The Backpack - Hostel - Cape Town

74 New Church Street, Cape Town, South Africa, 8001show map
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SuperbBased on  23 reviews
Overview

The Backpack - Hostel is an eco-friendly property in City Bowl district of Cape Town close to bars and restaurants.

The Backpack - Hostel is set close to an art gallery and a museum and approximately 15 minutes walk from De Waal Park. Saigon offers Middle Eastern dishes and lies 100 meters away.

Due to the hostel's convenient location, it will take you a 25-minute drive to get to Cape Town International airport.

Rooms

Double Room, Twin Room, Triple Room and Single Room are fitted with an in-room safe, a seating area, an iron with ironing board, a work desk and a CD player as well as beds with lockers and feather pillows. The rooms also have a carpet floor. Guests are offered comfortable rooms with king size beds, single beds and twin beds. Family bathrooms with hairdryers, guest toiletries and towels are provided for guests' use.

Eat & Drink

The Backpack - Hostel has a shared kitchen appointed with an electric kettle, a fridge and a toaster.

Services

The hostel offers a designated smoking place, a safety deposit box, a baggage storage and a gift shop for general needs.

Relax

Free private parking, a sunbathing terrace and currency exchange will make a stay in Cape Town a very pleasant one.

Internet

Wireless internet is available in the entire hostel for free.

Guest Parking

Public parking is possible at a location nearby for free.

Number of rooms:   33.

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Facilities
Wi-Fi
Parking

Paid parking

Kitchen facilities

Dryer

Electric kettle

Cookware/ Kitchen utensils

Shared kitchen

Air conditioning
Laundry
Food/ Drinks

Bar/ Lounge area

Outdoor dining area

Snack bar

Swimming pool

Outdoor swimming pool

TV

Leisure/ TV room

Sports & Fitness

  • Billiard tables

Services

  • Paid airport shuttle
  • Car rental
  • Laundry
  • Dry cleaning
  • Tours/Ticket assistance

Dining

  • Snack bar
  • Bar/ Lounge area
  • Outdoor dining area
  • Packed lunches

Business

  • Fax/Photocopying

Children

  • Board games

Spa & Leisure

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

Room view

  • City view
  • Mountain view

Room features

  • Air conditioning
  • Heating
  • In-room safe
  • Terrace
  • Tea and coffee facilities
  • Dining table

Bathroom

  • Free toiletries

Self-catering

  • Shared kitchen
  • Electric kettle
  • Dryer
  • Cookware/ Kitchen utensils

Media

  • CD player

Room decor

  • Carpeted floor
  • Curtains
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Good to know
Check-infrom 14:00-23:59FREECheck-outuntil 10 amFREE
Children & extra bedsAll children0 - 6 yearsExtra bedFREEChildren above
6 years or adults
Extra bed
PetsPets are not allowed.
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Location
  • Nearby
  • Restaurants
  • City landmarks
Iziko South African Museum and PlanetariumIziko South African Museum and Planetarium1600 ftBetween Government Avenue and Queen Victoria Street
Long StreetLong Street1700 ft
Company's GardensCompany's Gardens2100 ft19 Queen Victoria Street
Great SynagogueGreat Synagogue2100 ft88 Hatfield St.
Iziko South African National GalleryIziko South African National Gallery2200 ftGovernment Avenue Company's Garden
South African Jewish MuseumSouth African Jewish Museum2300 ft88 Hatfield Street Gardens
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SaigonSaigon300 ftkloof street
Blakes BarBlakes Bar200 ft189 Buitengracht Street
Rick's Cafe AmericainRick's Cafe Americain500 ft2 Park Road
The Pasta FactoryThe Pasta Factory600 ft2A Park Road Gardens
Mano a ManoMano a Mano600 ft5 Park Road Gardens
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Dorp StreetDorp Street2300 ft
Iziko Bo Kaap MuseumIziko Bo Kaap Museum2500 ft71 Wale Street
Bo-kaapBo-kaap2700 ft Cape Town CentralSouth Africa
St. George\'s CathedralSt. George\'s Cathedral2900 ft5 Wale Street
Parliament of the Republic of South AfricaParliament of the Republic of South Africa2900 ftParliament Street Visitors Centre
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Getting around
Airports
Train
Woodstock Railway Station2.1 mi
Salt River Railway Station3.1 mi
Underground
Metropolitan Golf Club1.8 mi
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Reviews
8.4
SuperbBased on  23  reviews
  • 7.4
    Very good

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

    wifi allowance is ridiculously low

  • 10.0
    Exclusive

    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.

  • 9.2
    Superb

    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

  • 9.2
    Superb

    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.

  • 7.0
    Very good

    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.

  • 9.6
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    everything: room clean, staff very friendly, location central, atmosphere very positive

  • 9.6
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    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.

  • 5.4
    Guest rating

    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.

  • 6.6
    Good

    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.

  • 10.0
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    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.

  • 9.6
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    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.

  • 9.6
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    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.

  • 9.2
    Superb

    Excellent facilities & ambience was very pleasant for a budget property

  • 9.6
    Exclusive

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

  • 8.8
    Superb

    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

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Highlights
8
SuperbBased on  23 reviews
Good to know
Check-infrom 14:00-23:59FREECheck-outuntil 10 amFREE
Children & extra bedsAll children0 - 6 yearsExtra bedFREEChildren above
6 years or adults
Extra bed
PetsPets are not allowed.
Cancellation
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Getting around
Airports
Train
Woodstock Railway Station2.1 mi
Salt River Railway Station3.1 mi
Underground
Metropolitan Golf Club1.8 mi
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