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The Backpack

Hostelworld.comUS$ 43*
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04/06/2017 05/06/2017
1 room 2 adults 0 children
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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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JadeCPT, Manager at The Backpack, responded to this review

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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JadeCPT, Manager at The Backpack, responded to this review

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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JadeCPT, Manager at The Backpack, responded to this review

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

Bury St Edmunds, United Kingdom
Reviewed 2 October 2015

A clean friendly and welcoming hostel. I shared a three bed dorm the showers were hot and clean and the breakfast was great. The Staff were really friendly and could not do enough for you. Shaini and Primrose were fantastic. Would love them to do simple food at night this would be great for the single travellers who dont want...

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JadeCPT, Manager at The Backpack, responded to this review

Hey, thanks for the review. It is great that Shani and Primrose could help you out and give you some good advice! We are starting to bring in a Tuesday Braai (barbecue) Night as the evenings start to get warmer in Cape Town and we will definitely be planning some light and convenient meals for travelers. Thanks for the suggestion....

Reviewed 2 October 2015 via mobile

We stayed at the backpack for 5 nights before beginning our overground tour from Cape Town to Viv falls! This was the perfect start to our trip! The backpack had a lot of positives: - great location - quiet private double room at a reasonable price - friendly staff.. They helped us organize day trips to cape point, shark cage...

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JadeCPT, Manager at The Backpack, responded to this review

Hey there, what a wonderful and exciting trip you are doing. We are so excited that it started here with us at The Backpack! We are pleased that you enjoyed your room and took full advantage of our travel desk. Enjoy your travels further. Kind Regards, Jade Calmeyer

Salvador, BA
Reviewed 27 September 2015

I stayed in the Backpack for 6 days and it was amazing. The staff is really friendly and the hostel has everything you need. The location was really nice as well and they offer tours for all the touristic places in Cape Town. Just loved it!

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JadeCPT, Manager at The Backpack, responded to this review

Hey, thanks for the cool review. It makes us so happy to know that you had a brilliant time with us and we hope to see you again! Kind Regards, Jade Calmeyer

Reviewed 24 September 2015 via mobile

The Backpack is certainly one of the best backpackers in Cape Town. It's centrally located, well orchestrated, organized, friendly, vibrant, clean and comfy. My wife and I would like to thank Toni and Lee for a wonderful stay.

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And you're very welcome :D

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  • Pool
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  • Bar/Lounge
  • Breakfast included
  • Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi )
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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: ₹ 1,752 - ₹ 7,071 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Number of rooms: 38
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“4 bed dorm room is close to entry, could be loud but not sure. Most of the privates are near the back and super quiet!”
  • View of Table Mountain from the garden/pool area
  • Bathroom and Shower area
andreatJ6895QF, 16 May 2017 | Read review
“Rooms along the back hallway are smoky.”
Mary859, 18 Apr 2017 | Read review
“Book early, it fills up fast.”
U78YGmichaell, 10 Apr 2017 | Read review
“Rooms on the S/E side have views of Table Mountain.”
christopherdM8262TI, 1 Apr 2017 | Read review
“bigger capacity rooms save you money and don't lack anything for it!”
tomgarble, 26 Mar 2017 | Read review
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