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The Backpack

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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London, England, United Kingdom
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

Great location, atmosphere and decor and brilliant staff : ) I stayed for 8 nights, using it as a base to explore Cape Town and the surrounding regions and had a fantastic stay. The staff were efficient and charming and the car park is very handy.

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Cologne, Germany
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4 reviews 4 reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

I stayedat the backpack for a week in a dorm. It was exceptionally clean, beds were great and the oversll atmosphere was nice. the staff is extremely helpful in organising trips. Especially melanie, who has a lot of experienve in the tourism industry is very helpful and takes a lot of time to help you plan your onward journey. very... More

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Durban, South Africa
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4 reviews 4 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

I stayed for 2 night and those two night were amazing. stuff is friendly and so welcoming you just feel at home the sec you arrive, rooms are clean the cleaning ladies are on their A's, pool is right there even though cape town weather got it moments.... if you want a drink they got the bar area with pool... More

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Victoria, Canada
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

We stayed at The Backpack for 5 nights. The staff are very helpful and had great travel information. The location was excellent, minutes away from restaurants, grocery store, laundry. My only hesitation with staying here again is that the walls are very thin and we were woken up during the night by people coming back from the bars at 3am.... More

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EleniCPT, Senior Duty Manager at The Backpack, responded to this review

Thank you for taking the time to review our hostel on Tripadvisor. We are absolutely delighted to hear that you enjoyed your overall stay with us. It is however unfortunate to hear that you weren't entirely happy with your room, and had we been able to we would of gladly moved you to another room in the hostel. We hope... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

In the last month I stayed on 4 different accassions in the backpack and really enjoyed it. Most people of 25 years and older and friendly staff. The hostel is located right in the center so good for going out and doing trips around the city. Would stay here again. cheers, Coen

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EleniCPT, Senior Duty Manager at The Backpack, responded to this review

Thank you for taking the time to review our hostel. We are absolutely delighted to hear that you were able to stay with us for more than one opportunity. We are really glad to hear that you were happy with the services provided by our staff. We look forward to welcoming you back again soon. Kind Regards Eleni Good More

Lancaster, England, United Kingdom
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3 reviews 3 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

A lovely hostel in the heart of Cape Town, only a ten minute walk from the major markets and shopping streets. All services provided for, a bar and food too open until midnight and great reception staff with a handy travel desk too. I stayed there on my first time travelling alone outside of the UK (I'm 18) and they... More

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EleniCPT, Senior Duty Manager at The Backpack, responded to this review

Thank you for taking the time to review our hostel. It is absolutely awesome that we were able to experience your first trip away from the UK and it is even more awesome to hear that you were able to meet fellow like minded travelers while with us. We are happy that you were able to make use of our... More

Napier, New Zealand
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7 reviews 7 reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Good value comfort. We had the top room named for Nelson Mandela -Madiba - adorned with his personal wallpaper -at least it had his face on it! A wonderfully powerful en-suite shower. Main problem with this room was that you had to have the curtains closed so as to prevent other inmates of the hotel looking in as they wander... More

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EleniCPT, Senior Duty Manager at The Backpack, responded to this review

Thank you for taking the time to review our hostel on Tripadvisor. We are absolutely delighted to hear that you loved your stay with us at The Backpack. We are happy to hear that you enjoyed the pressure of your shower! With regards to the internet we, have fixed it so that there should be better connections throughout the entire... More

London
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170 reviews 170 reviews
57 hotel reviews
86 helpful votes 86 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 12, 2014

This hostel has most of what you need for a budget stay. The bar has a nice atmosphere. Can be difficult to find ones way around this sizable place but that is just a minor challenge . I visited in August and the room was just too cold at night clocking 13-14 Celcius. There was a small radiator but it... More

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EleniCPT, Senior Duty Manager at The Backpack, responded to this review

Thank you for taking the time to review our hostel. We are glad to hear that you enjoyed your overal stay with us. We are sorry to hear that you found your room slightly cold. Besides giving out the extra blankets, we do also give guests a hot water bottle. Hopefully you will visit us next time when it is... More

Nijmegen, Gelderland, Netherlands
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13 reviews 13 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 6, 2014

Beautiful, neat atmosphere. Rooms are decorated on a beautiful way. A safe place with a nice vieuw on the table mountain. The only disadvantage is that there are now computers available to use the internet. you have to take your own smartphone or laptop with you. The staff is friendly and enthousiastic but could tell at check in a bit... More

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EleniCPT, Senior Duty Manager at The Backpack, responded to this review

Thank you for taking the time to review our hostel. We are delighted to hear that you enjoyed your overal stay with us at The Backpack. Thank you for your comment about the computers, we are currently looking at a purchasing a computer for guests to use while here. It is lovely to hear that you loved your room and... More

Barcelona, Spain
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13 reviews 13 reviews
6 hotel reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 10, 2014

The beds where comfy and the common areas where clean. Staff was incredibly helpful, Lisa thank you so much for everything! It really is a place for anyone and everyone. Only thing is, you'd probably want to bring an adaptor. Staff struggled getting us one but they always did their best! WiFi only at reception and bar!

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EleniCPT, Senior Duty Manager at The Backpack, responded to this review

Thank you for taking the time to review our hostel. We are absolutely delighted to hear that you loved your stay with us and that Lisa went over and above to assist you. She is passionate about her work. Thank you for pointing out that the wifi is only available in the reception/cafe. We have ammended this, so that the... More

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Address: 74 New Church Street | Tamboerskloof, Cape Town Central 8001, South Africa
Location: South Africa > Western Cape > Cape Town > Cape Town Central > City Bowl
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Number of rooms: 38
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