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1 room, 2 adults

The Backpack - Hostel

2-star2 stars
74 New Church Street, Cape Town, Western Cape, 8001, South Africa

Suburban hostel with outdoor pool, near Kloof Street
  • Free WiFi
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  • Green vibe. Lovely friendly staff . Excellent breakfast.Aug 27, 2019
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The Backpack - Hostel

  • Double Room, 1 Double Bed, Private Bathroom
  • Single Room, Shared Bathroom
  • Twin Room, Private Bathroom
  • Twin Room, Shared Bathroom
  • Studio, 2 Twin Beds (Self Catering)
  • Shared Dormitory, Women only, Private Bathroom
  • Shared Dormitory, Mixed Dorm, Shared Bathroom (4 Bed)
  • Shared Dormitory, Mixed Dorm, Shared Bathroom (8 Bed)
  • Tent

What’s around The Backpack - Hostel


  • In Cape Town City Centre
  • Kloof Street - 5 min walk
  • Long Street - 6 min walk
  • Cape Town International Convention Centre - 25 min walk
  • Castle of Good Hope - 26 min walk
  • Two Oceans Aquarium - 40 min walk
  • Cape Town Stadium - 40 min walk
  • Cape Town Cruise Terminal - 43 min walk

Getting around

  • Cape Town Intl. Airport (CPT) - 22 min drive
  • Cape Town Station - 23 min walk
  • Cape Town Bellville Station - 19 min drive
  • Airport shuttle (surcharge)

At a glance

Key facts


  • 35 rooms


  • Check-in time starts at 2:00 PM
  • Check-out time is 11:00 AM
Front desk staff will greet guests on arrival.
24-hour airport shuttle service is available on request. Fees may apply. Contact the property in advance to make arrangements.

Required at check-in

  • Credit card, debit card, or cash deposit required for incidental charges

  • Government-issued photo ID may be required

  • Minimum check-in age is 18

Travelling with others


  • No cribs (infant beds)


  • Pets not allowed


  • Free WiFi in public areas

  • Free WiFi in rooms



  • Airport shuttle (available 24 hours) *


  • Self parking * on site

Payment types at the property

  • Cash
* See small print for additional details or extra charges

At the hostel

Food and drink
  • Continental breakfast daily (surcharge)
  • Bar/lounge
  • Coffee shop/café
  • Barbecue grills
Things to do
  • Outdoor pool
  • Hiking/biking trails nearby
  • Surfing/boogie boarding nearby
  • Billiards or pool table
  • 24-hour front desk
  • Concierge services
  • Tours/ticket assistance
  • Dry cleaning/laundry service
  • Laundry facilities
  • Luggage storage
  • ATM/banking
  • Designated smoking areas
  • Garden
  • Terrace
  • Library
  • Television in common areas
  • Wheelchair-accessible path of travel
  • Wheelchair-accessible parking
Languages Spoken
  • Afrikaans
  • English
  • French
  • Greek
  • Xhosa

In the room

Home comforts
  • Iron/ironing board
Freshen up
  • Partially open bathroom
  • Shower only
  • Hair dryer (on request)
Stay connected
  • Free WiFi
  • Daily housekeeping
  • In-room safe

Special features

Awards and affiliations

Green / Sustainable Property
This property participates in Fair Trade Tourism, a program that measures the property's impact on one or more of the following: environment, community, cultural-heritage, the local economy.

The Backpack - Hostel’s small print

Also known as

  • Backpack Cape Town
  • The Backpack - Hostel Hostel/Backpacker accommodation
  • The Backpack - Hostel Hostel/Backpacker accommodation Cape Town
  • The Backpack Hostel
  • Backpack Hostel Cape Town
  • The Backpack Hostel Cape Town
  • The Backpack - Hostel Cape Town


Only registered guests are allowed in the guestrooms.

Guests can rest easy knowing there's a fire extinguisher and a smoke detector on site.

For transfers, guests must contact the property before arrival at the number on the booking confirmation.

Optional extras

Late check-out can be arranged for an extra charge of 50 percent of room rate (subject to availability)

Self parking costs ZAR 50 per night

Continental breakfast is offered for an extra charge of ZAR 80 for adults and ZAR 60 for children (approximately)

Airport shuttle service is offered for an extra charge of ZAR 350 per person (one-way)

We have included all charges provided to us by this property. However, charges can vary, for example, based on length of stay or the unit you book.

