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“BEST rooftop parties, friendly staff & great value!” 5 of 5 stars
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Penthouse on Long
112 Long Street | 6th Floor Twinnel Building, Cape Town Central 8001, South Africa   |  
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Certificate of Excellence 2014
Cape Town, Western Cape, South Africa
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“BEST rooftop parties, friendly staff & great value!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 10, 2013

Penthouse on Long St is a special place - it's a family run backpackers and you really feel welcome when you arrive! The entrance can be difficult to find the first time, if you don't know what you are looking for ;) Centrally located on busy LONG st, there's small tuck shops around to buy food and supplies. The reception staff are friendly and give great tips/ advice for what to see & do in Cape Town.

Dorms & rooms are clean, comfortable beds and clean linens, well-lit halls and lots of common space to chill. A huge communal kitchen that's well-stocked for cooking, there's even a mixer if you want to bake cakes! TV lounge is open 24/7, and Penthouse has the best ROOFTOP parties in the city! It's great to see local bands and party with Cape Townians at the backpacker - don't have to go far for the fun ;) Highly recommended!

  • Stayed October 2013, traveled with friends
    • 4 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
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4 of 5 stars
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Halle (Saale), Germany
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 10, 2013

I stayed at penthouse for almost two weeks, and i enjoyed my stay so much. It's a bit tricky to find, because the sign on the street isn't too big, but once you found the kiosk that's right next to the door, it's all fine. all the people who work there are very friendly, so helpful and entertaining and there's always a very good atmosphere (Jommy playing the guitar for example). There was all the time something going on at the roof top bar (that rooftop has an amazing view and if you're keen you can play pool there) and the rooms are well sized and the bathrooms are clean. It's located on Long Street, the perfect place to stay, there are all the bars and clubs and restaurants next to it, and i felt very save there. The kitchen had all the supplies you need for cooking. Also there was a huge tv room with couches and a nice chill out area for everyone. It was a bit cold in the dorm due to an air condition, that you can easily turn off if you find it;) The lift wasn't always working, so sometimes you had to walk down one floor to cacth it from there. What I found quite strange were the cameras in the hallways or the chill out area. But apart from that it was just great! I meat so many amazing people there that i really miss a lot already! anyway I guess it's the place to stay when you're in Cape Town and I was very very happy that I decided to go there.

Room Tip: So the girl's dorm (6 beds) is super nice, it's all red and decorated with little hearts, ju...
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  • Stayed September 2013, traveled with friends
    • 4 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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Zwolle, The Netherlands
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 4, 2013

Very lovely and helpful staff! All I asked was a "yes"!
Great stay, booked at first for one night only. And because I liked this place to much, I booked the rest of the week also. Surprising titivated & clean rooms :-).
Location of Penthouse is nice and easy. Becouse of the bars and restaurants. And the bus to airport not far away. Taxi in front of the street and in organized trips you were picked up at the door.
I will say yes if you like easy, cheap, clean, and a good atmosphere!

  • Stayed September 2013, traveled solo
    • 5 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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Berlin
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 3, 2013

I can't imagine a better place to stay in Cape Town.
Perfect location - just in the middle of Longstreet with all the bars and clubs around, you can walk back home from the club, 10 min walk to the railway station, 1 min to MyCiTy bus stop.
Lovely people! - friendly and welcoming, always ready to help you, no matter if you want to book a tour or get somewhere on your own or just go out for a dinner or drink.
Delicious food - almost every day you can have a home cooked dinner, every Friday there's a braai at the roof top... Oh yes! There's the roof top bar, lots of fun and again amazing people hanging out there!
Despite all the night life around and the roof top bar, the rooms are very quiet. The only downside is the annoying noise from the laundry in the purple room (double room, en suite), but they stop washing in the evening and hey! you're not supposed to stay all the day in your room anyway, right? At night it was perfectly quiet.
And everything is perfectly clean, no problem with using the shared bathrooms!!

I've spent 9 days in Penthouse and enjoyed each of them. Thanks guys for making my holiday just perfect! :)

  • Stayed September 2013, traveled solo
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Bengaluru (Bangalore), India
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1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 30, 2013

We just came back from capetown... Its a wonderful place but it was Penthouse on Long that made our trip complete... We were travelling from India and many of our friends who had visited capetown ( but did not stay at penthouse on long) suggested us to be prepared for average services and not great rooms as it is normally in every backpackers... But to our surprise the room was really nice... it infact it was great...!! We were staying in red and white stars for the first 12 days ( private room with ensuite bathroom)... n when they say private they actually mean it... they also have a door separating private rooms from the rest of the backpackers giving u all the privacy u need... :).. Next 3 days we stayed in a double room with shared bathrooms.. But they were also very clean... Infact i was really surprised as i was very uncomfortable using communal bathrooms but they were really good....rooms were very very neat n if u want them to b cleaned everyday they do it for u.. but u do need to inform at the reception.. also i must add it is extremely safe.. all the people who work there are really trustworthy.. There is always someone at the reception (even at 3 in the morning) so in case u have a problem someone will b there to guide u.. Though it is right on Long street ( which is the party central) u hardly feel any disturbance as it is located on the 6th floor.. n yess the lift is ALWAYS working... People are really nice as they keep planning something in the hostel.. there is a nice room top bar... For the kind of location n the services they provide this is the best accomodation... For couples this is probably the best accomodation available... A special thanks to Jason ( or planning our tours) , Borris, Liza, Miriam and all the others for making our stay so special.. :) :)

Room Tip: Private rooms are great!!
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  • Stayed September 2013, 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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beijing
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 26, 2013

This is really a nice place for backpackers. Good location,easy to any interest point and especially the friendly and nite enviroment. I like here very much. closed to the train station, in the central city. Friednly, nite,prpfessional.

Room Tip: mix dorm is big but very quiet and nite. This is a really a value-cost choice.
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  • Stayed September 2013, traveled solo
    • 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
    • 4 of 5 stars Service

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Dusseldorf, Germany
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 21, 2013

Nice Hostel with excellent location on Long St. The roof terrace is quite spectacular, good place to chill out in good weather conditions. They have an excellent bar there too. Sociable place, but you can have your quiet in the rooms. Rooms are very nice (we stayed in two different double rooms), individually themed. Plenty showers and bath rooms, well equipped kitchen & helpful staff on any touring or travel needs. Great place, will go there again.

Minor drawbacks: ca't open the outside window (as it's o 6th floor?) - there is only a noise fan to let fresh air into the room. Mattresses are OK - but could be thicker.

Room Tip: Room "Bodoir" is the nicest we think
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  • Stayed September 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service

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Address: 112 Long Street | 6th Floor Twinnel Building, Cape Town Central 8001, South Africa
Location: South Africa > Western Cape > Cape Town > Cape Town Central
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Kitchenette Shuttle Bus service Suites
Hotel Style:
Ranked #32 of 103 Specialty Lodging in Cape Town Central
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Number of rooms: 87
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Come and stay with us in our new, family run backpackers on viby Long Street. Right in the middle of all the fun - but a good nights sleep guaranteed.We offer a full range of accommodation from dorms to ensuite doubles and family rooms. All our rooms are individually decorated. We are very women friendly with some girls only dorms with full length mirrors and hair dryers. Fully equipped kitchen, tv lounge, fantastic indoor entertainment area and our own secret garden and bar on the roof. Friendliest welcome in Cape Town. An added bonus is our in-house tour bus offering day tours of Cape Town. ... more   less 
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