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craigavon
Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

While this was in a great location, we had hoped for a double room with our own bathroom. We were told we had the "honeymoon suite", if that was true, then we wouldn't have had to use the communal bathrooms!. The staff were very friendly and helpful, and the kitchen was well equipped, and lots of comfy sofas in the...

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Krugersdorp, South Africa
Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

It is advertised on the website that a snackbar is available. No snackbar was available. They painted the rooms while it was occupied. They smell was very strong and your privacy is compromised. A small television should be placed on each floor for use by visitors.

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Pune, India
Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

The stays was comfortable and cozy. Decent recreation hall where they play movies and music. Check in was hassle-free. Excellent location that is waling to V&A and very near to most of the attractions. They also offer free coffee!

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Mahe Island, Seychelles
Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

The hostel is at the perfect location, however the service was a bit disappointing. Wifi can only be accessed at the lounge and network isn't that great. Also, the floor is too noisy, one can easily be disturbed when other people goes in & out of their rooms.

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Johannesburg, South Africa
Reviewed 1 week ago

My second stay here, it is so central and comfortable, the staff are super helpful, The owners are continuing with upgrades all the time, it is evolving into a quaint, boutique backpackers hotel. Been told that a brand new lounge and espresso/bar is Being developed in the lobby area, can't wait. Getting better all the time, well done guys.

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Moscow, Russia
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I had a wonderful stay. The property is very clean. The staff friendly and the service was excellent. The beds were very comfortable. Fully stocked and efficient kitchen . I give this hostel 5 stars. The location is perfect. Well worth the value.

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Al-Jay D, Manager at Forty8 Backpackers Hotel, responded to this review

Thank you for your valued review Dione it is truly highly appreciated and you be missed by all the staff. we all wish you the very best for the future. Sincere and kind regards forty8 backpackers

Cape Town Central, South Africa
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Affordable rooms, very clean and tidy ... this includes the bathrooms as well which i found to be a plus ... i found the drinks and the water to be a bit on the expensive side but otherwise everything else was fine

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Al-Jay D, Manager at Forty8 Backpackers Hotel, responded to this review

thank you for your valued review it's very helpful and highly appreciated.

Amsterdam, The Netherlands
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This was my first experience with a hostel, as well with Capetown. And must say it's not about the place, but all about the people and the warm experience we received! Especially from El Jay and Asolya who where really nice. If we ever go back to CPT, for sure we will pay a visit to 48 Backpackershotel. Thank you...

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Al-Jay D, Manager at Forty8 Backpackers Hotel, responded to this review

Dear Melisa and friends it was truly a pleasure having you here and welcome to the forty8backpackers' family. Many thanks Forty8backpackers

Zhuhai, China
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

The fabric on the bench at the bottom of our bed has blood stain. Common shower rooms need attention. Squeaky, noisy floors in room & hallways. Located near shops, restaurants, attractions, bus stops, etc.

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Al-Jay D, Reception at Forty8 Backpackers Hotel, responded to this review

Dear Sir/Maddam Thank you for your valued review your response was very helpful we had a look in this matter and we have taken action regarding this matter . Thank you Kind regards Azola

Cape Town Central, South Africa
Reviewed 5 weeks ago

The room was very nice just when we woke up in the middle of the night to find small black thing's walking on us and under the pillows it's nothing harmful but I was disgusting seeing that we didn't know what it was at the time but was found later it's only wood bugs not harmful the the human body...

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Al-Jay D, Guest Relations Manager at Forty8 Backpackers Hotel, responded to this review

thank you for your response and it has been brought to our attention and since we have taken action regarding the matter.

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Official Description (provided by the hotel)
Welcome to Forty8 Backpackers Hotel, TGCSA 4 Star - Graded accommodation. It is a luxurious and affordable backpackers hotel located right in the heart of Cape Town's Central Business District next to the famous Long Street. Long Street in Cape Town is renowned for it's abundance of street shops, cafe's, bars, pubs, clubs and restaurants. Forty8 Backpackers is well known for its unique elegance, you won't find trendier economical accommodation near Cape Town's hotspots than our comfortable backpackers hotel. We cater for all travellers from solo or groups visiting Cape Town domestically or internationally as we have rooms to accommodate up to 50 people. Our backpackers hotel is under new Management, newly refurbished and modernized. We focus on great service, a clean space, safety and a friendly attitude. When you travel to Cape Town make sure to visit us. We cater for adventurers of all ages including backpackers, students and groups and we have taken special care to cater for our guests needs. You will find a well catered for environment to make your stay hassle free. We have a snack bar, FREE internet access (including Wi-Fi), a Communal Lounge and Kitchen, laundry facilities and free tea and coffee. Forty8 Backpackers has 6 Bedrooms Dormitory style ranging from 4 beds, 6 beds, 10 beds and 12 beds in a bedroom and 3 Private Double bedrooms. A Dormitory room consists of double bunk beds and the Double room with Double beds. The Bathrooms are shared one for the Females and the other for the Males. We are open 24 hours, 365 days a year. At the reception you can obtain travel information, tour bookings, safety box and a laundry service. We have our own shuttle services that offer Door-to-Door pick-up and drop-off, Meet and Greet services at Cape Town International Airport, Tours and Transfers to and from different places and destinations. ... more   less 

Additional Information about Forty8 Backpackers Hotel

Address: 48 Hout Street, Cape Town Central 8001, South Africa
Region: South Africa > Western Cape > Cape Town > Cape Town Central
Price Range: RM72 - RM206 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:4 star — Forty8 Backpackers Hotel 4*
Number of rooms: 11
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“Private rooms are great value, only a few available.”
 of 5 bubbles Mack13007, 16 Mar 2017 | Read review
“private rooms are quiet”
 of 5 bubbles janelewies, 24 Oct 2016 | Read review
“the private rooms are quite less noise..”
 of 5 bubbles azolaletticia, 20 Oct 2016 | Read review
“Rooms are a fair size, all floors are nice and quiet.”
 of 5 bubbles Mack13007, 5 Oct 2016 | Read review
“If you don't want a lot of street noise, get a private room rather than a dorm.”
 of 5 bubbles dannymfoster, 20 Jul 2016 | Read review
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