Having spent two nights at Carnival Court Backpackers on Long Street (see separate review), my boyfriend and I needed somewhere quieter (!!) and more comfortable to spend our last two nights in Cape Town. We read about Bohemian Lofts in the Coast to Coast guide and it sounded really lovely, so we decided to go for it.
We were not disappointed. The hostel is quite small and compact, but very cosy and well decorated in a 'shabby chic' style. It definitely feels very 'bohemian', as the name suggests, and fits in well with the character of the Observatory area. We stayed in the Cape Point room, a small double bedroom with plenty of storage space, a safe, small table and a very cosy bed. We had to use a shared bathroom, but it was right next door to the room and very clean and tidy. We peeked into the dorm rooms and they were very nice indeed, with what looked like good quality bunks in a spacious and airy room.
There's free WiFi, and a free self-service breakfast of toast, jam, tea and coffee too, which was a nice touch. We only used the kitchen for making toast, but it was clean and well-equipped - often a rare thing in backpacker hostels!
The hostel doesn't have a bar (which, after Long Street, was absolutely fine with us!) but it has good communal areas including a lovely balcony with sofas and tables looking out over 'Obz'. Being situated overlooking Lower Main Street, you only need to step out of the hostel to find a variety of nice bars and restaurants right on the doorstep, and there's a bottle shop directly across the street. The girls on reception were really friendly and very helpful, particularly helping us to hire a car for the day, and printing off our boarding passes for us when it was time to go home (sob!).
Highly recommended for a quieter and less frenetic stay in Cape Town!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Bohemian Lofts Backpackers overlooks OBS Lower Main Road, and from the balcony, you can sit and people-watch, or just soak up the hustle and bustle of this eclectic artsy neighbourhood. Each room is artistically themed after a different neighbourhood in Cape Town, and offers all the amenities you need for a great stay. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Bohemian Lofts Backpackers Observatory, Cape Town