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

92.5% Overall Rating

169 out of 180 customers would recommend this property

Recent review (31/01/2014)

"Staff is always friendly and ready to help with any request. The place is clean and in easy walking distance to all the places in the city center."

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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
  • Restaurant
  • Safety deposit
  • 24 hour hot showers
  • Swimming Pool
  • Tours/Travel Desk
  • Washing machines
  • 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
  • Internet café
  • Onsite shop(s)
  • Outside area
  • Television room

Purchasable Extras

  • Airport Pickup USD 20.92
  • Luggage Room USD 1.90

What's Included

  • Linen
  • Towel

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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South Africa's original award-winning hostel and travel centre is simply the best place to stay. With all the facilities you can expect from a great hotel, such as stylishly decorated Afro-chic rooms offering superior comfort and quality, with shared or en-suite bathrooms, private electronic safes and in-house ATM.

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.

We have free wi-fi in our cafe and Reception area and wi-fi access through the entire hostel. We also have an internet cafe for those that need it; swim in the pool with a stunning view of Table Mountain, or meet like-minded international travellers in our buzzy Café / Bar.

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.

The Hostel has been accredited by Fair Trade in Tourism (a trade mark awarded to businesses that adhere to fair trade criteria, fair wages and working conditions, fair operations, purchasing and distribution of benefits, ethical business practices and respect for human rights, culture and the environment)


FREE Internet in our Cafe/Bar and Reception areas

Cafe/Bar - Breakfast is from 7:30 till 15.30. Gourmet Sandwiches are available from 13.00

ATM machine on site

Meet and greet airport shuttle service available at an additional cost

Fully equipped self-catering kitchen

24-hour check-in

24-hour security

Satellite Sports Channel TV

Visa and Mastercard credit cards and major foreign currencies accepted

Children welcome in private rooms and only those that can swim as our pool is not enclosed

Top Ten Best Value Stays for 2014 by Lonely Planet
Awarded Best Hostel in South Africa 2014, 2013, 2010, 2009 & 2008 by Hostelworld customers
Awarded 2nd place for Best Hostel in South Africa 2012 by Hostelworld Customers
Awarded 1st place for Best Hostel in Africa 2014
Awarded 2nd place for Best Hostel in Africa 2010, 2012 & 2013; and 3rd Best Hostel in Africa 2009 & 2008 by Hostelworld Customers
Independent winner for Best Practice - Economic Impact - Imvelo Awards 2011
Independent winner for Best Single Resource Management Program in Waste Management - Imvelo Awards 2011
Winner of 2011 AA Quality Assured Accommodation Award - Backpackers Accommodation
One of the Worlds Top 10 Coolest Hostels! Guardian August 2010
One of the Top 10 places to stay - Lonely Planet 2010
Winners of the Welcome Awards 2010, 2nd Place Welcome Awards 2011 - South Africa's most prestigious award

We sponsor a sports program in a community riddled with drugs and gangsterism. Join us for a day to see what we are up to. Bring your old soccer boots with you.

We keep a basket of wool in our café and lounge. Knit a square or two while you are here - we sew it up and with your help another orphaned baby will be warm. If you have some wool lying about your or your grandmother's house, bring it along!!

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

'The most comfortable and best-run in of the best backpacker travel centres around. Recommended.' - Footprints

Accommodation Information

We have 33 rooms and a variety of types. From mixed dorms with 4 bunks, to triples, quads and some are ensuite. And now we have introduced a Girls Only deluxe dorm.
Our most popular rooms are the ensuites. We have single, twins and doubles. We have recently renovated our property and you can now sleep in our new lofts. All our rooms are ethnically decorated. We provide linen and all the rooms have access to wi-fi.