The Backpack - Hostel - Cape Town

74 New Church Street, Cape Town, South Africa, 8001  show map
 5 stars
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The Backpack - Hostel - Cape Town

Free Wi-Fi

Free Wi-Fi in rooms

Parking

Off-site parking

Kitchen facilities

Shared kitchen

Air conditioning
Laundry
Food/ Drinks

Bar/ Lounge area

Snack bar

Coffee shop

Swimming pool

Saltwater pool

TV

Leisure/ TV room

Overview

The eco-friendly The Backpack - Hostel with a swimming pool and a sun terrace is a nice place to stay in Cape Town on holiday. The hostel amenities include a baggage storage, a free car park, a gift shop, a safety deposit box and currency exchange.

Set in western Cape Town, minutes away from Lion's Head, Cape Town Stadium and Table Mountain National Park. The property stands close to a cable car station and just about 100 meters from Saigon, which offers different dishes.

It is less than 20 minutes by car to Cape Town International airport.

Rooms

Rooms like Single Room, 8-bed Dorm, Triple Room and Family Room include access to a shared kitchen. A sofa, an in-room safe, a dressing area, a CD player and an iron with ironing board are at hand. The property has comfortable rooms with twin beds, king size beds and single beds. The Backpack - Hostel provides guests with family bathrooms. Towels, hairdryers and free toiletries are also available.

Services

Guests of The Backpack - Hostel can take advantage of newspaper service, airport transfer and ironing service.

Internet

Wireless internet is available in the entire hostel for free.

Guest Parking

Free public parking is possible at a location nearby.

Number of rooms:   33.

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Facilities

General

  • Non-smoking rooms
  • Free Wi-Fi
  • Parking on request
  • Free parking
  • Off-site parking
  • Safe deposit box
  • Concierge desk
  • Luggage storage
  • Locker room
  • Currency exchange
  • ATM/Cash machine
  • Gift/Newsstand
  • Coffee shop
  • Vending machines

Sports & Fitness

  • Billiards/ Pool tables

Services

  • Paid airport shuttle
  • Paid city shuttle
  • Car rental
  • Laundry
  • Tours/Ticket assistance
  • Shops/Commercial services
  • Newspaper service

Dining facilities

  • Bed and breakfast
  • Snack bar
  • Bar/ Lounge area

Meeting facilities

  • Fax/Photocopying

Leisure facilities

  • Saltwater pool
  • Sun terrace
  • Garden area
  • BBQ facilities
  • Leisure/ TV room
  • Library

Room view

  • Mountain view

Room facilities

  • Free Wi-Fi in rooms
  • Air conditioning
  • Heating
  • Paid in-room safe
  • Dressing area
  • Terrace
  • Garden furniture
  • Kettle
  • Bottled water
  • Dining table
  • Ironing facilities

Bathroom

  • Private bathroom
  • Steam shower
  • Hair dryer on request

Self-catering

  • Shared kitchen

Media

  • CD player

Room decor

  • Carpeted floor

Policies

Check-in

  • from  2 pm

Check-out

  • until  10 am

Children and extra beds

  • Maximum capacity of extra beds in a room is 1. 

Pets

  • Pets are not allowed.

How to reach hostel

hostel The Backpack - Hostel - Cape Town Cape Town location
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Hostel Address:

74 New Church Street, Cape Town, South Africa, 8001

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City Center
  • Cape Town
    4300 ft
Airports
Train Stations
  • Cape Town
    5000 ft
  • Esplanade
    2.1 mi
Restaurants
  • Saigon
    300 ft
  • Blakes Bar (cuisine: Contemporary)
    200 ft
Beaches
  • Bloubergstrand Beach
    4600 ft
  • Kommetjie
    4600 ft
Hostel information
  • Check-in:
    from  2 pm
  • Check-out:
    until  10 am
  • Number of rooms:
    33

Rooms and availability

Shared Bathroom Twin Room
Bed type: 2 Single beds
Size: 165 sq. feet
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One-Bedroom Apartment
Size: 380 sq. feet
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Family Room
Size: 270 sq. feet
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Private Double Room
Bed type: Double bed or Twin beds
Size: 165 sq. feet
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Private Triple Room
Bed type: Sleeping arrangements for 3 persons
Size: 80 sq. feet
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How to reach hostel

hostel The Backpack - Hostel - Cape Town Cape Town location
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Hostel Address:

