The B.I.G Backpackers
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The B.I.G Backpackers

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9.2
/
10
Exceptional service
9.7
Value for money9.2
Distance to city center1.0 Km
Location rating9.0
Nearest airportCape Town International Airport (CPT)
Distance to airport18.6 km
  • Airport transfer

  • Located in heart of Cape Town

  • Free Wi-Fi in all rooms!

  • Garden

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9.1
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Family Room
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  • Room size: 40 m²/431 ft²
  • Mountain view
  • 2 single beds and 1 bunk be...
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1 Bed in a Mixed Dormitory En-suite Room
1 Bed in a Mixed Dormitory En-suite Room
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  • Room size: 40 m²/431 ft²
  • Garden view
  • 1 bunk bed
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Twin/ Double
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  • Room size: 30 m²/323 ft²
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Triple Room
Triple Room
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  • Room size: 40 m²/431 ft²
  • Garden view
  • 3 single beds
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Classic Double Room with Shower
Classic Double Room with Shower
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  • Room size: 35 m²/377 ft²
  • 1 double bed
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1 Bed in a Female Dormitory Room
1 Bed in a Female Dormitory Room
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  • Room size: 50 m²/538 ft²
  • Garden view
  • 1 bunk bed
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          Agoda Reviews (43)Booking.com Reviews (903)
          9.2
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          10
          Exceptional
          Cleanliness9.2
          Facilities9.1
          Location9.0
          Room comfort and quality9.1
          Service9.7
          Value for money9.2
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          9.2
          Exceptional
          LI from Singapore
          Couple
          Twin/ Double
          Stayed 2 nights in January, 2017
          Nice cosy place ”
          Very cosy corner with excellent friendly service. Though rooms are small, they are functional and clean. Parking is slightly a problem as there are limited lots outside the property. Breakfast is good and generous!
          Reviewed December 09, 2017
          Thanks so much for the review, Li! We enjoyed hosting you. We offer five indoor parking bays as well as four outdoor bays for our guests to use on a first-come, first-served basis. On the rare occasion, it does happen that these bays are full, but there is also plenty of street parking available.
          Responded April 01, 2018
          The B.I.G Backpackers
          10.0
          Exceptional
          Sarah from United Kingdom
          Solo traveler
          1 Bed in a Female Dormitory Room
          Stayed 13 nights in November, 2017
          Exceptional”
          Best hostel I’ve ever stayed in! Would recommend to everyone!
          Reviewed November 29, 2017
          Thank you so much Sarah- it's always nice to see our wonderful guests had a great time!
          Responded April 01, 2018
          The B.I.G Backpackers
          6.8
          Good
          Marc from United Kingdom
          Family with young children
          Family Room
          Stayed 3 nights in November, 2017
          over priced”
          My wife and two kids of 12 and 9 stayed here for 3 days. I chose greenpoint, because its a location I normally stay in. The accommodation is clean and a good standard, but still a backpackers hostel. I can get a 4 star hotel for this price with 2 rooms and queen sized beds. Capetown in general is over priced.
          Reviewed November 15, 2017
          Dear Marc, The price did not deviate from what you agreed to pay beforehand, and we advertise everything exactly the way it is in reality. You are right in saying that the BIG Backpackers is indeed a backpackers hostel! Sorry you were unhappy with the decision you made!
          Responded April 01, 2018
          The B.I.G Backpackers
          8.4
          Excellent
          KHEM from Thailand
          Solo traveler
          Twin/ Double
          Stayed 3 nights in September, 2017
          Very nice stay!”
          I stayed in a private room and I found it very lovely how it is decorated (Sailor Room). The place is clean and quiet, located in a residential area but a bit steep, imagine you need to carry all your groceries up from the road. However, there are supermarket and many restaurants around. About 15 mins walk to Victoria & Alfred Waterfront. Staff here are very supportive and impressive. You can make a reservation for all the activities from them (at the same prince or with minimal charge). They even offer a sim card for free. Breakfast experience was very good. They provided food and tools, you cooked yourself if you like. The room that I stayed is en suite but the shower area drained so slow...it would take 15-20 mins to drain out. In general the place is great.
          Reviewed September 26, 2017
          Dear Khem, Thank you so much for your review- it always makes us happy when our guests had a great time with us! We have now improved the speed that the shower drains. Please visit us again, we loved having you!
          Responded November 02, 2017
          The B.I.G Backpackers
          10.0
          Exceptional
          xin from China
          Solo traveler
          1 Bed in a Mixed Dormitory En-suite Room
          Stayed 11 nights in August, 2017
          Exceptional”
