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Full-sized fridge, microwave, oven, stovetop
Comfort Shared Dormitory | Blackout curtains, iron/ironing board, free WiFi, bed sheets
Family Room | Blackout curtains, iron/ironing board, free WiFi, bed sheets
Smart TV
Comfort Double Room | Blackout curtains, iron/ironing board, free WiFi, bed sheets

Overview of The BIG


2.0 star property
Green Point guesthouse with outdoor pool and bar/lounge

9.4/10 Exceptional

43 verified guest reviews

Popular amenities

  • Free breakfast
  • Parking available
  • Pool
  • Free WiFi
  • Airport transfer
  • Air conditioning
18 Thornhill Road, Green Point, Cape Town, Western Cape, 8005

Room options

About this area

What's nearby

  • In Green Point

Getting around

  • Cape Town (CPT-Cape Town Intl.) - 24 min drive
  • Cape Town Station - 6 min drive
  • Cape Town Bellville Station - 19 min drive
  • Airport shuttle (surcharge)


  • Giovanni's Deli World - 5 min walk
  • El Burro - 5 min walk
  • Salathai Restaurant - 5 min walk
  • Shift expresso - 6 min walk
  • Hudsons - 6 min walk

About this property


The BIG offers an airport shuttle (available 24 hours) for ZAR 220.00 per person one-way. After splashing around at the outdoor pool, you can unwind with a drink at the bar/lounge. A snack bar/deli and a terrace are offered, and in-room conveniences include fridges and microwaves. Fellow travellers say good things about the helpful staff and location.


Afrikaans, English, French, Hebrew, Spanish

Cleaning and safety practices

Enhanced cleanliness measures

Disinfectant is used to clean the property
High-touch surfaces are cleaned and disinfected


Contactless social distancing and check-out
Cashless transactions are available for all charges at the property
Guest accommodations are accessible via mobile device
Guest rooms kept vacant for 24 hours between stays
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 sanitiser provided
This information is provided by our partners.

At a glance

Hotel size

  • 19 rooms


  • Check-in time from 2 PM until 11 PM
  • Late check-in subject to availability
  • Minimum check-in age – 18
  • Check-out time is 11:00 AM

Restrictions related to your trip

  • Check COVID-19 restrictions

Special check-in instructions

  • The front desk is open daily from 7:00 AM - 11 PM
  • Guests must contact the property in advance for check-in instructions; front desk staff will greet guests on arrival
  • To make arrangements for check-in please contact the property ahead of time using the information on the booking confirmation

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


  • No cots (infant beds)


  • Pets not allowed


  • Free WiFi in public areas
  • Free WiFi in rooms


  • Wheelchair-accessible parking on site
  • On-site parking is limited
  • Free off-site parking nearby


  • Airport shuttle (available 24 hours)*

Other information

  • Designated smoking areas

Property amenities

Food and drink

  • Free continental breakfast each morning 8 AM–10 AM
  • Bar/lounge
  • BBQs
  • Snack bar/deli


  • Front desk (limited hours)
  • Concierge services
  • Tour/ticket assistance
  • Dry cleaning/laundry services
  • Luggage storage


  • Safe-deposit box at front desk
  • Garden
  • Terrace
  • Library
  • An outdoor pool


  • Accessible bathroom (selected rooms)
  • In-room accessibility (selected rooms)
  • Wheelchair-accessible path of travel
  • Wheelchair-accessible parking


  • Afrikaans
  • English
  • French
  • Hebrew
  • Spanish

Room amenities

Be entertained

  • 50-cm Smart TV

Home comfort

  • Air conditioning
  • Ceiling fan
  • Iron/ironing board (on request)

Sleep well

  • Blackout curtains
  • Bed sheets provided

Freshen up

  • Private bathroom
  • Shower only
  • Free toiletries
  • Hairdryer
  • Towels

Stay connected

  • Free WiFi
  • Electrical adapters/chargers

Food and drink

  • Full-sized fridge/freezer
  • Freezer
  • Microwave
  • Shared kitchen access
  • Stovetop
  • Oven
  • Toaster
  • Cookware, dishes and utensils
  • Mixer


  • Daily housekeeping
  • Mobile key entry
  • Guidebooks/recommendations

Fees & policies

Optional extras

  • Airport shuttle service is offered for an extra charge of ZAR 220.00 per person (one-way)

Hygiene & cleanliness

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

Disinfectant is used to clean the property, and commonly touched surfaces are cleaned with disinfectant between stays.

