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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

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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Utrecht, The Netherlands
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago 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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JadeCPT, Manager at The Backpack, responded to this review

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

Austin, Texas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

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 

Copenhagen, Denmark
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

During the five day I spend at The Backpack I enjoyed the garden and the other available placed to relax. The heater was nice in the wintertime. The wifi hiccups sometimes though. I will stay at the Backpack next time I go to Cape Town.

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JadeCPT, Manager at The Backpack, responded to this review

Hi there, thanks for staying with us and it is awesome to know that you will be back again in the future! Kind Regards, The Backpack Team. More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

I stayed for a week in the winter. The rooms were very comfortable with an excellent heater! The rooms, bathrooms and the surroundings were very clean. Everyone was friendly and gave us tips on what to do and most importantly what not to do...booked the peninsula tour through them which was my highlight! Excellent location just far enough from all... More 

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JadeCPT, Manager at The Backpack, responded to this review

Hi there, thank you for the review of our hostel. We are smiling to know that you had a wonderful time with us and I hope that you will come back and join us again in the near future. Kind Regards, The Backpack Team. More 

Dublin, Ireland
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Staying at the backpack was a highlight of my recent trip to South Africa. The staff were wonderful and really helpful for booking tours without any high pressure sales technique. The hostel is wonderfully located in the tourist centre being on a couple of minutes wander from Both Long and Kloof Streets. The complementary breakfast was the best in country,... More 

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JadeCPT, Manager at The Backpack, responded to this review

Hey, thanks for choosing to stay with us and taking the time to write this review! Very pleased to know that you enjoyed your stay with us and, despite it being chilly and a bit quiet in low season, you were still able to meet some new people and enjoy the city! Kind Regards, The Backpack Team. More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

The Backpack was awesome! Suzie at the bar was friendly even as the people at the check-in. Met some great people and I wish I could have stayed longer. I had a single room with bedroom. The room was clean and nice. It was a bid cold, but luckily there was a heater and a warm water bottle. I would... More 

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Thank Robin S
JadeCPT, Manager at The Backpack, responded to this review

Hi there, thank you for taking the time to review us. We agree that Suzie is awesome and glad you thought the rest of the staff was too. Hope you will come back to visit us again some time in the future. Kind Regards, The Backpack Team. More 

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2 reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 17, 2016

Had a great experience at The Backpack! Got a single room, shared bathroom! Both bedroom and bathroom spotless! But the best thing about it is the staff! They were very welcoming, friendly and helped me with everything I needed!

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Thank André R
JadeCPT, Manager at The Backpack, responded to this review

Hey there, thanks for staying with us and we are glad that our staff took good care of you to make sure you were able to do everything that you wanted to in Cape Town. Kind Regards, The Backpack Team More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 16, 2016

Cape Town is full of the backpackers to choose from, but if you want the best, The Backpack is it. Is sits at the bottom of Table Mountain and is a 2 minute walk from Long/ Kloof Street. They can organize anything activity you want, shark cage diving, wine tours, hikes, paragliding, you name it. The facilities are beautiful with... More 

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JadeCPT, Manager at The Backpack, responded to this review

Hi there, it was such a pleasure to host you and we are so excited to get such a great review! We do put in much effort to make sure the standard of the hostel is maintained and so each one of our guests has a unique and fun experience. We are glad this was the case for you and... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 15, 2016

I booked a single room with a shared bath. It was cozy with a comfortable bed. The bathrooms were kept clean. What really makes The Backpack a special place, though, is the sense of family there. The staff is incredibly friendly and welcoming, always happy to help me navigate whatever adventure I was interested in. Some of the staff even... More 

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JadeCPT, Manager at The Backpack, responded to this review

Hi, thanks for this awesome review! It was great to get to know you during your stay with us and we always love it when guests join staff on their local adventures as we are so proud of our home. We are excited for the day you will come back to visit us! Kind Regards, The Backpack Team. More 

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  • Free Breakfast
  • Free Parking
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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: $29 - $92 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Number of rooms: 38
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