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Observatory Backpackers
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Observatory Backpackers

235 Lower Main Road, Cape Town City Center, Cape Town, South Africa, 7925 - See map
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Popular landmarks
Table Mountain 4.8 km
Victoria & Alfred Waterfront 5.5 km
Two Oceans Aquarium 5.5 km
Lion's Head 6.3 km
Signal Hill 6.3 km
Kirstenbosch National Botanical Garden 6.7 km
Robben Island Museum 17.4 km
Boulders Beach Penguin Colony 29.2 km
Cape Point Nature Reserve 46.3 km
Cape of Good Hope 46.9 km
Nearby landmarks
Relish Observatory 110 m
Village Green Parking 280 m
Arnold Street Dog Park 290 m
Roots 320 m
Barmooda 330 m
Station Road Childrens Park 340 m
Mnandi Textiles & Design 340 m
City Rock 340 m
Holistic Lifestyle Fair 340 m
Nia Technique 370 m
7.5

Very good

Location rating score

Very good location
  • 470 meters to public transportation

  • Airport transfer

  • Free Wi-Fi in all rooms!

  • Daily housekeeping

  • Garden

Your dates are popular among travelersUsers are booking a place in Cape Town every 13 minutes on Agoda.com
Value for money7.5
Distance to city center1.6 km
Location rating7.5
Nearest airportCape Town International Airport (CPT)
Distance to airport13.1 km

Rooms available at Observatory Backpackers

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Room comfort & quality
8.7
Private En-Suite
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  • Room size: 20 m²/215 ft²
  • Non-smoking
  • 1 double bed
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Private Double Room
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  • Room size: 20 m²/215 ft²
  • Non-smoking
  • 1 double bed
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Private Family Room
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  • Room size: 20 m²/215 ft²
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1 Person in 4-Bed Dormitory - Mixed
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  • Room size: 20 m²/215 ft²
  • Non-smoking
  • 1 single bed
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1 Person in 8-Bed Dormitory - Mixed
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  • Room size: 20 m²/215 ft²
  • Non-smoking
  • 1 single bed
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Family Room
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  • Room size: 5 m²/54 ft²
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      SHARED ROOM 8 BEDS
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          Frequently asked questions

          What time is check-in and check-out at Observatory Backpackers?

          Check-in is from 01:00 PM, and check-out is until 10:30 AM. You may request early check-in or late check-out during booking, subject to availability. Guests checking in or out before or after the designated periods may be charged an additional fee. The front desk is always open, day or night.

          How do I get to Observatory Backpackers?

          Observatory Backpackers is easy to access from the airport. In fact, you can even book your airport transfer in advance for greater peace of mind. Just use the "Let us know what you need" section of the booking page to let the hostel know you want to book a ride, and they will contact you via the Agoda messaging service. A stay at Observatory Backpackers also comes with easy access to the neighborhoods around the hotel through the convenient shuttle service offered at the hostel. For those who wish to drive their own cars, Observatory Backpackers has a car park available for guests. Parking is free for guests.

          Is breakfast offered at Observatory Backpackers?

          Wake up to a great buffet breakfast at Observatory Backpackers.

          What is the smoking policy at Observatory Backpackers?

          Observatory Backpackers does permit smoking in some areas and is not 100% smoke-free.

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          8.7/10
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          7.8/10
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          7.8/10
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          Overall rating:
          7.2
          Very good
          27 reviews
          Cleanliness
          7.4
          Facilities
          7.0
          Location
          7.5
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          More about Observatory Backpackers

          More about Observatory Backpackers

          For travelers who want to take in the sights and sounds of Cape Town, Observatory Backpackers is the perfect choice. Situated only 1.6 km from the city center, guests are well located to enjoy the town's attractions and activities. For sightseeing options and local attractions, one need not look far as the hotel enjoys close proximity to City Rock, Holistic Lifestyle Fair, Nia Technique.

          The facilities and services provided by Observatory Backpackers ensure a pleasant stay for guests. The hotel offers access to a vast array of services, including free Wi-Fi in all rooms, 24-hour front desk, luggage storage, Wi-Fi in public areas, car park.

          Guests can choose from 11 rooms, all of which exude an atmosphere of total peace and harmony. The complete list of recreational facilities is available at the hotel, including garden. Enjoy unparalleled services and a truly prestigious address at the Observatory Backpackers.

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          Reviews of Observatory Backpackers from real guests

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          7.2
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          10
          Very good
          Cleanliness7.4
          Facilities7.0
          Location7.5
          Room comfort and quality8.7
          Service7.2
          Value for money7.5
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          9+ Exceptional (2)
          8-9 Excellent (2)
          7-8 Very Good (5)
          6-7 Good (1)
          <6 Below Expectation (3)
          Time of the year
          Mar - May (4)
          Jun - Aug (0)
          Sep - Nov (4)
          Dec - Feb (5)
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          8.7
          Excellent
          VERONICA from Italy
          Couple
          Private Double Room
          Stayed 3 nights in February 2015

          Nice place ”

          Nice indoor/outdoor area in the lodge to eat/relax

          We stayed there for 3 nights to visit cape town, boulders beach and good hope by rented car. The location is good the area is kind of safe, there is a supermarket very near to it and some restaurant. We had a private room with shared bathroom which they could have been cleaned more than once a day. We recommend this place.

          Reviewed February 09, 2015

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          7.6
          Very good
          Ramon from South Africa
          Business traveler
          1 Person in 8-Bed Dormitory - Mixed
          Stayed 3 nights in January 2016

          Very comfortable and lots of space”

          This venue is one of the best backpackers lodges I've stayed at in South Africa. It has a big lounge area, a long table where I comfortably worked on my laptop, and also sofa for relaxing and watching the big screen TV. The wifi is slow but consistant throughout the venue. The staff was friendly and discreet and I will stay there again because the location is very convenient in Cape Town.

