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London, United Kingdom
Reviewed 1 November 2015 via mobile

Very nice bedrooms, plenty of common areas, very nice and friendly bar. The best is the staff, very nice and friendly. Our shark and whale sighting was cancelled and helped us out with the best activities to do on the area for two more days and after three days in CT. Great views to Table Mountain!

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JadeCPT, Manager at The Backpack, responded to this review

Hi there, thank you for the review. We are so pleased that you enjoyed your stay with us and that, despite your tours being cancelled, the staff were still able to give you some good ideas for what to do in and around Cape Town. Kind Regards, Jade Calmeyer

Doha, Qatar
Reviewed 20 October 2015

Right in the middle of central Cape Town! We got a room for three and it was brilliant. Gorgeous view, kitchenette facilities, eating area and plenty of room for three backpackers. The whole facility is gorgeous and really clean. One of the girls in our group left her phone and they arranged to give it to a taxi man who...

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JadeCPT, Manager at The Backpack, responded to this review

Hi, thank you for writing a review. We are so happy that your stay with us was a good one and that we were able to get your phone back to you just before your flight! Kind Regards, Jade Calmeyer

Nairobi, Kenya
Reviewed 20 October 2015

This is a hostel that provides amenities of a hotel. I was traveling with 2 other people - we started in a dorm and then myself and one other person moved to a private room. The showers/hot water and cleanliness of bathrooms was excellent. The staff was extremely helpful with booking day trips or things to do based on the...

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JadeCPT, Manager at The Backpack, responded to this review

Hi there. Thanks for taking the time to reviews us. We are so happy that you enjoyed your stay with us and found it easy to make new friends to go and see the town with! Kind Regards, Jade Calmeyer

Reviewed 17 October 2015 via mobile

I spent 5 nights at the backpack in both a twin with a friend, and in the 8 bed mixed dorms solo. Firstly, the place is wonderful. It is very clean. The showers are excellent — I never wanted to get out. Breakfast is wholesome and included. The staff are wonderfully friendly and the owners very helpful and inquisitive. There...

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Hey there and thank you for taking the time to write us this review. We are proud to know that you enjoyed our hostel; the awesome communal showers, the delicious breakfast, the friendly staff, and the comfy lounge area. Thank you for letting us know that the pool table is slanted, we will look into fixing this so that the...

Dubai, United Arab Emirates
Reviewed 15 October 2015 via mobile

This hostel is perfect for those who are travelling alone! You are able to meet her PEOPLE From All over the world and you can enjoy discovering Cape Town together. Second of All This is the cleaniest hostel that I stayed In my life. The STAFF is super friendly, helpful and they want you to feel like at home. For...

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JadeCPT, Manager at The Backpack, responded to this review

Hi, thanks for the review. It is great that you were able to explore Cape Town and that Pumla had a positive impact on your traveling experience. Hopefully next time you come back you will have some extra time to do some shopping in our craft shop, where you will be directly supporting the community's talent. Kind Regards, Jade Calmeyer.

Hertfordshire
Reviewed 15 October 2015

I was first welcomed into The Backpack by Primrose, a member of staff who is always happy and helpful. She showed me to my lovely private room (all clean and nicely heated) and around the building of all the facilities. She also helped me to book all of the day trips that I wanted to do. Some of the other...

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JadeCPT, Manager at The Backpack, responded to this review

Hey there, thank you for taking the time to review us. It is great to know that you booked some tours with us at our travel desk and you could make the most of your trip to Cape Town. Know that your review has put an even greater smile on Prim's face! See you in the near future. Kind Regards,...

Reviewed 15 October 2015

Cape town is a great and amazing city, we spent the 2.5 weeks and already want to come back. The Backpack is a great way to experience Capetown, they'll help you with every thing, the rooms and shared spaces are well designed, cozy, clean and in a good atmosphere and the breakfast is the best we had in Africa. You'll...

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Hey, thanks for this review! It puts a smile on our face to know that you had a pleasant stay with us, especially our breakfast! Thanks for the compliments! Kind Regards, Jade Calmeyer.

Norway
Reviewed 13 October 2015

This place came highly recommended from friends, and it lived up to all expectations. On the plus side: - Very professional, friendly and helpful staff. - The layout is just about ideal for a backpacker, with the bar located at a central courtyard and rooms isolated from noise along the outer walls. - The location is perfect - very central,...

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JadeCPT, Manager at The Backpack, responded to this review

Hey, thanks for the great review of The Backpack! We are so pleased to know that your friends recommended us. We also love the fact that our cafe/bar area is open and near the front of the hostel so that the bedrooms are quiet during the night. Our location is perfect so that after leaving The Backpack you can venture...

Port-au-Prince, Haiti
Reviewed 11 October 2015

The all ambience is great, details are thought through and staff is really nice and helpful. I only spent one night but it was a good experience. I liked the map with tips on places to visit in the surrounding area.

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Hey there, thank you for writing a review of our hostel. We are so happy that you enjoyed your stay with us, using our handy tips to get around Cape Town. Kind Regards, Jade Calmeyer

Reviewed 4 October 2015 via mobile

The backpack is a great place located near table mountain with a great view. The staff was friendly and very helpful with recommendations from where to eat, places to visit and transportation. The place was clean and I felt safe at all times, I would stay here again.

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Hi there, thank you for taking the time to review us! We are thrilled that you had a good stay with us and that we can expect to see you in the future! Kind Regards, Jade Calmeyer

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  • Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi )
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  • Breakfast included
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Official Description (provided by the hotel)
Selected as best value stay in the world 2014 by Lonely Planet and Best Hostel in Africa 2014 by Hostelworld customers. Making a difference is more than just an initiative of The Backpack, it is the way we are, the way we work and the way we live. South Africa's original award-winning backpacker hostel and travel agency is simply the best place to make your travel arrangements, with all the facilities you can expect from a hip, urban hostel, such as stylishly decorated Afro-chic rooms offering superior comfort and quality, with shared or en-suite bathrooms, private electronic safes and in-house ATM. Stay in touch in our internet cafe or use WiFi throughout the hostel; swim in the pool with a stunning view of Table Mountain, or meet like-minded international travellers in our buzzing Cafe or Bar. We offer a variety of rooms, ranging from 8- and 4-bed dorms, to singles, twins, doubles and family rooms. We have recently built a loft apartment with amazing views of Table Mountain featuring its own kitchen. The hostel has communal kitchen and dining facilities; lots of sociable and chill-out spots to relax in. A night on the town in Long Street, gorgeous Clifton and Camps Bay beaches, Table Mountain, V&A Waterfront and the city centre is just a stone's throw away. Awards: Awarded Best Hostel in South Africa 2014, 2013, 2010, 2009 & 2008, Awarded Best Hostel in Africa 2014, Lonely Planet Top 10 Best Value Stays 2014. Independent winner for Best Practice Economic Impact - Imvelo Awards 2011, Independent winner for Best Single Resource Management Program in Waste Management - Imvelo Awards 2011, "One of the world's 10 coolest hostels" Guardian UK - 2010, Winner of 2011 AA Quality Assured Accommodation ... more   less 

Additional Information about The Backpack

Address: 74 New Church Street | Tamboerskloof, Cape Town Central 8001, South Africa
Region: South Africa > Western Cape > Cape Town > Cape Town Central > City Bowl , Tamboerskloof
Price Range: ₹ 1,832 - ₹ 7,264 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Number of rooms: 38
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