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Long Street Backpackers

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Our famous hostel is situated right in the middle of the CBD, in the entertainment precinct of Cape Town. We have been described as 'The Soul of Long Street' (Coast to Coast). The hostel is contained in a lovely 19th Century building, at the quieter South-West end of the street, with a sunny and leafy courtyard, fantastic balconies with views onto Signal Hill and the busy streets below. We are an 'old-school' hostel and differentiate ourselves from the new generation of 'poshtels'. We are all about communalism and laid back fun and adventure. We share meals and outings together, we party together (often!!!) and we treat guests and staff alike as part of our weird and wonderful family. It is a large hostel sleeping up to 80 guests and there is never a dull moment or a day without adventure. Just remember to bring your passport with you! We take the safety and security of our guests very seriously and for that reason we must insist on ALL guests presenting valid passports to check in.
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Non-smoking hotel
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Non-smoking rooms
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I stayed at the Backpackers for a full 6 nights. And I have enjoyed every one of them. The volunteers and employees are all incredibly friendly and giving. They are part of the whole family of backpackers staying in the hostel. Nights are fun and never end boring. Will go back
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If you're sleeping on Long street you probably already decided you don't mind a bit of noise, but seriously, Long street is LOUD at night. I had a tough go at sleeping here. With that said, everything else was fantastic, and the manager Gareth was a good laugh and a great
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Response from FarAway10357788947, Guest Relations Manager at Long Street Backpackers
Responded 24 Jan. 2019
Hi Ben, Thanks for leaving us a review! We really appreciate your comments as they will be very helpful for guests looking to book with us in future. We try to embrace our central location on Long Street as it's so convenient and vibrant. We also try to make up for what we lack in peace and quiet by providing a fun, friendly, communal atmosphere. So thanks for recognising and being a part of that during your stay with us. All the best! LSB
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Really enjoyable backpackers. We stayed longer than we planned. It is a big hostel so a lot of people, but also a lot of activities! Very friendly staff and great location. It is situated in the center so you can get anywhere in Cape Town very easily.
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Response from FarAway10357788947, Guest Relations Manager at Long Street Backpackers
Responded 24 Jan. 2019
Hey Jens, Thanks for taking the time to review us, and for your positive feedback. We love to hear about guests extending their stay because they were having such a good time! Making people feel comfortable, included and happy is at the core of what we're all about. Thanks again for staying with us and for helping other future guests with your detailed review. We'd love to have you back again anytime. LSB
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Cool hostel with very relaxed and friendly staff. Nice common areas, balcony overlooking Longstreet, and a bar. They have different activities like BBQs, Beer Pong championships and the likes. Reduced fees for laundry service nearby. Good location as lots of tours start nearby.
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Response from FarAway10357788947, Guest Relations Manager at Long Street Backpackers
Responded 24 Jan. 2019
Hey Freddy, Thanks for staying with us recently and taking the time to leave a review. We really appreciate your feedback and helpful comments for future guests who want to book with us. We have some renovations planned for 2019-2020 so if you're ever back in Cape Town come say hi again! All the best, LSB
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I planned on staying at LSB for a night or two but couldn’t make myself leave! I’ve stayed at over 100 hostels but this one has to be my favourite. As a solo traveller I really appreciate when hostel staff goes out of the way to really include you and the staff here really goes
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Response from FarAway10357788947, Guest Relations Manager at Long Street Backpackers
Responded 24 Jan. 2019
Hey Shanno, Thanks so much for this awesome review! We are absolutely delighted to hear how much you enjoyed yourself here. As you mentioned, our receptionists really go out of their way to include people and make them feel comfortable and have a good time. We're so glad that you got to experience that, and that we could be the catalyst for you meeting new friends and travel companions. All the best for the rest of your travels and we hope to see you again one day. LSB
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Private double rooms overlooking the courtyard
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Private single rooms overlooking the leafy courtyard
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Courtyard view
Olá, no inverno o hostel tem aquecedor central? Grata
Unfortunately no place in South Africa has central heating
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"ask about the quieter rooms, you'll need it."
"stay in a dorm - not a private room! youll meet great people"
"The rooms in the back side are quieter"
"Up at the back."
"Room to the back away from Longstreet can be quieter - Longstreet is party street so there is street noise"
USD 13 - USD 36 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
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