Check-In and Check Out: The average check-in time is from 15:00 (3pm), while the Check Out time is before 11:00 (11am). Hostels usually offer luggage storage in case you arrive earlier or leave later. Make sure you check if luggage storage is free or if there is an extra cost.
They are an adventure led accommodation and travel brand offering a bright and fun environment specifically ideal for solo travellers visiting Cape Town.
All the staff are helpful and friendly which is always welcomed. It will make your stay extra special.
They also happen to be inhouse travel experts that can help you with arranging free and and paid for tours/activities in the area, so make sure you have a chat with them.
For sure the bar and the swimming pool area is the best place to make new friends and chill out – there is a sundeck here, too!
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How cool is the name of the hostel bar; Randy Warthog. It overlooks the swimming pool and is where you can enjoy weekly events such as beer pong and pool competitions.
There’s also a daily Happy Hour here, plus a yummy BBQ night alongside a menu of mouth-watering meals available every day.
What about the rooms?
Solo travellers can enjoy a range of dorms including a 4-bed female only dorm and a larger 10-bed mixed.
Otherwise, if you have a bit more coin you could treat yourself to a private deluxe king room – oo-err! Private bathroom is included.
Location: Located in the trendy suburb of Green Point Strip, Never At Home is a short walk from the bustling CBD and a 10-minute drive from Camps Bay and Clifton Beaches. Honesty, it’s a mere stone’s throw from the best nightlife, restaurants and tourist attractions of the city. Oh and there is a handy supermarket next door!
It’s in the heart of the city and one we’re sure you’re going to love.
I mean, did you expect to find a hostel that has a swimming pool with Table Mountain views? Probably not, but here you are!
Alongside that, their very own bar is open ’til late each night, and often there are cool evening activities to join.
If you’re not into that, relax in the garden after a swim and upload your photos using the Fibre Wi-Fi – it’s free, after all.
Backpack Cape Town Hostel can accommodate 108 people at one time in 11 room types. These are:
Single, twin + double rooms
4 + 8-bed mixed dorms
4-bed female dorms
It’s so nice to see colour on the walls and big windows letting in tons of light. Each room is unique, spread over four 100-year old Victorian houses.
Forget boring high-rise buildings. Many of the dorms have single (not bunk) beds and their own courtyard and garden. Fancy pants!
To top it off there is a free continental breakfast and the hostel has its own water supply. If you’re keen to hear more about the sustainability efforts, check out our full review to Villa Viva Cape Town here.
The variety of rooms here – private, single, mixed and female dorms – almost all come with an en-suite for added comfort.
One thing we can guarantee is that breakfast is included for everyone.
To bring people together, this backpackers has created some wonderful social spaces such as:
Swimming pool + garden
Lounge w/ TV
Entertainment area w/ pool table
Unlike the first two hostels, this one likes to arrange group events to help break the ice.
Helpful, smiling staff make the whole experience easier.
What makes this hostel unique is that they give back to the community by supporting local programms and charities. Alongside going green, you know your money is going towards great causes by staying here.
We suggest that if you found the place for you, it is time to check availability right away and book it now!
We have given you our personal favorites and we wish that you won’t need to look to other sites. But if our favorites are not good enough for you and you are still looking for more, here’s more Cape Town hostels worth a mention.
Never at Home Kloof Street
Ashanti Lodge Gardens
Urban Hive Backpackers
A Sunflower Stop Backpackers
Long Street Backpackers Hostel
In this list, you will see other hostels that we think you might consider. You will see variety of hostels Cape Town South Africa has to offer from cheap accommodation in Cape Town to party hostels. It is all here.
So, check it out.
Never At Home Kloof Street
Sister hostel to Never At Home Green Point (our #1 hostel), Kloof Street offers its own unique vibe which makes it a tough contender.
For one thing, ALL of the bedrooms come with private bathrooms, including the female dorms.
Location: Kloof Street is one of those eternally cool spots in Cape Town, home to awesome restaurants, boutiques and galleries. Not too far away is Long Street – the place to head if you want to enjoy some fun nightlife.
Zebra Crossing Backpacker offers basic accommodation. The space is a bit small but their services is superb! The staff are amazing.
They have common areas inside and outside of the hostel where you can meet travellers. Backpackers in Cape Town CBD will truly enjoy their stay here.
Since the location is set in Cape Town, there are restaurants and shops nearby that you could visit to experience the city centre.
24 Hour Reception
Location: Set in Cape Town, 2.5 km from Broken Bath Beach. The property is situated 2.5 km from Milton Beach, 2.8 km from Sunset Beach and 3.2 km from Robben Island Ferry. The nearest airport is Cape Town International, 20 km from Zebra Crossing Backpacker.
I bet that it will be easy for you to find Urban Hive Backpackers when you are in the area because of its Victorian style architecture.
They have a nice balcony where you can enjoy your drinks. They have an adventure tour desk where they help guests plan once in a lifetime experience in Cape Town.
24 Hour Reception
Location: Urban Hive Backpackers is set on buzzing Long Street in central Cape Town. Long Street offers a variety of restaurants, bars and nightlife options. The Company’s Garden is within 5 minutes’ walk and Greenmarket Square is 550 m away.
