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Forty8 Backpackers - Hostel

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Lobby sitting area
Double Room 9  | Free WiFi
Female's 10 Sleeper Dorm | Free WiFi
Free WiFi
Double Room 8 | Free WiFi

Overview of Forty8 Backpackers - Hostel

Forty8 Backpackers - Hostel

4.0 star property
Upscale hostel in Cape Town City Centre with bar/lounge

6,8/10 Good

11 verified guest reviews

Property highlights

  • Free WiFi
  • Airport transfer
  • Non-smoking
  • Shared kitchen
  • Bar
  • 24/7 front desk
48 Hout Street, Cape Town, Western Cape, 8000
Main amenities
  • Daily housekeeping
  • Bar/lounge
  • Airport shuttle
  • 24-hour front desk
  • Coffee/tea in a common area
  • Computer station
  • Front desk safe
  • Snack bar/deli
  • Laundry service
  • Concierge services
  • Luggage storage
  • Tour/ticket assistance

Room options

About this area

What's nearby

  • In Cape Town City Centre
  • Table Mountain - 15 min drive
  • Camps Bay Beach - 14 min drive
  • Robben Island - 34 min drive

Getting around

  • Cape Town Intl. Airport (CPT) - 16 min drive
  • Cape Town Station - 6 min walk
  • Cape Town Bellville Station - 18 min drive
  • Airport shuttle (surcharge)


  • Dear Me - 2 min walk
  • Tjing Tjing - 2 min walk
  • The House of Machines - 3 min walk
  • Bouchon bistro - 3 min walk
  • Addis in Cape - 3 min walk

About this property

Forty8 Backpackers - Hostel

When visiting Cape Town, Forty8 Backpackers - Hostel is a great choice to consider. Other highlights at this upscale hostel include a bar/lounge and a snack bar/deli.


Afrikaans, English, French, German, Xhosa

Cleaning and safety practices

Enhanced cleanliness measures

Disinfectant is used to clean the property
High-touch surfaces are cleaned and disinfected
Sheets and towels are washed at 60°C/140°F or hotter
Follows industry cleaning and disinfection practices of COVID-19 Guidelines (CDC)

Social distancing

Cashless transactions are available for all charges at the property
Protective shields in place at main contact areas
Social distancing measures in place

Safety measures

Personal protective equipment worn by staff
Temperature checks given to staff
Temperature checks available for guests
Masks are required at the property
Hand sanitizer provided
Individually-wrapped food options available for breakfast and lunch
This information is provided by our partners.

At a glance

Hotel size

  • 9 rooms


  • Check-in time from 2 PM - 5:30 AM
  • Early check-in subject to availability
  • Late check-in subject to availability
  • Check-out time is 10 AM

Restrictions related to your trip

  • Check COVID-19 restrictions

Special check-in instructions

  • Front desk staff will greet guests on arrival

Required at check-in

  • Credit card, debit card, or cash deposit required for incidental charges
  • Government-issued photo ID may be required


  • No cribs (infant beds)


  • Pets not allowed


  • Free WiFi in public areas
  • Free WiFi in rooms


  • Airport shuttle*

Other information

  • Smoke-free property

Property amenities

Food and drink

  • Bar/lounge
  • Coffee/tea in a common area
  • Snack bar/deli

Working away

  • Computer station


  • 24-hour front desk
  • Concierge services
  • Tour/ticket assistance
  • Dry cleaning/laundry services
  • Luggage storage


  • Safe-deposit box at front desk
  • Television in common areas


  • Afrikaans
  • English
  • French
  • German
  • Xhosa

Room amenities

Freshen up

  • Shared bathroom
  • Shower only

Stay connected

  • Free WiFi

Food and drink

  • Shared kitchen access


  • Daily housekeeping

Fees & policies

Optional extras

  • Airport shuttle service is offered for an extra charge

Hygiene & cleanliness

This property advises that enhanced cleaning and guest safety measures are currently in place.

Disinfectant is used to clean the property; commonly-touched surfaces are cleaned with disinfectant between stays; bed sheets and towels are laundered at a temperature of at least 60°C/140°F.

Social distancing measures are in place; staff at the property wear personal protective equipment; a shield is in place between staff and guests in main contact areas; periodic temperature checks are conducted on staff; temperature checks are available to guests; guests are provided with hand sanitizer; cashless payment methods are available for all transactions; masks are required in public areas.

Individually-wrapped food options are available for breakfast and lunch.

This property affirms that it adheres to the cleaning and disinfection practices of COVID-19 Guidelines (CDC).


This property accepts credit cards.

