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Reviewed yesterday NEWvia mobile

Highly recommend The Backpack! The facilities are lovely and the view is wonderful- the bar/lounge area & pool have a fantastic view of Table Mountain. It was such a treat to enjoy the yummy breakfast outside with the view. Our room was spacious and very comfortable- we stayed in the 3 person studio apartment. We also enjoyed learning more about...

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Bridgetown, Barbados
Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

I have stayed here a couple of times now as a back up for when my favourite hostel is not available. HOWEVER, this by no means this place isn't fantastic =] The rooms are actually very bigs and spacious. It sucks when a hostel gives you a 3x3m room with like 9 beds in it. The rooms are roughly 4...

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JadeBackpack, Manager at The Backpack, responded to this review

Hi there and thank you for coming to stay with us as your second choice and for all the positive feedback! Perhaps, one day we can work our ways into your heart to become your number one! Kind Regards, The Backpack Team.

Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

The Hostel is simply the best I've ever been to. The rooms will make you believe that you are staying at a Hotel, instead of a hostel. But the atmosphere will bring you back to what hostels are: a place to know cool people, relax and make friends. The staff is also great! The rooms are clean and, at night,...

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JadeBackpack, Manager at The Backpack, responded to this review

Hey there and thank you for the great review! We are so happy to hear all your positive remarks and we hope that this means we will be seeing you again soon! Kind Regards, The Backpack Team.

Italy
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We did not stay on sight, we stayed in a separate apartment called "the studio". The apartment itself was really nice, clean, with a great view. However, there were high winds and the walls shaking and wind blowing through cracks kept us up all night. Upon check in, we were not greeted very warmly, in fact no greeting, no attempt...

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JadeCPT, Manager at The Backpack, responded to this review

Hi there Victoria, when making a booking, it states that 2pm is check in time. We had a check out that morning and therefore were unable to offer an early check in when you arrived at 11:30am. I was the person who greeted you and explained all of this; offering you to use the facilities until 2pm or come back...

Hamburg, Germany
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I was in CPT for about a little more than one week. The hotel is located on the border between Gardens and Tamboerskloof, which both are nice residential areas within a short distance from CPT's main attractions. The amazing Bree Str. with its artsy pubs and restaurants is just few minutes walk from the hotel and we spent much of...

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JadeCPT, Manager at The Backpack, responded to this review

Hey there and thank you for the review! We are so glad that you enjoyed your time with us and appreciated the quirkiness of our hostels and the decor. It's great that you got to explore Cape Town and of course with the kick start from our breakfast. Kind Regards, The Backpack Team.

Dusseldorf, Germany
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

the backpack- where in capetown? very good and safe area with nice surrounding and easy to walk to cafes and bars nearby ( Kloofstreet ...) rooms: we stayed in an spacious and nice doubleroom with fan ..probably there was a AC ,too but we don't use it ( actually we stayed in two different rooms: "madeeba" and " Natalie du...

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JadeCPT, Manager at The Backpack, responded to this review

Hi there. Thanks for the feedback. It's great that you got to try out two of our rooms with great Table Mountain views and get to enjoy the facilities and the delicious, free breakfast we offer daily. The room prices are based on our ability to give back - paying 2.5x the minimum wage, giving free education to staff and...

Wakefield, United Kingdom
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

The hostel is in a good location right near long street. The staff are really helpful and friendly. The hostel is clean and the breakfast that's included is pretty good for a hostel. It has a good atmosphere but we did here of a break in the night before we got there so take a padlock for your bag and...

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JadeCPT, Manager at The Backpack, responded to this review

Hi there, thanks for the review and we hope we will be seeing you again in the future! Kind Regards, The Backpack Team.

Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

I've have stayed several times at the backpack, and it has always been a great success and fantastic time doing our stay. Unfortunately the backpack is more like a B&B these days, and it's getting a bit expensive, compared to a few years ago. We stayed in a private Room with private bathroom as well. But besides that, I still...

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JadeBackpack, Manager at The Backpack, responded to this review

Hi there and thank you for your feedback. Our prices are based on the community work that we do - we pay 2.5x the minimum wage, give free education to our staff and their children, sponsor girls doing rope skipping with uniform and competition fees, and much more! Your stay makes a difference in the lives of others. Kind Regards,...

Tel Aviv, Israel
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

staff was very helpful (thanks to charming pumla , incroyable juliette and prince leon) from arranging tours to take you partying with them , great atmosphere at the " yard / balcony " you can meet a lot of interesting people and plan trips with them , close to bars , restaurants , supermarkets , the breakfast was good ,...

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JadeCPT, Manager at The Backpack, responded to this review

Hi there, thank you for this friendly review, the staff had a good time hanging out with you too. We are glad that you enjoyed your stay and please do come back for that Savanna. Kind Regards, The Backpack Team.

Reviewed 5 weeks ago

We stayed at The Backpack for 1 week. This hostel felt safe and staff were helpful. The included breakfast had a good selection and the location is also good, within walking distance to many things. Thanks for a great stay.

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JadeCPT, Manager at The Backpack, responded to this review

Hi there, thank you for choosing to stay with us. It was great to meet you and please come visit us again soon. Kind Regards, The Backpack Team.

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  • Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi )
  • Pool
  • Free Parking
  • Bar/Lounge
  • Breakfast included
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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: $27 - $112 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Number of rooms: 38
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“bigger capacity rooms save you money and don't lack anything for it!”
 of 5 bubbles tomgarble, 4 days ago | Read review
“private rooms to the backside have the table mountain view ( Natalie) , but the rooms I´ve seen are all nice”
 of 5 bubbles architravelcat, 3 weeks ago | Read review
“private rooms are a bit pricey , but it's for a good cause”
 of 5 bubbles alonzo85, 3 weeks ago | Read review
“4 bed dorms are a good mid-way sharing option”
 of 5 bubbles 186beatricet, Feb 20, 2017 | Read review
“Not Sylvia”
 of 5 bubbles JustSo13, Feb 1, 2017 | Read review
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