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The Backpackers in Green Point (The B.I.G.)

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18 Thornhill Road | Green Point, Cape Town Central 8005, South Africa
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5 of 5 stars reviewed 3 days ago
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  • Sleep Quality
    5 of 5 stars
  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
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    5 of 5 stars
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4 reviews 4 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

Gezellig is a tough Afrikaans/Dutch word to translate. It could mean cozy, friendly, sociable, nice atmosphere, fun, gregarious.... Nowhere could this word apply more than to the B.I.G.... go there to understand Gezellig.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

Lovely place - more like a boutique hotel than a hostel. I had a (large) single room with en suite bathroom. Very helpful staff and HUGE breakfast. Superb value for money. Would definitely recommend for families, solos, etc.

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Saint-Paul, Reunion Island
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

Well positioned, close to Signal Hill (to hike before breakfast) and downtown, very nice staff, very clean accomodation. Successful Wifi, Friendly atmosphere, Not expensible : I hardly recommend this place for your stay in Capetown !

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Melbourne, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

I loved my stay, with my uni friends. We were four girls and stayed in a 4 room door, and to our surprise, we shared a beautiful terrace with some french guys, in the room next door. This place, is so welcoming, the staff are great and really do fantastic recommendations, and know how to involve themselves to make you... More 

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Amelia K, Front Office Manager at The Backpackers in Green Point (The B.I.G.), responded to this review

Hey Team Australia Thanks for taking the time to white an awesome review. It is so special to read a nice message like that it gives us such a boost. looking forward to having you guys back. Many thanks Ivor and The B.I.G Team More 

Dordrecht, The Netherlands
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

Awesome hostel with AWESOME personnel. Such kind people, making you feel welcome from the moment you step through the gate. Apart from offering basically every tour or activity you can do in Cape Town, they also organize nice activities themselves (wednesday-evening braai for example!). The hostel itself has a very warm atmosphere, and feels very house-y. The rooms are very... More 

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Amelia K, Front Office Manager at The Backpackers in Green Point (The B.I.G.), responded to this review

Hey Alex How nice to hear from you. Thank you for extending and extending your stay. i can actually hear your voice when I read 'AWESOME'. You were Geselig! Ivor and THE B.I.G. Family More 

Windhoek, Namibia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

The Backpackers in Greenpoint is absolutely amazing! Had the best stay there and their hospitality is unmatched. It really felt like home away from home. I would recommend them to anyone. If I were to travel to Cape Town again I would definitely pay them another visit.

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Amelia K, Front Office Manager at The Backpackers in Green Point (The B.I.G.), responded to this review

Hey Hermein What a pleasure having you and your crazy crew. Please don't stay anywhere else when you come back, and thank you for taking the time to write a review. Ivor and The B.I.G.Team More 

Minneapolis, Minnesota
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Super comfortable beds! We had a private double room. They had towels and changed the beds every night. Located walking distance to walking distance to Long street. Users to the waterfront were about $30-50 rand. Less than 10 minutes to lions head and table mountain. Showers weren't attached to room but still very nice! Highly recommend!

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Amelia K, Front Office Manager at The Backpackers in Green Point (The B.I.G.), responded to this review

Good day Brit C Thank you for taking the time to write such a lovely review. We look forward to you staying with us in the future, we loved your accent and loved talking to you about national dishes. Take care and travel safe Ivor and THE B.I.G. Team More 

Rauenberg, Germany
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The backpackers is one the best hostels I've ever been to. Why? Because it's home away from home. Lovely place, amazing people and just a good time. Highly recommendable but can get addictive :-) If you visit capetown this is a must and you can explore the city, beaches and all sights from here very easily .dont miss the group... More 

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Amelia K, Front Office Manager at The Backpackers in Green Point (The B.I.G.), responded to this review

Good day Andre Thanks for taking the time to write a response. It was great having you two guys here and it was a great birthday morning. Glad you liked the Braai Ivor and The B.I.G Team More 

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4 reviews 4 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This is probably the best hostel in the world. Perfect for solo travellers. The rooms are clean, communal areas are always lively, and it's SO easy to meet people. This is largely down to the staff who are unbelievably friendly and create the social atmosphere. Particular shout out to Ivor - if you look up the word 'awesome' in the... More 

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Amelia K, Front Office Manager at The Backpackers in Green Point (The B.I.G.), responded to this review

Howzit Oliver Thanks for the review and the Shout out. What a pleasure having you here, unfortunately the WOLF PACK is all gone today. See you Soon Ivor and THE B.I.G.Team More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

The whole set up at BIG is great. Clean and comfy accommodation, great breakfasts and superb staff. Amy and her team have thought about pretty much everything and I'd recommend it to anyone looking for a chilled out place to stay.

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Amelia K, Front Office Manager at The Backpackers in Green Point (The B.I.G.), responded to this review

Dear Guest Thank you for your wonderful review. We appreciate that you took the time to write it and will do our best to keep up the good standard. Many thanks Ivor and The B.I.G. Team More 

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