74 New Church Street, Cape Town, South Africa, 8001

Get directions
City Center
  • Cape Town
    4300 ft
Airports
Train Stations
  • Cape Town
    5000 ft
  • Esplanade
    2.1 mi
Restaurants
  • Saigon
    300 ft
  • Blakes Bar (cuisine: Contemporary)
    200 ft
Beaches
  • Bloubergstrand Beach
    4600 ft
  • Kommetjie
    4600 ft
Hostel information
  • Check-in:
    from  2 pm
  • Check-out:
    until  10 am
  • Number of rooms:
    33

The Backpack - Hostel Location

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What's nearby

Tourist attractions

  • Grand Parade - 1000 ft
  • Grand Parade Square - 1000 ft
  • Cape Town Parliament - 2300 ft

Popular areas

  • Long Street - 1000 ft
  • City Center - 4000 ft

Places of interest

  • South African National Gallery - 2000 ft
  • Malay Quarter - 2300 ft
  • Gardens Shopping Centre - 3300 ft
  • De Waal Park - 3300 ft
  • MyCiTi Station Gardens - 3700 ft
  • Signal Hill - 4000 ft
  • MyCiTi Station Adderley Street - 4600 ft

Monuments and Landmarks

  • Parliament - 2300 ft
  • Greenmarket Square - 3300 ft
  • Signal Hill - 4000 ft

Museums

  • South African Museum And Planetarium - 1400 ft
  • The South African Museum and planetarium - 1400 ft
  • South African Jewish Museum - 2000 ft
  • Bo-Kaap Museum - 2300 ft
  • Boo-Kaap Museum - 2300 ft
  • Iziko - Slave Lodge Museum - 3300 ft
  • District Six Museum - 4000 ft

Parks

  • Company's Gardens - 2000 ft
  • The Company's Garden - 2000 ft
  • The Company Gardens - 2700 ft

Theaters

  • Labia Theatre - 1000 ft
  • Fugard Theatre - 4300 ft

Public parking

  • Mediclinic Cape Town - 3000 ft
  • Christiaan Barnard Hospital - 3000 ft

Local attractions

  • Lion's Head - 5200 ft
    Cape Town CentralSouth Africa
  • Cape Town Stadium - 1.5 mi
    Vlei Road, Cape Town Central
  • Table Mountain - 2.0 mi
    Cape Town Central 7848South Africa
  • Two Oceans Aquarium - 1.1 mi
    Alfred Basin, Dock Road, Cape Town Central
  • Cape Town Diamond Museum - 1.6 mi
    1st Floor, The Clock Tower, Cape Town Central

Near the hostel

  • Iziko South African National Gallery - 2000 ft
    Government Ave., Cape Town Central
  • St. George's Cathedral - 2800 ft
    5 Wale Street, Cape Town Central
  • District Six Museum - 4000 ft
    25A Buitenkant Street, Cape Town Central
  • Signal Hill - 4300 ft
    Cape Town CentralSouth Africa
  • Iziko Bo Kaap Museum - 2600 ft
    71 Wale St., Cape Town Central
  • Groote Kerk - 3300 ft
    43 Adderley St., Cape Town Central
  • Gold of Africa Museum - 4000 ft
    96 Strand Street, Cape Town Central

Restaurants nearby

  • Saigon - 300 ft

    Address: kloof street

    76% likes this, based on 131 reviews

  • Rick's Cafe Americain - 500 ft

    Address: 2 Park Road
    Phone: +27.21.4241100

    73% likes this, based on 177 reviews
    Price Range: USD 8 - USD 14

  • Mano a Mano - 600 ft

    Address: 5 Park Road Gardens
    Phone: 021 422 4415

    68% likes this, based on 18 reviews
    Cuisine: International

  • Blakes Bar - 200 ft

    Address: 189 Buitengracht Street
    Phone: +27 21 4224747

    61% likes this, based on 54 reviews
    Cuisine: Contemporary

  • The Pasta Factory - 600 ft

    Address: 2A Park Road Gardens
    Phone: 021-4233003

    64% likes this, based on 20 reviews
    Cuisine: Italian

Hostel information
  • Check-in:
    from  2 pm
  • Check-out:
    until  10 am
  • Number of rooms:
    33
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The Backpack - Hostel Reviews

Guest reviews are submitted by our customers after their stay at The Backpack - Hostel

Average guest rating

8.4out of 10
Superb
Based on 23 reviews

Guest reviews

  • Single
    7.4

    Staff were nice, place was clean, good location & security

    wifi allowance is ridiculously low

  • Family with children
    10.0

    This is an awesome place to stay! Super clean rooms and great staff! Our kids got to meet so many people from around the world! This place is really well designed and has beautiful views of table mountain. We loved sitting outside to have meals and talk with other guests. We also loved the location. We felt like it was on the edge of all the action, so we could easily get anywhere, but have quiet when we wanted it.

