We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.
We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.
2.0 of 5 Hostel   |   73 Kloof Street | Gardens, Cape Town Central 8001, South Africa (Formerly Saasveld Lodge) (City Bowl)
Hotel website
Hotel amenities
Save Saved
You added Once in Cape Town to your Saves list
Once in Cape Town
Best prices for your stay
Enter dates for best prices
Check In Check Out
Show Prices
You must enter dates to see the best prices.
75%
A recent review
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 12, 2014
Ronja v
  • Overview
  • Reviews (58)
  • Photos (44)
  • Q&A
  • Room tips (21)
  • Location
  • More
Write a Review

58 people have reviewed this hotel

Traveler rating
    12
    29
    9
    5
    3
See reviews for
4
9
24
8
Rating summary
  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4 of 5 stars
Traveler tips help you choose the right room.   Room tips (21)
Date | Rating
  • English first
  • French first
  • Any
English first
Senior Reviewer
9 reviews 9 reviews
6 hotel reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 12, 2014

Great location, clean, calm, nice breakfast and bar (breakfast is not a lot but nice), great service, safe parking, good music, trips, perfect bathrooms. Good value money and great dorms. Best place to stay in Cape Town I'd say! Would love to come back!

Was this review helpful? Yes 4
Jerusalem, Israel
1 review
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 3, 2014

I stayed in Once for more than 3 month in a female dorm. Met many interesting people, the vibe in Once and Yourstruly is just awesome and very unique. Staff is very friendly and helpfull, rooms are always clean and the kitchen is the perfect place to socialize with the hostelmates. Most of the rooms have an amazing view, table... More

Was this review helpful? Yes 3
Sandton, South Africa
1 review
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 20, 2014

This place is amazing. You get to interact with tourists from all over the world while sipping on Craft beer and enjoying the vibrant Cape Town night life ambling past in Kloof Street. With the mountain on one side and the Waterfront on the other, this place is perfect for young travelers. The rooms are clean and comfy, there is... More

Was this review helpful? Yes 2
New York City, New York
Senior Reviewer
9 reviews 9 reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 15, 2014

Clean facilities, a really young and vibrant atmosphere, a young and friendly front staff you get to know, and really interesting people -- Once in Cape Town is the perfect hostel for young travelers, either traveling together or solo. I came solo and was given a mixed room when I requested female-only. The staff was incredibly accommodating and fixed my... More

Was this review helpful? Yes 3
Breukelen, The Netherlands
Senior Reviewer
7 reviews 7 reviews
7 hotel reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 14, 2014

Quality price ratio for the rooms is very good! If you wanna meet people the restaurant is the place to be! Book a dorm room with bathroom inside on www.stayatonce.com and you've got the best price. From this location you are within 5 minutes in Long Street.

Was this review helpful? Yes 2
Reykjavik, Iceland
Senior Contributor
49 reviews 49 reviews
19 hotel reviews
43 helpful votes 43 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 12, 2014

First: This hostel has changed names and been renovated. It is now called "Once in Cape Town." Second: This is indeed a hostel, and a good one at that, with a very young and hip crowd. It's probably one of the best, most fun hostels I've stayed at. Note: I had a private room, so I can't comment on the... More

Was this review helpful? Yes 3
OnceinCapeT0wn, General Manager at Once in Cape Town, responded to this review

Thank you For your kind words - we are stoked you had a great time! We look forward to welcoming you back, Warm Regards Kim and the Once in Cape Town team More

Toronto, Canada
Contributor
12 reviews 12 reviews
11 hotel reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed February 9, 2014

Due to no vacancy in Cape Town following annual mines conference I had to pick up the place. I took a family room for my self for 3 nights. The room were too small with old bath. Every day had to ask for towels!!!!! I was the oldest guy in the hotel,(most of the guests were around 20's) There is... More

Was this review helpful? Yes 2
Calgary, Canada
Senior Reviewer
7 reviews 7 reviews
3 hotel reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 16, 2013

The Sassveld Lodge is under NEW ownership. Having no notice we arrived at Midnight to a newly named ONCE in cape town. As they had taken over less then two weeks previous the rooms were the same. I do not know about the previous hotel history. We stayed there pre and post tour. This hotel is run like a hostel/hotel.... More

Was this review helpful? Yes 1
Contributor
11 reviews 11 reviews
6 hotel reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 20, 2013 via mobile

Stayed 6 nights: we liked it due to location near long street, clean rooms for reasonable price, easy but good breakfast and last but definitely not least Lynns charming manner and service attitude to her guests. It doesn't have a "great meet & greet" atmo and building and rooms are more practical than giving a sense of feeling home, but... More

Was this review helpful? Yes 2
Caldicot, United Kingdom
Reviewer
3 reviews 3 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 5, 2013

I stayed here for two nights either side of my months stay in South Africa. I used Saasveld Lodge as a place to stay inbetween flights and transfers between Cape Town and Gansbaai. The hotel staff are very helpful, friendly and polite; they were everything I could of asked for. The rooms are clean and cosy. The location of the... More

Was this review helpful? Yes 1
Owners: What's your side of the story?
If you own or manage Once in Cape Town, register now for free tools to enhance your listing, attract new reviews, and respond to reviewers.
Manage your listing

Been to Once in Cape Town? Share your experiences!

Write a Review Add Photos & Videos

Additional Information about Once in Cape Town

Address: 73 Kloof Street | Gardens, Cape Town Central 8001, South Africa (Formerly Saasveld Lodge)
Phone Number:
Location: South Africa > Western Cape > Cape Town > Cape Town Central > City Bowl
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:2 star — Once in Cape Town 2*
Reservation Options:
TripAdvisor is proud to partner with Booking.com, Agoda, Priceline, Tingo, BookingOdigeoWL and HostelWorld so you can book your Once in Cape Town reservations with confidence. We help millions of travelers each month to find the perfect hotel for both vacation and business trips, always with the best discounts and special offers.
Also Known As:
Saasveld Hotel Cape Town Central
Saasveld Lodge
Once In Cape Town South Africa

44 photos of this hotel

Traveler photos: See what travelers like you saw

Viewed
All traveler photos (14)
Viewed
Room/suite (4)
Viewed
Hotel & grounds (5)
Viewed
Bathroom (3)
Viewed
Other (2)

Management photos: Courtesy of the property manager

Viewed
All management photos (31)
Viewed
Room/suite (12)
Viewed
Bathroom (1)
Viewed
Dining (5)
Viewed
Hotel & grounds (3)
Viewed
Other (10)

Questions & Answers

Enter your question for this accommodation's staff to answer. Other travelers may answer as well.
    Posting guidelines

    See which rooms travelers prefer