The Backpack, Hostel in Cape Town

74 New Church Street, Cape Town, South Africa

8 reviews

About The Backpack

Making a difference is more than just an initiative of The Backpack, it is the way we are, the way we work and the way we live! By staying with us, you will be making a difference to the lives of many children.

The Backpack is simply the best place to stay in Cape Town. It has all the facilities you can expect from a great hotel, such as stylishly decorated Afro-chic rooms offering superior comfort and quality, an amazing swimming pool with superb views and much more.

Accommodation info

Check-in24 hours check-in
Check-outbefore 10:00
CurfewNo curfew
Room lockoutNo lockout
Receptionfrom 7 to 21

Room types

The hostel offers 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 if you are staying in a dorm - or you can rent one from Reception). 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.

Location and surroundings

Long Street, gorgeous Clifton and Camps Bay beaches, Table Mountain, V&A Waterfront and the city centre are all just a stone's throw away.
Want to sip wine Cape winelands style? Cycle through a township? Visit historic and cultural sites? Go paragliding? You can do any of these!

Services and facilities

We have free Wifi throughout the hostel; swim in the pool with a stunning view of Table Mountain, or meet like-minded international travellers in our buzzy Café / Bar.

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Reviews (8.9 Excellent)

8.8ExcellentExpand details
Excellent base for seeing Cape town if you are an independent traveler. Everyone was mega friendly and the staff could organize everything - they even arranged a trip to the middle of a township for me. I felt very safe there and always had someone to talk to.
9.2WonderfulExpand details
good hostel. Great location. Helpful staff, although I did loose my camera while there and no one turned it into the lost and found.
10WonderfulExpand details
didn't stay here , hostelsclub booked me into a hostel with no room .had to find somewhere else and they still took 6 euros off my card for the booking . never again
9.4WonderfulExpand details
I had a lovely stay though very inflexible when wanting to check out days earlier, no refund even though the room could easily be resold.
8.0Very goodExpand details
please change or dump or clean the carpet in the room. it smells terrible and we should kill cockroach on it too.

Important to know

Animals policyAnimals NOT accepted
Children policyChildren can stay for free in parents' bed/s if younger than 4 years.Children are accepted if sharing with parents in a private room. Children are not allowed in dorms.
Private rooms age restrictionNo restrictions
Dorms age restrictionat least 18 years old
Smoking policyAll rooms and the common areas are non smoking
Wheelchair accessNo wheelchair access

Terms and conditions

Cancellation policyThis property charges the 50% of balance if canceled less than 7 days before the arrival dateIn the event of a no show this property charges all nights on customer's credit card
Special conditionsMastercard and Visa credit cards are accepted as well as ZAR, US$, Euro and BP Sterling
No children are allowed in the dorms unless entire dorm is booked by family.

Right of Admission Reserved
South Africans will only be accommodated in private rooms unless by prior arrangement.false
Accepted PaymentsThe property accepts the following credit card brands for balance payments: Visa, Mastercard, Visa Electron, Debit Cards
Anticipated chargeThe full amount will be charged before the arrival otherwise the booking won't be guaranteed and the deposit will be lost. The charged amount is non-refundable
Pre authorizationThe property reserves the right to pre-authorise credit cards prior to arrival
TaxesTaxes included
Other chargesThere is a refundable key deposit charged on arrival.
8 reviews