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Reviewed 4 days ago NEWvia mobile

Close enough to walk to the city centre, far enough to not be disturbed by the long street party tourism. Very friendly personel and good beds. They do offer you right info to see the whole region and you can book tours and activies in the hostel.

Thank Simon G
Reviewed 1 week ago

First impressions appeared to be false. What could have been lovely was cut short with a patronising receptionist. We just couldn't communicate, my sister and I felt like we were asking for too much when very simply wanted a dormitory to sleep in and to pay separately. Unfortunate, we aren't fussy (in fact we were sleeping in our car for...

1Thank 01CzaMB01
Stellenbosch, South Africa
Reviewed January 13, 2017

This is a great backpackers. Really felt like coming home the moment we stepped in. The facilities are basic, but good and staff is very very friendly! Silence starts at 10pm, so if you want a good nights sleep this is perfect. No worries if you want to party though, there is also plenty of place for that without disturbing...

Thank jennih770
Reviewed January 4, 2017 via mobile

Super service, nice staff. Nice and clean facilities and a lovely neighbourhood. It's located just next to Kloof Street with lots of nice restaurant and bars. The staff will help you booking tours, car rentals, recommend sights, etc. The rooms are nice and the kitchen is really good.

Thank Andreas Horsfel... J
Reviewed October 13, 2016 via mobile

Myself and my friend have just stayed here for 10 days to start the beginning of our trip up to Joburg, and we loved staying here. As this is the first hostel we have ever stayed in we really enjoyed it. The location is perfect for resturants/cafes etc and 5 min walk from Long St, is also extremely close to...

Thank Sophie C
Aarhus, Denmark
Reviewed October 13, 2016

Cape Town Backpackers, is the best! I stayed at Cape Town backpackers for 18 days, and it was amazing! The staff and the maids were some of the sweetest people I’ve ever met. I travelled to Cape Town alone, but I never felt alone, as there was always someone to hang out with, at the hostel. Everyone who was working...

Thank sundayservicenow
Stuttgart, Germany
Reviewed August 30, 2016 via mobile

Friendly staff, clean rooms and everything you need! You can book tours, drink beer in the hostel bar, cook your own food or order breakfast from the hostel chef. Also the hostel is close to the crowded "long street".

Thank tilo89
Krakow, Poland
Reviewed August 17, 2016

Great localization! If you are from abroad and you keep hearing how dangerous is South Africa then this hostel is something for you. Very easy, convenient location, you can travel everywhere using either hop on hop off MyCity. The bar downstairs and the storage of the luggage, helpful staff... very good!

Thank a_linQ
Bangkok, Krung Thep, Thailand
Reviewed June 11, 2016 via mobile

One of the larger backpackers. Well positioned to trendy bars and restaurants, old Victorian building with all amenities, well priced and we'll equipped for tours. Comfortable mixed dorms, only drawback has been no hot water after trying twice today. Overall, GOOD and we'll priced.

1Thank Oliver C
AndyCTBP, Guest Relations Manager at Cape Town Backpackers, responded to this review

Hi Oliver. Thanks for the review, apologies about the water issue, we had a new system fitted. Looking forward to seeing you again soon. Andy

Cape Town Central, South Africa
Reviewed April 19, 2016

Very nice,social,clean homely enviroment.I enjoyed the view and the friendly neighborhood .The locals were very nice.The weather was also fantastic.Situated right in the middle of the action,what more could you ask for.

Thank Carlis O
AndyCTBP, Guest Relations Manager at Cape Town Backpackers, responded to this review

Hi Carlis, thanks for taking the time to review us, see you next time :)

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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 

Additional Information about Cape Town Backpackers

Address: 81 New Church Street | Tamboerskloof, Cape Town Central 8001, South Africa
Location: South Africa > Western Cape > Cape Town > Cape Town Central > City Bowl
Price Range: $14 - $108 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:2 star — Cape Town Backpackers 2*
Number of rooms: 25
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“Try and stay either on the lower ground level or extended building”
 of 5 bubbles Emile111, Mar 22, 2016 | Read review
“private rooms are very nice”
 of 5 bubbles theresa123478, Mar 9, 2016 | Read review
“The dorm rooms are great but if u want quietness take a private room”
 of 5 bubbles ldelport, Mar 9, 2016 | Read review
“Stay room 14”
 of 5 bubbles Mytravelworld35, Dec 6, 2015 | Read review
“I was just lucky to get one.....”
 of 5 bubbles SafariM, Sep 13, 2015 | Read review
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