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Simon's Town Backpackers Reviews

Prince Alfred Building, 66 St. Georges Street, Cape Town, South Africa

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48 Total Reviews
  • 80%Value For Money
  • 92%Security
  • 88%Location
  • 80%Staff
  • 76%Atmosphere
  • 76%Cleanliness
  • 80%Facilities

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We booked for 3 nights in July 2014, but ended up staying only two. It is a typical backpackers, sparse kitchen with a couple of gas stoves, small common room. It wasn't because the facilities were lacking, it was more because the town itself was lacking in activities. We wanted to see the penguins and have a shorter drive to Cape Point, otherwise there's not much reason we found to stay in Simon's Town. We would have just been better off staying in Cape Town proper.


Great location. We were the only guests, so it's difficult to comment on the atmosphere!


The hostel was perfectly comfortable to sleep for us, the kitchen and our room and bathroom were perfectly clean. The atmosphere was great and the staff very friendly. Great place to stay if you're looking for an affordable place to sleep.

  • 31st Mar 2014
  • Novice Nomad
  • Anonymous
  • Belgium
  • Couple, 18-24
  • (1 review)

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The dorm is a very small room with 4 beds. It had only 2 lockers. That is useless. They took 170 rand for the bed which is quite expensive. Choose some other place.


We stayed there fo four days. Simon's Town is a good place to be. The backpackers is not special, one can sleep there and it is clean, but the atmosphere as we have experienced in other backpackers isn't at all.


The hostel was pleasant. We had a nice double room but it was noisy onlooking onto the balcony where other guests congregated in later hours. It was disappointing that the hostel did not provide bikes as they were needing repaired - despite saying they'd be looked at. Procrastination. I felt that one particular employee was rude and too engrossed in playing video games. Another employee was very helpful. Kitchen was clean but our ensuite shower was not pleasant as water did not drain away.


This hostel was perfectly acceptable without being outstanding. It was well located on the main road, but that did mean it suffered from traffic noise. The staff were happy to help if we had any questions. The room was a good size, but had nowhere to hang or fold clothes. The list of house rules, while understandable, seemed to be a bit severe. Overall, we would recommend this place, but it was really just good as a place to stay.


Every thing is good, if you can add some table in the private rooms and heating in all rooms then it will be perfect.

  • 5th Aug 2012
  • Novice Nomad
  • Anonymous
  • China
  • Male, 18-24
  • (1 review)


The winter special was good value for money. Rooms were very clean and bathrooms nicely done.


The hostel is good, with a nice atmosphere. It's located relatively close to the restaurants but it did not seem safe to walk around the neighborhood at night. Fair price.


This building dates from 1806 and is well-preserved, has excellent ambience, and very close to the hub of Simon's Town: Harbour, Historic Mile, good restaurants,speciality shops. Good value for money

  • 18th Mar 2012
  • Novice Nomad
  • Anonymous
  • South Africa
  • Female, 41+
  • (1 review)


Overall the Hostel is fine, however, it doesn't have a social area as such, just a bar area. It is very clean and the showers were powerful (I like that). The hostel didn't have the usual vibe of a backpackers and was expensive compared to others in Cape Town. Would i go there again...Yes for sure, but for a quiet rest


Nice place to stay. Common rooms were clean, but there´s not enough soft seats to rest. Balkong was nice, beautiful scene to the sea. Not enough big lockers. Dorms were ok, but in hot weather air fan would be nice thing! Bathroom was very clean!


Wasnt impressed about with our stay here. Staff weren't overly freindly or helpful. When asking questions or ordering food/drink it felt like I was disturbing them and it was a real effort for them to serve. Wouldn't recommend to any friends

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Thanks for your comment. However, we were very busy during your stay here and a little overworked.. Our ONLY chef had been cooking all day and night and was running out of stock. So we actually had to run an errand to buy stock (at 9pm!) to serve you... so we apologise for any inconvenience on our part. On any given day we claim to be a pretty cool hostel. Have a great day


rigth in the pinguns beach. nice please . very clean and the staff very helpful.


There is no living room or some place for quiet reading.

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Thanks for your comment. Reading during the world cup? My goodness


cool people as staff! except at the beginning they did not trust us! and they didn't want us to drink our own wine and watch the world cup game, the staff guy tried to make us drink our wine outside without TV. almost knocked him out!

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Thanks for your comment. This guy offered abusive language and did not want to produce his passport upon check in, almost asked them to leave..


really good spot to stop, good for cape town and cape point - Simonstown is a great town to visit. Hostel had all we needed.

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We try! Thanks!


it's a nice place to stay for a couple of days if u're tired of cape town! go and explore cape point, see the penguins and spot a whale!


Nice place in the center of town. Some good eating places close by. The hostel offers a lot of sight seeing type stuff, including a 450 rand ride out to the Cape Point... about $65. The internet computer was a little steep. You can get to Simonstown via the Capetown metro.. I think it was about $2.

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