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“Fun, friendly & informative” 5 of 5 stars
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Cape Town Backpackers
81 New Church Street | Tamboerskloof, Cape Town Central 8001, South Africa (City Bowl)   |  
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Stroud, United Kingdom
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16 hotel reviews
Reviews in 20 cities Reviews in 20 cities
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
“Fun, friendly & informative”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 11, 2010

What a place! Great accommodation, helpful staff & excellent parties! Must mention the travel desk - very helpful; useful advice & booking information for our trip from Cape Town up the Garden Route & then West Coast & Winelands. Felt like home from home with lots of smiles & good value beer!!

  • Stayed January 2010, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 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
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    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 stars
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Australia
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127 reviews 127 reviews
48 hotel reviews
Reviews in 54 cities Reviews in 54 cities
92 helpful votes 92 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 7, 2010

I had a happy stay here in this hostel that has both dorms and private rooms mainly because it was a friendly social place with a good mix of travellers of all differents ages and nationalities. A good point to add is that while it is friendly and social, the common areas such as the bar are seperated from the rooms so it is still possible to get a nice quiet night's sleep.
Rooms are are reasonable. I stayed in both a tiny private and a dorm. My only complaint about the later is that the bunk bed was rather wobbly. I feel sorry for whoever was below me as whenever I moved, the whole thing shook. It also didn't have a saftey rail on the upper bunk.

  • Stayed January 2009, traveled solo
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 12, 2009

This place was fine. The rooms were clean and tidy, the staff friendly and helpful. We liked heading down to the reception / bar area for a beer before heading out. The location was great, near the fab choice of restaurants on Kloof Street - but you'll need a car to get into town or any further. Unfortunately the beds were really uncomfortable, and we were feeling every spring in the bed, plus it made an awful noise everytime we moved. Where we were (in the secondary house in a side street behind the main accomodation), the walls were paper-thin, we heard too much from our neighbours on the three nights we stayed. On the plus side, we had a great view of table mountain from our balcony.

  • Stayed November 2009, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Gdansk, Poland
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 22, 2009

Crew is really supportive. Honest and nice people. Especially Brian :) Crew will assist you in case you want to call a taxi, hire a car or order a wine tasting trip or anything you ask for. This is also a safe place with security during the night. The only think I didn’t like - humidity in rooms. There are often parties at the bar, but in your room is still quiet.

Stayed October 2009, traveled on business
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Sydney, Australia
2 reviews
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3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 26, 2009

We stayed here 2 nights and I've honestly never met more professional, helpful and friendly staff. The hostel is basic- nothin too flashy howe ver what it lacks in perks- the staff compensate for! They are so friendly and helpful. They find out what you may be interested in, offer advise. They;ve travelled a lot themselves and give good practial advise. Liz and Manix- you are an absolute pleasure!

the hostel is clean, safe and good location. What more could you ask for?!

  • Stayed September 2009, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 21, 2009

We stayed at CTBP twice during a 4 month trip earlier this year and would definitely recommend it to others. We had a nice double with ensuite bathroom, but I would say it's the staff, who went out of their way to help us book further accommodation, activities, etc, that really make the place. The cooking facilities were also good and there was a fun bar area with loads of hats (to be worn during happy hour). Location is good - a nice part of CT, with some decent restaurants within walking distance.

  • Stayed February 2009, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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7 hotel reviews
Reviews in 7 cities Reviews in 7 cities
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 21, 2009

Really enjoyed my stay here. Very friendly staff. Lots of helpful advice and help in booking trips and cars. Good location just off Long Street. Nice bar with good atmosphere.
Clean rooms with good showers, if a touch dated.
Only v small safe in the rooms and could do with a larger locker but this seems to be the case with most south african hostels.
Overall I'd definitely recommend this place particularly for the location, atmosphere and helpful staff.

  • Stayed June 2009, traveled solo
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Address: 81 New Church Street | Tamboerskloof, Cape Town Central 8001, South Africa
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Location: South Africa > Western Cape > Cape Town > Cape Town Central > City Bowl
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Kitchenette Restaurant Shuttle Bus service Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #34 of 103 Specialty Lodging in Cape Town Central
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Number of rooms: 25
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Cape Town Backpackers has a fantastic atmosphere and plenty of style. Its has all of the facilities you would expect from a top quality backpackers including WiFi, and internet access, café and a self-catering kitchen, a comprehensive travel desk, and a great bar to meet fellow travellers. Located in the City Bowl, close to all the main attractions, it offers affordable accommodation – from dorms to deluxe double en suite rooms – and a fun, friendly atmosphere. ... more   less 
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