We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.
We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.
$25 Amazon.com Gift Card Get yours when you book a hotel on TripAdvisor and review your stay!

The Backpack

Show Prices
Certificate of Excellence
Book on TripAdvisor
Trusted partner. We work with to make your booking as easy as possible.
Secure payments. We use industry-leading practices to keep your information secure.
Enter dates for best prices
powered by PriceFinder
Check In Check Out
1 room 2 adults 0 children
Book on
or compare prices from up to 200 sites including:
Professional photos
The Backpack
The Backpack
Panoramas (10)
View Map
{"widget":{"name":"ibex_photo_carousel","template":"ibex_photo_carousel__widget","dust":{"nav_controls":"ibex_photo_carousel__nav_controls"},"divClasses":"prw_rup prw_ibex_photo_carousel","moduleList":["handlers","shims"],"js":{"handlers":"(ta.prwidgets.getjs(this,'handlers'))","shims":"(ta.prwidgets.getjs(this,'shims'))"}},"containerClass":null}
Add Photo Write a Review

597 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

Traveler rating
Traveler type
Time of year
Language
  • More
Showing 503: English reviews
Philadelphia
Level Contributor
20 reviews
4 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We loved our week at the backpack, which started out our 4 month long honeymoon adventure. Staff were friendly, Rooms were clean, water for showers was hot and the kitchen was great for cooking meals. They had a great way to organize food and plenty of space. Breakfast was plentiful as well and more than just your toast and croissants.... More 

Helpful?
Thank Dalemma2622
JadeCPT, Manager at The Backpack, responded to this review

Hi there, thank you for choosing The Backpack as part of your honeymoon adventure! We are smiling to know you loved all aspects of our hostel and especially Shaun; he is a great guy to be working behind our bar. Kind Regards, The Backpack Team. More 

Detroit, Michigan
Level Contributor
3 reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

I recently stayed at The Backpack for my day 10 day stay in Cape Town. It was a great experience. The staff were friendly. The receptionists helped me book tours and were always willing to answer my questions and give me recommendations of things to do in the area. It is in a good location close to restaurants and places... More 

Helpful?
Thank Marisa H
JadeCPT, Manager at The Backpack, responded to this review

Hey there, thank you for the review! We are glad you had a pleasant stay and we hope to see you in our hostel again in the near future. Kind Regards, The Backpack Team. More 

Alabama
Level Contributor
29 reviews
10 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Our family of 4 stayed in one of the family rooms. The room was fine but the bathroom was pretty cramped for a family with two teenage daughters. :) We loved the vibe at the hostel and the desk staff were wonderful. Being a hostel, it was more geared for younger folks. One night there was a very loud party,... More 

Helpful?
Thank 4WornPassports
JadeCPT, Manager at The Backpack, responded to this review

Hi there, thank you for taking the time to review us. We do apologise for the noise and find it surprising that you heard loud music until 2am in the morning as our bar closes around midnight, with the music turned off. The security guard circles the hostel overnight to make sure guests are keeping noise levels down. Kind Regards,... More 

Sydney, Australia
Level Contributor
51 reviews
41 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 45 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

The Backpack is such a perfect location and place to stay. I normally stay in 5star hotels and I'm so glad I skipped that and listened to the reviews on here. The staff are incredibly helpful and friendly. The breakfast is perfect and changes each day. The rooms were such a surprise. Loved our room in the loft. It was... More 

Helpful?
Thank Adam M
JadeCPT, Manager at The Backpack, responded to this review

Hey there, what a great thing is it to receive such a positive review! We are so chuffed you stepped away from the hotel stay and tried us out instead. Kind Regards, The Backpack Team. More 

Seville, Spain
Level Contributor
29 reviews
9 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I stayed here 10 years ago and recently returned with my 8 year old in a private twin with ensuite. This property is very well planned and managed and continuously cleaned and maintained to an immaculate standard. I chose to go back with my daughter because it also benefits from being 5 minutes stroll from Long Street but in a... More 

Helpful?
Thank Nicole W
JadeCPT, Manager at The Backpack, responded to this review

Hi there. Thank you for coming back after 10 years and also bringing your daughter along for the adventure! We hope you enjoyed your overland trip and safe travels further! Kind Regards, The Backpack Team. More 

Dublin, Ireland
2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The Backpack had incredible reviews and when I arrived, I understood why. The staff is extremely friendly and helpful and makes a big effort remembering everybody's name. The rooms are very clean and there is great internet anywhere! I was traveling solo but met wonderful people at my stay there. We went on a couple of day trips with people... More 

Helpful?
Thank r0sievdb
JadeCPT, Manager at The Backpack, responded to this review

Hey there, thank you for the awesome review! We are so glad that you had an amazing time here with us and were able to make some friends for life! We look forward to seeing you again soon. Kind Regards, The Backpack Team. More 

dublin
Level Contributor
11 reviews
7 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

I could not speak more highly of the Backpack. From its friendly,professional staff to the individual rooms and amenities, this "Boutique Hostel" shone out. Aside from those important assets, its great location,reasonable prices and sumptous complimentary breakfast add to its allure. Finally its corporate and ethical social responsibility as carried out through its well documented and officialy acknowledged GCU scheme... More 

Helpful?
Thank JOENEVILLE62
JadeCPT, Manager at The Backpack, responded to this review

Hi there, thank you so much for taking interest in our community projects that we support and making such a generous donation. The children at GCU are sure going to have some fun. We are happy to know you had a pleasant stay and we hope you will return in the future. Kind Regards, The Backpack Team. More 

