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Beautiful hostel! Location is great, perfect if you want a quiet place to sleep but still be close to the nightlife as long St is a two minute walk away. Staff are very friendly and the beds are so comfortable! The breakfast was also very nice. Definitely recommend :)
this place is certainly overpriced, though the rooms are very nice. breakfast is not included, though hostelworld seems to think it is. good location. one issue we had is that when we tried to check out in the early morning, before staff came in, the security gaurd could not give us our key money back because he had not been left the money, despite a staff member assuring me that it'd be fine the day before. they need to get organized in that respect. our trip was delayed because of it,
Safe and clean hostel. The backpack is in a pretty good spot. It is walking distance to Long Street as well as other attractions. The building has security staff on the property 24 hours a day. Breakfast in the morning is excellent. The bar is open until 11pm every evening. Lots of common areas throughout the facility. Excellent kitchen. Showers were always warm and clean. Great staff who always took care of their guests.
This Is really one of the best Hostels in which I've stayed
Very pleasant hostel, with friendly staff and the best breakfast by far during my travels in the Western Cape. Would benefit from more showering facilities but other than that you can't go wrong.
Amazing Place and People !!
Felt as if we were an inconvenience to one member of staff on more than one occasion. Everyone else was helpful and very informative. Don't like their new idea of a set breakfast as we enjoyed ordering bacon and eggs.
Overall a really nice hostel. Positive highlight compared to other hostels are the free safes,towels and the really nice staff at the reception. Negative, at least during our stay: The bar tenders were not really friendly and closed the bar already 1h prior official closing hour. Also there was not really anything going on at the bar. At an other hostel with similar price, breakfast was free.
Originally I booked for 2 days, but I extended for 2 more days. The hostel is quite good and the staff incredibly helpful. Even though it's just a little expensive it's because all the social programs that they are involved in. It's definitely worth it.
A great backpack hostel. Could recommend it to everyone who stays in Cape Town. Very helpful staff, clean rooms (lived in a room for 4 beds), perfect price and so close to both Long Street and Kloof Street!
- Novice Nomad
- Female, 18-24
- (1 review)
Friendly staff, but dorm room too expensive and way too much noise from the road - sounded like trucks were driving through the room! Breakfast a bit pricy also! No wifi-connection in the room! Come ooon! its 2015 - even the cheapest home-stays or hostels in fx. thailand and Vietnam has wifi in the rooms. When I actually managed to find a corner with wifi, the connection was so horribly slow that an average Google Search took up to 10-15 seconds. If I had know this I would have stayed away.
- Novice Nomad
- Male, 31-40
- (1 review)
I really enjoyed my stay at the backpack, great design and lay out and thoughtful extras to make you feel at home. I stayed four nights initially and then returned again at the end of my stay in south africa.
The Backpack was a fantastic place to stay. I couldn't fault the hostel, location, people (guests & staff), activities and the city of Cape Town. Highly recommended as your first choice if there is a room available. As with anything in life, you get what you pay for and the Backpack delivers.
- Novice Nomad
- Male, 25-30
- (1 review)
I was a lone female traveller, unsure what to expect of cape Town and South Africa but I can honestly say I was made to feel so welcome and felt safe pretty much all of the time. Taxis at night are a good idea to be on the safe side - make sure the driver has the meter on!
Just so people are aware. This hostel is in a quiet area and we did met 3 people who where mugged while walking home on their own. Albeit in the early hours of the morning. Also some of the rooms don't have wifi. The pool area and views are a real bonus
Excellent hostel with a fun, chilled vibe. Handy for shops, Long St, etc. For any travel advice see the wonderful Melanie, our trip to the garden route was amazing because of her. Definitely recommend this hostel. Ended up staying a lot of extra nights.
One of the best hostels I've ever stayed in. I met so many great people. I stayed in a four-bed female dorm with ensuite bathroom. I think it was a bit expensive as we were near the kitchen and had to put up with a lot of noise late in the evenings and early in the morning. Breakfast was not included, which I thought was cheap. However, the staff were always extremely helpful and friendly. There was always something going on and something to do. I would highly recommend this place.
Overpriced. Nice facilities, nice location and nice staff….the bed was not so comfortable and the room and bathroom were not so clean. çreally nice view and friendy staff, although really overpriced.
Great place to stay, the staff are incredibly helpful and friendly, however the only bad things are the food for sale is priced very high for what it is, also the price increases when you book anything through the hostel. Expect to pay roughly 1/4 to 1/3 more for anything you book. Book activities directly with the operator. Otherwise it's a great place.
Very nice, the pool and the view to table mountain is amazing and it's not that far to the top of long street.