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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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Konstanz, Germany
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12 reviews 12 reviews
11 hotel reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars NEW

Well they forgot my pick up from the airport but once I have dropped my bag in my room (Single room, shared bathroom, 50euros a night which is a quite expensive for a hostel, but it was just before chrismas and cape town is great) I really enjoyed my stay. Everything is clean. The staff is mostly very friendly and... More 

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

Hi there, thanks for the review. We are so happy to hear that you had a good time with us at The Backpack! Again, we are so sorry about the airport shuttle confusion, and will follow up with this matter. We hope to see you back with us soon, Kind Regards, Jade Calmeyer More 

Marshfield, England, United Kingdom
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4 reviews 4 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

The Backpack was a brilliant place to stay. For me and my girlfriend it was the first stop of our 2014 round the world trip, which was also her first time outside of Europe. The Backpack's airport shuttle and excellent security were an excellent way to ease into backpacking in SA and the welcoming staff were the icing on the... More 

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

Hi there, thank you for you lovely review of our hostel! We are so pleased that Cape Town was the first destination on your list and that we could welcome you into our hostel with open arms. Thank you for recognising our staff; we all do our very best to make sure your stay with us is brilliant! Well we... More 

Germany
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Very nice and clean Hostel. It is a big area, but you don´t notice, because it is also intricate. It has a little pool and a garden, with an overwhelming view to table mountain. You can withdraw daily life or get in contact with people in the entrence and bar area. It is central located, Restaurants and Supermarkets a only... More 

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

Hello there, thank you for taking the time to write out this review of our hostel! We are so pleased to hear that you took full advantage of what our hostel has to offer; using our facilities, tasting our cafe food, making friends with our awesome guests, as well as touring around Cape Town. We are always happy to help... More 

Mechelen, Belgium
2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The Backpack is really one of the best hostels in Cape Town! Very nice and clean rooms. It is also perfectly located in the city. There is a great atmosphere I would definitely stay there again! The staff is also very friendly and helpful. (I left some speculoos cookies behind, I hope they still saved one for you Lisa ;)!

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

Hey, thanks for the review! We are so glad that you had an brilliant time here at our hostel! Thank you for the cookies, they were well enjoyed by the staff. But I think you may need to take another trip to Cape Town as Lisa missed out on her fair share! Kind Regards, Jade Calmeyer More 

New London, Connecticut
1 review
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I stayed at The Backpack for two weeks while visiting my sister who was studying abroad in Cape Town. I was in an eight person mixed dorm and although my bed was accidentally taken by a new roommate one night, I became great friends with the other people staying in my room. The Backpack's breakfast, though not complementary, was great... More 

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Hi, thank you so much for this review! We are happy to hear you enjoyed your stay; enjoying the 8 bed mixed dorm, making meals in our self-catering kitchen, as well as joining us for our breakfast service up at the cafe. Thank you for the great idea; we currently offer a traditional braai (barbeque) night every Tuesday and we... More 

Inuvik, Canada
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30 reviews 30 reviews
11 hotel reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Loved staying at the backpack in beautiful Capetown. We were there mid-July, which is African winter...the rooms were pretty chilly at night. We stayed in the beautiful rooftop room, and would totally stay there again. Later on, we were in the shared rooms in the main building and I found them a bit cold at night. make sure you have... More 

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

Hi there, thank you for taking the time to write us a review! We are happy to hear that you enjoyed your stay in Cape Town and in our hostel during the festive time of the World Cup! We are sorry to hear that you found our rooms a little bit cold during the winter; we do send out extra... More 

Atlanta, Georgia
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8 reviews 8 reviews
3 hotel reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

After staying here, I have no clue what The Backpack isn't ranked #1 on here. It was paradise. They were located in a great place. Close to greenmarket square (lots of fun shopping but get ready to barter) and other restaurants and supermarkets. They have a bus stop right by them if you want to use that (city sightseeing hop... More 

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

Hey there, thanks for your excellent review of our hostel! We are so pleased that you immersed yourself into our culture; exploring Cape Town and all its markets and traditional restaurants. Our central location makes it very easy to get around but we are happy to hear that what we have to offer at the hostel was just as satisfactory!... More 

Switzerland
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We stayed for 4 nights with our little babygirl and we really had a great time ! Everything was just PERFECT ! Very confortable room with a beautiful decoration, clean and really big. A hudge private bathroom wich was very clean. Lots of common areas big, clean, nice ! Small and cold but nice swiming pool in a beautiful garden... More 

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

Hello, thanks for the review! We are so happy that you had an awesome stay; enjoying your room, its decor, bathroom and general facilities. Our staff are always ready to greet you with a friendly smile and give you any advice you need on your travels around Cape Town. We hope you will join us again soon! Kind Regards, Jade... More 

London, United Kingdom
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

I absolutely loved my 4-day stay at the Backpack. I had a lovely private room and shared bathroom. I really appreciated that they provided shampoo and towels; to pay hostel prices and have a swimming pool in a lovely little garden overlooked by Table Mountain was amazing; all the staff were extremely friendly and helpful; the restaurant has great coffee... More 

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

Hey, thanks for your great review! We are so happy to hear that you had a great stay with us! We are always keen and happy to help wherever we can to ensure you have a perfect stay. It is lovely that you made use of our facilities, such as our pool, as well as exploring Cape Town to its... More 

London, United Kingdom
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13 reviews 13 reviews
5 hotel reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

So the positives, good travel centre. Nice communal areas. Good bar and breakfasts. The negatives. Some staff a bit grumpy. Bathrooms a bit scruffy. But worst was the temperature of the dorm rooms. It was 30 degrees at night and no air con or fans in the room meant everyone had a hideous nights sleep. Not good. Fans needed at... More 

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

Hello there, thanks for the review! We are pleased to hear that you enjoyed aspects of our backpack such as the travel centre, communal areas, the bar and kitchen. However, we are very sorry to hear that there were aspects of our hostel that were not up to standard. We try our best to give guests quick and friendly service... 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 , Tamboerskloof
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Number of rooms: 38
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