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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
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    4.5 of 5 stars
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    4.5 of 5 stars
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    4.5 of 5 stars
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Los Angeles, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

Cape Town was the end of a 5 month overland journey that began in Cairo. After months of camping and a spectrum of hostels and hotels, it was a sheer delight to end here. Hip, spacious, and clean with great wifi, communal spaces, safes, and eager and helpful staff made for a wonderful close to an epic journey. A couple... More 

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Vancouver, Canada
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66 reviews
7 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 35 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

I did a fair amount of research when I booked my stay at The Back Pack in Cape Town and I have to say that I'm very happy with the results. Firstly, the staff are incredibly friendly and helpful, second, this is one of the friendliest hostels I have ever stayed at. There is a great vibe lingering in this... More 

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Armagh, United Kingdom
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13 reviews
4 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

My partner and I stayed here for 5 nights at the start of the month. Really nice hostel. Staff are very good- we had a problem with cold water in our shower and they were very apologetic and got it sorted straight away! Room was a bit cold, however, it is winter in SA so this is to be expected!... More 

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

Hi there and thank you for taking the time to review us! We are so glad that you enjoyed your cold winter stay with us and that the efforts the staff made to make you warmer and happier went a long way. We do apologise that you did not receive your key deposit money back but be sure to know... More 

Melbourne, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

It was a nice simple room (I had a single). The bed was comfy. It had a wardrobe with a safe inside. There was also a bench and a bedside lamp. The heater is slow to heat up the room but get's there eventually. It's very close to Kloof Street which has a lot of restaurants. Showers and toilets were... More 

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

Hey, thanks for the awesome review! It is great to hear that you had a brilliant stay with us and that the breakfast was well received! The closer you are to the WiFi router the better the signal is and unfortunately there are some dead spots around the hostel which we are trying to fix. We hope to see you... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

The Backpack is the perfect place to stay. The wonderful staff makes everything so easy and the place feels like home. Such a great atmosphere and an awesome place to meet some great people. It is an awesome home base for anyone who is staying in Cape Town and is looking for a great trip.

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

Thank you for your great review, we are so chuffed to know that your stay was one of a kind with us and that staying with us made your trip to Cape Town that much more special. We hope that we will be seeing you again in the future! Kind Regards, Jade Calmeyer. More 

Saint Paul, Minnesota
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

We traveled in a group of 4 and spent 3 nights in the "President's Suite". The bedroom was very tidy and the bathroom was well kept. The staff helped us to plan activities for our time in Cape Town. The staff members took care of communicating with various tour/ group activities to ensure a successful booking. Every staff member from... More 

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

Hi there and thank you for taking the time to give us this review. We are so happy to hear that every single staff member in The Backpack treated you well and made sure that they met your every need. We are so proud when our story gets passed on and when guests can understand how their stay with us... More 

Pretoria, South Africa
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

The Backpacker is even better in reality than on the photographs. It is well located close to Kloof and Long street where there are many excellent restaurants and bars. The décor and style is very vibrant and you can really feel comfortable and at home. We stayed in the Madiba room which was excellent with a view over the swimming... More 

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

Hello, thank you for reviewing us. It's awesome that you had a good stay with us, enjoying your room, Cape Town and its surrounding and the spectacular views of Table Mountain from our swimming pool area! Come back again soon, Kind Regards, Jade Calmeyer More 

Truro, United Kingdom
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10 reviews
4 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I spent 5 nights in total and the friendliness of all the staff is what makes the Back Pack different. With such a reception it helps all travellers relax and talk and i thoroughly enjoyed my staff and met so great people from all over the world. Well recommended i stayed in a small dorm and it was clean ,sociable... More 

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

Hi, thanks for the lovely review of our hostel! We are so chuffed that the staff made your stay excellent and that all the advice we could give helped! We hope that in the future you can come back and stay with us again! Kind Regards, Jade Calmeyer More 

Stockholm, Sweden
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

I booked a last-minute 5 day trip to Capetown and stayed in a 3-bed girls´ room the first night and private room with bathroom the rest of the time. I booked several tours through the staff - peninsula tour, winelands, and shark dive - and all were great! They were also a good way to get to know other guests... More 

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tembi1, Owner at The Backpack, responded to this review

thanks for your great review about our hostel. we are happy that we were able to accommodate you that you were warm and cosy in your bed and enjoyed our free scrumptious breakfasts. even though it is winter and mornings and evenings can be chilly i am sure you enjoyed our sunny days where the mercury got up to the... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 22, 2015 via mobile

I've stayed at many hostels and this one tops the list. Staff is very welcoming and helpful, rooms are clean, breakfast was great! Location was also convenient, there's a grocery store nearby and there's a communal fridge that you can leave stuff in! Highly recommend! Will definitely be back! :)

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tembi1, Owner at The Backpack, responded to this review

Thanks so much for staying with us. We love that you loved staying here with us. Of course it goes without saying how beautiful our city is and its a place you will never tire of there is so much to do and even if you don't want to do anything its great to just take in our mountain. So... More 

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