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The Backpack

74 New Church Street, Cape Town, South Africa


  • 82%Value For Money
  • 95%Security
  • 94%Location
  • 91%Staff
  • 93%Atmosphere
  • 92%Cleanliness
  • 90%Facilities

Property Information:

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.

Rates for: 28th Feb 2015 - 3rd Mar 2015

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Room Type-
Twin Private Shared Bathroom Only 1 room left!
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X US$46.78 US$46.78 US$44.03 X
Beds at this property are likely to sell out soon!
Your deposit is non-refundable if you decide to cancel your booking. Standard T&Cs apply.
Your deposit is protected so you can use it to make another booking if you cancel. Standard T&Cs apply.
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  • Latest Review

    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.
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      Anonymous, England, Male, 25-30
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  • 24 Hour Security
  • Adaptors
  • Air Conditioning
  • Airport Transfers
  • ATM
  • Bar
  • BBQ
  • Bicycle Hire
  • Board games
  • Book Exchange
  • Breakfast Not Included
  • Cable TV
  • Cafe
  • Ceiling Fan
  • Common Room
  • Currency Exchange
  • Fax Service
  • Free City Maps
  • Free Parking
  • Free WiFi
  • Hairdryers
  • Hairdryers For Hire
  • Hot Showers
  • Housekeeping
  • Internet Access
  • Kitchen
  • Laundry Facilities
  • Linen Included
  • Lockers
  • Luggage Storage
  • Meals available
  • Meeting Room
  • Outdoor Swimming Pool
  • Outdoor Terrace
  • Parking
  • Pool Table
  • Postal Service
  • Reading Light
  • Restaurant
  • Safe Deposit Box
  • Swimming Pool
  • Tea/Coffee Making Facilities
  • Tours/Travel Desk
  • Towels for hire
  • Towels Included
  • Vending Machines
  • Washing machine

Hostel Awards

  • 2015 Hoscar Winner
  • 2nd
  • Continent Winners Africa
  • 2014 Hoscar Winner
  • 1st
  • Continent Winners Africa
  • 2015 2nd Continent Winners Africa
  • 2014 1st Continent Winners Africa
  • 2014 1st Country Winners South Africa
  • 2013 2nd Continent Winners Africa
  • 2013 1st Country Winners South Africa
  • 2012 3rd Continent Winners Africa
  • 2011 2nd Continent Winners Africa
  • 2011 1st Country Winners South Africa
  • 2010 3rd Continent Winners Africa
  • 2010 1st Country Winners South Africa
  • 2009 3rd Continent Winners Africa
  • 2008 2nd Continent Winners Africa
  • 2006 1st Continent Winners Africa

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

Cancellation Policy

This property has a 1 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

All major credit cards, AMEX travellers' cheques 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.

The Backpack Located at 74 New Church Street, , Cape Town.
The Backpack
South Africa
Cape Town 8001 74 New Church Street
91% 1739
-33.9270348 18.4105753
The Backpack
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