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The Backpackers in Green Point
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Cape Town
1 review
“These pics don't lie!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 27, 2012

To call The BIG a backpackers does it a bit of a disservice as it is more a boutique B&B that also happens to have dorm rooms. But it does have all the qualities of a backpack experience - the management team (Amy and Lynda) and the rest of the staff are the friendliest, most helpful you will ever encounter. Always around at the breakfast table to help sort out an itinerary for the day or just to have a chat, it's really a home away from home sort of experience.
The ambiance at the BIG is superb - it has a relaxed, homely vibe (there is always someone to have a beer and chat with) but if you are looking for a BIG night on the town - there are also willing participants who are organising taxis and heading out. But if you want a good night's sleep without noise and chaos, that is completely possible at this wonderful spot.
One thing about the BIG that really places it above the rest is that it is extremely clean! All rooms have en suite bathrooms with fresh linen and towels provided which makes a travelling experience that much more fun and easy.
In the heart of Green Point and a stone's throw from all the action, this is the place to stay in Cape Town - I cannot recommend it enough!

Room Tip: Double rooms are superb if you don't want to share with other travellers - but the dorm rooms ar...
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Helsinki, Finland
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 27, 2012

The place is ultra clean for starters. The private room I stayed in was amazing and everything worked perfectly. Felt really cool all around. Location is really good in Greenpoint. By walking closests shops, ATM, restaurants are 2 minutes and city center 10 minutes. What's also amazing is that they have a direct phone to a cab company which never took more than 5minutes to arrive. This is a luxury as almost all other cab companies in CapeTown took forever. All guests were great as well, young (30's) and professional crowd. Overall this place was a dream to come 'home' to every day and I was sad to leave. I'ts not really a packbackers, it's more like your parents house when they are away.

  • Stayed November 2012, traveled on business
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Johannesburg, South Africa
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 21, 2012

Amy and her team are wonderful. Nothing was too much and our stay in Cape Town was wonderful. We flew in to watch a concert at Greenpoint stadium so arrived after 22:00. Amy helped organise a taxi from the airport, dinner upon arrival at B.I.G. as well as maps and advice on how to get around Cape Town. Her staff were also fantastic in arranging a super early breakfast for me as I had to work on the morning of the concert and had to leave B.I.G before breakfast was served. B.I.G is also Eco-friendly, has an honour bar and sparkling pool. It is in a safe area close to taxi's, restaurants, the V&A waterfront, Cape Town CBD and more. The staff were friendly and helpful, and the overall decor of our dorm (The Bird's dorm) was fresh and simple. The en-suite bathroom was also great!! This is definitely the place I will stay on future trips to Cape Town.

  • Stayed November 2012, traveled with friends
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Zurich, Switzerland
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 21, 2012

I've been traveling for almost a year arround the world and I never stayed in a better hostel than the B.I.G. In Cape Town. The staff is amazing. You wont find more helpful and lovley staff then Amy and Co. Again, thank you for everthing. You made my stay in Cape Town unforgattable :-)

  • Stayed October 2012, traveled with friends
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New York City, New York
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 17, 2012

I cannot recommend a better spot to stay in when travelling around Cape Town. The design is beautiful and the staff keep the place super tidy at all times. The traditional barbeque on thursday nights was really fun! The staff are really helpful and know everything there is to know about the real Cape Town.

Room Tip: My room was the girls dorm which has five beds and everything you can thing of. each bed has a light...
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  • Stayed November 2012, traveled solo
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Cairo, Egypt
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 14, 2012

seriously, you couldn't wish for more!! I travel intensely, and have been to tens if not hundreds of hostels, but none compare to the B.IG.
Excellent location, in a lovely calm suburb yet close to everything you could want many attractions are only walking distance. The hostel is beautifully designed, the designer did an amazing job turning it into a piece of art, Also very clean, the standards are higher than many 4 star hotels I have been to in Africa. Most of all, the staff is amazing! they made me feel at home, they made sure I had an amazing time, visited everything I wanted, helped me with all my tour bookings, recommended interesting things to do. I felt among family, actually when i go stay with family abroad, they don't do that much to make me feel at home, they gave me a lift whenever i needed to get somewhere quickly, even kept the dogs away when I told them I had a dog phobia! so to Amy and all the lovely people at B.I.G a big, big THANK YOU! I had the best time ever and I can't wait to come back in Feb. see you soon!

Room Tip: I think all of the rooms are good, with ensuite bathroom, you really can't go wrong with B.I.G!
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  • Stayed October 2012, traveled solo
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Dublin, Ireland
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 3, 2012

I couldn't recommend this hostel more, the value for money is incredible but it's really the staff that make the difference. They offer excellent advice on everything and are really nice people, we had great chats with them while staying there. The breakfast, which is included, is the best on offer anywhere I've seen...eggs and everything! We were pleasantly surprised when we came back to our room one evening to find the whole place had been tidied! This place feels more like a hotel than a hostel but still has all the fun of a hostel. The honesty bar is such a nice touch and the tv room is a great call for when the Capetown nightlife gets the better of you, every movie under the sun can be found! The location is great and decor is very cool. I will definitely be back.

  • Stayed October 2012, traveled with friends
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Property: The Backpackers in Green Point
Address: 18 Thornhill Road | Green Point, Cape Town Central 8005, South Africa
Location: South Africa > Western Cape > Cape Town > Cape Town Central
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Kitchenette Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 130 Specialty Lodging in Cape Town Central
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:2 star — The Backpackers in Green Point 2*
Number of rooms: 11
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The B.I.G is a newly renovated boutique backpackers perfectly situated in the centre of Cape Town. It's walking distance from the V&A Waterfront, Cape Town Stadium, transport systems, gym facilities, restaurants and coffee shops. It's a short drive to Clifton/Camps Bay beaches as well as the Cape Town CBD. Most of Cape Towns greatest attractions are within close proximity: Table Mountain, Ferry to Robin Island, the aquarium, Sea Point Promenade, Lions Head and Signal Hill. ... more   less 
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