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The Backpack

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74 New Church Street | Tamboerskloof, Cape Town Central 8001, South Africa
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  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 stars
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2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

Beautiful place just very close to the center. You do not feel like in town inside this small village, because it looks like a small village inside not as the standard house. It is a set of small buildings and paths between. Friendly staff and other people makes from this place a good point to stay. I can just recommend... More 

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Ballitoville, KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa
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44 reviews 44 reviews
17 hotel reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

The studio self catering apartment is a few block away from The Backpack. The location is perfect. The apartment is comfortable and well equipped with dishwasher. You have Companies Garden right in front of you and table mountain further back. You are within walking distance from most tourist attractions and shops. The apartment has a bath, but its extremely small... More 

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Marquette, Michigan, United States
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5 reviews 5 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

I stayed at The Backpack for a week. I was really impressed & pleased that I stayed there. I stayed in a 4 bed female room, paid a bit more but it was well worth it! The room was quiet, extremely clean and completely secure. The bathrooms were spotless! They have hot water everyday! (Bonus!) My experience w/the staff was... More 

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St. Vincent
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4 reviews 4 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

I stayed here for over a week. This hostel attracts a great crowd. While I was there, there were many school groups, families and solo travelers. I got to know quite a few foreign travelers while I was there. I spent a few nights out with people I met from the hostel too. The rooms are colorful and there are... More 

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tembi1, Owner at The Backpack, responded to this review

Thanks for the great review its really fantastic what you say about our hostel. The good news about the wifi is that we are just waiting to be hooked up to the new super dooper fast wifi and as soon as the phone company hooks us up there will be no slowing down no matter how many people are connected... More 

seattle, wa
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6 reviews 6 reviews
6 hotel reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Hostel was clean and bright, loved the colors. Great location, easy walk to long street and a view of table mountain. Liked the security on the gate. Only two small things: My first morning the breakfast was nearly all finished well before ending time and they had to boil an egg for me, all pastries were gone. My room was... More 

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tembi1, Owner at The Backpack, responded to this review

We are so happy you loved the fresh new look of The Backpack we love it too. I am sorry that some of the breakfast items were gone - its free, its delicious but if you come late your first choices might be gone. Sorry that the room was noisy when you stayed a good tip is to carry some... More 

Madison, Wisconsin
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11 reviews 11 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

I had a great time at the backpack. It was the perfect location to see all that capetown has to offer. They had great tour recommendations. And the breakfast was always amazing. It was very easy to meet people and join in on activities and the mix of people was good, not just single young backpackers but families, travel groups... More 

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tembi1, Owner at The Backpack, responded to this review

Thank you so much for your great review of The Backpack. We are so happy you liked our travel service and delicious free breakfasts. Our guests are the best thing about The Backpack and we are so glad you thought so too. So sorry you found the wifi a bit slow we have been having a bit of a problem... More 

Manchester, United Kingdom
2 reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We visited The Backpack as the first stop on our honeymoon - so we splashed out on the top room! The place was a great start to our trip - everyone was super friendly, the place itself was really well looked after and clean. Our room was stunning - amazing views and really clean, comfy and everything we needed. The... More 

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tembi1, Owner at The Backpack, responded to this review

We are so happy to be the first stop on your Honeymoon and even though you had a few extra tenants they did not detract from your stay or expectations. We hope The Backpack will always be part of your happy memories as you travel through life together and we look forward to your coming back again with the kids!... More 

Cape Town Central, South Africa
2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This place was great. Comfy bed with fuzzy blankets 😻. The dorms are a little loud but what dorm isn't. Our last night we stayed in a 3 bed dorm which was the best. Favourite part would be the continental breakfast. So tasty, so many options. Only downside is that they don't offer any other meals. Kloosterman street is near... More 

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tembi1, Owner at The Backpack, responded to this review

Thank yo so much for taking the time to review The Backpack. We are stoked you loved our Continental Breakfast and of course the comfy beds. After all a good nights sleep is really important and a delicious breakfast the way to start your day. There are so many great restaurants on our doorstep we are happy you got to... More 

Ontario, Canada
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53 reviews 53 reviews
3 hotel reviews
31 helpful votes 31 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 16, 2015

The Backpack is an awesome hostel!! And their staff is so friendly, helpful, and welcoming they truly make you feel like you're at home. I planned on staying for two nights at the backpack and stayed for two and a half weeks!!! That's how great this place is. Great lounge areas for socializing with other travelers. Can't stress enough how... More 

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JadeCPT, Duty Manager at The Backpack, responded to this review

Hi there and thank you for taking the time to review us! We are thrilled that you enjoyed your stay with us just as much as we enjoyed having you around. The staff loved it when you popped in at the front desk to tell us your new and hilarious travel stories. As well as us being entertained by constantly... More 

Long Island
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22 reviews 22 reviews
5 hotel reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 16, 2015

I could go on and on about how great this hostel is. The staff were fabulous, the location was perfect, the spaces were clean and it was such an incredible perk having a bar inside the actual hostel which was pretty much open at all times. The cool thing about this hostel is that it can really be whatever you... More 

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JadeCPT, Duty Manager at The Backpack, responded to this review

Hey there, thanks for the review! Wow, we are forever grateful for this awesome feedback! It is comments like this that keep us driven and aware that we are doing it right. We are so happy that you enjoyed your stay and made use of the communal areas, such as enjoying some drinks at the bar with us. We do... More 

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