The Backpack - Hostel - Cape Town

74 New Church Street, Cape Town, South Africa, 8001  show map
 5 stars
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The Backpack - Hostel - Cape Town

Wi-Fi
Parking

Off-site parking

Kitchen facilities

Electric kettle

Shared kitchen

Air conditioning
Laundry
Food/ Drinks

Bar/ Lounge area

Snack bar

Coffee shop

Swimming pool

Outdoor swimming pool

TV

Leisure/ TV room

Overview

The Backpack - Hostel is an eco-friendly property in City Bowl district of Cape Town close to bars and restaurants.

The Backpack - Hostel is set close to an art gallery and a museum and approximately 15 minutes walk from De Waal Park. Saigon offers Middle Eastern dishes and lies 100 meters away.

Due to the hostel's convenient location, it will take you a 25-minute drive to get to Cape Town International airport.

Rooms

Double Room, Twin Room, Triple Room and Single Room are fitted with an in-room safe, a seating area, an iron with ironing board, a work desk and a CD player as well as beds with lockers and feather pillows. The rooms also have a carpet floor. Guests are offered comfortable rooms with king size beds, single beds and twin beds. Family bathrooms with hairdryers, guest toiletries and towels are provided for guests' use.

Eat & Drink

The Backpack - Hostel has a shared kitchen appointed with an electric kettle, a fridge and a toaster.

Services

The hostel offers a designated smoking place, a safety deposit box, a baggage storage and a gift shop for general needs.

Relax

Free private parking, a sunbathing terrace and currency exchange will make a stay in Cape Town a very pleasant one.

Internet

Wireless internet is available in the entire hostel for free.

Guest Parking

Public parking is possible at a location nearby for free.

Number of rooms:   33.

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Facilities

General

  • Non-smoking rooms
  • Wi-Fi
  • Off-site parking
  • Safe deposit box
  • 24-hour reception
  • No pets allowed
  • Luggage storage
  • Locker room
  • Currency exchange
  • ATM/Cash machine
  • Gift/Newsstand
  • Coffee shop
  • Vending machines

Sports & Fitness

  • Billiards/ Pool tables

Services

  • Paid airport shuttle
  • Car rental
  • Laundry
  • Dry cleaning
  • Tours/Ticket assistance
  • Shops/Commercial services
  • Newspaper service

Dining facilities

  • Bed and breakfast
  • Snack bar
  • Bar/ Lounge area

Meeting facilities

  • Fax/Photocopying

Children's facilities

  • Board games

Leisure facilities

  • Outdoor swimming pool
  • Sun terrace
  • Garden area
  • BBQ facilities
  • Leisure/ TV room
  • Library

Room view

  • Mountain view

Room facilities

  • Air conditioning
  • Heating
  • In-room safe
  • Soundproofed rooms
  • Sitting area
  • Dressing area
  • Terrace
  • Tea and coffee facilities
  • In-room desk
  • Ironing facilities

Bathroom

  • Private bathroom
  • Shared bathroom
  • Shower
  • Hair dryer on request

Self-catering

  • Shared kitchen
  • Electric kettle

Media

  • CD player

Room decor

  • Carpeted floor

Policies

CHECK-IN / CHECK-OUT

Check-in from 2 pm FREE
Check-out until 10 am FREE

Children and extra beds

Maximum capacity of extra beds in a room is 1. 

Pets

Pets are not allowed.

How to reach hostel

hostel The Backpack - Hostel - Cape Town Cape Town location
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Hostel Address:

74 New Church Street, Cape Town, South Africa, 8001

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City Center
  • Cape Town
    1.3 km
Airports
  • Cape Town International (CPT)
    18.4 km
Train Stations
  • Cape Town
    1.5 km
  • Esplanade
    3.3 km
Underground stations
  • Metropolitan Golf Club
    2.9 km
Restaurants
  • Saigon
    70 m
  • Blakes Bar (cuisine: Contemporary)
    50 m
Parks
  • Company\'s Gardens
    620 m
Beaches
  • Bloubergstrand Beach
    1.4 km
  • Kommetjie
    1.4 km
Hostel information
  • Check-in:
    from  2 pm
  • Check-out:
    until  10 am
  • Number of rooms:
    33

Rooms and availability

The Backpack - Hostel photos Room
Shared Bathroom Shared Bathroom Twin Room
  • Max occupancy:

    2 persons

  • Bed type:

    2 Single beds

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  • Room Facilities:
    • Private bathroom
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  • General:Safe deposit box
  • Clothes rack
  • Carpeted floor
  • Bathroom:Shared bathroom
  • Towels
  • Bedding:Non-feather pillows
  • Linen
  • Media:Socket near the bed
Room Description:

This room has a fan and shared bathroom facilities.

