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The Backpack

74 New Church Street

Highlights

  • Free WiFi
  • Swimming Pool
  • Air Conditioning
  • 24 Hour Reception
  • Free Parking
  • Airport Transfers
  • Kitchen Facilities

Important Information

All major credit cards and major foreign currencies accepted.

We require a R50 key deposit for each person staying at the Backpack. On your departure you are asked to donate it to our community project.

Dormitory or shared rooms may only be reserved by international backpackers. South Africans are required to stay in private rooms.

Our Cape Town Studio is not situated at The Backpack; it's a few blocks away in Queen Victoria Street opposite the Planetarium. We require a minimum stay of three nights in the Studio.

Christmas/New Years Special Conditions
Prepayment: The total price of the reservation will be charged on the day of booking. • Cancellation: Please note that bookings during this period are non-refundable. If cancelled or modified, no refund will be paid. In case of no-show, no refund will be paid.

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Excellent 92%
From $22

Please come and stay at our newly refurbished hostel using some of South Africa's most innovative designers, celebrating Cape Town as the DESIGN CAPITAL OF 2014.

South Africa’s original, multi award-winning hostel and travel centre is simply Cape Town’s hottest, most social spot to stay.

We have all the facilities you can expect from a great hotel, stylishly decorated Afro-chic rooms offering superior comfort and quality with shared or ensuite bathrooms, free wi-fi, private electronic safes and in-house ATM.

Making a difference is more than just an initiative of The Backpack, is the way we are, the way we work and the way we live! By staying at thewith us you will be making a difference to the lives of many children.

Swim in the pool with stunning views of Table Mountain, or meet like-minded international travellers in our buzzy café/bar, serving delicious breakfasts and gourmet sandwiches. Feel at home in our well equipped self-catering kitchen.

Parking is available with 24 hour security.

Long Street and Kloof Street, gorgeous Clifton and Camps Bay beaches, Table Mountain, The Waterfront and the City Centre are all just a stones throw away.

Our hostel has been accredited by Fair Trade in Tourism, a trade mark awarded to businesses that adhere to fair trade criteria.

A meet and greet airport shuttle service is available at an additional cost.

Children are welcome in private rooms and must be accompanied by an adult and must be able to swim, as our pool is unfenced.

Our Awards include:

2014 1st Place Best Hostel in Africa Hostelworld.com

2014 1st Place Best Hostel South Africa Hostelworld.com

Lonely Planet Top 10 Best Value Stays for 2014

2013 1st Place Best Hostel in South Africa Hostelworld.com

2013 2nd Place Best Hostel in Africa Hostelworld.com

2012 2nd Place Best Hostel in South Africa Hostelworld.com

2011 1st Place Best Practice – Economic Impact Imvelo Awards

2011 1st Place Best Single Waste Management Program Imvelo Awards

2011 1st Place AA Backpackers Accommodation

2011 2nd Place Welcome Awards

2010 One of the World’s Coolest Hostels Guardian

2010 One of the Top Ten Places to Stay Lonely Planet

2010 1st Place Best Hostel in South Africa Hostelworld.com

2010 2nd Place Best Hostel in Africa Hostelworld.com

2010 1st Place Welcome Awards

2011 1st Place AA Backpackers Accommodation

2009 1st Place Best Hostel in South Africa Hostelworld.com

2009 3rd Place Best Hostel in Africa Hostelworld.com

2008 1st Place Best Hostel in South Africa Hostelworld.com

2008 3rd Place Best Hostel in Africa Hostelworld.com

‘Not too laid back, not too loud—guests love The Backpack and it's easy to see why. For years it has stayed ahead of the crowd by constantly adapting, yet always offering top notch accommodation for the price and wonderfully clued-up service from its desk.’ – Lonely Planet

'The most comfortable and best-run in town...one of the best backpacker travel centres around. Recommended.' – Footprints

Please read our Things to Note below before booking.

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Important Information

All major credit cards and major foreign currencies accepted.

We require a R50 key deposit for each person staying at the Backpack. On your departure you are asked to donate it to our community project.

Dormitory or shared rooms may only be reserved by international backpackers. South Africans are required to stay in private rooms.

Our Cape Town Studio is not situated at The Backpack; it's a few blocks away in Queen Victoria Street opposite the Planetarium. We require a minimum stay of three nights in the Studio.

Christmas/New Years Special Conditions
Prepayment: The total price of the reservation will be charged on the day of booking. • Cancellation: Please note that bookings during this period are non-refundable. If cancelled or modified, no refund will be paid. In case of no-show, no refund will be paid.

Please come and stay at our newly refurbished hostel using some of South Africa's most innovative designers, celebrating Cape Town as the DESIGN CAPITAL OF 2014.

South Africa’s original, multi award-winning hostel and travel centre is simply Cape Town’s hottest, most social spot to stay.

We have all the facilities you can expect from a great hotel, stylishly decorated Afro-chic rooms offering superior comfort and quality with shared or ensuite bathrooms, free wi-fi, private electronic safes and in-house ATM.

Making a difference is more than just an initiative of The Backpack, is the way we are, the way we work and the way we live! By staying at thewith us you will be making a difference to the lives of many children.

