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“Perfect hostel!”
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The Backpack
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Stuttgart, Germany
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63 reviews
22 hotel reviews
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“Perfect hostel!”
Reviewed 30 July 2013

I've travelled to several hostels worldwide and never found nothing like this! Extremelly friendlly staff, good location and confortable rooms. The travel agency inside can provide you all kinds of tours aroud beautiful Cape Town. The New Year's Party there was also awesome!

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  • Stayed December 2012, travelled with friends
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EleniGood, Duty Manager at The Backpack, responded to this review, 6 August 2013
Thank you for taking the time to review our hostel on Tripadvisor.

We are extremely glad that after a few months, you are still remember what an awesome time you had at the hostel, back in December. We always try to make sure our guests have the best stay possible.

It is lovely to hear that you were able to make use of the travel desk facilities.

We look forward to welcoming you back again soon.

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Melbourne, Australia
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Reviewed 27 July 2013 via mobile

4 of us stayed in a 4 bed private room and were surprised to see the room furnished like a cosy hotel rather than a hostel.

Loved the proximity to table mountain, lions head and long st, hot water bottles and comfy beds. We also used the kitchen several times which was always clean.

Staff varied from very helpful to indifferent so kinda depends on your luck. Would have preferred in room wifi and included breaky but hey, you can't have everything!

  • Stayed July 2013
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EleniGood, Duty Manager at The Backpack, responded to this review, 30 July 2013
Thank you for reviewing our hostel on Tripadvisor.

We are glad to hear that you enjoyed your stay at The Backpack. It is lovely to hear that you liked the room you had, and that it exceeded your expectations.

The hostel offers free wifi to our guests in the cafe/bar area. You are able to access wifi in your rooms as a minimal charge.

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

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Los Angeles, California, United States
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Reviewed 23 July 2013

Such a fabulous hostel! Everyone who worked there was super friendly and helpful. I met so many amazing people staying at the hostel. The accommodations were super clean. I would def. come back to this back packers for another stay!

  • Stayed July 2013, travelled with friends
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EleniGood, Duty Manager at The Backpack, responded to this review, 30 July 2013
Thank you for taking the time to review our hostel on Tripadvisor.

It is awesome to hear that you loved your stay with us while in Cape Town.

We will be sure to tell our staff that you found them all happy and friendly to work with.

We look forward in welcoming you back again soon.


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Reviewed 17 July 2013

This is one of the best backpackers I've ever been to. The staff is super friendly and helpful. The prices are adequate and the bed are comfortable and clean. It's one of those places where you don't want to leave which is actually a shame since there is one of the coolest neighbourhoods right in front of the door. I'll definitely come back and drink more of their delicious wine (you won't be able to drink only one glass so I would recommend to start with a bottle right away ;)). Thanks for the great time and see you soon!
David + Serhat

  • Stayed July 2013, travelled with friends
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EleniGood, Duty Manager at The Backpack, responded to this review, 18 July 2013
Thank you for taking the time to review our hostel on Tripadvisor.

It is lovely to hear that you enjoyed your stay at The Backpack.

We are happy to hear that you found the beds at the hostel comfortable. We do our very best to make sure our guests are comfortable while staying with us.

We look forward to welcoming you back again soon.

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Cape Town, Western Cape, South Africa
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Reviewed 9 July 2013

I stayed at The Backpack on/off for about a month during my most recent trip to Cape Town. The location is great and quiet, the staff is so friendly (the owner even visited me when I had to take a trip to the hospital!), and the rooms are nice regardless of whether you're staying in a dorm or your own room (I did both at various points.) There's a really nice atmosphere in the bar at night (and great breakfast in the morning--even with gluten-free toast!) and it's a wonderful place to meet people. Definitely my favorite hostel I've stayed in (and I've stayed in many!)

  • Stayed July 2013, travelled solo
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EleniGood, Duty Manager at The Backpack, responded to this review, 18 July 2013
Thank you for taking the time to review our hostel on Tripadvisor.

We are really glad to hear that you loved your stay with us.

Our staff always strive to go that extra mile to make the guests feel like they are part of the family. It is lovely to hear that you were able to enjoy breakfast in our hostel.

We look forward to welcoming you back again soon.

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Reviewed 4 July 2013

I loved my staying at The Backpack! The staff was really friendly and the room with private bathroom was very nice.
I think most of my excellent experience in Cape Town was due to the hospitality of the hostel.
Loved the wine tasting night (and I have videos to prove!!!!)

  • Stayed October 2012
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EleniGood, Duty Manager at The Backpack, responded to this review, 17 July 2013
Thank you for taking the time to review our hostel on Tripadvisor.

We are really glad to hear you enjoyed your stay with us in Cape Town.

It is lovely to hear you could participate in our wine tasting night and you enjoyed it. It is always a good night at the hostel.

We look forward to welcoming you back again soon.

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Oslo, Norway
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Reviewed 13 June 2013

This is a great hostel! I don't have anything but positive things to say about The Backpack.
The rooms are big and clean with big lockers, the beds are very comfy, the bathrooms are nice and clean, the many lounge areas are cosy and sociable, especially the bar area, the price is very reasonable, and the staff is so helpful and cool.
It is located between Table Mountain and the popular Longstreet, with walking distance to most of the central city. They serve lovely, varied breakfast in the bar, or you can cook yourself in the kitchen. The hostel is always busy with a lot of guests, which is great and with good reasons. It is always lively in the bar area with good music playing, a pool table and free wifi. But never a problem to get a good and quiet night sleep.
I was supposed to stay in Cape Town for a week in different hostels, but (as well as the city itself) The Backpack made the choice to stay longer easy. I ended up staying in the same hostel almost three weeks. (I got to try a lot of different rooms though..)

If I'm going back, no...WHEN I'm going back to Cape Town I will without doubt stay at The Backpack again!

  • Stayed May 2013, travelled with friends
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EleniGood, Duty Manager at The Backpack, responded to this review, 18 June 2013
Thank you for taking the time to review our hostel on Tripadvisor.

It is awesome to hear that you couldn't leave our hostel and that it made your stay in Cape Town that bit more exciting, even if you had to swop rooms.

We are glad to hear that you were able to sample some our delicious breakfast served in the cafe. As you mentioned, we do like that there is a cafe should you wish to spoil yourself for breakfast or that there is a self-catering kitchen too if you would like to prepare your own meals.

We look forward to welcoming you back again soon.

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Property: The Backpack
Address: 74 New Church Street | Tamboerskloof, Cape Town Central 8001, South Africa
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Region: South Africa > Western Cape > Cape Town > Cape Town Central > City Bowl , Tamboerskloof
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Shuttle Bus service Suites Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
Ranked #4 of 125 Speciality Lodging in Cape Town Central
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £
Number of rooms: 38
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 
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