Social distancing measures are in place; staff at the property wear personal protective equipment; periodic temperature checks are conducted on staff; temperature checks are available to guests; guests are provided with hand sanitiser; cashless payment methods are available for all transactions; guests can access their rooms with a mobile device; masks are required in public areas.

Contactless check-in and contactless check-out are available.

Each guestroom is kept vacant for a minimum of 24 hours between bookings.


This property is managed by a professional host. The provision of housing is linked to their trade, business, or profession

This property accepts credit cards. Cash is not accepted.

Also known as

B.I.G Backpackers House Cape Town
B.I.G Backpackers House
B.I.G Backpackers Cape Town
B.I.G Backpackers
The BIG Cape Town
The BIG Guesthouse
The B.I.G Backpackers
The BIG Guesthouse Cape Town

Frequently asked questions

What are the cleanliness and hygiene measures currently in place at The BIG?
This property confirms that disinfectant is used to clean the property. Furthermore, guests are provided with hand sanitiser, social distancing measures are in place and staff are given personal protective equipment. Please note that this information has been provided by our partners.
How much does it cost to stay at The BIG?
As of 27 January 2023, prices found for a 1-night stay for 2 adults at The BIG on 23 February 2023 start from €91, including taxes and fees. This price is based on the lowest nightly price found in the last 24 hours for stays in the next 30 days. Prices are subject to change. Choose your dates for more accurate prices.
Is there a pool at The BIG?
Yes, there's an outdoor pool.
Are pets allowed at The BIG?
Sorry, pets aren't allowed.
Is parking offered on site at The BIG?
Yes. Parking spaces may be limited.
Is an airport shuttle service offered by The BIG?
Yes, an airport shuttle is available. The charge is ZAR 220.00 per person one-way.
What are the check-in and check-out times at The BIG?
You can check in from 2 PM - 11 PM. Check-out time is 11:00 AM. Contactless social distancing and check-out are available.
Is there an on-site casino at The BIG?
No, this guest house doesn't have a casino, but GrandWest Casino & Entertainment World (23-min drive) is nearby.
What is there to do at The BIG and nearby?
The BIG has an outdoor pool and a garden.
Are there restaurants at or near The BIG?
Yes. Nearby restaurants include Giovanni's Deli World (5-min walk), El Burro (5-min walk) and Salathai Restaurant (5-min walk).
What's the area around The BIG like?
The BIG is a short 10-minute walk from Cape Town Stadium and 7 minutes' walk from Table Mountain National Park. Travellers recommend the guest house for its walkable location.







Staff & service




Property conditions & facilities


10/10 Exceptional

LaVesha, 27-night trip
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10/10 Exceptional

They provide things that make staying in a dorm much more comfortable, like plenty of clothes hooks and towel racks, good fans, lockers.
Thebestbackpack, 3-night trip
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10/10 Exceptional

Georgia, 5-night trip
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8/10 Very good

21-night trip
Verified Expedia guest review

10/10 Exceptional

Far exceeded expectation. Staff were acceptional. Would stay again.
7-night trip
Verified Expedia guest review

8/10 Very good

BIG Backpackers
BIG Backpackers is very homey-it really does feel like a home away from home. The location is really good and the staff are really cool. They have 2 nights where they take groups out on the town. The only downside is the breakfast is really basic.
Jonathan, 2-night trip
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10/10 Exceptional

Maybe the best hostel I been to ?
These people redefine hostel stay. Cannot believe I even made new friends. The place is neat and nice - friendly team and staff. More or less like a family. We even had a dinner together. Totally recommended. Safe, etc etc. Go for it if you are in CT and looking for a place to crash. Great washrooms, and wifi and breakfast and ..
Tony, 1-night trip
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10/10 Exceptional

5 star experience
5 star service at 2 star prices. We couldn't have picked a better base for our 10 nights in Cape Town. Staff went above and beyond to make sure we had the best possible time.
Gareth, 10-night romance trip
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10/10 Exceptional

I haven't like party hostel and too much kind staff. Because, I was too shy to hang out with other guests or staffs and many party hostel have only good people, but lack of clean or comfort. but here is different. everything was clean and comfy, staff was really helpful. they don't mind my english skill. even i don't have any plan, they help me to set up my schedule and reservation for several tour agency. the staff were real specialist so super-super helpful and they loved it. unforgettable experience. Milou, Ivor, and so on... miss you. just go there!
Verified CheapTickets guest review

10/10 Exceptional

Super Friendly, Clean Hostel in quiet Area.
Had a magical time at this hotel. The friendliness of the staff, close to everything, they book tours for you, made dinner for us on a night of the week. Did not want to leave after my stay :-)
Manny, 7-night trip
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