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The Backpack

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04/06/2017 05/06/2017
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Zuerich
Reviewed 10 December 2015 via mobile

The Backpack is very great located!! The staff is extremly friendly and very helpful!!!! We hade a room for two with private shower and toilet. Towels were provided. Room was clean and spascious. Breakfast was nothing special... But ok. There are a few comun aereas were you can exchange experiences with other travellers. Parking for free.

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JadeCPT, Manager at The Backpack, responded to this review

Hello, thank you for taking the time to review The Backpack. We are very chuffed that you thought our service was up to standard and that the staff could help as much as possible. And it is especially great that you were able to meet new friendly travelers! Kind Regards, Jade Calmeyer

Zurich, Switzerland
Reviewed 8 December 2015

i just loved to come back again and again to the hostel and see all this beautiful people , felt trully at home and safe. it doesn't matter in which room you stay, all are good. very good location to recover Cape Town, i only can recommend it!

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Hey there, thank you for the review of The Backpack. It is great that you had an awesome time and this means that you will just keep coming back to stay with us! Kind regards, Jade Calmeyer.

Reviewed 6 December 2015

We didn't stay at The Backpack, but at an apartment which is rented out through The Backpack. A studio apartment opposite Company's Gardens, was perfect for our stay in Cape Town. The apartment was immaculate and the view of Table Mountain was great. If you were paying for a view like that in London, it would cost you five times...

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JadeCPT, Manager at The Backpack, responded to this review

Hey there. Great choice to stay at our off-site studio apartment and of course to try out Mama Africa's tasty food! Thank you for bringing these issues to our attention - we will definitely look into these things so that it will not happen again. You are more than welcome to use the facilities in The Backpack and we could...

Maputo, Mozambique
Reviewed 1 December 2015

Breakfast is exceptionally good! You´ll get the variety of foods like in a 4 star hotel. Quiet and relaxing , fantastic location, yet just a few steps away from the parts of the town, where everything happens.

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JadeCPT, Manager at The Backpack, responded to this review

Hi there. It is fantastic that our breakfast is so well received! Thank you for choosing to stay with us and we hope that you will come back again soon with family and friends. Kind Regards, Jade Calmeyer

Cairo
Reviewed 29 November 2015

Stayed there for 5 days in Cape Town along with my husband. We chose a double room with a private bathroom. The room is great and it gets cleaned everyday. The hostel is in a great location, walking distance from the city center, and a very nice backdrop view of the Table Mountain. The place feels like home, super clean,...

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JadeCPT, Manager at The Backpack, responded to this review

Hi there. We like to be that home away from home for our guests. It's brilliant that you took a walk through town, to see all the cool things that Cape Town has to offer. We hope you will come back to spend some more time here in the future. Kind Regards, Jade Calmeyer.

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Reviewed 28 November 2015

Felt @home, wonderful place! Sustainable approach (supporting communities), good breakfast, perfect room (Madiba room) and very friendly and helpful staff. + location (walking distance nice places to eat (amongst others: Jerry's burgerbar, Kloof street House and also: Chalk and Cork) + possibility to cook yourself in the kitchen of The Backpack and to park rental car in front of Backpack....

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Hey there. Thank you for this compliment! This puts huge smiles on our faces to know that you think we are the best. We do try our hardest to give our guests quality service and experiences and we are glad that this was the case for you. We hope to welcome you back again soon. Kind Regards, Jade Calmeyer

Beijing, China
Reviewed 28 November 2015 via mobile

this hostel is located at the kloof area of cape town, where you can easily find many restaurants and shops by foot. It has a private car park as well. every morning breakfast is served fresh and with lots of varieties. The staff is always helpful and friendly towards the guests

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Hi there. Thank you for choosing to stay with us. We are glad that you had a pleasant stay and hopefully this means you will come back and stay with us again. Kind Regards, Jade Calmeyer

Munich, Germany
Reviewed 27 November 2015

I had a great stay in this place for three nights in a 8 bed dorm. Very friendly, committed and organized staff, big rooms and other chillout areas, very good breakfast, enough and very clean bathrooms. Definetely worth the price!

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JadeCPT, Manager at The Backpack, responded to this review

Hey there. Thanks for choosing to stay with us, and it is great that you found our hostel clean and the breakfasts delicious. Kind Regards, Jade Calmeyer

Chester, United Kingdom
Reviewed 26 November 2015

Myself and my partner are currently staying at the Backpack and are incredibly impressed with the hostel. We are staying in the Nelson Mandela Suite (Madiba) which is clean, comfortable and stylish in it's decor. The service we have received was excellent and the staff are very friendly and helpful. The self service breakfast was perfect for what we wanted....

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JadeCPT, Manager at The Backpack, responded to this review

Hi there. Thank you for reviewing The Backpack. We are so pleased that you had a fun stay with us and enjoyed the breakfast and the pool area, despite it being a little chilly! We hope to see you again soon. Kind Regards, Jade Calmeyer

Lubeck, Germany
Reviewed 23 November 2015

We spend some great days in The Backpack! The history and the current projects are awesome - not a "normal" hostel at all! Place to sleep for people who care! Design of the rooms is inspiring! Thank you @The Backpack Team

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Hey there and thanks for the review of our hostel. We are so glad that you enjoyed your stay and got the chance to hear more about the work we do in the communities. Your stay has made a difference. Hope to see you again in the near future. Kind Regards, Jade Calmeyer

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  • Pool
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  • Breakfast included
  • Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi )
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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: $38 - $151 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Number of rooms: 38
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“4 bed dorm room is close to entry, could be loud but not sure. Most of the privates are near the back and super quiet!”
  • View of Table Mountain from the garden/pool area
  • Bathroom and Shower area
andreatJ6895QF, 16 May 2017 | Read review
“Rooms along the back hallway are smoky.”
Mary859, 18 Apr 2017 | Read review
“Book early, it fills up fast.”
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“Rooms on the S/E side have views of Table Mountain.”
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“bigger capacity rooms save you money and don't lack anything for it!”
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