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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 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 stars
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Nairobi, Kenya
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

I must say... I really enjoyed my stay here. It's super clean, great artsy atmosphere and fantastic standards. Staff are super helpful and fun! The place is nice, quirky and interesting. Also a walk or short drive away to a lot of funky tourist hot spots

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Great atmosphere. Great people coming in from all around the world. Clean, sustainable and sharing atmosphere. Will go again when I go back to cape town. Cheap drinks too! 3 shots of tequila in a tequila sunrise for 40 rand!

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

Hi, thanks for the review of our hostel! We are so pleased that you had a great stay with us and enjoyed meeting new people and learning about other cultures. We hope to see you again at The Backpack soon, where we can share some drinks at the bar! Kind Regards, Jade Calmeyer More 

Kuwait City, Kuwait
2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Where do I start? Location: Amazing! Accommodation: Great for the price. Service: Six star (if possible) quality! Price: Economical Tours advertises: Excellent! Employees: All good looking! Overall, this hostel made sure I had an amazing time! They totally go above and beyond your normal hostels regarding services. Plus, they are operating for an amazing cause. I would totally return!

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

Hey, thanks for taking the time to review us! We are so happy to hear that the services we provided you with were up to standard and that your time with us was above the rest. It was great having you as a guest; thanks for all the chats and photo sharing with the reception staff; we love hearing about... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Our holiday ended with 2 nights at The Backpack and it was a perfect location to explore the city centre just around the corner. We had a nice, cosy double room with our own bathroom inside - perfect for couples! We didn't know about the braai on Tuesdays, so it was a really nice surprise, especially the live band which... More 

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

Hi there, thanks for reviewing The Backpack. We are so glad that you made it just in time to experience our traditional South African braai and our cover band! This is a brilliant way to bring everyone in the hostel together so guests have the opportunity to make new connections. We do apologise about the Free Wifi connection, and will... More 

Mthatha, South Africa
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7 reviews 7 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
1 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I phoned one of the reception ladies in the morning to ask which room they recommend when coming with an eight year old girl and a baby boy of 5 weeks. They told me to just book a double with private bath room via the internet, which I did. In the comment box I added again that we are coming... More 

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

Hi there, thank you for taking the time to review us. We do apologise that your experience was not a great one with us. The Backpack has many different room options - from 8 bed mixed dorms, to 4 bed mixed dorms, to Double and Single rooms. A double room is one which can only accommodate for two persons -... More 

Heidelberg, Germany
1 review
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Very friendly welcome at the helpdesk and at the doorsecurity - everybody liked to please us with change the orderd room - nice looking chambers with lovely details - very clean and excellent breakfast - wlan is not the fastest, but free

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

Hi there and thanks for the review of our hostel! We are so happy to hear that you enjoyed your stay with us and that we helped to assist you to the best of our abilities. We do apologise about the occasionally slow Free Wifi; sometimes during the day is slows down due to many guests going online. We hope... More 

Frankfurt, Germany
1 review
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Though I had a rather short stay there, I was very satisfied. Very friendly and helpfull staff overall. Portia was really outstanding! She managed to help me with a very time-consuming "Baz Bus" ticket arrangement – and stayed calm, patient and highly professional even though the whole issue was very difficult to resolve. In the end, she helped me in... More 

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

Heya, thanks for the review of The Backpack! We are so pleased that Portia could help you out and make sure that your travel plans were what you needed them to be. The only downfall is that you spent too short a time with us and we hope that you can come back soon! Kind Regards, Jade Calmeyer More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We booked around 2 months in advance of travelling due to the reviews. We booked a double room with private bathroom. About 3 hours before we arrived I recieved an email to say we weren't staying in the backpackers but down the road in a seperate studio. When we arrived we were told that all the rooms at the backpackers... More 

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

Hi there, thank you for taking the time to review us. The Backpack includes one studio apartment which is off site and accommodation can fall into this room type when the rest of the hostel rooms have been booked up. We are sorry that this was changed and resulted in an unsatisfactory overall experience for you. We do apologise that... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The backpack was an amazing experience for me, a lone traveller, looking forward to exploring the city of cape town. Given its clean environs and set up, getting comfortable wasnt difficult at all. The services are very good, the bar is well stocked, food, especially the breakfast is great! You cannot experience the views of the table mountain with a... More 

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

Hi there and thanks for the great review of The Backpack! We are so glad to hear that you had a wonderful stay with us and that you took full advantage of what The Backpack has to offer! And the staff is just as happy to be of assistance and help you plan out an incredible Cape Town holiday. We... More 

Rio de Janeiro, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Very nice hostel, with options for everyone's taste and budget. We stayed in a double room with private bathroom and all it was quite good. The bar is good but not great. The only problem was they reccomended us not to walk around at night, which was a big bummer.

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

Hi there! Thanks for making a review of The Backpack. We are so pleased that you had a great stay with us and made use of the facilities we have on the property. We understand that sometimes it can be a bummer to have to order a cab to take you down a couple of roads at night time, but... More 

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