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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
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 stars
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London, United Kingdom
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33 reviews
20 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

I love this hostel, it was a luxury! The staff are wonderful, the travel desk were helpful. Breakfast options were great too. I went in the winter months so some tours will cancelled due to poor weather but they will help you anyway they can when you ask. I stayed in a four share female dorm. In the room which... More 

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New York City, New York
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9 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

I stayed 2 nights in a studio suite that could sleep 3 people if need be. The room was stocked with helpful travel guides, interesting historical information, and books(!) penned by the room's namesake. Not to mention dinnerware, towels, and outlets that can accommodate a number of international chargers. The staff was kind and helpful, and the layout was fresh... More 

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

Hey there, thank for taking the time to review us! We are so pleased that you enjoyed your stay in our studio apartment, and that the staff could help you make your stay with us so exciting. We hope to see you again soon! Kind Regards, Jade Calmeyer. More 

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6 reviews
4 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

The Backpack exceeded my expectations through its location, accommodation, and especially the staff. Even in the off-season, an array of travelers can be found. The only suggestion would be to improve the breakfast selection and wi-fi service. Just up the hill is Beleza....great coffee and good wi-fi.

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

Hi there, thanks for the review of The Backpack. We are glad that you had a good stay with us! We are currently installing new lines in order to provide a quicker WiFi connection for our guests. If you come late for breakfast service, you may have found that some of the selection were already finished; as we usually have... More 

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

Great hostel with a sweet vibe, even though it is winter in cape town at the moment the hostel did their best to organize trips and tours, great helpful friendly staff! only thing that slightly let it down was the wifi was really inconsistent, however this is also a good thing because it gets people off their phones and actually... More 

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

Hey there. We are so happy that you had a wonderful stay with us and explored Cape Town, despite the cold weather! We do apologise about the slow WiFi, we are in the process of getting new lines put in to help with the speed! But yes, we hope this lead to you making some new friends around the hostel.... More 

Sao Paulo, SP
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27 reviews
6 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Stayed 7 nights at the Backpack in the "President Suite" which is family loft room. Nice big space for us (2 adults, 2 kids age 12 and 9) and the included breakfast was really filling and a nice way to kick-off the day. The location is superb with loads of restaurants moments away as well as being close to Table... More 

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

Hi there, thanks for taking the time to review us! We are so glad that you enjoyed your spacious room and our delicious free breakfast in the morning, as well as enjoying all Cape Town has to offer, joining in on tours and exploring on your own. We are sorry that you did not connect to the WiFi in your... More 

Montreal, Canada
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5 reviews
5 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 62 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This is a 'luxury' lodge for backpackers with friendly staff and great location. Was not expecting the place to be so nice for the given price since the place is targeted for backpackers but was pleasantly surprised. This place is still meant for backpackers and not divas and that's the whole charm. Met many great people there and I had... More 

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

Hi, thanks for the brilliant review! We are so pleased that your stay was worth every penny you paid - know that your stay contributes to the local community which we love to support. We hope to see you again soon, Kind Regards, Jade Calmeyer. More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Really enjoyed my stay at the backpack New Church street! The staff were very friendly and helpful. Great bar area with a beautiful view of table mountain. The location was also very safe. I did not like the fact that non residents were not allowed into the building but it's understandable in the interest of safety! If I'm ever back... More 

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

Hello, thanks for reviewing The Backpack! We are so glad that you enjoyed your stay with us. We do allow non residents into the bar and patio area, they just aren't allowing to walk further into the hostel for the safety of our paying guests. We do hope that you come back again soon. Kind Regards, Jade Calmeyer. More 

Austin, Texas
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5 reviews
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I booked a double room with a private bath for r1440/night in June for an August trip and prepaid 1/2 the room in June. I was a little frustrated to see that the posted rate was R1050/night for the same roo to someone who just walks in off the street. I asked the manager about this and was basically told... More 

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

Hi there, thanks for reviewing us! We apologise that you feel frustrated; the reservation system adjusts room prices according to occupancy and there may have been a fluctuation between the date you booked and the date you arrived. Being an old house with wooden flooring, the damp smell does occur but we try attend to it immediately so thank you... More 

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15 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Started our south Africa trip staying at this hostel and only Complaint would be it made every other hostel pale in comparison. Great place with fun outgoing people. Staff very helpful and the breakfast was well beyond what would expect, really good!!

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

Hey! Thank you for the great compliment, very far from a complaint! We are so glad you enjoyed interacting with our lovely staff and enjoyed the free continental breakfast. Hope to see you again soon, Kind Regards, Jade Calmeyer More 

San Francisco, California
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25 reviews
17 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

The trouble with such high reviews is it creates high expectations. This place becomes extremely noisy well before dawn with various overlander crews stomping around hauling gear to and from, banging walls etc, not to mention the kitchen crew-- who are a bit more quiet, but still create an echoing affect with their pots, pans, recycled bottles from the bar... More 

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

Hi there. We have high reviews because we are here to give the guests a great experience, a memorable stay, and with efforts from all staff we are able to achieve this. Your review does not sound like it was meant for us - we have noise level control after midnight, we do not have overlander crew moving gear around... More 

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