The best part of a holiday is diving into the culture and vibrant atmosphere of a city and making fantastic new friends along the way — backpackers often head to hostels, the best places to achieve this. Offering all of the necessities and features of a hotel (but without the hefty price), we round up the top budget accommodations in Cape Town.
Once in Cape Town
For a luxury experience within budget, look no further than Once in Cape Town. This chic hostel is located on trendy Kloof Street and in close proximity to great restaurants and boutiques. There are mixed and ladies-only dorms for the social butterflies, and private twin, double and family rooms that sleep between two and six guests. Each room has a private bathroom, extra-length beds, lockers and reading lights, while the private rooms have the same amenities with the addition of a TV. After a long day of sightseeing, you can tell stories around the outdoor fire pit, unwind in the meditation garden or whip up a quick meal in the self-service kitchen. Freebies include WiFi, linen and breakfast at their on-site café.
Nestled at the foot of majestic Table Mountain in Gardens, Ashanti Lodge Backpackers is your gateway to the city. Set in a gorgeous refurbished Victorian mansion, the lodge offers mixed and female-only dorms, single, double and twin rooms each equipped with basins (bathrooms are shared), lockers and reading lights. In the morning, take a dip in the sparkling outdoor pool, relax in the garden, catch some TV in the common room, or enjoy delicious cocktails and a meal in the bar area with fabulous mountain views. If you’d prefer to rough it, there’s a stretch of ground to pitch your tent and spend the night under the stars.
Situated on the vibrant Green Point strip and surrounded by trendy restaurants and bars, Never@Home Backpackers is a funky, modern lodge located within walking distance of the V&A Waterfront. With easy access to public transport you can spend your days tanning at the beach, hiking Table Mountain or browsing the city’s fashionable boutiques. Never@Home offers a variety of accommodation options, ranging from private twin and double rooms with en-suite or shared bathrooms, and mixed dorms sleeping four to ten guests in one room with en-suite bathrooms. There’s also a ‘sanctuary dorm’ for females featuring a private outdoor patio, hairdryers and free toiletries! Never@Home ensures great value for money with free WiFi and linen, buzzing public areas, an outdoor pool, shuttle service, internet zone and communal kitchen. If that’s not all, their on-site restaurant and bar serves fantastic South African fare and cocktails.
Named one of the best hostels in Africa, Backpack & Travel is an award-winning, fair trade and environmentally-friendly hostel. If you’re looking to make greener choices, be sure to book a room at The Backpack, as they use biodegradable cleaning products, recycle on a monthly basis, and use vegetable scraps to feed their worm farms. The lodge accommodates 100 people in 35 rooms, all of which are individually styled with air conditioning and private or shared bathrooms. A free continental breakfast and unlimited WiFi is included, not to mention the use of the outdoor pool, pool table, and travel center to help you plan your Cape Town adventure. On-site facilities include a café and bar, fully equipped kitchen, laundry facilities, ATM and luggage storage room, ensuring that your stay is as stress-free and enjoyable as possible.
Rated as one of the top 20 party hostels in the world, Carnival Court is located smack dab in the middle of all the action in Long Street, renowned for its vibrant nightlife and bars. If you enjoy city life, then this is the place to be! This grand old Victorian lodge boasts three floors of cozy rooms and woodwork restored to its original splendor. From the two large balconies on the first and second floors, you can watch life unfold on the street below as you look out over the buildings onto the slopes of Signal Hill. From late afternoon, mingle with fellow travelers in the buzzing bar for a drink or a game of pool or foosball. The lodge is a five minute walk from Greenmarket Square and the Cape Town CBD, while Table Mountain and the city’s beaches are only a short taxi drive away.
Conveniently located between hipster Bree Street Cape Town’s party center on Long Street, this new boutique hostel on Loop Street delivers the best of both worlds. The MyCiti bus stops directly on its doorstep, offering guests cheap transport to all the best beaches and attractions Cape Town has to offer. Choose from a range of comfortable dorms, suites and futuristic ‘pod rooms’ all named after capital cities in the southern hemisphere. All bookings include free breakfast, key-card lockers, WiFi, a free welcome drink and weekly socials! And if that’s not all, The Honey Badger bar and café on-site is always ready to serve you a deluxe brewed coffee or cold beer.