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Once in Cape Town

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4.0 of 5
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73 Kloof Street | Gardens, Cape Town Central 8001, South Africa (Formerly Saasveld Lodge)
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  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4 of 5 stars
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

This place is just perfect. On kloof street which is pretty central, 2mins from long street if that's where you want to be for drinks etc. lovely friendly staff, very professional. Perfectly clean rooms with lots of pillows. We had a view of table mountain from our second floor room. The cafe/breakfast spot downstairs is the perfect place to sit... More 

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Maputo, Mozambique
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Our stay in Once in Cape Town was unexpected but absolutely recommended. If you are looking for an affordable place to stay for backpackers or as a group, this is definitely a nice place.It has teamed up with Yours Truly,( bar at night and coffee shop by day with free light breakfast too) if you want to have a drink... More 

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Minneapolis, Minnesota
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

The beds are tall twins. This is fantastic for tall travelers such as myself. The beds are also extremely comfy and clean. Their is a locker at the headboard of the bed which has a charging station for your electronics...brilliant. Also each four-bed dorm has its own bathroom, which I appreciate. Other highlights from Once include friendly staff, trendy patio... More 

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Cape Town, South Africa
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Staying over at Once in Cape Town is highly recommended. We stayed only for one night as part of our Baz Bus trip but it is a place I could certainly stay for a few nights, the décor is funky, the staff very friendly and helpful, the rooms is very clean with a nice view of Table Mountain, they have... More 

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Princeton, New Jersey
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Located on top of a happening bar, this hip hostel is a sweet base from which to explore Cape Town. The staff are extremely friendly, from check in to check out, and make staying at the hostel a real pleasure. The big activities board is a perfect way to find stuff to do and make friends with other travelers, and... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

A great place from which to see the city. Clean, secure facilities. Helpful staff. My only gripes were that in my room, which faced the upper bar area, I could smell the cigarette smoke coming through the vents all night. Also I could hear quite a bit of noise until very late. Nevertheless this is a hip place and I... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Best hostel in Cape Town, great staff / facilities / dorms with own bathroom! Had a great time and extended a couple of times! Also great activities: mzollis township/table mountain/ long street / wine tours etc. Breakfast simple but perfect at yourstrully. Gr. Micky

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Newcastle upon Tyne, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This hostel offers a fantastic 24 hours reception, a great bar open until 12 (last orders around 11), and free breakfast. There is tonnes of communal space plus loads of activities for both daytime and evening run by the hostel. The 4 person room I stayed in was small (identical however to the pics on the website) but the bed... More 

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OnceinCapeT0wn, Owner at Once in Cape Town, responded to this review

Dear Fran Thank you for your kind review - we appreciate the feedback and positive notes. The bathrooms are being refurbished at the moment in phases - by mid 2016 every single one will be complete - we hope to see you after this again so we can wow you with the new more contemporary designs. Yours in Travel Kim... More 

Cape Town, South Africa
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2015

This place is great. Located right in the middle of Cape Town on Kloof Street, it has the right mix of chilled friendly hostel vibes, with clean rooms, en suite bathrooms and small dorm room options. With great nightlife at your doorstep Once in Cape Town takes the youth travel sector to the next level. I thoroughly have enjoyed staying... More 

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OnceinCapeT0wn, Owner at Once in Cape Town, responded to this review

Dear ToasttToast Thank you for your kind review - we appreciate the feedback and love the fact that locals can enjoy a Staycation at Once in Cape Town! We look forward to seeing you soon again. Yours in Travel Kim and the Once in Cape Town Team More 

Durham, North Carolina
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2015

Good hostel! The bedrooms were OK for the price. A little noicy during the evenings and nights but at 9 pm they cut the music. They have a good kitchen if you want to prepare your own things. The breakfast was also good, basic but good. The location in Cape Town is perfect!

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Thank you for your review. Hopefully you could enjoy the local music a little, and we do purposefully turn it off by 9PM. We hope to see you again soon! Yours in Travel Kim and the Once in Cape Town Tea More 

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