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The Backpack
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Reviewed 12 July 2012

Cape Town is a beautiful city, and if you choose to spend a time in The Backpack, you will find a very friendly staff, clean rooms, a cozy and cheerful restaurant, and ... gorgeous women from every continents. The Backpack is close to Long Avenue where you will find brisk nightlife. Safety is not a problem - they take care while you party or rest. It is a bit expensive for a backpacker accommodation but worth every rand.

  • Stayed: June 2012, travelled with friends
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Management response:Responded 15 July 2012

Thank you for taking the time to review our hostel.

We are glad to hear that you enjoyed your stay with us at the Backpack, and especially that you felt safe and secure during your stay. It is very important that our guests feel safe within the Backpack walls.

We look forward to welcoming you back again in the near future.

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Reviewed 7 July 2012

The positives:

- Clean
- Good location
- Excellent Wifi-access in the whole building
- 8-bed dorms big enough to feel comfortable, safes in the big dorms
- Nice staff, even though not very competent. Good advice at the reception desk
- Nice bar where people meet, with regular events
- Involved in a community project in the townships

The negatives:

- Big and very impersonal
- Over-use the community project as a marketing point
- In winter, no heater AT ALL, except in the bar. Doors always open, which makes each room very cold. Best place to get a flu.
- Not cosy at all, except near the fireplace in the bar, where the entire population of the hotel try to get a seat in order to warm up in winter.
- Kitchen with only the strict minimum. Everything made to get people have dinner at the bar, where it is fairly expensive and does not look good

  • Stayed: July 2012, travelled solo
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3  Thank Laurent K
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Management response:Responded 15 July 2012

Thank you for taking the time to write a review on Tripadvisor.

We are glad that you were happy with the services provided by the reception desk, and that you were able to meet lots of people while here.

In all of our rooms, private or dorms, there are extra blankets and hot water bottles. It is unfortunate that you might not have found those in your room to keep you warm.

We are sorry that you weren't happy with our dinner options in the cafe. Since it is winter, we have found that having one main meal option with a desert is a feasible solution for our guests.

We hope that should you visit us again, it will be a more enjoyable trip all round.


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Eleni Good

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Reviewed 29 June 2012

Really loved this hostel! it was our last place before we moved to south east asia! couldn't have been nicer! really homely good hostel and all at the foot of table mountain! loved it here will be going back! right next to long street aswell! reception staff really helpful

Room Tip: dorms were big, private lockers were big, kitchen and dinning room were really good! ended up meeting loads of people in our dorm!
  • Stayed: May 2012, travelled as a couple
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Management response:Responded 11 July 2012

Thank you for your review on Tripadvisor.

We are glad to hear that you enjoyed your stay with us at the Backpack and that you were able to meet other travellers as well.

We pride our hostel being in a great spot, near to the nightlife of Long Street, but that little bit away that you can sleep peacefully at night.

Enjoy the rest of your trip and please join us again at the Backpack when you in Cape Town.


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Eleni Good

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Reviewed 27 June 2012

I stayed in this hostel for 2 nights at the beginning of June and it was a great end to my trip. The hostel was clean and the staff were friendly. It is in a great location within walking distance to most things. The hostel is safe with a security guard and has a great bar for meeting people. I would definitely recommend staying here and I will stay here next time!

  • Stayed: June 2012
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Management response:Responded 11 July 2012

Thank you for taking the time to review our hostel on Tripadvisor.

We are happy to hear that you enjoyed your stay with us here at the Backpack. The staff always strive to ensure our guests feel safe and secure during the trip with us.

We look forward to welcoming you back again in the future.

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Eleni Good

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Reviewed 10 June 2012

This hostel is very nice and security is guaranteed through an electronic passcode. The restaurant is nice and has good food, too bad a simple breakfast is not included with accomodation! You can make friends without a problem thanks to the good vibe the place transmits. The beds are very confortable but the rooms are variable in niceness and noise level (is you have a familiar room above with kids you are guaranteed an early morning). Be careful when walking around, the car park nearby (not the hostel one) has security guards but still I heard about two people who were robbed on that spot (it's better to come up Park Road).

  • Stayed: May 2012, travelled solo
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1  Thank lauren_now
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EleniGood, Duty Manager at The Backpack, responded to this reviewResponded 20 June 2012

Thank you for taking the time to review our hostel on Tripadvisor.

We value all comments that our previous guests pass onto us. It is unfortunate that you were to hear about muggings taking place a few streets away from us. I can assure you though, that the people involved have been moved and the area is back to "normal" again.

We are really happy to hear that you enjoyed your overal stay with us at the hostel. We always strive to ensure our guests have the best stay possible why visiting the Backpack.

Please visit our hostel again soon.


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