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Review of 33 South Boutique Backpackers

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33 South Boutique Backpackers
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3 reviews
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“This is the place to be!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 25, 2012

I had such a great time here. The staff were so welcoming and fun to hang out with, and they knew a lot about tours and attractions to go visit. We were one street from the buzzing nightlife of Obs and the train station that took as to the beaches, town, shopping mall, penguins, and more. The staff cooked great dinners for us and a breakfast of fresh muffins and toast was included. The cute Gypsey bar is the hang out spot to have a few drinks before you hit the bars and restaurants. Clean, warm showers, lockers, comfy beds and even a hammock...what more could you ask for!!

  • Stayed September 2012, traveled with friends
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Thank JusJess
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  • Location
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Sleep Quality
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Rooms
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
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Bewdley, England, United Kingdom
2 reviews
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 20, 2012

I stayed at 33 South for 5 nights at the beginning of September.

First time using a backpacking hostel and the guys couldn't have been more helpful. Jessica spent over an hour organising trips for me during my stay. Arnold and Pinty were brilliant hosts, making sure everyone was happy and went out of their way to make my stay a great one. They are more than willing to organise taxis for you and at a reasonable price.

My room, the Bo Kaap, was very clean and spacious, with a great ensuite shower, etc. Comfy bed and lovely sheets.

Breakfast included in the price, which was usually freshly made muffins and toast - would have been nice to have had some fruit but there is a Spa just over the road in which you can buy just about anything you need. The little boxes in the pantry on which you write your name in chalk and can keep all your provisions is a great idea.

Thank you guys for a great stay.

"Mama" Annette

  • Stayed September 2012, traveled solo
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank Annette R
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33SouthCapeTown, Manager at 33 South Boutique Backpackers, responded to this review, September 27, 2012
It was a great pleasure having you and helping you make the most of your time in South Africa. We hope you come back soon!
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Durham, United Kingdom
1 review
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 12, 2012

I was only at 33 South for a short stay but was made to feel very welcome and, under other circumstances, would've loved to stay! The staff were amazing and really down to earth. The location was great, in a beautiful area of Cape Town with a lot of hidden gems to be found and not far from the centre! Fantastic services - still remember the delight at finding breakfast muffins on the table :) If, no sorry WHEN I go back to Cape Town I will definitely be looking for a bed at 33 South!

  • Stayed December 2011, traveled solo
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank Aislin L
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33SouthCapeTown, Manager at 33 South Boutique Backpackers, responded to this review, September 27, 2012
We look forward to having you back in the future...next time for longer!!
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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 30, 2012

33 South not only has a great location at the center of Observatory, just steps from the train, but has an incredibly down to earth and easy going staff. They all have great recommendations and can book anything from safaris to wine tours to shark diving - or just call you a cab whenever you need. It is extremely clean, has a great breakfast in the morning (imagine waking up to homemade muffins every morning) and you will be sure to meet some great fellow travelers. Jess, the manager, is awesome and her entire staff will help make your trip to Cape Town an incredible experience - I would absolutely go back again.

  • Stayed August 2012, traveled solo
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2 Thank Melissa2643
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33SouthCapeTown, Manager at 33 South Boutique Backpackers, responded to this review, September 27, 2012
Mel please come back soon...you were a ray of sunshine at the backpackers!
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Observatory, Western Cape, South Africa
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 25, 2012

Does what it says on the box. The cost was reasonable and they had clean spaces, good service and a pleasant atmosphere. They are open 24hrs day which came in handy when we needed a place to crash at 10pm at night. I'd visit it again.

  • Stayed July 2012, traveled as a couple
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1 Thank Whizper
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Maputo, Mozambique
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 5, 2012

Every need and comfort is well taken care of and sincerely, 100% rating on every aspect of backpackers service and facilities. The location is perfect..quiet yet around the corner from a hub of entertainment and restaurants. Great staff with fantastic service. Bravo!!

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  • Stayed August 2012, traveled on business
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank Victem
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London, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 8, 2012

Firstly, it is located in Cape Town's most bohemian part of the city - Observatory. You simply have to experience it and 33 South is right in the middle of it. I am very glad I decided to stay there on my last night before making my way to Johannesburg.

Also, as you can see from the photos, each room has a different styling based on an area of Cape Town. I think it's a brilliant idea, that makes it stand out from all the others.

All the staff is friendly and attentive and the place clean and well looked after.

However, there is still some space from improvement. I stayed in the Bo-Kaap room, which even though was very extravagantly decorated, had see-through curtains, which made it slightly uncomfortable. Also, not that you need one when you're in Observatory, but the TV in the room was not working. Finally, I am glad that the hostel is very proactively involved in supporting the environment, but the limited hours of hot water are slightly annoying.

Despite this, I had a great stay and since these issues are quite minor and easy to solve, I am sure I can give it five stars on my next stay.

Stayed June 2012, traveled solo
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Property: 33 South Boutique Backpackers
Address: 48 Trill Road, Observatory 7925, South Africa
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Location: South Africa > Western Cape > Cape Town > Observatory
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Kitchenette Restaurant Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 10 Specialty Lodging in Observatory
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:4 star — 33 South Boutique Backpackers 4*
Number of rooms: 26
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