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London, United Kingdom
Reviewed 9 April 2015

Clean, sociable, good tourist information but above all WONDERFUL, helpful, lovely staff who went above and beyond when asking them questions, suggestions and help with anything. Organised and really good location. Perfect for what we needed and would definately go back.

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JadeCPT, Duty Manager at The Backpack, responded to this review

Hi there, thanks for the review of The Backpack. We are always so grateful when we receive such positive feedback about our staff and our hostel. We are so pleased that your stay with us was a great one and we hope we can welcome you back through our doors in the near future! Kind Regards, Jade Calmeyer

Zambia
Reviewed 8 April 2015

The Hostel was great stayed there from the 27th March to the 4th April, the rooms were nice and clean, the shared ablutions were good. The staff were awesome they were very friendly and very helpful. The location was perfect its not far from the pubs or restaurants, the staff can get you a taxi they are very reliable. The...

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Hey, thanks for the review of The Backpack! We are so happy that you had a wonderful stay with us and that the staff treated you well and made sure you were safe on all of your adventures. We do hope to see you again in the near future. Kind Regards, Jade Calmeyer

Reviewed 3 April 2015

I had a wonderful stay at the Backpack in Cape Town. The hostel feels very homely and is very comfortable. The first night I climbed into bed I couldn't believe how soft the sheets were! More like a hotel then a hostel just with more people in your room. The location is perfect for doing all the top touristy things...

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JadeCPT, Duty Manager at The Backpack, responded to this review

Hi there, thanks for taking the time to review us! Well, we are thrilled that you had a great stay with us. It is always so heart warming to know that we have left a lasting impression and that we know we will be seeing you again soon! Keep well until then! Kind Regards, Jade Calmeyer

Medellin, Colombia
Reviewed 31 March 2015

this hostel had great reviews, so my expectations were quite high. the hostel's communal spaces were great - pool at the backgarden, bar/patio, chill-out room and kitchen. i stayed in two dorms one large one, which was ok, and another four person female dorm, which i found overpriced. staff was at times slightly confused about beds, keys and other stuff...

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JadeCPT, Duty Manager at The Backpack, responded to this review

Heya, thanks for the review. It is great to know that you had a good stay with us and made use of the communal areas, such as the pool, garden, bar and kitchen. We do apologise that staff may have seemed confused; we have recently changed our key tags as well as our system of labeling beds. We hope to...

Los Angeles
Reviewed 30 March 2015

The Backpack is just an amazing hostel. It's nicer than most hotels I've stayed at, let alone other hostels. The location is perfect for exploring Cape Town, the staff is super helpful in setting up activities, and the other travelers are all super friendly. They have a great bar area as well. Our room was a 4 person suite with...

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Hi there and thanks for taking the time to review The Backpack. We hope that you do come to stay with us again and we can keep on impressing you. It's great that you got out and about into the city and also went on day trips while you had the time! There is so much to do in Cape...

Nairobi, Kenya
Reviewed 23 March 2015

I must say... I really enjoyed my stay here. It's super clean, great artsy atmosphere and fantastic standards. Staff are super helpful and fun! The place is nice, quirky and interesting. Also a walk or short drive away to a lot of funky tourist hot spots

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JadeCPT, Duty Manager at The Backpack, responded to this review

Hi there, thanks for the review of our hostel. We are so happy that you had a great stay with us and that you made the time to see all the awesome things that Cape Town has to offer! We hope to see you back with us again soon. Kind Regards, Jade Calmeyer

Reviewed 21 March 2015

Great atmosphere. Great people coming in from all around the world. Clean, sustainable and sharing atmosphere. Will go again when I go back to cape town. Cheap drinks too! 3 shots of tequila in a tequila sunrise for 40 rand!

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Hi, thanks for the review of our hostel! We are so pleased that you had a great stay with us and enjoyed meeting new people and learning about other cultures. We hope to see you again at The Backpack soon, where we can share some drinks at the bar! Kind Regards, Jade Calmeyer

Kuwait City, Kuwait
Reviewed 21 March 2015

Where do I start? Location: Amazing! Accommodation: Great for the price. Service: Six star (if possible) quality! Price: Economical Tours advertises: Excellent! Employees: All good looking! Overall, this hostel made sure I had an amazing time! They totally go above and beyond your normal hostels regarding services. Plus, they are operating for an amazing cause. I would totally return!

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Hey, thanks for taking the time to review us! We are so happy to hear that the services we provided you with were up to standard and that your time with us was above the rest. It was great having you as a guest; thanks for all the chats and photo sharing with the reception staff; we love hearing about...

Reviewed 16 March 2015

Our holiday ended with 2 nights at The Backpack and it was a perfect location to explore the city centre just around the corner. We had a nice, cosy double room with our own bathroom inside - perfect for couples! We didn't know about the braai on Tuesdays, so it was a really nice surprise, especially the live band which...

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Hi there, thanks for reviewing The Backpack. We are so glad that you made it just in time to experience our traditional South African braai and our cover band! This is a brilliant way to bring everyone in the hostel together so guests have the opportunity to make new connections. We do apologise about the Free Wifi connection, and will...

Mthatha, South Africa
Reviewed 14 March 2015

I phoned one of the reception ladies in the morning to ask which room they recommend when coming with an eight year old girl and a baby boy of 5 weeks. They told me to just book a double with private bath room via the internet, which I did. In the comment box I added again that we are coming...

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Hi there, thank you for taking the time to review us. We do apologise that your experience was not a great one with us. The Backpack has many different room options - from 8 bed mixed dorms, to 4 bed mixed dorms, to Double and Single rooms. A double room is one which can only accommodate for two persons -...

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  • Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi )
  • Pool
  • Free Parking
  • Bar/Lounge
  • Breakfast included
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  • Non-Smoking Rooms
  • Family Rooms
  • Smoking rooms available
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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: ₹ 1,805 - ₹ 8,424 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Number of rooms: 38
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