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“The Backpack Cape Town” 4 of 5 stars
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The Backpack
74 New Church Street | Tamboerskloof, Cape Town Central 8001, South Africa (City Bowl)   |  
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Minneapolis, Minnesota
1 review
“The Backpack Cape Town”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 17, 2014

Pros: Showers are excellent, hot water and water pressure. Individual rooms are comfortable, clean, and sheets get renewed daily. Staff is incredibly friendly and helpful. You can book all you need to do from the staff/reception desk. Bar is nice but small, good for chilling but not for partying.

Cons: Wifi only works in bar or common area. It is a bit of a maze at first, to find your room, etc. The keys for the rooms are a bit of a chore. I am really nitpicking here, this place is fantastic.

Room Tip: If you can afford it, I always go for a single room but they might not always be available. Book ahe...
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  • Stayed June 2014, traveled solo
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Service

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EleniCPT, Senior Duty Manager at The Backpack, responded to this review, July 31, 2014
Thank you for taking the time to review our hostel.

We are delighted to hear that you enjoyed your stay with us.

It is awesome to hear that you were happy with our bathroom facilities. All our hot water is powered by Solar Geysers.

Our Free Wifi is only available in the bar/cafe area, but we do have Wifi throughout the entire hostel, which there is just a minimal charge for.

We look forward to welcoming you back in the near future.

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Rating summary
  • 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 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 stars
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Johannesburg, South Africa
1 review
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 16, 2014

One of the nicest backpackers I've stayed at. Loved the fireplace in the cafe/bar - this place was a fantastic space. The only issue I had was that my room (very nice and newly done up) smelt strongly of fresh paint, which wasn't great for sleeping in as the fumes were strong enough to give me a headache.

Room Tip: Just make sure it doesn't smell of toxic pain fumes. Otherwise the single room with no en suit p...
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  • Stayed July 2014, traveled solo
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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EleniCPT, Senior Duty Manager at The Backpack, responded to this review, July 31, 2014
Thank you for taking the time to review our hostel on Tripadvisor.

We are glad that you found us to be one of the nicest hostels that you have stayed in.

We do apologise that your room might of had some paint fumes in them. We have been working hard on renovating our rooms, and we apologies for the inconvenience caused. If the smell was bad, we do wish you had told us as we would of moved you to a new room.

It is lovely to hear that you were happy with the bedding on your bed! We wouldn't give our guests bedding that we ourselves wouldn't use.

We hope to welcome you back again in the near future.

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Charlotte, North Carolina
2 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 13, 2014

I absolutely loved my time here! Great atmosphere, nice bar/cafe, clean rooms and facilities and excellent location. Also, the building is very safe. I never felt threatened or in danger at any time. The staff is awesome and will help you book tours and excursions, recommend restaurants/bars to visit and are also very warm and welcoming.

  • Stayed July 2014, traveled solo
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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EleniCPT, Senior Duty Manager at The Backpack, responded to this review, July 31, 2014
Thank you for taking the time to review our hostel.

We are happy to hear that you enjoyed your stay with us, especially that you felt safe within the Backpack walls. Our security guards work extremely hard in making sure that no "strange" characters come thru the gate.

It is lovely that you enjoy the vibe in the bar area and were able to meet new and exciting people.

We look forward to welcoming you back in the near future.

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West Hartford, CT
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6 reviews 6 reviews
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5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 10, 2014

If only every place could be like The Backpack! Great atmosphere, beautiful location, chill bar/coffee area, what more could you need? I splurged on the 4 person "girls" room and it was well worth it. The last night I was the only guest in this room and it felt like a luxury suite. Can't wait to return!

Stayed August 2013
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EleniCPT, Senior Duty Manager at The Backpack, responded to this review, July 31, 2014
Thank you for taking the time to review our hostel.

We are absolutely delighted to hear that you loved your stay with us and wish our hostel could be duplicated.

We always strive to ensure our guests have the best stay possible while staying with us, and you felt that your last night was like staying in a luxury room.

We look forward to welcoming you back in the near future.

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Durban, South Africa
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2014

I imagined the backpackers to simply be of a convenient location where I can get a good nights sleep and warm shower. It turned out to be that, and much more. The atmosphere and vibe is amazing, and I made many new friends during my week long stay there. From bar hopping, to trying out the various local restaurants, to exploring the obligatory tourist sites, to simply hanging out at the backpacker's lounge with a few beers, all of this was made far more enjoyable with good company.

Only downside is the slightly inflated price compared to other backpacker's, but in my opinion, it was certainly worth it.

