Saturday, 14 Dec 2019

The 15 Best hostels in Cape Town, South Africa

How to find the best hostels in Cape Town for your trip

Welcome to stunning Cape Town! A firm favourite on many backpackers ‘top cities’ lists… and for good reason. So, what is it that makes travellers fall in love with Cape Town, you ask? Maybe it’s the spectacular scenery and breath-taking natural beauty on offer? Table Mountain, the national park and Lions Head, to name a few. Or maybe it’s the variety of activities up for grabs? Hike up stunning mountains, relax on beautiful beaches, catch the surf or sip wine in vineyards. OR, if that doesn’t float your boat, perhaps it’s the charming culture? Ranked as one of the most multicultural cities in the world, it’s hard not to fall in love with the tasty cuisine, smiling locals and electric atmosphere. Whatever it is, it’s true that there’s nowhere quite like Cape Town. To make your stay even more unforgettable, we’ve highlighted the top hostels in the area. Take your pick from convenient central accommodation, based near the lively and popular Long Street – Or, head towards the waterfront for your beautiful beach fix. There are some amazing options; whether you’re looking for a pool, a balcony with a view or a basic budget bed (so you can spend more on food) we’ve got you covered!

Read on for our guide to the best hostels in Cape Town!

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  4. Best of the rest hostels in Cape Town

Best hostels in Cape Town for solo travellers

ONCE in Cape Town

Once in Cape Town offers backpacker accommodation in a great Location, with a great vibe, safety and good value for money – and according to the reviews, they’re nailing it! Located in a vibrant area, close to the popular Longstreet, you’ll find bars, clubs and restaurants to match whatever mood you’re in! If you don’t fancy venturing out, why not utilise the 3 in-house restaurants – or cook up a storm using the outdoor fire-pit or communal kitchen. At night, the café transforms into a hip bar – the perfect spot to mingle and meet other backpackers. The hostel meditation garden is also a great space to work, chill and make new travel friends. But if you want to head out, get involved in the daily free activities like hiking Lions Head or watching the sunset at Signal Hill – Unforgettable! EVERY room has an en-suite (yep, even dorms) and dorm beds are custom-made extra length ? with a safety locking box and charging space for your phone/laptop etc.

best hostels in cape town - ONCE in Cape Town

Hostel highlights:

  • In-house restaurants & bar
  • Meditation garden
  • Communal kitchen and outdoor fire pit
  • En-suite in every room
  • Free daily activities

? Address: 69 Kloof street, Cape Town, South Africa

? Neighbourhood: Central

Book your stay at ONCE in Cape Town now

 

The B.I.G Backpackers

Fanfare please! Introducing B.I.G Backpackers, the HOSCARS 2016, 2017 and 2018 winner of ‘Best hostel in Africa!’ This boutique hostel in Green Point is stylish, modern, arty and super clean.  Just browse the reviews and you’ll see the love; several past guests even describe B.I.G as the “best hostel” they’ve EVER stayed at! Solo travellers will love the communal vibe and find it easy to mingle with fellow backpackers. The facilities are awesome (swimming pool, poolside BBQ, free WIFI, free breakfast) and so are the staff (super-helpful with great local tips.) The location (10-minute walk to the V&A Waterfront) is also spot on… it’s basically the full package and an award winner for a reason!

best hostels in cape town - The B.I.G Backpackers

Hostel highlights:

  • HOSCARS 2016, 2017, 2018 ‘Best hostel in Africa’
  • Swimming pool
  • Free breakfast
  • In-house bar

? Address: 18 Thornhill Road, Green Point, Cape Town

? Neighbourhood: Victoria & Alfred Waterfront

Book your stay at B.I.G Backpackers now

 

Atlantic Point Backpackers

Atlantic Point Backpackers was awarded 3rd best hostel in Africa 2018! Backpackers love this hostel because of its amazing location (by the waterfront) and the fact it has “everything you need” according to one recent review. With plenty of communal spaces such as the entertainment room with pool table, TV lounge, BBQ, on-site bar and a small swimming pool, you’ll find it easy to meet other travellers. Atlantic Point also offers an amazing FREE breakfast every morning, including fruits, eggs, oatmeal, yogurt and more. SOLD!

best hostels in cape town-Atlantic Point Backpackers

Hostel highlights:

  • Free breakfast
  • Splash pool
  • In-house bar

? Address: 2 Cavalcade Road, Greenpoint, Cape Town

? Neighbourhood: Victoria & Alfred Waterfront

Book your stay at Atlantic Point Backpackers now

 

The Backpack Cape Town

The Backpack Cape Town is a Fair-Trade hostel that has won awards for its green accommodation initiative, thanks to its stand-out policies on recycling, solar panels and much more. They also offer guests the chance to give back by joining the team for a day at their community project; gardening or tutoring children. The Backpack certainly goes above and beyond for responsible tourism, but it also offers an in-house bar, organised events and BBQ’s, free continental breakfast every morning, plus an outdoor pool! The location is also spot on, perfectly situated in the heart of Cape Town near bars and restaurants, a 5-minute taxi or bus ride from V&A Waterfront, and 10 minutes from the Table Mountain Cable Car Station.

