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

 Free parking
 Swimming pool

Saltwater pool

Outdoor swimming pool

 Sports activities

Billiards/Pool tables

 Food/Drinks

Bar/Lounge area

 No Smoking

Non-smoking rooms

 Shuttle

Airport shuttle

 Air conditioning

Overview

The eco-friendly 5-star The Backpack - Hostel offers a swimming pool and a sun terrace on site.

Set in City Bowl district of Cape Town, just 10 minutes' drive from Iziko South African Museum and Planetarium, The Heart of Cape Town Museum and Table Mountain. Guests can enjoy middle eastern cuisine in Saigon located 100 meters away.

20 minutes by car from Cape Town International airport.

Rooms

This property has 33 guestrooms including Single Room, 8-bed Dorm, Triple Room and Family Room stocked with a closet, a private kitchen, a CD player, a personal safe and coffee/tea makers. The comfortable rooms come with a carpet floor. Rooms are fitted with single beds, king size beds and twin beds. There are family bathrooms appointed with towels, hairdryers and free toiletries.

Eat & Drink

The Backpack - Hostel has a shared kitchen. It comprises options like a kettle and a fridge.

Services

Guests will benefit from newspaper service, airport transfer and concierge service along with a souvenir shop, free private parking, a safe deposit box, a cash machine and a luggage storage.

Internet

Wireless internet is available in the entire hostel for free.

Guest Parking

Free private parking is possible at a location nearby.

Number of rooms:   33.

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Facilities

General

  • Free Wi-Fi
  • Free parking
  • Concierge desk
  • Non-smoking rooms
  • Safe deposit box
  • Vending machines
  • Souvenir shop
  • Coffee shop
  • Currency exchange
  • ATM/Cash machine
  • Luggage storage

Sports & Fitness

  • Billiards/Pool tables

Services

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

Dining facilities

  • Bed and breakfast
  • Snack bar

Meeting facilities

  • Fax/Photocopying

Leisure facilities

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

Room view

  • Mountain view

Room facilities

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

Bathroom

  • Private bathroom
  • Steam shower
  • Hair dryer on request

Kitchen facilities

  • Shared kitchen

Media

  • CD player

Room decor

  • Carpeted floor

Policies

Check-in

  • from  2 pm

Check-out

  • until  10 am

Children and extra beds

  • All children under the age of 6 may stay for free in an extra bed. 
  • There are no extra beds provided in a room. 

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

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Shared Bathroom Twin Room
Bed type: 2 Single beds or 1 Single bed
Size: 165 sq. feet
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    Guest Room
    Size: 220 sq. feet
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      Studio Apartment
      Size: 380 sq. feet
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        Dormitory Room
        Bed type: Bed in shared room
        Size: 270 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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              Deluxe Double Room
              Bed type: Double bed or Twin beds
              Size: 80 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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                    Private Dormitory Room
                    Bed type: Bed in shared room
                    Size: 220 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
                      • Cape Town Parliament - 2300 ft

                      Popular areas

                      • 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

                      Convention centers

                      • Long Street - 1000 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
                      • The Company's Garden - 2000 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 Gardens - 2700 ft

                      Theaters

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

                      Golf courses and Country clubs

                      • Grand Parade Square - 1000 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 (Green Point Stadium) - 1.5 mi
                        Vlei Road, Cape Town Central
                      • Table Mountain - 2.0 mi
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                      • 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
                      Hotels nearby
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                      5 stars
                      0.9 km

                      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