          Staffs are nice , everything is prefect !
          Reviewed September 08, 2017
          We really appreciate your review, Xin! Thank you very much.
          Responded November 02, 2017
          The B.I.G Backpackers
          10.0
          Exceptional
          Mina from South Korea
          Solo traveler
          1 Bed in a Female Dormitory Room
          Stayed 3 nights in May, 2017
          Excellent”
          Great breakfast, spotless rooms and friendly staff!! Staff was very friendly. Their kindness was heartwarming. Don't miss out on an enlightening experience!
          Reviewed May 10, 2017
          Our staff loves forming connections with our guests and making sure you have the best time possible! We are so happy that you appreciated that. Please come back again soon! - Robyn and the BIG Family
          Responded November 02, 2017
          The B.I.G Backpackers
          9.6
          Exceptional
          Liyi from Singapore
          Solo traveler
          1 Bed in a Mixed Dormitory En-suite Room
          Stayed 4 nights in February, 2017
          Very friendly and hospitable staff! ”
          Just slightly away from the main hype in Cape Town but offers a more conducive, warm and cosy experience. Staff was really helpful and friendly. Room was of good size, comfort and clean. highly recommended!
          Reviewed February 18, 2017
          Hi Liyi, We like to think of ourselves as homey and friendly, we're glad you agree! Thanks so much for the review!
          Responded November 02, 2017
          The B.I.G Backpackers
          10.0
          Exceptional
          seal from Singapore
          Solo traveler
          1 Bed in a Female Dormitory Room
          Stayed 5 nights in December, 2016
          Would definitely stay there again”
          Awesome staffs, Great location, Clean and cozy!
          Reviewed December 14, 2016
          Thank you so much for the review! Please come and stay with us again!
          Responded November 02, 2017
          The B.I.G Backpackers
          9.2
          Exceptional
          Shani from Israel
          Solo traveler
          1 Bed in a Mixed Dormitory En-suite Room
          Stayed 2 nights in April, 2016
          Awesome place, great people!”
          :)
          Reviewed May 07, 2016
          Hi Shani, Thank you so much for your review! We loved having you!
          Responded November 02, 2017
          The B.I.G Backpackers
          10.0
          Exceptional
          Ndilimeke from Namibia
          Group
          Twin/ Double
          Stayed 5 nights in April, 2015
          Awesome!”
          Location, the staff and value for money
          Our trip would not have been the same had we not stayed at the B.I.G. It was clean, comfortable, and the staff were amazing. Ivor and the team made us feel right at home.
          Reviewed May 06, 2015
          We're so happy that we made your adventure to Cape Town that much better!
          Responded November 02, 2017
          The B.I.G Backpackers
          9.3
          Exceptional
          Jess from Australia
          Solo traveler
          1 Bed in a Mixed Dormitory En-suite Room
          Stayed 4 nights in January, 2015
          Felt like home”
          Staff, atmosphere & cleanliness
          Best backpackers I've ever stayed at.
          Reviewed January 30, 2015
          Thanks so much for the review and we are thrilled to be the best hostel you've been to! Come back again soon!
          Responded November 02, 2017
          The B.I.G Backpackers
          9.3
          Exceptional
          diane from Australia
          Couple
          Twin/ Double
          Stayed 3 nights in April, 2014
          Friendly Helpful knowledgeable Staff”
          location to Waterfront shopping /dining friendliness of staff tours available
          variety of food offered for making your own breakfast was excellent Cape Tour day was arranged for us was excellent Helpful advice of what to see in Capetown Friendliness of staff and other guests meant a great atmosphere in this lodge
          Reviewed May 28, 2014
          Hi Diane, We take pride in offering our guests a hearty breakfast to start the day off right- We're glad you enjoyed it!
          Responded November 02, 2017
          The B.I.G Backpackers
          8.7
          Excellent
          moty from Israel
          Couple
          Twin/ Double
          Stayed 5 nights in February, 2014
          not only for backpackers”
          freindly staff, good atmosphere, effective service
          cape town is not only for rich and b.i.g backpackers not only for backpackers
          Reviewed March 01, 2014
          We are glad you enjoyed Cape Town and our backpackers, Moty!
          Responded November 02, 2017
          The B.I.G Backpackers
          8.0
          Excellent
          WEESIT from Thailand
          Couple
          Twin/ Double
          Stayed 3 nights in October, 2013
          Relax and very happy.”
          Staff, Canteen and Pricing
          Reviewed October 30, 2013
          We're happy your had a good time, Weesit!
          Responded November 02, 2017
          The B.I.G Backpackers
          9.7
          Exceptional
          Wendy from South Africa
          Solo traveler
          1 Bed in a Mixed Dormitory En-suite Room
          Stayed 3 nights in June, 2013
          Simply fantastic!”
          Easy to find/locate, very friendly and efficient staff, most comfortable backpackers I have ever seen!
          Pleasant, comfortable, relaxed and a fond memory made.
          Reviewed July 03, 2013
          We are so happy you enjoyed your stay, Wendy! Please do come back and visit again.
          Responded November 02, 2017
          The B.I.G Backpackers
          6.7
          Good
          Andrew from United States
