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

91.5% Overall Rating

188 out of 200 customers would recommend this property

Recent review (17/10/2015)

Victoria Miles thinks…

"The owners, Lee and Toni were the most wonderful and caring people. They are so hands on about everything in the Backpack and they strive to create a very home away from home atmosphere. The staff…"

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  • Air Conditioning
  • 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
  • Bar(s)
  • 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. Please note that bookings over 10 people are subject to cancellation. Please contact groups dept for further information.

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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We are South Africa's original backpacker, established in 1990. We are an award winning, Fair Trade hostel that invests in people and communities, giving meaningful and relaxed, travel experiences. There is a variety of room types, from private en suites to social dormitories, each individually styled for this trendy city hostel. We also have free WiFi, a cafe/bar, and a travel centre so that you can experience Cape Town and its surroundings to the fullest! 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


We have a community craft shop and travel desk at the reception. We offer a free continental breakfast every morning and our cafe/bar stays open until late every night, including some evening hostel activities. Free WiFi is available throughout the hostel. There is also a self-catering kitchen, swimming pool and garden, pool table, gift shop, luggage storage, laundry service, ATM and vending machine.

We buy biodegradable cleaning products, LED lights, have recycling bins for glass, tins, plastic and batteries, and solar panels to provide hot water plus 3500kWs of electricity. We choose to make a difference and so can you by joining us for a day at our community project; gardening or tutoring children.

Green Accommodation Initiative - Global Youth Travel Award - 2015
Best Social Responsibility - Global Youth Travel Award - 2015
Award for Excellence - Best for Families - Hostelbookers - 2014
Top 10 Best Value Stays for 2014 - Lonely Planet - 2014
1st Place - Best Hostel in South Africa - Hostelworld.com - 2013

Accommodation Information

The Backpack accommodates 100 people in 16 room types: 8 bed, 4 bed, 3 bed and 2 bed mixed dorms, single rooms, twin and double rooms with shared or private bathrooms, family rooms and even a self-catering loft apartment! All of our rooms boast a fresh and funky style, which you can expect from a hip, urban hostel. Children can only be accommodated in a private room or in the Family Room and must be accompanied by an adult.

Location Information

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.