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The Backpack Cape Town

74 New Church Street, Cape Town, South Africa


  • 86%Value For Money
  • 95%Security
  • 90%Location
  • 88%Staff
  • 90%Atmosphere
  • 93%Cleanliness
  • 90%Facilities

Property Information:

We are South Africa's original backpacker, established in 1990. We are an award winning, Fair Trade hostel that invests in people and communities, giving meaningful and relaxed, travel experiences.

The Backpack is perfectly situated in the heart of Cape Town. We are within walking distance of many bars, restaurants and popular attractions like Green Market Square, Company's Gardens and the Bo-Kaap. We're a 5 minute taxi or bus ride from V&A Waterfront, and 10 minutes from the Table Mountain Cable Car Station.

We accommodate 100 people in 16 room types – 8 bed, 4 bed, 3 bed and 2 bed mixed dorms, single rooms, twin and double rooms with shared or private bathrooms, family rooms and even a self-catering loft apartment! All of our rooms boast a fresh and funky style, which you can expect from a trendy city hostel. Children can only be accommodated in a private room or in the Family Room and must be accompanied by an adult.

We have a community craft shop and also travel desk at the reception so that you can experience Cape Town to the fullest! We offer a free continental breakfast every morning and our café/bar stays open until late every night, including some evening hostel activities. Free WiFi is available throughout the hostel. There is also a self-catering kitchen, swimming pool and garden, pool table, gift shop, luggage storage, laundry service, ATM and vending machine.

We buy biodegradable cleaning products, LED lights, have recycling bins for glass, tins, plastic and batteries, and solar panels to provide hot water plus 3500kWs of electricity. We choose to make a difference and so can you by joining us for a day at our community project; gardening or tutoring children.


Green Accommodation Initiative – Global Youth Travel Award - 2015

Best Social Responsibility - Global Youth Travel Award - 2015

Award for Excellence - Best for Families - Hostelbookers - 2014

Top 10 Best Value Stays for 2014 - Lonely Planet - 2014

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

Rates for: 10th Feb 2016 - 13th Feb 2016

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  • Latest Review

    Hi, We enjoyed the stay but were quite irritated when checking out. I had paid a 50% deposit and lost that on a majority cause I only cancelled a month before. When I arrived I asked to settle our full bill and did so accordingly. When checking out i was told that we hadn't been charged the full amount and I needed to pay more. The way in which the lady dealt with was very frustrating, very easy stay ended with a bad taste in our mouths.
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      Anonymous, South Africa, Male, 31-40
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  • 24 Hour Reception
  • 24 Hour Security
  • Adaptors
  • Air Conditioning
  • Airport Transfers
  • ATM
  • Bar
  • BBQ
  • Bicycle Hire
  • Board games
  • Book Exchange
  • Free Breakfast
  • Cable TV
  • Cafe
  • Ceiling Fan
  • Common Room
  • Currency Exchange
  • Fax Service
  • Free City Maps
  • Free Internet Access
  • Free Parking
  • Free WiFi
  • Hair Dryers
  • Hair Dryers For Hire
  • Hot Showers
  • Housekeeping
  • Internet Access
  • Self-Catering Facilities
  • Laundry Facilities
  • Linen Included
  • Security Lockers
  • Luggage Storage
  • Meals available
  • Meeting Room
  • Outdoor Swimming Pool
  • Outdoor Terrace
  • Parking
  • Pool Table
  • Postal Service
  • Reading Light
  • Safe Deposit Box
  • Shuttle Bus
  • Swimming Pool
  • Tea & Coffee Making Facilities
  • Tours/Travel Desk
  • Towels for hire
  • Vending Machines
  • Washing machine
  • Wi-Fi

Hostel Awards

  • 2015 2nd Best Hostels by Continent Africa
  • 2014 1st Best Hostels by Continent Africa
  • 2014 1st Best Hostel by Country South Africa
  • 2013 2nd Best Hostels by Continent Africa
  • 2013 1st Best Hostel by Country South Africa
  • 2012 3rd Best Hostels by Continent Africa
  • 2011 2nd Best Hostels by Continent Africa
  • 2011 1st Best Hostel by Country South Africa
  • 2010 3rd Best Hostels by Continent Africa
  • 2010 1st Best Hostel by Country South Africa
  • 2009 3rd Best Hostels by Continent Africa
  • 2008 2nd Best Hostels by Continent Africa
  • 2006 1st Best Hostels by Continent Africa

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  • Child Friendly
  • Credit Cards Accepted
  • No Curfew
  • Taxes Included

Cancellation Policy

This property has a 7 day cancellation policy.
Failure to cancel within this time will result in a cancellation charge equal to the first night of your stay, unless otherwise stated below (see 'Things to Note' information).

Things to Note

Please note: Check in is from 14.00 and check out is before 10.00 We have a 24-hour check in service. Breakfast is included in our rates. We will require a key deposit of R100 per key in cash which will be refunded on check out. If you would like to make a booking of over 8 people, please contact us directly.

The Backpack Cape Town Located at 74 New Church Street, , Cape Town.
The Backpack Cape Town
South Africa
Cape Town 8001 74 New Church Street
90% 1890
-33.9270348 18.4105753
The Backpack Cape Town
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