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South Africa's original award-winning Fair Trade hostel and travel shop, with all the facilities you can expect from a hip, urban designer hostel. Private or Shared rooms offering superior comfort and quality, with shared or en-suite bathrooms, electronic safes and in-house ATM. FREE fibre WiFi through the hostel. Swim in the pool with a view of Table Mountain, meet like-minded international travelers in our buzzing Cafe or Bar. We offer a variety of rooms, ranging from 8- and 4-bed dorms, singles, twins and family rooms. 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, Waterfront and the city centre is just a stone's throw away. 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.
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Free High Speed Internet (WiFi)
Free parking
Bar/Lounge
Breakfast included
Airport transportation
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Laundry Service
Multilingual Staff
Outdoor pool
Public Wifi
Shuttle Bus Service
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Family Rooms
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Smoking rooms available
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Stunning stay at The Backpack during 2018 WTM expo and a high five to Lee and team! Also attended the Save foundation TededClubs talk, empowering children from disadvantaged communities with the opportunity to learn skill in public speaking and well done to the 6 learners from
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Response from Lee H, Owner at The Backpack
Responded 5 days ago
Thank you so much Charl and Mpho for staying with us. We are so excited about the TedEd talks and its wonderful to be able to give these young children from Danoon a platform to express themselves - and they have blown us away with their insights and what they have to day. I was so happy that you could join and share this special event. Its going to be a regular one 2nd Thursday of the month. See you next year Lee and The Backpack Team
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Extremely pleasant location. Have started my South Africa trip at the Backpack and decided to stay there again just before going back home. Good decision :-) The view from the pool area to table mountain is just fantastic. Everything you need is in walking distance -
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Response from Lee H, Owner at The Backpack
Responded 1 week ago
Thank you so much for your awesome review of our hostel. So happy you could be at our Inaugural TedEd talk and we are looking forward for that to grow. Our block has everything you need and we are delighted that your came back to end your holidays with us. Hope you will be back soon The Backpack Team
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At first I booked 6 nights and it was a pleasure stay. I left for few days, but booked and paid another 3 nights for later, directly at the reception, and requested a specific room with a window. When I came back, they moved me to a different room than I booked and no one ever
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Response from Lee H, Owner at The Backpack
Responded 2 weeks ago
Thank you so much for staying with us. We are so sorry you did not get the room you requested it was a mistake by the reception staff it was marked not to move you from the room you were booked in but they got it wrong and we apologise for that. Our breakfasts are generally the same with changes in the cereals, cakes and fruit on offer. Its a great deal for a buffet continental breakfast. Once again our apologies for the mix up in the room. The Backpack Team
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Brilliant hostel. Stayed in a private en suite and it was better than most hotels I've stayed in. Cool staff, really relaxed and peaceful vibe. Great ideas for tours and activities to participate in which was exactly what I was looking for. Cheap Ubers to the rest of the city.
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Response from Lee H, Owner at The Backpack
Responded 2 weeks ago
Thank you so much for staying with us. We are delighted you enjoyed your time. See you next time! The Backpack Team
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I've stayed in a 4 femal dorm. It was a good stay. good safety, we even had our own bathroom and they made my bed! good breakfast, friendly staff, well located. go there. they offer tours aswell and have a nice kitchen aswell a bar where you can buy coffee:)
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Response from Lee H, Owner at The Backpack
Responded 3 weeks ago
Thanks so much for reviewing us. we are so pleased you enjoyed your stay with us The Backpack Team
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The Private Room with Shared Bathroom at The Backpack
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The Private Room at The Backpack
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The President's Suite at The Backpack
Vista do quarto Miriam Makeba.
Quatro Miriam Makeba (2 camas, com banheiro privativo). A bagunça é culpa dos hóspedes.
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Not sure but you can do better with Uber and get wifi at the airport.
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our prices do change from time to time seasonally and we also run specials so please watch our web page for exciting specials.
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Hi! Do you offer transport to the airport? If so, what is the cost?
we do arrange airport transfers from R220
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Hi! I was wondering if you have any private rooms Dec. 23-30?? Thank you
Hi We are able to accommodate you in a double deluxe room from 23 -27 Dec, however, we are full for the rest of the year. If you would like to book this room please go to our website. This is the quickest and most convenient over the weekend.. Thanks very much Toni
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yes its possible to buy your tickets at The Backpack for the Baz Bus and many other day tours and also car hire. We can arrange an airport shuttle for you. once you have made a booking you will get a confirmation letter which will ask you to supply your flight details if you require a shuttle.
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"The female dorm next to the pool is by far the most spacious one of the ones I have seen."
"if you are a female choose a femal dorm"
"al the rooms are sited over a small area & all close to the shower areas & main reception"
"dont have any"
"They offer a whole range of rooms."
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PRICE RANGE
$20 - $94 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
ALSO KNOWN AS
the backpack hotel cape town central
LOCATION
South AfricaWestern CapeCape TownCape Town CentralTamboerskloofCity Bowl
NUMBER OF ROOMS
38
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