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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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Cavtat, Croatia
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7 reviews
5 hotel reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

I absolutely loved my stay at the backpack. I was exceptionally impressed by the vibey decor and incredible attention to detail. The lodge also seems to really emphasize community development and uses their business to sponsor several projects and non profits in Cape Town. Quite cool! The free breakfast was an incredible spread of fruit and fresh baked goods. I... More 

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1 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Had a good stay here until the second night when at 2am the security guard brought a young woman off the street into my room to "sleep it off." Of course in the morning she robbed me. Not one person who worked here ever said I'm sorry or apologized. The manager claims she was a proper guest - she had... More 

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JadeCPT, Manager at The Backpack, responded to this review

Hi there. This guest that was placed in your dorm did indeed have a legitimate booking which was make through Hostelworld, despite her having ulterior motives. Turns out, she has been moving around hostels in Cape Town with stolen identities. It is very unfortunate that your wallet was stolen. However, we provide a safe and a locker in your dorm... More 

Harrison
1 review
2 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

The good: the location is nice and the rooms are clean and well kept. The bad: my room was very hot; some of the staff are really nasty and grumpy (and insulting) - one of them wanted to keep my key deposit because I didn't save the receipt (there are plenty of other examples of "go find X information yourself").... More 

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Thank Stephen B
JadeCPT, Manager at The Backpack, responded to this review

Hi there. It is unfortunate that you found our staff insulting and unhelpful and did not bring this to my attention during our many chats throughout your stay. We have a system that when you check in you get asked to keep the key and deposit receipt safe until check out in order to get your deposit back. Due to... More 

Brooklyn, New York, United States
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16 reviews
4 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

I stayed at the Backpack on the last leg of my South Africa trip. Overall I have a mixed review: Pros: the facility is kept pretty clean, and the staff for the most part is very friendly. The bar serves good drinks and they offer safes for you to store your valuables. The location is excellent, being minutes away from... More 

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JadeCPT, Manager at The Backpack, responded to this review

Hi there. We are happy to know that you found The Backpack clean and the staff friendly, as well us the great location to see around the city. It is odd that you felt our vibe was strange as we often have amazing guests doing great things around the world who love getting into conversations. Kind Regard, Jade Calmeyer. More 

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27 reviews
8 hotel reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We stayed for 4 days in Cape Town and The Backpack was exactly what we were looking for. First of all, the location is really good. It is close to the center, to Camps Bay beach, Table Mountain and Bo-Kaap neighbourhood. We commuted by car, but taxi also seemed to be a convinient way to get around. Our room was... More 

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JadeCPT, Manager at The Backpack, responded to this review

Hey there. It makes us smile knowing that you enjoyed your stay with us and especially that you got to try out our tent! Our breakfast is a great way to start the day before touring in and around Cape Town. We hope to see you again soon. Kind Regards, Jade Calmeyer More 

Province of San Jose, Costa Rica
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3 reviews
3 hotel reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Beds are amazing, lots of friendly people staying the staff was good, had to tell the receptionist to clean our room as they dont do it on their own but again it is a hostel for the price we had a great time

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JadeCPT, Manager at The Backpack, responded to this review

Hi there, it is good to know that you had a pleasant stay with us. We apologise that your room was not tidied for you as it should have been but glad that the receptionist helped you out. Kind Regards, Jade Calmeyer More 

Nairobi, Kenya
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51 reviews
7 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I was very pleased with the 3 nights we stayed at The Backpack. We were cheerfully greeted and given a tour, and since our room was ready, they let us check in early even though we weren't expecting it. It's a secure location, and the rooms are neat and clean. The bed was super comfortable, and I was amazed at... More 

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Thank Jennifer W
JadeCPT, Manager at The Backpack, responded to this review

Hi there, thank you for coming to stay with us! It is great to know that you had an awesome time with us and that the staff did all they could to make sure your holiday was well enjoyed. We do apologise about the WiFi, it is an ongoing issue that we are trying to resolve. See you again soon.... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I stayed at the backpack for just over 4 weeks over the course of my stay in Cape Town. I was in an 8 bed dorm the whole time and though getting a full nights sleep can occasionally be an issue (as in any backpackers), I wouldn't have traded hostels for the world. The staff all made me feel like... More 

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JadeCPT, Manager at The Backpack, responded to this review

Hey there, thank you so much for taking the time to review us! We really enjoyed your company and getting to know you and we all miss you here too. We hope you will travel to Cape Town again sometime in the future and make many more epic videos! Kind Regards, Jade Calmeyer More 

London, United Kingdom
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15 reviews
4 hotel reviews
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Stayed here for 6 nights and had a very mixed experience: Positives: room clean, bed comfortable. Lovely decor in the rooms, and the hostel itself is clean and nicely decorated with lots of plants and little corners to curl up with a good book. The hostel is involved in various community initiatives, and they're very keen on recycling, which is... More 

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tembi1, Owner at The Backpack, responded to this review

I am sorry that you do not like our wifi set up however it only takes a second to log on. Unfortunately we do occasionally have to reboot our system, like most systems I have encountered during my travels. I am sorry that you were not made aware of the bicycle ride and understand that not everyone can ride or... More 

Singapore, Singapore
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37 reviews
6 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

We landed during the peak season and it seemed everyone is Cape Town was after money and tips. That did spoil our experience. Even the backpack felt the same. Some staff were but the lady we met the night was brusque and rude almost. They keep asking to re login to WiFi which was an absolute pain. Once we have... More 

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tembi1, Owner at The Backpack, responded to this review

I am so sorry that you found some of our staff to be rude. We will be addressing this at our next meeting on Monday. I am sorry about your loosing your champagne this is not a common occurrence at all and I can only blame it on the silly season and everyone having too much fun. Happy you liked... More 

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