We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.
We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.
The latest reviews. The lowest prices. The perfect place to shop for hotels.

Forty8 Backpackers Hotel

View Deal
04/06/2017 05/06/2017
1 room 2 adults 0 children
Lock in the lowest price from our partners
View Deal
Compare best prices from top travel sites
and 4 more sites!
Professional photos
Forty8 Backpackers Hotel
View Map
{"widget":{"divClasses":"prw_rup prw_ibex_photo_carousel","js":{"handlers":"(ta.prwidgets.getjs(this,'handlers'))"},"moduleList":["handlers"],"template":"ibex_photo_carousel__widget","dust":{"nav_controls":"ibex_photo_carousel__nav_controls"},"name":"ibex_photo_carousel"},"scriptFlags":null,"containerClass":null}
Add Photo Write a Review

96 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

Traveller rating
Traveller type
Time of year
  • More
Showing 87: English reviews
Start your review of Forty8 Backpackers Hotel
 Click to rate
North-West Province, South Africa
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Excellent stay, Staff helpful its close to a very busy street for those who like the city night life . Forty 8 backpackers guest rocks its more of a family vibe I enjoyed the party they had on the Saturday night . Thank you Forty 8 see you on my next journey to cape town

Thank jadenelouw041
Durban, South Africa
Reviewed 13 April 2017

it was my First time staying in a backpacker in the CBD , I must say that i am very surprised about the cleanliness and different backpacker. Its close to long street and not as noisy as I expected I have been to weird backpackers and this was one of the best backpackers ever!!! Its a chilled backpacker that people...

Thank nicole48winksdaniels
Worcester, South Africa
Reviewed 13 April 2017

Its my third time visiting this hostel. I had a great experience since day one. If one really want to experience the night life of Cape Town , This is the best place to view. Prices affordable and the staff very helpful its home away from home. I am so exited for my next stay in December . Thank you...

Thank azolaletticia
Al-Jay D, General Manager at Forty8 Backpackers Hotel, responded to this review

Hi Ms Letticia Thank you for you valued review, We at forty8backpackers would like to tahnk you very much and it's our primary aim to keep our guest feeling comfortable by sharing that "At home feeling" furthermore we can't wait to see you and the family in December again. forty8backpackackers

Munich, Germany
Reviewed 2 April 2017

WiFi still slow and not working upstairs, TV running all the time in the lobby. Safe and reliable place to stay. Staff friendly, but not very well informed. Great recent touchups, clean showers & toilets. Old building and floors.

Review collected in partnership with this hotel
Thank R9263SCandreasm
Reviewed 24 March 2017

While this was in a great location, we had hoped for a double room with our own bathroom. We were told we had the "honeymoon suite", if that was true, then we wouldn't have had to use the communal bathrooms!. The staff were very friendly and helpful, and the kitchen was well equipped, and lots of comfy sofas in the...

Review collected in partnership with this hotel
Thank dorothy m
Al-Jay D, Guest Relations Manager at Forty8 Backpackers Hotel, responded to this review

Thank you valued Guest We sincerely would like to thank you for your stay and your review. Your feedback is highly appreciated by both Staff and Management. Safe journeys till next we meet. forty8backpackers

Krugersdorp, South Africa
Reviewed 22 March 2017

It is advertised on the website that a snackbar is available. No snackbar was available. They painted the rooms while it was occupied. They smell was very strong and your privacy is compromised. A small television should be placed on each floor for use by visitors.

Review collected in partnership with this hotel
Thank rochellel616
Pune, India
Reviewed 21 March 2017

The stays was comfortable and cozy. Decent recreation hall where they play movies and music. Check in was hassle-free. Excellent location that is waling to V&A and very near to most of the attractions. They also offer free coffee!

Review collected in partnership with this hotel
Thank shirfan
Al-Jay D, Manager at Forty8 Backpackers Hotel, responded to this review

Thank you for your valued review it's very helpful and highly appreciated.Looking forward to seeing you again.

Mahe Island, Seychelles
Reviewed 20 March 2017

The hostel is at the perfect location, however the service was a bit disappointing. Wifi can only be accessed at the lounge and network isn't that great. Also, the floor is too noisy, one can easily be disturbed when other people goes in & out of their rooms.

Review collected in partnership with this hotel
Thank 246vanessaz
Al-Jay D, Manager at Forty8 Backpackers Hotel, responded to this review

Thank you for your valued review it's very helpful and highly appreciated.

Johannesburg, South Africa
Reviewed 17 March 2017

My second stay here, it is so central and comfortable, the staff are super helpful, The owners are continuing with upgrades all the time, it is evolving into a quaint, boutique backpackers hotel. Been told that a brand new lounge and espresso/bar is Being developed in the lobby area, can't wait. Getting better all the time, well done guys.

Thank Mack13007
Al-Jay D, Front Office Manager at Forty8 Backpackers Hotel, responded to this review

Thank you for your wonderful review.And yes we have big plans at forty8backpackers hotel looking forward to seeing you here again. Kind Regards Forty8backpackers

Moscow, Russia
Reviewed 6 March 2017

I had a wonderful stay. The property is very clean. The staff friendly and the service was excellent. The beds were very comfortable. Fully stocked and efficient kitchen . I give this hostel 5 stars. The location is perfect. Well worth the value.