Room Tip: 4 bedroom dorms are really worth the extra money compared to the 8 bedroom dorms, as you have your o...
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  • Stayed June 2014, traveled solo
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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EleniCPT, Senior Duty Manager at The Backpack, responded to this review, July 31, 2014
Thank you for reviewing our hostel on Tripadvisor.

It is lovely to hear that you enjoyed your week long stay with us while in Cape Town, and managed to try out lots of the restaurants in the area too.

We are sorry that you felt our prices were slightly higher than others, but as we are a Fairtrade Hostel as well, majority of the money that you spend on your nights stay goes back to different community projects we have and allowing our staff to have fair wages.

We are glad that you enjoyed the amenities of the 4 bed dorm with ensuite as well!

We look forward to welcoming you back again soon.

Kind Regards


Eleni Good
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Zemst, Belgium
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10 reviews 10 reviews
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4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 6, 2014

5 friends & I stayed at The Backpack for 5 nights in June 2014 and we had a very pleasant stay. The Backpack has everything you expect from a hostel; not more, certainly not less. Very decent dorms, very hygienic bathrooms, great food, a nice atmosphere and, on top, an amazing view on Tafelberg from the central patio. It's also 2 blocks away from Long Street (excellent to go out in one of the numerous bars, pubs and clubs) and Kloof Street (a street full of nice restaurants). A very nice place in a very nice city!

  • Stayed June 2014, 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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EleniCPT, Senior Duty Manager at The Backpack, responded to this review, July 31, 2014
Thank you for taking the time to review our hostel.

We are so glad to hear that you enjoyed yours stay with us and found your dorm to be comfortable.

We too think we are in an awesome location to Long Street for a good night out, and then far away enough to get a peaceful nights sleep away from the noise.

We look forward to hopefully welcoming you back in the near future.

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Perth, Australia
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5 reviews 5 reviews
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1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2014

Great service, beautiful rooms in excellent location, absolutely worth it. I stayed there for three nights in a four bed dorm with private bathroom. I think it was worth the upgrade. Great atmosphere in the bar and the staff were really helpful

  • Stayed June 2014, 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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EleniCPT, Senior Duty Manager at The Backpack, responded to this review, July 31, 2014
Thank you for taking the time to review our hostel.

We are delighted to hear that you loved your stay with us.

It is lovely to hear that you found the staff to be helpful. We always strive to give our guest the best stay possible.

We look forward to welcoming you back in the near future.

Kind Regards


Eleni Good
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Additional Information about The Backpack

Address: 74 New Church Street | Tamboerskloof, Cape Town Central 8001, South Africa
Location: South Africa > Western Cape > Cape Town > Cape Town Central > City Bowl , Tamboerskloof
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant Shuttle Bus service Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
Ranked #5 of 102 Specialty Lodging in Cape Town Central
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Number of rooms: 38
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Selected as best value stay in the world 2014 by Lonely Planet and Best Hostel in Africa 2014 by Hostelworld customers. Making a difference is more than just an initiative of The Backpack, it is the way we are, the way we work and the way we live. South Africa's original award-winning backpacker hostel and travel agency is simply the best place to make your travel arrangements, with all the facilities you can expect from a great hotel, such as stylishly decorated Afro-chic rooms offering superior comfort and quality, with shared or en-suite bathrooms, private electronic safes and in-house ATM. Stay in touch in our internet cafe or use WiFi throughout the hostel; swim in the pool with a stunning view of Table Mountain, or meet like-minded international travellers in our buzzing Cafe or Bar. We offer a variety of rooms, ranging from 8- and 4-bed dorms, to singles, twins, doubles and family rooms. We have recently built a loft apartment with amazing views of Table Mountain featuring its own kitchen. The hostel has communal kitchen and dining facilities; lots of sociable and chill-out spots to relax in. A night on the town in Long Street, gorgeous Clifton and Camps Bay beaches, Table Mountain, V&A Waterfront and the city centre is just a stone's throw away. Awards: Awarded Best Hostel in South Africa 2014, 2013, 2010, 2009 & 2008, Awarded Best Hostel in Africa 2014, Lonely Planet Top 10 Best Value Stays 2014. Independent winner for Best Practice Economic Impact - Imvelo Awards 2011, Independent winner for Best Single Resource Management Program in Waste Management - Imvelo Awards 2011, "One of the world's 10 coolest hostels" Guardian UK - 2010, Winner of 2011 AA Quality Assured Accommodation ... more   less 
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The Backpack Hotel Cape Town Central
The Backpack Cape Town, South Africa

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