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Zebra Crossing
Reviewed October 31, 2011

There were 7 in our group and we all shared a dorm room with bunk beds. Clean, very clean thankfully, with 7 showers and toilets spread out; enough for everyone so as not to have so many people waiting. Central to Cape Town and just a 5 minute walk to Long Street. Safe place too.

Room Tip: For a big group, the dorms are great. Fyi, they do not have locks on the doors to the rooms.
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  • Stayed: October 2011, traveled with friends
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Reviewed October 10, 2011

Great place to stay! Facilities recently upgraded and clean, free wi-fi and staff were friendly and very helpful. Well located and altogether good value.

Room Tip: booked a single which was small but inexpensive and quite adequate. was joined by my partner the nex...
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  • Stayed: October 2011, traveled solo
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Reviewed July 11, 2011

Two months Spent at Zebra ... cant say i was sad to leave, but it was a pleasant experiance, a few odd people, but when do you stay at a hostel and not have odd people!? Brilliant location, and the taxis are cheap to get to other places to go. Never had a problem with security in the 2months, and if you are really worried you can leave any valuables in the safe at reception. We had issues with a German lady who was living there (oh, there are some 'residents') but you just had to ignor her. The Kitchen had everything you need (including a kettle which most EU hostels dont have!) except it did get crowded at dinner.
The staff were very friendly and helpful. And the sitting areas were comfortable and homely, theres even a piano!
Down points were the lack of fans - it got extremely hot and on a couple of occasions we would find ourselves sleeping in the lounges or outside! but during our stay the owner did bring some fans ... not enough but it was a start! and staying 2months with a dorm of 6girls and no wardrobes or drawers did get quite messy ... but i guess we were a oddity!
Free wifi was great to keep in contact with family and friends and overall was a great experience! .... 1 tip ... dont climb table mountain mid day!

Room Tip: Dont stay with any of the 'residents'!
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  • Stayed: January 2011, traveled with friends
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Reviewed March 9, 2011

A great budget accomodation, next door to the Backpacker but much cheaper, with free wi-fi and more relaxed atmosphere

Stayed: March 2011, traveled solo
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Reviewed December 21, 2010

We stayed here at the start of our round the world trip and it was a good place to find our feet. The atmosphere is generally friendly and the rooms are clean and quiet, however the kitchen is quite tatty and gets crowded quickly at meal times.

  • Stayed: November 2010
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Reviewed August 7, 2010

I booked for two nights with the Zebra Crossing Hostel because it had a somewhat high rating of 83%. I found everything at the hostel to be in good order including the cozy living room, the kitchen, a nice little café, as well as the toilets and showers.
I booked a single room which was quite simple and rather small but certainly adequate for my needs: a double bed, a night table with a reading light and a few hooks for my clothes. What I found to be unacceptable and, in reality, quite awful was the filthy bedding including dirty, used sheets and pillowcases plus a duvet with something liked dried saliva melted into it. The sheets and duvet were smelly from a physically standpoint and uncomfortable from a psychological perspective. Still, I coped with the situation and slept well in the bed.
I am a well-traveled person and I am not particularly fanatical in cleanliness, but I do NOT enjoy sleeping in a filthy bed.
The hostel staff was helpful and very friendly, but honestly I would not stay at this hostel again. Instead, I might try The Backpacker Hostel which located just one block up the street from Zebra Crossing. At least from the outside, The Backpacker looked quite respectable.

Stayed: August 2010, traveled solo
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Reviewed June 9, 2010

The Zebra has a good location, and the dorm is okay. Free wi-fi which makes up for a lot. The kitchen area is gross however, and the guests there for our 2 day stay were more interested in hanging out at the hostel than exploring the city. There is LOTS of smoking, and although they don't allow it inside the smoke still pervades the entire indoor space. There are also security issues that the staff is ill equipped to deal with. There is NO security guard or night porter it seems, and the last night we were there some guys brought 2 drunk ladies "home" with them who were not staying in the hostel. The ladies wouldn't leave, and caused a huge scene, yelling and screaming and waking the whole place up, and the staff of the hostel did absolutely nothing. Kind of scary and some of the other men staying there addressed the issue. So long story short, stay at the Africa Backpack next door, or the Ashanti (both locations), both are a better value and better run.

  • Stayed: May 2010, traveled with friends
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Address: 82 New Church Street | Tamboerskloof, Cape Town Central 8001, South Africa
Location: South Africa > Western Cape > Cape Town > Cape Town Central > City Bowl , Tamboerskloof
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Ranked #37 of 129 Specialty Lodging in Cape Town Central
Price Range: $24 - $47 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Number of rooms: 17
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