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

91.7% Overall Rating

185 out of 197 customers would recommend this property

Recent review (14/08/2015)

Ben Kunz thinks…

"I booked the accommodation mainly because of its location, but found that it is a gem in the city. It has an amazing homely atmosphere with super friendly and helpful staff who gone the extra mile to…"

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  • Bar
  • Credit cards accepted
  • Car Parking
  • Self-catering Facilities
  • No curfew
  • Currency Exchange
  • Secure lockers
  • Lounge area
  • Internet / Wi-Fi
  • Pool table(s)
  • 24 hour reception
  • Safety deposit
  • 24 hour hot showers
  • Swimming Pool
  • Tours/Travel Desk
  • Fax
  • Bicycle hire
  • Late check-out
  • Laundry service
  • Reception (limited hours)
  • ATM / cash machine
  • Café
  • Common area / room
  • Communal kitchen
  • Internet access in public areas
  • Onsite shop(s)
  • Outside area
  • Television room

What's Included

  • Luggage Room
  • Breakfast
  • Linen
  • Towel

Important Information

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% Christmas/New Years Special Conditions > from 20th Of December 2015 until 6th of January 2015 Prepayment: The total price of the reservation will be charged on the day of booking. • Cancellation: Please note that bookings during this period are non-refundable. If cancelled or modified, no refund will be paid. In case of no-show, no refund will be paid.

Cancellation Policy

Customers can cancel their reservation free of charge up to 2 days before arrival (local time). Payments made to HostelBookers are non-refundable.

Check-In/Out Details

Earliest check-in: 14:00
Latest Check-out: 10:00

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Group of 15 or more traveling to Cape Town?

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Voted No 1 in Lonely Planet's top 10 best value stays for 2014
Winner for Best Hostel in South Africa 2014 & Best Hostel in Africa 2014
HostelBookers Awards for Excellence 2010 - Ranked top 3 for 'Best Atmosphere' in Africa

The Backpack is a popular place to stay, offering comfortable and affordable accommodation and a friendly atmosphere. Read more

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Shared Rooms Help! A shared room (typically a dorm) is a bedroom which you share with other people from the property. The number of beds in a room is shown in the room name, e.g. ‘5 Bed Dorm’, and you can book as many as you need. Some properties have male only dorms and female only dorms.

8 Bed Dorm - Mixed (Shared bathroom)

Breakfast included

4 Bed Dorm - Mixed (Private bathroom)

Breakfast included

4 Bed Dorm - Mixed (Shared bathroom)

Breakfast included

3 Bed Dorm - Female only (Shared bathroom)

Breakfast included
Private Rooms Help! A private room is a room that is not shared with other people from the property – in other words, you book and pay for all the beds in the room. If you are traveling alone, for example, but want to book a double room, you must pay for two people in order to book the whole room.

Single (Shared bathroom)

Breakfast included

2 person (Private bathroom)

Breakfast included

Family Room (Private bathroom)

Breakfast included

Superior 1 Bedroom Apartment Mountain View (Private bathroom)

No meals or drinks included

Superior Studio Mountain View (Private bathroom)

Breakfast included

Deluxe 2 person Garden View (Private bathroom)

Breakfast included

Triple (Private bathroom)

Breakfast included

2 person (Private bathroom)

Breakfast included

Single (Private bathroom)

Breakfast included

2 person (Shared bathroom)

Breakfast included

Tent (Shared bathroom)

Breakfast included


Welcome to Cape Town's hippest urban hostel! We've got everything you need: from dorms to deluxe doubles, and obviously a cool Cafe and 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-and-greet airport shuttle is available at an additional cost. Children are welcome in private rooms.

Our Cafe and bar will keep you fed and watered (or whatever else tickles your fancy - we're fully licensed). A delicious free breakfast is included. 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

Accommodation Information

We have 33 rooms and a variety of room types; including singles, doubles, twins, 3-, 4- or 8-bed mixed dorms, girls only deluxe dorm, family rooms and self-catering apartments.

Some rooms have shared bathroom facilities and others have private bathrooms. Free breakfast, linen and private safes are provided and all rooms have access to free WiFi.

Right of Admission Reserved
South Africans will only be accommodated in private rooms unless by prior arrangement.

Children can only be accommodated in a private room or in the Family Room and must be accompanied by an adult.
Children are not allowed to be accommodated in dormitories.

Location Information

We are located in Tamboerskloof, just around the corner from Park Road and trendy Kloof Street, with lots of shops, restaurants and bars.