best hostels in cape town - The Backpack Cape Town

Hostel highlights:

  • Green accommodation, Fair Trade hostel
  • Swimming pool
  • In-house bar
  • Free continental breakfast

? Address: 74 New Church Street, Cape Town, South Africa

? Neighbourhood: Central

Book your stay at The Backpack now

 

Best hostels in Cape Town for couples

 

Never@home

Never@home is a stand out hostel in Cape Town that really goes above and beyond. This cool hostel is renowned for its mega high standards of cleanliness and security, but it’s the awesome swimming pool and sundeck (pic below) and the lively on-site bar and restaurant that steal the plaudits. Couples who prefer their own privacy will enjoy the stylish double/twin rooms that all have their own en-suite. The location is also ideal, with modern restaurants and buzzing bars nearby, plus the added bonus of being just a short 5-minute stroll from the famous V & A Waterfront.

best hostels in cape town -Never@home

Hostel highlights:

  • Pool and sundeck
  • BBQ
  • Restaurant and bar
  • Regular social events

? Address: 107 Main Road, Green Point, Cape Town

? Neighbourhood: Victoria & Alfred Waterfront

Book your stay at Never@Home now

 

Ashanti Lodge Gardens

Want a hostel with a view? You won’t beat Ashanti Lodge Gardens. One guest sums it up by claiming it provided him with the “best hostel bathroom toilet view, ever!” And if a loo with a view doesn’t sell it to you (tongue twister!) the location definitely will. Located within walking distance of the city centre, close to Cape Town’s magnificent beaches and also not too far from the Table Mountain cable cars, you’ll be in prime position to make the most out of Cape Town. After a day of exploring, come back and relax with your partner in crime by the pool or chill on the spacious balconies with a cocktail in hand!

best hostels in cape town - Ashanti Lodge Gardens

Hostel highlights:

  • Stunning mountain views
  • Pool and sundeck
  • Restaurant and bar

? Address: 11 Hof Street, Gardens, Cape Town

? Neighbourhood: Central

Book your stay at Ashanti Lodge Gardens now

Zebra Crossing

Zebra Crossing is a cosy, comfy, clean hostel with a chilled vibe. It’s generally considered to be one of the quieter hostels in Cape Town, which can be perfect for couples looking for a relaxed trip. The location is super convenient, with Kloof street, Long street, Table Mountain and Lion’s Head all within walking distance. At Zebra Crossing, guests enjoy the leafy garden and courtyards with barbeque, in-house cafe and the Travel Centre which it makes it super easy to arrange and book all your trips and tours. If you’re lucky, you’ll bag a room with a view, with the epic Table Mountain visible from several of the dorm windows.

best hostels in cape town - zebra crossing

Hostel highlights:

  • In-house café
  • Travel desk
  • Leafy courtyards

? Address: 82 New Church street, Gardens, Cape Town, South Africa

? Neighbourhood: Central

Book your stay at Zebra Crossing now

 

Best party hostels in Cape Town

 

Long Street Backpackers

Party people, you are in for a treat! Located smack bang in the middle of the entertainment precinct of Cape Town (AKA the popular party destination!) Long Street Backpackers leaves you spoilt for choice with hundreds of eating, drinking and entertainment options right on your doorstep. Guests say “there’s always something going on at the bar/reception” with organised events such as social BBQ’s and beer pong etc – getting the backpackers together and the good times started. This charismatic old building has plenty of communal hang out spots, such as the sunny and leafy courtyard, fantastic balconies with views onto signal hill and the buzzing streets below, plus a tv room and pool room.

best hostels in cape town - Long Street Backpackers

Hostel highlights:

  • In-house bar
  • BBQ
  • Courtyard & balconies
  • Regular social events

? Address: 209 Long St, Cape Town City Centre

? Neighbourhood: Central

Book your stay at Long Street now

 

91 Loop hostel

Comfy, clean, modern and safe, 91 Loop Hostel ticks all the backpacker boxes. Solo travellers especially will love the vibrant social atmosphere, in-house restaurant/bar and fun weekly events (drinking games, quizzes, live music etc.) that make it a great place to meet and hang out with fellow explorers. The ideal central location, awesome attentive staff and comfy capsule beds are mentioned regularly in the comments, with the free brekky to start each day sealing the deal to make it a backpacker favourite in Cape Town.

best hostels in cape town - 91 Loop hostel

Hostel highlights:

  • Free breakfast
  • Free walking tours
  • Weekly activities
  • Discounts on food in the in-house bar & restaurant

? Address: 91 Loop Street, Cape Town

? Neighbourhood: Central

Book your stay at 91 Loop now

 

Best of the rest hostels in Cape Town

 