Also known as

Forty8 Backpackers Hotel Cape Town
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Forty8 Backpackers Hotel Cape Town South Africa
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Forty8 Backpackers - Hostel Cape Town
Forty8 Backpackers - Hostel Hostel/Backpacker accommodation

Frequently asked questions

Does Forty8 Backpackers - Hostel offer free cancellation for a full refund?
Yes, Forty8 Backpackers - Hostel does have fully refundable room rates available to book on our site. If you’ve booked a fully refundable room rate, this can be cancelled up to a few days before check-in depending on the property's cancellation policy. Just make sure to check this property's cancellation policy for the exact terms and conditions.
What are the cleanliness and hygiene measures currently in place at Forty8 Backpackers - Hostel?
This property confirms that disinfectant is used to clean the property. Furthermore, guests are provided with hand sanitizer, social distancing measures are in place, and staff are given personal protective equipment. Please note that this information has been provided by our partners.
Are pets allowed at Forty8 Backpackers - Hostel?
Sorry, pets aren't allowed.
Is airport shuttle service offered by Forty8 Backpackers - Hostel?
Yes, an airport shuttle is available.
What are the check-in and check-out times at Forty8 Backpackers - Hostel?
You can check in from 2 PM - 5:30 AM. Check-out time is 10 AM.
Is there an onsite casino at Forty8 Backpackers - Hostel?
No, this hostel doesn't have a casino, but GrandWest Casino & Entertainment World (23-min drive) is nearby.
Are there restaurants at or near Forty8 Backpackers - Hostel?
Yes. Nearby restaurants include Addis in Cape (3-min walk), Chefs Warehouse (3-min walk), and Cafe Mozart (4-min walk).
What's the area around Forty8 Backpackers - Hostel like?
Forty8 Backpackers - Hostel is a short 6-minute walk from Cape Town Station and 11 minutes' walk from Cape Town International Convention Centre.

Overall score and ratings






Staff & service


Property conditions & facilities

2/10 Poor

Jeffry, 5-night trip
Verified guest review

10/10 Exceptional

Nice place situated downtown. Not best area at night but fine during the day. Right next to the market and some restaurants.
2-night trip
Verified Expedia guest review

10/10 Exceptional

safe and friendly
the locked gate was a nice touch when my friend and I were followed home from some aggressive bar patrons. the staff was very friendly and accommodating. they are thoughtful enough to have water and beer for sale in the lobby.
1-night trip
Verified Expedia guest review

10/10 Exceptional

Great stay, great staff
I stayed at Forty8 for 5 nights and it was a very pleasant stay. The staff was very friendly and very helpful. The rooms and bathrooms were always kept clean, even at full capacity. The kitchen was spacious and also a nice place to chill. The only thing I would recommend is to be able to play a different channel in the kitchen than in the reception area because the guys spent a lot of time watching soccer
Rachel, 5-night trip
Verified guest review

8/10 Very good

Marie, 1-night trip
Verified guest review

4/10 Fair

清算済みなのにも関わらず、請求してきて(よくあるが)、その後の確認もあいまい。 いい加減さが全面に出ているスタッフで、それが宿に出ている。 ・キッチンはあるけれどシンクがない(水がない、洗えない) ・Wifiはつながらず、「一度リセットしてみて」と頼んでも対応なし ・貴重品入れはベッド下に一応あるものの、金属製の箱のそれは錆ていて、中はごみと埃まみれで死んだゴキブリがいた ・駅もバス停も近く、ロングストリートにも近いので立地だけはよい
1-night trip
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8/10 Very good

3-night trip
Verified guest review

4/10 Fair

Better watch your belongings
We spent two nights in this hostel. The first problem appeared at check-in, when the rate was a different than expedia told us. The staff was very cooperative and clarified this issue with expedia. The second problem was, that my girlfriend and me couldn't stay in one dorm which was other than we booked it. The major issue was, that someone stole my smartphone which I charged under my pillow while sleeping. I don't give any responsibility to the staff, but the doors of the room don't lock automatically and if anyone forgets to lock the door anyone can enter. This happend quite a lot of times in the night. At least we didn't feel any vibe in this hostel.
Verified Expedia guest review

2/10 Poor

The hostel was ok! But many drunk people in the room!!! 2 fights in one day!!! To much noise!!!
Verified guest review

8/10 Very good

Godt område - ok hotel.
Ok værelse. Seperat bad og toilet, upraktisk at skulle på toilet og bad på etage under. God service, godt område. Ingen morgenmad. Aircondition på værelse dejligt. Nogenlunde rent, ikke kriminelt.
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