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74 New Church Street | Tamboerskloof, Cape Town Central 8001, South Africa (City Bowl)
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  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4.5 of 5 stars
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    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 stars
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Barcelona, Spain
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7 reviews 7 reviews
5 hotel reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

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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Bergen, Norway
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12 reviews 12 reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Stayed here in September 2014. Great hostel in Cape Town. Felt very safe, there were all sorts of people staying there. Parking just outside. Staff and security was immensely friendly. Close to table mountain, and a hop on hop off bus just outside. Walking distance to Kloof and Long Street. Pool for the warmer days. Nice facilities. Atm in the... More

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Crema
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12 reviews 12 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I've been here alone for 5 days. One of the beautifullest and friendly b&b ever seen. Good staff.. amazing location.. good services.. You can find here people all around the world. Really a great experience! U GONA LOVE IT!

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Dublin, Ireland
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22 reviews 22 reviews
12 hotel reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Stayed here for 3 nights. The rooms are beautifully decorated and are more like a hotel room than a hostel. They are spotless and also have tea and coffee making facilities.We had a very spacious private bathroom. Again, it was spotless! This place is quite big and the layout is a bit confusing - like going through a maze to... More

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Watford, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 16, 2014

Booked into the backpack for 5 nights and stayed in their studio apartment. It was beautiful and clean with a great view of table mountain. The staff were very friendly and helpful, as well as offering good advice on different trips to go on. They have a fantastic community project that you can get involved in. A special mention to... More

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Minneapolis, Minnesota
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 13, 2014

The Backpack was very clean and comfortable. Staff are sometimes very helpful and nice and sometimes rude and short with guests. The location is great because it is right off of Kloof Street and is walking distance from Long Street, the Company Gardens, and the city center. Free Wi-fi is only available in the common areas, so you have to... More

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 11, 2014

While the staff and location do make the place, I will start off by saying one staff member there does not fit the place at all... I wont put her name on here, but we nick-named her Miss Kardashian, because she must have lost touch with where she was at - you work the desk of a hostel sweetheart, get... More

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Liverpool, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 11, 2014

Great rooms - I spent a night in an 8 bed, 2 nights in a 4 bed and a night in a single room, all of which had very comfortable beds and locker space for all. The showers were always hot and bathrooms were clean. Food is a reasonable price, however beers can be a bit pricey. The bar area... More

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Melbourne
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23 reviews 23 reviews
9 hotel reviews
24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 10, 2014

The Backpack is brilliant. I came here for a week as a solo 24 year-old female "backpacker" after completing a grueling 5 week volunteer program in Zambia. This hostel had everything I needed for the perfect trip to Cape Town. After 5 days I really didn't want to leave and this was due to the wonderful, friendly staff, beautiful clean... More

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Sao Paulo, SP
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 10, 2014

The Backpack is a very organized and clean hostel. The room (4) was spacious and very confortable. The common areas are really nice and have wifi internet. The only problem: I booked a shuttle to go from the airport to the hostel and they totally forgot me in the airport. I had to wait for 1h45 to someone and I... 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 that you were happy with the room that you had while staying with us at The Backpack. We are sorry to hear that there was confusion with your shuttle, and we will be sure that this does not happen again in the future. We hope that you... 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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