Mojo Hostel

Mojo Hostel is situated in a lively neighbourhood, walking distance to the beach and not far from the city centre. Plus, as the name suggests, you are treated to the buzzing Mojo market directly below the hostel, providing lots of tasty food options at good prices. The hostel offers a beautiful 200 square metre roof terrace and awesome balconies with stunning sea and mountain views.  Admittedly, Mojo’s is more catered for groups looking for the ideal seafront location. If you’re a solo backpacker looking for a communal vibe and the best atmosphere to meet other travellers, take a look at our ‘Solo’ category above!

 best hostels in cape town - Mojo Hostel

Hostel highlights:

  • 200 square metre roof terrace with sea or mountain views
  • World food market below

? Address: 30 Regent Road, Sea Point, Cape Town

? Neighbourhood: Sea Point

Book your stay at Mojo Hostel now

 

Cat and Moose Backpackers Lodge

Set in a historical building built in 1792, this charming hostel is set against the backdrop of the majestic Table Mountain. With colourful interior and African decor, offers comfortable, clean and safe accommodation with a relaxing atmosphere. Located on Long Street you’ll have plenty of bars and restaurants on your doorstep, with the added benefit of being within walking distance from the train station and central bus terminals. The sunny, leafy and private courtyard with splash-pool is a great added bonus!

best hostels in cape town -Cat and Moose Backpackers Lodge

Hostel highlights:

  • Sunny, leafy and private courtyard
  • Splash pool
  • Free WIFI

? Address: 18 Thornhill Road, Green Point, Cape Town

? Neighbourhood: Central

Book your stay at Cat and Moose Backpackers Lodge now

 

A Sunflower Stop

Coffee fans, listen up. offers FREE filter coffee, all day! If that sounds good, then things are about to get even better. You’ll be within 15 minutes from Cape Town city centre (Green Market Square), Victoria and Alfred Waterfront, Table Mountain and beautiful beaches (Clifton, Llundudno, Camps Bay). The hostel also offers comfy rooms and a beautiful outdoor area with a pool and bar.

best hostels in cape town - a sunflower stop

Hostel highlights:

  • Free coffee
  • Small swimming pool
  • In-house bar

? Address: 179 Main Road, Green Point, Cape Town

? Neighbourhood: Victoria & Alfred Waterfront

Book your stay at A Sunflower Stop now

 

Stoked Backpackers

Are you a beach addict or ocean lover? If so, Stoked Backpackers is the one for you. Regarded as one of Cape Town’s best beach hostels, with amazing views overlooking Surfers’ Corner and False Bay, you’ll be just 100 metres away from Muizenberg Beach – a hot spot for surfing, kitesurfing and paddle boarding! The hostel itself has an “excellent chilled out community vibe” and offers en-suites in every dorm. There’s also a great communal room and balcony with unbeatable ocean and sunrise views, plus an awesome cafe where you can get a great cup of coffee, tasty bites and hang out with other travellers and locals.

best hostels in cape town - stoked backpackers

Hostel highlights:

  • Minutes from the beach
  • In-house café
  • Communal balcony with ocean views

? Address: 175 Main Road, Surfers’ Corner, Muizenberg

? Neighbourhood: Muizenberg

Book your stay at Stoked Backpackers now

 

Bohemian Lofts Backpackers

Bohemian Lofts Backpackers offer affordable, funky, clean rooms, in a fascinating part of Cape Town. Observatory (or Obz for short) is an interesting, hip and happening area, where you can enjoy events, live gigs, stylish bars, quirky restaurants, little cafes and more. The hostel is a great base to get to hotspots such as the False Bay beaches, the West Coast beaches, the centre of Cape Town and the Cape Flats etc. Guests love the free breakfast and the communal balcony – great for people watching and relaxing with fellow backpackers.

best hostels in cape town - Bohemian Lofts Backpackers

Hostel highlights:

  • Free breakfast
  • Bohemian location
  • Communal balcony with ocean views

? Address: 41 Trill Rd, Observatory

? Neighbourhood: Observatory

Book your stay at Bohemian Lofts Backpackers now

33 South Backpackers

33 South Backpackers has been described as a “cute place with a great, chilled vibe.”  33SB aim to provide a home away from home, combined with luxurious, clean and safe dorms. Located in Observatory (affectionately called ‘Obs’ by the locals) you’ll be in a quirky, ‘hipster’ neighbourhood offering cheap beer and good food – topped off with an array of artists and musicians, providing plenty of entertainment. Note: Friday is BBQ day (AKA Braai-day!) This meat-and-greet is a great way to enjoy some tasty grub in local fashion, whilst meeting other backpackers and locals.

best hostels cape town - 33 South Backpackers

Hostel highlights:

  • Bookcrossing/exchange venue
  • In-house café
  • Communal balcony with ocean views

? Address: 48 Trill Rd, Observatory

? Neighbourhood: Observatory

Book your stay at 33 South Backpackers now

Keep reading ?? 

⭐ Backpackers guide to South Africa

⭐ Things to do in Cape Town

⭐ World’s most beautiful mountains

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