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

Wi-Fi
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 indulges guests with currency exchange, a free private car park and a sun terrace.

A museum and an art gallery are set within walking distance. Serving a wide range of dishes, Rick's Cafe Americain and Orphanage are about 150 meters from the property.

20 minutes' drive from Cape Town International airport.

Rooms

The Backpack - Hostel comprises 33 rooms fitted with a sofa, an in-room safe, a dressing area, a CD player and climate control. The rooms also have a carpet floor. The property has comfortable rooms with twin beds, king size beds and single beds. Family bathrooms with towels, hairdryers and guest toiletries are provided for guests' use.

Eat & Drink

Guests can make use of a shared kitchen equipped with a toaster, an electric kettle and a fridge.

Services

The Backpack - Hostel offers a storage room, a gift shop, a safety deposit box and a designated place for smoking along with newspaper service, airport transfer and housekeeping.

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
  • Wi-Fi
  • Off-site parking
  • Safe deposit box
  • Concierge desk
  • No pets allowed
  • 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

  • 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

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
Underground stations
  • Metropolitan Golf Club
    1.8 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

Studio Apartment
Mountain view
  • Max occupancy:

    2 persons

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One-Bedroom Apartment
  • Room size:

    380 sq. feet

  • Max occupancy:

    3 persons

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Family Room
Mountain view
  • Room size:

    270 sq. feet

  • Max occupancy:

    4 persons

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Private Double Room
  • Room size:

    165 sq. feet

  • Max occupancy:

    2 persons

  • Bed type:

    2 Single beds or 1 Double bed

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The Backpack - Hostel Location

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What's nearby

Tourist attractions

  • Grand Parade1000 ft
  • Grand Parade Square1000 ft
  • Cape Town Parliament2300 ft

Popular areas

  • Long Street1000 ft
  • City Center4000 ft

Places of interest

  • South African National Gallery2000 ft
  • Malay Quarter2300 ft
  • Gardens Shopping Centre3300 ft
  • De Waal Park3300 ft
  • MyCiTi Station Gardens3700 ft
  • Signal Hill4000 ft
  • MyCiTi Station Adderley Street4600 ft

Monuments and Landmarks

  • Parliament2300 ft
  • Greenmarket Square3300 ft
  • Signal Hill4000 ft

Museums

  • South African Museum And Planetarium1400 ft
  • The South African Museum and planetarium1400 ft
  • South African Jewish Museum2000 ft
  • Bo-Kaap Museum2300 ft
  • Boo-Kaap Museum2300 ft
  • Iziko - Slave Lodge Museum3300 ft
  • District Six Museum4000 ft

Parks

  • Company's Gardens2000 ft
  • The Company's Garden2000 ft
  • The Company Gardens2700 ft

Theaters

  • Labia Theatre1000 ft
  • Fugard Theatre4300 ft

Public parking

  • Mediclinic Cape Town3000 ft
  • Christiaan Barnard Hospital3000 ft

Local attractions

  • Lion's Head5200 ft
    Cape Town CentralSouth Africa
  • Cape Town Stadium 1.5 mi
    Vlei Road, Cape Town Central
  • Table Mountain2.0 mi
    Cape Town Central 7848South Africa
  • Two Oceans Aquarium1.1 mi
    Alfred Basin, Dock Road, Cape Town Central
  • Cape Town Diamond Museum1.6 mi
    1st Floor, The Clock Tower, Cape Town Central

Near the hostel

  • Iziko South African National Gallery2000 ft
    Government Ave., Cape Town Central
  • St. George's Cathedral2800 ft
    5 Wale Street, Cape Town Central
  • District Six Museum4000 ft
    25A Buitenkant Street, Cape Town Central
  • Signal Hill4300 ft
    Cape Town CentralSouth Africa
  • Iziko Bo Kaap Museum2600 ft
    71 Wale St., Cape Town Central
  • Groote Kerk3300 ft
    43 Adderley St., Cape Town Central
  • Gold of Africa Museum4000 ft
    96 Strand Street, Cape Town Central

Restaurants nearby

  • Saigon300 ft

    Address: kloof street

    76% likes this, based on 131 reviews

  • Rick's Cafe Americain500 ft

    Address: 2 Park Road
    Phone: +27.21.4241100

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

  • Mano a Mano600 ft

    Address: 5 Park Road Gardens
    Phone: 021 422 4415

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

  • Blakes Bar200 ft

    Address: 189 Buitengracht Street
    Phone: +27 21 4224747

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

  • The Pasta Factory600 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
Underground stations
  • Metropolitan Golf Club
    1.8 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