Swim in the pool with stunning views of Table Mountain, or meet like-minded international travellers in our buzzy café/bar, serving delicious breakfasts and gourmet sandwiches. Feel at home in our well equipped self-catering kitchen.

Parking is available with 24 hour security.

Long Street and Kloof Street, gorgeous Clifton and Camps Bay beaches, Table Mountain, The Waterfront and the City Centre are all just a stones throw away.

Our hostel has been accredited by Fair Trade in Tourism, a trade mark awarded to businesses that adhere to fair trade criteria.

A meet and greet airport shuttle service is available at an additional cost.

Children are welcome in private rooms and must be accompanied by an adult and must be able to swim, as our pool is unfenced.

Our Awards include:

2014 1st Place Best Hostel in Africa Hostelworld.com

2014 1st Place Best Hostel South Africa Hostelworld.com

Lonely Planet Top 10 Best Value Stays for 2014

2013 1st Place Best Hostel in South Africa Hostelworld.com

2013 2nd Place Best Hostel in Africa Hostelworld.com

2012 2nd Place Best Hostel in South Africa Hostelworld.com

2011 1st Place Best Practice – Economic Impact Imvelo Awards

2011 1st Place Best Single Waste Management Program Imvelo Awards

2011 1st Place AA Backpackers Accommodation

2011 2nd Place Welcome Awards

2010 One of the World’s Coolest Hostels Guardian

2010 One of the Top Ten Places to Stay Lonely Planet

2010 1st Place Best Hostel in South Africa Hostelworld.com

2010 2nd Place Best Hostel in Africa Hostelworld.com

2010 1st Place Welcome Awards

2011 1st Place AA Backpackers Accommodation

2009 1st Place Best Hostel in South Africa Hostelworld.com

2009 3rd Place Best Hostel in Africa Hostelworld.com

2008 1st Place Best Hostel in South Africa Hostelworld.com

2008 3rd Place Best Hostel in Africa Hostelworld.com

‘Not too laid back, not too loud—guests love The Backpack and it's easy to see why. For years it has stayed ahead of the crowd by constantly adapting, yet always offering top notch accommodation for the price and wonderfully clued-up service from its desk.’ – Lonely Planet

'The most comfortable and best-run in town...one of the best backpacker travel centres around. Recommended.' – Footprints

Please read our Things to Note below before booking.

This is a Trusted Review. Why?

Perfect location & room for family (presidents suite )
Friendly staff.

Overall
5
Location
5
Cleanliness
5
Value
5
Facilities
5
Service
5

This is a Trusted Review. Why?

Our stay was splendid. The crew was very helpful and friendly, the rooms were very clean and there was a lot of space and our beds were made every morning. The breakfast was very good, try the breakfast in a bowl for sure!

Overall
5
Location
5
Cleanliness
5
Value
5
Facilities
5
Service
5

This is a Trusted Review. Why?

The hostel has good facilities and is in a convenient location for Long Street. There is a decent cafe bar on site if you don't want to cook. Staff are helpful and can book and advise on tours.

Overall
4
Location
4
Cleanliness
5
Value
3
Facilities
4
Service
3

This is a Trusted Review. Why?

I really enjoyed my stay at the backpacker and would recommend it to someone who is looking to experience cape town and meet other people on there travels. I was very impressed with the hostels location, atmosphere and the service I received.

Overall
5
Location
5
Cleanliness
5
Value
5
Facilities
5
Service
5

This is a Trusted Review. Why?

My first trip to Cape Town. I was very impressed with The Backpackers. The staff were friendly and especially helpful with travel advice about the city. The rooms were large and comfortable. The food was good and the weekly BBQ delicious, the dining room with a roaring fire in the evening a very pleasant place to have a drink. My only comment, as a none smoker, I think smoking should be banned in the alfresco dinning area, it is only a small area and as soon as there is one smoker out there it becomes unpleasant for diners. Perhaps smokers could be accommodated out near the pool.

Overall
5
Location
5
Cleanliness
5
Value
5
Facilities
5
Service
5

This is a Trusted Review. Why?

had a fab time!

Overall
5
Location
5
Cleanliness
4
Value
5
Facilities
5
Service
5

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Hotel Amenities

  • ATM
  • Adaptors
  • Air Conditioning
  • Airport Transfers
  • BBQ
  • Bar
  • Bicycle Hire
  • Book Exchange
  • Breakfast Not Included
  • Café
  • Common Room
  • Currency Exchange
  • Free City Maps
  • Free WiFi
  • Hairdryers
  • Hairdryers For Hire
  • Hot Showers
  • Housekeeping
  • Internet Access
  • Kitchen
  • Linen Included
  • Lockers
  • Luggage Storage
  • Meals available
  • Meeting Room
  • Outdoor Swimming Pool
  • Outdoor Terrace
  • Parking
  • Restaurant
  • Swimming Pool
  • Tours/Travel Desk
  • Towels Included
  • Vending Machines

general

  • 24 Hour Security
  • Laundry Facilities
  • Towels for Hire

laundry

  • Washing Machine

communications

  • Fax Service
  • Postal Service

parking

  • Free Parking

entertainment

  • Board Games

inroom facilities

  • Ceiling Fan
  • Reading Light
  • Safe Deposit Box
  • Tea/Coffee Making Facilities

sport& leisure

  • Cable TV
  • Pool Table
  • Map
  • Streetview
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