The Backpack - Hostel photos Room
One-Bedroom Apartment
  • Max occupancy:

    3 persons

  • Bed type:

    1 Double bed

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  • Room Facilities:
    • Free Wi-Fi
    • Shower
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  • General:Safe deposit box
  • Work desk
  • Seating area
  • Dressing area
  • Clothes rack
  • Upper floors accessible by stairs only
  • Bathroom:Walk in shower
  • Hair dryer
  • Towels
  • Guest toiletries
  • Toilet
  • Bedding:Non-feather pillows
  • Linen
  • Sofa
  • Futon
  • Dining:Kitchenette
  • Media:Television
  • Socket near the bed
  • CD player
Room Description:

This self-catering apartment has a sitting area with TV, and a fully equipped kitchenette with views of Table Mountain. It offers free WiFi and is equipped with a double futon and a single futon.

The Backpack - Hostel photos Room
Family Loft
  • Max occupancy:

    4 persons

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  • Room Facilities:
    • Free Wi-Fi
    • Private bathroom
    • + More
  • General:Safe deposit box
  • Work desk
  • Dressing area
  • Clothes rack
  • Bathroom:Towels
  • Bedding:Non-feather pillows
  • Linen
  • Dining:Coffee/tea maker
  • Media:Socket near the bed
Room Description:

This loft-style room features views of Table Mountain and includes a safe, electric kettle and private bathroom.

Private Double Room
  • Max occupancy:

    2 persons

  • Bed type:

    2 Single beds or 1 Double bed

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Room Description:

This room has a fan, a tea/coffee maker and private bathroom.

Private Triple Room
  • Max occupancy:

    3 persons

  • Bed type:

    Sleeping arrangements for 3 persons

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Room Description:

This triple room has a tumble dryer and electric kettle

The Backpack - Hostel Location

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What's nearby

Tourist attractions

  • Grand Parade300 m
  • Grand Parade Square300 m
  • Cape Town Parliament700 m

Popular areas

  • Long Street300 m
  • City Center1.2 km

Places of interest

  • South African National Gallery600 m
  • Malay Quarter700 m
  • Gardens Shopping Centre1.0 km
  • De Waal Park1.0 km
  • MyCiTi Station Gardens1.1 km
  • Signal Hill1.2 km
  • MyCiTi Station Adderley Street1.4 km

Monuments and Landmarks

  • Parliament700 m
  • Greenmarket Square1.0 km
  • Signal Hill1.2 km

Museums

  • South African Museum And Planetarium400 m
  • The South African Museum and planetarium400 m
  • South African Jewish Museum600 m
  • Bo-Kaap Museum700 m
  • Boo-Kaap Museum700 m
  • Iziko - Slave Lodge Museum1.0 km
  • District Six Museum1.2 km

Parks

  • Company's Gardens600 m
  • The Company's Garden600 m
  • The Company Gardens800 m

Theaters

  • Labia Theatre300 m
  • Fugard Theatre1.3 km

Public parking

  • Mediclinic Cape Town900 m
  • Christiaan Barnard Hospital900 m

Local attractions

  • Castle of Good Hope1.6 km
    Corner of Buitenkant and Strand streets
  • Bloemendal1.7 km
    Off Racecourse Road Durbanville
  • Lion\'s Head2.2 km
    Signal Hill Road
  • Adderley Street1.7 km
    Cape Town CentralSouth Africa
  • Groote Schuur Estate1.7 km
    Cape Town CentralSouth Africa

Near the hostel

  • Iziko South African Museum and Planetarium470 m
    Between Government Avenue and Queen Victoria Street
  • Company\'s Gardens620 m
    19 Queen Victoria Street
  • Iziko South African National Gallery670 m
    Government Avenue Company's Garden
  • Dorp Street680 m
  • Long Street510 m
  • Great Synagogue610 m
    88 Hatfield St.
  • South African Jewish Museum680 m
    88 Hatfield Street Gardens

Restaurants nearby

  • Saigon70 m

    Address: kloof street

    76% likes this, based on 131 reviews

  • Rick's Cafe Americain140 m

    Address: 2 Park Road
    Phone: +27.21.4241100

    73% likes this, based on 177 reviews
    Price Range: NZD 10 - NZD 19

  • Mano a Mano180 m

    Address: 5 Park Road Gardens
    Phone: 021 422 4415

    68% likes this, based on 18 reviews
    Cuisine: International

  • Blakes Bar50 m

    Address: 189 Buitengracht Street
    Phone: +27 21 4224747

    61% likes this, based on 54 reviews
    Cuisine: Contemporary

  • The Pasta Factory160 m

    Address: 2A Park Road Gardens
    Phone: 021-4233003

    64% likes this, based on 20 reviews
    Cuisine: Italian

Hostel information
  • Check-in:
    from  2 pm
  • Check-out:
    until  10 am
  • Number of rooms:
    33
Cities nearby
  • Camps Bay hotels - 5 km
  • Bantry Bay hotels - 4 km
  • Constantia hotels - 12 km
  • Goodwood hotels - 12 km
  • Llandudno hotels - 12 km
  • Hout Bay hotels - 14 km
  • Tokai hotels - 15 km
  • Bloubergstrand hotels - 15 km
  • Plattekloof hotels - 16 km
  • Oranjezicht hotels - 2 km

