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74 New Church Street, Cape Town Central 8001 South Africa
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#6 of 162 Speciality lodging in Cape Town Central
Travellers' Choice
South Africa's original award-winning Fair Trade hostel and travel shop, with all the facilities you can expect from a hip, urban designer hostel. Private or Shared rooms offering superior comfort and quality, with shared or en-suite bathrooms, electronic safes and in-house ATM. FREE fibre WiFi through the hostel. Swim in the pool with a view of Table Mountain, meet like-minded international travelers in our buzzing Cafe or Bar. We offer a variety of rooms, ranging from 8- and 4-bed dorms, singles, twins and family rooms. 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, Waterfront and the city centre is just a stone's throw away. 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.
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Property amenities
Free parking
Free High Speed Internet (WiFi)
Free breakfast
Board games / puzzles
Airport transportation
24-hour security
Street parking
Outdoor pool
Saltwater pool
Bar / lounge
Coffee shop
Breakfast available
Breakfast buffet
Snack bar
Vending machine
Shuttle bus service
Car hire
Taxi service
BBQ facilities
Baggage storage
Currency exchange
Gift shop
Outdoor furniture
Shared kitchen
Shared lounge / TV area
Sun terrace
ATM on site
Laundry service
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Room types
Non-smoking rooms
Family rooms
Smoking rooms available
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Mountain View
Languages Spoken
English, French, Afrikaans, Greek and 1 more
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Karim Badr wrote a review Jun 2020
Cairo, Egypt48 contributions4 helpful votes
It is a quite nice backpackers place, it was not very convenient to me, but I enjoyed my stay for 2 nights, the place is clean and good. The Staff is very kind and decent. The mood of the place is very lovely, it is a place where people have fun and enjoy warm hospitality.
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Date of stay: July 2019
Sarah wrote a review Mar 2020
3 contributions
We stayed for four nights at The Backpack and really enjoyed our stay! Staff are super friendly and you'll quickly feel at home here. Good location for bars and restaurants, love the views of Table Mountain from our bedroom window! Happy to support a place with so much heart that gives back to the community and supports others. Highly recommended!
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Date of stay: March 2020
Sleep Quality
Room Tip: We had the Madiba room, a double room with ensuite facilities and views of Table Mountain.
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Response from lee harris, Owner at Villa Viva Backpack
Responded 30 Mar 2020
Thank you so much for your review we are delighted you enjoyed your stay with us. The Backpack Team
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Jonathan R wrote a review Mar 2020
Bogota, Colombia1 contribution
Great hostel. Has everything you need in a hostel to have a wonderful time in Cape Town. They also have a wide variety of options to carry out all the must do activities in this beautiful city. I would go there again.
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Date of stay: March 2020
Sleep Quality
Room Tip: I chose the private double room. It was a very good choice.
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Response from lee harris, Owner at Villa Viva Backpack
Responded 23 Mar 2020
Oh how lovely thank you so much for your review. Catch you on the rebound! Stay safe The Backpack Team
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marina wrote a review Mar 2020
1 contribution
The Staff was very welcoming and very helpfull, helped to understand the city, what to do, what not to do, how it works with locals Very ecofrienldly orientated Rooms were clean Nice living room to chill out with other (german :p) travelers I highly recommend this Backpack
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Date of stay: February 2020
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Trip type: Travelled on business
CarlisleLori wrote a review Mar 2020
Ottawa, Canada66 contributions57 helpful votes
We always stay at the Backpack when staying in Cape Town. This place is the best value for your money and the staff are always so friendly! We always make a point to bing donations for their community work. The double rooms with or without ensuites are lovely. They have new windows in some of the rooms on the road/pool side which make them very quiet.
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Date of stay: March 2020
Room Tip: All rooms are unique, upper rooms are warmer than main floor rooms.
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2 Helpful votes
Response from lee harris, Owner at Villa Viva Backpack
Responded 18 Mar 2020
Thank you so much Lori and for all the Pack for a Purpose goodies you brought to South Africa. They have been given to our charities who are forever grateful for these supplies of soccer boots, school backpacks the beautiful knitted goods not to mention the awesome patchwork quilts, wool and stationary. We hope to see you again later in the year. Stay safe! The Backpack Team
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US$38 - US$86 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
the backpack hotel cape town central
South AfricaWestern CapeCape TownCape Town CentralTamboerskloof / City Bowl
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Frequently Asked Questions about Villa Viva Backpack
Which popular attractions are close to Villa Viva Backpack?
Nearby attractions include Local Knowledge (0.2 miles), Iziko South African Museum and Planetarium (0.3 miles), and The Labia (0.2 miles).
What are some of the property amenities at Villa Viva Backpack?
Some of the more popular amenities offered include free wifi, free breakfast, and a pool.
What food & drink options are available at Villa Viva Backpack?
Guests can enjoy free breakfast, a lounge, and barbeque facilities during their stay.
Is parking available at Villa Viva Backpack?
Yes, free parking and street parking are available to guests.
What are some restaurants close to Villa Viva Backpack?
Conveniently located restaurants include Miller's Thumb, Thali, and SeaBreeze Fish & Shell.
Are there opportunities to exercise at Villa Viva Backpack?
Yes, guests have access to a pool during their stay.
Does Villa Viva Backpack have an airport shuttle?
Yes, Villa Viva Backpack offers an airport shuttle for guests. We recommend calling ahead to confirm details.
Which languages are spoken by the staff at Villa Viva Backpack?
The staff speaks multiple languages, including English, French, Greek, Afrikaans, and Xhosa.
Are there any historical sites close to Villa Viva Backpack?
Many travellers enjoy visiting Iziko Slave Lodge (0.6 miles), City Hall (0.7 miles), and Irma Stern Museum (3.8 miles).
Does Villa Viva Backpack have any great views?
Yes, guests often enjoy the mountain view available here.