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Hout Bay Backpackers
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Oxford, England, United Kingdom
Level 2 Contributor
6 reviews
3 hotel reviews
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“great hostel”
Reviewed 22 April 2014

Lovely clean hostel, good price,comfortable beds, well situated close to bus routes and the sea. Very friendly and supportive staff. We felt very safe there. Much better than many hotels we've stayed in. Depending on time of year the nearby fish canning factory can be a bit whiffy at times.

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  • Stayed April 2014, travelled as a couple
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Stanley
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Reviewed 9 April 2014

We stayed here during our wedding in South Africa and thought that 'back packers' sounded quite basic and were not expecting too much but my goodness we were so pleasantly surprised, the place was lovely, clean and so very friendly, we are booking again for our next trip back (my husband is South African) and can't wait to go back and stay there. Thanks to Sarah and her staff for making our wedding stay so special. Sarah couldn't do enough to help and made sure that when our daughters arrived she got them a nice room and kept them safe.

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  • Stayed February 2014, travelled with family
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Reviewed 8 April 2014

Great affordable accommodation in CapeTown. Bathrooms on the dorm rooms are not 100% private, but the Hostel is in a good location, not far from CT center, restaurants and beaches close by. Its a great choice particularly if you have a car. Beds where comfortable, rooms where clean and the common area is quite spacious. Would go back.

  • Stayed April 2014, travelled as a couple
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Austin, Texas
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Reviewed 18 March 2014

I brought a group of 13 North Americans to South Africa to teach a little basketball and take in cultural experiences and I'm incredibly grateful that I selected this place for half of our trip. We will definitely be back. Sarah and Becky are angels, some of the most hospitable people I've ever met. We had such a great stay. It's safe, amazing location right on the beach, and close enough to Cape Town for activities but far enough out to not be stuck in the busy areas. We hired Sarah to cook some dinners for us and MAN were they good!! She's a phenomenal cook! There were also couples their romantically and the space offers great privacy or community based on your desires. The rooms were clean, nice and bathrooms were great! I highly highly recommend checking this place out!!

-Chad

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  • Stayed March 2014, travelled with friends
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Sarah G, Manager at Hout Bay Backpackers, responded to this review, 19 March 2014
Hi Chad, thank you so much to all your students, they were very well behaved and it was a pleasure to have you all here in what I call my home and you are welcome back anytime.
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Reviewed 18 March 2014 via mobile

Our stay was lovely and affordable. We will definitely visit again and would recommend it to anyone visiting the area. It is very close to a variety of restaurants and walking distance from the harbour and beach. The double room is private and very spacious with a shared balcony with views of the harbour and sea and surrounded by mountains.

Stayed March 2014, travelled as a couple
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Berlin, Germany
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Reviewed 13 March 2014

Nice Hostel with big private double-rooms and a big bathroom. Unfortunately with mold.
Nice view from the room to the beach.
Kitchen is too small for the amount of rooms and People. Very full in the morning, no chance for making breakfast.
Very wafer-thin.
But all in one for a hostel very good for 1-2 nights (if you searching a cheap private double-room)

  • Stayed February 2014
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Sarah G, Manager at Hout Bay Backpackers, responded to this review, 17 March 2014
Hi, we are really sorry that you had a few spots of mold in the bathroom and we have eradicated the problem, the kitchen is a little small but is fully equipped for all cooking needs, thank you for your feedback.
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Hout Bay, South Africa
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Reviewed 5 March 2014

I have had the privilege of spending almost 20 nights at the Hout bay backpackers, and it has been wonderful.

Sarah and her staff have only been friendly and helpful. They have an intimate knowledge of everything Cape Town, and Hout Bay.

The rooms and bathrooms are always spick and span - Home away from home.

The views right around are just amazing, .. you do not get that from looking at the photo's.

Best location in Hout Bay by Far.

Thanks Girls !

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  • Stayed March 2014, travelled solo
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Additional Information about Hout Bay Backpackers

Property: Hout Bay Backpackers
Address: Corner of Harbour and, Hout Bay 7806, South Africa
Region: South Africa > Western Cape > Cape Town > Hout Bay
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Kitchenette Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Suites
Hotel Style:
Ranked #2 of 23 Speciality Lodging in Hout Bay
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £
Number of rooms: 4
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Hout Bay Backpacker Lodge is situated a stone's throw away from Hout Bay Beach with uninterrupted views of beach, habour and the majestic Chapman's Peak. The Lodge is quiet and comfortable, just 20 minutes from Cape Town and on the public transport route. Our hostel suits budget travelers wanting to experience Hout Bay (restaurants, harbour, beach, Seal Island, World of Birds, etc), discerning backpackers requiring a base from which to hike Table Mountain National Park, bike Chapman's Peak, surf Llandudno and travelers interested in township tours and meeting volunteers working on community development projects.The dormitories all have en-suite bathrooms, sleeping a maximum of 6 people per dorm, we also have 4 en suite private rooms and the communal lounge area has DSTV and a large fireplace. Knowledgable staff are on hand to advise and assist in planning a vast range of activities for you, including: surfing, fishing, diving, sailing, hiking trails, top restaurants, wine and township tours, pubs and if that's not enough, there's loads of live entertainment!Loc al volunteer and language courses are also available. Dune's Lodge, Hout Bayis a 3 star lodge run together with Hout Bay Backpackers and comprises of 4 luxury en-suite rooms with DSTV and tea and coffee making facilities. All rooms lead out on to a private wooden deck with views of Hout Bay beach, habour and the majestic Chapman's Peak. ... more   less 
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Hout Bay Backpackers South Africa - Cape Town

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