Review collected in partnership with this hotel
Thank dionem352
Al-Jay D, Manager at Forty8 Backpackers Hotel, responded to this review

Thank you for your valued review Dione it is truly highly appreciated and you be missed by all the staff. we all wish you the very best for the future. Sincere and kind regards forty8 backpackers

37 photos of this hotel

Traveller photos: See what travellers like you saw

All Traveller Photos (14)
Hotel & Grounds (3)
Room/Suite (4)
Family/Play Areas (1)
View from Room (1)
Business Centre/Function Rooms (1)
Dining (1)
Other (3)

Management photos: Courtesy of the property manager

All Management Photos (23)
View from Room (5)
Bathroom (5)
Room/Suite (2)
Other (11)
04/06/2017 05/06/2017
Hotels you might also like...
Also consider these accommodations in or near Cape Town Central
91 Loop
#18 of 125 in Cape Town Central
94 reviews
City Bowl
Cape Town Backpackers
Cape Town Backpackers
#30 of 125 in Cape Town Central
243 reviews
Long Street Backpackers
#34 of 125 in Cape Town Central
142 reviews
Show Prices
Show Prices
Show Prices
A Sunflower Stop
#7 of 125 in Cape Town Central
323 reviews
Unique Lodge
#322 of 506 in Cape Town
2 reviews
Show Prices
Show Prices
Show Prices


  • Bar/Lounge
  • Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi )
Things to do
  • Bar/Lounge
Room types
  • Kitchenette
  • Non-Smoking Rooms
In your room
  • Air Conditioning
  • Public Wifi
  • Free Internet
  • Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi )
  • Airport Transportation
  • Shuttle Bus Service
Official Description (provided by the hotel)
Welcome to Forty8 Backpackers Hotel, TGCSA 4 Star - Graded accommodation. It is a luxurious and affordable backpackers hotel located right in the heart of Cape Town's Central Business District next to the famous Long Street. Long Street in Cape Town is renowned for it's abundance of street shops, cafe's, bars, pubs, clubs and restaurants. Forty8 Backpackers is well known for its unique elegance, you won't find trendier economical accommodation near Cape Town's hotspots than our comfortable backpackers hotel. We cater for all travellers from solo or groups visiting Cape Town domestically or internationally as we have rooms to accommodate up to 50 people. Our backpackers hotel is under new Management, newly refurbished and modernized. We focus on great service, a clean space, safety and a friendly attitude. When you travel to Cape Town make sure to visit us. We cater for adventurers of all ages including backpackers, students and groups and we have taken special care to cater for our guests needs. You will find a well catered for environment to make your stay hassle free. We have a snack bar, FREE internet access (including Wi-Fi), a Communal Lounge and Kitchen, laundry facilities and free tea and coffee. Forty8 Backpackers has 6 Bedrooms Dormitory style ranging from 4 beds, 6 beds, 10 beds and 12 beds in a bedroom and 3 Private Double bedrooms. A Dormitory room consists of double bunk beds and the Double room with Double beds. The Bathrooms are shared one for the Females and the other for the Males. We are open 24 hours, 365 days a year. At the reception you can obtain travel information, tour bookings, safety box and a laundry service. We have our own shuttle services that offer Door-to-Door pick-up and drop-off, Meet and Greet services at Cape Town International Airport, Tours and Transfers to and from different places and destinations. ... more   less 

Additional Information about Forty8 Backpackers Hotel

Address: 48 Hout Street, Cape Town Central 8001, South Africa
Region: South Africa > Western Cape > Cape Town > Cape Town Central
Price Range: $23 - $67 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:4 star — Forty8 Backpackers Hotel 4*
Number of rooms: 11
Reservation Options:
TripAdvisor is proud to partner with Booking.com, Orbitz, Expedia, Priceline, Travelocity, HostelWorld and Hotels.com so you can book your Forty8 Backpackers Hotel reservations with confidence. We help millions of travellers each month to find the perfect hotel for both holiday and business trips, always with the best discounts and special offers.
Also Known As:
Forty8 Backpackers Hotel Cape Town, South Africa
Is This Your TripAdvisor Listing?
Own or manage this property? Claim your listing for free to respond to reviews, update your profile and much more.
Claim Your Listing

Questions & Answers

Here's what travellers have asked, with answers from Forty8 Backpackers Hotel staff and other travellers.
2 questions
Ask a question

See all questions (2)

Questions? Get answers from Forty8 Backpackers Hotel staff and past guests.
Posting guidelines
Typical questions asked:
  • Can tickets for local attractions be purchased at the front desk?
  • Do you have to pay extra for a mini-fridge?
  • At what time does the pool open each day?

See which rooms travellers prefer

“family room if you alone dormitory room”
nicole48winksdaniels, 13 Apr 2017 | Read review
“private rooms are quieter”
azolaletticia, 13 Apr 2017 | Read review
“Private rooms are great value, only a few available.”
Mack13007, 16 Mar 2017 | Read review
“private rooms are quiet”
janelewies, 24 Oct 2016 | Read review
“the private rooms are quite less noise..”
azolaletticia, 20 Oct 2016 | Read review
5 of 5
US$43* /night
View Deal
View all 7 deals
Prices are for 1 room, 2 adults
Change dates