truly amazing! We hope to see you again soon with your family. Toni and the Backpack Staff

Johannesburg, South Africa
Reviewed 9 November 2015

I really enjoyed my stay at the Backpack, the staff where so friendly and ready to assist. The breakfast served was exceptional. The backpack is perfectly located, close restaurants, the beach, as well as the mountains - all the things one needs to experience during a first visit.

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Hey, we are so pleased that you chose to stay with us at The Backpack and that we could help you on your way to see all the awesome attractions Cape Town has to offer. Kind Regards, Jade Calmeyer.

Reviewed 9 November 2015

We've been here for 10 days with the Red Bull Amaphiko Academy group and it felt like home, clean, generous breakfasts, best staff ever always greeting us with a smile be it early morning or late night. Great for team building.

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Hi, thanks for reviewing us! We are so glad you enjoyed your extended stay with us, as we enjoyed having you with us. The stories and ideas were fascinating and all staff walked out of the week feeling inspired! Thank you for sharing this with us and we hope we can catch up again in the future. Kind Regards, Jade...

London, United Kingdom
Reviewed 1 November 2015 via mobile

Very nice bedrooms, plenty of common areas, very nice and friendly bar. The best is the staff, very nice and friendly. Our shark and whale sighting was cancelled and helped us out with the best activities to do on the area for two more days and after three days in CT. Great views to Table Mountain!

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Hi there, thank you for the review. We are so pleased that you enjoyed your stay with us and that, despite your tours being cancelled, the staff were still able to give you some good ideas for what to do in and around Cape Town. Kind Regards, Jade Calmeyer

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  • 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 

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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: $35 - $151 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Number of rooms: 38
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