The atmosphere in A Sunflower Stop Backpackers is good. If you are travelling alone, this place is great because it will allow you to meet new friends.
If you want a little privacy, they have private rooms but if you want to experience sleeping with other travellers they have dormitories of course!
Rooms are comfortable and the beds are very nice. Guests think that it is value for money!
Location: Nestled between Table Mountain and Three Anchor Bay, A Sunflower Stop is next to Cape Town’s Green Point Common. A Sunflower Stop is a 20 minute walk from Victoria and Alfred Waterfront and is 6 km from both Clifton and Camps Bay beaches. It is 3.5 km away from Cape Town So Africa.
The hostel can accommodate 80 guests with their dormitory style accommodation, as well as single, twin, and double private rooms, all with shared bathrooms.
Staff are very friendly and super duper helpful. They believe in laid-back fun and adventure. There is no dull moment when you are in this hostel. There are plenty of things to do around Cape Town.
Location: Located on bustling Long Street in the Cape Town City Centre. The Company’s Garden is 300 m from Longstreet Backpackers, while Long Street Supermarket is 77 m away. The nearest airport is Cape Town International Airport, 21 km from Longstreet Backpackers. It is 13 minute walk to South Cape South Africa.
Update: Sorry folks, ONCE in Cape Town has permanently closed. We keep this content here for your information.
You should believe us when we tell you that Cape Town has done well to produce a super cool party hostel called ONCE in Cape Town. We have read hundreds of Hostelworld ONCE in Cape Town reviews and they are saying the same thing. This is the best when it comes to party!
It’s a clever hostel name that you’ll no doubt be using a lot to tell stories of your experience at this fun place.
You’ll be saying, ONCE in Cape Town Hostel I enjoyed the…
Close proximity to Longstreet where the party scene is at
3 in-house restaurants (each with a different vibe)
Outdoor fire pit
Bar open until 11pm
Book your stay in a dorm or a private. Either way you’ll be treated to a private bathroom and no curfew.
How to book?
We recommend using Booking.com or Hostelworld for your reservations.
Hostelworld is super safe and the biggest booking platform for hostels.
On both platforms your credit card is 100% protected and the booking 100% confirmed.
We included the handy links to each of the recommended hostel. Just click on the hostel name. The link will lead you to check prices and availability.
Not all hostels in Cape Town are necessarily safe, especially the one that offers the cheapest price in sketchy areas. It might be an illegal hostel, without proper license to run and safety measures.
So in all fairness, it is best to check out Hostelgeeks.com because we feature safe hostels in Cape Town. You can find backpacker hostel with top ratings! Keep a close eye on the overall ratings on booking platforms!
It is true that prices in Cape Town varies and remember that it is not always okay to stay at a budget or cheap backpackers in Cape Town because of security reasons.
If you are not secure, you can also send us an email and ask us!
What are the best hostels in Cape Town?
You can find the best Cape Town hostels in this article!
We have prepared a little extra for you; so do not run away already.
Personally, we are no experts when it comes to actual secrets Cape Town. So? How can we have here any recommendations?!
Easy: Our friend Annika from Midnightblueelephant.com used to live in the most southern city in Africa. She knows Cape Town inside out plus we enjoy her travel style! This is the perfect mix to bring you this unique secret guide.
Therefore, let us proudly introduce you the 5 secret tips for Cape Town.
With these recommendations you can enjoy Cape Town in a local way. Together with Annika we show you great activities, where to enjoy the local art scene, and where you can get the best burger in town.
A place where you can drink while doing good.
Want the best burger in Cape Town? We will take you there!
The all-in-one stop for your weekend shopping.
Cape Town’s monthly get together – a city crawl of a different kind.
Where to find new friends to chase the waves with – great activity!
1. Bar: The Orphanage Cocktail Emporium
Of course, you can just order a beer here, but it would be a pity because the Orphanage makes some of the best and most innovative cocktails in town.
Don’t be put off by the lines at the door or their prices, it will all be worth it once you are dancing the night away with a ‘Daddy Warbucks’.
If you prefer to do good with your cocktail, have a ‘More Tea Vicar?’ which includes a donation to the orphanage that used to be housed on the corner.
2. Yummy: The Dog’s Bollocks (50 Burger per night)
Get yourself the self-proclaimed biggest most badass burger of Cape Town at The Dog’s Bollocks.
The atmosphere oozes New York back-alley charm and the burgers are really all they promise to be.
Write your order on the chalkboard and most importantly get here early, chef Nigel only makes 50 burgers per night.
3. Channel your inner Warhol at First Thursdays
It’s art & socializing – join the cool Capetonians every first Thursday for a gallery crawl of note.
Galleries stay open late, admission is free, and it is a great chance to explore the inner city on foot. See the best of the local art & event scene and, of course, don’t forget to stop on the way for a drink in one of the many participating bars!
For details about the art, events, and the current map of galleries visit the official website first-thursdays.co.za.
4. Catch a perfect wave with Stoked School of Surf
Cape Town’s one and only mobile surf school will take you to the beaches with the ideal wind and swell conditions each day for your lesson.
And if you already know how to surf, but are new to town they offer surf guiding to show you the best spots.