The Backpack - Hostel Reviews

Guest reviews are submitted by our customers after their stay at The Backpack - Hostel

Average guest rating

8.4out of 10
Superb
Based on 23 reviews

Guest reviews

  • Single
    7.4

    Staff were nice, place was clean, good location & security

    wifi allowance is ridiculously low

  • Family with children
    10.0

    This is an awesome place to stay! Super clean rooms and great staff! Our kids got to meet so many people from around the world! This place is really well designed and has beautiful views of table mountain. We loved sitting outside to have meals and talk with other guests. We also loved the location. We felt like it was on the edge of all the action, so we could easily get anywhere, but have quiet when we wanted it.

  • Couple
    9.2

    Clean rooms, great views, lots of help planning activities, pool, nice bar/restaurant/lounge area

    Have to pay for everything - parking, internet etc. double room was actually 2 seperate beds, not nice for a young couple

  • Single
    9.2

    Everything is amazing, the internet cafe, the bar, kitchen, sleeping rooms, bathrooms and the location of it. I walked everyday to the waterfront and the station. I definately recommended it to my friends and I wouldn't stay elsewhere whenever I'm in Cape Town again.

    The only thing I didn't like was when I had to leave, besides that there's nothing else.

  • Couple
    7.0

    Great value, unique space. Good bar and friendly atmosphere.

    It was difficult to sleep due to the noise of other guests. The walls are thin and it was warm with no air conditioning, so your windows are open making it easy to hear every word...also people smoke outside your window, kinda gross.

  • Group of friends
    9.6

    everything: room clean, staff very friendly, location central, atmosphere very positive

  • Group of friends
    9.6

    The place had all the facilities you could want. The staff were absolutely brilliant - very friendly and helpful. The hostel was very comfortable and extremely good value for money. We were sorry to leave at the end of the week as we had a super time. I would not have wanted to stay anywhere else.

  • Single
    5.4

    It was in city center and close to important points.

    It seems to be expensive when you compare with the service you get. And the hostel provides only 20 mb free internet per day and this is not enough.

  • Couple
    6.6

    The backpack is perfectly located, has a nice bar, it is the hotspot for activities planning, it has a nice atmosphere and offers a safe environment.

    The bedroom stank like molds and humidity. The fotos on the website show nice minimalistic decorated rooms, however cramped, old looking rooms with a view on the rooms from the 50 cm away next door backpacker can be expected. The so called "free" parking is secured by guards who had to be given a compulsury fixed "tip". There was only one toilet and one shower in our corridor (around 10 rooms) and the toilet was located outside the building which can be quite uncomfortable if the weather is not good. For that hotel price better hotel alternatives are available.

  • Single
    10.0

    The staff were friendly and helpful. The facility was the best backpackers I have ever stayed in throughout the world. Nice pool, clean showers, nice view of table mountain, good food and bar, secure. Highly recommend.

  • Couple
    9.6

    Staff were very friendly, you could book tours inhouse and pay deposits on credit card which helps a lot. We did washing there and was able to cook meals with ease. Good set up hostel.

    The bar could have had more deals to ensourage more people there, didn't seem to have much atmospohere apart from staff socialising.

  • Couple
    9.6

    The staff was very friendly and helpfull. the place has a very nice atmosphere. We had the last room, not big but good enough. there is enough space to chill outsider your room. everything is really clean.

    Breakfast is a bit pricy, but that is all.

  • Single
    9.2

    Excellent facilities & ambience was very pleasant for a budget property

  • Single
    9.6

    Lovely clean room with white bed linen and great swimming pool too

  • Single
    8.8

    very friendly staff, really botique style and beautiful interior, well organized tours have been arranged, kitchen fully equipped, bar has nice breakfast and coffee, quiet rooms available away from the bar, comfy beds, fresh linen and towels, safe available

How to reach hostel

hostel The Backpack - Hostel - Cape Town Cape Town location
Show big map »

Hostel Address:

74 New Church Street, Cape Town, South Africa, 8001

Get directions
City Center
  • Cape Town
    1.3 km
Airports
  • Cape Town International (CPT)
    18.4 km
Train Stations
  • Cape Town
    1.5 km
  • Esplanade
    3.3 km
Underground stations
  • Metropolitan Golf Club
    2.9 km
Restaurants
  • Saigon
    70 m
  • Blakes Bar (cuisine: Contemporary)
    50 m
Parks
  • Company\'s Gardens
    620 m
Beaches
  • Bloubergstrand Beach
    1.4 km
  • Kommetjie
    1.4 km
Hostel information
  • Check-in:
    from  2 pm
  • Check-out:
    until  10 am
  • Number of rooms:
    33