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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

Family of four (kids 14 and 16) stayed 3 nights in the Steve Biko room. Comfortable family room with 4 twin beds and a private 3/4 bath. The bed was average, but the pillow was flimsy and not to my liking. Low/slanted ceilings but nice room with a mountain view out the skylights. The front desk staff were good and... More 

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Montagu, South Africa
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

This is our second stay at The Backpack and, both times, we chose to stay in their tent room. We just love it! They added a LED lamp, which was lacking last time and that helped immensely, as the tent has no electricity. The staff are all warm & friendly, the room and facilities were neat & clean, the atmosphere... More 

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Edmonton, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

This place is awesome. Stayed in the 4 bed dorm which was clean and nice to meet cool people. The breakfast was seriously amazing and the coffee was perfect. All the staff there are super awesome and friendly helping out with booking our tours and a couple issues i had. The location is perfect too you can walk to many... More 

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New York City, New York
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

We stayed at the Backpack for 2 separate 2-night stays at the end of July. Liked the second room better, but both were clean and serviceable. Staff is friendly and helpful, breakfast buffet substantial and good. Great location, and the Backpack has interesting guests! We also really like the operating philosophy (fair trade/shared tips, etc.).

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4 hotel reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This is a great Place! great ambiance, great people, great service, great rooms and a great philosophy. I felt really comfortable, welcome and safe. nice spot to meet new people and receive great travelling tips. and they have the best giftshop!

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

The room we had was ok, but the personnel was not super helpful, some were really nice and trying to accommodate us but the one we had to deal with most of the time was just unable to help us or couldn't be bothered really, even for small things such as getting a cab. If you're there use Uber instead... More 

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JadeCPT, Manager at The Backpack, responded to this review

Hi there, it is a pity to find out that you felt our service was lacking. We will be taking this up with staff immediately so that no one ever feels this way again. Kind Regards, The Backpack Team. More 

Cambridge, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This was the first place we stayed on our trip to Cape Town. It was a lovely hostel; our ensuite room was clean (although fairly small), it felt very safe and the breakfast buffet was good. The location was great - very close to lots of restaurants and bars - but the hostel itself was very quiet.

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JadeCPT, Manager at The Backpack, responded to this review

Hi there. We are pleased to hear that you enjoyed your cozy room, the free breakfast and of course the great location to make getting around Cape Town super easy. Hope to see you soon. Kind Regards, The Backpack Team More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Stay at the Backpack was more than excellent. It is 5 star to your own heart when sitting in the morning at the lounge sipping coffee and looking at the Table mountain. The staff is super sweet. The owners of the establishment have done their all to keep their staff happy. It is not just a hostel, it is a... More 

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JadeCPT, Manager at The Backpack, responded to this review

Hi there and thank you for this enthusiastic review. We love it when guests notice all our behind the scenes work; it is our drive to always give back t the community. We hope you will choose to stay with us again in the future. Kind Regards, The Backpack Team More 

Utrecht, The Netherlands
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 17, 2016 via mobile

My two night at The Backpack were again great! Clean rooms, nice staff, excellent breakfast, location couldn't be better. The hostel is very suitable for travelers who want the interaction with other guests like in a hostel, yet the comfort of a boutique hotel. You'll probably see me again next year!

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Awesome, see you next year! Kind Regards, The Backpack Team More 

Austin, Texas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 16, 2016

I spent 5 nights here earlier this week and was completely satisfied. They have free wifi, various bedroom/dorm options, bar on site (good wine!), laundry service available for a fee, and readily help you plan any adventures around town. They are also focused on ethical business with commitment to fair trade, appropriate wages, and various other impactful commitments. Cherry on... More 

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JadeCPT, Manager at The Backpack, responded to this review

Hey there, thanks for the enthusiastic review! We are so happy to see that you had a good time with us, enjoying our breakfast and bar, and noticing what we do to commit to helping others in need. Kind Regards, The Backpack Team. More 

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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: $26 - $116 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Number of rooms: 38
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