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Reviewed 15 October 2015

Cape town is a great and amazing city, we spent the 2.5 weeks and already want to come back. The Backpack is a great way to experience Capetown, they'll help you with every thing, the rooms and shared spaces are well designed, cozy, clean and in a good atmosphere and the breakfast is the best we had in Africa. You'll...

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JadeCPT, Manager at The Backpack, responded to this review

Hey, thanks for this review! It puts a smile on our face to know that you had a pleasant stay with us, especially our breakfast! Thanks for the compliments! Kind Regards, Jade Calmeyer.

Norway
Reviewed 13 October 2015

This place came highly recommended from friends, and it lived up to all expectations. On the plus side: - Very professional, friendly and helpful staff. - The layout is just about ideal for a backpacker, with the bar located at a central courtyard and rooms isolated from noise along the outer walls. - The location is perfect - very central,...

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JadeCPT, Manager at The Backpack, responded to this review

Hey, thanks for the great review of The Backpack! We are so pleased to know that your friends recommended us. We also love the fact that our cafe/bar area is open and near the front of the hostel so that the bedrooms are quiet during the night. Our location is perfect so that after leaving The Backpack you can venture...

Port-au-Prince, Haiti
Reviewed 11 October 2015

The all ambience is great, details are thought through and staff is really nice and helpful. I only spent one night but it was a good experience. I liked the map with tips on places to visit in the surrounding area.

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JadeCPT, Manager at The Backpack, responded to this review

Hey there, thank you for writing a review of our hostel. We are so happy that you enjoyed your stay with us, using our handy tips to get around Cape Town. Kind Regards, Jade Calmeyer

Reviewed 4 October 2015 via mobile

The backpack is a great place located near table mountain with a great view. The staff was friendly and very helpful with recommendations from where to eat, places to visit and transportation. The place was clean and I felt safe at all times, I would stay here again.

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JadeCPT, Manager at The Backpack, responded to this review

Hi there, thank you for taking the time to review us! We are thrilled that you had a good stay with us and that we can expect to see you in the future! Kind Regards, Jade Calmeyer

Bury St Edmunds, United Kingdom
Reviewed 2 October 2015

A clean friendly and welcoming hostel. I shared a three bed dorm the showers were hot and clean and the breakfast was great. The Staff were really friendly and could not do enough for you. Shaini and Primrose were fantastic. Would love them to do simple food at night this would be great for the single travellers who dont want...

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JadeCPT, Manager at The Backpack, responded to this review

Hey, thanks for the review. It is great that Shani and Primrose could help you out and give you some good advice! We are starting to bring in a Tuesday Braai (barbecue) Night as the evenings start to get warmer in Cape Town and we will definitely be planning some light and convenient meals for travelers. Thanks for the suggestion....

Reviewed 2 October 2015 via mobile

We stayed at the backpack for 5 nights before beginning our overground tour from Cape Town to Viv falls! This was the perfect start to our trip! The backpack had a lot of positives: - great location - quiet private double room at a reasonable price - friendly staff.. They helped us organize day trips to cape point, shark cage...

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JadeCPT, Manager at The Backpack, responded to this review

Hey there, what a wonderful and exciting trip you are doing. We are so excited that it started here with us at The Backpack! We are pleased that you enjoyed your room and took full advantage of our travel desk. Enjoy your travels further. Kind Regards, Jade Calmeyer

Salvador, BA
Reviewed 27 September 2015

I stayed in the Backpack for 6 days and it was amazing. The staff is really friendly and the hostel has everything you need. The location was really nice as well and they offer tours for all the touristic places in Cape Town. Just loved it!

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JadeCPT, Manager at The Backpack, responded to this review

Hey, thanks for the cool review. It makes us so happy to know that you had a brilliant time with us and we hope to see you again! Kind Regards, Jade Calmeyer

Reviewed 24 September 2015 via mobile

The Backpack is certainly one of the best backpackers in Cape Town. It's centrally located, well orchestrated, organized, friendly, vibrant, clean and comfy. My wife and I would like to thank Toni and Lee for a wonderful stay.

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And you're very welcome :D

Miami, Florida
Reviewed 21 September 2015

By far some of the rudest hostel staff I have ever come across, except for the guy working the bar the night I checked in, he was cool. Horrible communication before I arrived, I scheduled an airport pickup, they never showed. My friend was already there & they lied to her twice saying they would email me back & never...

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JadeCPT, General Manager at The Backpack, responded to this review

Hi there, we are so sorry that your stay with us was not up to standard. We try our very best to give our guests top treatment as soon as they walk through our doors. It seems that communication from our side was lacking and we will make sure that this situation does not repeat itself in the future. On...

Springbok, South Africa
Reviewed 19 September 2015 via mobile

Good location, great tent, good food, fantastic stay, friendly hosts, loved it!!!! Only thing to take notice is that there is no electricity in the tent. Will definitely go again. The Backpack is recommended!!Amazing to see that they support the community.

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Hey there, thanks for this awesome review! We hope that we will see you again in the near future! Kind Regards, Jade Calmeyer

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  • Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi )
  • Pool
  • Free Parking
  • Bar/Lounge
  • Breakfast included
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  • Smoking rooms available
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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 

Additional Information about The Backpack

Address: 74 New Church Street | Tamboerskloof, Cape Town Central 8001, South Africa
Region: South Africa > Western Cape > Cape Town > Cape Town Central > City Bowl , Tamboerskloof
Price Range: $37 - $144 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Number of rooms: 38
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