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“Great location and great atmosphere”
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The Backpack
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New York City, New York
2 reviews
“Great location and great atmosphere”
Reviewed 3 December 2013

I stayed here for 4 nights. The place is a 15min walk to Long Street, where you can find a lot of restaurants and great nightlife. The staff is very helpful and is always ready to provide advice and recommendations.
Thanks!

  • Stayed November 2013, travelled solo
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SunelleA, Manager at The Backpack, responded to this review, 18 December 2013
Thank you for taking the time to write a review.

We are happy to hear that you enjoyed our hospitality and hope to welcome you back in the future again.
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Leicestershire, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 30 November 2013

We stayed here for 3 nights and believe me this place is buzzing.
Staff are credit to themselves , the location is perfect and the feel to the place is great.
you can sit by the bar and have brilliant views of table mountain .
at night it has a real party atmosphere and as with hostels everything is cheap.
we stayed 3 nights at camps bay in a private villa which was romantic but to be honest
found it too quiet so we couldn't wait to get back to this place to liven things up !!
We had a private en suite room which was ok , beds were a little stiff but other than that
I would highly recommend .

Stayed May 2013, travelled as a couple
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SunelleA, Manager at The Backpack, responded to this review, 2 December 2013
Thank you for reviewing us. We are pleased that you enjoyed your experience with us. Looking forward to welcoming you back again.
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London, United Kingdom
2 reviews
Reviewed 26 November 2013

I would definitely recommend anyone travelling to Cape Town stay at The Backpack. From the minute we arrived, the staff could not have been more welcoming. Our room was clean, tidy and pleasant, and the bar area had a great vibe to it. There were pizza and bbq nights during our stay, and the bar was always popular at night - but (at least as far as our room was concerned) it was not too noisy or anything.

But it is the staff that really make the place. They are so friendly, and always eager to give you advice, tips and suggestions. When the company that was supposed to be doing our tour of the wine regions messed up the booking, The Backpack arranged a private tour for us, with a great guide - it was one of the highlights of our trip.

Anyone looking for a friendly, vibrant place to stay in a fantastic city, The Backpack is for you!

  • Stayed November 2013, travelled with friends
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SunelleA, Manager at The Backpack, responded to this review, 2 December 2013
Thank you for taking the time to review us. We are happy to hear that you would recommend us to other travelers and that you enjoyed your stay with us.

We agree, our staff is the best! It's good to hear that you enjoyed the private tour and that we were able to organize an alternate tour for the day.

Hoping to see you again in a few years' time.
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Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates
2 reviews
Reviewed 21 November 2013

This was my first hostel experience and i have to say it was amazing! My best friend on the other hand has travelled all over and agrees that this place is amazing! the staff are incredible and the most helpful people!! This place feels like a proper community and I feel so at home here! I will be coming back here for sure!!! We never have to worry about security or safety.. we feel totally relaxed here. This is the place I would recommend for anyone and everyone!! Cannot wait to come back here on my next holiday in february!!!!! P.S Paul makes the best guacamole!!

  • Stayed November 2013, travelled with friends
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SunelleA, Manager at The Backpack, responded to this review, 26 November 2013
Thank you for a great review, we are happy that we could help to make it amazing. It's good to hear that you felt at home and that our staff looked after you. We look forward to seeing you again in February.
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Paris, France
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Reviewed 20 November 2013

It is very close to Long street where you have lots restaurants and bars, you can walk there even at night without a problem I think.
The place is nice and you can meet people at the small bar. Staff is friendly.
You can buy breakfast at an affordable price.
The room was clean.

  • Stayed November 2013, travelled as a couple
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SunelleA, Manager at The Backpack, responded to this review, 26 November 2013
Thank you for taking the time to review us. We are fortunate to be located within easy reach of bars, restaurants and nightlife of Cape Town, and far away from the noise. It's good to hear that you enjoyed your stay and the amenities on offer and we hope to welcome you back again.
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London, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 20 November 2013 via mobile

I stayed at the Backpack with a group of 3 friends in September this year, the service was so outstanding that I referred others to join us and we had a group of 10 of our friends staying by the end of our week long stay.

The staff at the hotel were great they organised a fantastic wine tour for us, arranged a braai at our request and even booked us tickets and transport to the rugby along with some staff who we're attending the game. The hostel itself is clean and lovely, the beds comfortable and the happy hour good value for money. Definitely the best hostel I have ever stayed in and much friendlier staff than Cape Town backpackers and the zebra crossing down the road! Thanks guys for helping us have such a great time in CT!

Stayed September 2013, travelled with friends
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SunelleA, Manager at The Backpack, responded to this review, 26 November 2013
Thank you for a great review! We pride ourselves on our staff members and it's good to hear that they made your stay extra special. We hope to see you again on your next travels.
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Los Angeles, California
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Reviewed 18 November 2013

I stayed at The Backpack as a solo traveler and had a wonderful time! The Backpack is in a great area close to Long Street with spectacular views of Table Mountain. I had only a couple weeks in South Africa so I wanted to make the most of my time and definitely did not want to stay in a "party hostel." This fit the bill perfectly. It was still easy to meet people I could go out with, and I met fellow travelers who I continued my journey with. The beds and linens were very clean, good communal areas, and the bathrooms were cleaned regularly. I did a number of tours through their recommended tour companies which were amazing. This is a fantastic place for the price and would stay there again in heartbeat! :o)

  • Stayed October 2013, travelled solo
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SunelleA, Manager at The Backpack, responded to this review, 26 November 2013
Thank you for reviewing us, we are glad that you had a great time with fellow travelers and with the tours on offer. We look forward to seeing you again!
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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 127 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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