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“afordable,convenient,calm” 4 of 5 stars
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33 South Boutique Backpackers
4.0 of 5 Hostel   |   48 Trill Road, Observatory 7925, South Africa   |  
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cape town
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“afordable,convenient,calm”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 13, 2011

great for short stays, helpful staff, friendly people

  • Stayed March 2011, traveled solo
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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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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Cambridge, United Kingdom
Contributor
17 reviews 17 reviews
3 hotel reviews
Reviews in 7 cities Reviews in 7 cities
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 8, 2011

I booked a week ended up staying a month! ! ! Staff are amazing maybe the best I have come across while backpacking. Thats no mean feat, i've backpacked 30+ countries and work in the travel industry. Location is next to the train station so the city bowl is 15 mins away, the local bars and resturants 30 seconds. The area of Obz is very chilled and laid back, great for peole looking for something a bit different in Cape Town.

Miller

  • Stayed February 2011, traveled on business
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Frederick, Maryland
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25 hotel reviews
Reviews in 24 cities Reviews in 24 cities
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 6, 2011

When we arrived at 33 South Backpackers, they were short a bed for us, despite making advance reservations. The staff working arranged for another mattress to be pulled into one of the backpacker dorms. Throughout our staff, some of the staff were very nice and pleasant, while others were rude and unhelpful. The hot water was sporadic. We stayed here during the World Cup and many guests, as well as staff members, were very loud throughout the night. In addition, our rental car window was smashed and some clothes left in the car were stolen. The staff were very helpful during this period of time -- especially because they had told us there was secure parking. There was not secure parking -- just street parking. Overall, it was an okay stay in a beautiful city. The breakfast was okay and the free internet access was great. Lots of other budget travelers.

  • Stayed July 2010, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 1 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 2 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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Cape Town Central, South Africa
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3 reviews 3 reviews
3 hotel reviews
Reviews in 3 cities Reviews in 3 cities
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 24, 2011

At 33 South I INSTANTLY FELT AT HOME AND WELCOME.
The staff is very charming, helpful, outgoing, good-looking ^^ and know the hotspots of the town. Because of the fact that you get to know a lot of interesting people while backpacking, it is especially perfect, that the party scene of Observatory is really close and you always find volunteers to join for a drink.
Furthermore, I really thought that it is a cute idea that each single room is individual and reflects the different areas of Cape Town.
It is definitely a great place to stay and I look forward to visiting them again soon! ;)

  • Stayed January 2011, traveled solo
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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the hague
2 reviews
Reviews in 2 cities Reviews in 2 cities
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 7, 2011

Never expected to have so much fun at my age at a backpackers! The staff was very, very friendly and helpful. We (mother, son and daughter) spent Christmas and New Year there and everyone really made an effort to make the atmosphere nice and friendly. Thanks a lot for all your service and sincerely hope to meet you guys again!
Ria and Thessa

  • Stayed December 2010, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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33SouthCapeTown, Owner at 33 South Boutique Backpackers, responded to this review, January 10, 2011
Dear Ria and family
Thank you for your kind words - we loved hosting you, and hoped to see you again soon!
Warm Regards - the 33 South Team
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Johannesburg, Michigan
1 review
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 31, 2010

Hei guys!If you are planning to visit cape town you can't miss this place! The Location it's in observatory,a vibe area,full of different bar and restaurant... You can find here the best sushi,mexican food and obviusly,the pizza!!! The backpackers it's just on the center of this area! The staff it's really friendly and helps you everytime and for everything! I had an amazing time there,feel like in a big family!!!! And,of course, it's also the best place to make loveeee!!!!!!!!

  • Stayed December 2010, traveled solo
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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33SouthCapeTown, Owner at 33 South Boutique Backpackers, responded to this review, January 4, 2011
Thank you caste22 for your lovely review of 33 South - we look forward to seeing you again!
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London, United Kingdom
1 review
3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 28, 2010

The young staff were very friendly and helpful but I was aware of as recent break-in to the lodge where the thief was allowed access by staff. He proceeded to rifle several rooms and made of with some valuables. A frightening experience as guests do operate the access door often letting strangers in. Not good.
Facilities and rooms of a good standard. Evening meal very homely and tasty.
Due to security incident would not use again.

  • Stayed December 2010, traveled solo
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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33SouthCapeTown, Owner at 33 South Boutique Backpackers, responded to this review, January 4, 2011
Dear Gymima

Thank you for writing a review on Tripadvisor, we appreciate your comments, and would like to let you know how we have used your critique to make valuable changes.

The security incident you are referring to was an isolated incident that happened in November 2010. A rather harrowing incident where a con-man tricked our receptionist into opening the door. He was inside the hostel for under 5 minutes, but managed to steal one guest's camera. As you can imagine, our reception staff was devastated - not to mention the guest concerned. We managed to get the full insurance for the camera, and took the following security precautions: an additional security gate; an automated locking system on the existing gate as well as security cameras. We also notified the police within hours, and all other hostels in the area. Shortly after this incident (about one week), the culprit was arrested at another hostel in the area, performing the same tricks, and is now behind bars.

We are a backpackers hostel that prides ourselves at offering a safe place for people to stay. We offer dorm rooms with individual code locks on the door, a locking cupboard per person, as well as a digital safe per person - specifically for the purpose of keeping out guests' belongings safe. The 24-hour reception/ night security is another precaution we take, to maximize security. While sometimes unavoidable situations do arise, as the one you mentioned, we do our best to protect our guests, and ensure they have a safe and fun time in our mother city.

I would love to invite you to stay at 33 South in the future again - I think you will find we take security very seriously, and have learnt from past loop-holes. Your opinion is valuable to us, and we thank you for your candid opinion.

Warm Regards,

Kim Whitaker - Owner, 33 South
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Additional Information about 33 South Boutique Backpackers

Address: 48 Trill Road, Observatory 7925, South Africa
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Location: South Africa > Western Cape > Cape Town > Observatory
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Kitchenette Restaurant Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #3 of 11 Specialty Lodging in Observatory
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:4 star — 33 South Boutique Backpackers 4*
Number of rooms: 26
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