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    The Backpack

    74 New Church Street, Cape Town Central 8001, South Africa
    011 27 21 423 4530
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    1 room, 2 adults, 0 children
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    Room & Suite (138)
    • Excellent66%
    • Very good27%
    • Average5%
    • Poor1%
    • Terrible1%
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    “long street” (77 reviews)
    “fair trade” (10 reviews)
    Free Wifi
    Free Parking
    Breakfast included
    Non-Smoking Rooms
    Airport Transportation
    Family Rooms
    Laundry Service
    Shuttle Bus Service
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    1 room, 2 adults, 0 children
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    Reviewed 9 February 2016 via mobile

    The Backpack was a really great place to stay. Even though it was a bit more expensive to stay here as opposed to other hostels in Cape Town it was definitely worth it. The rooms and facilities are clean and comfortable, the staff are friendly...More

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    Response from Lee H, Owner at The BackpackResponded 10 February 2016

    Thanks so much for your review and thank you for making a difference as by staying with us you are also playing a part in up lifiting the lives of hundreds of children in Heideveld each week. So happy you also enjoyed our facilities and...More

    Reviewed 5 February 2016 via mobile

    I absolutely loved my stay at the backpack. I was exceptionally impressed by the vibey decor and incredible attention to detail. The lodge also seems to really emphasize community development and uses their business to sponsor several projects and non profits in Cape Town. Quite...More

    Thank lael0
    Response from JadeCPT, Manager at The BackpackResponded 15 February 2016

    Hi there, thanks for this awesome review! Yes, your stay has helped to make a positive difference to the lives of others living in less privileged circumstances. It sounds like you had a tremendous time in Cape Town - exploring Long Street, restaurants and the...More

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    Reviewed 1 February 2016 via mobile

    Had a good stay here until the second night when at 2am the security guard brought a young woman off the street into my room to "sleep it off." Of course in the morning she robbed me. Not one person who worked here ever said...More

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    Response from JadeCPT, Manager at The BackpackResponded 4 February 2016

    Hi there. This guest that was placed in your dorm did indeed have a legitimate booking which was make through Hostelworld, despite her having ulterior motives. Turns out, she has been moving around hostels in Cape Town with stolen identities. It is very unfortunate that...More

    Reviewed 28 January 2016

    The good: the location is nice and the rooms are clean and well kept. The bad: my room was very hot; some of the staff are really nasty and grumpy (and insulting) - one of them wanted to keep my key deposit because I didn't...More

    Thank Stephen B
    Response from JadeCPT, Manager at The BackpackResponded 1 February 2016

    Hi there. It is unfortunate that you found our staff insulting and unhelpful and did not bring this to my attention during our many chats throughout your stay. We have a system that when you check in you get asked to keep the key and...More

    Reviewed 27 January 2016

    I stayed at the Backpack on the last leg of my South Africa trip. Overall I have a mixed review: Pros: the facility is kept pretty clean, and the staff for the most part is very friendly. The bar serves good drinks and they offer...More

    Thank Tamara W
    Response from JadeCPT, Manager at The BackpackResponded 1 February 2016

    Hi there. We are happy to know that you found The Backpack clean and the staff friendly, as well us the great location to see around the city. It is odd that you felt our vibe was strange as we often have amazing guests doing...More

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    • Top amenities
    • Pool
    • Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi )
    • Free Parking
    • Bar/Lounge
    • Breakfast included
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    • Shuttle Bus Service
    • Free Parking
    • Airport Transportation
    • Breakfast included
    • Laundry Service
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    • Pool
    • Bar/Lounge
    • Price range
    • US$27 - US$115 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
    • Room types
    • Non-Smoking Rooms ,
    • Family Rooms ,
    • Smoking rooms available
    • Number of rooms
    • 38
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    • Location
    • South Africa >
    • Western Cape >
    • Cape Town >
    • Cape Town Central >
    • City Bowl / Tamboerskloof
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    • The Backpack Hotel Cape Town Central ,
    • The Backpack Cape Town, South Africa
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    26 January 2016|
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    Response from JaneMangnall | Reviewed this property |
    Not sure but you can do better with Uber and get wifi at the airport.
    Sioned J
    21 July 2015|
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    Response from tembi1 | Property representative |
    our prices do change from time to time seasonally and we also run specials so please watch our web page for exciting specials.
    19 February 2015|
    Response from tembi1 | Property representative |
    we do arrange airport transfers from R220
    Room Tips
    "Ask for one away from the main road"
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    "Rooms inside the main building are a little nicer and warmer than those located in the annexes."
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    "If you've booked a private room, ask if you can check the available options when you arrive. You may be..."
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    "4 bed dorm room is close to entry, could be loud but not sure. Most of the privates are near the back and..."
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