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“Backpacker brilliance” 4 of 5 stars
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Forty8 Backpackers Hotel
4.0 of 5 Hostel   |   48 Hout Street, Cape Town Central 8001, South Africa   |  
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“Backpacker brilliance”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2011 via mobile

If you need a place to stay over in Cape Town city, Forty8 is the place. It is located in the city centre, a block from Greenmarket Square. On-street parking was a concern, but the city has security walking around all the time. The decor is fantastic, and better than adequate facilities. You can choose between dormitory rooms or private double rooms.

  • Stayed August 2011
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 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
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4 of 5 stars
  • Service
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4 of 5 stars
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 10, 2011

Very nice hostel and great value! Everything was clean and modern and the beds were comfortable. There is a lounge area with computers free to use and a bar area. There are several restaurants within walking distance and the area felt relatively safe though the hostel itself was well secured.

  • Stayed August 2011, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed August 8, 2011

Dont get me wrong the place is very posh and nice for a backpackers. But the service was dreadful to say the least, the lady of the place (who seemed to be very racist indeed)- had asked us to wash the dishes- when we had not even had anything to eat! When my friend had left her phone in the room, she made a fuss about allowing her to re-enter the premises to fectch it. We waited in the communal room for the ladies (who were a little over the checkout time) to finish showering, and we did move our things out of the room. The lady had a problem with this and had asked us indirectly to leave. I have been to many backpacking places before and never have I been treated so poorly. This is the new South Africa and I am embarassed, especially since I had foreign company in my tour group! I definitely think you should give this one a skip, especially if you are coloured!

  • Stayed August 2011, traveled with friends
    • 1 of 5 stars Value
    • 1 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 1 of 5 stars Service
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Additional Information about Forty8 Backpackers Hotel

Address: 48 Hout Street, Cape Town Central 8001, South Africa
Location: South Africa > Western Cape > Cape Town > Cape Town Central
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beverage Selection Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Kitchenette Restaurant Shuttle Bus service Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
Ranked #68 of 102 Specialty Lodging in Cape Town Central
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:4 star — Forty8 Backpackers Hotel 4*
Number of rooms: 9
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Welcome to Forty8 Backpackers Hotel, TGCSA 4 Star - Graded accommodation. It is a luxurious and affordable backpackers hotel located right in the heart of Cape Town's Central Business District next to the famous Long Street. Long Street in Cape Town is renowned for it's abundance of street shops, cafe's, bars, pubs, clubs and restaurants. Forty8 Backpackers is well known for its unique elegance, you won't find trendier economical accommodation near Cape Town's hotspots than our comfortable backpackers hotel. We cater for all travellers from solo or groups visiting Cape Town domestically or internationally as we have rooms to accommodate up to 50 people. Our backpackers hotel is under new Management, newly refurbished and modernized. We focus on great service, a clean space, safety and a friendly attitude. When you travel to Cape Town make sure to visit us. We cater for adventurers of all ages including backpackers, students and groups and we have taken special care to cater for our guests needs. You will find a well catered for environment to make your stay hassle free. We have a snack bar, FREE internet access (including Wi-Fi), a Communal Lounge and Kitchen, laundry facilities and free tea and coffee. Forty8 Backpackers has 6 Bedrooms Dormitory style ranging from 4 beds, 6 beds, 10 beds and 12 beds in a bedroom and 3 Private Double bedrooms. A Dormitory room consists of double bunk beds and the Double room with Double beds. The Bathrooms are shared one for the Females and the other for the Males. We are open 24 hours, 365 days a year. At the reception you can obtain travel information, tour bookings, safety box and a laundry service. We have our own shuttle services that offer Door-to-Door pick-up and drop-off, Meet and Greet services at Cape Town International Airport, Tours and Transfers to and from different places and destinations. ... more   less 
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