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!

Once in Cape Town

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
1 room
Check In Check Out
Please enter your travel dates to continue
Check Availability
Book on
or compare prices from up to 200 sites including:
Professional photos
Once in Cape Town
View Map
{"widget":{"name":"ibex_photo_carousel","template":"ibex_photo_carousel__widget","dust":{"nav_controls":"ibex_photo_carousel__nav_controls"},"moduleList":["handlers","shims"],"js":{"handlers":"(ta.prwidgets.getjs(this,'handlers'))","shims":"(ta.prwidgets.getjs(this,'shims'))"},"divClasses":"prw_rup prw_ibex_photo_carousel"},"containerClass":null}
Add Photo Write a Review

352 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

Traveler rating
Traveler type
Time of year
Language
  • More
Showing 312: English reviews
Brighton, United Kingdom
Level Contributor
77 reviews
33 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 31 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Awesome! Loved it and would stay over and over. Stayed in an upmarket hotel in Cape Town beforehand, which was fabulous, but I preferred 'Once'. Fantastic staff - there are millions of them - but you can't have too much of a good thing? I had a private room and en suite, great value for money and perfect room. It's... More 

Helpful?
1 Thank Dobsokar
Washington DC, District of Columbia
Level Contributor
6 reviews
3 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

I do not exaggerate when I say that Once in Cape Town is my favorite hostel in the world. I have traveled all over and stayed in a lot of hostels and this place is really special. The attention to detail to make travelers feel like they are part of a family is beyond any other place. First, the hostel... More 

Helpful?
1 Thank Rachel Y
OnceinCapeTown, Manager at Once in Cape Town, responded to this review

Dear Rachel So glad you had an amazing time with us - we hope to welcome you again soon, and happy travels! Warm Regards Sean and the Once in Cape Town Team More 

Curitiba, PR
Level Contributor
171 reviews
54 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 104 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

A very good option of accommodation in Cape Town. The hostel has many options of dorms and rooms, cosy, confortable and well decorated. It has a cool garden area, perfect to chill, a guest kitchen and even a meditation area/garden. The staff is super friendly, and they organize free activities every day for the guests. They are located at the... More 

Helpful?
Thank CarolMoreno
OnceinCapeTown, Manager at Once in Cape Town, responded to this review

Dear Carol We are glad you had a great stay with us - and enjoyed your time in Cape Town, we are looking forward to seeing you soon! Warm Regards Sean and the team at Once in Cape Town More 

1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

The location of the hostel is perfect, the staff is cool and friendly, the bar is always crowdy and backed with intresting people ... so all in all we had a awesome time there and will definitely come back one day!

Helpful?
Thank Verena W
OnceinCapeT0wn, Owner at Once in Cape Town, responded to this review

Dear Verena Thank you for your kind review - we look forward to seeing you again! Warm Regards Kim and the Once in Cape Town team More 

Durbanville, South Africa
Level Contributor
2 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I was really surprised by how much I enjoyed my stay at Once. Not being particularly fond of backpackers in general, I booked a private room which was clean, neat and well serviced. On arrival, I was greeted by a friendly and professional reception staff member and within minutes had my access code for my room. It seems that the... More 

Helpful?
Thank MaxKeet
OnceinCapeT0wn, Owner at Once in Cape Town, responded to this review

Dear Max Thank you for your review and comments - we hope to welcome you again soon! Warm Regards Kim and the Once in Cape Town team More 

Tel Aviv, Israel
2 reviews
2 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

It's a old place, painted in new colors, and renovated in quite a childish way. stuff too young to Handle simple tasks, place is ok clean but that's about it. hot water is not running properly, electricity and lights ~, quite noisy up to midnight and the breakfast is dull. So, if you are about 20 years old, like noise,... More 

Helpful?
Thank Jonathanchazan
OnceinCapeT0wn, Owner at Once in Cape Town, responded to this review

Dear Jonathan I'm sorry you had an average experience at Once in Cape Town - certainly not our intention. Our building was built in 1955 (making it heritage in fact), and while we are very proud of our continuous upgrades and attention to detail - heritage buildings are not everyone's cup of tea. Our onsite bar and restaurant Yours Truly... More 

Level Contributor
19 reviews
4 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

It didn't start so well for me, as they forgot to pick me up at the airport, even though I arranged it in advance with them. After an hour they finally arranged it. The lady at the reception was very friendly and apologized for what happened. When they brought me to the dorm room, one guy had to check-out this... More 

Helpful?
Thank Eline F
OnceinCapeT0wn, Owner at Once in Cape Town, responded to this review

Dear Eline Our sincere apologies again for the mix-up with the shuttle service - we are glad you made it to us, and had a good time further - we hope to welcome you again soon! Warm Regards Kim and the Once in Cape Town team More 

Miranda de Ebro
Level Contributor
23 reviews
6 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

This place is perfect if you are looking for know some people, have some beers and do some activities, sometimes by free. Workers are really nice and help you as with the daily things as much as they can. If I go back to Cape Town, I would be back for sure!

