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“Home sweet Home Bohemian Lofts”

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Bohemian Lofts Backpackers
Cape Town, Western Cape, South Africa
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9 reviews
8 hotel reviews
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“Home sweet Home Bohemian Lofts”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 December 2013

I have lived most of my life in Cape Town and found myself these past few weeks re-visiting Cape Town and eventually found Bohemian Lofts and felt so much at home. The staff are just the best and wear constant sunny smiles and made me feel always welcome and cared for. Great dorm beds super comfy and wide and nice creaky wooden floors add to the atmosphere.Balcony overlooking street always a blast night or day with the theatre of the street activities below to amuse. Great shops, coffee houses and restaurants all close by as is train station and taxis. Simply perfect. I hope to return.

  • Stayed November 2013, travelled solo
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Melj234, Owner at Bohemian Lofts Backpackers, responded to this review, 27 February 2014
Hi there :)

Thank you so much for your lovely review! We loved having you stay and we are so glad you felt so at home, that is what we aim to create here.

Looking forward to welcoming you back again soon!

Warm Regards

Mel
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Sydney, Australia
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 December 2013

Spent 3 nights in total at this backpackers and I absolutely loved it! The staff are beyond friendly and great to hang out with and the hostel itself is great, comfortable, affordable and with a great cost!
My friend and I stayed in Constantia - a massive room with ensuite and huge comfortable bed while my other friends stayed in Camps Bay - they had shared bathrooms but access to a private balcony.
We were close to Cape Town city but also to the nightlife of Obs which was so much fun!

I highly recommend this hostel if your looking for something thats a step up from your normal backpacker hostel!

Room Tip: Constantia is a great room! However it is on the road side of the hostel and can be a little noisy b...
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  • Stayed August 2013, travelled with friends
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Melj234, Owner at Bohemian Lofts Backpackers, responded to this review, 27 February 2014
Hi there

Thank you for your review. We really appreciate your lovely comments about our staff, we do go out of our way to make our guests feel at home during their stay here.

We look forward to welcoming you back again soon!

Warm Regards

Mel
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 November 2013 via mobile

We stayed for one night in a dorm room which was fine.  There was 1 shower for up to 7 people but there was only 4 of us there that night so it was fine.  The shower was very good and the bathroom was large.

The bed was very comfortable with an expensive looking thick comfy mattress cover.  

The staff were friendly and the common areas were fine although a bit small.  There was a small kitchen area if you wanted to make something.  Wi if was free and was alright.

Location was very good for bars and restaurants - right on the corner of lower main road in Observatory which also has a train station with trains going to the centre of town, Stellenbosch and Kalk Bay Area.  The Old Biscuit Mill was about a 25-30 minute walk away.  Taxi cost around 80-110R to the centre of town.

Stayed November 2013, travelled as a couple
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Melj234, Owner at Bohemian Lofts Backpackers, responded to this review, 27 February 2014
Hi there!

Thank you for your review and we are very happy to hear that you enjoyed your stay with us. We now have 2 showers for the dorm room (it was busy being built whilst you were here) so no more waiting for the bathroom :)

We look forward to welcoming you to Observatory again in the near future!

Warm Regards

Mel
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Cape Town Central, South Africa
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 October 2013 via mobile

Would definitely recommend. We were made to feel like family. Nothing like chilling on the balcony with a beer and some mates, watching the people of Obs do their thing. If you're hungry, there's a fantastic pizza place downstairs that does wonders with cheese and dough... Not to mention the delights of the Lower Main restaurant strip! Thanks to Mel, Caroline, Kate and Charms

Stayed August 2013, travelled as a couple
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Melj234, Owner at Bohemian Lofts Backpackers, responded to this review, 27 February 2014
Hi there

Thank you for your lovely review and yes, we agree, there's not much better things in life than watching the world go by on our balcony with a cold one in hand!!

We look forward to welcoming you back again soon!

Warm Regards

Mel
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Pittsburgh, PA
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 August 2013

First, kudos to the manager to inviting us to stay for 2 days, after our initial reservation was lost in computer-never-land (may have actually been an issue with bookings.com, its not really clear). So they helped us find another place, and insisted on giving us 2 free nights later in the trip without us even asking/requesting/threatening. Great service!

I was traveling to Cape Town with my teenage daughter so figured it would be fun to stay somewhere a little more hip-happening, and this was definitely it. Its a great neighborhood for night life, great restaurants, even a use book store run by some pleasantly nutty anarchists down the street, also some nice cafes to sit in the evening and watch the parade of life.

The down side is that the life goes on until 2 or 3 in the morning, so can be a little noisy if you are an early to bed type, or a light sleeper (which I am not, thankfully).

The facilities themselves are quite up to standard for hostel/backpacker type stays, don't stay obviously if you are looking for 5-star material. Workers are nice/helpful.

Its just 2 blocks from the observatory train station, a useful connection for (day time!) excursions.

Stayed August 2013, travelled with family
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Thank BFM_MG
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Melj234, Owner at Bohemian Lofts Backpackers, responded to this review, 27 August 2013
Hi there

Thank you for taking the time to review us on TripAdvisor. We are so glad that you managed to come back and stay with us, and it seems that you really took the time to explore Obs and discovered all our quirky stores and exciting cafes and nightlife. We admit it can get a little noisy sometimes but hey if you can't beat them join them :) Thanks again for staying and we hope to welcome you back in the near future!

Warm Regards

Mel
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 June 2013

We had a great stay at Bohemian. The staff were very friendly and welcoming. The beds were the cleanest and most comfortable beds that we have sleep in at a backpackers.
It is located in a cool part of town, with a good night life and 2 minutes from the train station and supermarket. Free wifi/computer and tea and coffee.
It is an older building with a great balcony to chill out on or to watch the people passing below.

  • Stayed June 2013
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Thank MatiasFe
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Melj234, Owner at Bohemian Lofts Backpackers, responded to this review, 27 August 2013
Hey there

Thanks so much for leaving us a TripAdvisor review. I am so excited that you enjoyed your stay with us and made use of our free wifi which we offer all of our guests. We look forward to welcoming you back again in the near future!!

Warm Regards

Mel
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Fort Lauderdale, Florida
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 May 2013

We had an amazing time at this hostel. It is an awesome CT location and the staff-member are really cool. They went above-and-beyond for us during our stay. There are several restaurants and bars directly below the hostel, so no need to walk far when looking for something to do. It is also very close to the train station with direct access to downtown CT. We would definitely recommend it.

  • Stayed May 2013, travelled as a couple
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Thank Travelcouple1200
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Melj234, Owner at Bohemian Lofts Backpackers, responded to this review, 27 May 2013
Hey there!

Thanks so much for your wonderful review!! We loved having you stay and look forward to hosting you again in the future!!

Warm Regards

Mel
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Property: Bohemian Lofts Backpackers
Address: 41 Trill Road, Observatory 7925, South Africa
Region: South Africa > Western Cape > Cape Town > Observatory
Amenities:
Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Kitchenette Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Suites
Hotel Style:
Ranked #5 of 10 Speciality Lodging in Observatory
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £
Number of rooms: 10
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Bohemian Lofts Backpackers overlooks OBS Lower Main Road, and from the balcony, you can sit and people-watch, or just soak up the hustle and bustle of this eclectic artsy neighbourhood. Each room is artistically themed after a different neighbourhood in Cape Town, and offers all the amenities you need for a great stay. ... more   less 
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