FAQs for The Backpack - Hostel

  • Is parking offered on site at The Backpack - Hostel?
    Yes. Self parking costs ZAR 50 per night.
  • Is there a pool at The Backpack - Hostel?
    Yes, there's an outdoor pool.
  • Are pets allowed at The Backpack - Hostel?
    Sorry, pets aren't allowed.
  • What are the check-in and check-out times at The Backpack - Hostel?
    You can check in starting at 2:00 PM. Check-out time is 11:00 AM. Late check-out is available for a 50% charge (subject to availability).
  • Is airport shuttle service offered by The Backpack - Hostel?
    Yes, an airport shuttle is available. The charge is ZAR 350 per person one-way.

Recent reviews

Fabulous 8,6 From 29 reviews

Exceptional 10,0
great, really clean location with a fun vibe. very easy to meet other travelers. The breakfast was awesome!
Mary, us3 night trip with friends
Exceptional 10,0
Hotel is very close to all the bars and restaurants, has a cozy environment that’s easy to meet people. There’s also a lot of tour options. I would definitely stay here again. Only down size is it’s a bit more expensive than the other hostels.
Niki, us1 night trip with friends
Exceptional 10,0
Fabulous friendly hostel
Fabulous friendly hostel across three converted neighbouring houses in the safe and walkable Gardens area of Cape Town, and worthy of their reviews and awards. Great location for bars, restaurants, supermarkets (KwikSpar and Woolworths 5min walk away on Kloof Street) and transport to the popular tourist spots. Friendly staff, who are able to recommend and arrange tours and car rentals for you. Affordably priced bar spread across an indoor and exterior covered terrace with TVs for sport, and pool tables. Private rooms are well appointed and away from the bar so noise is not an issue. Water cuts are not a problem and they have solar panels so you won't be affected by any power outages either.
Christopher, gbRomance trip
Good 6,0
Good central hostel
This is a good hostel in a central location. Pros: fair trade, with a social mission; spacious room (I had a private single); close to restaurants and bars; clean Cons: wifi didn't work several times, including once overnight; close to busy road (noise); noisy guests; hostel itself doesn't organize social events
Laura, usOther trip
Exceptional 10,0
Absolutely amazing place... the owner, staff, ideology and layout make this better than other hostels i’ve stayed at that seem to have higher ratings... by far a much better experience!! Book directly with The Backpack to save some money and help give a bigger percentage back to the community!
Alexander, ca2 night trip
Good 6,0
Atento as ruas proximas nao andar
O que me salvou foi os brasileiros que trabalham no local . Mas duas coisas chatas aconteceu roubaram meu sabonete organico que esqueci no banheiro um noite e minha champanhe que tinha meu nome beberam . E administracao nada fez pessimo. Eu nao volto.
Semy, br10 night trip
Poor 2,0
Un cauchemar ce séjour à cet hôtel ! Tout était censé se dérouler à merveille pour mon anniversaire. Je réserve et paye pour une chambre familiale pour 5 nuits. La responsable a jugé bon pour rentrer dans ses frais de nous donner une chambre standard simple sous les combes (Je fais 1m80 je vous laisse imaginé) avec l'odeur, l'humidité et la vétusté de la chambre. Comme nous n'étions que deux nous avons eu cette chambre à la place de celle initialement payé. Nous nous sommes donc rendu à la réception le lendemain pour leur faire part de notre mécontentement car la veille nous sommes arrivés tard le soir et c'est le vigile de l'auberge qui nous a fait l'enregistrement. La Responsable ose nous répondre qu'elle ne voyait pas le problème car nous n'étions que deux personnes et que nous étions dans une auberge et non un hôtel (allez chercher l'erreur nous payons pour une prestation et on nous demande de quoi nous plaignons nous ??). Et là a commencé le début de notre cauchemar car non seulement elle nous a mis à la porte nous n'avions plus de logement dans un pays étranger(en Afrique du Sud) de surcroît deux filles et à cause de ses mensonges Hô a refusé de nous reloger car elle leur a dit que nous avons refusé d'accepter la chambre standard. Résultat des courses à 19h nous étions à la rue à chercher nous même un autre hôtel qui était pour la plupart complet. Un anniversaire catastrophique à cause d'une mauvaise personne. Faite également attention à hô car quand on
fr5 night family trip
Exceptional 10,0
O lugar é uma graça, tem muita infraestrutura!! Eu adorei
MARIANA, brTrip with friends
Very good 8,0
Excelente hostel
Gostei muito do hostel, porém a estrutura em madeira do meu quarto deixou o meu quarto muito barulhento quando o vizinho de cima andava pelo quarto dele. Fora isso, equipe muito atenciosa, boa localização e café da manhã muito gostoso! Vale a pena a estadia!
Fernanda, brRomance trip
Exceptional 10,0
Bem localizado, ótimo café da manhã, pessoal receptivo
Maria Julia, br3 night trip

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