          Reviewed January 26, 2016

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          7.3
          Very good
          Sigourney from United Kingdom
          Group
          Private Family Room
          Stayed 3 nights in November 2014

          Nice clean hostel near to good restaurants”

          Local Restaurants, Lounge, Garden Area

          Average hostel but nice and clean. Very nice garden area to relax in and a nice lounge and kitchen area. Near to great restaurants but far from Cape Towns main attractions.

          Reviewed December 28, 2014

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          6.8
          Good
          Cleo from South Africa
          Group
          1 Person in 4-Bed Dormitory - Mixed
          Stayed 1 night in April 2019

          Mixed feelings about our visit.”

          The staff who checked us in was very accommodating and very friendly. But I was bit disappointed that he seemed a bit distracted, things like placing us in a room and completely forgot about us. Had to ask repeatedly to get the key to our room. The room was surely not completely clean, it appears as if it wasn't cleaned for past day or two. Cleaning the room before guests checking in is one thing that is non-negotiable Footsteps on the wooden floor above us, by the other guests, made it difficult for us to sleep as the noise went into late hours of the evening. Other than the above issues, we were happy about our visit because of its prime location and we made new friends there. We'll be going back next year, that's for sure

          Reviewed April 23, 2019

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          7.7
          Very good
          Chi-Fun from Netherlands
          Solo traveler
          Private Double Room
          Stayed 7 nights in September 2014

          Nice clean hostel”

          It's clean, nice personal and the hostel is near the supermarket and public transport.

          The hostel is about 20 minutes away from the airport by taxi (around R 150,-). Wi-Fi is not extremely slow, but not fast either. YouTube can be watched if not many people are using the Wi-Fi. The shared toilers and showers are clean. It can be a bit noisy sometimes. I used earplugs, which were helpful.

          Reviewed September 22, 2014

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          9.3
          Exceptional
          Jens from Germany
          Solo traveler
          Private Double Room
          Stayed 8 nights in December 2013

          Excellent value for money”

          Clean, inexpensive, centrally located

          I really enjoyed my stay. The lodge exceeded my expectations, I probably will go back there.

          Reviewed January 04, 2014

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          7.7
          Very good
          Tara from South Africa
          Couple
          Private En-Suite
          Stayed 1 night in October 2015

          Great backpackers”

          Location, cleanliness, comfort

          Double En Suite Room was very good and comfortable, good location, friendly staff

          Reviewed October 31, 2015

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          4.0
          Ahmad from Egypt
          Solo traveler
          1 Person in 8-Bed Dormitory - Mixed
          Stayed 1 night in February 2018

          not a place i want to return to”

          i arrived late (around 9pm), the manager (or person at reception at time) asked if i wanted coffee or tea and almost seemed upset when i declined he showed me to my bed, after he left i found out that my pillow case was obviously dirty, i went and asked for new one he asked me just to switch with the one on the lower bunk(he explained he will come up later to change the dirty one before the other guest arrives) i thought that was ok, then i realized the other pillow is really thin (mine was double its size) so asked him to get me bigger one or an additional pillow, he said he will bring it, i believed him and said i'll go to bed and wait, an hour and half later i slept and he never showed up, in the morning woke up with sore neck... breakfast was fine but not great, place all on all seemed nice. however another major issue, there were only 2 toilets (with the shower inside), there are 5 or 6 rooms on that floor and my room alone had 8 beds. thats ridiculous toilet/shower to guest ratio and one of them was dirty

          Reviewed February 16, 2018

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          7.2
          Very good
          Methavee from Thailand
          Group
          Private En-Suite
          Stayed 4 nights in April 2016

          Good location”

          Good location and easy to find restaurants

          Reviewed April 25, 2016

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          6.0
          Emily from South Africa
          Group
          1 Person in 4-Bed Dormitory - Mixed
          Stayed 4 nights in March 2017

          Above average”

          The place was and the people were nice

          Reviewed April 04, 2017

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          5.6
          Cara from South Africa
          Couple
          Private Family Room
          Stayed 1 night in October 2020

          obs backpackers ”

          No got water no towels provided. Very basic

          Reviewed October 25, 2020

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          8.3
          Excellent
          Sol from Argentina
          Group
          Private En-Suite
          Stayed 5 nights in April 2014

          Excelente, hostel completo y muy comodo”

          Habitacion amplia, cocina completa, hermoso jardin

          Es una casa hermosa, muy bien decorada, de dos pisos. Paramos en una habitacion privada con baño privado, que era muy amplia y muy limpia. Daban toallas, lo cual fue un gran plus. Ofrecen cafe y te gratis a toda hora. Los chicos que trabajan ahi solo hablan ingles, pero son muy atentos y siempre estuvieron bien predispuestos a ayudarnos. El barrio es muy sencillo, esta a dos cuadras de la zona de bares y a 4 de una avenida principal sobre la cual hay un super grande, un mc donalds y un kfc. Se puede estacionar en la puerta.

          Reviewed May 05, 2014

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          9.6
          Exceptional
          Sandra from Germany
          Solo traveler
          Private Double Room
          Stayed 3 nights in January 2017

          Ein Zuhause ”

          Schönes Backpacker im Viertel Observatory,das Team ist sehr nett und hilfsbereit. Räume gemütlich. Gartenanlage wunderbar.

          Reviewed January 30, 2017

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