Magnolia, New Jersey
2 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

It was a great experience. The room, staff, meals, and services available were all great. Any concerns were addressed immediately. I would recommend it to everyone and go back for sure. We joined their BBQ on Tuesday night which was fun, tasty and cheap. Our room was a private with our own bath and although upstairs had a skylight and... More 

Helpful?
1 Thank srentd
JadeCPT, Manager at The Backpack, responded to this review

Hi there, wow! Thanks for the compliments! It is great that you were able to join in on our traditional braai night on Tuesdays, we loving it when guests get involved. So pleased you had a great stay, come visit us again soon! Kind Regards, The Backpack Team. More 

Washington
Level Contributor
3 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

It was a great first hostel experience and I loved how inexpensive it was! I met so many people from all over the world so it had a great environment. I felt very safe and the place is well taken care of. Would definitely stay there again and recommend it to friends.

Helpful?
1 Thank shelbyd22
JadeCPT, Manager at The Backpack, responded to this review

Hi there, thank you so much for the recommendations! We can't wait to see you again and hopefully next time, with your friends! Kind Regards, The Backpack Team More 

Level Contributor
5 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

I would definitely stay here again. This place is awesome. The staff are friendly and so knowledgeable; they helped me book any activity I wanted. The accommodation itself is clean, and the bathrooms are good (hot water being the main concern). The only way my stay could have been improved is by offering better food in the evenings. However, the... More 

Helpful?
1 Thank Sam B
JadeCPT, Manager at The Backpack, responded to this review

Hi there, thanks for your awesome review! We are happy to know you found us clean and the staff to be friendly. We are looking into bringing in more foodie evenings at The Backpack, so stay tuned! Kind Regards, The Backpack Team More 

Questions? Get answers from hotel staff and past guests. Ask a question

363 photos of this hotel

Traveler photos: See what travelers like you saw

Viewed
All Traveler Photos (158)
Viewed
Dining (14)
Viewed
Room/Suite (19)
Viewed
Hotel & Grounds (28)
Viewed
Pool/Beach Area (7)
Viewed
Family/Play Areas (2)
Viewed
View from Room (10)
Viewed
Bathroom (2)
Viewed
1:48
Videos (5)
Viewed
Other (71)

TripAdvisor Photos: Professional photos exclusively commissioned by TripAdvisor

Viewed
All TripAdvisor Photos (182)
Viewed
Amenities (24)
Viewed
Pool (8)
Viewed
President's Suite (38)
Viewed
Private Room (27)
Viewed
Private Room with Shared Bathroom (20)
Viewed
Dining (24)
Viewed
The Hotel (41)

Management photos: Courtesy of the property manager

Viewed
All Management Photos (23)
Viewed
Hotel & Grounds (2)
Viewed
Room/Suite (15)
Viewed
Dining (5)
Viewed
View from Room (1)
Check In Check Out
Hotels you might also like...
Travelers also viewed these Cape Town Central hotels
1.4 mi away
Protea Hotel by Marriott Cape Town Sea Point
Protea Hotel by Marriott Cape To...
#68 of 106 in Cape Town Central
4.0 of 5 stars 245 reviews
1.9 mi away
Radisson Blu Hotel Waterfront, Cape Town
Radisson Blu Hotel Waterfront, C...
#25 of 106 in Cape Town Central
4.5 of 5 stars 1,460 reviews
0.6 mi away
Taj Cape Town
Taj Cape Town
#17 of 106 in Cape Town Central
4.5 of 5 stars 1,417 reviews
Show Prices
Show Prices
Show Prices
1.5 mi away
The Hyde All-Suite Hotel
The Hyde All-Suite Hotel
#24 of 106 in Cape Town Central
4.5 of 5 stars 381 reviews
0.6 mi away
Holiday Inn Express Cape Town City Centre
Holiday Inn Express Cape Town Ci...
#44 of 106 in Cape Town Central
4.0 of 5 stars 635 reviews
1.4 mi away
Protea Hotel by Marriott Cape Town Waterfont Breakwater Lodge
Protea Hotel by Marriott Cape To...
#54 of 106 in Cape Town Central
4.0 of 5 stars 794 reviews
Show Prices
Show Prices
Show Prices
Questions? Get answers from hotel staff and past guests. Ask a question

Amenities

Highlights
  • Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi )
  • Pool
  • Bar/Lounge
  • Free Breakfast
  • Free Parking
Things to do
  • Pool
  • Bar/Lounge
Room types
  • Non-Smoking Rooms
  • Family Rooms
Internet
  • Free Internet
  • Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi )
  • Public Wifi
Services
  • Free Breakfast
  • Laundry Service
  • Free Parking
  • Concierge
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 hip, urban hostel, 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 

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
Price Range: $31 - $110 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Number of rooms: 38
Reservation Options:
TripAdvisor is proud to partner with Expedia, Booking.com, Hotels.com, Orbitz, Odigeo, Priceline, Agoda, Travelocity, Cheap Tickets and Hotwire so you can book your The Backpack reservations with confidence. We help millions of travelers each month to find the perfect hotel for both vacation and business trips, always with the best discounts and special offers.
Also Known As:
The Backpack Hotel Cape Town Central
The Backpack Cape Town, South Africa
Is This Your TripAdvisor Listing?
Own or manage this property? Claim your listing for free to respond to reviews, update your profile and much more.
Claim Your Listing
Enter dates for best prices
Check In Check Out
Price Your Stay