Observatory Backpackers
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Observatory Backpackers

235 Lower Main Road, Cape Town City Center, Cape Town, South Africa, 7925
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    Observatory Backpackers Reviews

    7.7
    Very good
    /10
    (19 reviews)See what guests said
    7.6
    Very good

    "This venue is one of the best backpackers lodges I've stayed..."

    Ramon

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    January 26, 2016

    8.7
    Excellent room comfort and quality

    Things you’ll love about Observatory Backpackers

    Things you'll love

    • Airport transfer

    • Free Wi-Fi in all rooms!

    • Daily housekeeping

    • Garden

    Very good
    Location
    7.9
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    Very good location
    Popular
    Nearby
  • Heart of Cape Town Museum720 m
  • Old Biscuit Mill1.47 km
  • District 6 Museum4.53 km
  • South African Jewish Museum4.79 km
  • Victoria and Alfred Waterfront5.23 km
  • Table Mountain6.02 km
  • Clifton Beach8.39 km
  • Bloubergstrand14.9 km
  • Boulders Beach29.16 km
  • Cape Point & the Cape of Good Hope Nature Reserve34.64 km
  • Value for money7.9
    Distance to city center1.6 km
    Location rating7.9
    Nearest airportCape Town International Airport (CPT)
    Distance to airport12.6 km

    Rooms available at Observatory Backpackers

    8.7
    Excellent
    Room comfort & quality
    Double Room with Shared Bathroom
    Double Room with Shared Bathroom
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    • Room size: 4 m²/43 ft²
    • Balcony/terrace
    • 1 double bed
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    Private Double Room
    Private Double Room
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    • Room size: 20 m²/215 ft²
    • Balcony/terrace
    • 1 double bed
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    Private En-Suite
    Private En-Suite
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    • Room size: 20 m²/215 ft²
    • Non-smoking
    • 1 double bed
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    Private Family Room
    Private Family Room
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    • Room size: 20 m²/215 ft²
    • Balcony/terrace
    • 1 single bed and 1 double b...
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    1 Person in 4-Bed Dormitory - Mixed
    1 Person in 4-Bed Dormitory - Mixed
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    • Room size: 20 m²/215 ft²
    • Balcony/terrace
    • 1 single bed
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    Bed in 4-Bed Luxury Mixed Dormitory
    Bed in 4-Bed Luxury Mixed Dormitory
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    • Room size: 5 m²/54 ft²
    • 1 single bed
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    1 Person in 8-Bed Dormitory - Mixed
    1 Person in 8-Bed Dormitory - Mixed
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    • Room size: 20 m²/215 ft²
    • Balcony/terrace
    • 1 single bed
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    What they offer

    7.6
    Very good

    "The staff was friendly and discreet and I will stay there ag..."

    Ramon

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    January 26, 2016

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    Reviews of Observatory Backpackers from real guests

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    Agoda Reviews (19)Booking.com Reviews (208)
    7.7
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    10
    Very good
    Cleanliness7.8
    Facilities7.1
    Location7.9
    Room comfort and quality8.7
    Service7.8
    Value for money7.9
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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
    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
    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
    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
    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
    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
    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
    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
    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
    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
    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
    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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