          Couple
          Twin/ Double
          Stayed 2 nights in May, 2013
          OK for a brief stay, not for seniors.”
          convenient location. helpful front desk, money-saving.
          Reviewed May 20, 2013
          Hi Andrew, We pride ourselves on being accessable for all ages. Hopefully you will return in the future!
          Responded November 02, 2017
          The B.I.G Backpackers
          8.7
          Excellent
          Martin from Germany
          Couple
          Twin/ Double
          Stayed 5 nights in February, 2013
          Great budget-option in Capetown (Green Point)”
          superb staff, great room-rates, brand-new and nicely furnished
          Reviewed April 22, 2013
          Thank you for your review, Martin! Please come and stay with us again soon!
          Responded November 02, 2017
          The B.I.G Backpackers
          10.0
          Exceptional
          Kerstin from Germany
          Group
          Twin/ Double
          Stayed 11 nights in March, 2013
          The B.I.G. - A home away from home”
          Incredible hospitality, recommendations for actions and restaurants, specially decorated with unique style and selected details to make guests feel like home
          My friend and I spent 11 days at The B.I.G. in March and April. I've stayed at a lot of different hostels all around the world, but this has been the best one yet. The friendliness and helpfulness of the staff, especially Linda and Amy, was incredible. We were always greeted with a smile and the staff went out of their way to make sure we were having a great time. They were always eager to help us with our plans for the day and provided us with countless invaluable tips and pointers regarding tours, restaurants, bars and clubs. It was easy to talk to other guests at The B.I.G. and find nice people to tag along with on outings. The breakfast on offer was terrific. With a selection of different joghurts, mueslis, eggs, toast and fresh fruits. For dinner we either made use of the well-equipped kitchen, went out or joined one of the theme events, like the South African BBQ night, which was amazing. Our twin room was cleaned every day (thanks to the great cleaning staff) and the cozy bed made for a good night of sleep. We always felt safe at the hostel and in Greenpoint. The front door had a key pad and there were cameras in the public areas. There was a Spar store within walking distance and in the evenings we often shared a taxi with a number of people for food/drinks in the city. We can recommend this hostel whole-heartedly and hope to be back one day. We miss you guys and would like to say thanks for a wonderful time in Cape Town. Best wishes from Cologne, Kerstin
          Reviewed April 21, 2013
          We take pride in making sure our guests have the best experience possible, and we are so happy that we were able to make your stay in Cape Town the best! Please come and stay with us again!
          Responded November 02, 2017
          The B.I.G Backpackers
          9.7
          Exceptional
          Susan from Germany
          Solo traveler
          1 Bed in a Mixed Dormitory En-suite Room
          Stayed 4 nights in January, 2013
          Best Hostel ever!!!! ”
          Familiar, cozy, big rooms, nice breakfast, fantastic rooms, everything absolutely amazing
          I have never experienced such a great location. Nice clean rooms - even in a 4bedroom-dorm. nice stuff, helping actively. poolside is absolutely awesome, small but that is really the not an issue bathrooms are clean and big. the balcony invited for evening chats with the roommates. nice and calming music was played all time. I just loved it. thanks for everything, i really felt at home
          Reviewed February 03, 2013
          We try to make the BIG a second home for all of our guests, we are so glad that you felt that we, Susan!
          Responded November 02, 2017
          The B.I.G Backpackers
          7.6
          Very good
          Ralf from Germany
          Solo traveler
          1 Bed in a Mixed Dormitory En-suite Room
          Stayed 2 nights in April, 2018
          Enttäuscht ”
          the B.I.G. ist sicherlich eine sehr schöne Unterkunft, etwas abseits der eigentlichen City gelegen, zu Fuß etwa knapp 2 km Richtung Greenpoint gelegen, der Strasse "the Strand" folgend, Achtung " ziemlicher Anstieg, wie überhaupt Cape Town sehr hügelig ist, mit guten Frühstück , professionellem Service. Mir hat die letzte Herzlichkeit gefehlt, insbesondere hatte ich zwei Tage vorreserviert und bezahlt, bin dann erst am zweiten Tag angereist und fragte ob ich den zweiten Tag irgendwann während meines Urlaubs später nachholen könnte. Das sei lt. Buchungsbedingungen über Booking.com nicht möglich teilte man mir mit. Mag so sein, aber man könnte vielleicht auch nach einer Lösung im Sinne des Gastes schauen. Da fehlte mir Fingerspitzengefühl für die Situation und die Bereitschaft mich als Gast in den Mittelpunkt zu stellen zumal 26,00 EUR für ein 4-Bettzimmer nicht gerade preiswert ist. Frühstück war sehr lecker, Lage wie gesagt sehr schön, ruhig, aber aus der Stadt kommend ziemlich anstrengend da es den Hang hinauf geht und es steil wird. Für mich etwas zu abseits gelegen.
          Reviewed May 02, 2018
          Dear Ralf Thanks for your review. Our cancellation policies and prices are very clearly stated. Unfortunately with less 24 hours notice we are unable to offer a refund- hopefully you can understand that this is completely reasonable on our side. We hope you enjoyed the rest of your travels and wish you a safe journey.
          Responded October 07, 2018
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          • Exceptional location
          • Victoria and Alfred Waterfront
          • Cape Town Train Station is within 1.91 km