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The Backpackers in Green Point
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Reviewed September 7, 2013

I stayed at the BIG this past August for a few days. Even before I stepped foot on the BEAUTIFUL property, Amy was so helpful via email. I chose the BIG because it seemed quite chill...I wasn't looking for a crazy Long Street location. The BIG was absolutely beautiful. It was meticulously spotless, with a welcoming kitchen/dining area, a library, a super comfy TV room, and the bedrooms were great. I stayed in the black and white dorm. The bathrooms are clean and the beds were very comfortable. But what I loved most about my stay in Cape Town was the people I met, and those include the absolutely charming staff of the BIG. Amy, Emilienne, Jess, and Linda never hesitated to help find you something to do, call you a cab, or simply sit with you to chat. They were absolutely amazing and made my stay perfect.
Also, for the price, the value was incredible! The breakfasts were so tasty!

  • Stayed: August 2013, traveled solo
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Reviewed September 7, 2013

The BIG is a extremely friendly hostel, with amazing staff who take time to get to know you and help with planning your trips. The hostel itself is very clean, the rooms are a comfortable size with big lockers, lots of power sockets and very comfy beds. Breakfast in the morning has a good selection of foods. It is really easy to meet other guests here as there is lots of common area space. Greenpoint is really safe, short walk to the waterfront and a cheap taxi ride to Long street. This hostel is top quality with the greatest staff!!

  • Stayed: August 2013, traveled solo
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Reviewed September 5, 2013

I highly recommend staying at the BIG. It's the nicest hostel- very clean, well run, homey, perfect size, and really friendly and helpful staff. The staff make an effort to learn your name and follow up about your day- they can help you book activities and make suggestions on what to do. The kitchen is great and has everything you need to cook, breakfast is amazing. And the kitchen is set up in a way so you can meet other travelers. The rooms are really clean and a lot of thought was put into them- not too crowded, there are lights by each bed, shelves, outlets, lockers, towels and extra blankets in winter. Greenpoint is a convenient location to get to the waterfront and a bit removed from the longstreet and downtown vibe. It was so nice that I was sad to leave!

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  • Stayed: August 2013, traveled solo
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Reviewed September 1, 2013

Just stayed at The B.I.G in Greenpoint, Cape Town. It was a clean, inviting, funky and friendly place. The staff were fantastic (you felt as though they were family). They were all very helpful and acted like tour guides. It was a great place to meet other backpackers, and interestingly although most of the guests were in 20's and 30's, there were older people e.g. mothers and daughters. This is a boutique backpackers with a difference, in that all the rooms have their own bathrooms. The staff goes out of their way to suggest places to visit and good tours. They make you feel very welcjanicome, and there is a lovely vibe.
I would definitely recommend this hostel as a "home away from home"
Janice Canada

Janice - Canada

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  • Stayed: August 2013, traveled with friends
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Reviewed August 30, 2013

The B.I.G is clean, comfy, and staffed with the friendliest ladies and gents. Amy, Linda and the others went so far out of their way on a daily basis to ensure we had a great time. They hosted pizza cooking nights and music performances. They sat with us at meals. They drove me to the doctor when I wasn't feeling well. They were always interested in what we were up to. It's really the staff that makes this place so special, but it doesn't hurt that for a hostel, the amenities are luxurious! (the living room has a giant pillow pit lovingly called "the moosh")

  • Stayed: July 2013, traveled with friends
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Reviewed August 28, 2013

Like any great hostel should be, it feels like a home that you are lucky enough to be a part of for a few days or weeks. The staff are very warm and fun, the breakfast spread is delicious, and the location is choice. Not a huge party spot but not at all boring either. Just ask the staff and they will give you great advice on how best to take advantage of one of the greatest cities in the world.

Room Tip: Ask to stay in the "beach room" -- awesome big shower!
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  • Stayed: July 2013, traveled with friends
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Reviewed August 25, 2013

What's made the hostel special is Amy herself and her band of awesomely friendly helpful elves - Jess and Ivor, Tulula, and Amy's sweet mom, Linda! You would think they've been doing this for years but the place has really only been up and running as it is, for a year. even before my friend and I arrived, they've been diligently replying my millions of queries. They're always interested in how your day went or to just sit down and chit chat. They're filled to the brim with cape town knowledge so you can bet they'll help you out in having an amazing time in their city.

It's such a great, clean hostel with amazing tv room/lounge, lib, dorm rooms and pool outback. I especially love the kitchen and dining area - so ideal for making new friends! Location is about 10min walk from waterfront, 35min to Long Street/City Centre.

I miss the place already! Thanks for having us guys!

  • Stayed: August 2013, traveled with friends
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Additional Information about The Backpackers in Green Point

Address: 18 Thornhill Road | Green Point, Cape Town Central 8005, South Africa
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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: $27 - $233 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
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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