  • Couple
    9.2

    Clean rooms, great views, lots of help planning activities, pool, nice bar/restaurant/lounge area

    Have to pay for everything - parking, internet etc. double room was actually 2 seperate beds, not nice for a young couple

  • Single
    9.2

    Everything is amazing, the internet cafe, the bar, kitchen, sleeping rooms, bathrooms and the location of it. I walked everyday to the waterfront and the station. I definately recommended it to my friends and I wouldn't stay elsewhere whenever I'm in Cape Town again.

    The only thing I didn't like was when I had to leave, besides that there's nothing else.

  • Couple
    7.0

    Great value, unique space. Good bar and friendly atmosphere.

    It was difficult to sleep due to the noise of other guests. The walls are thin and it was warm with no air conditioning, so your windows are open making it easy to hear every word...also people smoke outside your window, kinda gross.

  • Group of friends
    9.6

    everything: room clean, staff very friendly, location central, atmosphere very positive

  • Group of friends
    9.6

    The place had all the facilities you could want. The staff were absolutely brilliant - very friendly and helpful. The hostel was very comfortable and extremely good value for money. We were sorry to leave at the end of the week as we had a super time. I would not have wanted to stay anywhere else.

  • Single
    5.4

    It was in city center and close to important points.

    It seems to be expensive when you compare with the service you get. And the hostel provides only 20 mb free internet per day and this is not enough.

  • Couple
    6.6

    The backpack is perfectly located, has a nice bar, it is the hotspot for activities planning, it has a nice atmosphere and offers a safe environment.

    The bedroom stank like molds and humidity. The fotos on the website show nice minimalistic decorated rooms, however cramped, old looking rooms with a view on the rooms from the 50 cm away next door backpacker can be expected. The so called "free" parking is secured by guards who had to be given a compulsury fixed "tip". There was only one toilet and one shower in our corridor (around 10 rooms) and the toilet was located outside the building which can be quite uncomfortable if the weather is not good. For that hotel price better hotel alternatives are available.

  • Single
    10.0

    The staff were friendly and helpful. The facility was the best backpackers I have ever stayed in throughout the world. Nice pool, clean showers, nice view of table mountain, good food and bar, secure. Highly recommend.

  • Couple
    9.6

    Staff were very friendly, you could book tours inhouse and pay deposits on credit card which helps a lot. We did washing there and was able to cook meals with ease. Good set up hostel.

    The bar could have had more deals to ensourage more people there, didn't seem to have much atmospohere apart from staff socialising.

  • Couple
    9.6

    The staff was very friendly and helpfull. the place has a very nice atmosphere. We had the last room, not big but good enough. there is enough space to chill outsider your room. everything is really clean.

    Breakfast is a bit pricy, but that is all.

  • Single
    9.2

    Excellent facilities & ambience was very pleasant for a budget property

  • Single
    9.6

    Lovely clean room with white bed linen and great swimming pool too

  • Single
    8.8

    very friendly staff, really botique style and beautiful interior, well organized tours have been arranged, kitchen fully equipped, bar has nice breakfast and coffee, quiet rooms available away from the bar, comfy beds, fresh linen and towels, safe available

How to reach hostel

hostel The Backpack - Hostel - Cape Town Cape Town location
Show big map »

Hostel Address:

74 New Church Street, Cape Town, South Africa, 8001

Get directions
City Center
  • Cape Town
    4300 ft
Airports
Train Stations
  • Cape Town
    5000 ft
  • Esplanade
    2.1 mi
Restaurants
  • Saigon
    300 ft
  • Blakes Bar (cuisine: Contemporary)
    200 ft
Beaches
  • Bloubergstrand Beach
    4600 ft
  • Kommetjie
    4600 ft
Hostel information
  • Check-in:
    from  2 pm
  • Check-out:
    until  10 am
  • Number of rooms:
    33