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The Backpack - Hostel, Cape Town

74 New Church StreetCape TownWestern CApe8001South Africa

Hostel with outdoor pool, near South African National Gallery
  • Free WiFi and free parking
  • Collect nightsFor every 10 nights, get 1 free!
Great location
Tasty breakfast
Awesome vibe
Fantastic service
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From 737 reviewsTripAdvisor Traveller Rating

The Backpack - Hostel, Cape Town

from $30
  • Basic Twin Room
  • Double Room, 1 Double Bed, Private Bathroom
  • Family Room, 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

At a glance

Key facts

Hotel size

  • This hotel has 35 rooms


  • 24-hour check-in
  • Check-out time is 10 AM
Airport shuttle service is available on request. Contact the property in advance to make arrangements. Due to drought conditions, water restrictions apply at this property until further notice. Guests can expect periodic water supply outages or reduced water pressure during their stay. For more details, please contact the property using the number provided on the booking confirmation email.

Required at check in

  • Credit card or cash deposit required

  • Government-issued photo ID 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 on request) *


  • Free self parking (limited)
* See small print for additional details or extra charges

In the hotel

Food and drink
  • Bar/lounge
  • Coffee shop/café
  • Barbecue grills
Things to do
  • Outdoor pool
  • Hiking/biking trails nearby
  • Surfing/boogie boarding nearby
  • Billiards or pool table
  • Concierge services
  • Tours/ticket assistance
  • Dry cleaning/laundry service
  • Luggage storage
  • ATM/banking
  • Designated smoking areas
  • Garden
  • Terrace
  • Library
  • Television in common areas

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, Cape Town’s small print

Also known as

  • Backpack Cape Town
  • Backpack Hostel
  • Backpack Hostel Cape Town


Please note that cultural norms and guest policies may differ by country and by property. The policies listed are provided by the property.

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

Optional extras

Airport shuttle service is offered for an extra charge of ZAR 280 per person (one way)

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

What’s around The Backpack - Hostel, Cape Town


  • In Cape Town City Centre
  • South African National Gallery - 13 min walk
  • Greenmarket Square - 16 min walk
  • Cape Town International Convention Centre - 26 min walk
  • Castle of Good Hope - 26 min walk
  • Two Oceans Aquarium - 39 min walk
  • Cape Town Stadium - 40 min walk
  • Long Street - 4 min walk

Getting around

  • Cape Town (CPT-Cape Town Intl.) - 23 min drive
  • Cape Town Station - 23 min walk
  • Cape Town Bellville Station - 29 min drive
  • Free self parking
  • Limited parking
  • Airport shuttle (surcharge)

Recent reviews

Fabulous 8.8 From 61 reviews

The Backpack - Hostel, Cape Town
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, us3 night trip
The Backpack - Hostel, Cape Town
It will do.
Main staff could be nicer, they consistently seemed put out any question I had and sometimes even my mere presence. Not the most welcoming of feelings. Room was clean and fine although it didn't look like the photos. Neighbors were quite noisy even late but that can't be helped - it's a hostel. Overall not the worst one I have stayed in but also not the best, but certainly works if you just need a place to stay for a bit on your travels.
Dawn, usOther trip
The Backpack - Hostel, Cape Town
Very Good8.0
A good stay at The Backpack
We enjoyed our stat The Backpack. Great location, clean rooms and common areas, and the place does a lot for the community. The gift shop is nice to pick up small gifts for those back home. We would stay here again!
Christopher, us1 night romance trip
The Backpack - Hostel, Cape Town
Very Good8.0
This is a best place to meet and make friend with
Overall, it is very good.
Tam, us7 night trip
The Backpack - Hostel, Cape Town
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, gb14 night trip

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The Backpack - Hostel, Cape Town

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