Helpful?
Thank Chrisrian R
OnceinCapeT0wn, Owner at Once in Cape Town, responded to this review

Dear Chirsrian We hope to see you again soon - thank you for your inspiring words. Warm Regards Kim and the Once in Cape Town team More 

2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Clean hostel. Safe. Nice busy bar area. Visited in March and staff went the extra mile to make us feel welcome and safe. Highly recommend. Great breakfast provided in the morning and lovely coffee. Bar staff also very considerate.

Helpful?
Thank Ann Q
OnceinCapeT0wn, Owner at Once in Cape Town, responded to this review

Dear Ann Thank you for taking the time to reflect on Once in Cape Town and your time here - we hope to see you again soon! Warm Regards Kim and the Once in Cape Town team More 

Stockholm, Sweden
Level Contributor
11 reviews
5 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Once in Cape town is a nice hostel for young travelers with small budget. The staff is friendly and the location is excellent. If you prefer a comfortable room and relaxing nights book something else. The crowd is young and the bar downstairs is very well known in Cape town. Nice place, very nice people.

Helpful?
Thank Vick222
OnceinCapeT0wn, Owner at Once in Cape Town, responded to this review

Dear Vick Thank you for your nice review - we hope you had a fun stay and loo forward to welcoming you again soon Warm Regards Kim and the Once in Cape Town team More 

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

99 photos of this hotel

Traveler photos: See what travelers like you saw

Viewed
All Traveler Photos (95)
Viewed
Hotel & Grounds (13)
Viewed
Dining (4)
Viewed
Room/Suite (12)
Viewed
Bathroom (9)
Viewed
View from Room (2)
Viewed
Other (55)

Management photos: Courtesy of the property manager

Viewed
All Management Photos (4)
Viewed
Room/Suite (3)
Viewed
Other (1)
Check In Check Out
Hotels you might also like...
Travelers also viewed these Cape Town Central hotels
Cape Heritage Hotel
#11 of 106 in Cape Town Central
5.0 of 5 stars 1,012 reviews
City Bowl
Derwent House Boutique Hotel
Derwent House Boutique Hotel
#5 of 106 in Cape Town Central
5.0 of 5 stars 1,228 reviews
Parliament Hotel
#37 of 106 in Cape Town Central
4.5 of 5 stars 479 reviews
Show Prices
Show Prices
Show Prices
Hippo Boutique Hotel
#48 of 106 in Cape Town Central
4.5 of 5 stars 281 reviews
An African Villa
#6 of 106 in Cape Town Central
5.0 of 5 stars 918 reviews
City Bowl
Mandela Rhodes Place Hotel & Spa
Mandela Rhodes Place Hotel & Spa
#35 of 106 in Cape Town Central
4.5 of 5 stars 811 reviews
Show Prices
Show Prices
Show Prices
Questions? Get answers from hotel staff and past guests. Ask a question

Amenities

Highlights
  • Restaurant
  • Bar/Lounge
  • Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi )
  • Free Breakfast
Things to do
  • Restaurant
  • Bar/Lounge
Room types
  • Non-Smoking Rooms
Internet
  • Free Internet
  • Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi )
Services
  • Free Breakfast
Official Description (provided by the hotel)
Situated at the foot of the world-renowned Table Mountain, in the centre of Cape Town City and located in the upmarket suburb of Gardens. Comfort at a most affordable price! Step out our front door and find yourself on vibrant Kloof Street, showcasing an array of world class restaurants including Kitchen Kink Boutique, Asoka, Yindees and our sister restaurant Hudsons Burger Joint. Once in Cape Town welcomes you with attentive staff that take pride in providing personalized service. ... more   less 

Additional Information about Once in Cape Town

Address: 73 Kloof Street | Gardens, Cape Town Central 8001, South Africa (Formerly Saasveld Lodge)
Location: South Africa > Western Cape > Cape Town > Cape Town Central > City Bowl
Price Range: $29 - $127 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:4 star — Once in Cape Town 4*
Number of rooms: 47
Reservation Options:
TripAdvisor is proud to partner with Expedia, Booking.com, Hotwire, Orbitz, Priceline, Hotels.com, Travelocity, Agoda, HostelWorld, Odigeo and Cheap Tickets so you can book your Once in Cape Town 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:
Saasveld Hotel Cape Town Central
Saasveld Lodge
Once In 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