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Wodonga, Australia
Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

I stayed at the Backpackers for a few nights in March 2017. The staff were friendly, helpful and knowledgeable. Rooms comfortable and clean, shared facilities also kept in good clean condition. The bar area is great, perfect to catch up with people and meet new friends over a beer after a day of sightseeing. Parking was easy to find, and...

Thank Trevor S
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

This place is located within walking distance of lots of bars/restaurants and even V&A waterfront (40 min). The private room was nice, had a cute balcony and decent (slightly basic) bathroom. Great communal kitchen, nice bar area and very helpful staff. Not a party place (which I liked) but easy to get in touch with other travelers. Recommended! Mind you,...

Thank LeidsHertje
Reviewed 10 March 2017 via mobile

Stayed here for 6 nights in private double room with bathroom. Room was lovely, had a balcony which was surprising and an in room safe. The staff were friendly and helpful. The location was good. I really liked the quiet hours after 10 pm. I am not a partier or loud by nature so this ensured I got a decent...

Thank Tausha B
James B, General Manager at Cape Town Backpackers, responded to this review

Hi Tausha B, Many thanks for taking the time to post your review, the team are delighted to read your comments. We delighted you have had a pleasant and quiet stay. Best wishes. CTBP Team

Reviewed 20 February 2017 via mobile

As three friends looking to be close enough to good restaurants and Long Street but far enough away for a good nights sleep - Capetown Backpackers was the perfect place! When arriving, the staff at the reception were exceptional - very welcoming and ensured all our needs were met. The room was simple but efficient. With lots of bathrooms doted...

Thank Sofia J
Reviewed 16 February 2017 via mobile

Close enough to walk to the city centre, far enough to not be disturbed by the long street party tourism. Very friendly personel and good beds. They do offer you right info to see the whole region and you can book tours and activies in the hostel.

Thank Simon G
Reviewed 12 February 2017

First impressions appeared to be false. What could have been lovely was cut short with a patronising receptionist. We just couldn't communicate, my sister and I felt like we were asking for too much when very simply wanted a dormitory to sleep in and to pay separately. Unfortunate, we aren't fussy (in fact we were sleeping in our car for...

1Thank 01CzaMB01
Stellenbosch, South Africa
Reviewed 13 January 2017

This is a great backpackers. Really felt like coming home the moment we stepped in. The facilities are basic, but good and staff is very very friendly! Silence starts at 10pm, so if you want a good nights sleep this is perfect. No worries if you want to party though, there is also plenty of place for that without disturbing...

Thank jennih770
Reviewed 4 January 2017 via mobile

Super service, nice staff. Nice and clean facilities and a lovely neighbourhood. It's located just next to Kloof Street with lots of nice restaurant and bars. The staff will help you booking tours, car rentals, recommend sights, etc. The rooms are nice and the kitchen is really good.

Thank Andreas Horsfel... J
Reviewed 14 October 2016 via mobile

Myself and my friend have just stayed here for 10 days to start the beginning of our trip up to Joburg, and we loved staying here. As this is the first hostel we have ever stayed in we really enjoyed it. The location is perfect for resturants/cafes etc and 5 min walk from Long St, is also extremely close to...

Thank Sophie C
Aarhus, Denmark
Reviewed 13 October 2016

Cape Town Backpackers, is the best! I stayed at Cape Town backpackers for 18 days, and it was amazing! The staff and the maids were some of the sweetest people I’ve ever met. I travelled to Cape Town alone, but I never felt alone, as there was always someone to hang out with, at the hostel. Everyone who was working...

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Official Description (provided by the hotel)
Cape Town Backpackers has a fantastic atmosphere and plenty of style. Its has all of the facilities you would expect from a top quality backpackers including WiFi, and internet access, café and a self-catering kitchen, a comprehensive travel desk, and a great bar to meet fellow travellers. Located in the City Bowl, close to all the main attractions, it offers affordable accommodation – from dorms to deluxe double en suite rooms – and a fun, friendly atmosphere. ... more   less 

Additional Information about Cape Town Backpackers

Address: 81 New Church Street | Tamboerskloof, Cape Town Central 8001, South Africa
Region: South Africa > Western Cape > Cape Town > Cape Town Central > City Bowl
Price Range: $20 - $134 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:2 star — Cape Town Backpackers 2*
Number of rooms: 25
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“Try and stay either on the lower ground level or extended building”
Emile111, 22 Mar 2016 | Read review
“private rooms are very nice”
theresa123478, 9 Mar 2016 | Read review
“The dorm rooms are great but if u want quietness take a private room”
ldelport, 9 Mar 2016 | Read review
“Stay room 14”
Mytravelworld35, 6 Dec 2015 | Read review
“I was just lucky to get one.....”
SafariM, 13 Sep 2015 | Read review
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