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The Backpack

74 New Church Street, Cape Town, South Africa


  • 89%Value For Money
  • 97%Security
  • 90%Location
  • 90%Staff
  • 93%Atmosphere
  • 97%Cleanliness
  • 94%Facilities

Property Information:

Welcome to Cape Town’s hippest urban hostel! We’ve got everything you need: from dorms to deluxe doubles, and obviously a cool Café & bar, free WiFi and a swimming pool with views of Table Mountain!

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 have it all: dorms, doubles and singles, with shared or private bathroom facilities. All our rooms are individually designed in a funky and fresh style, and bedding is supplied (just bring a towel). All rooms have a safe and free WiFi, and there is parking with 24-hour security available. A meet & greet airport shuttle is available at an additional cost. Children are welcome in private rooms.

Our Café and bar will keep you fed and watered (or whatever else tickles your fancy – we’re fully licensed), and we also have a fully equipped self-catering kitchen, a pool table, swimming pool and a cool shop. And, even though we’d all rather not do chores, we’ve got a laundry, luggage storage and an ATM.

Our Travel Centre will help you make the most of your stay in Cape Town and beyond. Want to sip wine Cape winelands style? Cycle through a township? Visit historic and cultural sites? Go paragliding? Or even volunteer some of your time to a community project? We’ve got it covered!

The Backpack is not just the hippest hostel in town; we also work hard to make a positive difference through the way we work, the way we live and the way we are. Whether you get involved actively in one of our projects, or just support us by being our guest, your visit will contribute to making South Africa a better place for everyone.

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

‘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

Rates for: 6th Oct 2015 - 9th Oct 2015

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  • Prices displayed per person per night in US Dollar (USD)

Room Type-
Twin Private Shared Bathroom Only 5 rooms left!
4 Bed Mixed Dorm Ensuite Only 1 bed left!
8 Bed Mixed Dorm
5th Mon 6th Tue 7th Wed 8th Thu 9th Fri
US$40.18 US$40.18 US$40.18 US$40.18 US$44.38
US$39.03 US$39.03 US$39.03 US$39.03 US$42.85
US$22.96 US$22.96 US$22.96 US$22.96 US$25.25
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Special Event Booking - High Season Cancellation Policy

This property has a 30 day cancellation policy with the following terms · If cancelled up to 30 +days - no fee · If cancelled 7-29 days prior to arrival 50% · If cancelled 6 days or less prior to arrival 100%

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  • 24 Hour Reception
  • 24 Hour Security
  • Adaptors
  • Air Conditioning
  • Airport Transfers
  • ATM
  • Bar
  • BBQ
  • Bicycle Hire
  • Board games
  • Book Exchange
  • Breakfast 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
  • 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 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 Located at 74 New Church Street, , Cape Town.
The Backpack
South Africa
Cape Town 8001 74 New Church Street
93% 1840
-33.9270348 18.4105753
The Backpack
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